Country Walks from Slovakia to the Czech Republic

From Bratislava to Prague

Czech Republic, Slovakia

10 Days

From $5,395

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    Overview

    In the heart of Central Europe, we invite you into a walker's paradise of hilltop castles, deep woodlands, and gorgeous Baroque towns. From festive Bratislava to romantic Prague, we discover this realm on castle-to-castle hikes across poppy-filled meadows and through fern-blanketed forests. Between hikes, we'll explore the Renaissance villa at Lednice, medieval Telc, with its wedge-shaped Renaissance square, and magical Ceský Krumlov (with a private backstage tour of the town's perfectly preserved 17th century theater). Our expert Trip Leaders share their phenomenal knowledge, bringing us off-the-beaten-path experiences and an insider's perspective. Prague, one of the world's most beautiful cities, is our wonderful grand finale.

    Arrive: Bratislava, Slovakia

    Depart: Prague, Czech Republic

    Highlights

    • Delightful countryside walks each day from hilltop castles to Baroque towns
    • Historic Bratislava, Slovakia's ancient capital on the Danube
    • Classic Renaissance gem of Telc and the Baroque city of Ceský Krumlov, a World Heritage Site
    • Exuberant and expert Czech Trip Leaders who love to share the region's best hikes and heritage

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      Itinerary

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      In atmospheric Bratislava astride the Danube, we'll walk right from our hotel into the pedestrian streets of Stare Mesto, the intact Old Town. Outside Bratislava, we'll hike up to the picturesque castle ruins of Devin, then enter the Czech Republic's Moravian wine country, with an exploration of the grounds of Lednice Castle, one of the largest designed landscapes in Europe. Our first castle-to-castle hike starts at the ruins of a 10th century castle and brings us through Pálava Nature Reserve to another crag-top ruin, with lunch at the castle-town of Mikulov.
      After a picnic at 14th century Castle Rostejn, we hike to Telc, one of the best-preserved Renaissance towns in all of Europe, now a World Heritage Site. No building in Telc is less than 250 years old, and the main square, with its Renaissance arcades, looks like a stage set. The next day, we're off through pristine woodlands to remote Slavonice, with its triangular-shaped Renaissance plazas.
      Crossing into southern Bohemia, we immerse ourselves in magical Cesky Krumlov, with its dreamy pink and green castle. In the Sumava Forest, we hike from a 13th century Cistercian monastery to the castle-town of Rozmberk, set on the Vltava River.
      We'll explore the Baroque lanes of Prague's Old Town and visit the medieval Jewish ghetto, which holds Europe's oldest functioning synagogue, a magnificent place of worship. Depart on Day 10, or extend your stay by adding one of our special excursions deep into the heart of this historical city with our local Prague guide.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and comfortable inns
      • All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Marrol's Boutique Hotel

      Bratislava, Slovakia

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Marrol's Boutique Hotel has a great location near the heart of the Old Town, so it's a quick walk to the historic main square, with its complex of 14th century buildings and lively cafes. Guest rooms are well appointed and comfortable, and there is a rooftop terrace, a great place...

      Hotel Princess

      Lednice, Czech Republic

      Days 2-3 (2 nights)

      This relatively new hotel enjoys a great location in Lednice, close to the castle, palace, and other monuments of this World Heritage Site. With just 14 spacious guest rooms and an inviting courtyard with fountain, it offers a cozy, peaceful ambiance.

      Hotel Telc

      Telc, Czech Republic

      Days 4-5 (2 nights)

      Located just steps from the main square in a quaint blue building stands Hotel Telc. Travelers are welcomed into a cozy lobby, and guest rooms are simple and comfortable. There is a nice breakfast buffet, and a lovely little cafe adjacent to the hotel—perfect for an afternoon coffee or tea....

      Krcinuv Dum

      Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

      Days 6-8 (3 nights)

      This charming 12-room hotel is practically a historical monument itself in a town that is steeped in history. Dating back to the 14th century, the structure has lots of character, from the painted exterior walls to the spacious guestrooms that are nicely decorated with original furniture—a...

