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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: vienna / lednice

The picturesque town of MikulovThe picturesque town of Mikulov

Arrive at the Vienna airport. Your guide will greet you and transfer you to the first site, Lednice Village. On the way to Lednice, stop in Mikulov for lunch and viewing the Mikulov Main Square and castle. Lednice contains a UNESCO World Heritage palace and the largest park in the country (200 km²). The beauty of the surrounding English gardens is perfect for a relaxing jaunt. This area is also an important bird reserve with one of the largest night heron colonies in the country.

Later, check-in to your hotel before being briefed by your guide in the hotel restaurant at dinner. A wine reception will also follow.

 

Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
My Hotel Lendice

Day 2: lednice / valtice

Lednice Castle Lednice Castle

Wake up with a relaxing seven mile walk around the UNESCO protected area of Lednice-Valtice. Begin at the baroque Rajsna Watchtower and walk down to the gorgeous little town of Valtice, featuring one of the former castles of the Liechtenstein Royal Family. Continue your walk along the vineyards and oak and pine forest. Admire 300-year-old sites designed by the greatest architects of the time, including a chapel dedicated to St. Hubert, patron saint of hunters. Tonight enjoy a a dinner and wine tasting.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
My Hotel Lednice

Day 3: podyji national park

Try some fresh cheese at the organic sheep and goat farmTry some fresh cheese at the organic sheep and goat farm

After breakfast, drive to South Moravia to visit the "Iron Curtain" in Čížov. The Iron Curtain symbolized the conflict and physical boundary dividing Europe from 1945-1989. Drive further south for more fertile orchards and vineyards and drive along the Dyje River. This national park is specifically known for its biological and geological importance, an area of precious plants and animals among inhabited countryside.  Walk from the village Lukov to the castle ruin, Novy Hradek, for a guided tour. This castle originally belonged to the Czech emperor Charles IV. Afterward, picnic in the village Podmoli and continue though the national park. The walk ends in Havraniky, where you will drive by vehicle to the UNESCO heritage listed town of Telc.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
U Hrabenky Hotel

Day 4: telc

Bird's eye view of Landstejn CastleBird's eye view of Landstejn Castle

Telc is one of the most charming, beautiful Renaissance towns in the Czech Republic. Telc is an impressively preserved World Heritage Site. Enjoy a walking excursion to the Renaissance Castle of Telc, owned by the Lords of Hradec. Next, hitch a ride to the village of Svetla, where we begin walking. Along the way, see the Michovska rock, a natural monument reaching 2,404 feet high. Picnic on the bank of the Velky pond, established in the 16th century. Walk back to Telc via the ruins of the castle Stamberk and Lhotka village, entering Telc though an alley of lime trees. Later in the afternoon, we will stop at a family owned organic sheep and goat farm to try some of their fresh products. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
U Hrabenky Hotel

Day 5: trebon biosphere reserve

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Telc Castle. Then drive via private coach through the Trebon area which contains some of the largest lakes and ponds in the region. This natural beauty is acknowledged by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Enjoy the area with a relaxing walk and admire the five hundred year old giant oak trees. Visit several old farm villages built in the "peasant baroque" style. In the afternoon, stop for a nature break in the town of Trebon before transfering to Cesky Krumlov.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Dvorak Hotel

Day 6: cesky krumlov / vyssi brod monastery

The Cistercian Monastery in Vyssi BrodThe Cistercian Monastery in Vyssi Brod

Cesky Krumlov is a small medieval town,  barely changed since the 18th century. Visit the Gothic border castle, which was rebuilt into a huge renaissance chateau in the 16th century by Italian architects. It is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic. The castle sits high above the town and is surrounded by formal terraced gardens.  The castle's unique gem is its Baroque theatre, the oldest and most completely preserved building in the world.

