Czech Republic Breweries and Walking Adventure

September 10 - 16, 2024

A fine beer may be judged by only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.”

famous czech proverb

Join us on this exclusive and epic Czech Republic Breweries and Walking Adventure. With amazing beer, welcoming brewers, an intriguing culture, enchanting towns, and the modern fantasy land of Prague, the Czech Republic has everything a beer lover could want. We combine this with light daily walks and are led by two local beer industry experts for an outstanding inside look into what is so amazing about Czech Republic Breweries and Beer. (Please note: In 2024 we are also running a separate Czech Republic tour for readers of BYO magazine on a different date.)

Czech Republic Breweries

There are so many facts that make the Czech Republic one of the leading beer destinations in the world.

  • Birthplace of the first pilsner beer, Pilsner Urquell
  • Home to the original Budweiser
  • More than 400 Czech breweries, most of them small craft breweries
  • Highest consumption of beer per capita in the world
  • Producer of Moravian barley and Žatec (Saaz) hops
  • A pint of beer at a brewery is less than $3

We will visit 13 breweries on this seven-day tour. We will tour a hop farm and hop research institute. Meet with brewers from both the most famous Czech breweries and small family-owned ones. You will even have the opportunity to enjoy a beer spa!

Walking Through Czech Towns

Most of our walking takes place within Prague and other smaller cities or towns. Prague is a magical city with such famous sights as Prague Castle and the medieval Charles Bridge. We do city walks combining historical sights and breweries on multiple days. We also walk through the smaller cities of České Budějovice (home to Budvar) and Pilsen (home to Pilsner Urquell). We take a cable car up the small mountain Kleť and walk down through forested paths on one day and take a walk through hop fields on another. You will have time on your own in Český Krumlov, one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic and on the UNESCO World Heritage list for retaining its original layout since the Middle Ages. We walk from three to eight kilometers each day (two to five miles), so this is a tour that is accessible to most people but not suited for those looking for a strenuous workout.

Czech Cuisine

The Czech Republic is famous for its beer and rightly so. But it seems every restaurant in the country proudly features traditional Czech food dishes as well, most of which seem to pair perfectly with the local lager. Soups, including goulash, are a common starter paired with the traditional sourdough chléb (bread). Main courses in restaurants are often meat based, with beef and pork both popular, and served with side dishes such as dumplings. Vegetarians will find one or two dishes in every restaurant from which to choose: popular ones include salads, mushroom dishes, and homemade noodles.

Your Czech Republic Breweries & Walking Adventure Guides

You will be joined by professional Zephyr Adventures guide Yannick de Cocqueau and two local Czech beer experts. Yannick is from Belgium and works at the Brussels Beer Challenge. In addition, he graduated as a beer sommelier, brews his own beers, conducts tasting sessions for groups, is active in different beer associations and is also part of the team behind the Zythos Beer Festival. He knows his beer. Martin and Jakub jointly own and operate Prague Craft Beer Tours. They both are homebrewers by night and work professionally at Budvar by day. Martin is also a certified beer sommelier and has family experience in the hops industry. Jakub will join us in Prague and Martin will join us for the other portions of the tour.

This combination of beer industry and local expertise makes this one of the most exceptional beer tours of the Czech Republic available today.

Main photo courtesy of Pilsner Urquell

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit 13 Czech breweries, ranging from Pilsner Urquell and Budvar to family-owned Pivovar Zichovec
  • Spend three nights in Prague, seeing famous sights and visiting reknowned breweries
  • Get inside access to breweries and brewmasters
  • Walk through the towns of České Budějovice (home of Budvar), Pilsen, and Český Krumlov (UNESCO listed)
  • Choose to soak away your worries in a beer spa!
  • Stay in five different local Czech hotels, including two that have a brewery in them!
Day 1

We meet at 2:00 at our hotel centered in Prague's old town for a walking tour of the Old Town, Jewish Quarter, and Charles Bridge. We'll stop into Pivovar U Fleků, one of the most famous breweries in the country and in continuous operation for over 500 years, for a tour and tasting. Then it is on to the medieval underground brewery of U Kunštátů. After our walk, we'll head back to our hotel, the U Medvídků Brewery Hotel, for a short rest followed by dinner in the brewery restaurant.

Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll do as the locals do and take the Prague tram system (tram 22 for us) to Prague Castle, one of the most famous landmarks in the city. After our visit and tour, we'll walk to Petrin Tower, perched on a hill with an excellent view over Prague, before continuing on to Lesser Town, a district of Prague founded in the year 1257, where you will have time to explore and eat lunch on your own. In the afternoon, we continue on Tram 22 to Břevnov Monastery, which has its own brewery. We'll take a tour with the brewmaster, learning about their lambic beers, and then sit down in the Klášterní šenk monastery restaurant for a beer, perhaps in the company of monks enjoying the fruits of their labors - in silence. We return to our hotel for some downtime before reconvening for a walk to dinner at Restaurace Červený Jelen (Red Stag Restaurant).

Day 3

This morning we depart Prague for the South Bohemia region of the Czech Republic, which borders Austria and Bavaria in Germany. Our first stop is Pivovar Obora, a relatively young brewery that prides itself on sustainability. Farmer Martin Novák founded the brewery by growing his own hops and barley; powering the brewery on biomass (cow dung); and using the brewing by-products to feed those same cattle. After our tour and tasting it is on to České Budějovice, home to the famous Budvar brewery. We'll first eat lunch in the Budvarka Budvar Pivnice or brasserie. Then it is off to a tour of the Budweiser Budvar facility (also called Czechvar in the United States due to a long-standing intellectual property fight with you know who), where if he is available we'll meet brewmaster Adam Broz. We'll walk to our hotel for the night, the Hotel Budweis, and after a bit of rest gather again for a walking tour of old town followed by dinner at the Solnice brewery. If you have any energy left, feel free to head out to local beer highlights such as Minipivovar Krajinská 27, Klub Malých Pivovarů, and Žíznivá Gumovka.

Day 4

After breakfast, we pack up and check out before moving on to the small village of Krasetin, which happens to be the starting point for a cable car to the top of Kleť, at 1,084 meters (3,556 feet) the highest peak in the region. There is a lookout tower on top. We'll then walk eight kilometers down through forested paths to the city of Český Krumlov, whose center is on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its historic preservation of the Middle Ages layout. You'll have time to wander and grab lunch on your own in this beautiful town. After lunch we'll walk to Brewery Český Krumlov, which as the only brewery in this castle town is continuing the tradition of local brewing started in the 13th century. After our visit we travel onward to the city of Nepomuk, where we check into our hotel for a short rest - if we can pry you away from the flowing beer tap in each room of the hotel! We visit the hotel's own brewery, Zlatá Kráva Brewery, and then dine at nearby Restaurace Švejk. After dinner you even opt to soak in a tub filled with hops, malt, and yeast at the hotel's authentic beer spa.

Day 5

After breakfast we check out, leave South Bohemia, and transfer to one of the most famous beer cities in the world - Plzeň (Pilsen), which in 1842 was home to the first brewing of pilsner beer. Our first stop is the Pilsner Urquell brewery that brew that beer, where you will discover that fresh unpasteurized pilsner beer straight from the barrel is like nothing you have tried before. After our tour we will have lunch in Na Spilce, a cafe located in the original fermentation quarters of the brewery. In the afternoon we stay on premises and visit Pivovar Proud, a small craft experimental wing of the Pilsner Urquell brewery. We will have a tour led by one of the two lead brewmasters, who is also a homebrewer. We work off some of that food and drink by walking to our hotel for the evening, for a little relaxation time. We'll then head out for a historical walk of Pilsen (the only major Czech city liberated by the Americans in WW2). Dinner is on your own this evening and we'll give you a number of options you can try.

Day 6

Today we move on to the small city of Žatec, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site for its hop growing and beer making tradition. Our first stop is the Hop-Research-Institute Žatec, where we'll learn more about hop growing in the region. We will then do a walk in town and along the main Ohře River, which cuts right through this small city. Lunch is on your own in Žatec. After lunch we transfer to the Zichovec brewery, considered one of the best modern craft breweries in the country (and producing some of the best beers). They are not generally open to the public but we will be able to taste their barrel-aged beers as well as a few meads, wines, and ciders. After a tour and tasting, we'll transfer back to Prague, check into a different, upscale hotel, and then eat dinner at Cobolis brewery, where we'll meet up with local Czech homebrewers to trade secrets (and perhaps taste some of their beers).

