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Summer Frontiers in the Czech Republic

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Had enough of the snow and rain and looking forward to a summer escape?

Why not try the Czech Republic for a change?

The Czech Republic is known for its Gothic and Baroque castles and cathedrals, hearty brewing traditions, glassmakers, and fantastical legends that are more ghoul than Faerie.

The stunning old squares and architecture of Prague, in particular, have enchanted many a visitor with its attractive, winding streets, unique puppet shops and cafés of the “hole-in-the-wall” genre.

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Follow Kafka’s footsteps in the Old Town or go spelunking in Cesky Krumlov’s centuries-old silver mine.

It’s incredibly easy to get around Czech Republic, just hop on a train or rent a car. The public transport system in Czech—actually, nearly everything—is more affordable than most Western European countries.

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Light Adventure Tours in Czech

Following the Travel Trend of Adventure Tourism, Czech is one of the best spots for spring and summer outdoor adventures!

  • Hit the countryside and you can also enjoy cycling, walking trails, hiking, and rivers for all types of boating.
  • Climb out to the Adršpach-Teplice Rock Formations for some awe-striking panoramas.
  • Take an easy afternoon with wine and cycling through Moravian villages.
  • Cycle Trails through Bohemian and Moravian hills, forests, rivers, abandoned train tracks.
  • Camp in the national parks, rent a Czech cottage known as chalupy and chatky (kids welcome!)
  • Boating around the country’s rivers, for a one-day or multi-day excursion on kayaks, rowboats and rafts.
  • Boat trip along the Dyje River, to admire the remarkable castle ruins of Januv hrad, Lednice Chateau and the Minaret.

Ready to learn more about your options in the Czech Republic? Give one of our agents a call at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com. 

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Information and Photos Courtesy of Czech Tourism, http://www.czechtourism.com

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UniWorld: The #1 Rated Family Cruise Line

 

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Willamette Intl Travel Agents have years of experience sending clients on Uniworld river cruises, so we’re your best bet for feedback and insider tips! We can help you to get a picture of your holiday. We also have access to special discounts. Do call us if you’re thinking a River Cruise with your kids! Call 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com. 

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Give your kids an opportunity to experience the thrills and transformative moments of cross-cultural travel. Discover and grow (and have fun!) together, bonding as a family on an unforgettable shared adventure. The memories you create on a Uniworld Generations cruise will last a lifetime, along with a deeper understanding and respect for other peoples, places and perspectives.

Kids cruise for half price!*

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*For every accompanying adult, one child between the ages of 4 and 18 qualifies for the 50% savings off the cruise-only fare. Call WIT for details!

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A Day in Prague

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WIT Global Correspondent Wailana zipped over to Prague for a weekend.

There are few cities as enchanting as storybook Prague, capital of Czech. This city has boomed in the past two decades in terms of tourists, which means there’s a lot to see and do and in even a month you won’t see it all!

But what if you just have barely a day to explore the “City of a Hundred Spires” ? Here is my quick guide for 24 Hours in Prague:

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Breakfast: Tricafe (Anenská 3). The old little cafe is tucked away on a quiet street in the heart of Old Town. It’s a cozy, sweetly decorated coffee shop just a few minutes’ walk from Charles Bridge. Grab a chocolate cheesecake and cafe latte for breakfast—because—why not. If you’re more a meat-and-eggs for breakfast kind of person, there are a lot of traditional Czech places nearby you can pop your head into.

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Morning: Wander Old Town (Stare Mesto). On the right bank of the Vitava river, the Old Town of Prague is where you’ll find souvenir shops galore, quirky design stores and Czech crystal. If you have time, pop into one of the interesting museums here—Torture Museum, Beer Museum, Jewish Museum… there’s even an Apple Museum on Husova street that houses a collection of computers and Apple products from 1976 to 2012. This is also where you’ll find the medieval astronomical clock, installed in 1410 and the oldest clock in operation in the world.

