Itinerary

Czech Republic and Slovakia are neighboring states, formed a sovereign state CZECHOSLOVAKIA in Central Europe, with common history and very warm relationships among people.
Within 12 days you will visit 2 capitals of both states- Bratislava and Prague, many interesting places- Banska Stiavnica (one of the most beautiful and in historical terms one of the most interesting towns in Slovakia), Levoca (a true cultural and historic jewel among the Slovak towns), The High Tatras Mountains (the smallest huge Mountains in the world), Prague (a political, cultural and economic centre of Europe and particularly central Europe during its 1,100 year existence) and much more.
In addition to visiting these places you will taste local cuisine, you will meet local people and explore various culture.
So, do not hesitate and join us to discover heart of Europe!!!

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    - arrival in Bratislava
    - accommodation in first class hotel

    Overnight in Bratislava

  2. Day 2 Bratislava Old town sightseeing, transfer to Banska Stiavnica and sightseeing.

    - after breakfast meeting with your tour guide in hotel lobby
    - sightseeing tour of Bratislava Old Town up to 2 hours
    - car transfer to Banska Stiavnica
    - sightseeing tour of Banska Stiavnica (UNESCO)
    - accommodation ina stylish guest houser

    Overnight in Banska Stiavnica

    The Capital of the Slovak Republic BRATISLAVA, also referred to as the Beauty on the Danube can not only boast interesting history but it also is the centre of the most dynamically developing region of central Europe at present. One of the city dominants which can be seen from far distance is the Castle of Bratislava. The most attractive part of Bratislava is the Old Town where the most historical sights as well as cultural institutions are concentrated.

    Banska Stiavnica UNESCO heritage - mining town - The heart of the town is the historical Trinity Square. The Banska Stiavnica reserve comprises as many as 360 structures. Together they present a unique set of high cultural and historical value, which is set into the wonderful environment of the Stiavnicke vrchy Mts. There is also a mineralogical museum. The open air mining museum offers a two kilometers long underground excursion. Ancient mine open to the public, situated just under the center of the town. Banska Stiavnica is also known for its Mining Academy founded in 1762 as the first institution of higher education of its kind in the world.

  3. Day 3 UNESCO: wooden church in Hronsek village, monument reserve of folk architecture in Vlkolinec village. Transfer to Kezmarok.

    - car transfer to Kezmarok, on the way 2 stops:
    1. village Hronsek with its Evangelical wooden church (UNESCO)
    2. village Vlkolinec with its Open air museum of the Slovak folk architecture (UNESCO)
    - arrival to Kezmarok
    - accommodation in first class hotel

    Overnight in Kezmarok

    The wooden articled church in Hronsek from 1726 is set in the wonderful environment of big lime trees. There are 1,100 chairs in this church. Its organ was fitted in 1764. Fine wooden belfry from 1726 stands nearby. The church has a central floor plan in the form of uneven Cross (longer arm is 23 m, the shorter 18 m). Height is 8 meter. The construction is completely of solid oak and red spruce. Inside the church roof recalls the inverted ship shape. There are elements of Scandinavian architecture, distinctive colonnade on the galeries. The altar of the church has six interchangeable images, originating from 1771. In early November 2000, the English Crown Prince Charles visited the church.

    Vlkolinec - a monument reserve of folk architecture is extraordinary and remarkable oasis of folk architecture. It was included in the List of the World Cultural and Nature Heritage of UNESCO in 1993. The community was first referred to in 1376. Its unique compound of original folk buildings remained untouched by modern construction. Based in comparative study of ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Settlements) it was classified as the best-reserved settlement of this time within the Carpathian Architecture. Originally it was the settlement of loggers, shepherds and farmers.

  4. Day 4 UNESCO sites: Levoca town, Spis castle, Spisska Kapitula.

    - visit wooden articled church in Kezmarok (UNESCO)
    - car transfer to Levoca town, sightseeing tour
    - visit the Spis Castle, the largest one in Central Europe (UNESCO)
    - visit Spisska Kapitula (Slovak Vatican)

    Overnight in Kezmarok

    Levoca, ancient town situated at the foot of the Levocske Vrchy mountain range, is one of the most beautiful towns in Slovakia. It was the main center of the Spis region and was a free royal town since 1323. The most dominant building is the Gothic Church of St. James with the valuable late-Gothic altar of St. Jacob, which is the tallest altar in the world (18.6 meters). It was made in the workshop of Master Pavol of Levoca. Levoca is the most significant pilgrimage place in Slovakia.

    The Spis Castle is the largest medieval castle in central Europe. It dates back to 1113 when it was built as a royal castle on an important trade route to the Baltic Sea.

