- KUTNÁ HORA UNESCO CITY AND SEDLEC OSSUARY
full day tour
Visit this UNESCO World Heritage City. In the Middle Ages Kutna Hora became the second most important city of the Kingdom of Bohemia due to its prosperous silver mines.
This wealth and prosperity led to the rich architectural development of the city and gave rise to many beautiful churches, palaces and burgess houses. Visit the Gothic St. Barbara cathedral, palaces such as the Italian Court with Royal Mint, burgess house called the "Stone House" as well as other Gothic and Renaissance monuments.
A stop at the famous ossuary in the Sedlec Chapel located at the suburb of Kutna Hora is next. Visit an ancient Gothic Chapel full of human bones (ossuary). Its crypt is decorated with giant bells, a cross, the Schwarzenberg coat of arms and a chandelier constructed entirely of human bones.
Enjoy a late lunch in a village restaurant where you will dine on authentic Czech country food.
Special offer in Kutna Hora: Visit the silver mines of the Middle Ages (not suitable for people suffering from claustrophobia).
Advance reservations must be made for the silver mines.
- TEREZIN FORTRESS , LITOMERICE AND DOKSANY
full day tour
Visit the Terezin Fortress, constructed in the 18th century by the Habsburgs to defend the northern Czech border against Prussia. In 1941 the entire town was turned into a Jewish ghetto and used as a transit camp for Jews and others whose final destination were Auschwitz, Buchenwald and the other concentration camps in Central Europe.
On the way to the Terezin Fortress enjoy a short stop in Doksany village to see the Premonstratensian Convent founded in the 12th century.
The afternoon stop is in the medieval town of Litomerice for a late lunch. The town dates back to the 9th century. Enjoy many houses originally built in the Gothic style and then later rebuilt in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. In the 16th century the town of Litomerice became the most significant town in northwestern Bohemia. Nowadays it is declared a historical town.
The surrounding farmland area is called the "Bread Basket of Bohemia".
- PILSEN, PILSNER BREWERY AND NIZBOR GLASS FACTORY
full day tour
Pilsen is the world famous primarily thanks to the beer Pilsner Urquell, some say the best in the world. After touring the brewery enjoy a Czech-style lunch served in the brewery's restaurant, the biggest dining facility in the country.
There are many glass factories in the Czech Republic where famous crystal has been produced for centuries.
Accept an invitation to the private Nizbor glass factory from which hand-made cut crystal is exported all over the world. The crystal Stanley Cup given to J. Jagr was crafted here. Cut crystal pieces may be purchased in the factory store at reasonable prices.
Alternatively, visit the small private glass factory in the village of Nenacovice producing hand-made colored glass which may be purchased in the factory store at reasonable prices.
Arrangement upon request.
- CZECH SPA - KARLOVY VARY, MARIANSKE LAZNE, FRANTISKOVY LAZNE
Visit the world famous thermal Karlovy Vary Spa Town, founded by the King of Bohemia and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Charles IV in the 14th century. This spa gained its great reputation thanks to the discovery of hot mineral curative springs. Walk through both historic and modern colonnades and shops filled with local glass and porcelain. See the best-known spring named the "Sprudel" as it belches its curative 162 degree F water to the height of 32 feet, as well as visit twelve other well-known springs of 60 and taste the mineral waters which cure various disorders.
In addition, sample delicious wafers and Becherovka liqueur, the exceptional Czech herbal liqueur produced since 1807, renowned for having medicinal properties. As well, visit the Becherovka Liqueur Museum.
See the Moser Glassworks producing luxury glassware and decorative crystal for over 145 years. Items may be purchased at the factory store.
Visit the world famous spa located in the Slavkovsky Forest Protected Landscape Area. The first written mention of the "salty spring" dates from the 16th century. The beneficial healing qualities of the local springs gained more concentrated attention in the 18th century. The town grew with the increasing number of visitors. Many famous persons from all over the world including M. Twain, R. Kipling, S. Freud, A. Dvorak, F. Kafka, etc., came for treatment, pleasure, politics and business. "There is no more beautiful spa in the entire world", proclaimed a famous guest, inventor T. A. Edison in 1911.