In the afternoon, you have the option of driving approximately thirty minutes along the meandering Vltava River to reach the incredible Cistercian Monastery in Vyssi Brod. The monastery was founded around 1259. Here you can inspect the huge library, venerable cloister walk or the majestic church itself.

Later, embark on a walk of the Stations of the Cross set amongst the stunning beauty of Sumava National Park. Upon completion of your walk, drive back to Cesky Krumlov.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Dvorak Hotel

Day 7: holasovice / prague

The houses in Holasovice are incredibly charmingThe houses in Holasovice are incredibly charming

Today you will set off for Prague. Along the way, stop in Holasovice village, which dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The village was deserted after the second world war, which is why most of its buildings remain intact. The village was restored and repopulated in 1990 and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.

In the afternoon, take a three hour city tour though the many renaissance, baroque, art nouveau, and neo-gothic monuments. This excursion includes 9th century Prague Castle (entrance included) and the center of the Czech statehood for almost 11 centuries. After reaching St. Nicholas church, cross the Charles Bridge and end at the Old Town Square.

Finish the day with a lovely dinner cruise on the Vltava River.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
To be determined

Day 8: onward

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,560
Based on a group of 4 or more $4350 based on group of 2-3
Single Supplement:
$550
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●●●○
(see full descriptions)
Lots of walking
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century
Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century
Admire the ruins of Landstein Castle
Admire the ruins of Landstein Castle

Charming Czech Republic

Active exploration of the countryside and national parks
Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century

overview

The Czech Republic boasts a rich, fascinating history. The tales that emerge on visits to the country's gothic castles, sprawling national parks, and UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites will awaken the history buff in any traveler. Join us exploring the hidden corners of Renaissance palaces, historical towns, and contemporary, bustling metropolises. Enjoy the natural beauty of two national parks, and stop for lunch along the Vltava River in Prague.  Bask in the heartland of Europe, where some of the great historical figures produced the infamous works we still revere today. Be the first to try Journeys' latest addition to its Europeon program.

Please note that this trip entails roughly 4-8 miles of hiking per day and is best suited for the active traveler who appreciates scenic, mild to moderately challenging landscapes.

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overview

The Czech Republic boasts a rich, fascinating history. The tales that emerge on visits to the country's gothic castles, sprawling national parks, and UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites will awaken the history buff in any traveler. Join us exploring the hidden corners of Renaissance palaces, historical towns, and contemporary, bustling metropolises. Enjoy the natural beauty of two national parks, and stop for lunch along the Vltava River in Prague.  Bask in the heartland of Europe, where some of the great historical figures produced the infamous works we still revere today. Be the first to try Journeys' latest addition to its Europeon program.

Please note that this trip entails roughly 4-8 miles of hiking per day and is best suited for the active traveler who appreciates scenic, mild to moderately challenging landscapes.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: vienna / lednice
    The picturesque town of MikulovThe picturesque town of Mikulov

    Arrive at the Vienna airport. Your guide will greet you and transfer you to the first site, Lednice Village. On the way to Lednice, stop in Mikulov for lunch and viewing the Mikulov Main Square and castle. Lednice contains a UNESCO World Heritage palace and the largest park in the country (200 km²). The beauty of the surrounding English gardens is perfect for a relaxing jaunt. This area is also an important bird reserve with one of the largest night heron colonies in the country.

    Later, check-in to your hotel before being briefed by your guide in the hotel restaurant at dinner. A wine reception will also follow.

