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Grand Czechia Road Trip

Prague - Kutná Hora - Olomouc - Uherské Hradiště - Mikulov - Znojmo - České Budějovice - Český Krumlov - Pilsen - Mariánské Lázně - Karlovy Vary

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  • Hotels
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  • Landscape
  • Camping
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11 Stages 802 mi 1.8 h/stage

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Grand Czechia Road Trip Itinerary

Czechia Grand Tour encompasses 11 stages that will take you on a rollercoaster of Czech experiences. Fascinating cultural venues and a variety of fancy landmarks to see both inside and outside Czechia`s most popular cities are everything that you can expect during this road trip. Good road infrastructure and beautiful views behind your car window will make your driving experience pleasant and unique. Stop lingering and start a long tour around Czechi`s most interesting highlights.

11 number of days
802 mi route length
low budget
family good for
on the right traffic direction
low accident level

The car tour starts at the Prague Airport and continues to such cities as Kutna Hora and Olomouc. Later, you will explore the southern part of the country with such urban jewels as Uherske Hradistě, Mikulov, Znojmo, and Česky Krumlov. The subsequent stages take you to the northern recesses of Czechia with such places as Marianske Lazně and Karlovy Vary. The final lap encompasses the return to the Prague Airport, from where you can start the exploration of the capital itself.

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Karlstejn Castle Karlstejn Castle
Stage 10 Stage 10

  Prague
Distance: 802 mi, Driving time: 21.5 h, Pace: modest
Airports: PRG

Your journey starts at the Prague Airport. It is precisely the place where you can collect your rental vehicle.

Prague Prague
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1 Prague - Kolín - Kutná Hora
Distance: 66 mi, Driving time: 1.6 h, Pace: fast
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Czechia Grand Tour begins at the Prague Airport where you will have a plethora of opportunities to search for your perfect rental vehicle. The airport is rife with interesting car rental companies that offer diverse services. From the Prague Airport, you travel to Kolin located at a distance of 85 km away. Kolin is located in the Central Bohemian Region and offers a great insight into the Czech architecture.

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From Kolin, you head for Kutna Hora located at a stone`s throw away. Both towns will be perfect for a further exploration of the region which is full of rural areas characterised by idyllic atmosphere and beautiful views. In Kutna Hora, you will have a great opportunity to taste some of the local delicacies as there are plenty of regional restaurants in the town centre.

2 Kutná Hora - Pardubice - Olomouc
Distance: 131 mi, Driving time: 3.5 h, Pace: modest
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Kutna Hora is an inconspicuous town with a vibrant past. St Barbara Church, the Church of Our Lady, and the Church of St James are one of the more interesting buildings of this type among the local towns. The stained glass in the Church of St Barbara is especially intriguing. After a longer stroll around the town centre and possibly a hearty meal, head for Pardubice by taking road no 2 through Valy.

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Pardubice was settled in the 13th century and offers an array of cultural monuments and sights. Try visiting St Bartholomew Church and the Green Tower of Pardubice to gain a greater insight into the city`s past and architectural merit. However, the greatest tourist highlight is, of course, Pardubice Castle that is a must-see highlight and a real treat for the avid fans of history. Later, hop in the car to reach the final destination of this stage Olomouc.

3 Olomouc - Velehrad - Uherské Hradiště
Distance: 86 mi, Driving time: 1.8 h, Pace: fast
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Olomouc is the sixth largest city in the country that can boast excellent instances of architecture, especially in the area of the Old Town. While in Olomouc, explore the city by visiting Red Church, Olomouc Orthodox Church, Town Hall, and Hradisko. Afterwards, head for Velehrad located around 85 km away. Even though it is not a large settlement, it offers a few interesting sights including King`s Table, which is a memorial stone, the Basilica of Assumption of Mary and Sts Cyril and Methodius, and a Cistercian monastery.

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From Velehrad, you continue your journey by taking first 427 road and then E50 to Uherske Hradistě. The town enjoys a very scenic location on the Morava River. You can either pass the town and begin the subsequent stage of your road trip or take a longer break to enjoy the small-town architecture and a delicious meal based on local ingredients in one of the restaurants situated in the town centre.

