For most visitors to the Czech Republic all roads lead no farther than Prague, the most westernized, cosmopolitan city, known for its wondrous charm and stunning beauty.
If you really wish to discover the richness of this immensely cultured nation, however, venturing beyond Prague will be very rewarding. The magnificent, undulating landscape consists of mountains and upland plains, forests and farmland. Thanks to the fact that the country was spared widespread destruction during World War II, many of its cities and towns are a visual feast of medieval, baroque and art nouveau architecture and sculpture. Bohemian spa towns and sleepy Moravian wine villages alike have a historical integrity and welcoming atmosphere that gives you the feeling of being immersed in an open-air museum. The country also boasts over 100 castles - from craggy fortresses to more refined, aristocratic chateaus - that are open to the public.
Today, venturing off the beaten path no longer means leaving comfort and service behind. The number and quality of restaurants and hotels in large and small towns alike has soared over the past five years, attracting more visitors while remaining relaxed and uncrowded
Day 01: Prague, Czech Republic
Arrive Prague and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy a two-hour guided walking tour of the Old Town of Prague and balance of your day at leisure.
Hotel Mercure Prague Center
Day 02: Lednice - Valtice Cultural Landscape
Morning transfer to Moravia to visit to the UNESCO Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape. Wedged into the southeastern corner of the republic, the extensive UNESCO-designated 'cultural landscape' surrounding the small Moravian towns of Lednice and Valtice unites the area's natural features and its architectural past in an unspoiled whole - all meant for leisurely exploration today on foot, on horseback, by bike or even by car. Two important castles of the Lichtenstein family in Lednice and Valtice anchor an array of other chateaus, garden houses and decorative sculptures in various styles. Set off by numerous ponds and forests, the cultural landscape covers 250 square kilometers of the Dyje River watershed.
Enjoy dinner and wine tasting in one of Valtice´s famous wine cellars. The Wine Salon of the Czech Republic is the highest wine competition in the country. Only wines made from grapes grown in the Czech republic can apply. Wines applying for the Wine Salon first go through a system of nominating exhibitions. Then the wines go through an assessment of the committee of wine tasters, which awards the best 100 wines the right to mark their label with the words "Salon vin Ceske Republiky".
After dinner, transfer to Hlohovec for overnight. Hotel Hranicni Zameček is a significant architectural monument of the Lednice - Valtice area built by the Liechtenstein family in the years 1816 - 1819 at the village of Hlohovec near the Hlohovec pond and is registered with UNESCO.
Day 03: Brno and Telc
Morning transfer to Brno where we enjoy a half-day city tour. Sights include the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Old Town Hall and the Capuchin Monastery. The 13th-century Spilberk Castle, a prison before World War II, has a wonderful view of the city and countryside. Near the castle is the Augustinian monastery where Gregor Mendel first discovered the laws of genetics using pea plants. Part of the monastery houses a museum, and Mendel's experimental garden can still be toured. The Reduta Theater (facing the medieval market square) performs colorful operettas based on local folklore.
Continue to Telè for hotel check-in and afternoon city tour.
Hotel Cerny Orel
Day 04: Cesky Krumlov
Enjoy a full day visit to Èeský Krumlov, one of Bohemia's most beautiful towns, with a well-preserved historical center that is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Day 05: Holasovice - Prague
Return to Prague today via Holašovice. Holašovice is an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a traditional central European village which also belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage. Afterwards, continue to Prague with a stop for lunch en route.
Hotel Mercure Prague Center
Day 06: Prague
Half-day city tour of Prague. Visit Prague Castle (Hradèany) - the millennium-old residence of the kings of Bohemia and the seat of the President of the Republic; Lesser Town (founded in 1257 on the slopes bellow Prague castle); Enjoy a walking tour of the New Town (founded in 1348 by Charles IV) and its heart Wenceslas Square. Lastly, visit the Jewish Quarter, named after Emperor Josef II. After lunch, the remainder of the day at leisure to explore on your own.
Hotel Mercure Prague Center
Day 07: Prague - Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
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$3,199 per person double occupancy.
$2,209 per person double occupancy, based on four persons traveling together
$5,919 Solo Traveler
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