1 Day History tour itinerary for czech-republic: Amble Through Romantic Plakanek Valley To Kost Castle
Liberec, Prague, Turnov, Jičín
Wander in the romantic valley, rocky and mostly surrounded with pine-tree forests, which was named after the Plakánek family who in the 17th century, manufactured wood. This tour is an excellent choice for an active day with a variety of sightseeing and a combination of nature and history.
KOST CASTLE AND SOBOTKA VILLAGE
Walk from Sobotka to the village Vesec, a declared rural conservation area that includes 18 log houses, and then content to the romantic rocky valley of Plakanek, surrounded by pine forests, and it is known for several sandstone quarries. Plakanek means “the crying one”, and there is a legend where many people were crying and mourning in this valley a girl cried here as she left her beloved.
Reach a breathtaking location close by with its ancient sand rock mountains.
Continue to Kost Castle, one of the best-preserved Czech castles from the late gothic period. At Kost, you can take a tour of the castle and see some exciting things such as a medieval torturing room or a strange window, as well as a peculiar Madonna. The Castle is located in a magical landscape of forests and sandstone rocks, which is rightly called the Bohemian Paradise due to its outstanding natural beauty. If time permits, you can also visit the beautiful Nebakov Pond in the Czech Paradise Park.
Next stop is lunch, of course! You will be treated to the main course and a drink – included in your trip – at a traditional restaurant, with time to enjoy the best local beers and micro-brews. On the way back, you will be passing the unique baroque architectural delight of Humprecht Chateau, before you rejoin the bus back to Prague.
Meet in the morning at the Prague departure point and return to Prague, filled with experiences, in the evening, just in time for dinner.
Ticket to Kost Castle (if you like to visit)
Additional info about the hike
Am I fit enough for a hike?
Even if you’re not a regular hiker but are keen to get a taste of the Czech countryside, you do need to be reasonably fit for a hike with Czech Adventure, as hill climbs come with the territory. Your guide will make sure you are comfortable with the pace and stop as often as you need. The philosophy is to slow down and appreciate the beauty of nature.
What do I need to bring?
The most single important thing is to wear comfortable hiking boots or sport shoes suitable for a forest walk. The ground can be uneven and high heels are absolutely a no-go for the trip. While you need no special hiking clothing or equipment, it is recommended you do bring sunscreen and a hat for the sunny weather, or a rain jacket for wet weather, and additionally, pack an extra layer if it is chilly.
This is a very personalised trip based on the guide's own experiences that they want to share. The guests can expect a lot of individual attention with advice on clothing, weather, what to pack, as well as fitness levels before the trip. Also, the Czech tour guide will be ensuring your safety and welfare during the hike and the entire trip, as well as helping you with any translations needed when ordering lunch or buying gifts. Most importantly, however, the guide will be supervising you through this remarkable countryside and offering you a unique experience.
Can you provide a vegetarian or vegan lunch?
At the moment, the choice of vegetarian/vegan food in the Czech countryside is not large, however, there is a limited option for vegetarian meals like grilled cheese, grilled vegetable, fried potatoes, risotto etc. The tour operators find it is appropriate to always advise guests that if they are concerned about this, to bring some suitable snack/food with them in case of non-availability of their dietary needs.
Liberec, Prague, Turnov, Jičín
Type of Tour
The tour is available from 01 May to 31 Oct on the following days of the week.
- Monday 08:00
- Tuesday 08:00
- Wednesday 08:00
- Thursday 08:00
- Friday 08:00
- Saturday 08:00
- Sunday 08:08
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