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CZECH REPUBLIC

Walking the Czech Republic: A Cultural Journey

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Program #10546RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Highest elevation is 1800 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended).

Itinerary for Sep 12 — Sep 22, 2013

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Day One: Thursday, September 12 - Overnight Flight to Vienna
In Transit: Depart from the appropriate USA destination and fly overnight to Vienna.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel is surrounded by the Lednice-Valtice area of beautiful parks. The environs of the hotel are a paradise for ornithology, entomology, fishing, hunting and mushrooming.

Contact info:
Hlohovec
Hlohovec 16, 69143 Czech Republic
phone: +420 627-3542 93
Room amenities: Radio, satellite television, telephone and mini-bar. Extra towels, soap and hairdryers available at the reception.

Facility amenities: Social restaurant with excellent local cuisine, several lounges, coffee shop, and a summer terrace. Sauna, fitness center, bicycle and fishing equipment rental.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404


Day Two: Friday, September 13 - Arrivals
Note: Relaxing walk in the Lednice Chateau Park - 1 hour.

Arrive To: Arrive at the Vienna airport and transfer (approx 1.5 hours) by private coach to your hotel in the village of Hlohovec (571 feet). If time permits, take a relaxing walk in the Lednice Chateau Park, one of the nicest castle parks in the country which is also an important bird reserve.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: This evening there will be an orientation briefing and welcome drink.

Lodging: Hranicni Zamecek Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel is surrounded by the Lednice-Valtice area of beautiful parks. The environs of the hotel are a paradise for ornithology, entomology, fishing, hunting and mushrooming.

Contact info:
Hlohovec
Hlohovec 16, 69143 Czech Republic
phone: +420 627-3542 93
Room amenities: Radio, satellite television, telephone and mini-bar. Extra towels, soap and hairdryers available at the reception.

Facility amenities: Social restaurant with excellent local cuisine, several lounges, coffee shop, and a summer terrace. Sauna, fitness center, bicycle and fishing equipment rental.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404


Day Three: Saturday, September 14 - The Lednice-Valtice UNESCO protected area
Note: Mode of transportation: coach/walking. Approximate walking time: 3.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walk in the beauties of the UNESCO protected area of Lednice-Valtice. Coach to the Baroque Rajsna Watchtower to begin today's walk overlooking the whole area. From Rajsna Hill walk down to Valtice (630 feet), a gorgeous little town which the house of Liechtenstein chose for their residence centuries ago. Take an excursion to the majestic Liechtenstein Castle dating back to the 17th century and the lofty Baroque Church of the Assumption.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the forest area which is protected by UNESCO.

Afternoon: The walk continues along vineyards to the old oak and pine forest, admiring along the walk the Randez Vous, resembling a triumphal arch, and Three Graces or a chapel dedicated to St. Hubert, the patron of hunters. The sights were built over a period of 300 years by the Liechtenstein family and were designed by the most prominent architects of that time. Today's field lecture is called "Folklore and Wine in Moravia."

Dinner: Enjoy dinner, folklore music and wine tasting at a local wine cellar.

Lodging: Hranicni Zamecek Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Former distillery from 1877 and situated 10 minute walk from the main square and it borders on Chateau Park.

Contact info:
Slavatovska 92
Telc, 58856 Czech Republic
phone: +56.722.3315
web: www.hotel-anton.cz

Room amenities: TV, telephone, fridge. Hairdryer available at reception.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, internet access, swimming pool indoor and one outside, wellness facility available to guests.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Sunday, September 15 - The Podyji National Park / Novy Hradek / Transfer...
Note: Mode of transportation: coach/walking (transfer is 2.5 hours). Approximate walking time: 3 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin the day by taking a private coach to South Moravia for a short excursion of the Iron Curtain in Cizov, where we see remains of the communist wire fence in Podyji National Park, established in 1991. The further south we drive along the Dyje River, the more fertile the land becomes as we follow orchards and vineyards into Austria. The park is famous because of its biological and geological importance, an area filled with precious plants and animals. Walk from the village of Lukov (1037 feet) for an excursion of Novy Hradek castle ruins, originally a hunting castle from 1358 that belonged to the brother of the famous Czech emperor, Charles IV. Today's field lectures cover the Iron Curtain at Cizov, life in the time of Communism, and Novy Hradek.

