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Accommodation includes 8 nights with bed and breakfast. Just for your pleasure, I’ve chosen hotels that are ideally situated. Some of them are right in the centre of Prague. On the other hand, Prague Castle is about a 10-minute walk from Hotel Loreta.
Guided Tours (by minibus with a guide)
Karlovy Vary + Moser Factory (8 hours)
Karlovy Vary is probably the best known spa town in the Czech Republic. Its history begins in the 14th century, at the time of the reign of Charles IV. The healing powers of the local springs have been tested by such illustrious people as the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great and the German poet, Goethe. Karlovy Vary also became famous thanks to the local manufacture of the world-renowned Moser crystal, Carlsbad porcelain and the herb liqueur, Becherovka. After arrival in Karlovy Vary, your group will visit the Moser factory and then be taken on a tour of the town centre by our guide to see the most famous Vřídlo (Sprudel) geyser – gushing its mineral water to a height of almost 12 metres. After lunch you are free to explore the town on your own.
Hluboká Castle + Červená Lhota Chateau (8 hours)
On a rocky hill, 83 metres (272 ft.) above a bend in the Vltava, rises the massive bulk of Hluboká Castle, which once belonged to the Princes of Schwarzenberg. Originally built in the 13th century, it was much altered in later centuries. It was first enlarged during the Renaissance period, then rebuilt as a Baroque castle at the order of Adam Franz von Schwarzenberg at the beginning of the 18th century. It acquired its current appearance during the 19th century, when Johann Adolf II von Schwarzenberg ordered the reconstruction of the castle in the romantic style of England’s Windsor Castle, with 11 towers and several bastions. Hluboká is considered one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic. It is also a National Cultural Monument. The Schwarzenbergs lived here until 1939, when they lost their property during World War II.
The Castle now is a museum, open to the public and displaying in its more than 140 rooms valuable collections of paintings, porcelain, glass, tapestries, furniture, hunting trophies, arms and much more. The mid-19th century riding school is now occupied by the Aleš Gallery (1952-55), named after the Czech painter Mikoláš Aleš (1852 – 1913), with a large collection of paintings and sculpture by Southern Bohemian artists from the Middle Ages (particularly the Gothic period) to the present day. A beautiful park, with a game reserve surrounds the Castle.
In the Castle grounds are also a winter garden and riding hall which has housed Southern Bohemian gallery exhibitions since 1956. The Castle offers several guided tours, during which one may admire the interiors of private rooms and lavish ceremonial halls. The interior walls and ceilings are richly decorated with wood carvings and panelled with valuable wood. Some rooms are decorated with paintings by European masters from the 16th to 18th centuries, chandeliers, stained glass and Delft ceramics – especially the bedroom and dressing room of Princess Eleonora, the reading room and Hamilton’s Cabinet. Portraits on the walls depict the most important members of the Schwarzenberg family. Visitors will also appreciate the Castle armoury and the kitchen, with 19th- and 20th-century appliances.
Červená Lhota Chateau
Červená Lhota (Red Lhota) is a Renaissance water chateau in the eastern part of South Bohemia. The Chateau and pond, park and some farm buildings were declared a National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic in 2001. The Chateau is owned by the State (administrated by the National Monument Institute) and has been open to to the public since 1949. The first written mention dates from 1465, when Knight Jan Kába of Rybňany had the old Gothic fortress rebuilt into a more comfortable Renaissance chateau, called Nová Lhota (New Lhota). The name Red Lhota dates back to the beginning of the 17th century, named for the colour of the Chateau, according to a legend. Over the centuries, the Chateau has been owned by various aristocratic families, e.g. the Windischgrätzs and Schönburgs. The Chateau contains a fine collection of furniture. It was occupied for a time by 18th-century musician and composer, Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf.
A tour of the Chateau takes about 50 minutes, during which you can view 16 rooms, where aristocracy resided in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is possible to hire a boat, take a cruise on the Chateau pond and view the park and Chateau from a different perspective. Červená Lhota is the third most visited castle in the South Bohemian Region (after Český Krumlov and Hluboká).
