XGC Bohemia & Moravia Rambler TOUR


A Walking Tour from Vienna to Prague


Six UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Vienna's Schonbrunn Palace; Chateaux in Lednice - Valtice Area; Renaissance square in Telc; Medieval town of Cesky Krumlov; Rustic baroque village of Holasovice; Old Town of Prague; Old walled town of Trebon; Jewish cemetery in Mikulov; Last remnant of the Iron Curtain in Cizov


Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Wed 18 May 2016Tue 31 May 2016 $3890
Thu 01 Sep 2016Wed 14 Sep 2016 $3890

Optional Single Supplement: $600 (number of singles limited).

Tour Overview

Touching down in Vienna, the 'City of the Waltz,' in Austria, we explore the maze of narrow, cobblestone streets on foot, visiting world-renowned sites along the well-trodden tourist route, like the buzzing main street, Gothic cathedral and glittering palace, as well as venturing away from the crowds to the lesser-known yet equally rewarding sites of interest. Combining the two, our tour ensures that you will not miss out on the world-famous attractions that lure flocks of travellers the world around, while at the same time providing the opportunity to give you a glimpse of the true face of Vienna. From here, we cross into the Czech Republic and to the UNESCO Heritage Site of Valtice, whereupon we venture into the countryside for a hike through pristine landscapes along the 100-year-old Greenway Corridor that connects cultural monuments, historic towns and quaint villages with restored castles and churches. We wander through romantic parks, visit Renaissance chateaux and architectural monuments, hike in the Pavala hills and soak up the mediaeval atmosphere in the jewel of South Bohemia, Cesky Krumlov. Nearing the end of our two-week tour, we spend some time in Prague, a destination compared with Florence and Rome for its beauty to explore the many wondrous sites the city has to offer.

Regions visited: Western Europe and Central And Eastern Europe
Countries visited: Austria and Czech Republic


We ll never really be able to explain to you how much we enjoyed this trip and that most of it was due to him (Petr Zitek). I would highly recommend Petr to anyone wishing to take a trip to this part of the world. They would learn so much and would all return home with wonderful memories.

Excellent info and insights. I believe that Petr s insights could not necessarily be obtained by reading; it could only be told by someone who had lived through Communism, hid behind a statue as the Russian tanks rolled up and started firing, defected to Canada, and later returned to the land and culture he loved.

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Vienna
Today we arrive in Vienna, Austria, and transfer to our modest, charming, central hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to catch the spirit of the "City of the Waltz".

Overnight in Vienna.

Meal plan: dinner

Day 2 Vienna: City Tour
Walking about downtown Vienna is an absolute pleasure. The Innere Stadt, in particular, is best explored on foot. Our morning walk takes us through some of the most well-trodden tourist routes in Vienna. We will take local transport to the Staatsoper, the premiere opera and classical music venue in Vienna, and possibly the world. From here we walk, heading north on Kartner Strasse, a pedestrian-only walkway of shops, trees, cafes and buildings of historical and cultural interest. Instantly recognizable along this walk is the Gothic, glorious Stephansdom (St Stephen's Cathedral). This is the geographical and emotional heart of the city. Our stroll down Graben St. takes us past Neo-Classical architectural masterpieces; then we turn onto Kohlmarket and head to Michaelerplatz and its array of architectural sites. We visit the Hofburg chambers, thus getting a view of this enormous Imperial Palace from both inside and outside. Today our provided meal is lunch, to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy their evening at leisure, perhaps to attend one of the many beautiful concert venues, or even take in an opera.

After lunch together, we will take the public transport to view a stunning example of modern architecture created by the famous Viennese artist Hundertwasser, the KunstHausWien (Art House Vienna). We will finish off at the Stadtpark (City Park), which opened in 1862. Many of Vienna‘s great composers are honoured with statues in the park and it is a great place to stroll or relax.

Overnight in Vienna.

Meal plan: breakfast,lunch

Day 3 Vienna, Austria - Lednice-Valtice, Czech Republic & The Greenway Corridor
Vienna was the showpiece of the all-conquering Habsburg dynasty, which controlled much of Europe for over 600 years. Despite the ravages of time, its cultural gems endure: monumental edifices line the city centre, world-class museums burst with historical and artistic treasures, and internationally established orchestras perform in lavish concert halls.This morning we take a walk through the manicured gardens of the Schonbrunn Palace and enjoy the view from the Gloriet overlook. This enormous Baroque palace was built to accommodate Empress Maria Theresia and her large family. Today, the park and its enclosed historic Zoological garden are enjoyed by joggers, walkers and families with children.Early afternoon we will board our van and start off towards the Czech border. In less than two hours we will arrive in Valtice, Czech Republic and check into our hotel. There will be enough time to start our exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage site by a warm-up walk followed by a hearty dinner in a local traditional restaurant.Total walking: 8 km / 5 miles.

Overnight in Valtice.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 4 Valtice - Lednice Area
Once the domain of the Liechtenstein Princes, this 200 sq. km designed landscape is among the largest in Europe. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 for its unique composition of romantic parks complemented by two chateaux and other architectural monuments.

