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From Prague: Český Krumlov and České Budějovice Day Trip

1. From Prague: Český Krumlov and České Budějovice Day Trip

Tour the historically rich and picturesque towns of Cesky Krumlov and Ceske Budejovice on a day trip from Prague. Travel through Southern Bohemia on an air-conditioned vehicle with a guide. Visit the Cesky Krumlov Castle (April-October) and have lunch at a brewery. Enjoy a scenic ride from Prague through the southern Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. First, head to Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features over 300 historic buildings. Soak in views of the town dominated by a huge castle and the church of St. Vitus. Continue on to Ceske Budejovice and see its unique historic square, lined with Renaissance and Baroque houses. After a full day exploring Southern Bohemia, sit back and enjoy the scenic countryside on your way back to Prague.

From Prague: Day Trip to Český Krumlov & Hluboká with Lunch

2. From Prague: Day Trip to Český Krumlov & Hluboká with Lunch

Explore the beautiful landscape of South Bohemia on this day trip to Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the romantic neo-Gothic castle at Hluboká nad Vltavou. Paired with a delicious lunch in a famous local restaurant and Czech beer or local wine, this is a trip you won’t want to miss. From Prague, head with your English-speaking guide to the picturesque neo-Gothic Hluboká Castle, considered to be one of the most impressive in the Czech Republic. Located in a stunning park on top of the hill above the Vltava River and with richly decorated interiors, this is sure to be a amazing start of your trip. Hluboka was once a proud Gothic castle, but in the 19th century it was converted into a pompous family residence of the powerful aristocratic Schwarzenberg family. It is sometimes called the most English of Czech castles. Later we will move to Český Krumlov, a perfectly preserved Renaissance town that has been recognized by UNESCO for its heritage value. This lively cosmopolitan town has a unique atmosphere and is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and countryside. Dominated by the castle stretching over the Vltava River, Český Krumlov’s narrow cobbled streets are lined with ancient patrician houses. The streets are full of artists, music festivals, coffee shops, and ancient taverns.  After traditional Czech lunch in a charming and renowned local restaurant, you’ll visit the monumental castle, with its Baroque theater, astonishing view from the main tower, and castle moat with bears, who have made their home here since the 17th century. And later you'll have a moment to yourself, an hour or an hour and a half to wander the magical streets of this beautiful Renaissance city. The program is up to you. You can visit the beautiful Egon Schiele Art Centre, the magical Gothic Church of St. Vitus, or just browse the delightful local shops, sit on the banks of the Vltava River and enjoy a cup of coffee... After a full day of sightseeing, return to Prague for approximately 7 or 8 PM.

From Prague: Full-Day Cesky Krumlov Tour by Coach

3. From Prague: Full-Day Cesky Krumlov Tour by Coach

You are invited to visit the picturesque medieval town of Český Krumlov, located in scenic southern Bohemia along the banks of the Vltava River. The town was founded in the 13th century and has retained its former medieval character. Český Krumlov Castle is the second largest in the country after Prague Castle. It was also the seat of the powerful Rozmberk and Schwarzenberg families and now houses rich historical collections. In the castle gardens, you cannot miss the unique 18th century castle theatre. You will also have time to take a break in one of the many stylish and cosy pubs. During the winter season, lunch instead of the castle entrance fee will be included.

Český Krumlov: Half-Day Medieval Architecture Walking Tour

4. Český Krumlov: Half-Day Medieval Architecture Walking Tour

Join me for a tour of Český Krumlov, the fairy-tale-like city full of charm and history. Considering the city suffered from decades of decay in the past, it is a miracle that it was possible to bring it back to its original Renaissance and Baroque look. Our tour starts at Svornosti Square, a picturesque square with its Virgin Mary pillar, Renaissance town hall and the adjacent Gothic Church of St. Vitus. Just a stone’s throw away, the tour takes us to the Jesuits Seminary garden, a true picture spot with magnificent views of the Krumlov castle and old town. Let’s hit off the beaten path alleys to finally reach the Vltava river side where we can overlook the impressive stone bridge and castle buildings. On the way, we can taste local beer or pastries. The Barber’s Bridge takes us to the crooked cobbled street of Latran. While admiring many of the original Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses at Latran, let's continue through the Red Gate directly to the castle or take a detour and visit the former Monastery of Minor monks. At the Český Krumlov castle, one gets astonished at the magic beauty of the castle tower and the curiosity of live bears kept at the moat. The 5 courtyards of the castle are the highlights of this tour. Admire breathtaking wall frescos dating back to 1600's. The final point, the icing of the cake, is the view of the old town and its terracotta roofs stretched around the meander of the Vltava river. Your sightseeing can continue to the Castle gardens.

