- Taste perfect beer in the brewery’s medieval cellar
- Enjoy a drive through a breathtaking UNESCO biosphere reserve
Mid-morning we’ll bid farewell to Český Krumlov and make our way north to Prague. But we have a full day head of us before we reach the capital and our planned activities are about as Czech as it gets: a castle (hrad) and some beer (pivo). These are two of the first vocabulary words anyone who visits the country learns, and for good reason.
First, we will visit the stunning Hluboka Castle, pictured on the cover page of this itinerary. A castle has been on this site since the 13th century, but it was rebuilt in its current Romantic style in the 1800’s. After a private guided tour of the luxurious staterooms we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch together in the gardens.
After lunch we will visit Budvar Brewery – no relationship to the American brewing giant. Even if you aren’t a beer drinker you’ll be amazed at the centuries old brewing process here using water extracted from 300 meters below ground to produce a purely delicious lager beer. We’ll even have the opportunity to taste the beer, as fresh as it gets, in the brewery’s medieval cellars. The bottling line, moving over 2,000 bottles per minute, is a highlight of the tour and absolutely mesmerising to watch. We’ll linger after our tour to enjoy a glass of beer in the on-site tavern.
From Budvar, we’ll make a small detour to drive through the nearby countryside surrounding the medieval spa village of Třeboň. This marshy region has been worked by its inhabitants for centuries, and today the idyllic countryside is packed with over 6,000 small lakes, resulting in an absolutely dreamy atmosphere that is counted as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. We’ll stop for a little afternoon free time in Třeboň where you can enjoy a coffee or a drink, or maybe just take a stroll.
Now we’re really on our way to Prague, but since we’re going to be driving right by one of the best restaurants in the country we have to stop for dinner. Restaurant Goldie, in the heart of the town of Tabor, has been gathering accollades left and right for its inventive farm-to-table take on traditional Czech cuisine, including a spot in the Top 10 Restaurants of 2017 in the country’s top food publication.
When we get to Prague tonight we’ll Czech in (sorry) at our home for the next five nights Design Hotel Jewel, a small, family-owned, boutique four star hotel in the heart of the city.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner