8-day / 7-night walking tour
After arrival to Vienna (Prague) take the train
to Breclav, where you will be picked
up by your program coordinator and driven to Valtice. They
will introduce you to the
program and give you all the information and navigation materials.
Overnight in Valtice.
Valtice – Lednice (11 km / 7 miles)
Start by touring the Baroque Valtice chateau, then follow
the path through fields,
vineyards and forest. See the romantic follies on the way
to Lednice, and wrap up your day
in the Gothic Revival Chateau of Lednice, one of the most
ornate examples of this historical
architectural style. Afternoon transfer to Mikulov.
Overnight in Mikulov
Pavlov – Mikulov (13 km / 8 miles)
Walk along the Palava hills through the ruins of Divci hrady
(Maiden's Castles) and across
Devin, the highest point of the Palava hills (550 m). After
crossing the "saddle" you arrive
at the ruins of Sirotci hradek (Orphan castle). From there
climb to Tabulova Hill and over
Turold Hill down to Mikulov, a magic castle town surrounded
Overnight in Mikulov.
Mikulov – Cizov – Hardegg – Vranov nad Dyji – Telc
(16 km / 10 miles)
Morning transfer by car from Mikulov to Cizov. Take in the
unspoiled beauty of Podyji National Park. The trail starts
in the village of Cizov, where you can see the last remnant
of the Iron Curtain, continues to the Austrian village of
Hardegg with its ancient castle and a sweeping view of the
Dyje valley, and then leads back to Vranov nad Dyji. Finish
your day with the tour of the magnificent Baroque chateau
in Vranov, perched atop a cliff over the Dyje River. Late
afternoon transfer by car from Vranov to Telc.
Overnight in Telc.
Telc – Slavonice – Landstejn – Nova Bystrice – Jindrichuv
Hradec (12 km / 7 miles)
Transfer by train from Telc to Slavonice, a forgotten jewel
with sgraffito houses. The hiking trail begins in the town
and finishes at the castle of Landstejn. On the way, you
will see an interesting outdoor museum of military bunkers
that were built along the Czech borders in the 1930s. You
will have a short transfer by car from Landstejn to the town
of Nova Bystrice to take the quaint narrow-gauge railway
dating from 1897, which winds through the sparsely inhabited,
forested region called “Czech Canada”.
Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.
Trebon – Kojakovice (12 km / 7 miles)
First, take in the historic town and castle of Jindrichuv
Hradec, then continue through the
mosaic of ponds, woods and meadows of the Bohemia Lake District
and its capital, Trebon,
a medieval city whose walls are still largely intact. The
trail leads around Svet, a man-made
lake and an engineering wonder of the 16th century. The hiking
tour ends in the village of
Kojakovice with interesting local village museum. Late afternoon
transfer by car from
Kojakovice to Cesky Krumlov.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.
Cesky Krumlov – Klet – Cesky Krumlov (16 km
/ 10 miles)
Morning transfer by train from Cesky Krumlov to Zlata Koruna,
which is famous for its
monastery. You continue over the highest peak of the Blanský
Forest: Klet, with a
restaurant, a lookout tower and an astronomical observatory.
Then hike back to Cesky
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.
Cesky Krumlov - Prague
The recommended program gives you ample time to enjoy all
that Cesky Krumlov has to
offer within one day. Late afternoon transfer by bus from
Cesky Krumlov to Prague.
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
if you love the sun. April and October
are wonderfully changeable and can be chilly too. These times
perfect if you want
to see the changing of the seasons.
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.