Our day will start with a tour of the Baroque Valtice chateau, the former main family seat of the Liechtensteins. From there we will walk all the way to Lednice through woods and vineyards, past ponds, and horse farms. A visit to the Tudor Gothic Lednice chateau, its unique greenhouse and surrounding park will wrap up our walking part of the day.

Total walking: 15 km / 9.4 miles

Overnight in Valtice.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 5 Pavlov - Mikulov - Vranov nad Dyji
After checking-out of our hotel we will take the van to the foot of the Palava Hills and start our day's hike in the charming wine-making village of Pavlov. The rolling landscape, reminiscent of Italy in the limestone cliffs of the Palava Biosphere Reserve, is famous for its rare steppe flora.

We will hike the entire length of the reserve and follow an instructional trail past two ruined castles before ending up in the town of Mikulov, a South Moravian jewel with a rich Christian and Jewish history. In late afternoon we will transfer by van to Vranov nad Dyji.

Total walking: 15 km / 9 miles

Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 6 Vranov nad Dyji - Cizov - Hardegg - Slavonice/Telc
After a hearty breakfast and checking-out you can check out the breath-taking view of the Vranov castle from the river bank. That's where we will walk up to visit the beautifully restored interior chambers. Then we will transfer by van to a village of Cizov located within the National Park Podyji that forms the border between Czech Republic and Austria. Where there used to be the Iron Curtain (and we will see the last remnant of it), today there is a popular foot path and a border crossing to get us to Hardegg, a little Austrian town with a big castle. After returning to Cizov we will continue to Telc and get settled for the next two nights in our charming hotel.

Total walking: 15 km / 9 miles

Overnight in Telc or Slavonice.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 7 Telc Area
You will need all of this day's morning to really take in Telc. Its historical core surrounded by ponds from all sides is another World Heritage Site protected by UNESCO. We will visit the Renaissance chateau; linger on the square and enjoy this beautiful medieval space. You can explore the many little shops and cafes in the arcades or walk round the ponds.

After lunch we will take a half-day walk in the vicinity of Telc: there are many options of well-marked trails through beautiful countryside where our destination can be a ruined castle, a pilgrimage church or an interesting instructional trail.

Total walking: 10 km / 6 miles

Overnight in Telc or Slavonice.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 8 Telc / Slavonice - Landstejn - Jindrichuv Hradec
Leaving Telc behind we will take a ride south towards Austria to a marvellous Renaissance border town of Slavonice which can rival Telc in beauty but has been a well kept secret so far. The nearby castle of Landstejn will be there for us to explore before we start our walk through a spruce forest to Nova Bystrice. There we will board the local curiosity - a little narrow-gauge train that will take us to Jindrichuv Hradec.

Total walking: 15 km / 9 miles

Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 9 Jindrichuv Hradec - Trebon - Cesky Krumlov
We will start our day touring the castle and old town of Jindrichuv Hradec and then continue through an idyllic countryside shaped over centuries by draining of the marshlands and digging hundreds of ponds. The walled town of Trebon that once belonged to the wealthy Rozmberk family will be our lunch stopover and the trail-head of our walk around the pond Svet, World in English. The beautifully designed instructional trail will wind back to Trebon so we can stop at the local Regent brewery and taste its excellent beverage.

In late afternoon we will arrive in Cesky Krumlov, undoubtedly the second most popular place to visit after Prague.

Total walking: 14 km / 9 miles

Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 10 Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov, the jewel of South Bohemia, was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the unparalleled ensemble of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque sites, all tucked in inside two meanders of the Vltava River. The second largest castle complex in the country contains the oldest and best preserved Baroque theatre in Europe; the Egon Schiele Art Center is another excellent feast for the eye. You can take a day off to properly savor this historical town full of amazing houses, shops, cafes and restaurants, and soak in the special medieval atmosphere.

Optional walk to Rozmberk Castle along the Vltava River. (Total walking: 12 km / 7.5 miles)

Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 11 Cesky Krumlov - Prague
In the late morning hours we will have to leave and start on our way. Before we get to Prague though, we will stop at the foot of the Klet Mountain, take a chair-lift (or hike) up to see the 360 degree sweeping view from the top of a historical tower. We will hike down through a lovely beech forest. Making our way north we will make a short stop at a beautifully preserved village of Holasovice, another UNESCO site listed for its unique folk architecture.

Evening arrival in Prague. Prague lies on the seven hills flanking the banks of the Vltava River with the most outstanding views being from Prague Castle. Sometimes it is called Prague the Golden, sometimes Prague the City of 100 Spires. It is compared with Florence and Rome in its beauty. Thomas Mann said it was one of the world's most magical cities; Goethe called it the prettiest gem in the stone crown of the world. Virtually untouched by war, its architecture is Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, Empire and Art Nouveau.

Total walking: 10 km / 6 miles

Overnight in Prague.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 12 Prague: Prague Castle & Old Town
Our morning sightseeing tour of Prague travels through the city centre to Prague Castle. We begin our WALKING tour near Pohorelec Square before the Cernin Palace. As we head towards the castle we will pass the following: Strahov Monastery, the Loreta, the Cappucin Monastery, and the Archbishop's Palace. Before entering the castle, we will pause by the wall for a city panorama and orientation before our 2-hour visit of the castle.

