The Czech Republic is a walker’s paradise, and our enchanting journey leads you on hikes through thriving vineyards, past 13th century monasteries, and to massive stone castles that reign over the sylvan countryside. The nation’s medieval heritage is remarkably intact in places like Telc, which we’ll encounter when we walk through the arched town gates at the end of a lovely hike, and Slavonice, whose burgher houses are decorated with colorful sgraffiti. In beguiling Cesky Krumlov, a World Heritage Site whose castle towers above stately 15th century mansions, we’ll explore backstage at its perfectly intact Baroque theater before ending our journey in Prague. Our Trip Leaders are spirited Czech natives who share their country’s heritage, culture, and cuisine with great style.
It was a good balance of hiking, dining, sightseeing, learning local history, and other activities. Both guides' personal stories they shared of World War II and the communist era were memorable and wonderful.
— Rick K., Madison, WI
Vienna, Austria / Moravia, Czech Republic / Palava
We meet in Vienna, then hike across the border into the Czech Republic’s Moravian wine country. Grand castles dot the countryside of the Czech Republic and provide dramatic beginning and ending points for many of our hikes, including one through the Palava Highlands Nature Reserve, with its limestone outcrops and beech forests.
Telc Castle / Slavonice
From 14th century Castle Rostejn, a Gothic apparition that seems to rise straight up from the rock outcrop, our hike across fields brightened by poppies ends with a walk through the gates of medieval Telc, a World Heritage Site with an exquisitely intact town square. Another hike brings us through verdant forests (you may encounter mushroom gatherers!) to Slavonice, where sgraffiti adorns the facades of its ancient buildings.
Cesky Krumlov / Sumava / Rozmberk
Crossing into southern Bohemia, we head to Cesky Krumlov, a vision from medieval times with its dreamy pink-and-green castle, and we enjoy a private backstage tour of its Baroque theater set in the castle complex. In the Sumava Forest, our trail leads from serene Vyssi Brod, a 13th century Cistercian monastery and pilgrimage site, across sun-splashed fields to the castle-town of Rozmberk.
In Prague, the jewel of Bohemia, our walking tour leads through the Old Town, where 600 years of glorious architecture is on display, and into the ancient Jewish ghetto, with its haunting graveyard and Europe’s oldest active synagogue. Depart on Day 9, or extend your stay in this beautiful city.