     

    Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    My Hotel Lendice
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: lednice / valtice
    Lednice Castle Lednice Castle

    Wake up with a relaxing seven mile walk around the UNESCO protected area of Lednice-Valtice. Begin at the baroque Rajsna Watchtower and walk down to the gorgeous little town of Valtice, featuring one of the former castles of the Liechtenstein Royal Family. Continue your walk along the vineyards and oak and pine forest. Admire 300-year-old sites designed by the greatest architects of the time, including a chapel dedicated to St. Hubert, patron saint of hunters. Tonight enjoy a a dinner and wine tasting.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    My Hotel Lednice
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: podyji national park
    Try some fresh cheese at the organic sheep and goat farmTry some fresh cheese at the organic sheep and goat farm

    After breakfast, drive to South Moravia to visit the "Iron Curtain" in Čížov. The Iron Curtain symbolized the conflict and physical boundary dividing Europe from 1945-1989. Drive further south for more fertile orchards and vineyards and drive along the Dyje River. This national park is specifically known for its biological and geological importance, an area of precious plants and animals among inhabited countryside.  Walk from the village Lukov to the castle ruin, Novy Hradek, for a guided tour. This castle originally belonged to the Czech emperor Charles IV. Afterward, picnic in the village Podmoli and continue though the national park. The walk ends in Havraniky, where you will drive by vehicle to the UNESCO heritage listed town of Telc.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    U Hrabenky Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: telc
    Bird's eye view of Landstejn CastleBird's eye view of Landstejn Castle

    Telc is one of the most charming, beautiful Renaissance towns in the Czech Republic. Telc is an impressively preserved World Heritage Site. Enjoy a walking excursion to the Renaissance Castle of Telc, owned by the Lords of Hradec. Next, hitch a ride to the village of Svetla, where we begin walking. Along the way, see the Michovska rock, a natural monument reaching 2,404 feet high. Picnic on the bank of the Velky pond, established in the 16th century. Walk back to Telc via the ruins of the castle Stamberk and Lhotka village, entering Telc though an alley of lime trees. Later in the afternoon, we will stop at a family owned organic sheep and goat farm to try some of their fresh products. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    U Hrabenky Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: trebon biosphere reserve

    After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Telc Castle. Then drive via private coach through the Trebon area which contains some of the largest lakes and ponds in the region. This natural beauty is acknowledged by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Enjoy the area with a relaxing walk and admire the five hundred year old giant oak trees. Visit several old farm villages built in the "peasant baroque" style. In the afternoon, stop for a nature break in the town of Trebon before transfering to Cesky Krumlov.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Dvorak Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: cesky krumlov / vyssi brod monastery
    The Cistercian Monastery in Vyssi BrodThe Cistercian Monastery in Vyssi Brod

    Cesky Krumlov is a small medieval town,  barely changed since the 18th century. Visit the Gothic border castle, which was rebuilt into a huge renaissance chateau in the 16th century by Italian architects. It is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic. The castle sits high above the town and is surrounded by formal terraced gardens.  The castle's unique gem is its Baroque theatre, the oldest and most completely preserved building in the world.

    In the afternoon, you have the option of driving approximately thirty minutes along the meandering Vltava River to reach the incredible Cistercian Monastery in Vyssi Brod. The monastery was founded around 1259. Here you can inspect the huge library, venerable cloister walk or the majestic church itself.

    Later, embark on a walk of the Stations of the Cross set amongst the stunning beauty of Sumava National Park. Upon completion of your walk, drive back to Cesky Krumlov.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Dvorak Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: holasovice / prague
    The houses in Holasovice are incredibly charmingThe houses in Holasovice are incredibly charming

    Today you will set off for Prague. Along the way, stop in Holasovice village, which dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The village was deserted after the second world war, which is why most of its buildings remain intact. The village was restored and repopulated in 1990 and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.

    In the afternoon, take a three hour city tour though the many renaissance, baroque, art nouveau, and neo-gothic monuments. This excursion includes 9th century Prague Castle (entrance included) and the center of the Czech statehood for almost 11 centuries. After reaching St. Nicholas church, cross the Charles Bridge and end at the Old Town Square.

    Finish the day with a lovely dinner cruise on the Vltava River.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    To be determined
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: onward

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,560
Based on a group of 4 or more $4350 based on group of 2-3
Single Supplement:
$550
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●●●○
(see full descriptions)
Lots of walking
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
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Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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