    The second part of the historical settlement is Spisska Kapitula, founded as an independent religious community.

  5. Day 5 High Tatras with optional program: Walking around glacial lakes, cable car to Lomnicky peak, Belianska cave visit, short hike.

    - we will explore beauties of the highest mountains of Slovakia - the High Tatras
    - several options::
    1. trip to the Lomnicky Peak by cable car
    2. visit Belianska Cave and glacial lake Strbske pleso, the most famous one
    3. short day hiking tour

    Overnight in Kezmarok

    If you want to admire the beauty of the High Tatras from the top of the mountains, go on a trip to the Lomnicky Peak by a cable-car. The cable-car overcomes the difference in height of more than 1,700 m and it transports tourists to an altitude of 2634 m above sea level. In fine weather, the summit of the Lomnicky peak offers a unique panoramic view. If the visibility is good, tourists can see over the Belianske Tatras as far as to the Polish lowlands, while in the opposite direction, they can look over almost one fifth of the Slovak territory.

    The Strbske pleso is the best known and visited Tatras' mountain lake. It is located at an altitude of 1346 m above sea level. I has an areaof 19.76 hectares, maximum depth 20 m, length 640 m and width of 600 m. Within the end of the nineteenth century this lake was filled artificially with fish. The village of the same name Strbske Pleso is situated on the south bank of this lake.

    The day hiking tour is intended for those, who like to walk in the forests and want to savor their beauty.

  6. Day 6 Transfer to Poprad. Train to Prague, Czech republic.

    - car transfer to Poprad
    - departure for Prague by train
    - private car transfer to hotel
    - accommodation in first class hotel in Prague city centre

    Overnight in Prague

  7. Day 7 Prague city tour.

    - 3,5 hours genral Grand city tour of Prague with pick up in the hotel
    - afternoon free time

    Overnight in Prague

    During this tour you are going to see all of the most interesting historical sights of Prague - the Municipal House, Wenceslas Square, the National Museum, Charles Square followed by a ride along the beautiful riverside, across the River Vltava to Prague Castle. After a short walk you will return to the city centre to the Old Town Square. Here you can admire the Tyn Church, St. Nicholas Church and the Astronomical clock on the Old Town Hall where the tour terminates.

  8. Day 8 Sightseeing in Hluboka chateau and Ceske Budejovice town. Transfer to Cesky Krumlov.

    - meeting with your guide in hotel lobby
    - car transfer to Cesky Krumlov, on the 2 stops:
    1. chateau of Hluboka
    2. Ceske Budejovice town
    - accommodation in first class hotel

    Overnight in Cesky Krumlov

    The chateau of Hluboka was originally founded as a guarding castle in the mid 13th century by the Kings of Bohemia, and being royal property, it was frequently forfeited. Several aristocratic families took turns owning it. In 1661, Jan Adolf I of Schwarzenberg bought Hluboka. The Schwarzenbergs lived in Hluboká until the end of 1939. the Schwarzenbergs twice rebuilt the chateau of Hluboká, first in the early 18th century in the Baroque style, and later, they carried out an extensive reconstruction of the chateau in the romantic neo-Gothic style of the in the years 1840 – 1871, including a re-arrangement of the park and the surrounding countryside. The main model of the project was the royal castle of Windsor.

    Bohemian King Premysl Otakar II chose the confluence of the large South Bohemian Rivers Vltava and Malse in 1265 to found the city of Ceske Budejovice to strengthen his position of power in South Bohemia. It is the largest city in the South Bohemian Region. Budejovice has long been well known for the beer brewed there since the 13th century. For a time, the town was the imperial brewery for the Holy Roman Emperor, and Budweiser Bier (i.e. beer from Budweis) became, along with Pilsner from Plzen, one of the best-known lagers. Brewing remains a major industry. The largest brewery, founded in 1895, is "Pivovar Budejovický Budvar" (Budweiser Budvar Brewery) which has legal rights to market its beer under the "Budweiser" brand name in much of Europe.

  9. Day 9 Cesky Krumlov sightseeing.

    - sightseeing tour in Cesky Krumlov

    Overnight in Cesky Krumlov

    Cesky Krumlov - a town of historical heritage - have 300 protected buildings in the historical centre designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic, and the oldest Baroque theatre in the world.

  10. Day 10 UNESCO sites: towns of Telc and Trebic. Transfer to Brno.

    - car transfer to Brno, on the way 2 stops:
    1. Telc town
    2. Trebic town
    - evening arrival to Brno
    - accommodation in first class hotel

    Overnight in Brno

    It would be hard to imagine a more fairytale-like little town than Telc. A square which looks like it has come straight from the stories of Hans Christian Andersen, a romantic chateau and crystal clear fishponds surrounding the city. Telčcis the most perfect example of the Italian Renaissance north of the Alps and a town with one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. It is rightly thus also part of UNESCO world heritage.