Day 7

On our final morning, you'll enjoy a last leisurely breakfast and then we'll head out to once again explore Prague's historic sights. Our final beer stop of the trip is back at U Medvidku, where we stayed on our first two nights. The small, modern brewery was opened in this historic building in 2005. However, the original brewery equipment is still in place and we can see brewing technology which is no longer used today such as stock cooling, open fermentation tanks, wooden lager barrels and manual racking into bottles with patented caps. We'll do a tour; a tasting of OLDGOTT, their signature semi-dark lager; and a lesson in bottling lager, walking away with our own personalized BLONDGOTT  lager as a gift. We'll finish by 12:30 PM and you are then on your own - to eat lunch in the brewery restaurant, hang out in Prague, extend your vacation elsewhere in Europe, or head back home. Na zdraví!

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Trip Accommodations

U MedvidkuNIGHTS 1&2: U Medvídků Brewery Hotel / Prague
This is not just a modern brewery with an attached hotel. This is a huge, gothic building that starting in 1466 housed what is now the oldest restaurant in Prague. The building also served as a caberet and had a brewery. This was all refurbished to create the current restaurant, hotel, and spa with a small modern brewery included. The hotel still has original gothic rafters and renaissance painted ceilings.

Hotel BudweisNIGHT 3: Hotel Budweis / České Budějovice
This four-star hotel is housed in a magnificent 14th-century building built as a mill on the Malše River. It is located in the center of the city, only a one minute walk to the central square. You can even rent a bicycle and get some exercise on the cycle path that runs along the river right in front of the hotel.

Pivni HotelNIGHT 4: Pivní Hotel / Nepomuk
This small, 17-room hotel gets outstanding ratings. But whatever the public says, what we love about it is that it is located in an actual brewery, the Zlatá Kráva or "Golden Cow" Brewery. (Pivní Hotel means "pub hotel".) The hotel has a spa, which includes a "whirlpool, steam sauna, Finnish sauna, Kneipp bath, experience shower, salt wall and relaxation room". You can even book a "beer bath" at extra cost, which is a bath infused with hops, malt, and yeast extracts. But the highlight of your stay will likely be right in your room: a free-flowing beer tap.

Hotel RousNIGHT 5: Rous Hotel / Plzeň (Pilsen)
This is another small hotel, with 18 rooms. The four-star hotel is located in the center of Pilsen, right next to the main Námìstí Republiky square. It is also only a five-minute walk from Pilsner Urquell. While this is not a brewery hotel, the hotel does boast it is the only hotel in Pilsen with its own labeled beer brand.

Mosaic HouseNIGHT 6: Mosaic House Design Hotel / Prague
We return to a different hotel in Prague. The Mosaic House is a four-star hotel rated #4 out of 644 hotels in Prague on TripAdvisor. It prides itself on being a quiet retreat in the center of Prague, offering a cafe, spa, library, and a "secret garden" courtyard. It is a nice way to end our trip.

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Arrival & Departure

Our arrival city is Prague. From North America, the only direct flight to Prague is from JFK, so you will likely be connecting either there or in a major European hub. We meet you at 2:00 PM on the first day of the tour at our downtown hotel but we highly suggest you arrive the day before to account for possible travel delays and to rest from your overnight flight. You can book a private shuttle via the hotel or can take a taxi or Uber from the airport.

Our adventure ends at 12:30 PM in Prague on the final day of the tour. Most flights back to the US will leave early in the morning, so unless you are traveling elsewhere in Europe you will likely need to stay another night in Prague on your own. You can book another night at either the first or last hotel directly on the hotels' websites. (Alternatively, you can choose to skip our final morning walk and brewery visit if you need to depart on the last tour day.)

What's Included?
  • Our professional guide Yannick de Cocqueau is scheduled to guide this tour alongside our two local Czech guides, Martin and Jakub (one of whom will be with us each day).
  • Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, you can choose to pay a single supplement for your own room or ask us to find you a roommate; you will need to pay the supplement if we are unable to do so.
  • All breakfasts, two lunches, and five dinners are included. Gratuity for these meals is also included.
  • All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day until we say goodbye in Prague on the last day.
  • All scheduled tastings and brewery visits are included.
  • NOT INCLUDED Additional beverages, desserts, three lunches, one dinner, gratuities to your guide, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.

May through September are the best times to do visit the Czech Republic. It does rain year round in Prague, so be prepared. We have chosen September for this tour date because it coincides with hop harvesting.

Ability Level

This tour is rated For All Abilities and is a mildly active trip. You will get daily activity by walking each day and should be able to do this. At the same time, this is not the best trip for someone looking for a major workout and tons of mileage.

Changes to the itinerary

While everything under “What is Included” will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a brewery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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