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10 Days Exploring the Czech Republic

This sample 10-day (9 nights) itinerary covers Prague, Brno, Cesky Krumlov and Karlovy Vary, returning to Prague again for the last night. Over these 10 days you'll experience the highlights of this small but beautiful country, from majestic Prague to up-and-coming Brno, the UNESCO-listed South Bohemian jewel of a medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, Plzen, the birthplace of Pilsner beer, and the ornate spa town of Karlovy Vary, perhaps better known by its German name, Carlsbad. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transport and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. Our Destination Manager in the region will provide assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options, including boutique-style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five-star level. From our first-hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.

Itinerary


3 Nights in Prague

Day 1

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your central Prague accommodation.

Included : Prague Airport Transfer

Day 2

Get to Know Prague on a City Walking Tour
Prague's main historic sights are situated on the so-called Royal Route between the Old Town and Prague Castle, crossing the river on the Charles Bridge. To make the most of your visit, we will book a private walking tour to put you in touch with all the history and romanticism of this wonderful city. As the tour ends in the courtyard of Prague Castle, you might want to continue the day by following one of the tour routes in the castle.

Prague Private Walking Tour
Prague Private Walking Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Optional: Experience the Life Monastic
One of the most breathtaking interiors in the city is to be found at the Strahov Monastery. The halls of the library here have featured in several Hollywood films. After feasting your eyes you'll have the chance to feast on some Czech classics and brewed on-site beer at the monastery brewery.

Strahov Library and Brewery Private Tour
Strahov Library and Brewery Private Tour
Duration : 2.5 hours
Activity level : Light
Included : Prague Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Museums of All Kinds from Alchemy to Mucha
Prague’s got museums and galleries aplenty so there's more than enough to choose from. Our recommendations here all focus on something that's unique to Prague and the Czech Republic. In the center, the privately run Museum of Communism, curated by an American, tells the story of the five decades of totalitarian rule and its eventual demise. Around the corner the Mucha Museum is all about the famous Czech Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha. Hidden away in Old Town is the Alchemist's Workshop celebrating the fact that Prague was the world center for alchemy back in the day. The National Technical Museum in the Letna neighborhood celebrates above all the achievements of Czech engineers, inventors and designers. Art lovers could head for the National Gallery nearby, with a focus on Czech fine artists. A little deeper into the Holesovice neighbourhood you'll find DOX Gallery, with a full program of temporary exhibitions by modern artists.

Optional: Taste Prague’s Exciting Food Scene
Get to know Czech beer and food on a guided Czech Beer and Tapas Tour that will get you out of the center and into two adjoining Prague neighbourhoods. Your guide will lead you from place to place trying microbrews and small plates of Czech dishes. Since 2008 or so the foodie scene in Prague has developed at a rapid pace. There are farmer's markets on most days and the city's large expat population has provided both customers and restauranteurs to create a cosmopolitan restaurant scene that most cities would envy if only they knew about it.

Beer and Czech Tapas Group Tour
Beer and Czech Tapas Group Tour
Maximum group size : 10
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Easy

Day 4

Today, you'll have a lovely train ride through the Czech countryside from Prague to rapidly gentrifying Brno. As there are a number of trains running throughout the day, you can depart either morning or afternoon for the roughly 2.5 hour trip. We'll arrange standard class tickets based on the train time of your choice and have a driver transfer you from your accommodation to the Prague train station. We can also arrange first class tickets for an additional fee though in our experience there is little difference, other than slightly wider seats and proximity to the dining car if available, between the two types of carriage.
Included : Prague Train Station Transfer, Prague - Brno Train

