Fall Heritage Tour September 6 - 16, 2018
10+ glorious days and nights
We do all the planning, you just have to pack.
Offered by Heritage Tours Inc. 4219 Thornhill Lane, St. Paul, MN 55127 This extensive – jam packed tour starts and ends in Prague, Czech Republic. - the most beautiful city in Europe !
I HIGHLY suggest you depart the USA on Sept. 4th arriving into Prague Sept. 5th or a few days before the tour officially starts on Sept. 6th ( that means you will need to depart the USA on Wednesday Sept. 5th you fly overnight, arriving to Prague on Sept. 6th ) This gives you the option to rest up from your journey, and do some exploring on your own. This is an option, or you can fly in the day before the tour starts on Sept. 5th if you wish. We have reserved rooms in a hotel in the center of Prague, our tour bus will pick everyone up from the same hotel, on the morning of Sept. 7th and off we go !
Major towns and locations we visit below on the tour - are in bold print. UNESCO = World heritage sites ) This tour celebrates many unknown areas of the Central Europe.
September 6, Thursday Tour officially starts at about 4 PM in the lobby of the Hotel in Central Prague. We will go out for dinner at a local restaurant, and a walk after if you wish, early night..... If you have arrived the day before - a option : Sept. 5th Mark will take people on a walking tour.
September 7, Friday
Change of hotel location (start loading luggage at 8:30 AM)
9 AM Depart from our hotel in Prague toward Kutna Hora ( a UNESCO town ) we will visit the historic Gothic cathedral built in 1388. Walk around the town have lunch, etc. Virtual video tour here = http://www.360globe.net/czech-republic/kutna-hora/viewpoint-above-the-chapel-of-corpus-christi.html After a very full day we arrive at Uherske Hradiste, check-in to our hotel, have dinner, then off to enjoy the evenings programs of the wine and harvest festival. ( see below for more details on the festival ) Stroll through town enjoying the music, dancing, wine, kroje (folk costumes).
September 8, Saturday
You have the whole day to wonder around the wonderful Moravian wine and harvest festival. In the morning is the fantastic HUGE parade of over 5000 people in kroje ( folk costumes ) bands, dancing, singing, horses, carts, wagons, bikes, and even wheelbarrows. All day stroll around the folk market, bands, singing, and dancing everywhere ! The evening has a special treat : an evening dance with the 20 piece Moravian brass band !. Or enjoy the folk music in a number of different venues. This will be the highlight or our tour and your whole year !!!! Do view this picture gallery of the festival : http://www.slavnostivinauh.cz/galerie
September 9, Sunday
Attend church or sleep in, or you are free to enjoy the festival. Or we will visit the local area museum Slovacko Museum. Lunch on your own. Then we depart to medieval Buchlov Castle, started about 1220. more info at : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchlov Next to historic Velehrad a important pilgrimage place for the Czech people, details here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velehrad Group dinner at a local restaurant Then back to our hotel.
September 10, Monday
Change of hotel location (start loading luggage at 8:30 AM) We say goodbye to Uherske Hradiste and travel to Trebic ( UNESCO ) stroll around the town, visit the Basilica of St. Procopius, started in 1240. Also visit the Jewish ghetto, one of the best preserved in Europe. Viedo tour here = http://www.360globe.net/czech-republic/trebic/st-procopius-basilica-in-trebic.html Our next stop is also a UNESCO world heritage site – Telc. stroll around this small town that looks like a movie set, but it's all real ! Video tour here = http://www.360globe.net/czech-republic/telc/namesti-zachariase-z-hradce.html ( even the fire station ) Then we drive to the capital of South Bohemia - Ceske Budejovice our third UNESCO world heritage site in one day ! Video tour here = http://www.360globe.net/czech-republic/ceske-budejovice/premysl-otakar-ii-square.html Check-in at our hotel, an easy walk to the old town, dinner in a local restaurant. Evening free. Optional evening stroll around the historic square all lit up, very beautiful ! ( See the video above ).
September 11, Tuesday
Morning free, recover, sleep-in and/or tour around the beautiful town square cut crystal and Bohemian garnets are much cheaper then Prague. Then a traditional Czech lunch – we tour the world famous Budweiser brewery. Group lunch in the brewery restaurant. Then we visit the local ceramic workshop, and take a tour. Next to the famous Hluboka Chateau ( opulent is not even close to describing what you will see ) more details here : https://www.zamek-hluboka.eu/en Return to Ceske Budejovice, dinner on your own, dozens of local places to pick from including a very historic beer-hall type place called Masne kramy :
September 12, Wednesday
Our first stop is a charming Museum of Czech emigration to America. Then we visit historic Trebon, stroll the historic center, lunch on your own. Next to enchanting Cesky Krumlov ! ( a UNESCO town ) virtual video tour here = http://www.360globe.net/czech-republic/cesky-krumlov/at-the-vltava-river-near-lazebnicky-bridge.html Walking tour around the Gothic old town. Free time time to explore, take pictures, relax, or take a tour of the castle. Dinner in a medieval restaurant in the old town.
