6191 CZECH REPUBLIC

Highlights

  • Cruise on the mighty River Elbe
  • Explore dramatic mountain landscapes
  • Admire the magnificent restoration of Baroque Dresden
  • Guided boat tour up Prebischtor Gorge
  • Picture-postcard villages of unspoiled timber-framed houses

We meet in beautiful Prague and head out into an unspoiled landscape of picture postcard villages with old, timber-framed houses and painted wooden churches. Dramatic mountain landscapes frame amazing views and we take advantage of trams and narrow gauge railways to help us climb some of the steeper inclines! Our route takes us deep into the heart of Saxon Switzerland, a wilderness area of great beauty with wild forests, sandstone plateaus and rocky gorges. Its one of the last untouched areas of natural forest in Europe and is home to a range of rare animal and bird species such as otters and eagle owls.

Dresden is our goal and when we reach the city, we have a full day to explore the baroque splendour of its magnificently restored center. Our tour includes an atmospheric lunch cruise on the mighty River Elbe.

Sunday Overnight: Hotel Jitrava

We meet in Prague for a guided walking tour of this beautiful city and then drive to our hotel in Jitrava for our Welcome Drink and Introductory Talk.

Monday Overnight: Hotel Jitrava

This morning's walk takes us along the Poacher's Trail across open countryside with views to Poland. We drive to the former mining village of Krystofovo údolí (Christopher's Valley) where we visit a unique painted wooden church and timber framed houses. After lunch we drive to the top of Jeschke mountain, symbol of the whole region, with its unusual, futuristic building at the summit. We continue our walk downhill to a nearby village and then return to our hotel.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Altes Kurhaus

We walk from the hotel along forest trails to Lemberk Castle for a tour of this former fort which was converted into a baroque castle in the 13th century. We lunch in a traditional inn and then take the narrow gauge train to the top of Hvozd where we enjoy amazing views before walking down to our hotel in nearby Lueckendorf.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Altes Kurhaus

We walk to Oybin where we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the castle and church, before walking on to the charming village of Jonsdorf for lunch. Afterwards we walk to Waltersdorf for a tour of the Umgebindehauser, a well-preserved upper Alsatian style of house, and then transfer back to the hotel.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel Elbresidenz

We walk along Lu - the highest mountain of this area - towards Jiretín pod Jedlovou, along the Czech-German border. Then we shuttle to Chribská, the gateway to Czech Switzerland, for lunch.

Our afternoon's walk takes us from Mezní Louka to Prebischtor (Pravcická gate), the longest natural sandstone arch in Europe, before transferring to our hotel Bad Schandau.

Friday Overnight: Hotel Elbresidenz

In Bad Schandau we drive uphill to Schiller´s monument at the beginning of the beautiful Kirnitzschtal. Our walk continues up to Lichtenhain and down to Lichtenhainer Wasserfall where we catch the narrow gauge tram (Kirnitzschtalbahn), which has been in operation since 1898, to take us back to Bad Schandau. We cross the river by a ferry and visit the famous hilltop fortress at Konigstein before returning to our hotel.

Saturday Overnight: Hotel Radisson Blu Gewandhaus

We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the center of Dresden and a lunch cruise on the River Elbe followed by an afternoon at leisure. This evening we gather for our Farewell Dinner.

Sunday

Departure at leisure.
Moderate "The countryside is beautiful and the history very thought-provoking". JF & DT

TRIP DETAILS

7 nights, 8 days from
$4,295.00
Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement $565.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,080.00

Dates

From Sep 14 to Sep 21 (more dates)
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Arrival: Prague
Departure: Dresden

Activities

Walk ClassicBoat RideHistoric Monument Visit
Prague to Dresden 14-Sep-2013-21-Sep-2013 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Hotel Jitrava

Hotel Jitrava

The all-suite Hotel Jitrava has a unique setting with beautiful views and a superb location within easy reach of several outstanding golf courses and biking and hiking trails. The hotel is exceptional for its amenities which are the best in the region.

Each suite is individually designed and equipped with air conditioning, TV, phone, hair dryer and safe. WiFi is available in some rooms and, in others, the hotel will lend guests an internet cable.

All suites overlook the garden.

A pioneer in promoting local specialties, the restaurant features organic lamb meat from the hotel's own breeders and game from private hunters. All herbs and produce are home-grown and the menu features the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Spa facilities include a Finnish sauna, an infrared sauna, and a hot tub. A selection of massages are offered and bike rental is also available.

Hotel Altes Kurhaus

Hotel Altes Kurhaus

Located in the spa region of the Zittau Mountains, this friendly, cosy hotel offers comfort and peaceful surroundings. All bedrooms are equipped with ensuite bathroom with shower or bath, hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV, safe, WiFi internet access, mini-bar and coffee-tea station.

Andre Bach, uses only fresh ingredients with an emphasis on locally sourced produce to produce delicious meals. The hotel's Wellness area is accessible by lift and includes an indoor swimming pool and sauna.

Hotel Elbresidenz

Hotel Elbresidenz

Set right on the bank of the river Elbe in Bad Schandau, the Hotel Elberesidenz opened in 2007. Combining nine historic townhouses into a hotel complex, this was a massive architectural challenge which managed to blend historic conservation with modern design.

Luxurious bedrooms overlook either the River Elbe, the market or the epecially designed atrium. They are designed with elegant and modern décor, luxury bathrooms and high-quality furnishings. All rooms are ensuite and have internet access (DSL), flat screen TV, telephone, hair dryer, safe and minibar.

The restaurants offer a diversity of dishes using fresh, seasonal produce from local suppliers. Guests are welcome to relax and unwind completely in The Viva Vital & Medical SPA Wellness Area, with its Aurorabad swimming pool and the traditional Siddhalepa ayurveda centre

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Hotel Radisson Blu Gewandhaus

Hotel Radisson Blu Gewandhaus

Located in the historic heart of the city, this is one of Dresden's premier hotels and is an ideal city centre retreat. Bedroom amenities include a marble bathroom, large bed, hair dryer, coffee and tea facilities, fax/PC connections, WiFi Internet access, climate control, mini bar, safe, TV and radio.

Guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness room in the on-site wellness center. The elegant Weber's im Gewandhaus restaurant invites guests to savour its exceptional, creative cuisine. It is named after the German word for “weaver" as it occupies the former home of the weavers’ guild, Cloth Hall.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, cutlure, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with culural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants