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The best way to really explore a country is to walk through. Ten- to twenty-mile hikes daily along centuries-old trails of Czech Republic enhance the personal experience.

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Walking in Palava, MoraviaWalking Trail Prague to Dresden (along Vltava and Elbe Rivers)

8-day / 7-night walking tour
Self-guided or guided walking trip
Length of walks: 91 km / 57 miles
Trip rating: Moderate

Dates for self-guided walking tours:
Every day from April to the end of October

2017 Dates for guided walking tours:
May 8-15
July 10-17
August 14-21

Highlights

The starting point for this walking tour is the beautiful, legend-enshrouded city of Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Your route will follow the Vltava and then the Elbe Rivers into the heart of the Czech Basin, then through the great gap in the mountains into Germany to your destination, the magnificent city of Dresden, destroyed in World War II but now risen up from the ashes. As you ramble through the pleasant countryside along the Elbe you will encounter medieval castles, exquisite Renaissance and Baroque chateaus, and tranquil riverine landscapes. Later you will come to the massive wall that separates the Czech Republic from Germany, the Lusatian Mountains, and the great gap through which the Elbe River flows on its way north to the Baltic Sea. This highland region is known as the Czech-Saxon Switzerland for its sculptured rocky outcroppings, deep canyons, and incredible vistas

Self-guided walking tours include:
  • Accommodation in selected hotels and pensions
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed hiking maps (route highlighted)
  • English route descriptions
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) console with programmed route
  • Transportation by car according to program
  • Welcome briefing upon arrival
  • Stand-by support (cell phone and contact person)

Price of self-guided tour

1290 EUR per person 
(based on double occupancy)
Single supplement: 350 EUR


Not included in the tour costs:
1. Any overnight stay Prague





Guided walking tours include:
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Accommodation in selected hotels and pensions
  • Support van
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed hiking maps
  • English route descriptions
  • Private guided tours at chateaux, castles, museums and other select attractions
  • Special events, including wine tasting and picnic

Price of guided tour

Group size 4-7 people:
1990 EUR per person (double occupancy)
Group size 8+ people:
1790 EUR per person (double occupancy)
Single supplement: 350 EUR

Not included in the tour costs:
1. Any overnight stay Prague


Itinerary

8-day / 7-night walking tour

Day 1)
Prague – Melnik (14 km / 9 miles)

Your first day’s walk will start at Prague’s Stromovka Park, a former royal game reserve sloping down to Vltava River. After crossing the river you can visit the Baroque Troja Palace, today the Prague City Gallery, and the extensive Botanical Gardens with the magnificent Fata Morgana Greenhouse, and vineyards covering the hill above the palace. The trail then follows the bank of the Vltava River. The only climb comes at the very end when you leave the riverbank and walk uphill to the center of village of Klecany. A car transfer at the end of the day will take you to the castle town of Melnik at the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers.
Overnight in Melnik.

Day 2)
Melnik – Litomerice (13 km / 8 miles)

Your walk starts at Libechov chateau and park with its architectural follies. Set into this bucolic scene are fascinating statues and carvings by romantic-era sculptors. The trail continues on gently rolling terrain through several villages and very popular recreation areas located in the Protected Landscape Area Kokorinsko. The walk ends at Castle Kokorin, a romantic reconstruction of a former medieval fortress. In the afternoon you transfer to Litomerice, located at the confluence of the Elbe and Oder Rivers. Litomerice’s historic center makes it a jewel of the Bohemian region.
Overnight in Litomerice

Day 3)
Litomerice – Decin (11 km / 7 miles)

The trail leads directly from the city center, follows along a lovely stream, and continues uphill through villages and forests. You will rise through beautiful countryside to the peak called Varhost (el. 639 m). Its 15-meter-high observation tower offers a 360-degree view of the picturesque countryside. From the top you can see the Labe (Elbe) River and its meanders in eight different places. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Decin.
An alternative or additional walk at the start of the day takes you 10 km (6 miles) to the former WW II concentration camp of Terezin.
Overnight in Decin.

Day 4)
Decin to Hrensko (21 km / 13 miles)

First you climb from the city center to the top of the bluff overlooking the Elbe River. From there it is a lovely trek along a high trail that offers many magnificent views of the river and the cliffs along it. The last part of the nature walk leads through the forested canyon of a mountain stream. Your hike ends at your hotel in the town of Hrensko, the last Czech town before you cross the German border, and the gateway to the Czech Switzerland National Park.
Overnight in Hrensko

Day 5)
Hrensko – Czech-Saxon Switzerland loop – Bad Schandau (15 km / 9 miles)

The impressive Czech-Saxon Switzerland is a unique landscape of spectacular sandstone rock formations, narrow passes, rocky viewing platforms and green woods that stretch all the way to the German border. The trail will take you up to the largest natural arch in Europe, the Pravcicka Gate, an icon of the national park. On your descend back to Hrensko you first go down into green forest, then into the deep and mysterious canyon of the Kamenice River, so narrow you have to ride down by boat. At the end of your day you will catch a steamboat that will take you to Bad Schandau, Germany, a lovely riverside spa town.
Overnight in Bad Schandau.

Day 6)
Bad Schandau – Schmilka – Bad Schandau loop (12 km / 7.5 miles)

A morning steamboat ride will take you to the trailhead in the German border town of Schmilka. You have one steep climb at the start; the rest of the day is a pleasant stroll through the forest, with the great river valley on the left side and the stacks and towers of rock on your right. At the end of your walk enjoy a ride down from the bluff in the historic elevator; later you might even want to go for a swim in the pool of the local spa.
Overnight in Bad Schandau.

Day 7)
Bad Schandau – Kurort Rathen loop – Dresden
(5.5 km / 3.5 miles)
Today you will explore the most popular site of Saxon Switzerland National Park – Grosse Bastei (Big Bastion). After a very steep climb you will be rewarded by a fabulous view of the Elbe River and the surrounding cliffs and villages. You will experience the Elbe River steamboat ride at the beginning of your day, and a ferry ride at the end of your entire tour. Enjoy!
Overnight in Dresden

Day 8)
Dresden

Dresden, known as the “Florence upon the Elbe” was severely damaged by air raids at the end of World War II. The city has survived and been resurrected as one of Germany’s great cities, offering many places to explore.
Departure.

Time to go

Climate
On the continent in Central Europe the weather is cold with snow in the winter but the summers are lengthy with a lot of sunshine and clear days. Our tours run from the beginning of April to the end of October – the optimum months here for a good trip. May, June and September are the times to experience the cooler, but still warm and sunny weather. The temperature in the summer can get quite high, so July and August are perfect if you love the sun. April and October are wonderfully changeable and can be chilly too. These times are perfect if you want to see the changing of the seasons.

Tourist numbers
July and August tend to be the busiest times in terms of crowds. Bear this in mind if you want to see some national monuments relatively crowd-free.

Festivals and events
Central Europe is rich in festivals and cultural events. Worth mentioning are the local festivals celebrating the grape harvest in September - vinobrani. There is much merrymaking by the local residents with consumption of delicious wine. In some areas a folk culture is connected to wine growing and this can particularly be seen during the vinobrani.

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