- Overnight trip to Cesky Krumlov from Prague
- Visit Ceske Budejovice (Budweis) en route, and see the town’s Black Tower
- Enjoy a guided Cesky Krumlov Castle tour
- Explore the charming UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town
- Spend your evening at leisure and see Cesky Krumlov without the crowds
- Overnight accommodation in a centrally located 4-star hotel
What You Can Expect
With your friendly local guide, you’ll see Ceske Budejovice’s Black Tower (Černá věž), which dominates the view from the town’s historic square. The town’s other buildings are sights to behold, as well; you’ll see an intriguing mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture before continuing your journey south.
Arriving into Cesky Krumlov around midday, you’ll be greeted by the sight of charming red-roofed buildings that cluster around the magnificent State Castle of Cesky Krumlov. This huge, beautifully restored castle complex dwarfs the small Krumlov town and comprises an impressive 40 buildings, numerous gardens, courtyards and a moat. Legend has it that the castle was built by Cesky Krumlov’s royals to emulate Prague Castle, with the intention of enhancing their status in the Czech Royal Court.
You’ll take a walking tour around the castle with your guide before moving on to explore Cesky Krumlov’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town. Take a guided walking tour before breaking for a well-deserved, hearty Czech lunch.
Your Cesky Krumlov tour ends at your overnight accommodation -- the four-star Gold hotel, conveniently located close to the River Vltava and the town center. The remainder of your trip is spent at leisure, so you might decide to see further Cesky Krumlov attractions in the late afternoon and evening. Many visitors to the town are day-trippers, so you’ll have the advantage of enjoying this pretty Czech town in peace before you return to Prague the next morning.
Cesky Krumlof is really best enjoyed in two days. Unfortunately we had a very unpleasant guide named Jana on the first day who did little for us other than handling the mechanics of getting us to our destination and whose information was so excessively rote that none of us really benefited. Fortunately, there were many positives; the Gold Hotel was quite pleasant, the Castle tour included had an excellent and friendly guide, the town is so visually appealing, the town folk were welcoming, the food was delicious. Papa's and the Two Marys were very good. The Gingerbread Shop had a very good selection of special and unique souvenirs. A piece of Moldovite can be had for a very reasonable price and is mined near the area. The second day was most enjoyable on our own and the guide who picked us up for the tour operator whose name was Petr was outstanding. Petr is a credit to the organization and knows how to make visitors feel welcome. He drove a comfortable small Mercedes van that was so much better than the cramped mini-bus with hard seats and poor shock-absorbers that took us from Prague to CK on the first day. The trip takes three hours so again, you will have a much better visit if you choose to spend two days rather than one.
Our tour was almost an hour late starting due to a bus problem so effective time at Cesky Krumlov was reduced. Guide was informative but hard to understand. When I booked I understood that the return trip to Prague was in the morning arriving back early afternoon. As we were flying out early the next morning we wanted another afternoon in Prague. However, maybe because it was not peak season, we were left at our hotel and told the bus would not pick us up till 4.30 pm next day. This meant we would not get back to Prague till 7.30. This was not acceptable so we had to get a local bus back to Prague leaving at 11am. The bus was cheap but the taxi from the bus stop to our hotel added to our cost. I note now that the information on the website has changed. With hindsight I would probably just do the day trip.