4 Uherské Hradiště - Lednice - Mikulov
Distance: 57 mi, Driving time: 1.8 h, Pace: modest
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This stage of your trip will take you along almost 90 kilometres of nice roads and beautiful views that you can admire through your car window. From Uherske Hradistě, you will drive further south to reach Lednice located at a distance of around 70 km away. It is one of the small villages characteristic for South Moravia. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site List and a top-notch example of local architecture.

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After a short stroll around this small settlement, you can either head for the final destination of this stage, namely Mikulov or treat Lednice as a starting point for a trip to the Palava Protected Landscape Area which lies on the border with Austria. It offers a beautiful insight into the diverse ecosystems of Southern Czechia. Within its limits, you find a number of perfectly preserved monuments of historical merit.

5 Mikulov - Znojmo
Distance: 40 mi, Driving time: 1.2 h, Pace: modest
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Mikulov is an equally good starting point for venturing into the deepest recesses of the Palava Protected Landscape Area. When it comes to the town itself, it is recommended to try some of the local delicacies that are served in the restaurants found around the scenic main square. The greatest highlight of this town is definitely Mikulov Castle which is a proof of the place`s eventful past and an exceptional treat for the fans of history.

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From Mikulov, you drive for around 60 km to reach Znojmo, one of the major towns of the region. Among the top-rated highlights, you will find the Znojmo Town Hall Tower, Catacombs, the Column Monument, and the Gothic Church of St Nicolas. These attractions are topped with Znojmo Castle which gives you an opportunity to admire a stunning panorama of the town and the surrounding region. The settlement is actually located on a rocky outcrop that can be found on the left bank of the scenic Thaya River. Its location adds to the ambiance that can be experienced in Znojmo.

6 Znojmo - Telč - Jindřichův - České Budějovice
Distance: 104 mi, Driving time: 2.6 h, Pace: fast
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From Znojmo, you will take E59 road to Telč. The road passes through such places as Pavlice and Želetava. Telč is a beautiful showcase of Renaissance architecture with such attractions as Telč Castle, St James Church, and Namesti Zachariaste z Hradce. Take a stroll along the cobbled streets before you hop in your car to continue your journey to Jindřichův Hradec, located around 45 km away. In order to reach the town, head west and admire the beauty of the South Bohemian Region through your car window.

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Jindřichův Hradec is a must-see town in terms of the exploration of religious architecture. Here, you will find a number of interesting churches, including the Church of Ascension, the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, and the Church of Saint Catherine. For those who are more into medieval fortifications, try heading for Červena Lhota Castle, located north-west from the town. After a thorough exploration of Jindřichův Hradec, you can drive to the last destination of this stage, namely Budweis.

7 České Budějovice - Český Krumlov
Distance: 18 mi, Driving time: 0.9 h, Pace: slow
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The largest city of the Southern Bohemian Region, Budweis enjoys a beautiful location on the Vltava River which adds to the idyllic ambiance of the city itself. Even though the city is mostly known for beer production, you can also visit here such places as Town Hall, the Samson Fountain, Ottokar II Square, the Black Tower, and the Museum of the South Bohemia. All types of tourists will find here something of interest and will be surprised at the diversity of highlights.

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After a short stroll around the city, get back on the road to travel to the finishing line of this lap, namely Česky Krumlov located approximately 25 km away. The simplest way to reach it is to take road no 39. Along the way, you will have an opportunity to admire the beautiful green areas of Southern Czechia. This part of the country is slightly mountainous with beautiful verdant hills and arid rural areas.

8 Český Krumlov - Písek - Pilsen
Distance: 100 mi, Driving time: 2.7 h, Pace: modest
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The next stage of your trip will take you around 3 hours to cover. You start at Česky Krumlov which is worth a longer sightseeing trip. The greatest centrepiece of this city is Česky Krumlov Castle which was hailed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearby the castle, you will also find the intriguing Revolving Theatre where all the most important cultural events take place, such as the International Music Festival that starts in July.