Private Tour to Český Krumlov - A Day Trip from Prague

5. Private Tour to Český Krumlov - A Day Trip from Prague

Take a trip to a fairy tale town: Český Krumlov, outside of Prague, which has been part of UNESCO’s list of cultural and heritage sites since 1992. After being picked up at your accommodation in Prague, take a 2.5-hour drive through the beautiful Czech countryside, stopping in Ceske Budejovice to taste the original "Budweiser" beer.  The town of Český Krumlov is situated in Southern Bohemia in a romantic area of ponds with beautiful countryside along the river Vltava. There are 300 historical houses in the center and the second largest castle in the Czech Republic with magnificent baroque gardens. There you will see an unique theatre with a rotating auditorium. The castle used to be the home to famous aristocratic families - the Rosenbergs, Eggenbergs and Schwarzenbergs. The oldest baroque theatre in the world is part of the castle as well. The historical city center has preserved its medieval atmosphere and picturesque narrow streets. You will find lovely little shops with handmade souvenirs as well. Have lunch in a local tavern, take some time off to stroll around by yourself, and meet up again for the drive back to Prague. 

Český Krumlov - Unesco

6. Český Krumlov - Unesco

Our walk will take us past many of the 300-plus well-preserved local historical houses. The town of Cesky Krumlov was the seat of the powerful Rozmberk family. In summer season the tour includes the entrance fee to Cesky Krumlov castle complex with château, which is the second largest in the Czech Republic after Prague Castle. In winter season the castle is closed. We invite you to the restaurant for 3 course lunch menu. Cesky Krumlov castle was founded by the Vitkovec family in the first half of the 13th century. After 1302, it became the mail seat of Rozmberks. The castle was expanded several times and in the 16th century was rebuilt into renaissance chateau. Later, the owners the Eggenberg and Schwarzenberk families made some baroque modifications. Also the chateau´s chapel was rebuilt, masquerade hall decorated and a new manor theater built. The castle´s viewing tower is nice highlight of the city.

Passau: Private Day Trip to Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic

7. Passau: Private Day Trip to Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic

Travel to the enchanting town of Cesky Krumlov from Passau and explore its historic Old Town on a private guided tour. After being picked up from your hotel/port in Passau, head towards the border of the Czech Republic until you reach the town located in the South Bohemia region of the country. Explore its historic center on a 1.5 hour guided walking tour and visit the Cesky Krumlov Castle with its sizeable rococo garden. Enjoy scenic views from the castle located on a rock above the city. Admire the imposing architecture of the castle, which features date back to different periods throughout time.   After the guided tour, enjoy 2,5 hours of free time to explore the city. Grab some lunch in one of the charming local cafés, or do some souvenir shopping. You’ll later be picked up from the city center and continue the journey back to your hotel/port in Passau, where you will arrive in the late afternoon/early evening.

Prague: Sightseeing Transfer to Vienna via Cesky Krumlov

8. Prague: Sightseeing Transfer to Vienna via Cesky Krumlov

Start with a pickup from your hotel in Prague, and travel to the town of Cesky Krumlov, located in the South Bohemia region of the country.  Explore the historic center of the town with a 1.5 hour guided walking tour, learning more about the Cesky Krumlov Castle as its focal point. Inside the grounds are a large rococo garden, an extensive bridge over a deep gap in the rock upon which the castle is built, and the castle itself, which in turn consists of many defined parts dating from different periods.  After the guided tour, enjoy 2,5 hours of free time to explore the city. Grab some lunch in one of the charming local cafés, or do some souvenir shopping. Be picked up from the city center, and continue the journey to Vienna, where you will arrive in the late afternoon/ early evening.

From Prague: Český Krumlov Christmas Town Tour with Lunch

9. From Prague: Český Krumlov Christmas Town Tour with Lunch

Experience one unforgettable Advent day with your guide and travel to the beautiful town of Český Krumlov – a Renaissance pearl of south Bohemia, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Once upon a time, Český Krumlov was one of the most important towns of the Czech Kingdom dating back to the 12th century. Český Krumlov was the seat of famous noble families, the Rožmberks, Eggenbergs and especially the Schwarzenbergs. The castle, which proudly towers over the Vltava River, is the second largest in the Czech Republic after Prague Castle Český Krumlov, a uniquely preserved Renaissance town with over 300 UNESCO-listed buildings, is stunning in every season. But visiting the city at Christmastime is simply an unforgettable experience. The city slows down and becomes the embodiment of the peace and poetry of the upcoming Christmas holidays. The aroma of Christmas punch and mulled wine drifts from restaurants and stands and you can taste many local delicacies, Christmas biscuits, and grilled sausages at Christmas markets against the backdrop of the festively decorated city. But not only that. The city is full of picturesque shops, small galleries, and other attractions, and history is literally breathing down your neck at every turn. After all, where else can you buy a new handbag in a shop decorated with 16th-century frescoes? As the sun sets, the city is illuminated by thousands of lights and the majestic Christmas tree on the main square. Advent Český Krumlov will be etched in your memory and you will look forward to returning over and over again. Trip program: Departure from Prague in the morning. Arrival in Český Krumlov after approximately 2.5 hours. After arriving in Český Krumlov, visit the Ćeský Krumlov castle with its museum and the castle tower. Afterward, a three-course degustation lunch in a renowned local medieval-style restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the famous art center of Egon Schiele, walk through the city center and visit the Christmas markets. Free time for shopping and discovery is about 1.5 hours. Departure to Prague in the evening hours, with an estimated arrival at 7-8 p.m.

