The Czech experience tour (guided)
The best of Greenways: a well-rounded exploration of the country, its people, culture, and nature
If you don't feel like too much exercise on your vacation, you can experience the entire Vienna - Prague Greenway in a more comfortable style: You will travel by air-conditioned minibus and enjoy the company of an experienced guide, yet each day you'll have the opportunity to take a leisurely hike and enjoy up-close contact with the nature. This is the basic and most popular tour, offering the broadest possibilities for travel along the Czech Greenway. It includes 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and covers a wide range of interests, including architecture, nature, history, Jewish heritage, and traditional arts and crafts, and personal encounters with ordinary people.
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Arrival in Vienna where you will be met by your tour Manager. Proceed to your charming hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, we have arranged a welcome dinner for you to meet your fellow travelers and get details on the wonderful days ahead.
Overnight in Vienna.
|Day 2||Vienna - Mikulov|
Vienna is considered by many as one of the most charming cities in Europe. We will take you on a sightseeing tour to explore the towns most wonderful sights. View the impressive buildings of the Ringstrasse including the State Opera, the Burgtheater and Hofburg and the wonderful home of the Habsburgs. Afternoon visit to magnificent Schonnbrunn Castle, summer palace of the Habsburgs with its spectacular rooms. At the end of the day transfer to Mikulov, Czech Republic, which was for centuries the most important cultural and administrative center of Moravian Jews.
Overnight in Mikulov.
|Day 3||Mikulov, Lednice-Valtice area|
Tour of Mikulov, its square with its graffito houses, the crypt of the Dietriechstein family, as well as the synagogue and Jewish Cemetery, where the oldest tombstones date back to 1605. The program will then concentrate on the unique LedniceValtice area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the former estate of the Liechtenstein family which resided there from early 13th century until 1945. The area is graced by two magnificent chateaux and numerous "follies", romantic structures set in a harmonious way into the surrounding landscape. Vineyards on the slopes of mellow hills, mirror-smooth ponds, nature reserves, bird sanctuaries, storks' nests perched up on high trees all these, plus excellent cooking and wine are among the simple pleasures of life in South Moravia. Do not neglect to walk through the chateau's wonderful gardens. You will also drive through the beautiful lime-rock Palava Hills and visit the historic wine-growing village of Pavlov.
Overnight in Mikulov.
|Day 4||Mikulov - Vranov nad Dyji - Telc|
Early this morning drive to the small village of Vranov nad Dyji with its unique view of the chateau on a rock spur over the river. Start your day with the tour of the magnificent Baroque chateau in Vranov, standing on the site of a 12th century castle which was never conquered and today offers an intriguing view of the surroundings area and an exposition of ceramics in style similar to that of Wedgwood from the local manufacturers. After the tour drive a short distance to the nearby Bitov castle, mirroring in the waters of the Vranov reservoir; then drive over to Cizov where you can see the last remains of the "Iron Curtain" and set out for a short hike to the smallest Austrian town of Hardegg with its beautiful castle. Continue the drive through the country to the The Moravian Renaissance town of Telc, architectural and artistic gem,unchanged by time and designated by UNESCO as "world Heritage" site.
Overnight in Telc.
|Day 5||Telc - Jindrichuv Hradec|
Enjoy your morning on the spacious square of Telc, encircled with Renaissance gables and arcades, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Renaissance Chateau and continue on to the quiet town of Dacice and then on to beautiful Slavonice and the nearby village of Mariz, located in the former no-man's land on the Austrian border. Continue on to nearby castle Landstejn. Your day's travel will be crowned by a train ride on the curious narrow-gauge railway to Jindrichuv Hradec, yet another memorable town, situated on the banks of the river Nezarka. The advanced cultural level of the town is evident with the fact that its newspaper of 1495 is the oldest hand-written newspaper in the Czech language. The superb Renaissance chateau of the Rozmberks and the famous Bohemian tapestry centers are noteworthy and a joy to behold.
Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.
|Day 6||Jindrichuv Hradec - Trebon|
This morning, take in the historic town and castle of Jindrichuv Hradec. After the visit, continue through the mosaic of ponds, woods and meadows of the Bohemian Lake District via Cervena Lhota,arguably the most fairy-like of Bohemia's castles and Straz nad Nezarkou, home of the Metropolitan Opera singer Ema Destinnova. The tour ends in Trebon, a medieval city established back in the 13th century; parts of the early 16th-century fortifications have been preserved to this day. One can enter the charming town by any of the three historical gates, and enter into yesteryear.
Overnight in Trebon.
|Day 7||Trebon - Cesky Krumlov|
This will be a day of rest to just relax or explore the town. Later in the day you will drive to the picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov, situated on the banks of the meandering upper course of the Vltava river.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.
|Day 8||Cesky Krumlov|
Cesky Krumlov, the jewel of South Bohemia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, universally recognized as a unique remnant of historic urbanism. The old town preserves, virtually intact and still vital, an unparalleled ensemble of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque structures. Among the attractions is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic, the oldest working Baroque theatre in Europe and an open-air theatre with a revolving auditorium.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.
|Day 9||Cesky Krumlov - Prague|
Today leave Cesky Krumlov and drive to Krasetin to take a cable car to the top of Klet, highest peak in the region with great vistas. Your next stop is the fairy-tale Tudor Gothic chateau of Hluboka, the best known and most visited castle in the Czech Republic. Continue on to Tabor for a tour of this historically important town founded by the Hussites in 1420 and was named after the biblical Mount Tabor. Your final destination today will be Prague, the magical city of a hundred spires built on the banks of the meandering Vltava river, with one of Europe's most elegant castles overlooking this ancient, beautiful city.
Overnight in Prague.
This morning, you will get a full description of the tumultuous events of recent Czech history followed by a tour of many of the glorious sights of this very beautiful European city, followed by a walk through the Old Town. Visit the main Square, the Town Hall and the Jewish Quarter. Afternoon free. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner in Prague.
Overnight in Prague.
After breakfast, transfer to Prague's airport to board your homebound flight.
|Price (per person):
||1985 EUR (based on double occupancy)
Minimum group size:
Accommodation in selected hotels and pensions (10 nights)
Professional services of a trained guide
Transportation by air-conditioned minibus
Tickets to all visited sites
Value added tax