Enchanting Hikes, Cesky Krumlov, and Glorious Prague

Overview

The Czech Republic is a walker’s paradise, and this spirited journey brings us on hikes through the idyllic countryside to fairytale stone castles and gorgeous Baroque towns. Medieval heritage is remarkably intact in places like Telc, which we’ll encounter on a hike whose grand finale brings us on foot through the town’s arched gates, and we’ll follow trails through Moravia’s pristine woodlands to reach Slavonice, a medieval gem just a mile from the once-forbidden border with Austria. In the UNESCO-protected town of Cesky Krumlov, our private backstage tour brings us inside the town’s perfectly preserved Baroque theater, and we celebrate our journey’s finale in Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Our Trip Leaders are exuberant Czech natives who share their country’s heritage and cuisine in WT style.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

We meet in Vienna, and our first hike brings us across the border into the Czech Republic’s Moravian wine country. At Lednice Castle, we walk its grounds, one of the largest designed landscapes in Europe, then explore Palava Highlands Nature Reserve.

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Days 3-4
Castle Rostejn / Telc / Slavonice

After a picnic at 14th century Castle Rostejn, a Gothic apparition, we hike across fields brightened by poppies and into the medieval town of Telc, with a delightful dinner on the terrace in the historic town square. The next day we’re off through pristine woodlands to remote Slavonice, with its triangular-shaped Renaissance plazas.

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Days 5-7
Cesky Krumlov / Sumava / Rozmberk

Crossing into southern Bohemia, we’re immersed in the unique atmosphere of Cesky Krumlov, with its dreamy pink-and-green castle. In the Sumava Forest, we hike from a 13th century Cistercian monastery to the castle-town of Rozmberk, set on a bend on the Vltava River.

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Days 8-9
Prague

Bohemia’s jewel of a city had a golden age that lasted from the 14th to the 18th centuries. We walk Prague’s narrow Baroque lanes and cross medieval stone bridges amid the glorious architecture, and explore the Jewish ghetto, which dates to medieval times. Depart on Day 9, or extend your stay.

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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 cafÉs—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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