Our comprehensive tour through the holy grail of European brew culture provides for 3 meals per day, lodging, transportation (including a dedicated driver so that you can enjoy responsibly), a dedicated guide/translator, and plenty of tasty frothy goodness!
This tour is priced for double occupancy. Single occupancy is available for an additional $500.
Our base itinerary is as follows, but may vary slightly based upon weather or other Acts of God beyond our control.
Day 1: Welcome to Czech Republic!
We begin our tour by meeting in the lobby of our central hotel in the historic city of Prague for introductions and an inaugural toast of frothy goodness!
Once properly introduced, we will have an early dinner at a hidden gem of Czech beer / film culture and take a foot tour through the streets of Old Town to visit some of the highlights that this iconic city has to offer afterwards.
Day 2: Holy Roman Pilsner
After a classic European breakfast, we pack up and venture to Karlstejn. Once there, we take a horse drawn carriage up through the historic city to the castle that once held the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. After visiting the castle, we stroll back down hill through the cobble stone streets stopping here and there at local shops upon the way.
Then it's off to Pilsner, the birth-place of pilsner & pale lager beers
Since we know the most important part of quality beer is quality water, our adventure starts with an underground tour of the city to explore its rich brew history through an underground tunnel system that has been used to provide access to private wells for those who were bestowed brewing rights (YES! They do take brewing THAT seriously!!!), protect inhabitants in times of war such as The Seige of Pilsen (the 1st major battle of the "30 Year's War"), store provisions, and so much more. Once finished, we visit and tour the classic brewery, Pilsner Urquell, where we'll take a tour of the production process, visit the 9km tunnel system that was originally used in the brew process when 1st established in 1842, and have a tasting of an unfiltered and unpasteurised Pilsner Urquel direct from the barrel to your glass (the only place in the world where you can taste this AMAZING beer)!
Day 3: Fairy Tales
We wake in the morning, eat breakfast, and head out to Ceske Budejovice, the birth-place of Budvar.
If you're thinking that name sounds familiar, it is because Anheuser-Busch Inbev and Budweiser Budvar have been in legal disputes over the trademark and origin rights since 1907 for a brew that has been brewed since the 13th century. After taking the tour you can decide for yourself which you believe should be distributed by taste alone.
After a tour of this world-renowned brewery, we leave to visit one of the most beautiful castles that you've probably never heard of.... Hluboka!
Hluboka is the epitome of fairy tale castles being a National Cultural Monument, having been rebuilt in the romantic style of England's Windsor Castle and being the private residence of the Schwarzenberg family until it was seized from them in 1948.
Day 4: As Czech As It Gets!
After the morning stir, we venture to Humpolec to visit the Czech family-owned brewery of Bernard.
The non pasteurized brews that this brewery produces are not widely unknown in the US, but we believe them to be one of the very best breweries in the world!
Once we've had our share of hop heaven, we're head off to experience a bucket list jaw dropping location of Czech landscape that mostly Czechs are aware of that will leave you astounded.
Day 5: Czech Hospitality At Its Finest
This day is what we believe to be one of the great highlights of the tour, beginning with a visit to a classically preserved Czech Village in the as Valasske Region for varying cultural experiences dependent upon season.
From there, it is off to the races and we're headed to the stunning Beskydy Mountain Range!
Weather permitting, we'll take a ski lift up the scenic mountain side to the classically rebuilt village of Pustevny.
Guests will be able to choose whether to explore the village and taste frothy goodness or to ascend to a viewing area where the truly brave can walk out onto a see-through platform that is sure to get your adrenaline flowing.
Those of us who feel fit will then hike the mountain ridges to Radhost, a mountain named after Radegast, the Slavik god of hospitality!
At the top of his mountain, we will drink a very popular brew that has been named after him, enjoy the wonder vistas, and a great photo opportunity is to be had next to a statue that was made of him.
For those of us who feel that the day is best served in a mug, we'll break off and explore additional buildings in Pustevny.
After our excursion, we will relax by visiting a local beer spa, soaking in suds while sipping, receiving hot stone massages, and finishing off with fantastic traditional Czech cuisine.
Day 6: Towering Above
The morning will start off with a visit to the peaceful yet breathtaking village of Stramberk where we will climb the tower and experience the wonderful views of the Moravian countryside that it offers. Once decended, a visit to the local brewery is in order (of course!!!) and then we're off to Olomouc to see the Holy Trinity Column, which was designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in the year 2000. From there, we're off to Kutna Hora for dinner with a view of BEAUTIFUL St. Barbara's Cathederal followed by a short jaunt to our central hotel in Prague where we will settle in for a night cap and bid our farewells for those who may be returning home the following day.