Thematic tours around the Czech rep. (visit of glassworks, handcrafted workrooms, Prague and Franz Kafka, etc.)
TRADITIONS, FLAVOURS, AROMAS,…OF CZECH REPUBLIC
Chateau Konopiste & typical Czech lunch in Klokocna village
You will visit one of Bohemia's most beautiful chateaus - Konopiste, where you can admire its fascinating collection of historical furniture, sculptures, paintings, tapestries and countless hunting trophies exhibited there. You may also enjoy the baroque Rose Garden.
The typical Czech lunch will be served in the restaurant U Kone in the village Klokocna, whose owner Jaroslav Sapik is one of the best and most famous chefs in Czech Republic. His family has been devoted to this profession since 17thcentury.
Castle Krivoklat & Brewery Pilsner Urquell
Krivoklat – a national cultural monument belongs to the oldest and most important castles of the Czech princes and kings. The history of its construction starts in the 12th century.
Learn about the history of the legendary Pilsner Urquell lager beer and its secrets behind. It all started in 1842 and since that time its fame has spread throughout the world, making it the inspiration for more than two-thirds of the beer produced in the world today, which are still called pils, pilsner, and pilsener. You will see the whole brewing process, bottling plant, exposition on the ingredients and the historic and modern Pilsner Urquell brew house.
In the footsteps of Franz Kafka
Tour of the historical center of Prague in the footsteps of one of the most famous writers of the 20th century Franz Kafka
Beginning at the Prague Castle, where in the Golden Street is the House no. 33 (temporary residence of Franz Kafka).
Next stop will be in the Museum of Franz Kafka and in the store of Franz Kafka. Here you can find a complete range of Kafka’s work, biographical books of Franz Kafka and some souvenirs.
Across the Charles Bridge we get to the Jewish Quarter and we will visit the Jewish Museum (visit of the local synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery).
Followed by visit of the Franz Kafka Society (there is Library and Bookstore of Franz Kafka).
Next you will see the Monument of Franz Kafka, temporary residence of Franz Kafka - Dům u Zlaté Štiky, Franz Kafka square – there is galllery and Café Franz Kafka.
We will go around the birthplace of Franz Kafka and other residences of Franz Kafka on the Old Town Square and Celetná street.
Next stop will be at Cafe Arco, which Franz Kafka often attended.
The Tour ends on Wenceslas Square at the house, where Franz Kafka lived.
Lenght of tour aprox. 4-6 hours.
Karlovy Vary & Museum with Moser Glassworks
Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) is one of Europe’s most beautiful spas. It excels especially by its unique architecture, imposing colonnades, exclusive spa buildings and a wonderful layout in the heart of a forested valley.
Nowadays Karlovy Vary hosts many movie stars thanks to its film festival, which is one of Europe’s most important.
Tasting of Mineral springs Moser Glassworks and Moser Museum Visit (possibility of shopping) Transport to Prague
Kutna Hora + Podebrady (1 day)
One day trip to the town of Kutná Hora, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit five-aisled Gothic Cathedral St. Barbara, The Italian Court (former royal palace with mint). There was minted silver coins – called Prague Groschen, Stone Fountain, Stone House and popular Constance.
On the way back to Prague there is stop in the spa town of Poděbrady. The spa specializes in treatments for diseases of the heart and circulatory systém. There will be short walk through the historical center and park.
Duration: 8 hours
Terezin + Melnik (1 day)
Terezin is located about 70 km from Prague. During the Second World War it was the largest concentration camp in Bohemia. Today is here a memorial that commemorates the tragic fate of tens of thousands of Jews. In Terezin we will visit Small Fortress (prison), Ghetto Museum and Magdeburg Barracks etc.
Next stop will be in Mělník – the city at the confluence of the river Elbe and Vltava. Walk through the historical center of the city to the chateau, where is beautiful view of the rivers. Way back to Prague.
The most famous Czech castles
Prague – Krivoklat – Karlstejn – Konopiste (3 days tour)
- 1st day – arrival in Prague, overnight night in hotel
- 2nd day – full day guided tour in Prague, overnight in hotel
- 3th day – Full day guided tour the Castles Krivoklat and Karlstejn - You will visit medieval castle Křivoklát, famous medieval castle Karlštejn and finally the beautiful chateau Konopiště. First stop will be at the Castle Krivoklat. The castle is one of the oldest medieval castles in the Czech Republic. There will be castle tour and you will see the interior rooms of the castle. The next stop will be at the medieval castle Karlstejn. The castle ranks among the most famous and most visited castles in the Czech Republic. At the castle is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, in the past there were the Czech crown jewels. During the one hour long tour you’ll see the historical rooms of the castle and discover how they lived here in ancient times. Dinner in tipical restaurant, overnight in hotel.