A little about Prague

“The Golden City,” “The City of 100 Spires,” “The Mother of Cities”... Prague has no shortage of nicknames, and they all pay homage to the city’s charm and beauty. Prague’s winding cobblestone streets, its gorgeous architecture and its atmospheric bridges are fabled, and with good reason: this is a city like no other. From exploring the history and modern culture on foot, to traveling farther afield to take in the picturesque countryside and fairytale villages, you’ll have an itinerary full of adventure and relaxation. This is a very walkable city surrounded by easy-to-reach destinations in the surrounding regions. Besides the city’s history, which is evident on every street, including the beautifully preserved former Jewish Quarter, a rich program awaits. There will be plenty of time to sample the famous Bohemian beer, as we can offer several delightful gastronomic experiences, including a romantic dinner cruise on the Vltava river, and a relaxing afternoon at an actual beer spa! Day-trip destinations include scenic castles, the perfect spa town, and the Renaissance village of Cesky Krumlov. Prague is a city of history that comes to life for every visitor. No matter what your interests, you’ll find yourself intrigued by the inviting magic of the Czech capital in the heart of Europe.

2 Nights in Brno

Day 1

When you reach Brno main station you will be met by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in the city center.

Brno Private Walking Tour

Brno's history stretches back hundreds of years and on this special excursion you'll learn about the various phases in the city's development. This three-hour walking tour with an expert local guide covers all of the most unique sights in the center of the city and even peeks into the outskirts so you can learn some of the secrets of Brno's long and complex history. This charming city will open up before you and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time as you get in touch with everything that makes Brno a charming destination.

Brno Private Walking Tour
Brno Private Walking Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package

Included : Brno Private Walking Tour, Bus/Train Station Transfer

Day 2

Optional: Moravian Karst Private Day Trip

One of the highlights of the region and hugely popular with Czech and visiting tourists is the Moravian Karst, featuring over 1100 caverns and gorges. Only 4 complexes are open to the public however and the most spectacular is the Punkva Caves with an underground river. On this day trip your guide will take you to the caves, about 45 minutes from Brno, where you will join one of the scheduled group tours, after which you'll have time for lunch at Skalni Mlyn, famous for the Punkva Trout from the river that runs through the caves.

Moravian Karst Private Day Trip
Moravian Karst Private Day Trip
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Moderate

Day 3

This morning your driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Brno and drive you to the idyllic medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, stopping on the way in Telč for about an hour and half for you to visit the UNESCO-listed chocolate-box perfect Renaissance town square. The journey time, including the stop in Telč, is about five and a half hours. If you would like to add other stops, there are a number of other interesting small detours along the way that we could arrange, such as Trebon, a medieval south Bohemian town famous for its carp ponds or Třebíč, another UNESCO listed medieval and renaissance town. With just one stop the journey time is around five and a half hours.
Included : Brno - Cesky Krumlov Private Transfer
Brno

A little about Brno

Don't listen to the Praguers when they tell you Brno is dull. They probably haven't been in a while. This provincial city and capital of the South Moravia region has plenty to keep you occupied. A tech boom in the 2000s and onwards has raised salaries and expectations all round and the city center is alive with cool places. The NY Times called Brno an architectural mecca and you'll definitely want to reserve tickets to see Villa Tugendhat, a UNESCO listed functionalist villa built for a wealthy industrialist's family in the 1920s by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe. Brno is also a great base for trips to the wine hills of Southern Moravia and to the Moravian Karst, where the Punkva Cave is the most popular attraction.

2 Nights in Cesky Krumlov

Day 1

Your driver will bring you directly to your city center accommodation in Cesky Krumlov.

Day 2

Get in Touch with History in Cesky Krumlov
Your private guide will meet you at your accommodation, then take you on a one-and-half-hour walking tour to show you the highlights of this beautiful city. You'll explore the winding streets of the center including the house where Egon Schiele lived and other distinct destinations. Then you'll make your way up towards the castle, where your guide can arrange to help you buy tickets for an interior tour on your own.

Cesky Krumlov Private Walking Tour
Cesky Krumlov Private Walking Tour
Duration : 1.5 hours
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Cesky Krumlov Private Walking Tour

Day 3

Today you're swapping a medieval southern Bohemian town for a glamorous Northwest Bohemian spa town. To break the journey up and keep with the Czech highlights theme you'll be stopping along the way in Plzen, birthplace of the original Pilsner style beer. You'll have your pick of visiting the brewery, the town center or maybe venturing into the Plzen underground, a network of tunnels that run under the city connecting the old burgher houses. After some time in Plzen it's back on the road to continue the journey to Karlovy Vary. The whole journey, with stops, should take about five and a half hours.
Included : Cesky Krumlov - Karlovy Vary Private Transfer via Plzen

A little about Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov is the second most visited town in the Czech Republic and for good reason. It was put on the UNESCO world heritage list in 1993. A 2.5 hour drive south of Prague it is a prime example of Bohemian village life. The town is highlighted by the castle which houses more than 300 rooms and is the second largest in the Czech Republic. The center with the Vltava river running through it is a labyrinth of cobblestone alleyways with delightful shops. No matter where you are all the town's highlights are no more than five minute walk away. Cesky Krumlov is surrounded by nature set in a hilly green countryside making an ideal place for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, golfing and weather permitting a canoe or rafting trip on the Vltava should not be missed. It is also a city of culture and art with 7 museums and 4 galleries as well as medieval, music and theater festivals taking place year round. For beer lovers the city has its own brewery and the local brew is served around town in ancient taverns and restaurants where you can enjoy typical hearty Czech dishes in a unique classic setting.

1 Night in Karlovy Vary

Day 1

On arriving to Cesky Krumlov your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

An afternoon in Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary's spa district is easily explored on foot and there's plenty to see in an afternoon. To get an overview of the whole town, there's nothing better than taking the funicular to the Diana Tower. If you're looking to eat, then the hunting lodge style Diana Restaurant, serving up Czech classics as well as some international dishes right next to the tower is an atmospheric eatery. Walk back to town or take the funicular again then stroll through the spa area and its colonnades. If you're brave enough sample the mineral springs and don't miss the Vridlo geyser, a symbol of the town, that shoots 160 degree water 40 feet in the air. You might notice many other visitors to the town munching on large round wafers, these are another KV tradition. They're inexpensive and best eaten warm. If it's a hot day and you remembered your swimwear then a dip in the outdoor pool at the Hotel Thermal, with great views over the town from its terrace, is one of our favorite ways to cool down.

Day 2

Karlovy Vary's Signature Products
Karlovy Vary is known for two very distinctive traditional Czech products. At the bus station end of the main shopping street you'll find the Becherovka Museum. This bittersweet herbal liqueur is made from a secret and well-guarded recipe. Have fun guessing the ingredients! No visit to the Czech Republic would be complete without visiting a glassworks and there truly is no finer than Moser. Tours run every half-hour from 9 AM to 2:30 PM every day and the glassworks and museum is a 10 minute taxi ride from the center.

The buses between Karlovy Vary and Prague are very frequent and we will book tickets for your choice of departure time for the journey to the Czech capital. If you are staying in the spa area of town your hotel can arrange a transfer to the bus station for a small fee. If you are in the town center, it is a short walk to the bus terminal.
Included : Karlovy Vary - Prague Bus

A little about Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary is not just the most famous spa town in the Czech Republic, it's also a beautiful place with an atmosphere all its own. Whether you're coming to enjoy the sumptuous spa and wellness treatments, or just to have a look around, a visit to Karlovy Vary, about two hours drive from Praguem always feels like something special. The most interesting parts of the town are centered around a gorgeous promenade lined with special fountains for the hot spring water Karlovy Vary is famous for. Each fountain has water with a different temperature and mineral content. You'll see visitors and locals alike sipping the water from special porcelain cups which you can find on sale at many street-side stalls. Drinking this medicinal water is the simplest way to connect with the rich spa history here. There are also several excellent spas where you can enjoy wellness and beauty treatments, or just relax in a whirlpool or sauna. Hotel Thermal is one of our favorites. A short walk uphill from the main street, it has a full selection of treatments as well as an outdoor pool that's amazing in any weather. Riding the funicular to the Diana tower will give you great views of the town and the lush hills surrounding it. Karlovy Vary is also famous as the home of Becherovka, a delicious herbal digestif that's the Czech Republic's most famous liquor. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy both while you're visiting.

