September 14 – 28, 2020
On this tour we’ll visit all the unique World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic: Prague, Kutná Hora, Zelená Hora, Litomyšl, Olomouc, Kroměříž, Brno, Lednice -Valtice, Třebíč, Telč, Holašovice, Český Krumlov
IN ADDITION TO CITIES & TOWNS WE’LL ALSO VISIT: • Mariánské Lázně • České Budějovice and many more villages in between
PRAHA / PRAGUE 4 nights
PLZEŇ / PILSEN 2 nights
ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE 2 nights
BRNO 3 nights
LITOMYŠL 2 night
• Land transfers - Air conditioned motor coach
• Clean and comfortable first class hotel* (3 and 4 stars) accommodation with private facilities
• 13 Breakfasts; 10 lunches; 2 dinners;
• All scheduled sightseeing & entrance fees, local taxes, music, parties & entertainment
• Escorted from US by Czech native
• Professional, local English speaking Tour guides
• "Travel Book” and maps of the Czech Republic and Prague plus information you need to know before you go & during the tour
*Final hotels will be named in the "Travel Book".
• Airfare (please ask us, we can assist)
• Travel Insurance (please ask us, we can assist)
• Porterage and gratuities for local tour guides and driver • Personal expenses • Meals & beverages other than mentioned in tour program
• Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
TOUR RESERVATIONS DETAILS
Land tour price per person based on double occupancy:
Only: $2,895 For single room add: $695
Booking by: May 16 Past Due by: June 13, 2020
Request “Tour Registration Form” by writing / e-mail or calling us.
DAILY TOUR PROGRAM
Itinerary* “TRAVEL BOOK” with daily program > detailed schedule information will be mailed to you approx. 1 month prior to departure.
Day 1 – Monday 14
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.
Day 2 – Tuesday 15 (D) PRAGUE - 1 night
The tour starts today from your hotel in PRAGUE. Begin your afternoon with a walking tour featuring 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. Continue to the 14th century Charles Bridge, one of Prague's loveliest and most characteristic sights with its 16 arches and 30 statues. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a WELCOME DINNER in the local restaurant.
Day 3 – Wednesday 16 (B, L) LITOMYŠL - 2 nights
AM depart to KUTNÁ HORA - the 2nd largest town after Prague in the Middle Ages. Kutná Hora owed its prosperity to silver mining. We’ll tour the St. Barbara Cathedral a jewel in the crown of Gothic architecture. The unique All Saints' cemetery chapel located on the outskirts of the town is also worth exploring as it contains a crypt Ossuary with decorations made exclusively from human skulls and bones. PM continue to LITOMYŠL.
Day 4 – Thursday 17 (B, L)
Tour of the town is scheduled for this morning following the visit the monumental Italian Renaissance castle dating from the years 1567 - 1581. The buildings of the castle precincts are not only exceptional for their architectural refinement, but have also inscribed themselves in history as the birthplace of the Czech national composer Bedřich Smetana. The castle theatre has been preserved entirely, including the original stage machinery and lighting equipment. The unique collection of stage decorations was created by Josef Platzer, the imperial court painter who worked for theatres in Vienna and Prague.
Day 5 – Friday 18 (B, L) BRNO - 3 nights
Start this morning with a trip to ZELENÁ HORA for visit an another UNESCO site - the Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk. The church built in 1727, with many furnishings is remarkable for its Gothicizing features and complex symbolism, quite unusual for the time. The construction of church is based on geometry of circle while constantly repeating number five as a reference to Nepomuk's five stars. Those stars, according to a legend, appeared above his body when he had died. PM continue to our hotel in BRNO. Guided city tour includes: Church of St. Jacob, Vegetable market, Cathedral of Ss. Peter & Paul; Spilberg Castle area, surroundings of Villa Tugendhat, city center and more.
Day 6- Saturday 19 (B, L)
Day trip to visit LEDNICE CHATEAU - The rich constructional development of the present Romantic building began as early as the Middle Age. The present appearance of Lednice is a result of the Neo-Gothic reconstruction of 1846 - 1858. The rooms the manor's ground floor stand out, namely due to the carved decorations. All the rooms are magnificent, but most of all the library, with its splendid stairs and imposing entrance hall with beautiful ceilings and lower facings of Turquoise, Red, and Blue Shows. PM continue to tour VALTICE CHATEAU representing an excellent example of Baroque style. The stroll through the castle is a very pleasant experience. Several rooms and halls display extraordinarily rich decorations of the walls whose value is not diminished. The most beautiful from almost twenty interiors are the Mirror Hall, the picture gallery, the manor chapel and the saloon of Prince Charles. These and a number of other rooms are moreover decorated by magnificent ceiling paintings.