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You cover around 70 km by taking road no 3 to reach Pisek, a middle-sized settlement located in the northern part of the South Bohemian Region. It is sometimes referred to as the Athens of Southern Bohemia as a considerable number of schools have their headquarters in the city. The main sights include Stone Bridge, Pisek Castle - a treat for the lovers of history and architecture - Marian Column, and the church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After some time spent in the town centre, hop in your car to hit the road again and reach Pilsen, located around 85 km away.

9 Pilsen - Kladruby - Mariánské Lázně
Distance: 48 mi, Driving time: 1.2 h, Pace: fast
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Pilsen can be found in western part of Bohemia. It will enchant you with beautiful and unique architecture, delicious cuisine based on local products, and interesting landmarks that will provide you with plenty of insight on the history of this region. While in the city, do not forget to visit St Bartholomew Cathedral, the Main Square, and Town Hall. Later, hit the road to reach Kladruby with its beautiful Abbey of Kladruby located nearby.

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The trip to Kladruby will be full of picturesque landscapes that you can admire through your car window. In the near vicinity of the town, you will also have an opportunity to visit Křivoklatsko Protected Landscape Area with rich and diverse habitats and broadleaf temperate forests. Afterwards, you head for Marianske Lazně. You will reach it by taking road no 22 heading north. This famous spa town will be an ideal choice for those who seek some peace and quiet and would like to experience the rejuvenating properties of curative carbon dioxide sources.

10 Mariánské Lázně - Bečov - Loket - Karlovy Vary
Distance: 40 mi, Driving time: 1.2 h, Pace: modest
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This road trip stage takes you along a distance of only 64 km, but there will be plenty of additional opportunities for stopovers. The first destination of this lap is Bečov, located around 30 km from Marianske Lazně. This will be a total relief from all the more urbanised areas around Czechia. It will be also a great starting point for many car trips to the surrounding Slavkovsky Les, known as the Emperor`s Forest, which is rife with beautiful plants, trees, and flowers.

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After some time spent near natural wonders, buckle up to head for Loket. Take road no 209 and head north. This small village is the penultimate destination of this lap. This road trip stage ends with the well-known Karlovy Vary enjoying a blissful location at the confluence of the Ohře River and Tepla River. In order to reach it, follow E48 road. Within its limits, you will find an array of interesting venues, landmarks, and architectural pieces.

11 Karlovy Vary - Karlštejn - Prague
Distance: 111 mi, Driving time: 2.9 h, Pace: fast
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Karlovy Vary dates back to the Bronze Age. Over the centuries, it has evolved into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole country. With a plethora of interesting tourist highlights, such as the Catholic Church of St Mary Magdalene, the Orthodox Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral, City Opera House, and Dvořak Park, it is renowned among a diversity of motorists visiting the city. The city is additionally famous for Czech liqueur, Becherovka.

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From Karlovy Vary, you take E48 road to reach Karlstejn. The town is very popular among the fans of history who come here to explore the Karlstejn Castle. After a short stroll around the site of the fortification, you can head back to your car to reach the Prague Airport, where you can leave your car if you opted for this travel option. Having reached the airport, you can begin your adventure with the Czech capital.

  Prague
Airports: PRG

In order to reach the city centre from the Prague Airport, you can organise a private pickup, use public transport, or take a shuttle bus. Choose an option that is most convenient for you and forget yourself in the beautiful city of Prague. Some claim that the Czech capital is the equal of Paris beauty-wise. Its cobble streets, scenic courtyards, and small gardens will be a paradise for those who would like to aimlessly saunter around its streets.

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If you are into religious architecture, you should definitely consider a visit at the St Vitus Cathedral with its imposing bell towers and turrets. If history is your cup of tea, head for the Prague Castle, along with its gardens and surrounding fortifications. However, to grasp Prague`s atmosphere to its fullest, you should not miss such places as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and Veletržni Palac, where you will find a top-notch collection of art covering the works coming from the period between the 19th and the 21st centuries.