Lunch: Packed lunch at the castle ruin (1319 feet).

Afternoon: Continue on through the national park and end in Havraniky, where we will continue by coach to Telc, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at a local establishment.

Lodging: Hotel Anton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Former distillery from 1877 and situated 10 minute walk from the main square and it borders on Chateau Park.

Contact info:
Slavatovska 92
Telc, 58856 Czech Republic
phone: +56.722.3315
web: www.hotel-anton.cz

Room amenities: TV, telephone, fridge. Hairdryer available at reception.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, internet access, swimming pool indoor and one outside, wellness facility available to guests.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, September 16 - The Slavonice Area
Note: Mode of transportation: coach/walking. Approximate walking time: 4 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to the starting point of today's walking field trip, Stalkov village (2 hours). Walk through forests to the ruins of the 13th-century Castle Landstejn. Continue through the woods passing an old Jewish cemetery and Stare Mesto (1765 feet) with a stone bridge established in the 14th century. Learn about Czech agriculture during a field lecture, and visit an ecofarm owned by Mrs. Langova.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on the farm.

Afternoon: Continue walking in the area with an excursion to the charming village of Slavonice (1680 feet), with its unique collection of 16th-century Renaissance houses. Hear a field lecture entitled "The Gothic Town of Slavonice." Return to the hotel by coach.

Dinner: Dinner at a local establishment in Telc.

Lodging: Hotel Anton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Former distillery from 1877 and situated 10 minute walk from the main square and it borders on Chateau Park.

Contact info:
Slavatovska 92
Telc, 58856 Czech Republic
phone: +56.722.3315
web: www.hotel-anton.cz

Room amenities: TV, telephone, fridge. Hairdryer available at reception.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, internet access, swimming pool indoor and one outside, wellness facility available to guests.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, September 17 - The Telc Castle and the Michovska Rock
Note: Mode of transportation: coach/walking. Approximate walking time: 3.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning's excursion takes us by coach to the village of Svetla (30 minutes, 1398 feet), where we begin the walking field trip. See the Michovska rock, a natural monument reaching 2404 feet high with a beautiful view of Telc and the region.

Lunch: Picnic on the bank of Velky pond, established in the 16th century.

Afternoon: Walk back to Telc via the ruins of the castle Stamberk and Lhotka village, entering Telc through an alley of lime trees. Enjoy a walking excursion to the Renaissance Castle of Telc, owned by the Lords of Hradec, a family with connections to the Cesky Krumlov Castle. Take in a field lecture about this castle.

Dinner: Dinner at a local establishment.

Lodging: Hotel Anton

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Three historic houses have been restored to create this hotel. Located in the Central Square of Cesky Krumlov. The hotel's building are amongst the finest of beautiful historic interest and architecture in this UNESCO town.

Contact info:
Namesti Svornosti
Cesky Krumlov, 38101 Czech Republic
phone: +420 380-7725 00
web: www.hoteloldinn.cz

Room amenities: Private bath with shower, TV, radio and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel's sister hotel the RUZE, allows the guests of the The OLD INN to use their swimming pool, solarium, massage, sauna and fitness facitlities - 5 minute walk. Excellent restaurants, including an open air Garden restaurant, a patiserie and a unique Pilsner Beer Cellar located in recently discovered vaults dating back to the 13th century.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, September 18 - The Trebon Area / Transfer to Cesky Krumlov
Note: Mode of transportation: coach/walking. Approximate walking time: 2.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer via coach through the Trebon area (2 hours, altitudes range 1504-4410 feet) with some of the region's largest lakes and fish ponds, acknowledged by its status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. A superb landscape, it attained a secondary biological equilibrium centuries ago, resulting in its present beauty. Walk in this beautiful area and discover the disintegrating oak trees, giants almost 500 years old. While walking view several old farm villages built in the Peasant Baroque style. Hear a lecture on this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Lunch: Picnic lunch during the walk.

Afternoon: Walking excursion to the charming town of Trebon. Enjoy a concert of the Pipers of Trebon at the auditorium of the Hvezda Hotel located right on the town square before continuing by coach to Cesky Krumlov (1614 feet).

Dinner: Dinner at a local establishment.

Lodging: Hotel Old Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Three historic houses have been restored to create this hotel. Located in the Central Square of Cesky Krumlov. The hotel's building are amongst the finest of beautiful historic interest and architecture in this UNESCO town.