We enter into first courtyard with its famous fountain and walk over to the Chapel of the Holy Cross. We continue to the St. Vitus Cathedral and visit the choir and crypt before heading to the third courtyard. Here we enter the Old Palace from St. George Square and then continue toward the Golden Lane (Kafka's House) where we pause for a break and refreshment, and then carry on the Old Castle Steps with photo stops along the way.

We will stop at Nikolas Church before crossing the ancient Charles Bridge (Karluv Most), an artistic masterpiece famous for its vendors and artists. For over four hundred years, this work of art, built by King Charles IV in 1357, was the only link between the two halves of Prague. We admire the many sculptures as we walk across. We finish the formal part of our tour in the Old Town, an excellent spot for lunch. The afternoon is free to further explore this amazing city.

Overnight in Prague.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 13 Prague: Old Jewish Quarter & Wenceslas Square
Our WALKING tour today takes us to the Old Jewish Quarter and the old Town Square with its famous town bell and astronomical clock.

The Old Jewish Cemetery is an incredible sight. The second oldest in Europe, it was established in the 15th century. Burials took place from 1439 to 1787. Today there are 12,000 tombstones jammed together, leaning one on another, every one at a different angle and size, the whole creating a graphic and surreal image. We also visit the museum/memorial and the Klaus Synagogue with a permanent exhibition called "Jewish Customs and Traditions" highlighting the significance of the synagogue and Jewish festivals.

We continue to the Old Town Square. The 15th century designer of the astronomical clock located here was master clockmaker Hanus of Ruze. According to legend, he was blinded by Prague's town councilors for fear that he would make another like it for another town; so magnificent and applauded was his creation. One day toward the end of his life, he asked a friend to lead him to his great creation. As the figure of Death tolled the hour, Hanus thrust his hand into the clock's apparatus; the clock stopped, and it was centuries before a craftsman could be found who was skilled enough to make it work. In World War II, the clock is said to have stopped again after the Nazi murder of hundreds of citizens of Prague.

We finish our walking tour at Wenceslas Square in time for lunch (your own account). The balance of the day is at leisure. Prague is famous for its concert halls: The Municipal House, Rudolfinium, Mozart Theatre, National Theatre, The State Theatre -- all of them close to the center of the city with performances almost every night. Your Tour Leader can help organize optional evening activities.

Overnight in Prague.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 14 Departure
Departure from Prague.


Meal plan: breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

Hotel List

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Parkhotel Schoenbrunn

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Vienna
Country: Austria

Schloss Schönbrunn palace is just around the corner from Parkhotel Schönbrunn, and the Vienna zoo is practically the hotel’s front
... This deluxe hotel is a unique combination of Viennese flair, influences from imperial times and modern comfort.

Guests of Emperor Franz Joseph used to reside and dine at Parkhotel Schönbrunn when they had to wait for an audience with the Emperor. After two years of renovation work, the hotel today offers a top-quality experience, beautifully “packaged” in a castle-like hotel.

Its excellent location next to Schloss Schönbrunn and vicinity to the underground station as well as its distinctive imperial atmosphere make this hotel unique in Vienna.

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Hotel Zlaty Andel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Cesky Krumlov
Country: Czech Republic

All rooms (28 luxury rooms, 8 suites) on an international standard are equipped with bathroom (bath/shower), WC, satellite TV, minibar,
... Services: Restaurant Petr Vok (with view of the castle), restaurant, terrace, coffeehouse, music, dance and cocktail bar, exchange-office, antique shop and gallery.

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Orea Hotel Pyramida

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Prague
Country: Czech Republic

Rooms: Hotel Pyramida offers 344 rooms, all of which are comfortably furnished and equipped with bathroom and toilet, direct phone
... SAT TV and safe. The rooms were refurbished and refurnished in the second half of the year 1999.

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Trip Information

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Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for driver, restaurant staff, porters (if available) Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.


Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.

Seasonality and Weather

This tour is offered only in spring and fall when weather is relatively mild and dry. Spring is popular for green landscapes and wildflowers; fall is popular for warm breezes and locally harvested produce. Showers can still occur any time.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Land transport provided by private bus, 16-24 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'); local bus, and train (2nd class). Vehicular support for luggage-you carry only your day-pack. This hiking tour is rated 'moderate': Most weekend hikers should have no trouble with our moderate hikes. Walking conditions vary: gravel trails can be slippery when one is going downhill. There can be mud, especially in spring. The pace, however, is leisurely and walks are broken up with frequent breaks for refreshments and sightseeing. Expect to walk 3-5 hours each walking day. You should engage in a conditioning exercise program prior to departure. See the itinerary for details of each day's activities.


Hotels used on this tour are smaller, mid-range properties full of ambiance and character. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some will have shower only (no tub); some have hairdryers and irons. Hotels will not have swimming pools. Although rooms in these hotels and inns are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders always try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. You must be prepared to manage your own luggage to and from your hotel room.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader, driver/s.

Group Size

10-16 (plus Tour Leader)