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June  Czech  Tour    June 10 - 19, 2017      9 + glorious days 


   We do ALL the planning, you just have to pack.  You WILL do and see more on a Heritage Tour. Offered by  Heritage Tours Inc.  4219 Thornhill Lane, St. Paul, MN  55127   This extensive - jam packed tour starts in Prague, Czech Republic.  I suggest you fly into Prague - June 10th  (that means you will need to depart the USA on June 9th  you fly overnight, arriving to Prague on June 10th) You the option to arrive a day or early to rest up from your journey, and do some exploring on your own.  This is an option.  We can book you into the same   hotel in the historic center as the tour, as additional nights either before or after the tour, as an option. 

Major towns and locations we visit below on the tour - are in bold print.

June 10th    Saturday.    Tour officially starts at 4 PM - in the lobby of the Hotel in Central Prague. We will go as a group to a interesting restaurant not known to most tourists.  (A bonus ! If we have over 10 people, Mark is willing to take people around Prague on this day, cost - nothing ! )

 

June 11th   Sunday.

Walking tour through the Prague Castle complex - the largest in the world, see video here : http://www.360globe.net/prague/hradcany/prague-castle/st-vitus-cathedral.html

group lunch and continued sightseeing of Karluv Most (Charles Bridge), Stare Mesto (Old Town) until about 3 PM. Then your free - for you to attend one of the many music events and concerts, etc. Dinner on your own. ( or hangout with the guide and or Mark - we know some great places ! )

( Optional If people are interested we can attend Catholic mass at St. Vitus Gothic Cathedral first ?, this is a real bonus because the Cathedral is closed to the general public at this time, so very few people )  

June 12th  Monday

Today offers you many options - Visit Vysehrad, or Josefov (Jewish Town) with our tour guide or visit any of the many other sights. Or explore on your own, visit relatives,  shop, etc.  Wonderful evening dinner cruise on the Vltava river, around the historic Charles bridge.  Optional evening walk to view the lights in the historic center.

 

June 13th  Tuesday

9 AM departure from our hotel, driving to Svijany ( North Central Bohemia ) for a typical Czech breakfast. At the Svijany Brewery one of the oldest in Bohemia founded in 1654, tasting after the tour.

Group lunch in unique local restaurant ( unknown to the general tourist ) 

Stop a local home for a treat of home made "kolacky" and coffee.

Visit a local lookout tower for the view or keep eating Czech treats ?

Then we depart to Jitrava ( North Bohemia )  Check-into our out-of-the-way Hotel

Group Dinner and free time. ( so two included meals today, none on the 15th )

 

June 14th  Wednesday

9 AM departure, first stop of the day is to the Frydlant chateau, founded in the mid - 1200's. web site : http://www.cesky-raj.info/dr-en/1047-frydlant-castle-and-chateau.html

Next we visit a local view tower and then lunch in Hradek nad Nisou, Group lunch at a local restaurant.

Then we travel to Poland ( a short drive ) to visit Zittau,  and stroll around the city.

Next to "Trojmezi" - where Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic meet.

Dinner on your own and recover, or stroll through our small town.

 

June 15th Thursday

9 AM we depart to Liberec and take a cable car to the top of Jested ( the highest mountain peak in the area ) optional coffee or tea in the panoramic cafe overlooking Germany and Poland. Then to the historic center of Liberec, optional lunch or stroll around the square.  Next we visit a Museum of wooden toys, and tour the workshop. Then to Jablonec nad Nisou to see the Museum of Czech glass beads. ( and a bit of shopping ? ) Dinner on your own, lots of restaurants near our hotel. 

 

June 16th  Friday

9 AM we say goodbye to our hotel, and travel to Zelezny Brod center of Czech glass crystal. Take an excursion through the glass works and attractive production of glass beads.Optional lunch time in Zelezny Brod.  Next we visit the dolomite caves of Bozkov.  Then off to our hotel in Jicin, check-in dinner and relax.

 

June 17th  Saturday

whole day at the Lazne Belohrad folklore festival. Hundreds of people in Czech kroje

( folk costumes ) a parade, lots of music, dancing, a market, festival foods..... all just a

short drive from our hotel.

 

June 18th  Sunday

9 AM we say goodbye to our hotel, departing to Kutna Hora sight seeing in the Gothic old town, lunch on your own.

Next we are off to the open air museum of Kourim.  Web site and video :

http://en.infoglobe.cz/region-of-central-bohemia-2/cz-kourim-open-air-museum-centuries-into-the-past-video/

Next off to Prague, with dinner along the way. We check into our hotel at the airport.

Main airport terminal is across the street. Includes breakfast.

 

June 19th  Monday

Your Heritage Tour has ended....with a lifetime of wonderful memories.

After breakfast you just walk two minutes to the airport terminal, and off you go. 

 

 

The final itinerary will have more stops, and much more detail.  I do not publish this in advanced because we don't want our out-of-the-way places to be swamped with tourists.  We offer a you a fully planned, stress free, cultural experience, something you will not get on your own, PLUS our 25 years of travel finds are for you - our valued guests.

 

 PRICE FOR THIS FULL 9+ DAY TOUR IS ONLY : $ 2495.00*

 per-person  ( 10 people or more )

Single supplement is $ 295 for a single room during the tour.  WE have NO hidden fees. IF less then 10 people sign up, we will offer the tour for a smaller group, but with a small group fee added.

Reserve your space! Tour space is held by a deposit only, of $ 300 per-person.

 

EARLY sign up discount !!!!

You will receive a $ 50 per-person discount

on your final billing if you sign up before January 31st   2017!

