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Tour Central Europe offers small and custom group tours to select countries in Central Europe including the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, the Slovak Republic, Poland, and Hungary.

2018 European Wellness & Spa Tour: The Czech Republic


Tour Details

Departure: Thursday, May 17, 2018*
*From your point of departure in the USA for Prague.
Pick-up: Friday, May 18, Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport (PRG)
Returning: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from Prague.


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This special tour has been designed with these important considerations on our minds:

1. Reduced traveling days between places and more comfort.
2. Enjoying historic spa-towns, their offerings and other activities for more days.
3. Convenient day trips without moving from hotel to hotel.
4. Spectacular itinerary that combines spa-towns, villages, castles, the countryside, music, history, shopping and culinary experiences in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

Itinerary | Tour Specifications and Pricing | Photo-Gallery | Reservations


Itinerary


DAY 1:
After arriving in Prague (Praha in Czech) (1, 100,000 pop.), we check into our hotel. Depending on our arrival, there might be time on your own.  It is amazing what 25 years of freedom can do. Prague has always been historic. Now it is fun too. No place in Europe has become so popular so quickly. And, for good reasons: Prague, the only Eastern European capital to escape the bombs of the last century’s wars, is one of Europe’s best-preserved cities. It is filled with sumptuous Art Nouveau facades, offers great musical entertainment, galleries, amazing museums and restaurants, and brews the best beer in Europe (perhaps in the World). Prague is the town of thousands of red roofs and spires. Overnight in Prague.

“Our Fristensky-led trip to the Czech Republic was a winner! We experienced historical, cultural, and archeological overviews of a lovely and fascinating part of the world in pleasurable and easily digested doses, with marvelous planning and attention to detail throughout. Excellent accommodations and great cuisine as well!”
-Clint and Mary Barter, CO

DAY 2: 
Prague Day        
This morning we tour Prague with a local guide.  We explore the Hradcany (the Prague Castle) district, home of the distinctive castle towering above the Vltava River.  The castle today is the seat of the president of the Czech Republic. We stroll down along the Golden Lane, with its picturesque artisans’ cottages.  We cross the famous Charles Bridge into the Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock Tower. We also walk along the Vltava River, passing by the National Theater and visit the Jewish Quarter.

The remainder of the day is free to continue exploring this enchanting city on your own. We will gather for a celebration dinner with musical entertainment.
Overnight in Prague.
(B-L-D)

DAY 3: Tour of the Czech Republic
Karlstejn Castle Bicycle Tour
Following breakfast, we will depart for a bike rental center in Prague. From there, we will embark on a leisure ride to one of the most impressive castle's in the Czech Republic, the Karlstejn Castle. This ride is about 20 miles. The tour is mostly on cycle tracks with virtually no traffic. This enchanting route follows the meandering river so there are almost no hills to climb. There will be several typical and truly authentic small Czech pubs and country restaurants on the way to Karlstejn Castle. There will be an optional visit of the castle or explore the romantic village bellow the castle. Later in the afternoon, we will take a train back to Prague.
Overnight in Prague.
(B-D)                 

DAY 4:
Karlovy Vary Day
We travel west to Karlovy Vary (52,000 pop.), a world famous hot springs town. Karlovy Vary is quite literally built on water. There are 15 hot springs housed in or near five colonnades along the Tepla River. The legend has it that Karlovy Vary’s hot springs were stumbled upon by pure chance. They were discovered by a dog, which fell into the first of the town’s springs while out on a hunting trip with Emperor Charles IV. The town soon became a magnet for European aristocrats. The opulent 19th and early 20thcentury grandiose architecture forms a two-sided colonnade along the river Tepla that runs through the middle of town. A local guide gives us a tour. We will take a hike in the forest above the town with some historical stops along the way. Later, you may be ready to experience some of the spa's procedures or stroll the promenade, shop the many interesting stores, and visit the Grand Hotel Pupp where the majority of the movie “The Last Holiday” with Queen Latifa was filmed.
Overnight in Karlovy Vary
(B-L)