Contact info:
Namesti Svornosti
Cesky Krumlov, 38101 Czech Republic
phone: +420 380-7725 00
web: www.hoteloldinn.cz

Room amenities: Private bath with shower, TV, radio and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel's sister hotel the RUZE, allows the guests of the The OLD INN to use their swimming pool, solarium, massage, sauna and fitness facitlities - 5 minute walk. Excellent restaurants, including an open air Garden restaurant, a patiserie and a unique Pilsner Beer Cellar located in recently discovered vaults dating back to the 13th century.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, September 19 - The Cistercian Monastery Vyssi Brod
Note: Mode of transportation: walking. Approximate walking time: 2 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer south by coach to Vyssi Brod (2218 feet) for a walking field trip on the “Maria Rast am Stein” (Way of the Cross). Continue on the trail for an excursion of the Cistercian Monastery Abbey founded in 1259 by Petr Vok of Rozmberk. Here a field lecture, "The Cistercian Monastery Vyssi Brod."

Lunch: Picnic lunch during the walk.

Afternoon: Return to Cesky Krumlov where the remainder of the day is independent.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Old Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the historic center of Prague, and has the state of the art services and facilities. Within walking distances of the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Old Jewish Cemetery, Municipal Hall, Masaryks' Railway Station, Wenceslas Square, and the Charles Bridge...just to name a few.

Contact info:
Hradebni Street 9
Prague 1, CZ-11000 Czech Republic
phone: +420296398162
web: www.clarionhotelpragueoldtown.com

Room amenities: AC, free Internet access, TV, telephone, minibar, trouser press or iron, safe, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: 24 hour reception and concierge services, room service, free Internet in the lobby and rooms, Wi-Fi access in public areas. Restaurant and bar with the restaurant serving specialities of modern domestic, and international cuisine and a fine selection of local and international wines.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Nine: Friday, September 20 - Cesky Krumlov Castle / Transfer to Prague
Note: Mode of transportation: coach/walking. Approximate walking time: 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walk from the hotel to Cesky Krumlov Castle, which sits high above the town (1810 feet). Explore the castle and the Baroque Theater, the oldest and most completely preserved building in the world. This morning's lectures cover the Cesky Krumlov Castle and the Baroque Theater.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at a local establishment brewery/restaurant called Eggenberg.

Afternoon: Transfer by private coach north to Prague (4 hours). Stop to board a boat for a one hour sail on the very beautiful reservoir, Orlik. Learn about Orlik during a field lecture.

Dinner: Dinner at a local establishment.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the historic center of Prague, and has the state of the art services and facilities. Within walking distances of the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Old Jewish Cemetery, Municipal Hall, Masaryks' Railway Station, Wenceslas Square, and the Charles Bridge...just to name a few.

Contact info:
Hradebni Street 9
Prague 1, CZ-11000 Czech Republic
phone: +420296398162
web: www.clarionhotelpragueoldtown.com

Room amenities: AC, free Internet access, TV, telephone, minibar, trouser press or iron, safe, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer.

Facility amenities: 24 hour reception and concierge services, room service, free Internet in the lobby and rooms, Wi-Fi access in public areas. Restaurant and bar with the restaurant serving specialities of modern domestic, and international cuisine and a fine selection of local and international wines.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Saturday, September 21 - Prague Castle
Note: Mode of transportation: walking/cable car. Approximate walking time: 4 hours.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walking field trip of the city (686 feet) viewing the many Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Neo-Gothic monuments. The field trip includes the Baroc Loretta Basilica, and the 9th-century Prague Castle, the center of the Czech statehood for almost 11 centuries. Within the castle complex, admire the splendor of St. Vitus’ Cathedral and the spires, then continue through the imposing Golden Lane lined with tiny little houses. Today's field lecture is entitled "Prague, Past and Present."

Lunch: Lunch will be served in a historical restaurant located in the Little Quarter.

Afternoon: This afternoon cross the Vltava River on the famous Charles Bridge, and continue walking the winding narrow streets of the Old Town ending at the Astronomical Clock with its twelve apostles showing every hour. Enjoy some free time to continue exploring this unique and historical city on your own.

Dinner: Special farewell dinner high above the city at Nebozizek restaurant.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Sunday, September 22 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the Prague airport for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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