Timeless Villages, Cesky Krumlov, and Enchanting Prague

Overview

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 medieval heritage of this vibrant nation is remarkably intact in Mikulov, a quintessential Moravian town of pale yellow Renaissance houses, and tiny Telc, with one of the best preserved squares in all of Europe, which you’ll encounter on a walk right through the arched town gates at the end of a lovely hike. Three unforgettable days in beguiling Cesky Krumlov, a World Heritage Site with a dreamy pink-and-green castle towering above stately 15th century mansions, and an exploration of the cobbled lanes and stone bridges of Prague crown this journey through ancient and compelling lands.

The Czech Republic is a beautiful country and the hikes that were selected were always scenic. Everything was very well organized and professionally handled by our guides and van driver—no glitches!
— Barbara K. Santa Fe, NM

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Vienna, Austria / Moravia, Czech Republic / Palava

From Vienna, hike across the border into the Czech Republic’s Moravian wine country, then castle-to-castle through the Palava Highlands Nature Reserve.

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Days 3-4
Telc Castle / Slavonice

A hike across fields brightened by poppies ends with a walk through the gates of Telc, a World Heritage Site. Another hike brings you through verdant forests where mushrooms grow (you may meet mushroom gatherers!) to Slavonice, with its evocative Renaissance main square.

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Days 5-7
Cesky Krumlov / Sumava / Rozmberk

In the Sumava Forest, our trail leads from serene Vyssi Brod, a 13th century Cistercian monastery, across sun-splashed fields to the castle-town of Rozmberk. Overnights are in Cesky Krumlov, with a private tour of its Baroque theater.

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Days 8-9
Prague

In Prague, the jewel of Bohemia, our walking tour leads you through the Old Town, where 600 years of glorious architecture is on display. Depart on Day 9 or extend your stay in this beautiful city.

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Highlights

Highlights

Delightful countryside walks between hilltop castles
Perfectly preserved Renaissance town of Telc
Baroque city of Cesky Krumlov, a World Heritage Site of labyrinthine alleys
Exquisite Prague, with its incomparable architecture, lively cafes—and excellent Pilsners!

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $3895  
Arrive: Vienna, Austria
Depart: Prague, Czech Republic
Lodging: 8 nights 3- and 4-star hotels and country inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

A mix of easy to moderate walks and hikes, 2-5 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)

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