"We are still reveling in the good feeling of having been with you on the trip to the Czech Republic (or is it still jet lag?) Thank you so much for a perfect trip. Your good planning and care showed in everything that we did, and made the trip memorable. We were truly so impressed with the country and its people. We especially appreciated the cleanliness, good food, and safe water. And the landscapes and cities were beautiful. Thank you for a wonderful couple of weeks, and we look forward to seeing you again."
-Maxine and Ray Hudson, Austin, TX


Tour of the Czech RepublicDAY 5:
Krusne Hory (Ore Mountains) and Jachymov Day
This morning, we will travel for about one hour due north in the region of Krusne Hory, specifically to the mountain village of Bozi Dar (God's Present), the highest town in central Europe and located at the foot of Mount Klinovec (4100 feet) near the German border. The 360 degrees view is spectacular. There many beautiful nature hikes available for us to choose from.
In the afternoon, we will depart (about 20 minutes) to the spa town of Jachymov, where the first radon spa in the world was established. In addition to the Jachymov Spa, we will experience an educational trail called "Jachymov hell," remanding of mines and prisoner's camps used mainly in the 50'. Upon return to Karlovy Vary there will be time at leisure.
Overnight in Karlovy Vary (B-D)

DAY 6:
Chodova Plana Day
Have you ever taken a bath in a beer? You may do so today. Say what you will about the healing properties of mud baths, saunas, or lavender-scented candles, but soaking in a stainless-steel tub filled with Czech beer will put your body and soul at ease. The beer spa is located in a small village (Chodova Plana) near the German border within a family owned brewery (Chodovar). The nicely renovated cellars boasts seven large Victorian bath where you can immerse in a warm bath mixture of mineral water and dark beer enriched by active beer yeast and mix of dry, crushed herbs, including hops. You can also experience a special beer massage. That's where you may say: "Cheer to your health."
After some relaxation time and experiencing the real beer in the pub, we will depart back to Karlovy Vary.
There will be time at leisure.
Overnight in Karlovy Vary
(B-D)

DAY 7:Tour of the Czech Republic
Chodova Plana Day
Have you ever taken a bath in a beer? You may do so today. Say what you will about the healing properties of mud baths, saunas, or lavender-scented candles, but soaking in a stainless-steel tub filled with Czech beer will put your body and soul at ease. The beer spa is located in a small village (Chodova Plana) near the German border within a family owned brewery (Chodovar). The nicely renovated cellars boasts seven large Victorian bath where you can immerse in a warm bath mixture of mineral water and dark beer enriched by active beer yeast and mix of dry, crushed herbs, including hops. You can also experience a special beer massage. That's where you may say: "Cheer to your health." After some relaxation time and experiencing the real beer in the pub, we will depart back to Karlovy Vary.
There will be time at leisure.
Overnight in Karlovy Vary
(B-D)

DAY 8:
Sumava (Bohemian Forest) Day
The forest is comprised of heavily forested mountains with an average elevation of 2400 to 4200 feet. As a border region, it has had a complicated history. In the 20th century it was literally part of the Iron Curtain, and large areas were stripped of human occupation. These unique circumstances led to the preservation of nature and forest ecosystems relatively unspoiled by human activity. We will hike about 2.5 miles along the Vydra River in the Sumava Forest, eventually explore deeper into the forest.
Overnight in Kasperske Hory

(B-D)

DAY 9:
Lipno nad Vltavou - Outdoor Day
This morning, we will travel through the Sumava NP area and along the Lipno Lake to the recreational village of Lipno nad Vltavou. The Lipno Lake is the largest water area in the Czech republic and was built in the 50' on the upper reaches of the Vltava River. The lake and its surroundings are one of the most popular recreational areas of all sorts in the country. Various activities will be selected upon arrival there. Later this afternoon, we will be heading about one hour north to a small ancient city in the South Bohemian Region, Cesky Krumlov which is one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage Preservation Sites. Construction of the town and the castle began in the late 13th century at a ford in the Vltava River. The core of the old town, full of preserved medieval history and architecture is within a horseshoe bend of the river. We will spend an medieval evening in this picturesque town, especially blossoming in the evening street lights.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov
(B-D)