- 4th day – In the morning visit of the romantic Chateau Konopiste. It´s situated in beautiful countryside, about 40 km from Prague. The attraction of the castle is moat, where you can see the bear named George. Free afternoon.
- 5th day - departure
Tour of Czech cities
Prague – Carlsbad – Pilsen – Ceske Budejovice – Brno (5 days tour)
- 1st day: Arrival in Prague, dinner and overnight in hotel
- 2nd day: PRAGUE TOUR – THE ROYAL ROUTE (FULL DAY) Full day walking tour of historical center of Prague – Royal Route - a traditional route, which was used for the coronation processions of Czech kings. During this tour you will see the most famous sights in Prague – Republic Square – Old Town Square – Astronomical clock – Charles Bridge – Lesser Town Square – Prague Castle – St. Vitus Cathedral – Strahov Monastery
- 3th day: Carlsbad & Museum with Moser Glassworks (130 km west of Prague). Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) is one of Europe’s most beautiful spas. It excels especially by its unique architecture, imposing colonnades, exclusive spa buildings and a wonderful layout in the heart of a forested valley. Nowadays Karlovy Vary hosts many movie stars thanks to its film festival, which is one of Europe’s most important. Tasting of Mineral springs, Moser Glassworks and Moser Museum Visit - we will see spa promenade, the largest thermal spring water in Karlovy Vary – Vřídlo - reaching up to 12 meters and the temperature is 73.4 °C ). We will go by cable car to Diana lookout, where is beautiful view of the city. Next stop will be in the Moser glassworks, where you will see the production of crystal objects. Explore the honourable history of more than 155 years old production of art crystal Moser glass and discover the mystery of its hand making (possibility of shopping). Dinner in local restaurant, overnight in hotel.
- 4th day: Tour of Pilsen – city of world famous “Pilsner beer” . Visit of Pilsner Urquell brewery – St. Bartholomew´s Cathedral – Great Synagogue and Old Synagogue. In late afternoon transfer to Ceske Budejovice, dinner and overnight in hotel.
- 5th day: Tour of Ceske Budejovice and Czech Krumlov. In the morning tour of south Bohemian city Ceske Budejovice with its unique historic square, lined with Renaissance and Baroque houses and dominated by the Black Tower. In the afternoon visit of the historical town Czech Krumlov which is inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will visit the second largest castle and chateau complex in Bohemia (interiors of castle and garden). Followed by walk through the historical streets of the town to the park at the Regional Museum, where is a gorgeous view of the entire castle complex. Dinner in local restaurant, transfer back to Ceske Budejovice, overnight in hotel.
- 6th day: Hluboka Chateau and tour of Brno. In the morning transfer to Hluboka nad Vltavou. Here we will have a tour of Hluboká chateau (probably the most stunning of the surprising number of Czech and Moravian chateaus). Also, the surroundings of the chateau are exceptionally beautiful, as it´s located on a hill and surrounded by an English-style park. Transfer to Brno - the Czech Republic's second-largest city. For a glimpse of this student city's grand past, check out the Art Nouveau buildings in Brno's Old Town, see the imposing castle fortress and prison, and marvel at the soaring twin spires of the neo-Gothic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Visit of the Monastery of Capuchin Monks. (In the monastery's vaults, known as the Capuchin Crypt, mummified monks lie on display in glass coffins for all to see). Dinner in a tipical restaurant, overnight in hotel.
- 7th day – breakfast, transfer to Prague, departure
Beer Tour (1 day)
Tour with a visit of the most famous brewery in the Czech Republic, with the relaxing in the beer spa and with visit the beer pub.
In the morning transfer to the West Bohemian city of Pilsen, where we will visit the Brewery Museum, Pilsen historic underground and brewery and school of pouring beer.
Return back to Prague, where we will relax in the beer spa Bernard and after relaxing we will visit the unique beer pub – The Pub, where you can tap your own beer at one of the tables equipped with self service beer taps.
Beer Tour (2 days)
Two days tour with visiting of two breweries, beer spa, brewery museum and pub.
In the morning transfer from Prague to Humpolec, where we will visit the family brewery Bernard with a tasting unpasteurized beer.
Then we will move to the South Bohemian town of Třeboň, where we will visite brewery Regent.
Transfer from Třeboň to Tábor, where we will accommodate in the Hotel Dvořák. In the hotel is beer spa, where you can relax.
In the morning transfer from Tábor to Kostelec nad Černými lesy, where we will visit the brewery museum, where you can learn about the history of beer and its production. Finally we will visit the unique beer pub – The Pub, where you can tap your own beer a tone of the tables equipped with self service beer taps.
THE CZECH GLASS
The glass-making industry has a very long tradition in the Czech Republic and Czech glass is well know all over the world. Glass-making in particular developed during the 13th century in the Jizerské and Lužické mountain ranges due to the locally available raw materials.
Beautiful glass and porcelain are produced in other areas ( the Dubí region or Nová Role).
The most renowned Czech glass we can find in Jablonec nad Nisou and Nový Bor.
Glass products from the Czech Republic are prized on the world market and come in a wide range of varieties, the most popular of which is lead crystal, cut glass or glass figurines, Christmas ornaments, etc.
The RÜCKL CRYSTAL a.s. glassworks in Nižbor manufactures an extensive range of cut 24% leaded crystal in a wide variety of decorations from the simple to extremely complex and laborious decorations, with gilt, hand painting and sandblasting.
The company has extended its range by constructing new processing capacities those being sandblasting, gilding and hand painting technologies. Likewise it has expanded its usual range of packaging and special representative packaging in line with our customers’ wishes.
The company was chosen for the production and supply of official state gifts due to the very high quality of its products and services.
Novosad & Son Glassworks in Harrachov
Glassworks Harrachov is the oldest still working glass factory in Bohemia and most probably in the entire world. Throughout the centuries, the glassworks has developed a unique range of manufacturing techniques that shape the Harrach glass till the present days.
The current production portfolio of the glassworks is above all made of luxurious stemware, decorative and domestic glass and crystal chandeliers. The glass factory is capable of melting more than 30 different colors and manufacturing approximately 40 thousand stemware glasses a month.
MOSER GLASS FAC TORY – KARLOVY VARY
Explore the honourable history of more than 155 years old production of art crystal Moser glass and discover the mystery of its hand making.
History of the Moser glassworks is historically associated with the name of Ludwig Moser (1833 - 1916), one of the most outstanding personalities of glass manufacturing in the world. He first opened his own shop and engraver´s workshop in the centre of Karlovy Vary and in the same town in 1893 he starts production in his own glass workshop, which has been operating successfully until today. Within a short time he gained the reputation as the most prestigious producer of crystal in the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy. The titles of the court suppliers of emperor Franz Joseph I (1873), Persian shah Musaffereddine (1901) and king Edward VII of England (1908) further increased the reputation of the crystal and the interest of other politicians and emperors. Then, in the year 1922, Moser glass manufactory became the biggest producer of luxurious drinking and decorative glass in Czechoslovakia. The success of Ludwig Moser, whose heritage has been developed since then, consists in the production of ecologically friendly lead-free crystal, of a unique colour spectrum, specially designed by the most prestigious designers and in excellent hand manufacturing. To develope this tradition, Moser glass manufactory co-operates with the most talented designers, glassmakers, cutters and engravers, whose craftsmanship helps create masterpieces in their branch. From its very beginning, its products are being presented in the most important world exhibitions, in which they have been awarded with important awards. Special pieces of art require a selected international sales network. The first specialized shop Moser was opened in the centre of Prague in 1925. Since that time, the inland sales have spread to three more brand shops and by exclusive representatives worldwide. Nowadays, the glass manufactory is a joint stock company with entirely Czech capital and approximately 320 employees.
Branded porcelain has been a traditional Czech product for a long time. The best-known products include onion-pattern porcelain and the Thun-branded porcelain made in Karlovy Vary.
The corporation Český porcelán Dubí is one of four manufacturers of the highly demanded “porcelain of generations,” i.e. onion-pattern porcelain. It continues the tradition that began as early as 1864.
ČESKÝ PORCELÁN, A. S. DUBÍ
It was already in 1864 when the industrialist from Dubí Anton Tschinkel bought a large building called Lower Forest Mill in present Tovární street in Dubí near Teplice and rebuilt it into a Majolica manufacture. In 1885, the firm O. C. Teuchert from the near Meissen purchased the factory from him and started there production of porcelain in Rococo style with so called “onion” pattern. Its production achieved an extraordinary success and interest of customers which can be seen from the number of parts of the set; in 1929, when the factory was owned by Artur Bloch, it included 257 shapes and until 1956, it was marked with designation MEISSEN in an oval frame.
