Fly to Prague, transfer to Spindleruv Mlyn (approx 2½hrs).
The Krkonose Mountains offer great trails for snowshoe exploration. We transfer (20 minutes) to Spindlerova Bouda hotel from where we head up to and over the mountain ridge that forms the border with neighbouring Poland. There will be some great views along the way and we stop for a packed lunch to take a breath and enjoy out of the impressive winter landscape. A network of beautiful forest trails allows us to snowshoe back down to our hotel in Spindleruv Mlyn.
Numerous World Cup downhill events are held here every year, as Spindleruv Mlyn boasts one of the best skiing areas in the Czech Republic. In the morning every year, as Spindleruv Mlyn boasts one of the best skiing areas in the Czech Republic. Following our breakfast we head to the hire shop to get kitted out with skis, boots and poles, or a snowboard for those that prefer. We then walk to the ski centre Svaty Petr (St. Peter), which is approximately 10 minute to walk from our hotel. A lift pass is not included, as it may not be necessary if you are a beginner. There are also optional lessons should you wish, see extra expenses section for prices. The group is then free let to head up the slopes and try the numerous different pistes in the area. There are also plenty of places to stop for a hot chocolate and filling mountain lunch. For those looking for tuition we can organise lessons with our great local teacher (payable locally).
We transfer to a suitable local area to meet our mushers and dog teams. We will be shown the basics of sledding, including most importantly how to slow the dogs and stop. We then will have the opportunity to try our hand at this exhilarating sport, building our confidence as the day goes on, on a combination of single and two person sleds. Within no time we'll be zipping across the snow powered by our willing dogs, a really unique and fun experience.
After picking up our cross country skiing equipment we will set off towards the nearby Valley of Elbe. We receive instruction from the leader on how to push off, balance, and ultimately glide. We then go on a longer tour, giving us the chance to experience this graceful sport, which also happens to be a pretty good workout!
Today is free to try any of the activities we have encountered this week. You may wish to have another go up the mountain on skis or snowshoes, go for a swim or a sauna in the local Aquapark or alternatively there are also a number of local places of interest to visit, such as the nearby town of Vrchlabi.
Once in Prague we will have a short orientation tour after which we have the rest of the day to explore the wealth of attractions Prague has to offer. Highlights include the Old Town, with the famous Wenceslas Square, and Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world (all entrance fees are optional and payable locally). Your guide will be on hand for advice. Our final night is in Prague, with a huge range of restaurants and bars to choose from.
Transfer to airport; fly to Gatwick.