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CESKY KRUMLOV (UNESCO) WINTER TOUR by car/ van/coach transfer

A full day trip from Prague to the beautiful medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. Located in the south of the Czech Republic, Cesky Krumlov is protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site. It is one of the country's most attractive places to visit after Prague. This excursion is part by air-conditioned coach, part on foot. After picking you up from your Prague hotel, we drive for around 21⁄2 hours through the scenic Bohemian countryside to reach Cesky Krumlov.We begin our guided walking tour with a stroll through the formal gardens and courtyards of Cesky Krumlov Castle, before walking down to explore the town's historic centre; the quaint old streets are lined with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses once belonging to wealthy noblemen.There is then a few hours free time for you to browse the charming small shops, enjoy a stroll along the banks of the lovely winding river and choose a café or restaurant for lunch (lunch is not included in the price of the tour). Next we turn our attentions back to Cesky Krumlov Castle, once the seat of powerful lords, the Rožmberks and the Schwarzenbergs. The main part of the castle is closed in the winter, however a fascinating exhibition opens in the oldest wing of the castle and in the tower. These buildings date from the 13th century, so are worthy of a visit in their own right. But it is the items of great historical value contained within that interests us the most. Thus we embark on a guided visit to view the large paintings, frescos, ancient weapons, antique furniture, and intricate china, glassware and jewellery on display.And as the castle grounds remain open in the winter, by walking further through the gardens we are able to see the rest of the mighty Renaissance castle up close. After the castle, in the late afternoon, we commence our journey back to Prague. Prague Experience sightseeing tours are in English and another language. They are led by professional, licensed tourist guides and use modern, air-conditioned mini-coaches. If you require a tour in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish, please specify on the booking form. At the end of the tour, the coach will drop you back off at your hotel. Note: In the summer season, we offer a different version of this tour.

Cesky Krumlov (German: Krumau or Böhmisch Krumau) is a town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. Its historic centre, centred around the Český Krumlov Castle, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Sitesince 1992 and was given this status along with the historic Prague castle district.Thetown's name begins with Český to differentiate it from Moravský Krumlov in south Moravia. The settlement arose beneath the castle, which was erected from about 1240 onwards by a local branch of the noble Vítkovci family, descendants of Witiko of Prčice. The fortress was first mentioned in a 1253 deed as Chrumbenowe. According to local legend, the name derives from Middle High German krumbe ouwe which can be translated as "crooked meadow", after a bend of the Vltava River. It was also mentioned in the 1255 Frauendienst poem by minnesinger Ulrich von Liechtenstein. Located at a ford of an important trade route in the Kingdom of Bohemia, a settlement arose soon after beneath the castle. The Czech name Krumlov is documented as early as in 1259.In 1302 the Vítkovci line became extinct and King Wenceslaus II ceded the town and castle to the Rosenberg family . Peter I of Rosenberg , the Lord Chamberlain of King John of Bohemia, resided here and had the present upper castle erected in the early 14th century. The majority of inhabitants were German-speaking at that time, immigrating from neighbouring Austria and Bavaria in the course of the Ostsiedlung. A Jewish community is documented since 1334. By 1336, it can be expected that Czechs formed a small minority, which had its own priest.The Rosenbergs strongly promoted trade and crafts within the town walls. In the late 15th century, when gold was found next to the town, German miners came to settle, which shifted the ethnic balance even more. In one of the churches the sermons were preached in Czech until 1788, when St. Jošt Church was closed.William of Rosenberg (1535–1592), High Treasurer and High Burgrave of Bohemia, had the castle rebuilt in a Renaissance style. Český Krumlov Castle is unusually large for a town of its size; within the Czech Republic it is second in extent only to the Hradčany castle complex of Prague. Inside its grounds are a large rococo garden, an extensive bridge over a deep gap in the rock upon which the castle is built, and the castle itself, which in turn consists of many defined parts dating from different periods. After the garden had been inadequately maintained in the second half of the 20th century, the site was included in the 1996 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund. With financial support from American Express the garden's central fountain was documented and reconstructed, and remains functional today.Church of St. Vitus (Kostel Sv. Víta) is a Gothic church, inside the Castle, dating back architecturally to the 15th century, with frescoes from the same period.

Group information
For groups of 10+ people, we can offer at no extra cost:
-a private tour, including a guide and coach exclusive to your group.
-a departure time of your choice. To reserve, mention it in Special Requests on the booking form.
-If you require a tour in German, French, Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Turkish please specify on the booking form (Supplement can applies for some languages).
-Reserve, mention it in Special Requests on the booking form.

Booking information
01 November - 21 December 2018
Times: 09:00
Duration: 11 hours.
22 December - 01 January 2019
Times: 09:00 Duration: 11 hours (no tour on: 24 Dec)
(castle exhibition is closed, so the walking tour is longer and there is more free time in Cesky Krumlov).
02 January - 31 March 2019
Times: 09:00 Duration: 11 hours.
Pick Up: From your hotel shortly before the tour - the exact time will be stated in your booking confirmation. Depending on the location and accessibility of your hotel, our coach will either stop outside or our guide will walk you to the departure point.
Drop Off: At your hotel.

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