Now, when you read this introduction, the company’s name is Český porcelán and the number of pieces with the onion design achieves 660 shapes. These products are guaranteed by the Association of Glass and Ceramic Industry of the Czech Republic as a “Czech Product”.
Thun 1794 a.s.
Thun 1794 is the largest Czech manufacturer of porcelain. The company has in its production program forms a coherent utility or hotel china, special cooking program for children porcelain and custom products for large international chains. It is a specific type of so-called hard porcelain firing temperature of 1405°C.
High quality and unique design based on 220-year tradition of porcelain production in the Czech Republic guarantees a high standard user for our customers.
The company is based in the city of New Role by Karlovy Vary, which is called the city of porcelain.
Bohemian garnet, which can only be found in Bohemia, has always maintained a unique position among other garnet stones due to its Unique and fiery red color.
Moreover, it is said to enjoy healing effects. As it has come down since the time of Emperor Rudolph II, the admirer of Bohemian garnets who had many unique pieces in his collection,
It has been said to help overcome suffering and bring vital power, spirit and the feeling of joy. In the course of time, Bohemian garnet and the jewelery using Bohemian garnet has become increasingly popular, not only in the country of origin, but also across the frontiers of Bohemia.
The present-day manufacturer Granat Turnov has been continuing the tradition of manufacturing real Bohemian jewels and expanding their publicity abroad. Samples of Bohemian garnet jewelry could be seen on the displays of renowned fine jewelery shops not only in Europe but all over the world.
The Royal Brewery of Krušovice is one of the oldest breweries in the Czech Republic.
The oldest mention about the brewery is already from 16th century. A lot has changed since then, but Krušovice still attracts drinkers with several types of exceptional beer.
Plzeňský Prazdroj Brewery
Plzeňský Prazdroj is the leading producer and exporter of Czech beer and produces beer in four breweries: Plzeňský Prazdroj and Gambrinus in Plzeň, Radegast in Nošovice and the Velké Popovice Brewery in central Bohemia. Plzeňský Prazdroj exports beer to more than fifty countries all over the world.
The history Plzensky Prazdroj brewery and the beer begins in 1839, when the licensed brewers of the city of Pilsen decided to establish new brewery. The first brew and the introduction of new fermentation method were entrusted to brewer Josef Groll. On the fifth of October 1842 the first Pilsen bottom-fermented pale lager was brewed. This became the prototype for all other beers of the Pils type.
The Pilsner Urquell tour is one of the world’s best rated tourist attractions. It’s no wonder, because the tour is full of interesting facts which will impress even very demanding visitors. History lovers will be impressed by the model of the brewery from the 19th century, the brew house from the 1930s and the historical cellars, where Pilsner Urquell beer is still produced today using the same traditional method as during the era of the first brewer.
From the long-term perspective, Budweiser Budvar, National Corporation has proved to be one of the most successful food-processing companies in the Czech Republic. Almost a half of its production is exported into more than 50 countries on all continents. In 2013, Budweiser Budvar’s sales reached 1 424 000 hectolitres of beer.
The modern history of the brewery dates back to the year 1967, when the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic founded the Budweiser Budvar National Corporation as the direct successor of the Czech Stock Brewery, which had brewed beer in České Budějovice since 1895. The Czech Stock Brewery was established by Czech licensed brewers, who followed the footsteps of the 700 year old tradition of brewing beer in České Budějovice (formerly Budweis).
You can taste famous traditional Czech herbal liquer (it only contains quality water from Karlovy Vary, high-quality ethanol, natural sugar, and a very specific and harmonious mix of herbs and spices) known as the 13th spring at the spas at Karlovy Vary and find out something about its history. Jan Becher set up his company more than two centuries ago and in the present Becherovka is a brand famous around the world.
Visit the museum, located in the historic building in the centre of Karlovy Vary, to see the Becher pipeline, which connected the individual cellars, ancient barrels with multicoloured decoration or period bottles with labels yellowed with age. Possibility of tasting the liqueur during the tour.
You will find a house with the name of the famous liqueur in the villa district of Karlovy Vary. The villa of the Becher family was recently opened to the public and refashioned into an interactive gallery for young artists.