Czechia

Walking through Bohemia

Trip code: W07CZ 4.8 (5 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

22.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • Landscapes of forest and fishponds, fairy-tale Chateaux and sublime villages
  • Walk in the unique UNESCO 'Geopark' with striking organ-pipe like rock formations
  • Visit historical monuments along the tour, ending in the bustling city of Prague

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts & four dinners
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Imagine a landscape straight from the pages of a storybook, where rolling countryside stretches endlessly, adorned with lush forests and tranquil fishponds. At the heart of this magical expanse lies the Bohemian Paradise, a region steeped in history and natural splendour. Nature's artistic prowess is evident in the sandstone rock cities, locally called 'Skalni Mesto,' forming intricate labyrinths. These formations, sculpted over millennia, present a surreal contrast against the backdrop of linden trees and traditional folk villages, standing testament to Earth's enduring creativity. No discussion of Bohemia is complete without mentioning the iconic Trosky Castle-a silhouette against the horizon, calling out to adventurers. Perched on basalt steep cliffs, its twin towers, Baba (old woman) and Panna (young girl), offer sweeping views of the land below. Once a fiery volcano, this ancient castle murmurs tales of a distant past, inviting intrepid travellers for an easy stroll back in time.

Embark on our meticulously crafted walking tour, winding through narrow corridors of rock cities and exploring mesmerising labyrinths. Imagine the echoes of hooves and the creaking of carts on these ancient trails, where time seems to slow down, inviting you to savour the surroundings.

As your adventure concludes, the historic city of Prague extends a warm welcome. On your last day, indulge your senses in the culinary wonders of Czech cuisine. Must-try dishes include roast pork served with houskove knedliky, sauerkraut, and gravy, as well as potato dumplings stuffed with smoked meat, perfectly complemented by a traditional Czech lager. Additionally, you could choose to embark on a magical journey through The Wheel of Time fantasy series locations, discovering the very spots where heroes once tread. Alternatively, delve into centuries of European heritage at the Lobkowicz Palace, housing masterpieces by Brueghel, Canaletto, and Velazquez. Or indulge your senses in a wine or beer-tasting tour, savouring the rich flavours of the region. The options are endless in Prague, we provide notes for a self-guided city tour to help you navigate the must-see sights of this incredible city.

To enhance your experience, we offer accommodation in meticulously chosen, authentic hotels, including a former 14th-century castle enveloped in the enchanting ambiance of gothic woodlands. Each moment in Bohemia is a chapter waiting to be written, an adventure eager to be embraced. Dare to embark on this captivating journey, where every step narrates a tale, and every destination unveils a marvel. Secure your ticket to the Bohemian Paradise, and let the extraordinary adventure commence.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Jičin

Arrive in the historic town of Jičin.

Evening Meal Included.

You stay at Hotel Restart.

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Hotel Restart, Jicin

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Just a few steps from the famous lime tree alley, this is the tallest building in Jicin with amazing views over the town centre. Fresh breakfast is prepared daily, and the onsite restaurant specialises in Italian and International cuisine.

Day 2: Jičin to Prachovske Skaly (17km/10.6mi)

Leave Jičin along a striking avenue of lime trees where you can visit an impressive 'summer house' in a park, before passing through agricultural land and villages until you reach forest on higher ground. After a break there you have the option for something a little more strenuous (extension), but not to be missed! A short walk takes you to the entrance to Prachovske Skaly, ('rocks'). You can easily spend hours exploring this unique and dramatic landscape.

Breakfast and Evening Meal Included.

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You stay at Parkhotel Skali Mesto.

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Parkhotel Skali Mesto, Prachov

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Parkhotel is located next to the gateway of the Český Ráj where the Prachov Rock Cities are found. Since its opening in 1936, this stylish hotel has welcomed many happy guests into cosy rooms and a nice restaurant which serves a wide range of international and Czech specialities. There is also a hot tub and sauna on site.

Day 3: Prachov to Sobotka (14km/8.7mi)

Today you walk through varied woods, villages and agricultural areas, a little further than yesterday. Two undoubted highlights are a castle at Pařez and a chateau at Sobotka. The first is a ruin from the late 14th century and is dramatically situated on top of a rocky outcrop in the forest. There are rooms carved in the sandstone. The second, known as Humprecht castle, was built in the late 17th century as a hunting lodge and now houses an exhibition and is open to the public. Being located on top of a hill it is a significant landmark and provides expansive views of the surroundings.

Breakfast and Evening Meal Included.

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You stay at Hotel Posta.

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Hotel Posta, Sobotka

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Located in the historic town centre of Sobotka, Hotel Pošta is a beautiful recently renovated hotel with a lovely restaurant, pizzeria and cafe.

Day 4: Sobotka to Hruba Skala (23km/14.3mi)

You walk through picturesque villages, walk along unusual sandstone gorges, pass lakes and marshes, wander through woods and forests, and visit two stunning castles. At Kost, you can pay to join a tour if the time is right; later in the day, at Trosky, you can wander around at your own pace. The latter castle is quite incredible and not to be missed.

