This sample itinerary is also available as a guided tour with scheduled departures and as a self guided tour that you may choose any dates between April and October.
Vienna – Valtice (Let us know if you would like us to arrange hotel reservations for you in Vienna.) Take the train to Breclav, where you will be picked up by your program coordinator and driven to Valtice. They will introduce you to the program and give you all the information and navigation materials. Overnight in Valtice.
Day 2 – Valtice – Lednice (11 km / 7 miles)
Start by touring the Baroque Valtice chateau, then follow the path through fields, vineyards and forest. See the romantic follies on the way to Lednice, and wrap up your day in the Gothic Revival Chateau of Lednice, one of the most ornate examples of this historical architectural style. Afternoon transfer to Mikulov. Overnight in Mikulov.
Day 3 – Pavlov – Mikulov (10 km / 6 miles)
Walk along the Palava hills through the ruins of Divci hrady (Maiden’s Castles) and across Devin, the highest point of the Palava hills (550 m). After crossing the “saddle” you arrive at the ruins of Sirotci hradek (Orphan castle). From there climb to Tabulova Hill and over Turold Hill down to Mikulov, a magic castle town surrounded by vineyards. Overnight in Mikulov.
Day 4 – Mikulov – Cizov – Hardegg – Vranov nad Dyji – Telc (14 km / 9 miles)
Morning transfer by car from Mikulov to Cizov. Take in the unspoiled beauty of Podyji National Park. The trail starts in the village of Cizov, where you can see the last remnant of the Iron Curtain, continues to the Austrian village of Hardegg with its ancient castle and a sweeping view of the Dyje valley, and then leads back to Vranov nad Dyji. Finish your day with the tour of the magnificent Baroque chateau in Vranov, perched atop a cliff over the Dyje River. Late afternoon transfer by car from Vranov to Telc. Overnight in Telc.
Day 5 – Telc – Slavonice – Landstejn – Nova Bystrice – Jindrichuv Hradec (12 km / 7 miles)
Transfer by train from Telc to Slavonice, a forgotten jewel with sgraffito houses. The hiking trail begins in the town and finishes at the castle of Landstejn. On the way, you will see an interesting outdoor museum of military bunkers that were built along the Czech borders in the 1930s. You will have a short transfer by car from Landstejn to the town of Nova Bystrice to take the quaint narrow-gauge railway dating from 1897, which winds through the sparsely inhabited, forested region called “Czech Canada”. Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.
Day 6 – Trebon – Kojakovice (14 km / 9 miles)
First, take in the historic town and castle of Jindrichuv Hradec, then continue through the mosaic of ponds, woods and meadows of the Bohemia Lake District and its capital, Trebon, a medieval city whose walls are still largely intact. The trail leads around Svet, a man-made lake and an engineering wonder of the 16th century. The hiking tour ends in the village of Kojakovice with interesting local village museum. Late afternoon transfer by car from Kojakovice to Cesky Krumlov. Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.
Day 7 – Cesky Krumlov – Klet – Cesky Krumlov (16 km / 10 miles)
Morning transfer by train from Cesky Krumlov to Zlata Koruna, which is famous for its monastery. You continue over the highest peak of the Blanský Forest: Klet, with a restaurant, a lookout tower and an astronomical observatory. Then hike back to Cesky Krumlov. Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.
Day 8 – Cesky Krumlov – Prague
The recommended program gives you ample time to enjoy all that Cesky Krumlov has to offer within one day. Late afternoon transfer by bus from Cesky Krumlov to Prague. (Let us know if you would like us to arrange hotel reservations for you in Prague.)