& Kyjov Folklore Festival, August 13 - 26, 2019
After four years, the royal town of Kyjov is going to open its gates to welcome you to the oldest regional folklore festival in the Czech Republic
PRAHA / PRAGUE 4 nights // BRNO 4 nights // ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE 3 nights // PLZEŇ / PILSEN 1 nights
Cities & Towns:
• Prague • Brno • Kyjov • Kroměříž • Olomouc • Třebíč • Telč • České Budějovice • Hluboká • Český Krumlov • Pilsen • Nižbor and more
• Land transfers - Air conditioned motor coach
• Clean and comfortable first class hotel accommodation with private facilities
• Breakfasts & lunches or dinners
• All scheduled sightseeing & entrance fees, local taxes, music, parties & entertainment
• Escorted by Czech native. Professional / Local English speaking Tour guides
• "Travel Book” with maps of Czech Republic and Prague plus information you need to know before you go & during the tour
• Airfare (please ask us, we can assist)
• Travel Insurance (please ask us, we can assist)
• Porterage and gratuities • Personal expenses
• Meals other than mentioned in tour program
• Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
TOUR RESERVATIONS DETAILS
Land tour price per person based on double occupancy LAND ONLY: $2,895
Booking by: April 13, 2019 Past due by: May 13, 2019
Request “Tour Registration Form” by writing / e-mail or calling us.
Itinerary* “TRAVEL BOOK” with daily program > detailed schedule information will be mailed to you approx. 1 month prior to departure
DAILY TOUR PROGRAM
(B - breakfast; L - lunch; D - dinner)
Day 1 – Tuesday 13
Depart your hometown and take an overnight flight across the Atlantic. Enjoy in-flight entertainment and meal service as you travel to start your vacation. (Airline tickets require separate purchase).
Day 2 – Wednesday 14 (D) PRAGUE - 2 nights
The tour starts today from your hotel in PRAGUE. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or start discovering Prague. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a WELCOME DINNER in the local restaurant.
Day 3 – Thursday 15 (B, L)
Begin your day with a walking tour featuring the 1,000-year-old Hradčany Castle area, with the former Royal Palace, the imposing St. Vítus Cathedral, and the colorful Golden Lane. Then proceed to the 14th century Charles Bridge, one of Prague's loveliest and most characteristic sights with its 16 arches and 30 statues. Continue to the Old Town Square, enclosed by Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo style buildings before viewing Týn Church and its magnificent towers, the unique Astronomical Clock, St. Nicholas Cathedral and Old Town Hall. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 4 – Friday 16 (B, L) BRNO - 4 nights
Morning transfer to BRNO. Guided, downtown city tour includes: Church of St. Jacob, Vegetable market, Cathedral of Ss. Peter & Paul; Spilberg Castle area, city center and more.
Day 5 - Saturday 17; Day 6- Sunday 18 (B, L)
WHOLE DAYS OF CELEBRATION
FOLKLORE FESTIVAL: Moravian-Slovak Year in Kyjov
Program consists of, among other programs, as well as actions that are repeated regularly every 4 years (e.g. brass band competition, maypole erection and maypole felling, traditional evening show, folk fair, parade in folk costumes from whole Kyjovsko, the Ride of kings and evening dances).
Festival program in detail will be announced later.
Day 7 – Monday 19 (B, L)
Day trip to KROMĚŘÍŽ. In 1777, this town, located in Central Moravia became the seat of the bishops of Olomouc. The splendid Kroměříž chateau and its beautiful gardens are considered an especially attractive and well-preserved example of Baroque palatial and garden design. They played an important role in the development of Central European Baroque architecture of gardens and palaces. Guided city tour of adjoining colonnade and beautiful gardens. PM continue to OLOMOUC - The second largest city after Prague, in the period 1187-1641, the capital of Moravia. The residence of bishops since 1063, the first archbishop installed in 1777. The most significant church is the Cathedral of St. Wenceslas from 1109. Guided city tour followed by a free time at leisure.
Day 8 – Tuesday 20 (B, L) ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE - 3 nights
After breakfast depart to the World Heritage town of TŘEBÍČ. The city was once a center of Jewish culture in Moravia. The uniquely preserved Jewish Quarter bears silent witness to the cohabitation between Jews and Christians in this city. After guided tour and some free time, we'll continue driving through countryside to TELČ. The town boasts one of the most beautiful squares to be found in the Czech Republic, if not Central Europe. Set in a magnificent garden, the Renaissance Telč Chateau is an important historical monument. An UNESCO World Heritage Site. Free time for lunch and shopping. Later afternoon, we’ll arrive to our hotel in ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE. Free time at leisure.
Day 9 - Wednesday 21 (B, L)
AM after touring the Budweiser / Budvar Brewery you’ll visit center of the town with its magnificent square, one of the largest in Europe. It is lined with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses with arcades and Samsonʼs Fountain in its center (from 1727). Later continue to medieval town of ČESKÝ KRUMLOV, the jewel of South Bohemia. Although over the past few years the town has transformed itself into a lively cultural and tourist center, it continues to create the impression of a place where time stopped several centuries ago. Among the attractions is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic, the oldest working Baroque theater in Europe and an open-air theater with a revolving auditorium. Guided city tour followed by free time for leisure and for shopping of beautiful Garnet jewelry.
Day 10 - Thursday 22 (B, L)
AM free time at leisure for a chance to visit some of the sites of the town, shopping or just relax. PM visit a “Windsor style” HLUBOKÁ Chateau. The chateau of was originally founded as a guarding castle in the mid 13th century by the Kings of Bohemia, and being royal property, it was frequently forfeited. In its 120 rooms there are valuable collections of paintings, tapestries, furniture and weapon collections mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Day 11 - Friday 23 (B, L) PILSEN - 1 night
After breakfast depart to west Bohemian metropolis PILSEN. This West Bohemian metropolis with 170,000 inhabitants is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic. Its historical predecessor was a former watch castle dating back from the 10th century. Pilsen is known for its famous Pilsen beer - Pilsner Urquell. The Town Hall is a good example of Bohemian Renaissance (1555-59). The gothic St. Bartholomewʼs Church (14th century) has the highest spire in Bohemia (103 m). Guided city tour includes the city center, monument dedicated to US Army for liberation the city in May 1945 - “Thank you America!” and other sites. Rest of the day at leisure. You may shop for various souvenirs or you’ll have a chance to visit the second largest Synagogue in Europe.
Day 12 - Saturday 24 (B, L) PRAGUE - 2 nights
The excursion of RÜCKL CRYSTAL factory in NIŽBOR is on the schedule today. During the 45 minutes excursion you will get to know the individual stages of producing glass crystal by hand, i.e. the furnaces, processing, designing and polishing. A great opportunity for bargain shopping in factory store. PM continue to our hotel in PRAGUE. Rest of the day free.
Day 13 - Sunday 25 (B, D)
Enjoy a free day to further explore the sights of PRAGUE, or perhaps indulge in last minute shopping. There is music available everywhere and you may enjoy a concert. Perhaps, you’ll like to visit with friends, relatives or visit your ancestral village - we can arrange for you an English speaking driver who will take you there. FAREWELL DINNER in the local restaurant.
Day 14 - Monday 26 (B)
After breakfast, your tour ends this morning, leaving you with pleasant memories of a wonderful vacation.
*Subject to change
An additional extended stay possible. Airline ticket arrangement available upon request at time of booking.