Twenty-nine mineral springs of 140 are used for healing purposes. The treatment of metabolic disturbances has a long tradition here.
Walk through the picturesque park town with Classicist, Empirical, Art Noveau houses, pavilions, colonnades and promenades. Enjoy the special fountain unique in its combination of music, water show and lighting effects.
The oldest golf course in the country is situated in the hills close to the spa.
Visit this small spa town founded in 1793, named after Emperor Franz I. Stroll through the spa, built exactly according to the urban design - each building had the pre-scripted height, shape and color. Enjoy the excellent result of this design: a unique urban area, completed by parks and woodlands on 500 acres of land. Frantiskovy Lazne was declared a historical town. Taste some of the 21 curative mineral water springs of the area including the most famous named Frantisek, used for the treatment of female sterility.
This Czech Spa Triangle requires two days. Accommodations will be pre-reserved. Arrangement upon request.
- KARLSTEJN CASTLE AND NENACOVICE GLASS FACTORY
3/4 day tour
Visit the 14th century Gothic castle built by Charles IV, King of Bohemia and the Holy Roman Emperor to house the coronation jewels of the Czech kings and state documents.
Enjoy the first sightseeing route which includes Charles' bedroom, the Chapel of St. Wenceslas, preserved Audience Hall covered with wooden paneling and Luxembourg Hall. The first route is open almost all year except on Mondays.
The second sightseeing route in addition to the above includes the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Traditionally only the Emperor, archbishop and electoral princes were allowed to enter this gilded treasure-house decorated with a unique collection of 132 gothic wood-paintings from 1360. This extraordinary chapel has been reopened after a 20 year closure and reconstruction. Even now the days of visit and number of visitors are restricted. Advance reservations must be made for the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
This tour requires much uphill walking. Enjoy the beautiful romantic panorama of the castle setting. (Special transportation up the hill is available at added cost.)
Accept an invitation to the small private glass factory in the village of Nenacovice producing hand-made colored glass which may be purchased in the factory store at reasonable prices.
Alternatively, visit the private Nizbor glass factory producing hand-made cut crystal exported all over the world. Cut crystal pieces may be purchased in the factory store at reasonable prices.
- BEROUN - TYPICAL CZECH SMALL TOWN
If you would like to visit a typical Czech small town, consider a guided tour of beautiful Beroun located 30 minutes from Prague by bus. The historical center is surrounded by gates and walls and there you will visit local pubs, stroll past family homes, shop in the local grocery and butcher shops as well as enjoy the fruit market on the historic main square. This area is also known for its traditional pottery with its origins dating back to the 14th century A.D. You will have ample opportunity to view and purchase these beautiful and unique pieces. Returning to Prague by train along the River Berounka offers picturesque views of landscape and small villages.
This tour can be combined with a tour to monumental Karlstejn Castle and see the extraordinary collection of medieval paintings in the Chapel of the Holly Cross.
- CESKY KRUMLOV, CESKE BUDEJOVICE AND HLUBOKA CASTLE
one or two days tour
Visit a medieval town founded in the 13th century situated in a beautiful countryside of Southern Bohemia, full of little villages and ponds. The town called the "Pearl of Bohemia" has preserved its medieval atmosphere. The historical center of the town was added to the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 1992. Enjoy the two dominant features in the town - the Castle, built in the Renaissance style (the second biggest castle in the country which houses rich historical collections), and the beautiful Gothic church of St. Vitus.
Then pass through the medieval town of Ceske Budejovice, founded in the 13th century as a King's town, now known worldwide as a home of the famous Brewery Budweiser. Enjoy many typical medieval streets, galleries, pubs and shops.
Stop at the town of Hluboka nad Vltavou. See the Hluboka Castle located on the bank of the Vltava River, often said to be the most charming
castle in the Czech Republic. This castle was last rebuilt in the 19th century in the English Romance Gothic style according to the style of Windsor Castle. Stroll through large surrounding English park.
This tour requires much uphill walking.