1 Night in Prague

Day 1

A driver will greet you at the Prague bus station and take you to your accommodation for the last night of your trip. Take one last evening stroll around Prague's magical old town!

Included : Prague Bus Station Transfer

Day 2

A driver will pick you up at your accommodation based on your flight time and transfer you to Prague airport for your departure.
Included : Prague Airport Transfer

A little about Prague

“The Golden City,” “The City of 100 Spires,” “The Mother of Cities”... Prague has no shortage of nicknames, and they all pay homage to the city’s charm and beauty. Prague’s winding cobblestone streets, its gorgeous architecture and its atmospheric bridges are fabled, and with good reason: this is a city like no other. From exploring the history and modern culture on foot, to traveling farther afield to take in the picturesque countryside and fairytale villages, you’ll have an itinerary full of adventure and relaxation. This is a very walkable city surrounded by easy-to-reach destinations in the surrounding regions. Besides the city’s history, which is evident on every street, including the beautifully preserved former Jewish Quarter, a rich program awaits. There will be plenty of time to sample the famous Bohemian beer, as we can offer several delightful gastronomic experiences, including a romantic dinner cruise on the Vltava river, and a relaxing afternoon at an actual beer spa! Day-trip destinations include scenic castles, the perfect spa town, and the Renaissance village of Cesky Krumlov. Prague is a city of history that comes to life for every visitor. No matter what your interests, you’ll find yourself intrigued by the inviting magic of the Czech capital in the heart of Europe.

Reviews from past guests

Overall rating:
(5.0/5 based on 13 reviews)

Reviews from guests who have traveled with us to at least half the destinations in this itinerary


JayWay Travel allows you to easily customize a personal vacation while removing many of the headaches that can arise before and during the trip.

- Traveled to Prague, Brno, Cesky Krumlov, in October 2018 - rating:
(5/5)

JayWay Travel staff are professional, detailed, easy to work with, give the client the feeling that they are the most important thing in the world at that moment, set the confidence level very high that the traveler doesn't have to worry about anything - everything will be taken care of. The level of detail that's in the itinerary is amazing, never any doubt about what will take place. JayWay Travel is outstanding!! Don't stop what you're doing!

- Traveled to Krakow, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Salzburg, Vienna in October 2018 - rating:
(5/5)

We have not regretted for a moment, we entered the Jay Way world.  Within minutes they had sent us an itinerary for our proposed trip and later gave us several selections for accommodations at various levels of comfort.  We saved ourselves hours of self inflicted searching, pondering, reserving and unnecessary risk. We were comforted greatly at the transition points, i.e., being met as we arrived at each location, having a city tour to orient us to each city, and then transport to either the train station or by shuttle to our next destination. We recommend Jay Way Travel without any reservation. The time, energy, and effort they saved us was worth every dollar of their fee, which by any accounts was very reasonable.

- Traveled to Dubrovnik, Split, Sarajevo, Plitvice, Rovinj, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Berlin in September 2018 - rating:
(4.8/5)

JayWay Travel uses their local knowledge and understanding about the needs of travelers to create wonderful trips. Traveling to Central Europe with their itinerary planning made our 2 weeks absolutely perfect.

- Traveled to Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest in September 2018 - rating:
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- Traveled to Prague, Karlovy Vary, Cesky Krumlov, Brno, Budapest, Sighetu Marmatiei, Cluj, Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov, Bucharest in September 2018 - rating:
(5/5)

JayWay Travel provides the ability to customize your trip and spend time on whatever you like. They make it easy to get the most out of beautiful cities by having your individualized itinerary planned including hotels, drivers and local guides.

- Traveled to Prague, Brno, Zakopane, Krakow in September 2018 - rating:
(4.8/5)

"JayWay staff provided us with everything we needed and more. We loved being able to be in contact with them and we appreciated hearing from each throughout our trip, making sure all was well. Knowing we had these contacts was reassuring. Your activities were amazing! All JayWay staff worked wonderfully well with my wheelchair needs to ensure that I saw all that I could and taking Molly to do some things I couldn't. Your selection of choices was excellent, and we truly loved everything we did. JayWay provided an amazing experience, covering all aspects with expertise, to make an outstanding trip and taking care of us so well the whole way through. Thank you!"

