6191 CZECH REPUBLIC

Highlights

  • Explore dramatic mountain landscapes
  • Admire the magnificent restoration of Baroque Dresden
  • Guided boat tour up Prebischtor Gorge
  • Marvel at the unique crystal sculptures in the world-renowned Lindava glassworks
  • 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. It is 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 north to our hotel in Jitrava for our Welcome Drink and Introductory Talk.

Monday Overnight: Hotel Jitrava

This morning's walk takes us along the border with Poland, through open countryside with lovely views. We drive to the former mining village of Krystofovo dol (Christopher's Valley) where we visit a unique painted wooden church and timber framed houses. After lunch we drive to the top of Jested (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 visit the fascinating Ajeto Glassworks in Lindava, where glass has been produced for over 500 years and which now specialises in the highest quality, unique crystal sculptures. We lunch in a traditional inn and then walk up to the top of Hvozd, which is crossed by the German Czech border, where we enjoy amazing views before walking down to our hotel in nearby Lueckendorf. For those who prefer not to climb this steeper section of the walk, there is a transport option.

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 typical local houses called 'Umgebindehaus' and then transfer back to the hotel.

Thursday Overnight: Parkhotel Bad Schandau

We drive west to 'Czech Switzerland' and hike to Pravcicka Gate, the longest natural sandstone arch in Europe and then walk further along the sandstone rock formation to Mezni Louka for lunch. In the afternoon we go down to the valley of Kamenice River, where we take a boat along the gorge, before crossing the border back to Germany. We end our day with a transfer to Bad Schandau by the River Elbe.

Friday Overnight: Parkhotel Bad Schandau

We take the famous Bad Schandau elevator to get a lovely view of the Elbe before walking to Schillers monument at the beginning of the beautiful Kirnitzschtal. After a hearty local lunch at a converted farm, our walk continues up to Lichtenhain and then down to Lichtenhainer Wasserfall where we catch the narrow gauge tram (Kirnitzschtalbahn), in operation since 1898, to take us back to Bad Schandau.

Saturday Overnight: Gewandhaus Dresden

En route to Dresden we visit the famous hilltop fortress at Konigstein. Then we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the center of Dresden where we have lunch, followed by an afternoon at leisure. In the evening we gather for our Farewell Dinner.

Sunday

Departure at leisure.
Moderate
"The guides are very well-chosen and make connections we haven't had with other companies".
Terrain: Forest paths, open country and meadows. Some hill walking. Rock steps with railings. 7-12 miles of walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

7 nights, 8 days from
$4,395.00
Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement $565.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,175.00

Dates

From Sep 24 to Oct 1 (more dates)
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Arrival: Prague
Departure: Dresden

Activities

Walk ClassicBoat RideHistoric Monument Visit
Prague to Dresden September 2017 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 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, safe and garden view. WiFi is available in some rooms and, in others, the hotel will lend guests an internet cable. 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, hot tub and a range of massages are 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. Chef, Andre Bach, uses only fresh ingredients with an emphasis on locally sourced produce to create delicious meals. The hotel's Wellness area is accessible by lift and includes an indoor swimming pool and sauna.

Parkhotel Bad Schandau

Parkhotel Bad Schandau

Surrounded by beautiful parkland and on the banks of the Elbe in Saxon Switzerland, Parkhotel consists of two gracious 19th century villas, tastefully restored, creating comfortable accommodation with every modern amenity. The bedrooms all have a shower or bathtub, WC, hairdryer, satellite TV, direct- dial telephone and internet, with a balcony or terrace. During imperial times the Konigsvilla, completed in 1887, was famous for its glittering festivities in the fashionable spa town. The magnificent ballroom is still used for events. Today the reconstructed villa encloses a spacious winter garden restaurant serving delicious and inventive cuisine to diners enjoying a beautiful view over the river Elbe.

Gewandhaus Dresden

Gewandhaus Dresden

Located in the historic heart of the city, this is one of Dresden's premier hotels and is an ideal city centre retreat. It is named after the German word for 'weaver' as it occupies the former home of the weavers guild, Cloth Hall. 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.

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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, culture, 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 cultural 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