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Day 1: arrive vienna

Arrive in Vienna, AustriaArrive in Vienna, Austria

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a majestic city situated on the banks of the Danube River. It is alive with the music of Mozart, Schubert, and Johann Strauss. There is much to see: St. Stephen's Cathedral with its Gothic and Baroque elements in the heart of the city, the Imperial Palace, the splendor of the Art Nouveau buildings, the magnificent Baroque Schönbrunn Palace, the Museum of Fine Arts and modern architecture at the Museum's Quarter. With its nearly 75,000 restaurants and pubs, Vienna is the Mecca of European gastronomy.

On arrival at the Vienna Airport, and after clearing Customs and Immigration, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel in the city of Vienna. Your guide will meet you at 2pm at the hotel for a city tour which will take us on a walking tour of the city center. Our welcome dinner will be at an old downtown restaurant in Vienna, which features fine traditional Viennese cooking.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Stefanie

Day 2: vienna schoenbrunn palace and spanish riding school

After breakfast, depart for Spanish Riding School for those that choose to do this. Otherwise, a free morning to enjoy yourself.

Early afternoon, depart by subway with your guide for a visit of Schoenbrunn Palace. Emperor Franz Joseph, who reigned from 1848 to 1916, was born here in 1830. This former summer residence of the imperial family is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. Be sure to visit the Palm House of exotic plants, and wander through the garden maze.   

Evening free time to enjoy local art galleries.  

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Stefanie

Day 3: bratislava, slovakia

Bratislava offers an inviting glimpse of central European history, architecture and culture. The capital city of Slovakia is just about 40 miles north-east from Vienna and a short drive from both Hungary and the Czech Republic. It has an incredible location along the banks of the Danube River, on the border of the Carpathian Mountains with its rich vineyards. Bratislava has 2,000 years of rich history dating back to Celtic times. It has been part of the Roman Empire, attracted royal families such as the Habsburgs, and has seen coronations of Hungarian kings including the empress Maria Theresa. However, the last century was not kind to Bratislava. Its multiculturalism and charm were damaged during World War II, followed by 40 years of communism. In the course of these years many have forgotten Bratislava’s legendary past.

Recently the city has undergone a great reconstruction and cultural reawakening and made an amazing comeback, turning into a favorite city break destination, with a freshly renovated Old Town. Tourists are rediscovering the city’s charm and gothic treasures, stylish restaurants, inviting cafes, and teeming night life. Take a morning city tour followed by a typical Slovak lunch. Meet with locals for a short discussion about life during communism. 

Later in the afternoon, we drive to Lednice and overnight. Enjoy a walk in Lednice Park. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
My Hotel Lednice

Day 4: south moravia

Visit Valtice CastleVisit Valtice Castle

Today, visit of the beautiful UNESCO sites in the protected area of Lednice-Valtice. After breakfast, drive to the baroque Rajsna Watchtower where you have a wonderful scenic view of the whole area. From Rajsna Hill walk down to Valtice, a gorgeous little town that the house of Liechtenstein chose for their residence centuries ago. After visiting Valtice, we take a short drive to Lednice.  In Lednice, visit the Neogothic Castle and Garden,  and take an easy walk through the park to the watch tower or Turkish Minaret, where it may be possbile to view the largest Czech night heron colony and the Lednice Castle and Garden.  

Our dinner tonight will be at a local wine cellar in Valtice where we will be treated to an evening of Moravian wines and traditional food.   

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
My Hotel Lednice

Day 5: certoryje nature reserve / petrov wine cellars/ skanzen (open air museum) straznice

This morning we will drive to Certoryje Nature Reserve where we will have a short walk through the meadows and forest trails to enjoy the most species-rich botanical reserve in the White Carpathian Mountains. The vegetation is dominated by grasslands and scattered oak trees which produce a perfect habitat for over 500 species of vascular plants and 22 species of orchids.        

Next we will visit Skanzen Straznice, an open air museum of a typical Moravian village. After lunch, we will drive back to the hotel via the town of Petrov. In Petrov, there are a large number of wine cellars, all covered with a layer of earth and doors painted with traditional designs and striking blue and white paint. We`ll explore Petrov and these wine caves before we return to the hotel.  

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
My Hotel Lednice

Day 6: historical town of mikulov, podyji national park and iron curtain remains

View remains of the Iron CurtainView remains of the Iron Curtain

This morning, our first stop is in the small historic town of Mikulov. Mikulov Castle towers over the town’s orange-red tiled roofs and has been there in several forms since the 13th Century. We’ll have time after to explore the town, castle and Jewish Cemetery.