- Traveled to Berlin, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Krakow, Budapest, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik in May 2018 - rating:
(5/5)

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JayWay Travel makes travel easy and takes away all the things that give you heartburn, like where to turn in the rental car, how to buy tickets for the train and transfers.  We love being just a phone call away from solving any problem we might have!

- Traveled to Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Eger, Krakow in May 2018 - rating:
(5/5)

"The most professional boutique travel agency. This is my second trip with JayWay and I cannot overemphasize the excellence of its customer service! Loved their site and how they provide information and pictures about all the tours and services they provide. The additional information on each destination is very helpful and if you do your homework and read it before arrival, you feel like you've already been at destination. Love love love the professionalism."

- Traveled to Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna & Budapest in September 2017 - rating:
(5/5)

"We were so happy to have found JayWay during our research. We have traveled through other countries in Europe where we coordinated the logistics, but with little knowledge of Central Europe and the language and money differences we were uncomfortable going it alone on this trip. The idea of a group type tour was very unappealing so finding a tour company that would handle the logistics without having to travel with 40 other people was great. It allowed us to have the style of trip we wanted and relax and enjoy it without having to be concerned with the details. We learned so much from the local support personnel that assisted us and it really enriched the trip. Thank you!!!"

- Traveled to Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest in December 2015 - rating:
(5/5)

Our trip involved 33 days total. Jayway arranged for all but our flights. Every aspect of our trip was well taken care of and wonderful. The guides, excursions and transfers were well arranged without exception. Every question before the trip was answered promptly and thoroughly. During the trip when a few issues arose, our contact Darja, was readily available and helpful. We had a wonderful time.

- Traveled to Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow in September 2015 - rating:
(5/5)

"JayWay Travel was exactly what we needed in planning our vacation. Other travel agencies offered tours that included most of the places that we wanted to see, but we were not able to fit into their fixed time schedules and routes. JayWay offered us the flexibility that we needed. We had the secure feeling of being on an organized tour, and JayWay's scheduling allowed us plenty of free time to explore the cities as we liked."

- Traveled to Bucharest, Sighisoara, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, Prague in January 2015 - rating:
(5/5)

"JayWay took a lot of hassle out of the trip and gave excellent guidance & suggestions in finalising the individual cities on our trip. This was clearly based on considerable experience with each of the countries. We particularly loved the transfer service at each location. It was most welcome when arriving somewhere tired and not knowing where to go! The local contacts also provided outstanding help and guidance on the road and the mobile phone was a great idea."

- Traveled to Krakow, Wroclaw, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest, Rovinj, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik in September 2013 - rating:
(5/5)

What's Included

Below you will find all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package.

Should you wish to add any optional tours and excursions listed on the Itinerary tab, please let us know.

Please note, no particular accommodation is specified in the package. The price you see on this proposal is based on estimated costs of 4 Star accommodation, or next best available class, in each destination. The total package price will depend on the accommodation you choose.


  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Prague
  • Prague Airport Transfer
  • Prague Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : Private English-speaking guide, Pick-up from the hotel
    Excludes : Entrance fees, Tip for the guide
  • Prague Train Station Transfer
  • Prague - Brno Train
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Brno
  • Bus/Train Station Transfer
  • Brno Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : English- speaking guide
    Excludes : Food& beverages, Tip for the guide
  • Brno - Cesky Krumlov Private Transfer
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Cesky Krumlov
  • Cesky Krumlov Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 1.5 hours
    Includes : English-speaking guide, Hotel pick up
    Excludes : Entrance fees, Tip for the guide
  • Cesky Krumlov - Karlovy Vary Private Transfer via Plzen
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Karlovy Vary
  • Karlovy Vary - Prague Bus
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Prague
  • Prague Bus Station Transfer
  • Prague Airport Transfer
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager.
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives.
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations.
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance.
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, containing detailed destination information and tips on the best that these cities can offer.


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Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
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Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
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