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.
Crystal W USA
I would have been upset if we had only done the day tour. We were rushed from the time we meant our guide in Prague. 15 members of the tour group requested the tour to be in Spanish, the others of us requested English. There was a lot of confusion between the tour guides and bus driver...they didn't have the right bus to transport so many people and with luggage. We had to wait for a new bus before we could depart Prague. From that point on, we were rushed through the rest of the tour. When we got to Cesky Krumlov, we were scurried through the town to our place to eat. We were seated away from the larger part of the group. We were skipped for dessert and coffee while the other group members were not. We were then quickly ushered to the Castle for a 60 minute tour. The Spanish members of our group were dissatisfied because there was not a Spanish speaking guide for our tour of the castle and our guide was not allowed to tag along for the tour. The tour of the castle was really not worth the time...It is much more beautiful from outside. The town itself was way more interesting than the castle. The time we spent in Cesky Krumlov after the guided part was great. The town is very quaint, cozy, and beautiful. Our hotel accommodations at Hotel Gold were superb. We enjoyed the next morning exploring the city on our own. Cesky Krumlov is definitely worth visiting, but the guided part of this tour was the least impressive part. We probably would have been better off traveling to the city on our own and just exploring the city and doing as we please. The disorganization of the tour company and being rushed through the day was stressful and unnecessary.
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.
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