In the heart of Central Europe, we invite you into a walker's paradise of hilltop castles, deep woodlands, and gorgeous Baroque towns. From festive Bratislava to romantic Prague, we discover this realm on castle-to-castle hikes across poppy-filled meadows and through fern-blanketed forests. Between hikes, we'll explore the Renaissance villa at Lednice, medieval Telc, with its wedge-shaped Renaissance square, and magical Ceský Krumlov (with a private backstage tour of the town's perfectly preserved 17th century theater). Our expert Trip Leaders share their phenomenal knowledge, bringing us off-the-beaten-path experiences and an insider's perspective. Prague, one of the world's most beautiful cities, is our wonderful grand finale.
Arrive: Bratislava, Slovakia
Depart: Prague, Czech Republic
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Day 1 (1 night)
Marrol's Boutique Hotel has a great location near the heart of the Old Town, so it's a quick walk to the historic main square, with its complex of 14th century buildings and lively cafes. Guest rooms are well appointed and comfortable, and there is a rooftop terrace, a great place...
Lednice, Czech Republic
Days 2-3 (2 nights)
This relatively new hotel enjoys a great location in Lednice, close to the castle, palace, and other monuments of this World Heritage Site. With just 14 spacious guest rooms and an inviting courtyard with fountain, it offers a cozy, peaceful ambiance.
Telc, Czech Republic
Days 4-5 (2 nights)
Located just steps from the main square in a quaint blue building stands Hotel Telc. Travelers are welcomed into a cozy lobby, and guest rooms are simple and comfortable. There is a nice breakfast buffet, and a lovely little cafe adjacent to the hotel—perfect for an afternoon coffee or tea....
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Days 6-8 (3 nights)
Prague, Czech Republic
Day 9 (1 night)
With a Neo-Gothic exterior and elaborate Art Nouveau design elements, this beautifully restored and historic building has a wonderful location just a 5-minute walk to the Old Town Square and 10 minutes to the Charles Bridge. The hotel's 1930s-style Café de Paris is a great place to wind down...
"I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The guides were outstanding and there was a fine mix of hiking and cultural exploration."
"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!"
Santa Fe, NM
"We enjoyed the beautiful countryside and the castles. The guides really made the trip fabulous. They were great!"
"This trip was another example of what a first class operation you have at Wilderness. The entire trip went seamlessly from start to finish."
"Truly an exceptional trip that allows you to experience the culture, history, and outdoors of the Czech Republic!"
"Very enjoyable, with excellent Trip Leaders."
"I enthusiastically recommend this trip. The combination of the beautiful walks, the ancient castles and chateaus and the preserved villages with their Renaissance architecture and cobbled streets, make this a special trip. Prague was magical."
"A great trip—an excellent mix of culture (castles and architecture), hiking, and the chance to see the highlights of the Czech Republic."
San Francisco, CA
"We just loved the whole trip—the Trip Leaders were the best!"
"Absolutely one of the best trips we have ever taken. No hassles, no worry, just wonderful experiences. Each day we thought that nothing could be as good, and then the next day was even better."
"Our trip was terrific. We found the Czech Republic fascinating and enjoyed every minute of it."
"Our guides provided us with experiences off the tourist track that allowed us to see their country through their eyes. We were able to see a Czech Republic beyond Prague and Cesky Krumlov."
"For our first guided adventure, we couldn't have asked for a better trip. Loved the fact that the focus was on the smaller towns, and we were taken to out-of-the-way castles I'd never have found on my own. Having two personable guides was quite a luxury—we felt very at home with both of them."
Los Gatos, CA
"The itinerary was very well crafted, full of unexpected delights, and each venue was clearly thoughtfully planned to highlight the culture, history, and beauty of the area. Bravo! Zuzana and Jiri were a great team and went out of their way to make everyone feel special. It was great fun to spend the time with them and we will miss their infectious love of their country."
"There was just the right mixture of walking and sightseeing. Everything was well thought out and planned."
"We really can't say enough about Zuzana and Jiri—they make an excellent team! They have great pride in their country and it shows in everything they do—whether it's hiking through beautiful forests, visiting wonderful castles and exceptionally charming towns (with Cesky Krumlov the jewel in the crown), recounting the history of the Czech Republic and their own personal memories of growing up under the Soviet occupation—everything they said and did was with love and passion for their country. We were fortunate to have superb guides, a very cohesive and fun group, and another wonderful trip from Wilderness Travel."
"It was a fabulous trip; we were able to see the beautiful countryside, share some time with the people (thanks to Zuzana), and learn so much about Czech culture and the history of this little known country."
"A wonderful trip, great pacing, and the guides obviously truly loved their country. We all enjoyed their depth of knowledge and attention to all the details."
"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."
"Our eighth Wilderness Travel trip. Well designed with two great trip leaders who spoiled us rotten. Everything went so smoothly, thanks to them. A fun trip."
St. Simons Island, GA
"Our guides made this trip extra special with their attentiveness to detail, their enthusiasm, and their delightful personalities. The areas we were in were beautiful, accommodations and food very good, and the sights quite interesting."
"We were totally delighted with this trip. It had the right amount of hiking and towns and cities. We got a wonderful understanding of the Czech Republic history (especially 20th century with World Wars, Nazis, Communism, and independence), culture, and food. The best part was the guides, who made the trip fun and interesting."
"This was a special trip with two exceptional Trip Leaders."
"Our Trip Leaders did a wonderful job. I’m so glad we chose the Czech Republic—a beautiful country with ease of travel."
"This was an amazing opportunity to get to know an area of the world I had never visited. The combination of hiking, guides, and great conversations will live with me forever. I feel privileged to have experienced this very personal adventure."
"Our trip was perfect. As I’ve told many people, there isn’t a thing I would change. Especially loved our two guides."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.