Czech Republic - Best Tours & Trips 2019
Once part of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic split from Slovakia in a “friendly divorce” following the end of Soviet rule in the 1990s. Since then, it has grown into a major tourist destination, with its historic capital, Prague, now one of the key stops on any Central European tour. It’s a good place to quench your thirst for culture, history, hiking tours over rolling hills and, of course, the local pilsners.
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Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
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Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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- CITY TOUR in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Kraków, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague
- ORIENTATION of Dresden
- VISIT Lake Bled in Slovenia, Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Jasna Gora Monastery, Poznań in Poland, Berlin TV Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague and Tábor
- VIEW Lake Balaton
- Walking tour of Amsterdam
- Driving tour of Berlin
- Visit former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
- Driving tour of Vienna
- Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
- Walking tour of Bratislava
- Driving tour of Copenhagen
- Walking tour of Rome
- Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
- Driving tour of Athens
- Walking tour of Prague
- Walking tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide
- Walking tour of Sarajevo
- Walking tour of Kraków
- Driving tour of Budapest
- Visit Budva
- Driving tour of Tirana with a local guide
- Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
- Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included)
- Driving tour of Belgrade
- Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust
- See the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert.
- See historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
- Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre
- Enjoy a panoramic tour taking you along the Ring Boulevard, past Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace and the ornate State Opera to a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s
- Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague
- See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town in Prague
- Helsinki Tour
- Danube Bend
- Entry & Guided tour of the KGB Museum
- Guided Tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
- See the Wooden Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
- View the Lion Monument
- Visit a Swiss watch and Swiss army knife shop
- Discover the Secrets of Michelangelo's Florence – see Ponte Vecchio, the Medici Palace & much more on our locally guided walking tour of Florence
- See the Duomo, Basilica Santa Croce, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistery & Piazza della Signoria
- Learn about Florence's leather craft with a demonstration
- Private boat through the canals & islands of Venice
- See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
- See Venice's iconic canals & gondolas
- See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
- Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
- See the site of Checkpoint Charlie
- See East Side Gallery
- Krakow: For your Dine-Around Evening, choose you style of dining from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, unique in Polish flavour.
- Budapest: Tonight you are in for a treat with your Highlight Dinner at Gundel, one of Budapest's most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine.
- Vienna: For your Celebration Dinner, savour a delicious meal of Austrian fare with drinks included, while being entertained by acclaimed soloists and dancers.
- Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
- Krakow: The very trendy and centrally-located andel's by Vienna House Cracow is designed to provide luxury comforts with a home-away-from-home feel.
- Budapest: Located in the heart of the city, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest blends classic opulence with the finest five-star luxury. Its refurbished Royal Spa is simply stunning!
- Český Krumlov: Your Travel Director will lead you an orientation of the city as you explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town.
- Prague: Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, this majestic city is where you’ll experience a private tour with a Local Expert, through the atmospheric courtyards of the historic Prague Castle.
- Prague: Led by your Local Expert, explore the delightful Old Town Square and see the detailed Astronomical Clock that delights onlookers each hour.
- Auschwitz: Accompanied by your Local Expert, experience a powerful and moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.
- Kraków: The medieval heart of Kraków is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join your Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of this historic Holy Grail. Walk past Jagiellonian University, through the Old Town to the town square and see the medieval Sukiennice Cloth Hall.
- Kraków: Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.
- Kraków: Visit the 14th century St. Mary’s Basilica, the most important church in the city.
- Budapest: Join a Local Expert and visit the colourful Matthias Church. From the heights of the Fisherman’s Bastion, gaze out over the Danube to the beautiful facades of the giant-domed Hungarian Parliament Building.
- Budapest: See Heroes' Square and Andrássy Boulevard. Spend time in the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci Utca and see the mighty Danube with its many bridges linking Buda and Pest.
- Budapest: Visiting the Central Market Hall is a foodie's dream. Wander across three levels of stalls, brimming with mouthwatering salamis, spicy paprika, sumptuous Hungarian wines and a whole lot of Pálinka.
- Vienna: Led by your Local Expert, indulge your senses at the Schönbrunn Palace as you stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
- Vienna: Travel along the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
- Scenic Drives: Admire the passing scenery as you travel through the Vienna Woods, Bohemia, the Orava region and Low Tatra Mountains.
- Moscow Kremlin guided tour
- Guided tour of St Sophia's Cathedral and the Kremlin
- Entry & Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum
- Entry & Guided tour of the KGB Museum
- Guided Tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
- Novi Sad Petrovaradin Fortress Guided Tunnel Tour
- Visit Devil's Town
- Matka Canyon Visit including Boat Ride
- Visit to Kruja (Entry to City Walls and Skanderbeg Museum)
- Guided Tour of Kotor Old Town
- Visit Trebinje for wine tour and tasting
- 24 hour Dubrovnik city card including City Walls and transport pass
- Entry to Kravice Waterfall
- Guided Tour of Diocletian's Palace
- Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Guided Walking Tour of Ljubljana
- Tour of Maramures Region
- Cluj Napoca Visit
- Entry to Viscri Fortified Church & Prejmer Fortified Church
- Entry to Dracula's (Bran) Castle
- Entry to Peles Castle
- Entry to Plovdiv Roman Amphitheatre
- Experience the cultures of Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Poland.
