Czech Republic Hiking – Vienna to Prague
- From Vienna to Prague, hike through enchanting castle-filled countryside
- Walk picturesque trails leading to UNESCO World Heritage sites
- See majestic Valtice-Lednice, colorful Telč, and magical Český Krumlov
- Absorb the medieval heritage of this vibrant, ever-evolving nation
- Celebrate with a fine vintage from Moravian wine country!
Etched throughout the Czech Republic are nearly 24,000 miles of color-coded hiking trails meandering through patchworks of thick forests, meadows, and small medieval villages. We meet in centuries-old Vienna, a city with more than 1,700 bridges, wide avenues, noble palaces, and imperial castles. From here our hikes take us through countryside famous for its splendid castles, vibrant red-tiled roofed villages, impressive architecture, sparkling lakes, and rolling hillsides.
Each day we dine on flavorful regional specialties and appreciate refreshing local beer or Moravia's famed wine. We explore the celebrated UNESCO World Heritage towns of Valtice-Lednice, Telč and Český Krumlov. Our journey culminates in fabled Prague, "City of a Thousand Spires," with unforgettable sights like 14th-century gargoyles and mosaics at St. Vitus Cathedral, the world's largest palace complex at Prague Castle.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Czech Republic Hiking – Vienna to Prague Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive in Vienna, Austria, the City of Music.
Day 2 Hike to the castles and gardens of the Valtice-Lednice estates.
Day 3 Hike the Pálava highlands – ruined castles, vineyards, limestone cliffs.
Day 4 Our route leads to colorful 13th-century Telč.
Day 5 Hike through Czech Canada Natural Park and explore Landštejn Castle.
Day 6 Amble around the fish-filled lakes and ponds of Trebon basin.
Day 7 From medieval Vyssi Brod hike through the Sumava foothills.
Day 8 Tour Český Krumlov's magnificent Baroque theatre.
Day 9 Depart Prague or stay to explore one of Europe's best preserved cities!
Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available.
Double-occupancy accommodations; meals as noted in the itinerary; bi-lingual guides; support vehicle; entrance fees to sites noted in the itinerary.
Transportation to Vienna and from Prague; airport/hotel transfers; 3 dinners; insurance of any kind; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature; optional gratuities to guide(s).
This trip is rated Moderate  The daily hikes range from 8-12 miles (shorter options available daily) on dirt trails and small country roads with gently rolling hills. A conditioning regimen beginning at least 2-3 months prior to departure is highly recommended. Walking/hiking, running and biking are all great ways to physically prepare for this adventure. The better shape you are in, the more you'll be able to enjoy all that the Czech Republic countryside has to offer! Note: Most days include a van transfer ranging in length from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Daytime temperatures average 75°-85°F and high humidity can compound the heat. Evenings are typically 50°-60°F. Early May and September temperatures can be 10-15° cooler. Rain is always a possibility, so please come prepared with rain gear.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Czech Republic Hiking – Vienna to Prague
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff.
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- Medium size duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase
- Daypack (1,600 – 2,500 cu. in.) to carry your camera, water bottles, lunch and extra clothing
- Luggage tags and locks
- Security wallet or money belt
- Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for city wear
- Lightweight rain jacket and pants, waterproof and breathable
- Light- to midweight fleece jacket or sweater
- Hiking pants, lightweight
- Hiking shorts, synthetic
- Long-sleeve shirts
- T-shirts (at least 2 synthetic)
- Hiking socks
- Liner socks
- Swimsuit cover up
- Sun hat
- Lightweight hiking boots or cross-training shoes, broken in
- Travel and/or casual evening shoes
- Two 1-quart water bottles or hydration pack
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Toiletry kit (toothbrush/paste, shampoo/conditioner, etc.)
- Personal first-aid kit
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Insect repellent
- Trekking poles
- Camera, memory, spare batteries, charger
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Electrical adapter plug/converter and battery charger
- Spare contact lenses or glasses
- Reading and writing materials
- Travel pillow
- Ear plugs
- Several Ziploc plastic bags to separate wet and dry clothing
Things to Consider
- Always pack essential items such as your passport, REI Adventures trip final bulletin, money, eyewear, medications and a change of clothes in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet from rain, water, or sweat, it will drain your body heat. Bring quick drying synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
- Always test your clothing layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding.
- Make sure hiking boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin or Blister Block for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. Liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
- Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
- Laundry facilities are available during this trip, or you can do hand washing of quick-drying clothing items in your hotel room. Bringing individual detergent packets, a universal sink stopper and a travel clothes line are useful.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.