Day 1: Leave Prague at 9:00 am, arrive in Karlovy Vary at noon. Karlovy Vary is a truly cosmopolitan spa town, beautiful, charming. Its distinct ambiance has attracted a sophisticated clientele since the early 1800s, including a number of distinguished artists, politicians and generally the cream of the Old World aristocracy. Apart from the most obvious activity which is strolling up and down the colonnade and sipping (free) mineral water from a spout of a special tea-pot like cup, there is a hot springs swimming pool not far from the center (everything is within walking distance).
The old, tastefully renovated spa villas are scattered all over the park-like setting of the valley and just walking around is a pleasant & relaxing way to discover all the charms of this place. A short drive to a small, picturesque medieval castle-town of Loket developed above the meanders of the Ohre river. We can stop for a coffee at the terrace of Wolfgang Goethe`s favorite inn where we can marvel at the spectacular scenery just as he once did.
A short stop in Frantiskovy Lazne, a quiet spa town lost in woods, on the way to Cheb, the hub of the region that became part of the Bohemian Kingdom in 14th century, where Albrecht of Wallenstein, supreme commander of the Imperial army, was assassinated in 1734. Founded in 9th century, Cheb is one of the oldest towns in central Europe. We'll walk the narrow streets of the well preserved Gothic core, visit the Romanesque castle & have dinner in one of the restaurants on the medieval square. Overnight at Mostov, a 17th century mansion.
Day 2: Depart Cheb for Marianske Lazne, yet another charming spa town of western Bohemia. One hour walk followed by a 120 mile scenic drive to SE along the foothills of the Sumava Mountains, short stops in small medieval towns: Horsovsky Tyn, Domazlice, Klatovy. We will explore the sleepy towns on foot, with lunch in Klatovy, visiting the Old Town Square and walking about through narrow crooked alleys. Afterward, we drive to Prachatice, a pleasant small medieval town. Overnight at Koruna, 3* located in a 15th century Gothic house.
Day 3: Morning depart Prachatice for 25 mile drive to Cesky Krumlov, one of the gems of Czech Renaissance towns,on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We have a full day to explore with a one hour guided tour of the castle. Depart at 4:00 pm, arr. Prague 7:00 pm. Optional stop at Tabor, founded in 15th century as the center of the Hussite uprising.
Note: This tour can be extended or combined with the Renaissance Tour.
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