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Lunch: Cross the beautiful Charles Bridge over to Malá Strana, Prague’s “Little Side” of the River. On the bridge you’ll find many musicians (didgeridoo anyone?) and street vendors selling their wares. It’s mostly handcrafted jewelry, paintings and portraits, but look out for the guy selling framed antique clocks. Make your way south following the river to the Art & Food Had Restaurant (Plaská 617/4) for an exquisite lunch. The dishes are absolute gastronomic delights, from the devastatingly delicious octopus to the broiled beef cheeks.

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Afternoon: Go all out tourist in Malá Strana and climb up past shops of puppets and absinthe to the huge castle complex. It’s not in vain that Prague is famous for its architecture. Here is where you’ll find the gothic masterpiece of St. Vitus Cathedral, complete with gargoyles and soot-black exterior. Pay the extra koruna into the highest tower of the cathedral for an great perspective over the city.

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Evening: There are some great museums open up until 10pm in Prague—I dropped by one of the atmospheric, Prague Ghosts and Legends Museum (Mostecká 18). It was like walking through a haunted house, with dolls, life-size skeletons, and clusters of alchemical devices.

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After-Hours: There is no end of pubs in Prague, but if you want something really special, I recommend Hemingway Bar (Karoliny Světlé 279/26), a luxury cocktail bar themed after the author’s life. The cocktails here are like no other—original concoctions served in teapots, in jam jars, in The Hulk cups. And yes, they do serve traditional absinthe.



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Spring in the Czech Republic

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After a whirlwind of blizzards and cold fronts, it’s safe to say that Spring is finally here. (At least in the Northwest for now!) Are you so fortunate as to be heading to the Czech Republic this spring? Don’t miss the traditional celebrations of Easter in Prague and in the Czech countryside!

PRAGUE EASTER MARKETS

April 5th-27th, 2014: Come spend Easter in Prague! The Prague Easter Markets run daily from April 5th-27th, 2014 at the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, namesti Republiky and namesti Miru.

Visit over 100 stalls with a variety of handcrafted products, wooden toys, Czech crystal, embroidered cloth and beautifully dressed puppets. You will get a chance to buy hand-painted eggs, wooden toys, and Easter switches. Visitors can watch artisans at work and enjoy the festivities. You’ll be able to listen to live performances from singers and musicians, sample a variety of Czech seasonal Easter treats and watch dancers in traditional Czech folk costumes.
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CZECH EASTER IN CASTLES, CHATEAUX AND OPEN-AIR MUSEUMS

April 19th-21st, 2014: Looking for a fairy-tale like Easter experience?

We invite you to visit Czech castles and chateaux, such as the Silesian Ostrava Chateau in Ostrava or Krivoklat Castle, which you can get to from Prague by a steam locomotive! You will have a chance to witness the Easter welcoming of spring at Berchtold Chateau or the Easter Fair at Dacice Chateau. Throughout the Czech region you will find Easter markets and craft fairs and people dressed in traditional Czech costumes. Indoor and open-air museums will introduce you to the folk traditions associated with Easter.

CZECH EASTERN TRADITIONS

In villages throughout the Czech Republic, visitors can experience traditional Czech Easter customs and festivities.

The unique symbols of Czech Easter are Kraslice–the hand-painted and decorated egg–and Pomlazka, which is a braided whip made from pussy willow twigs. To this day, boys walk from house to house visiting girls with their pomlazka decorated with vibrantly colored ribbons. As a Czech tradition, men playfully “spank” women on this holiday, an act that supposedly ensures fertility. Visitors young and old receive decorated kraslice eggs, small sweets or Easter gingerbread from the girls and tie a ribbon around the whips. As if the whipping is not enough, a popular custom is to throw girls in a bath of cold water, known as an “Easter dousing”. The whipping and dousing is performed to chase away bad spirits and illness.

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TRADITIONAL CZECH EASTER CUISINE

Food connoisseurs will enjoy the traditional Czech Easter fare as the religious holiday is also a celebration of Czech cuisine.

Most Czech people bake cakes in the shape of a lamb as a symbol of renewed life and the victory of life over death. It also symbolises Christ. Among the Czech traditional Easter fare also belongs special Easter stuffing, hot cross buns, Mazanec – Easter sweet bread and beautifully decorated Easter ginger bread.

(photos provided by and content adapted from the official website for Czech Tourism)

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