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The Wayfarers' New Prague To Dresden Walk Discovers Czech Republic's Hidden Gems
Walking Vacation Highlights the History and Natural Beauty of an Undiscovered Corner of Europe
Newport, RI, USA, December 20, 2012 - Millions of tourists flock to Prague every year but few step off the beaten track to discover the rich history and beautiful countryside of the Czech-German border, which has inspired some of the world's great Romantic artists, writers and musicians.
The Wayfarers pick up the trail from these 19th century visitors with the new Prague to Dresden Walk, which offers a fascinating insight into truly unspoilt countryside and post-Communist village life, in the heart of Central Europe.
The Czech Republic is an area rich in political and social history. Starting the Walk in Prague and finishing in Dresden highlights the relationship between the old states of Saxony and Bohemia and allows guests to spend longer exploring their capitals' architecture and artistic heritage. Prague’s architectural beauty is world-renowned and Dresden, once called 'Venice on the Elbe' claims outstanding art collections, opera and philharmonic orchestra.
The Walk itself balances excellent scenic walking, with visits to key historic monuments and UNESCO sites. An art historian, Jana Kolotikova the Walk Leader, says: "I have always wanted to show my Wayfarer guests the equally interesting but often neglected places along the Czech-German border, called Czech or German Switzerland." Along the way, in true Wayfarers style, Jana gives guests her personal insights about life in the Czech Republic, including the dramatic changes from Communist state to democratic republic.
Highlights of the Prague to Dresden Walk include:
- Unspoilt, traditional villages of timber-framed houses
- Prebischtor, the longest natural stone bridge in Europe and gorges, passable only by boat, skippered by a local boatman
- The stunning sandstone rocks and towers of Czech and German "Switzerland" which inspired Romantics including Goethe, Hans Christian Andersen, C.D. Friedrich and Wagner
- Cruise along the River Elbe into Dresden, the baroque heart of Saxony
- The magnificently restored baroque Dresden
The walk features the cultural visits and meetings with locals, which make a Wayfarers Walk so enriching. Guests will meet an elderly Czech man, who reminisces about his life before, during and after the war. They will see the remains of the intensive agriculture and industrialisation of Communism in mining, textiles, china and glass, which are all declining, whilst new businesses such as organic farming are developing.
There will be a demonstration of glass blowing, one of the most typical products of the region, and a talk from a local guide who works for the Bohemian Switzerland National Park, founded by a group of young environmentalists after the fall of Iron Curtain. A visit to a textile museum shows the original equipment and typical regional products, now gone. Guests will visit a typical house of the region, an "Umgebindenhaus" and meet the people who renovated it into a weekend home. They will see how local people who were bitter enemies three generations ago greet each other as neighbours and friends in either language.
Accommodations feature characterful, quality hotels many of which have excellent spa treatments, a speciality of this region.
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Trip Details: Departure dates are June 15-22 and September 14-21, 7 nights price US$ 4,295 per person (based on double occupancy). Wayfarers' Friends special rate is US$ 4,080 (eligible after first Walk). The Walk covers seven to nine miles per day on terrain which includes forest paths, open country and meadows with some uphill stretches. Guests who book the Czech Walks back-to-back Vienna – Prague – Dresden pay the special price of US$7,750 for 14 nights (based on double occupancy) for both Walks.
Media Contact: Alicen Dines, Account Executive, Watershed PR, Email: alicen[at]watershedpr.co.uk, Phone: +44 (0) 1308 420785