After lunch we leave Mikulov to make our way to South Bohemia, where we'll visit Cizov Village on the Austrian/Czech Republic border. Here, we will find the only preserved part of the Iron Curtain in the Czech Republic, which includes a watch tower, wire fence and other interesting remains of the Cold War era. We will take a short walk to the view point Hardegg at Podyji National Park, just behind the former Iron Curtain.

We drive on to Telc for dinner and overnight.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Anton

Day 7: telc and slavonice

Renaissance town of Telc, Czech RepublicRenaissance town of Telc, Czech Republic

Telc and Slavonice are two of the most beautiful Renaissance towns anywhere in the Czech Republic. Squeezed between two fish ponds, the Stepnicky to the east and the Ulicky to the west, the stare mesto is little more than two medieval gate towers, one huge wedge-shaped square and a chateau. We will visit Telc Castle today. We will take a walk in Bohemian Canada Landscape Protected area, in between visiting each of these towns. We also visit a local goat farm, and have a chance to meet with the farmers.  

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Anton

Day 8: trebonsko national nature preserve

Enjoy dinner in Cesky KrumlovEnjoy dinner in Cesky Krumlov

The region of South Bohemia has international importance for its fishponds and lakes, in use since the14th Century. They now number over 460 fishponds with an interconnecting network of canals. Fifty percent of this region is also covered in forest. We’ll explore both the forests and ponds this morning on a series of easy walking trails to observe some excellent forest and water birds including black and white stork, middle-spotted, grey-headed and black woodpeckers and smaller birds such as bluethroat and penduline tit. We drive through the Trebon area with some of the region’s largest lakes and fishponds, acknowledged by its status as a Biosphere Reserve. A superb landscape, which attained a secondary biological equilibrium centuries ago, results in its present beauty.  Walk in this beautiful area and view the disintegrating oak trees, giants almost 500 years old. While walking, view several old farm villages built in the “Peasant Baroque” style and enjoy a picnic lunch en route. Visit the oldest Czech brewery, Regent in Trebon (est 1387), where we will taste the beers on offer. Drive to Cesky Krumlov for dinner and overnight.   

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Zlaty Andel

Day 9: cesky kromlov

Explore Cesky KrumlovExplore Cesky Krumlov

After breakfast, we will head on to the remarkable fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov, founded in the 13th Century, where we will be steeped in the living spirit of Renaissance times. This is an astonishingly beautiful and well-preserved small medieval town that is one of the most visited in the Czech Republic. The Medieval town center of Cesky Krumlov is almost completely encircled by the river Vltava and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The incredible castle, towering over the town, is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic. After a pleasant lunch at a local restaurant, we will tour the town and then have a guided tour of the Castle Theatre. This baroque theater in Krumlov Castle, rebuilt in 1767, displays unique and well preserved decor, furnishings, stage settings, costumes, and stage machinery. The theater offers a fascinating glimpse of 18th Century theatrical life. Lunch in Cesky Krumlov, followed by a free afternoon to explore this town on your own. 

Options for your free time include a serene canoe trip down the River Vltava or a transfer to the Zlata Koruna Monastery for a hike to the highest peak of the Blansky Hills, Klet. The hike is rather challenging so be sure you are up for the hike. Take advantage of the summit's observatory and restaurant before hiking back down to Cesky Krumlov.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Zlaty Andel

Day 10: budweiser brewery, prague

View of the center of PragueView of the center of Prague

After breakfast, we drive to the original Budweiser Brewery in Ceske Budejovice town (Budweiss) for a tour. Afterwards, partake of beer tasting and typical Czech lunch in the brewery restaurant. Then drive on to Prague.  

Along the way we stop at the Nizbor Glass factory for a visit and tour. This is a manufacturer of the famous Czech glass. We expect to arrive in Prague late-afternoon. You have the evening on your own explore the town and to try one of the many local restaurants.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Certovka Prague (next to Charles Bridge)

Day 11: prague

Prague Castle by nightPrague Castle by night

Today, we will have a walking tour of Prague, generally accepted as one of the most beautiful and unspoiled cities in Europe. It is a city which has miraculously escaped development and destruction over the centuries, and where the churches, chapels, halls, and towers from every period of its history are represented. Our Prague city guide will start the tour by taking us to the magnificent Prague Castle and leading us on a wonderful journey through 1000 years of Czech history.  It is the symbol of the Czech state, scene of coronations and the resting place of Bohemian monarchs. We will also visit nearby St.Vitus’ Cathedral, the city’s most distinctive landmark and the resting place of “Good King” Wenceslas. Then walk across Charles Bridge, Prague’s most familiar monument built for Charles IV in 1357. We will also take a 2-hour cruise on the Vltava River with lunch included.  Our city tour will then continue on to the Old Town Square at which point our guide will return with us to our hotel. Our farewell dinner will be at the Nebozizek Retaurant on the top of a hill overlooking the city.  