"Our trip with Frank to the Czech Republic was magical, like a living walk through history. Frank and Mike do such an amazing job of providing diverse and balanced experience of the Czech country including large cities, small picturesque towns, rural countryside and forest with castles in them, beautiful rivers and musical performances. Having Frank and Mike as natives who speak the language and know the hidden spots gave the whole trip such a personal touch. We were able to experience the Czech land, their people and culture in a way we couldn't on our own."
-Bonnie Schmidt and Calixto Cabrera, Durango, CO

DAY 10 and 11:
Svata Katerina Resort (Saint Catharine Resort)

This morning, we will travel due east to the unique and hidden in the countryside resort of Svata Katerina, located on the border between Bohemia and Moravia in coniferous forests is considered one of the most beautiful and most cozy places of the Czech-Moravian Highlands. There is no car traffic, peace and quiet, just the murmur of trees, undulating in the wind. Set in several acres of green pastures and forests it offers plenty of outdoor and indoor activities...what about ice-plunge pool? Also varieties of European massages and treatments, saunas and steam baths in the calming wellness area and many possibilities for exercising in the nature will fulfill our two days spend here. You will enjoy the favorable local conditions, which are based on high altitude clean air, dry soil, revitalizing and energizing forest air in a truly lovely and romantic atmosphere.
Overnight (two nights)in Svata Katerina
(2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner)

DAY 12:
Prague Day
This morning, we will depart for our travel back to Prague (about 2 hours driving time). Upon checking in our hotel there will be time at leisure.
In the evening we will say goodbye to our adventures and time spent together by a farewell dinner.
Overnight in Prague
(B-D)

DAY 13:
Departure Day
This morning, we transfer to the Prague's airport for our return flights to the USA.
(B)

"A++ in all aspects...accommodations, meals, organization, activities, history & culture....the only way to discover the Czech Republic is with the Tour de Frank."
-Norm and Jan Goldman, Durango, CO

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Tour Specifications and Pricing

We will be traveling in a private air-conditioned small bus and staying in nice country/spa places with the usual comfort. The tour price includes all accommodations with all breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners (beverages are not included), all land transportation, transfer from/to the airport (only on tour's arriving and departing days), tickets for all planned events, local guides where needed, services of Tour Central Europe's Tour Directors, and special events. Round trip airfare from your point of departure is not included. Also, not included are personal wellness/therapy treatments.

Your tour cost (all land arrangements as described above):

• Double room occupancy: $3,885 per person
• Single room occupancy: $4,385

The prices are based on a minimum of 10 travelers. We reserve the right to cancel the tour due to an insufficient number of travelers.

Limited space reservation of 12 travelers on first come, first serve basis.

Deposit of $700.00 per traveler is due with registration. This will secure your spot.

We would like to suggest arranging your own round trip air travel from your hometown to and from Prague (PRG)). Please contact us first prior to finalizing your reservation. If you are not able to make your own travel plans we can assist you.

In order to get full benefit of this trip, adequate physical conditioning is recommended due to a good amount of walking, hiking/biking and exercising. If you require assistance getting around, this tour may not be appropriate for you. Please contact us prior making decision to discuss it further.

We are strongly recommending to purchase a travel insurance to protect yourself and your investment in case you have to cancel or interrupt this tour. In order to provide you with the most effective coverage, the policy exclusion for "Pre-Existing Conditions" will be waived if you purchase a plan within 14 days of making your initial deposit payment for your trip. Please let us help you with securing your travel insurance.

Please consult the “Reservations” and “Terms & Conditions/Travel Insurance” sections for more detailed information.
(If there is still space available, late registration is possible).

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RESERVATION FORM FOR THE European Wellness TOUR

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