Breakfast and Evening Meal Included.

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You stay at Hotel Zamek EA Chateau.

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Hotel Zamek, Hruba Skala

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This hotel is a very special, former castle from the 14th century surrounded by characteristic woodland. The rooms are individually decorated with some original gothic castle charms dotted around. The sprawling building has long corridors and spiral staircases with grand chandeliers. You can also walk up to the look-out tower situated on the terrace on the castle rampart to enjoy amazing views over the hills and rock cities; there is also a luxurious wellness centre on site. The Castle Restaurant offers delicious local and international dishes.

Day 5: Hruba Skala Circular (12km/7.5mi)

By staying at Hruba Skala for two nights, you can spend as much or as little time as you wish exploring the area today. It's well worth the effort as it is very picturesque! We describe a route which takes in much of the so-called rock town ('Hruboskalske Skalni Město'), several viewpoints, fresh-water springs that emerge below the sandstone, the dramatically positioned Valdštejn castle, a memorial to Bohemian mountaineers, an old farmstead and a curious area of rock carvings created many years ago by a self-taught sculptor.

Breakfast and Evening Meal Included.

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You stay at Hotel Zamek.

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Hotel Zamek, Hruba Skala

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This hotel is a very special, former castle from the 14th century surrounded by characteristic woodland. The rooms are individually decorated with some original gothic castle charms dotted around. The sprawling building has long corridors and spiral staircases with grand chandeliers. You can also walk up to the look-out tower situated on the terrace on the castle rampart to enjoy amazing views over the hills and rock cities; there is also a luxurious wellness centre on site. The Castle Restaurant offers delicious local and international dishes.

Day 6: Turnov to Mala Skala (13km/8.1mi)

Not long into the walk you pass a farm museum, at Dolanky. You may well be ready for a rest by the time you get to Drabovna, a 'rock town' with views over the valley of the River Jizera. You'll pass the distinctive castle of Frýdštejn, which you can visit. Finally, walking down a sharp ridge towards Mala Skala, you pass rocky outcrops with rather airy ladders and walkways; and just before reaching the valley bottom, you can visit another castle, called Vranov (otherwise known at the Pantheon). This is quite an incredible place! A short transfer takes you into the centre of the substantial town of Turnov, famous for processing of precious stones; here you can visit the Bohemian Paradise Museum.

Breakfast Included.

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You stay at Hotel Karel IV.

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Hotel Karel IV, Turnov

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This lovely hotel is situated in the beautiful valley of river Jizera, just a few minutes from the town centre. It offers comfortable rooms, an onsite sauna and seasonal swimming pool. The restaurant serves tasty international dishes and Czech specialties.

Day 7: Explore Prague (11km/6.8mi)

Today you can either transfer to Prague in the morning or you can enjoy a circular walk in Mala Skala before transferring to Prague in the afternoon. There is much to see and do in Prague, it is undoubtedly a very beautiful city.

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You stay at Hotel Hastal.

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Hotel Hastal, Prague

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This is the oldest family run hotel in the Old Town of Prague, where six generations have been welcoming guests for over 100 years. The characteristic hotel is surrounded by a realm of historical monuments and is set on a little square dominated by an intriguing gothic church. A delicious buffet breakfast is taken in their recently renovated restaurant.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 8: Depart Prague

Make your way back to Prague airport for your flight home.

Breakfast Included.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £222.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £222.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Heathrow to Prague with British Airways
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Extra legroom seats available
  • Add private car transfer from Prague airport to Jičin hotel (own arrangements from Prague hotel to Prague airport)
  • Add extra nights in Prague
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: British Airways London Heathrow to Prague, then private car transfer to first hotel in Jičin (approx. 1 hour).

Return: Own arrangements from Prague hotel to Prague airport, then British Airways Prague to London Heathrow.

Extra legroom seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

We had a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding holiday with fascinating historical features, beautiful countryside, excellent walking and good supporting information provided.

Anne Jones, 15 May 2024

 

Excellent - would do it again

Ashish Chikermane, 27 Apr 2024

 

Generally reliable and deliver the promise

Patricia Mumby, 15 Sep 2023

 

The overall experience was fine and we felt it was an attractive walk - no doubt enhanced by the superb weather we experienced. The only small difficulty that arose concerned the timing of transfers to the start and from the end of the walk but that was satisfactorily resolved in the end.

One comment I would make about the walk is that I would strongly recommend the green route around Prachovske Skaly as it gives a much better oversight of the park

David Wells, 12 Sep 2023

 

Very interesting walking and spring a good time of year as everything very green. Dramatic rock cliffs and beautiful woodlands. Little towns of not much interest (apart from Jicin) but countryside more than made up for that. Good idea to extend in Prague as there's loads to do and the hotel (Hasta) is superbly situated with excellent restaurants close by. Staff also very helpful in Prague hotel in particular.

Mrs Winnett, 5 May 2023

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

22.0Kg CO2e

7 nights from £1099

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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