 

Mail in a check for your tour deposit of $ 300 for each person to :

 Heritage Tours  4219 Thornhill Ln  St. Paul, MN  55127

Please feel free to contact Mark, as he is on almost every tour, with any tour questions you may have by
email at : 4cstours AT gmail.com  ( just replace the AT with a @ = to put these complete email address on the Internet will get me thousands of spam or junk emails ) or by phone at ( 651) 426-1222

Tour price is based on double room occupancy. ( most times it's two beds in a room ) Single supplement price is for a single room, with a single bed. Triple rooms are available too. Tour price includes :

Hotel rooms with private bath, in small select superior class hotels ( 3 stars or above ). Almost all meals, every breakfast, and most all evening meals, ( which are large ). Professional driver, in a nice new 48 passenger modern air-conditioned motor coach - ( with LOTS of room to relax and spread out on all those empty seats, this is a real luxury - as most tours will cram you in, every seat is full ) Or a smaller vehicle in case of a smaller group. This is a fully guided tour, with a full time licensed local Czech guide. You will not be left on your own - with no clue. ( unless you want to ) Your admission to places and events, on the itinerary. Plus lots of entertainment, ( due to our extensive expertise, almost all entertainment we have is exclusive to Heritage Tours ) This is a Land only tour. Program is subject to change, tour price based on currency exchange rates as of Sept. 14 , 2014. No two tours have ever been the same, each is unique and custom designed around the local calendar of events. No one else will offer a tour like ours, period We can easily book you additional nights at the hotels - no problem. Tour size is limited, again this is a real luxury, as many of my competitors have 35 to 50 people on one tour. Tour space is held by deposit only. *Listed tour price is by personal or bank check, final payment can be made by credit card using Pay-Pal ONLY and 5 % will be added to your total for credit card fees. Make your tour deposit by personal or bank check sent by postal mail.

We add many things to our tour program in Europe and are only satisfied when most people say I am too tired to go on ! We don't believe in playing games with tour prices, there will be very few extras while you are on our tour. Those very few extras are: a. One meal a day, mostly lunches ( with two BIG meals a day, its not missed by most people) Beverages other than breakfast. b. Car, drivers, translators, for family visits and personal reasons, and additional services done by the genealogical service. c. An occasional evening cultural program, or extra stops at places or events we come across. d. Gratuities during the tour. e. Transportation to / from Europe, and transfers to meet the start of the tour, and return to the airport at the end of the tour.


For references please feel free to contact :
Lisa Messman from MO email : Lmessman@hotmail.com
Karen Helwig ( 262 ) 473-2187 in Wisc. email, helwigr@cni-usa.com
Kathryn Muckler in WA state - email : tedwed61@q.com
Gary Zabokrtsky ( 402 ) 729-2875 in Nebraska. email : garyzabo@gmail.com
Barb Bening ( 507 ) 964-2739 in MN email : barbb@frontiernet.net
Lisa Conrath email; ewm1573@yahoo.com in SC.
Betsey McCalley ( 319 ) 363-9163 in Iowa
Doreen McKenny 952-941-0426 in MN Doreenlouise@aol.com
Stefanie Husak email : stefaniehusak@gmail.com ( Miss Czech-Slovak US 2010-2011 ) from NE
Kathy Sigdestad in KY email : kathysig@insightbb.com.
Marge Duffy in MN email, Mduffy38@aol.com
Midge Robbeloth 920-426-8890 in Wisc. LFACHE@aol.com
Carol & George Bisek in MN email; cebisek@msn.com
Pat & Dick Kutilek 402-393-7469 in Neb. email, dpkutilek@cox.net
Barbara Douvier in MN 651-738-0268 barbdouvier@comcast.net
Elaine Jones in Neb email : ekathryn@cox.net

Our exclusive family history assistance: While on a Heritage Tour if you are interested in locating your family's roots, we can make it happen. We take this mission VERY SERIOUSLY. Unlike others we contact and search for your living relatives LONG before you depart for Europe. We check in advance to make sure people know you are coming, that the church will be open, that people will be home etc. All these matters dealing with family history are handled by a professionally licensed genealogical service, run by a Slovak-American married to a Czech based in Prague. They work extensively in Central Europe. They will contact your relatives, and you and they will decide how long your visit will be; a evening, afternoon, a day ? As not everyone will speak English, drive, or even have a car, we can help out with a car, van, driver or translator if you request it, no problem ! ( at a additional fee ) We will basically fill in with whatever you need to make your family visit a roaring success ! Detailed information regarding this service and much more, will be sent out to you - after you have signed up for a tour.

This is a GREAT GENERAL TOUR, each day is plum full of activities, your personal family history and visit is for you, the group is not invited along. We will be very interested to hear about your wonderful visit, but it's your day to be spent with your family. The tour group will continue seeing great sites, if your gone. Don't let the large paragraph above worry you if your not of Czech or Slovak background. If your interest is just seeing a wonderful part of Europe - enjoying a more in-depth experience, or extensive travelers looking for a better travel experience - all have found our tours a wonderful off the beaten path travel experience ! In the last few years we have had many people of non-Czech or Slovak background join us, as more of the world learns what a wonderful place Central Europe really is. Including American Teachers and librarians doing school projects, and American's living in Europe full time. On a 2006 tour, we had 6 Australian's and a lady from England - two of the Australians were returning for their 2nd tour with us ! ( none of whom are of Czech or Slovak background, they had all heard wonderful things about our tours - all the way down under ! )

You will meet many friends as we have over the last 20 years, it's less like a tour and more like a family outing visiting friends. Don't miss your chance...... Join us for the trip of a lifetime in 2015 !

For more genealogical information please contact the National Genealogical Society I founded:

CzechoSlovak Genealogical Society Int.

PO Box 16225

St. Paul MN 55116

or visit their web site at: www.cgsi.org or Facebook page ( a not-for-profit, volunteer run society )

 

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