- Take a poignant journey through history at the camps of Auschwitz.
- Local experts provide informative guided tours of Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow and Warsaw.
- The fairy-tale city of Prague reveals the remarkable Hradcany Castle.
- Come to know Vienna and its lavish Schonbrunn Palace.
- Wander around Rome's famous landmarks including the Colosseum, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica and much more. This is a city that bucket lists were made for.
- Come face-to-face with Michelangelo's David in Florence and a famous leaning tower in Pisa. Then get pleasantly lost exploring the tangle of canals and alleyways that make Venice.
- Contrast the pastel buildings and rocky coastal pathways of the Cinque Terre with the villages, estates and gardens dotted around Lake Como.
- Compare the world-class wines of Italy’s Piedmont region with those found along the south Tyrolean Wine Road, one of the oldest wine routes in the country.
- Chanel Mozart and the Sound of Music in Salzburg. Enjoy plenty of time in Vienna to soak up its gorgeous architecture and jazz scene, then swing by Cesky Krumlov for a taste of its bohemian vibes.
- Enjoy a scenic walk along the banks of the River Danube in Budapest. Threaded with bridges and hemmed in by castles and historic city buildings, Europe’s second longest river is also one of its most beautiful.
- Get active hiking in the picturesque Tatra Mountains and traverse the steep slopes via funicular, gondola and electric steam train.
- Cycling through Bohemia along the Elbe River with a group of fellow cyclists
- Exploring the elegant city of Prague
- Discovering the beautifully restored sights of Dresden
- Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
- A city of unrivalled european beauty, prague will take your breath away before you’ve even started. take a guided tour of prague castle, then watch the old town transform into a bohemian’s paradise after dark
- As well as guided tours in major cities like berlin and vienna, this trip takes you deeper into the histories of eastern europe. enjoy sparkling wine and narrative in cesky krumlov, explore the ancient village of zalipie, and ponder the secrets of ksiaz castle in walbrzych
- Epicureans will not be disappointed. dine beneath a castle in budapest, sample the delicious polish smoked cheese oscypek in the place where it’s exclusively made and taste some of the best hungarian wines.
- Wander delightful zalipie, where nearly every immovable object is decorated with hand-painted floral motives
- Break up your journey with some fresh air in the gorgeous tatra mountains, with free time to explore world-class hiking trails
- Experience a night in your feature stay hotel that is located in the largest castle in silesia region of poland. old and beautiful castle is perched on top of the hill overlooking river gorge and nearby lands.
- Discover Prague, Kutná Hora and Český Krumlov
- Explore Petřín Hill
- Visit Old Town Square and Alfons Mucha Museum
- Discover St. Vitus Cathedral and Charles Bridge
- Visit Troja Palace
- Explore southern Moravia and Bohemia from the seat of a bike
- Starting in Vienna, explore medieval towns and castles en route to Prague
- Cycle 25-35 miles a day with a support crew so you can focus on the scenery
- Tour three UNESCO towns: picture-perfect Telč, Cesky Krumlov and Holasovice
- Sample local breads, cheeses, salamis, fresh fruits and vegetables, and sweets
- Hofburg Palace (Vienna)
- St. Martin’s Cathedral (Bratislava)
- Matthias Coronation Church (Budapest)
- Gypsy Concert (On Board – Budapest)
- Old Town with Concert (Osijek)
- Petrovaradin Fortress (Novi Sad)
- Kalemegdan Fortress (Belgrade)
- Iron Gates Gorge
- Baba Vida Fortress (Vidin)
- Palace of Parliament (Bucharest)
- Optional Dracula’s Castle Extension
- View impressive Baroque Architecture in Vilnius
- Visit Trakai Castle, an enchanting medieval style castle
- Visit splendid Rundale Palace, a baroque-style palace filled with opulent rococo furnishings
- View the magnificent Dome Cathedral
- Visit the ornate Russian Orthodox Dome Church
- See the remains of the Berlin Wall
- Enjoy as a local expert leads you on a sightseeing tour of former East-Berlin.
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Top Czech Republic Experiences
- Walking over Charles Bridge in Prague and seeing the spectacular views of the city
- Watching a black light theater performance in Prague, where the art form was born in the 1960's
- Visiting the National Museum in Prague, a building that's exterior is just as impressible as what's inside!
- Seeing the majestic Konopiste Castle
- Exploring limestone caverns in Moravian Karst, and walking and biking along the many trails in the area
- Visiting the picturesque and colorful historic center of Telc, a town in the Czech Republic's Moravia region
- The beautiful gothic architecture in Kutna Hora
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Czech Republic Attractions & Landmarks Guide
Once part of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic split from Slovakia in a “friendly divorce” following the end of Soviet rule in the 1990s. Since then, it has grown into a major tourist destination, with its historic capital, Prague, now one of the key stops on any Central European tour.
It’s a good place to quench your thirst for culture, history, hiking tours over rolling hills and, of course, the local pilsners. It’s a good place to quench your thirst for culture, history, biking or hiking tours over rolling hills, and, of course, the local pilsners.