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Certovka Prague

Day 12: prague / onward

You will be transferred to the Prague airport in time for your homebound flight. You may also consider taking a train to Vienna and flying home from Vienna, or extending your time in either Prague or Vienna.    

Meals
Breakfast

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Land Cost:
From
$4,365
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$625
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.
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Duration:
12 days
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Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
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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. 

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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. 

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

From the Bird's Word Blog

Prague: Adventure-filled days and beautiful evenings, complete with zavináč!

Helen Kim and her father took a leap together and headed to the Czech Republic last summer. She explains here how quickly her trepidation turned to joy as the experience unfolded.

View of Prague Castle
View of Prague Castle
Arrive in Vienna, Austria
Arrive in Vienna, Austria
Dinner in Cesky Krumlov
Dinner in Cesky Krumlov
Renaissance town of Telc
Renaissance town of Telc
Podyji National Park
Podyji National Park
Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov
Holasovice Village
Holasovice Village
Prague Castle
Prague Castle
Valtice Castle
Valtice Castle
Iron Curtain
Iron Curtain

Bohemia & Beyond

Delve into Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic with a delightful group

overview

Explore Central Europe and immerse yourself in the history, culture, cuisine, and landscapes that make this part of the world so unique. Begin in charming Vienna, Austria's largest city, which is known for the Schoenbrunn Palace, coffee houses and wine taverns. Then head to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia is surrounded by vineyards, the Danube River, and the Little Carpathian mountains. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube. Then, at the Austrian-Czech border visit a preserved segment of the Iron Curtain, left from the Cold War era.

A highlight will be staying in Bohemia’s Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO world heritage sight and one of the region's most charming towns. Wander among elegant Renaissance buildings housing cafes, pubs, restaurants, shops and galleries. Then follow the Vlata River as it flows toward Prague. Along the way soak up the picturesque countryside of south Bohemia. After a stop at the original Budweiser brewery, arrive in Prague where you will see and taste the highlights of this final city on your trip.

 

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overview

Explore Central Europe and immerse yourself in the history, culture, cuisine, and landscapes that make this part of the world so unique. Begin in charming Vienna, Austria's largest city, which is known for the Schoenbrunn Palace, coffee houses and wine taverns. Then head to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia is surrounded by vineyards, the Danube River, and the Little Carpathian mountains. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube. Then, at the Austrian-Czech border visit a preserved segment of the Iron Curtain, left from the Cold War era.

A highlight will be staying in Bohemia’s Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO world heritage sight and one of the region's most charming towns. Wander among elegant Renaissance buildings housing cafes, pubs, restaurants, shops and galleries. Then follow the Vlata River as it flows toward Prague. Along the way soak up the picturesque countryside of south Bohemia. After a stop at the original Budweiser brewery, arrive in Prague where you will see and taste the highlights of this final city on your trip.

 

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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive vienna
    Arrive in Vienna, AustriaArrive in Vienna, Austria

    Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a majestic city situated on the banks of the Danube River. It is alive with the music of Mozart, Schubert, and Johann Strauss. There is much to see: St. Stephen's Cathedral with its Gothic and Baroque elements in the heart of the city, the Imperial Palace, the splendor of the Art Nouveau buildings, the magnificent Baroque Schönbrunn Palace, the Museum of Fine Arts and modern architecture at the Museum's Quarter. With its nearly 75,000 restaurants and pubs, Vienna is the Mecca of European gastronomy.

    On arrival at the Vienna Airport, and after clearing Customs and Immigration, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel in the city of Vienna. Your guide will meet you at 2pm at the hotel for a city tour which will take us on a walking tour of the city center. Our welcome dinner will be at an old downtown restaurant in Vienna, which features fine traditional Viennese cooking.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Stefanie
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  • Day 2: vienna schoenbrunn palace and spanish riding school

    After breakfast, depart for Spanish Riding School for those that choose to do this. Otherwise, a free morning to enjoy yourself.