Kutná Hora – UNESCO-Listed (5 hours)
Kutná Hora, a medieval silver-mining centre, was once the second richest town in the Kingdom of Bohemia. The former wealth of the town is today reflected in the variety of architectural monuments and in the preserved structure of the town centre. The tour of Kutná Hora will not only take you to St. Barbara’s Cathedral, but also to many beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque townhouses and to visit a unique 15th-century stone fountain. You will also see one of the most interesting burial grounds in the world: the Sedlec Ossuary. This chapel is decorated with more than 40 000 human bones, arranged in a chandelier, the Schwarzenberg coat of arms, etc. Kutná Hora has been on the UNESCO List of Cultural Heritage Sites since 1995.
Sightseeing Trail in the Giant Mountains (6 hours)
|6 hours (including lunchtime)
One of the most beautiful hiking trails in the Giant Mountains includes many natural beauties of the western Giant Mountains. The trail begins in Harrachov – the well-known hiking and winter sports centre. The dominant feature of the town is the “mammoth” ski jump tower in the background on Čertova hora (1022 metres above sea level). You reach this mountain peak by chairlift, and then you go down through the woods along an undemanding trail to the Na Ručičkách crossroads. Then you continue climbing to Dvoračky chalet, where there is the option of a meal. This is therefore the ideal spot for a lunch break and to try some traditional Czech cuisine.
After lunch, you climb steeply to the viewpoint of Harrachovy kameny (1 421 m above sea level). This is the highest point on our hike, from where there is a beautiful view of the surroundings. From this viewpoint, you continue uphill to Vrbatovo návrší. There the memorial is situated to B. Hanč and V. Vrbata, who tragically died here during 1913 ski races
Besides the memorial, there is another viewpoint and also the possibility of refreshments at Vrbatova bouda chalet. After a rest, continue to the U Čtyř pánů crossroads. From there you descend gently through the forest along the Great Mumlava River. When you reach Krakonošova snídaně crossroads, there is another possibility of rest and refreshments. The last section of the trail is the descent to the Mumlava Waterfall and then back to our starting point in Harrachov.
The little town of Harrachov lies only 3 km south of the road crossing into Poland – in the charming Mumlava Valley, below the beautifully wooded western slopes of the Krkonoše (the Giant Mountains). This is a popular resort both for summer and winter sports (chairlift, five ski jumps). It has a long tradition of glassmaking (first glassworks established in 1713), which is illustrated in a small museum (with sales point for glass products). Harrachov is also a good base for walks and climbs in the eastern part of the Jizera Hills.
Map of the trail:
|Chairlift to the top of Čertova hora Mountain
|Čertova hora Mountain (1020 m above sea level)
|Na Ručičkách crossroads
|Harrachovy kameny viewpoint (1421 m above sea level)
|Vrbatovo návrší hill
|U Čtyř pánů crossroads
Krkonoše (the Giant Mountains)
Krkonoše (the Giant Mountains) is the finest range of hills in Bohemia and in the whole of the Sudeten mountain system. Ranging in height between 800 and 1600 metres (2625–5250 ft.), it extends over an area of some 40 by 20 kilometres (25 by 12½ miles). Once covered by forest, it is now largely bare and treeless. Its two main ridges follow the Czech-Polish frontier; the one actually on the frontier is the higher and less broken-up of the two. The highest peak is Sněžka (1602 m/5256 ft.).
Now strictly protected as a National Park, the Krkonoše is the most visited mountain region in Bohemia. It is relatively well-equipped with accommodation and catering facilities and has good access roads and several chairlifts, so that less experienced walkers and climbers can reach the highest points and the finest views without difficulty. All the footpaths and trails are well marked.
Massive granite crags like the “Maiden Stones” (Dívčí kameny) and “Men’s Stones” (Mužské kameny) on the frontier ridge are characteristic of the Krkonoše. In some parts of the range, there are expanses of peat bog, and rare mountain plants are found in the quarries gouged out by glaciers.
- Transfer from the airport to the hotel.
- Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
Service for Tourists
Our agency is situated right in the centre of Prague. We are at our clients’ disposal throughout their stay. We are able to assist clients with all the common and essential situations that arise, as well as with medical care, should that be necessary.