After an early morning pick-up from your Prague hotel by private vehicle, soak up the scenery on the 1-hour drive to Sázava monastery. Admire the monastery’s dramatic location, perched on the banks of the Sázava River and learn how it was originally built in 1032 before being burnt down by the Hussites. Then, head inside to trace the remains of the former monastery, which was transformed into a Pseudo-Renaissance chateau in the 19th century.
Continue through the forested mountains of Central Bohemia to one of the Czech Republic’s most striking castles, Český Šternberk. Take time to admire the medieval castle, enjoy the views from its hilltop ramparts, and marvel at its lavish interiors, which showcase a wide variety of architectural styles. After a guided tour of the castle, tuck into a traditional Czech lunch at the nearby U Kosů Restaurant.
After lunch, pay a visit to Chateau Žleby, and pause to admire its fairy-tale towers and turrets before heading inside. Then, spend time browsing the chateau’s remarkable collection of antiquities, which date from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and include antique weaponry, glassware, porcelain, ceramics, and furniture.
There’s time for one more stop before returning to Prague – the unforgettable Sedlec Ossuary, one of the Czech Republic’s most visited attractions. The UNESCO-listed monument is housed in a chapel beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints, and features the bones of more than 40,000 people, arranged in creative displays that include a gigantic bone chandelier and dramatic skull garlands.
After a full day exploring Central Bohemia, return to Prague, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.