    Early afternoon, depart by subway with your guide for a visit of Schoenbrunn Palace. Emperor Franz Joseph, who reigned from 1848 to 1916, was born here in 1830. This former summer residence of the imperial family is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. Be sure to visit the Palm House of exotic plants, and wander through the garden maze.   

    Evening free time to enjoy local art galleries.  

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Stefanie
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: bratislava, slovakia

    Bratislava offers an inviting glimpse of central European history, architecture and culture. The capital city of Slovakia is just about 40 miles north-east from Vienna and a short drive from both Hungary and the Czech Republic. It has an incredible location along the banks of the Danube River, on the border of the Carpathian Mountains with its rich vineyards. Bratislava has 2,000 years of rich history dating back to Celtic times. It has been part of the Roman Empire, attracted royal families such as the Habsburgs, and has seen coronations of Hungarian kings including the empress Maria Theresa. However, the last century was not kind to Bratislava. Its multiculturalism and charm were damaged during World War II, followed by 40 years of communism. In the course of these years many have forgotten Bratislava’s legendary past.

    Recently the city has undergone a great reconstruction and cultural reawakening and made an amazing comeback, turning into a favorite city break destination, with a freshly renovated Old Town. Tourists are rediscovering the city’s charm and gothic treasures, stylish restaurants, inviting cafes, and teeming night life. Take a morning city tour followed by a typical Slovak lunch. Meet with locals for a short discussion about life during communism. 

    Later in the afternoon, we drive to Lednice and overnight. Enjoy a walk in Lednice Park. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    My Hotel Lednice
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: south moravia
    Visit Valtice CastleVisit Valtice Castle

    Today, visit of the beautiful UNESCO sites in the protected area of Lednice-Valtice. After breakfast, drive to the baroque Rajsna Watchtower where you have a wonderful scenic view of the whole area. From Rajsna Hill walk down to Valtice, a gorgeous little town that the house of Liechtenstein chose for their residence centuries ago. After visiting Valtice, we take a short drive to Lednice.  In Lednice, visit the Neogothic Castle and Garden,  and take an easy walk through the park to the watch tower or Turkish Minaret, where it may be possbile to view the largest Czech night heron colony and the Lednice Castle and Garden.  

    Our dinner tonight will be at a local wine cellar in Valtice where we will be treated to an evening of Moravian wines and traditional food.   

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    My Hotel Lednice
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: certoryje nature reserve / petrov wine cellars/ skanzen (open air museum) straznice

    This morning we will drive to Certoryje Nature Reserve where we will have a short walk through the meadows and forest trails to enjoy the most species-rich botanical reserve in the White Carpathian Mountains. The vegetation is dominated by grasslands and scattered oak trees which produce a perfect habitat for over 500 species of vascular plants and 22 species of orchids.        

    Next we will visit Skanzen Straznice, an open air museum of a typical Moravian village. After lunch, we will drive back to the hotel via the town of Petrov. In Petrov, there are a large number of wine cellars, all covered with a layer of earth and doors painted with traditional designs and striking blue and white paint. We`ll explore Petrov and these wine caves before we return to the hotel.  

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    My Hotel Lednice
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: historical town of mikulov, podyji national park and iron curtain remains
    View remains of the Iron CurtainView remains of the Iron Curtain

    This morning, our first stop is in the small historic town of Mikulov. Mikulov Castle towers over the town’s orange-red tiled roofs and has been there in several forms since the 13th Century. We’ll have time after to explore the town, castle and Jewish Cemetery.

    After lunch we leave Mikulov to make our way to South Bohemia, where we'll visit Cizov Village on the Austrian/Czech Republic border. Here, we will find the only preserved part of the Iron Curtain in the Czech Republic, which includes a watch tower, wire fence and other interesting remains of the Cold War era. We will take a short walk to the view point Hardegg at Podyji National Park, just behind the former Iron Curtain.

    We drive on to Telc for dinner and overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Anton
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: telc and slavonice
    Renaissance town of Telc, Czech RepublicRenaissance town of Telc, Czech Republic

    Telc and Slavonice are two of the most beautiful Renaissance towns anywhere in the Czech Republic. Squeezed between two fish ponds, the Stepnicky to the east and the Ulicky to the west, the stare mesto is little more than two medieval gate towers, one huge wedge-shaped square and a chateau. We will visit Telc Castle today. We will take a walk in Bohemian Canada Landscape Protected area, in between visiting each of these towns. We also visit a local goat farm, and have a chance to meet with the farmers.  

