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Czech Republic: Independent Breweries and World Heritage Sites
Next Departure: August 29 - September 8, 2013
Departs every year in Septmeber
Though the cold war is long over and the Velvet Revolution has
made its mark, a small war is still going on today in the Czech
Republic. A beer war. The biggest of the big brewing conglomerates
have been absorbing smaller Czech breweries for the last two decades,
and unfortunately you can taste the impact. On this trip we concentrate
on micro- and independent breweries in historic locations throughout
Czech Bohemia and a bit of Moravia. We begin and end in bustling
Prague - where we'll explore some of the city's many highlights
- beer and otherwise. Great beer in great locations along with fine,
well-located hotels, lots of included meals, brewery visits, a Czech
microbrew tasting, and good companions aboard the "beer bus"
make this a great beer adventure.
Day 1, Thursday - Travel Day
Depart the US, bound for Prague, Czech Republic.
Day 2, Friday
Upon arrival in Prague, transfer to our hotel in the center of
this historic city. After time to settle in, we'll gather in the
hotel lobby for a welcome beer and walking tour of the city that
will end in a brewpub for our welcome dinner.
Day 3, Saturday
Today well drive west to the town of Zatec (Saaz) for its annual
hops festival. We'll have a tour of the brewery taste some fresh
beer and then enjoy a day of many local beers and regional music
and food. Return to Prague this evening.
Day 4, Sunday
Today is free to enjoy and explore the many splendors of the Czech
capital, until late afternoon when we board the SC Pendolino fast
train bound for Olomouc, our home for two nights. Upon arrival we'll
transfer to the hotel, check-in and regather for a brewpub dinner
in this festive Czech city.
Day 5, Monday
After breakfast, we'll enjoy a guided city tour with a local guide,
including a visit to the local brewery. Afternoon and evening are
free to explore. A pub crawl tonight should spontaneously ferment.
Day 6, Tuesday
This morning we leave Olomouc bound for the beautiful town of Telc.
Along the way we'll make a slightly illogical detour to Cerna Hora
and Dalesice to see their famous cellars. We'll eat lunch and taste
their beers in their tasting rooms. Continue to historic Telc --
whose entire town center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its
traditional architecture and design -- our home for the night. This
evening we'll have a guided walk with a local guide and seek out
the local beer Zacharias.
Day 7, Wednesday
The morning is free to stroll around lovely Telc, until we depart
for Trebon and the Regent Brewery -- a classic example of an independent
Czech brewery. We will tour the brewery and enjoy a tasting with
lunch of regional Czech fare. We'll continue to another UNESCO site
- Cesky Krumlov for two nights. Upon arrival, we'll have a local
guide show us around the town's many attractions.
Day 8, Thursday
Today is free to enjoy this fairytale-like medieval town. This
evening we'll visit the Austrian owned Eggenberg brewery - a part
of Cesky Krumlov throughout the ages. After a tour and tasting we'll
enjoy dinner in the brewery restaurant.
Day 9, Friday
Board the bus to visit yet another beautiful UNESCO site - Holasovice
a living example of Rural Bohemian Baroque tradition. After lunch,
we'll continue to Zvikov Castle Brewery to spend the night on their
guesthouse, adjacent to the gothic Zvikov Castle – perched
on a promontory at the confluence of the Otava and Vlatava rivers.
We'll tour the brewery, explore the castle and enjoy a Czech dinner
Day 10, Saturday
Return to Prague today. The afternoon is free for shopping and
or pub crawling. Tonight we'll celebrate the trip with a Farewell
dinner in a Prague brewery.
Day 11, Sunday - Alas, time to go home.
Alas we must leave beer heaven. Airport transfers are easily arranged
for out bound flights.
& Brewery Visits
Overnight stays in: Prague, university town Olomouc , beautiful
Telc, medieval Cesky Krumlov, and adjacent to Zvikov Castle.
Brewery/Tasting Room visits to: U Fleku, Zatec, Cerna Hora,
Dalesice, Regent, Eggenberg, and Zvikov -- plus other rewarding
UNESCO World Heritage sites - preserved for posterity, offer
historical insight and outstanding photo ops; they're also
close to great beer.
Our Beer Bus - a traveling tasting room of local products
and flavors of all types
Good folks to travel with and share the adventure!
2 nights in Prague
2 nights in Olomouc
1 night in Telc
2 nights Cesky Krumlov
1 night Zvikov
1 night Prague
City Tours: in Prague, Olomouc, Telc, and Csesky Krumlov
(Land-only, Based on double occupancy)
$2795 per person
Single Room add $485
Arrival & Departure
Trip Begins & Ends in Prague, Czech Republic
The overall style of the trip is best suited for somewhat adventurous,
beer-loving travelers who want the camaraderie and structure of
a tour, as well as the opportunity to explore independently. Planned
events and excursions will, for the most part, be informal. Guided
touring is generally the exception, though travelers can always
rely on the support and assistance of the trip leader.
* Please note also:
This itinerary is subject to change based on brewery or hotel
availability, force majeur, acts of dieties, common sense or bad
weather, etc. Smaller breweries, as well as the Trappists, are often
unable to commit to hosting groups until a couple of weeks before
we arrive. Substitutions, when necessary, will be as good or better
than what we replaced. And, don't worry, the beer is always good!