An amazing castle that the famous Charles IV built for the crown jewels and other treasures. Hidden in forested hills not far from Prague, and beautiful. We will approach the castle through the forest and visit the actual Chapel of the Holy Cross, decorated with Gothic panel paintings of master Theodoricus, gold plate and semi precious stones. A marvel! This package tours do not do, even though it is the most precious part. You do need to reserve this a few weeks in advance. Before returning we recommend a drink or some food in the restaurant that lies hidden in the forest. This excursion could be extended with a hike in the forested hills. The tour lasts maximum 6 hours.
Nelahozevez, Dvorak and Veltrusy:
Nelahozevez is a tiny village that offers a beautiful renaissance palace and the birth-house of famous composer Antonin Dvorak. In the palace you visit one of Europe's largest private Art collections, collected over six centuries by the noble Lobkovitcz family. Artists include Rubens, Canaletto, Velazquez, Breughel, Cranach, etc.
Besides paintings you will see beautiful furniture and original compositions from Beethoven in the music room. After a tour through the castle you can visit the Dvorak house with an exhibition of Dvorak, who was born in this house. On the way to back to Prague we stop by the Veltrusy Chateau for a stroll in the grand statue gardens of this 18th century Chateau.
Concentration Camp Terezin Possibly with Litomerice:
A visit of the former concentration-camp Teresienstadt / Terezin, where we tell you the stories of the war in Central Europe and of the terrible fate of it's Jewish citizens. We take you to the cemeteries, show you the big and the small fortress, the crematorium, the columbarium and off course we visit the museum, where you also have the chance to see some film material. For those interested in visiting a non touristy little town this trip could be combined with the town of Litomerice. For lunch for instance.
Bezdez Castle and Machovo Lake:
Machovo Lake is very beautiful and it was named after a poet. Natural white sandy beaches with high, bent pine trees. Next to it a forested hill with a medieval castle on the top - Bezdez Castle. We climb to the castle, swim in the lake and have food in the picturesque little town on the shore. To get there we deliberately take the slightly longer scenic route. This tour could also be planned after Terezin concentration camp, to lighten up the mood.
Glass Factory with Krivoklat or Pilsen (Pilsener Beer brewery):
One of the main products of the Czech republic that you might know is glass and Crystal. This excursion takes you to and into one of the factories. After the visit you have the possibility to buy in the factory shop. Off course we could leave it at that, but as the old medieval Krivoklat Castle lies hidden in the woods nearby we recommend going there after the glass factory. Another option would be visiting the town of Plzen (Pilsen) and its famous beer brewery. Or you could do them all!
Konopiste with Gardens:
Konopiste Castle was the hunting castle of Franz Ferdinand d'Este, successor to the Habsburg throne. It was his death in Sarajevo that became the excuse for starting WW1. The history of this castle off course goes a lot further back. Deep into the Middle Ages. On this excursion you visit the actual living areas of the castle, see part of the huge collection of hunting trophies and then stroll through the beautiful gardens.
Wonderful! Cesky Krumlov is a jewel. Time stood still here somewhere in the renaissance. Charming, elegant and so worth the fairly long, but beautiful ride. When doing this trip as a private tour we recommend taking 12 hours. It would be a shame to be rushed, like on the package tours. Your guide will show you the town and arrange a visit to the enormous castle, if you like. There will be time to just stroll, or shop, or just sit by the river having a drink. If you have the time you should see Cesky Krumlov.
Marianske Lazne and Loket:
Marianske Lazne is in the same area as Karlovy Vary, and if you like you could combine the two. Also Marianske Lazne is a pretty spa town with Colonadas but smaller and less touristy. And then there is Loket, hidden in forested hills. It means "elbow", because it is located on a hill in a little bend of the river Ohre. It is tiny and very picturesque. In Loket you can visit the castle at the top with its (very) scary torture chambers. This tour takes 12 hours.
Jewels of West Bohemia:
This tour is basically a day with a local guide, a driver and a car/van in the region of West Bohemia, where Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne and Loket are. There is however much more of interest in this beautiful area. The Idea is to explore the region. Stopping in little towns and paying visits to the bigger touristy ones. More off the beaten track.Your guide brings a detailed map, his knowledge, and you take it from there.
Jewels of South Bohemia:
This tour is basically a day with a local guide, a driver and a car/van in the region of South Bohemia, where Cesky Krumlov, Telc and Budejovice are. There is however much more of interest in this beautiful area. The Idea is to explore the region. Stopping in little towns and paying short visits to the bigger touristy ones. More off the beaten track. Your guide brings a detailed map, his knowledge, and you take it from there. This is a 12 hours trip.
A Beer Bath with Beer and Beer Spirit:
Exactly as the title says: this is a visit of a beer-spa. As beer is the national drink of the Czechs, you should enjoy good beer while you are here. And if you really love beer! Alone or together in a bath for two. The beer comes from a family brewery next door, where they brew excellent beer the old fashioned way. They even distill beer into beer-spirit "pivovice". You have a 20 minute bath, then 20 minutes of relaxation. You can add a massage, or get wrapped up in warm beerdraff. After that we visit the brewery, have some food in their restaurant in a cave and then head back to Prague or if you like you can spend the night in the hotel next door.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery and Koneprusy Village:
Plzen or Pilsen is the town that gave the type of beer its name and where the best known Czech Pilsner Urquell beer has been produced. In Koneprusy village the longest karts cave system in Czech Republic is to be found. On this trip, you will enjoy the beautiful countryside and then you will walk through a 600 meter long route of caves. Then there is lunch and later in the Pilsen museum of beer you will learn more about the brewing history of Czech beer. There you also sample the beer. Do not forget to take something warm for the caves.
Skoda Car Company - Museum and Factory:
The world wide known car factory Skoda belongs to the most modern enterprises in the world. It was founded in 1895 in Mlada Boleslav a town located 55 km from Prague. Being opened to the public, Skoda as one of few car companies enables its visitors unique and rare opportunity to visit its premises and follow its operation. First we will visit Skoda museum located in company's historical buildings. A film and exhibition on history and development of car production including displayed cars is presented there. Then we will drive you to the factory itself, where you spend about 90 minutes of excursion. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to enter the factory because of safety reasons.
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