Grand Czechia Road Trip Summary

Has our adventure idea woken up your creativity and inspired you for your future trips?
The plan we’ve prepared can be used as a foundation that you can recreate in its entirety or only partially and that can be enriched with interesting beauty spots of your choice.
If car travel is a travel option you prefer, there are a number of important road rules to follow and a bunch of elements to bear in mind to make your road trip smooth and safe. These tips will surely become useful for drivers who are considering vehicle rental or camper hire.
In Czech Republic, there are a number of road regulations to be kept in mind while on a road trip. In Czech Republic, if you are planning to drive, it is best to avoid alcohol. Holidayers ought to remember that the legal alcohol limit is extremely low and is only 0‰. In order to avoid a speeding ticket, it is best to never exceed 31mph, which is the maximum permissible speed in urban areas. If you are aiming for rural areas, you should keep in mind that the maximum speed is 56mph. In Czech Republic, you can travel at the permissible speed of 81mph on highways. In order to stay safe, it is best to drive with your headlights on at daytime and equip your vehicle with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
How about the costs of the trip? Well, depending on the needs of the holidayers, the money that you have to pay will differ. Check out the available budget possibilities.
We estimate that the cheapest offer when it comes to gasoline to cover the planned 12 stages while travelling around Czech Republic can be roughly 102 GBP. Economy accommodation options can cost tourists approximately 239 GBP. Tourists who take advantage of this option will spend about 282 GBP on restaurants and food. Travellers will have to pay approximately 141 GBP if they choose the budget car hire option as well. Thus, the estimated cost of the whole trip will amount to 623 GBP if you are interested in the option without vehicle rental and 764 GBP if you will hire a vehicle.
Tourists who are looking for greater comfort and the standard option will pay around 128 GBP for the fuel needed to cover the trip. Those who are searching for standard hotels should be ready to pay around 470 GBP. The standard option in terms of food and restaurants may cost up to approximately 376 GBP. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard hire car should expect a cost of more or less 235 GBP. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay about 1,208 GBP for the whole trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle hire will spend around 973 GBP.
The highest level of comfort of the premium option will meet the expectations of the most demanding tourists. When it comes to this offer, the estimated cost of the road trip will total around 2,839 GBP for holidayers who are considering vehicle rental and 973 GBP for those who do not want to rent. Travellers who want to cover the road trip in a premium hire car can expect a cost of roughly 892 GBP. If you are interested in the premium version of the itinerary, the approximate cost of fuel for 12 stages around Czech Republic will be 162 GBP. You should expect to pay around 564 GBP for food and restaurants and roughly 1,221 GBP for overnight stays if you are interested in the highest standard of services during your tour.
Our trip can be easily adjusted to the needs of all camper fans. If you choose this travel option, the costs will be up to more or less 1,409 GBP. Travellers will spend more or less 196 GBP on gasoline allowing to cover all stages of the road trip. Camper fans should expect to pay roughly 282 GBP for expenses connected with food and more or less 239 GBP for overnight stays.
All of the details connected with expenses are available in the section Road Trip Costs.
The part of Czech Republic described in our Grand Czechia Road Trip is great to be visited between May and September. If Grand Czechia Road Trip has sparked your creativity, you should definitely check out other beautiful scenic drives and road trips that are available on our website. Even the most demanding of travellers will definitely find something of interest.
  • Road Trip Costs
  • How much does it cost to go on a Grand Czechia Road Trip in Czech Republic?
  • Economy
    Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 141 GBP
    • drive & more 102 GBP
    • sleep & more 239 GBP
    • eat & more 282 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 623 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 764 GBP
  • Standard
    Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 235 GBP
    • drive & more 128 GBP
    • sleep & more 470 GBP
    • eat & more 376 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 973 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,208 GBP
  • Premium
    High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 892 GBP
    • drive & more 162 GBP
    • sleep & more 1,221 GBP
    • eat & more 564 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,947 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,839 GBP
  • Camper
    On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self cooking. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
    • rent & more 1,409 GBP
    • drive & more 196 GBP
    • sleep & more 239 GBP
    • eat & more 282 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) 717 GBP
    • Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,126 GBP

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Facts for safer driving in Czech Republic

drink drive limit
0
max speed urban
31 mph
max speed rural
56 mph
max speed highway
81 mph
headlights at daytime
on
fire extinguisher
no
tolls
yes
seat belts
yes