2018 is a year of festivities for the Czech Republic, with the landlocked, European country celebrating 100 years since the Republic of Czechoslovakia was formed and 25 years since Czechoslovakia peacefully split into the countries of Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The past 25 years have seen the former communist country blossom into one of Europe’s most popular destinations, welcoming a record 16 million tourists in 2017 – a six percent increase on 2016. Tourism is expected to rise further thanks to the country starring as the filming location for the epic new TV drama, ‘Britannia’, now showing in Australia on Foxtel. The year of celebrations is the perfect time to visit, and a six-night, self-guided ‘Bohemian Paradise’ walking tour offered by On Foot Holidays provides an ideal way to explore the meadows, pine forests, fairytale castles and soaring rock towers of the Czech countryside.
Located in the northern edge of the Czech Republic, the inn-to-inn hike will see walkers trek through natural labyrinths of rock towers and visit medieval and gothic castles as well as historic farmhouses and quaint villages. The trail also boasts tranquil lakes and meadows and offers walkers the chance to sample local wines, herbal liqueur and beer, for which the republic is famed. Walkers will see huge sandstone boulders, tall cliffs and mystical views, recently made famous by the new TV period drama, ‘Britannia’, which has proved a major hit in the UK. Along the way, guests will stay in friendly family-run hotels and a Baroque chateau, beautifully situated in the Bohemian mountains.
On Foot Holidays also recommends guests spend a few nights in Prague – recently named Europe’s most affordable capital city for a cultural experience – where they can explore some of the anniversary celebrations taking place in the beautiful historic city, including an international music festival, special exhibits, a Fringe Festival, and see some of Prague’s most famous sites refurbished for the centenary.
The walk is easy-medium in difficulty, with four to seven hours of walking each day. Shorter options are also available and nights in Prague can be added when booking. The route can be walked from April to July, as well as in September and October.
Including six nights’ accommodation, all breakfasts, and all luggage transfers – meaning travellers simply carry a day pack – the Bohemian Paradise walk costs from £510 per person, twin-share (approximately A$895 depending on exchange rates).
Payments can be made by via Earthport FX transfer, a system which offers Australians the convenience of paying for walks in Australian dollars at a local bank, saving transfer charges and credit card fees.
Rated one of Europe’s leading self-guided walking tour operators, On Foot Holidays offers 32 self-guided walking tours across Europe. Accommodation and information packs are provided for all the routes and optional guides are available on select itineraries. Walkers select their departure dates, luggage is transferred between inns each day and all routes are designed by locals and tested by staff from On Foot Holidays.