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Anton
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: trebonsko national nature preserve
    Enjoy dinner in Cesky KrumlovEnjoy dinner in Cesky Krumlov

    The region of South Bohemia has international importance for its fishponds and lakes, in use since the14th Century. They now number over 460 fishponds with an interconnecting network of canals. Fifty percent of this region is also covered in forest. We’ll explore both the forests and ponds this morning on a series of easy walking trails to observe some excellent forest and water birds including black and white stork, middle-spotted, grey-headed and black woodpeckers and smaller birds such as bluethroat and penduline tit. We drive through the Trebon area with some of the region’s largest lakes and fishponds, acknowledged by its status as a Biosphere Reserve. A superb landscape, which attained a secondary biological equilibrium centuries ago, results in its present beauty.  Walk in this beautiful area and view the disintegrating oak trees, giants almost 500 years old. While walking, view several old farm villages built in the “Peasant Baroque” style and enjoy a picnic lunch en route. Visit the oldest Czech brewery, Regent in Trebon (est 1387), where we will taste the beers on offer. Drive to Cesky Krumlov for dinner and overnight.   

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Zlaty Andel
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: cesky kromlov
    Explore Cesky KrumlovExplore Cesky Krumlov

    After breakfast, we will head on to the remarkable fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov, founded in the 13th Century, where we will be steeped in the living spirit of Renaissance times. This is an astonishingly beautiful and well-preserved small medieval town that is one of the most visited in the Czech Republic. The Medieval town center of Cesky Krumlov is almost completely encircled by the river Vltava and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The incredible castle, towering over the town, is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic. After a pleasant lunch at a local restaurant, we will tour the town and then have a guided tour of the Castle Theatre. This baroque theater in Krumlov Castle, rebuilt in 1767, displays unique and well preserved decor, furnishings, stage settings, costumes, and stage machinery. The theater offers a fascinating glimpse of 18th Century theatrical life. Lunch in Cesky Krumlov, followed by a free afternoon to explore this town on your own. 

    Options for your free time include a serene canoe trip down the River Vltava or a transfer to the Zlata Koruna Monastery for a hike to the highest peak of the Blansky Hills, Klet. The hike is rather challenging so be sure you are up for the hike. Take advantage of the summit's observatory and restaurant before hiking back down to Cesky Krumlov.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Zlaty Andel
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: budweiser brewery, prague
    View of the center of PragueView of the center of Prague

    After breakfast, we drive to the original Budweiser Brewery in Ceske Budejovice town (Budweiss) for a tour. Afterwards, partake of beer tasting and typical Czech lunch in the brewery restaurant. Then drive on to Prague.  

    Along the way we stop at the Nizbor Glass factory for a visit and tour. This is a manufacturer of the famous Czech glass. We expect to arrive in Prague late-afternoon. You have the evening on your own explore the town and to try one of the many local restaurants.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Certovka Prague (next to Charles Bridge)
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  • Day 11: prague
    Prague Castle by nightPrague Castle by night

    Today, we will have a walking tour of Prague, generally accepted as one of the most beautiful and unspoiled cities in Europe. It is a city which has miraculously escaped development and destruction over the centuries, and where the churches, chapels, halls, and towers from every period of its history are represented. Our Prague city guide will start the tour by taking us to the magnificent Prague Castle and leading us on a wonderful journey through 1000 years of Czech history.  It is the symbol of the Czech state, scene of coronations and the resting place of Bohemian monarchs. We will also visit nearby St.Vitus’ Cathedral, the city’s most distinctive landmark and the resting place of “Good King” Wenceslas. Then walk across Charles Bridge, Prague’s most familiar monument built for Charles IV in 1357. We will also take a 2-hour cruise on the Vltava River with lunch included.  Our city tour will then continue on to the Old Town Square at which point our guide will return with us to our hotel. Our farewell dinner will be at the Nebozizek Retaurant on the top of a hill overlooking the city.  

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Certovka Prague
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  • Day 12: prague / onward

    You will be transferred to the Prague airport in time for your homebound flight. You may also consider taking a train to Vienna and flying home from Vienna, or extending your time in either Prague or Vienna.    

    Meals
    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,365
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$625
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.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
12 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. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
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comfortable & delightful hotels
Activity Level:
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Easy walking days
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
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 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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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
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.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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