Friday, September 13, 2019 - Thursday, September 26, 2019
Germany, Czech Republic,
Come and join us to explore the wonders of the National Park of Saxon Switzerland in Germany and Czech Republic, as well as the cultural and historic cities of Dresden and Prague. If you are looking for holiday by the sea between Dresden and Prague, you are about 100 million years late! The Elbe Sandstone Mountains -- actually this common term for Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland is misleading. To some it may look like a mountain range. In reality it is the bed of a Cretaceous sea ~100 million years old. We will start our adventure in Dresden with a city tour and two night stay to help overcome our jet lag. Then we will travel by historic steamship down the Elbe River as it winds its way through the National Park to our base for seven nights, Bad Schandau. From there we will do some day hikes and explore several areas of the National Park. After our seven nights in the area, we wil travel by train to Prague, a truly magnificent city. There we will explore the castle and immerse ourselves in the local history. A day trip to the UNESCO site of Cesky Krumlov will complete our adventure. Dresden is perfectly linked with the international transit network, and can be reached from every direction by rail, car or air. In terms of geographical size, Dresden is Germany's fourth-largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. With 62 percent of its area covered by forest and green space, Dresden is one of the greenest cities in Europe and is considered a city of art and culture. Prague, City of Hundred Spires, UNESCO monument and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Get to know it in person! When you arrive in Cesky Krumlov, you will be captivated at first glance by the monumental panorama of the chateau here, which rises above the picturesque renaissance architecture of the adjacent little town. Taking a walk through the historical centre will, thanks to its inimitable medieval character, leave you in no doubt as to why Cesky Krumlov is one of the gems included on the UNESCO list.