Day 7 – Sunday 20 (B, L)
After breakfast we'll depart 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. Before our guided city tour of adjoining colonnade and beautiful gardens you may attend a •Holy Mass at the St. Mořic church. 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 is the Cathedral of St. Wenceslas from 1109 and the Holy Trinity Column from 1716-1754. Guided city tour.
Day 8 – Monday 21 (B, L) ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE - 2 nights
Morning depart to TŘEBÍČ for visit the Jewish Quarter which is one of the best preserved Jewish ghettos in Europe. The next stop will be in TELČ. The self-guided tour will take you to the long square lined with arcades and Church of St. James from the 14th century. Chateau complex is the most impressive architecture of the region. Free time for shopping. After lunch continue to ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE. Free time at leisure.
Day 9 – Tuesday 22 (B, L)
Guided city tour. In the city center of the town is a magnificent square, one of the largest in Europe. It is lined with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses with arcades, Samsonʼs Fountain in its center. PM trip to ČESKÝ 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. Guided city tour followed by free time for shopping of Bohemian Garnets in the factory store, other souvenirs or a chance to visit the chateau.
Day 10 – Wednesday 23 (B, L) PILSEN - 2 nights
After breakfast we’ll depart to the most charming village of HOLAŠOVICE. The pride of this place is the wonderful Baroque farms set around the extensive village green, which even ensured inclusion of Holašovice in the UNESCO world heritage list. After tour of the village we’ll continue to PILSEN. PM city tour includes the city center, “Thank you America!” monument dedicated to the George S. Patton - 3rd Army for liberation of the city in 1945, St. Bartholomew church, and other places. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 11 – Thursday 24 (B, L)
AM we’ll depart to MARIÁNSKÉ LÁZNĚ - the second largest spa resort in the Czech Republic founded in the last century. Carefully arranged large parks, spa forests, specific architecture, flourishing cultural and social life. Those are the features to characterize this beautiful town. Of the 140 mineral springs in the town, 39 are used for treating kidneys, respiratory and urinary disorders. Tour the Colonnade and view the “Singing fountain” in front of the main colonnade.
PM return to PILSEN to tour the famous Pilsner Urquell Brewery. Free time at leisure.
Day 12 – Friday 25 (B, L) PRAGUE - 3 nights
During your free time in the morning you may shop for various souvenirs or you’ll have a chance to visit, the second largest Synagogue in Europe, General George S. Patton Museum, Brewery museum or any other sights. After lunch we'll depart to PRAGUE. Free time at leisure.; you may also consider to visit the 1,000-year-old Hradčany Castle area, with the former Royal Palace, the imposing St. Vítus Cathedral, the colorful Golden Lane and the other historical sites.
Day 13 – Saturday 26 (B, D)
Free day to discover more interesting sites or - Optional trip to: RÜCKL Crystal glassworks and Karlštejn Castle.
AM depart to NIŽBOR to tour the RÜCKL Crystal glassworks where you can witness manufacturing of an extensive range of cut 24% leaded crystal in a wide variety of decorations from the simple to extreme complex and decorations with gilt, hand painting and sandblasting. Visiting the local shop store for bargain crystal shopping. PM continue to visit the most important castle in the Czech Republic - the KARLŠTEJN CASTLE - founded 650 years ago by Charles IV, King of Bohemia and the Roman Empire. The castle was built in the 14th century as a place for safekeeping of royal treasures, especially the coronation jewels. Later PM continue to our hotel in PRAGUE. Evening is reserved for our most popular DINNER PARTY with FOLKLORE PROGRAM full of MUSIC, DANCE and lots of FUN!
Unlimited beer wine and non-alcoholic beverages included.
Day 14 – Sunday 27 (B)
- Holy Mass at the St. Havel church or at the Church of our Lady Victorius "Infant Jesus of Prague" church (in English). Completely free day for shopping or visiting the other places of interest or visit your ancestral village - we can arrange for you an English speaking driver who will take you there.
Day 15 - Monday 28 (B)
After breakfast, your tour ends this morning leaving you with pleasant memories of a wonderful vacation.
* Subject to change
- If interested, you may attend the Holy Mass at the church