Journey through the Czech Republic

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Trip code: 
ACZ
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Max group size:
16
Min age:
16

Once part of Czechoslovakia this tour allows you to discover this relatively new country, the Czech Republic. 

Explore the highlights and delve into the past of the Czech Republic, as we tour iconic sites and discover the Czech Republic’s backroads and unknown treasures. The tour starts in the capital Prague, a city built around the Vltava river and shrouded in history, it is sometimes referred to as "the city of a hundred spires". During our journey, the differences between Bohemia and Moravia will be revealed and we will visit a number of UNESCO protected sites including, Kromoeriz Castle and Gardens, the historic centre of Český Krumlov and Tugendhat Villa in Brno.

Highlights

  • Prague, Brno, Cesky Krumlov and Pilsen
  • Baroque aristocratic Kroměříž Castle with decorative gardens
  • Pilsner Urquell Brewery, the birth place of Pilsner

Key information

  • 7 nights hotels, all rooms en suite
  • Group normally 5 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 years
  • Travel by private minibus

What's included

  • All breakfasts included
  • All accommodation (single supplement available on request)
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Tourism

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Morning orientation walk including Charles Bridge and old town; afternoon historic Communist tour.

    We start today with a morning orientation walk, we see a number of famous sights including Charles Bridge and the beautiful old town. In the afternoon we will discover more about this country’s dark period of history as we embark on a journey learning about the communist era. The leader will tell stories from this period and you will experience how life would have been during the Cold War.

    Czech INN 3* or Similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Transfer to Kutna Hora to visit the Skull church, on to Brno, orientation walk.

    This morning we set off to Brno. On route, we stop at Kutná Hora (about a 2-hour drive) where we will visit Sedlec Ossuary (also known as the church of bones). From the outside, this small chapel looks fairly ordinary, however when you enter you will discover it is uniquely decorated and is home to 40,000 human skeletons.  After our visit, we continue to Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, on arrival we will have an orientation tour.

    Old Town Hotel 3* or similar 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Visit Brno Castle and Villa Tugendhat, UNESCO world heritage site.

    Today we start by visiting Spilberk Castle. This 13th century castle sits on top of a hill with panoramic views over the city. A guided tour of the casemates is included.

    Next, we visit Villa Tugenfhat designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and built in 1929–1930. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the only example of Modern architecture in the Czech Republic. The rest of the day is yours to explores Brno. 

    Old Town Hotel 4* or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Visit Kromeriz Castle and the beautiful UNESCO-listed gardens before continuing to Zlin; visit the world famous shoe factory and the Bata Skyscraper.

    This morning we drive to Kromeric Castle. It has been the property of the bishops and archbishops of Olomouc for centuries, and in the 1600’s it was transformed by Bishop Karl von Liechtenstein-Castelcorno into the grand Baroque Archbishop's Chateau you see today. The palace is surrounded by ornate gardens, some of the most beautiful in Europe and are UNESCO World Heritage listed. After spending some time here, we continue onto Zlin. Upon arrival we will visit the shoemaking museum and the BATA Skyscraper.

    Baltaci u Náhonu 3*or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Drive to Cesky Krumlov via Trebic, to visit one of the best preserved Jewish ghettos in Europe. Stop in Telc, visit the Renaissance square and finish in Cesky Krumlov.

    Our first stop today is Trebic, we start by visiting the Jewish quarter, one of the best preserved Jewish ghettos in Europe. From here we to go to the UNESCO Heritage Town of Telc. The main attraction is the pretty square itself, lined by Renaissance and baroque burgers' houses, with their brightly coloured yellow, pink and green facades. Spend the afternoon simply ambling about, taking in the classic Renaissance chateau on the square's northwestern end and the parklands and ponds that surround the square on all sides. Late arrival in Cesky Krumlov.

    Pension Familia or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    A day to explore picturesque Cesky Krumlov, including a guided tour; free afternoon.

    This morning we have a guided tour of Cesky Krumlov with a local guide. The afternoon is free to explore this picturesque town. You may wish to visit Cesky Krumlov’s castle complex and the castle’s famous baroque theatre; explore the Czech Countryside by bike; or visit Egon Schiele Art Centre.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Transfer to Pilsen; short orientation tour before visiting the world famous brewery; on to Prague; trip ends.

    After an early start we head for Pilsen. Upon arrival we will have a short guided tour of the town. The walk finishes at the famous Pilsner Urquell brewery. It is here were Josef Groll introduced the first golden Pilsner lager to the world. After sampling some Pilsner we get back onto the bus for our final drive back to Prague. The group flight leaves late in the evening and we advise Land Only passengers not to book a flight before 8pm. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Czech Republic

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

Typical Czech cuisine consists of a lot of meat and carbohydrates and very little vegetables and usually washed down with a Czech lager. A must try is knedlík, or dumpling. Czech dumplings can be both sweet and savoury and can accompany almost any Czech meal.

Weather

The Czech Republic has a typical European continental influenced climate. The best weather can be expected between May and September. During the summer months daytime temperatures reach 20-25oC, however, at times they do exceed 30oC. July and August tend to be the hottest months. Rain is less likely during the summer; however, it is important to be prepared for rain at any time.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is Activity Level 1 - Leisurely.

This cultural discovery itinerary takes you on an insightful journey through the Czech Republic. You visit a number of cities and sites along the way which explain its history. There are a few long drives but these are often broken up with visits. There is some walking involved on a few days, but this is gentle and not like mountain hiking (it is also optional). Travel is by private bus, generally on good roads.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels and Pensions

Please be advised that the accommodation listed in each location are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

We use a mix of 3 and 4-star hotels and small pensions during our trip, chosen for comfort and convenience. All hotels have en suite facilities and offer free Wi-Fi. Most hotels are within walking distance or a short taxi ride from the city centres, making going out for dinner in the evening easy. 

Single supplement available on request. 

Pre and Post tour accommodation

If you wish to extend your stay, additional accommodation can be arranged for you, please contact your sales consultant.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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