Czech Republic & Germany - Prague to Dresden
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Czech Republic & Germany - Prague to Dresden

Introduction

Founders WalkHistorical ThemeCruisingAlpine SceneryModerate-to-Energetic-Walking

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. It’s 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 splendor of its magnificently restored center. Our tour includes an atmospheric lunch cruise on the mighty River Elbe.

Walk Summary

Dates

08-JUN-14 - 15-JUN-14

21-SEP-14 - 28-SEP-14

Trip

7 nights

Trip

Moderate to Energetic Walking GradeWalk Rating: Moderate. Forest Paths, open country and meadows. Some hill walking. Rocks steps with railings. 7-9 miles of walking per day.

Price

US$ 4295.00 per person double occupancy
(single supplement US$565.00)

Walk begins in Rynoltice, Czech Republic, with arrival in Prague, and ends in Dresden, Germany.

Walk Itinerary

Sunday

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.

Overnight: Jitrava

Monday

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.

Overnight: Jitrava

Tuesday

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.

Overnight: Lueckendorf

Wednesday

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.

Overnight: Lueckendorf

Thursday

We walk along Luž - the highest mountain of this area - towards Jiřetín pod Jedlovou, along the Czech-German border. Then we shuttle to Chřibská, the gateway to Czech Switzerland, for lunch. Our afternoon's walk takes us from Mezní Louka to Prebischtor (Pravčická gate), the longest natural sandstone arch in Europe, before transferring to our hotel Bad Schandau

Overnight: Bad Schandau

Friday

From 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 the 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.
 

Overnight: Bad Schandau

Saturday

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.

Overnight: Dresden

Sunday

Departure at leisure.

This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.

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Hotel Jitrava - Sunday & Monday

Hotel Jitrava

Jítrava c.p. 70
Rynoltice 463 53
Czech Republic

T: +420 (0)485 172 105
E: hotel@jitrava.cz
W: www.jitrava.cz

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.

This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.

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