11,30 – 17,00 Český Krumlov – city tour, Baroque Theatre tour, lunch Estimated price / person: 42 €
A small, but cosmopolitan town with a unique atmosphere, registered in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List since 1992. Due to the close proximity to the Austrian border that constituted the "Iron Curtain" from mid 20th century, its development was not politically desirable, and that's why the town has preserved its unique medieval nature. The subsequent modern restorations were carried out in compliance with strict historic preservation rules. That made Český Krumlov a unique town, visited by millions of admiring tourists from all over the world every year.
The period of the lords of Rožmberk (1302 - 1602) who settled in Český Krumlov was essential for its bloom. They imprinted a unique character of Italian Renaissance to the town and to the castle, which now constitute the second largest castle of the Czech Republic. In late 17th century, when the Eggenberg family ruled, the Baroque Theatre (now the oldest of its kind in the world) was build and the castle garden rebuilt. In the Schwarzenberg period, Český Krumlov got its Baroque nature, and then, from the 19th century, there were no essential changes, except for the elimination of the walls and the gates. Therefore the town preserved its paved crooked streets, romantic places and a unique complex of town houses (more than 300 buildings under preservation order in the historical centre), with the imposing castle rising above the meander of the Vltava River. Český Krumlov also ranks among the most important cultural centres of the Czech Republic: very famous galleries include the Egon Schiele Art Centre and the International Art Gallery; very attractive is also the summer theatre program presented at the revolving auditorium in the castle park. Interesting things showing the particularities of the region can be seen also in the Moldavite Museum, and the small Seidel Photographic Studio Museum telling the story of the dawning of the photograph is unique at European level. It is situated in the house where the pioneers of that art lived and left a precious legacy showing the character of the Czech-German-Austrian borderlands from late 19th century. The visitors can have their photographs made in the authentic environment and even borrow historical clothes.
19,00 – 21,30 Opening Ceremony , Welcome Reception, České Budějovice, Budweis Hotel
17,30 – 21,30 České Budějovice – Budějovický Budvar brewery tour, dinner Estimated price / person: 20 €
Budějovický Budvar National Corporation
The brewery, founded in 1895, is a key company, forming part of the "family silver" of the Czech Republic. The Budweiser Budvar pale lager is the most important and best known beer from the broad range of Budějovický Budvar products; it is exported to more than 50 countries of the world. The quality of Budějovický Budvar products is ensured by the Moravian malt, Žatec hops and water from the artesian wells pumped from 300 m depth. The lager "ages" in the cellar for ninety days. The trips showing the production premises to the visitors, offering them a degustation and a visit to the museum are very popular. Additionally to the adjacent Budvarka beer restaurant, the beer of this brand can be ordered in many restaurants of the city - the world-famous Masné krámy in the city centre is one of them.
17,30 – 21,30 Hluboká nad Vltavou – visit to Aleš' Gallery, dinner in the Štekl Castle Hotel Estimated price / person: 35 €
Hluboká nad Vltavou
The town of Hluboká nad Vltavou is a very enticing place; it attracts visitors from far away with its fairy-tail castle, one of the most famous ones in the Czech Republic. The origins of the town date back to the 13th century; primarily the Schwarzenberg family that acquired the Hluboká Castle in the 17th century, was very important for its history. Inspired by his travels to England, Prince Jan Adolf II Schwarzenberg with Princess Eleonora, his wife, ordered a reconstruction of the Barock castle in the romantic New Gothic style, taking the English Windsor castle as model. The new style made the castle very famous; it became a favourite of Czech and international movie makers, and therefore its scenery can be seen in many fairy tales. In 2009, it also hosted the meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union, invited by Karel Schwarzenberg. The richly furnished castle interior is worth seeing, with its beautiful walls and ceilings decorated by wood carvings. Also the authentically furnished private rooms of Prince Adolf and his wife Hilda, the last owners of Hluboká, can be visited. The castle kitchen with the confectionary and personal and food elevator from early 20th century can be seen in the basement.
Aleš South Bohemian Gallery is situated in former New Gothic riding hall, built in mid 19th century close to the castle. The gallery exhibits particularly the large collection of Gothic art from South Bohemia and Šumava, completed with works of Czech and European art from the 16th to 19th centuries, including a remarkable collection of Holland paintings. The gallery also has an important collection of Czech modern art. Other interesting places of Hluboká nad Vltavou include the golf course, one of the most comprehensive sports and relaxation compounds in South Bohemia, a wellness hotel or the large Bezdrev Pond with many opportunities for water sports like yachting.
The romantic four-star Štekl Hotel is situated close to the castle; it is integrated in the castle park and built in identical style as the castle. Some of its rooms are even furnished in the same style as the Hluboká Castle interior. It is used not only for accommodation of demanding clients but also for organization of company events.
22.6.2019 We offer two options to the participants - each participant can choose one program according to their interests:
Visit to ARPIDA České Budějovice - centre for rehabilitation of handicapped persons Estimated price / person: 8 €
The ARPIDA centre provides comprehensive coordinated support in the spirit of a complete rehabilitation system (therapeutic, social, pedagogical and working means) to persons with physical and combined handicaps.
When achieving its mission, it interconnects and coordinates the care in health, social and educational areas. In that way, it provides professional detection, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitation, respite, educational, hobby, consulting, methodical, assessment and preventive activities, including so called early care (support).
The goal of the care is to achieve the potential optimal individual development of each client (user, pupil, patient), in order to provide the clients with maximally possible self-sufficiency and integration in their natural social environment and without restricting their natural family life (the centre is not a residential facility).
In all its activities, ARPIDA promotes the basic principles of Christian ethics characterized by mutual respect, sense of belonging, sharing, solidarity and understanding. The professional work maximally respects interdisciplinary relations. Emphasis is put both on high professionalism and on the human dimension of the care provided. The services are focused not only on handicapped children and adults but also on their families. We perceive the handicapped child's parents (legal representatives) as our partners, as a natural part of the team of professionals caring for their child.
Třeboň, visit to Berta's Spa, optional short procedure (the price includes a procedure - the choice options shall be specified later; the price without procedure will be lower) Estimated price / person: 47 €
The spa town has a uniquely preserved historical centre including the square with town houses. It boasts of a stone Renaissance fountain and a Baroque Marian column; the centre of the town is surrounded with town gates and parts of picturesque walls, bastions and trenches. The visitors are attracted also by the big Renaissance castle with a large park, the Schwarzenberg Tomb or the Regent Brewery near the monumental Svět Pond on which they can cruise in boats. Třeboň experienced the highest bloom in the 16th and early 17th centuries, particularly under the rule of two Rožmberks, brothers Vilém and Petr Vok of Rožmberk. A new era of bloom came in the period of Jakub Krčín of Jelčany, one of the main creators of the sophisticated pond system. The flatland of the Třeboň region shows that traditional natural values can be harmonically interconnected with the results of human activities and reasonable economic activity.
The Třeboň basin is also one of the richest deposits of turf and bog in the Czech Republic. Bog has positive effects on human body and its characteristics have been used in spas for many years - the local spa tradition is based on this natural resource. Slatinné lázně Třeboň, s. r.o. keeps developing it; the company operates two spa buildings: Berta's Spa, which is smaller, and Aurora Spa, which is big and has a large park. A sightseeing elevator is a new architectural dominant of Aurora Spa; it can take visitors up to 24.85 metres and enable them to enjoy the beautiful view of the town, the Svět Pond and the marvelous surrounding landscape.