    Trebic is situated in the Vysocina region and it is the 2nd biggest town of the region. An important cultural and historical event for the town was the year 2003 when the St. Procopius´ basilica and the Jewish Quarter with Jewish cemetery were incorporated into the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. These monuments are the proof, that Jewish and Christian communities could live side by side, which was one of the reasons for entry into the prestigious list. These sights became already the 12th UNESCO monument in the Czech Republic and Trebic is the third UNESCO site of the Vysocina region.

  11. Day 11 Sightseeing in Brno, visit the Punkva cave and Macocha gorge in Moravian Karst.

    - morning sightseeing tour in Brno
    - afternoon trip to Moravian Karst with visit of famous Punkva cave and Macocha Gorge

    Overnight in Brno

    Brno is the second largest city of the Czech Republic and the cultural and administrative centre of the South Moravian Region. Brno has a beautiful historic centre with historic sights from the 11th century, a large number of Baroque and Renaissance buildings. The dominant feature of Brno is a stone promontory called Petrov and the gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul which is built on it. Another dominant feature of Brno is the Spilberk Castle. It was established around the mid-13th century by the Czech king Otokar II. of Bohemia. Today, the Spilberk castle houses The Brno City Museum.

    Moravian Karst is one of the most important karst area of Central Europe. In the area of Moravian Karst, there are more than 1100 caverns and gorges. But only 4 caves of the all number are open to public. There are Punkva Caves with their underground river – during the cruise you can see there the bottom of the famous Macocha Gorge.

  12. Day 12 Valtice and Lednice chateau complex.

    - visit of the Valtice and Lednice Chateaux

    Overnight in Brno

    The touristic Lednice - Valtice Complex with area of 200 km was entered into UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Lednice and Valdice are towns near the border of Austria. In Lednice, the complex is better preserved and extensive: English Tudor Neo-Gothic building, the park with ponds and canals and the minaret - the tallest of this type of structure in a non-Islamist country. Valtice’s chateau has two special things going for it: a brand new herb garden showcasing hundreds of different herbs and their uses and the National Wine Center.

    Option: wine tasting in the National Wine Centre

  13. Day 13 Sightseeing in Kromeriz and Olomouc towns.

    - visit of Kromeriz and Olomouc towns

    Overnight in Brno

    Kromeriz is a Moravian town in the Zlin Region of the Czech Republic. The town's main landmark is the Baroque Kromeriz Bishop's Palace, where some scenes from Amadeus and Immortal Beloved were filmed. The Palace and the Flower Garden in Kromeriz were added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1998.

    The charming and beautiful city of Olomouc lies beside the Morava River in central Moravia. The centre is the largest historic preservation zone outside Prague, and its cobblestoned streets are lined with majestic cathedrals and grand palaces.

  14. Day 14 Farewell.

    - end of the tour

Basic information

from €1749 per person

Duration: 14 days

Type/style: Guided sightseeing and cultural discovery tour

Level of difficulty: Easy

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

Bratislava Castle four tower symbol Banska Stiavnica Trinity Square Vlkolinec Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture The Articled Protestant Church in Hronsek UNESCO heritage Spisky Castle St James church in Levoca Strbske Pleso lake Belianska Cave The Charles Bridge in Prague Prague Castle Hluboka castle Cesky Krumlov an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town Telc town Czech republic Trebic town Czech republic Pukva Caves in Moravian Karst Lednice - Valtice area a cultural-natural complex Holy Trinity Column a UNESCO World Heritage Site Castle and Gardens in Kromeriz UNESCO heritage

Included

- Trip transport by private car, mini van, mini bus, bus
- Train tickets: Poprad-Prague

- Accommodation with breakfast and local tax in stylish first class hotels:
- 1 night in Bratislava
- 1 night in Banska Stiavnica
- 3 nights in Kezmarok
- 2 nights in Prague
- 2 nights in Cesky Krumlov
- 4 nights in Brno
- The services of an English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

- Walking tours of the cities of Bratislava, Banska Stiavnica, Levoca, Prague, Ceske Budejovice, Cesky Krumlov, Telc, Trebic, Brno, Olomouc and Kromeriz

- Excursions to the Hronsek, Vlkolinec, Spis Castle, St James church, Spisska Kapitula, chateau of Hluboka, Cesky Krumlov Castle, Lednice or Valtice Chateaux, Moravian Karst, Kromeriz Gardens including all entrance fees

- Grand city tour in Prague without admission fees

Excluded

- airport transfer (possible to order)
- flights
- lunch and dinner
- extra admission fees