8-day/7-night trip from Vienna to Prague
When you walk with an experienced guide, they will make the Czech Republic come alive. This hike will take you through one of the prettiest and most historically significant regions in Central Europe. Our lodgings are in picturesque medieval towns, perfect for a hearty dinner and a relaxing evening stroll.
2017 Price: €1,990 Euros/double occupancy, group size 4-7 people, €1,790 Euros/double occupancy, group size 8+ people
Single Supplement: €350 Euros/pp
Some lunches, hotels and dinners in Vienna and Prague, train transportation. We can make these hotel reservations for you; Vienna – € 65 euros/pp/per night/double occupancy, Prague – € 55 euros/pp/per night/double occupancy
Since the entire length of the Czech Greenways corridor is over 350 miles (500 km), this hiking trip covers a selection of only the best foot trails and hiking spots along the Greenway. These walks are good due to both the density of tourist destinations and points of interest and the attractiveness of the hiking trails. The hikes are on the Czech Republic’s excellent and dense network of signed hiking trails, which were created over 100 years ago.
This sample itinerary is available as a guided tour with scheduled departures and as a self guided tour that you may choose any dates between April and October.
Vienna – Valtice (Let us know if you would like us to arrange hotel reservations for you in Vienna.) 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.
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.
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 by vineyards. Overnight in Mikulov.
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.
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.
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.
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 Krumlov. Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.
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. (Let us know if you would like us to arrange hotel reservations for you in Prague.)
You can expect a spirited mix of singles and couples in their 20′s to 80′s from all corners of the US and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references and the make-up of any trip that you are interested in joining.
Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.
The Central European continental climate consists of long, hot summers and cold, snowy winters. July and August are perfect for people who love hot weather. May, June and September are good months to take advantage of the cooler, but still warm and sunny weather. April and October are wonderfully changeable and can be chilly. These times are good for people wanting to experience the changing of the seasons as they cycle.
This trip begins in Vienna and ends in Prague. Many airlines will allow booking from the US to Vienna and returning from Prague back to the US. If you choose to fly roundtrip to either Prague or Vienna, trains connect Prague and Vienna five times daily; the 5 1/2-hour trip costs $100.
Check out European Train Schedules. If you are bringing a bike on the train, you will need to ask at the train station which trains have space for your bike box. You do not need to make advance train reservations.
Two simple words – TRAVEL LIGHT! To avoid loosing luggage (that may contain irreplaceable clothing, personal items and medications) and to prepare you for the reality of European hotels (many have narrow stairways and do not have elevators), we urge you to limit your luggage to 2 items. We suggest the following: a carry-on size suitcase or duffel (a legal carry-on sized wheeled suitcase is perfect) and a small personal bag (like a small daypack or shoulder bag). You will be able to bring these 2 items as carry-ons on all international and domestic flights, insuring that your luggage will arrive with you!
We can make additional hotel lodging reservations for you at our first and last night. Just let us know in advance.
You must have a current passport. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel! No visa is required for US, Canadian and EU citizens. You should always carry your passport for identification purposes.
The currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown (Koruna in Czech), CZK. You will need Koruna for lunches, dinners, beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips. Some small shops and restaurants will not accept credit cards. We suggest starting with the equivalent of $250 (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream). The Czech Republic has not adopted the Euro yet and Czech crowns (CZK) continue to be used. Generally, 1000 Czech crowns is the largest note accepted in shops for day-to-day things.
Most towns have ATMs (cash machines) and they give you a good exchange rate. Bank opening hours are generally 8 am - 5 pm in the small towns you will be visiting. There are exchange offices where you can change money but they usually charge a high commission or give low exchange rate. In this case, we recommend you to carefully check the trading terms or consult the counter operator. Prior to changing money in the exchange office, it is advisable to ask about the final amount you will receive. We strongly warn against changing money with unauthorized people in the street!
For cash, bring new bills with no tears. You can exchange money at any airport when you arrive. For credit cards, we recommend bringing 2 or more major credit cards in case you have trouble with one. It is best to withdraw cash from an ATM using a debit card, and you will need to know your PIN. To use your credit cards in an ATM machine, each card will need a PIN#, be sure to check your credit card's policy on cash withdrawal - as the fees can be high. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. PLEASE NOTE: Small shops and restaurants might not accept credit cards, so it is always a good idea to have cash (Korunas) on hand. We do NOT recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
In restaurants and pubs with table service, waiters, appreciate a tip of 5-10%. They will tell you the food and drink bill and you, as you hand over the money, tell them how much you will pay with the tip included. Tipping hotel staff is also greatly appreciated. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers and shopkeepers.
It is not necessary to be able to speak Czech or German to get along in the Czech Republic or Austria, but it can be lots of fun. A small dictionary and some creative sign language should get you to the start of the trip without too much trouble. Many people at the airport and train stations do speak English.
The voltage in the Czech Republic as well as the socket and plug sizes is identical to most of the other European countries (220V / 50Hz), and differs from the Americas (110V / 60 Hz). The Czech plug has two round spokes coming out of it. If you intend to bring any electrical appliances (hair dryers, electric shavers, etc.) you will need a transformer. You can buy travel adapters at any international airport.
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!
The Czech Republic, pronounced [ˈt͡ʃɛskaː ˈrɛpuˌblɪka], short form Česko Czech pronunciation: [ˈt͡ʃɛsko]) is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country is bordered by Germany to the west and north-west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the north-east. Prague is the capital and largest city, with 1.3 million residents. The Czech Republic includes the historical territories of Bohemia and Moravia, and Czech Silesia. ~ Wikipedia