When most people think of the Czech Republic, they picture Prague, its majestic capital – and with good reason. “The city of a hundred spires” not only challenges Paris in its beauty, it also boasts a history that stretches back over a millennium along with one of the most vibrant cultural settings in all of Europe.
Yet those who visit only Prague and don’t explore the treasures that abound throughout the rest of the country miss a lot. The landscape is strewn with shimmering lakes and criss-crossed by rivers. Rolling farm fields and orchards lead to forested highlands overlooked by mountain ranges that virtually surround the small nation.
Despite the magnificent examples of Mother Nature’s handiworks, the Czech Republic’s greatest assets are man-made. Hilltop castles, ornate cathedrals and imperial palaces dot the landscape and decorate cities and towns. Adding to the appeal for visitors is the ease of being immersed among these varied riches in a compact country that is about the size of South Carolina.
For its minuscule size, the Czech Republic has a relatively high number of places – 13 -- included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. They are citied for their “outstanding universal value” in terms of history, art, culture and other attributes.
Prague (Praha) is a city that overwhelms visitors with its architecture, then envelopes them in an aura of living history. The entire city center is a designated UNESCO heritage site, and the fact that its buildings survived World War II remarkably intact, unlike many throughout Europe, adds to its appeal. So well preserved are the ancient neighborhoods that it can seem as if you’re walking in a stage set. To stroll through the city is to discover a cathedral here, a palace there and Gothic spires everywhere.
The city’s Medieval core is surrounded by architectural treasures from every major period and style. The allure of its age becomes clear in both the “Old Town” (Stare Mesto), a labyrinth of winding alleys and picturesque squares which was founded in the early 13th century, and the not-quite-so-old “New Town” (Nove Mesto), which dates back to 1348.
The sprawling Prague Castle, one of the largest in the world, overlooks the city from a steep hill. Dating back to 870, when the first walled building was constructed at the site, the castle was the seat of power for a number of kings and emperors, and today is the official residence of the president of the Czech Republic.
In addition to the castle itself, the complex of buildings includes cathedrals, palaces and several museums. A series of lovely terraced gardens spills down the hillside to the red tile-roof houses below.
Another must-see is the Charles Bridge, which has spanned the Vltava River since the 14th century. A line of statues which were placed along the balustrade in the 17th and early 18th centuries depicts saints that were venerated at that time.
Equally as popular with visitors and townspeople alike is the 15th century Astronomical Clock set on a wall of the Old Town Tower. Throngs gather each hour as Christ emerges through a small door followed by his disciples, and a skeleton tolls the bell.
Towns, Tunnels, and More
Despite the countless attractions and appeals of Prague, and there are many, visitors who fail to explore the charming and diverse towns scattered throughout the Czech Republic miss out on a lot. Many towns have a charming central square surrounded by narrow winding streets and church steeples pointing toward the sky. In addition, each has its own unique charms.
The central square of tiny Telc could have been lifted from the pages of a Hans Christian Andersen tale. It’s lined by the decorative facades of arcade-fronted Renaissance townhouses painted a variety of pastel hues and set off by ornate gables and intricate designs and decorations. That fairytale setting has earned the historic town center recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It’s primarily what lies beneath the ground that makes Jihlava worth a visit. The story began in the 13th century when cellars were built under most houses in the town center for the storage of food, beer, wine and other items. Over several centuries, the storage areas were connected by tunnels, which stretched over 15 miles. Tours lead visitors through sections of the catacombs, past exhibits that tell the story of the tunnels and how they were created.
Visitors to the Czech Republic seeking to explore its Jewish heritage often head for Trebic, about 100 miles from Prague. Among many vestiges of the Jewish aspect of the country's history, that small city stands out.
The presence of Jewish people in present-day Trebic was first documented in 1338, but it wasn't until the early 18th century that a ghetto was established. Today, it's one of the best preserved ghettos in Europe and the only Jewish monument outside Israel included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Squeezed into a compact area between a river and steep hills, the neighborhood encompasses 123 historic buildings, including two synagogues, a rabbi's house (built around 1620), hospital and two schools. The Jewish cemetery nearby contains about 11,000 graves and almost 3,000 tombstones, some from the 1730s.
The Liquid Czech Republic
“Taking the waters” at mineral spring spas has been an inherent part of life over centuries for people living in the present-day Czech Republic. Today, close to two dozen spa towns attract visitors in search of healing various ailments, or simply a relaxing experience.
Among the most famous spas are Karlovy Vary, set amidst a virtual forest of graceful colonnades; Marianske Lazne, which is surrounded by nearly 100 natural springs, and Luhacovice Spa, which has been been providing healing and hedonism for nearly 350 years.
Ask at a Czech restaurant or pub for “liquid bread” and you’ll be served beer. That beverage has been brewed for centuries there and aficionados rank it among the best in the world. Most towns have at least one brewery and there are hundreds of local and regional brands throughout the country.
Given those facts, it’s not surprising that the Czech Republic tops the worldwide list of per capital beer consumption, with a hefty intake of about 40 gallons a year per person.
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