Unique Beauty of South Bohemia Towns
Our 3 days tour will take you to the southern part of the Czech Republic called South Bohemia. It's a beautiful region full of ponds, forests, picturesque towns and amazing chateaux and castles.
You will visit the world-famous Cesky Krumlov, Telc, Jindrichuv Hradec, Slavonice, Hluboka and Trebon.
South Bohemia is a region brought to life by the graceful silhouettes of rural churches and white farmhouses, a region that offers an inexhaustible amount of natural beauty as well as its fair share of historical monuments.
Many of the towns and villages there has so much charm that you will find yourself – as the UNESCO commissionaires have – simply enchanted by their magic!
After departure from your hotel in Prague at 9 am the tour starts in the historical town of Telč, located about 160 km south-east from Prague.
We should arrive there by approximately 10:30 am.
It would be hard to imagine a more fairy-tale-like little town than Telč. The main square looks like it has come straight out of the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. Telč is the finest example of the Italian Renaissance north of the Alps.
The facades of the houses that surround the main square were the reason why Telč was added to the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage in 1992.
It is also famous for its handmade toys and other craftworks. We will spend about 2 hours in this town visiting the square and chateau and having lunch here. After Telč, the tour continues to the tiny town of Slavonice. On the way, we will stop for a cup of coffee in Dačice. Did you know that sugar cube was invented here? After finishing your cup of coffee, we will continue on to Slavonice.
This small town was founded in the 12th century and is located right on the Bohemia-Moravia-Austria border. It has also been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Without exaggerating Slavonice represents one of South Bohemia’s true gems. The main square contains a unique collection of Gothic-Renaissance monuments and buildings with archways that house small shops, pubs and cafes.
The town of Slavonice is encircled by the ruggedly beautiful landscapes known as the Czech Canada and there are several points of interest nearby. To name just three of the most interesting you will be able to pick there are: 1.Maříž Ceramics workshop and showroom Founded in 1991 by Kryštof Trubáček, a local artist and glassworker, about 15 km South from Slavonice, the original Ceramics Oasis in a tiny village called Maříž became famous as a cultural centre selling whimsical and colourful ceramic crafts.
What makes Maříž Ceramics so special is that not only can you purchase original ceramic works, but you can also paint and decorate your own ceramic mugs and tiles. 2.Landštějn Castle with historical show Landštejn is an example of a well-preserved medieval fortification system.
During the summer, there are very entertaining shows about medieval life including demonstrations of sword and dagger fighting. There is also a very pleasant restaurant with a beer garden right next to the castle. 3.Slavonice defence complex – World War II monument This complex of light bunkers and various anti-tank and anti-infantry defence tools represents a good example of the defensive line built between years 1936 – 1938 along the borders to defend Czechoslovakia from the invasion of Nazi Troops.
All together there are 9 bunkers that were restored to their original state. Three of them were even equipped with the original armaments and gear. For modern history fans this short walk into the forest is simply a must-see thing.
The first day of the tour will conclude in Jindřichův Hradec where the overnight stay in one of the hotels in the historical city centre will be arranged along with dinner in one of the local restaurants.
Jindřichův Hradec is a city that lies on the banks of the Nežárka River. The first written record of the city dates back to 1220.
At the beginning of the 13th Century, a Gothic Castle was built on the foundation of the initial Slavic fortress.
The city reached its prime in the 16th century. Renaissance building structures were added to Gothic ones and during a census after the Thirty Years War Jindřichův Hradec turned out to be the second largest city in the Bohemian Kingdom.
Today, Jindřichův Hradec is a vivid city with many cultural events and shows organised there.
The second day of our tour will start with sightseeing at the amazing Jindřichův Hradec Castle and the city centre after breakfast.
Once the sightseeing tour finishes up at a famous local cafeteria we will depart at approximately 11:30 am for Třeboň.
Třeboň, a medieval town located in a typically picturesque landscape of South Bohemia, has a well-preserved historic square shaped by an arcade of houses which is a mix of Renaissance and Baroque styles.
But what is unique about Třeboň are the centuries-old tradition of ponds and fish farming along with its local brewery – it was established in 1379 and is one of the oldest breweries in Europe! As Třeboň has been nicknamed the “City of Ponds” it is also world-famous for its delicious fish specialities.
Thus, after a walk through the city centre we will have lunch in the best local fish restaurant Šupina (Scale). Of course, if you don’t like fish we can eat in one of the other great restaurants in the city centre that offer a wide variety of typical Czech dishes.
After lunch, we will take part in the Walk-Around-the-World trip. This local joke refers to the fact that the second biggest pond in the Czech Republic located just around the corner from Třeboň’s town centre is called Svět (the World).
This approximately 2,5 km long walk on the dam of the majestic pond will take us to the impressive Schwarzenberg neo-gothic chapel. From Třeboň we will continue our trip to the world-famous Český Krumlov.
Situated on the banks of the Vltava River, the town was built up during the 13th century. Český Krumlov is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries.
It is a place where the sumptuousness of the local castle, maze-like alleyways, richly decorated coats of arms of burghers’ houses, and wonderful floral gardens are harmoniously interwoven; at the same time, it boasts medieval pubs, cafeterias, galleries and small shops.
On top of that, there is Krumlov´s impressive castle with its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. Because of its fascinating atmosphere, Český Krumlov is one of the most visited places in the Czech Republic. No wonder that thanks to its unique preserved medieval core it is also a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.
The arrival to Český Krumlov will be later in the afternoon and accommodation will be organised in the preferred hotel.
Dinner will take place in one of the stylish local restaurants and as Česká Krumlov is – especially in summer – very lively place, there are concerts and other entertainment attractions to see at night that you can visit.
But maybe you prefer just to wander around the beautifully entangled narrow streets of this magical medieval town.
Everything is possible in Český Krumlov.
Town, castle and park sightseeing will be organised right after breakfast on day 3 of your tour.
You can take as much time as you want to explore this one and the only place that so many before you fell in love with.
The departure is planned after lunch at approximately 1:00 pm. But this is not the end of the tour! On the way back to Prague we will visit two more absolutely unique sites.
The first one is the historical village of Holašovice – an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional central European village. It has a large number of outstanding 18th– 19th-century vernacular buildings in a style commonly known as South Bohemian Folk Baroque.
In 1996, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Just next to the village there is the Czech Stonehenge – the circle of stones that have healing powers and can charge you with the positive energy!
About 20 km north from Holašovice there is the last highlight of the tour – Hluboká Castle, the masterpiece among all the Czech castles – see above.
The planned return to your hotel is expected to be between 6 – 7 pm.
- Minimum participants of the tour: 2
- The price of the tour includes Transportation by comfortable van and services of the local guide incl. organisation of accommodation etc..
- Price does not include Accommodation, food and drinks, entrance fees.
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