Then a nearby village for a great evening with a folk group, concert, singing, music fun ! Return to hotel in Ceske Budejovice,
September 13, Thursday
Change of hotel location (start loading luggage at 8:30 AM) First we walk across the oldest stone bridge in central Europe in Pisek video = http://www.visitpisek.cz/en/pisek-sightseeing-stone-bridge/65/ Lunch on your own. Next we stop at a very small village for some treats and you get to learn how to make : Czech kolace. ( this is a private event done just for Heritage tours ! ) While they are baking you will learn some traditional Czech folk songs and dances ! Then we eat your kolac ! Then we visit a Bohemian open air museum - called Vysoky Chlumec. After all that we are off to the golden city of Prague. Check-in at our centrally located hotel, ( right in the center ) Evening free or optional stroll in the historic center.
September 14, Friday
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 hang with the guide and Mark we know some great places ! )
September 15, Saturday
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 farewell evening dinner cruise on the Vltava river, around the historic Charles bridge. Optional evening walk to view the lights in the historic center.
September 16, Sunday
*Tour ends* with breakfast this morning at the hotel, and a lifetime of good memories !
You are free to keep traveling, visit relatives, or return home.
The final itinerary will have more stops, and more detail. I do not put lots of detail on the Internet because we do not want our out-of-the-way places to be swamped with tourists.
Our 25 years of tour finds are for you - our valued guests.
PRICE FOR THIS FULL 10+ DAY & 10 NIGHT TOUR IS ONLY :
$ 2395.00* Per-person double occupancy. (same prices as last year !) Single supplement is $395.00 extra for a single room during the tour.
Reserve your space ! Tour space is held by a non-refundable deposit of only, $ 300 per-person. Mail in a check for your tour deposit made out to : “Heritage Tours” and mail to : Mark Bigaouette 4219 Thornhill Lane, St. Paul, MN 55127
This tour is expected to sell out, do not delay !
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
We visit safe places, the locals love us because we are interested in them, and their history and culture. You have nothing to worry about. 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 modern air-conditioned motor coach - 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 Jan. 1st , 2018.
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, email@example.com Kathryn Muckler in WA state - email : firstname.lastname@example.org Gary Zabokrtsky ( 402 ) 729-2875 in Nebraska. email : email@example.com Barb Bening ( 507 ) 964-2739 in MN email : firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Conrath email; email@example.com in SC. Betsey McCalley ( 319 ) 363-9163 in Iowa Doreen McKenny 952-941-0426 in MN Doreenlouise@aol.com Stefanie Husak email : firstname.lastname@example.org ( Miss Czech-Slovak US 2010-2011 ) from NE Kathy Sigdestad in KY email : email@example.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; firstname.lastname@example.org Pat & Dick Kutilek 402-393-7469 in Neb. email, email@example.com Barbara Douvier in MN 651-738-0268 firstname.lastname@example.org Elaine Jones in Neb email : email@example.com
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 2018 !
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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program for a private family tour in 2019 we set up :
September 19 Thursday arrival to Prague, accommodation in hotel, relax, optional short walk through the center of Prague
September 20, Friday departure for Plzeň, stop in Nižbor - excursion to the cut crystal glassworks, stop in Rokycany and lunch time travel to Starý Plzenec, visit wood carver and puppet maker, check-in hotel
September 21, Saturday trip to Czech spa of - Mariánské lázněand whole day at a wonderful Bohemian folklore festival, evening return to Plzeň
September 22, Sunday sightseeing, free time and lunch time in Plzen, afternoon excursion to Prazdroj brewery, meeting in family village nearby, gala family dinner in ancestral village .......more details to your wishes....... ( good day for this, people are off and not working )
September 23, Monday change of hotel, travel to Domažlice (1 hour) and visit museum – lot of folk costumes, lunch time, excursion in small factory of traditional folk fabric, visit to a blacksmith and a demonstration of his work, travel to České Budějovice (2 hours), accommodation, dinner in hotel and relax’, possibility to visit a pub and taste local Budvar beer ( pivo in Czech )
September 24, Tuesday sightseeing, visit Černá věž( tower ) – nice view, time for shopping and lunch time, afternoon trip to Český Krumlov (Unesco), sightseeing, dinner, in small village,private performance of folklor group plus exhibition of Czech folk costumes.
September 25, Wednesday visit to the Museum of immigrants to the USA, trip to Třeboň, lunch time, visit Třeboňcastle, sightseeing (by bus) between the famous Třeboňponds, a visit to the private home of a famious folk artist, demonstrations of Easter egg decorating and ornamental pastries, return to České Budějovice
September 26, Thursday trip to Písek town, sightseeing and walk along the oldest stone bridge in Cenral Europe, next we travel to a small village, for a homemade village lunch, easy Czech folk dances, singing, making traditional cookies, a visit to Vysoký Chlumec Open-Air museum, departure for Prague, check-in, relaxing
September 27, Friday visit Karlštejn castle, lunch, after lunch visit to another family ancestoral village.
September 28, Saturday Morning free for sightseeing, shopping, resting or as you wish. Afternoon visit Prague castle and Charles bridge, dinner cruise on the river.
September 29, Sunday visit the Ethnographic museum, travel by cableway to Petrin hill, by foot or by lift to Petrin Tower – nice view, return to hotel and short relax, evening dinner at special restaurant - excellent food, Moravian wine, dulcimer music and folk dancing program
September 30 Monday
return to USA