Cesky Krumlov: Private Christmas-Themed Walking Tour

10. Cesky Krumlov: Private Christmas-Themed Walking Tour

On this tour you´re going to explore the stunning medieval town of Český Krumlov with experienced local proffessional guide. You will see all the famous and beautiful sights of Unesco world heritage site. The tour will take you through the old town and Castle courtyards. You will learn about history and architecture of the town and hear some of its legends. You´ll have a unique chance to experience the Christmas athmosphere of our beautiful town. The guide will tell you about Czech traditional Christmas. Too boost up your energy, you will also get some local treats - the tour includes a hot drink (Christmas punch/hot wine/tea/coffee), a sample of locally made pralines and a sample of local gingerbread The tour incloudes a visit of one of the following musems: 1. Castle museum and Tower (open only till 22. 12. 2022) The exhibit is placed into the oldest building of the castle complex, which dates back to the 13th century. It is furnished in the style of historical 19th century museum. The interiors are furnished with historical lights, restored Dutch stoves and replicas of old museum exhibition boxes. The exhibiton shows history of Krumlov castle and its owners. Each room is dedicated to certain topics such as armory, mint, duke´s guards, religious collection etc. Together with the museum you can also enter the castle´s watch tower with a perfect 360 degrees viow of the town. 2. Former monastery of Minorites and Clares It is a uniquely preserved double convent from the 14th century, one of the oldest almost untouched medieval monuments in Krumlov. In the large complex of the Monastery of the Order of the Knights of the Cross with a Red Star you will see the 15th century cloister, chapels of black Madonna and St Wolfgang, baroque murals as well as church of the Holy body and Virgin Mary. 3. Local regional museum Museum that focuses on the history of our town and region. There are different collections of arts, prehistoric tools, documents, imagery etc - all with conection to Krumlov. There is a permanent exhibition called „The Historic Presentation of the Cesky Krumlov Region from Prehistory to the End of the 19th century“. Definitely two most interesting things to see in the museum are a Baroque Pharmacy and a unique ceramic model of Český Krumlov in the 19th century.

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based on 270 reviews

Just two couples traveling in a comfortable van, w/water & sodas available during our 2 hr ride (1 way). Our tour guide, Hannah, was very nice & knowledgable. We had a bit of an adventure on our way to Cesky Krumlov, as it had snowed the night before, outside of Prague & there was an accident on the hwy., so Hannah went down secondary streets following Google, a bit later we came across another accident, so Hannah took us on a third route, where the road became narrower & snowier. Two cars ahead going in the opposite direction told us to turn around due to a truck blocking the road, but we couldn't turn around, so we went ahead & a half mile later we came across the hwy! No truck. No more problems. We were a bit late, but we throughly enjoyed the small town & it's center with a lovely Christmas market (vendors were very friendly), the Castle & Tower, the delicious lunch (w/way too much food to eat), down a quaint side street & even had time to go shopping before heading back.

We can totally recommend this day trip very much! We had a wonderful day visiting the two beautiful castles and cities! Our tour guide Martin has great knowledge about the history and explained everything very good and interesting and we had a great time! The castle Hluboka was the most beautiful castle we have ever been to! And the lunch in a Medieval Restaurant was very good! We will definitely come back!

Our tour was an unforgettable experience. The two guides are very attentive and friendly. They patiently waited for us and informed us while we visited the streets with their beautiful Christmas shops and their traditions. The visit to the castle was beautiful and a very special moment was the delicious food in a typical restaurant with a wood-fired kitchen. Thank you for this nice experience, to repeat it.

Viktor was my tour guide, and he was fantastic! I learned so much about Czech Republic, hockey, and the history of communism through his live story. I also really loved Cesky Krumlov and Cesky Bodejovice. 10/10 recommend this trip!

Excellent and informative tour, our guide Sharka was so knowledgeable and welcoming. Highly recommend this tour to get the most out of your visit.