      Hotel Paris

      Prague, Czech Republic

      Day 9 (1 night)

      With a Neo-Gothic exterior and elaborate Art Nouveau design elements, this beautifully restored and historic building has a wonderful location just a 5-minute walk to the Old Town Square and 10 minutes to the Charles Bridge. The hotel's 1930s-style Café de Paris is a great place to wind down...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Jirí Rohel

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      Zuzana Sochorova

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated a Level 2+ (Easy to Moderate) according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 8 miles a day and being on your feet for up to 5 hours a day.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 5 miles
      • 3-4 hours
      Challenge Day
      • Day 3: 7-8 miles, 3-4 hours; includes short, steep sections
      Review Trip Level Details
      This trip includes both easy hikes and walks, traversing across historic towns, through forest trails, and over gently rolling hillsides. You will need to be able to hike over sections that contain rocky steps, uneven surfaces, and occasionally downhill over loose scree. There are some tight staircases in the castles, and trails may become muddy and unstable with bad weather. While this is not a challenging trip, it is active and you will need to be able to keep up with the moderate but steady hiking pace of the group.
      The weather in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in the summer is usually very mild and pleasant, with temperatures in the 60s°F and 70s°F during the day and in the 50s°F and 60s°F at night. Cool breezes and showers can occur at any time, so layers and raingear are recommended.
      Our accommodations are in small, charming hotels that have been selected for their character. While they are not the most luxurious options in the area, they are clean and comfortable and in the optimal locations. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
      Lunches and dinners will be picnic-style, at local restaurants and cafes, and at the hotels. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
      Our bus will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need during the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

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      Client Testimonials

      "I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The guides were outstanding and there was a fine mix of hiking and cultural exploration."

      Anne P.

      Urbana, IL

      "The Czech Republic is a beautiful country and the hikes that were selected were always scenic. Everything was very well organized and professionally handled by our guides and van driver—no glitches!"

      Barbara K.

      Santa Fe, NM

      "We enjoyed the beautiful countryside and the castles. The guides really made the trip fabulous. They were great!"

      Bob P.

      Denver, CO

      "This trip was another example of what a first class operation you have at Wilderness. The entire trip went seamlessly from start to finish."

      Cathy S.

      Charlotte, NC

      "Truly an exceptional trip that allows you to experience the culture, history, and outdoors of the Czech Republic!"

      Chris R.

      Denver, CO

      "Very enjoyable, with excellent Trip Leaders."

      David H.

      Poway, CA

      "I enthusiastically recommend this trip. The combination of the beautiful walks, the ancient castles and chateaus and the preserved villages with their Renaissance architecture and cobbled streets, make this a special trip. Prague was magical."

      Gary B.

      Hanover, NH

      "A great trip—an excellent mix of culture (castles and architecture), hiking, and the chance to see the highlights of the Czech Republic."

      Gary J.

      San Francisco, CA

      "We just loved the whole trip—the Trip Leaders were the best!"

      Ginger R.

      Gualala, CA

      "Absolutely one of the best trips we have ever taken. No hassles, no worry, just wonderful experiences. Each day we thought that nothing could be as good, and then the next day was even better."

      Jan K.

      Titusville, NJ

      "Our trip was terrific. We found the Czech Republic fascinating and enjoyed every minute of it."

      Jeff B.

      Newton, MA

      "Our guides provided us with experiences off the tourist track that allowed us to see their country through their eyes. We were able to see a Czech Republic beyond Prague and Cesky Krumlov."

      Kathleen C.

      Minneapolis, MN

      "For our first guided adventure, we couldn't have asked for a better trip. Loved the fact that the focus was on the smaller towns, and we were taken to out-of-the-way castles I'd never have found on my own. Having two personable guides was quite a luxury—we felt very at home with both of them."

      Lisa S.

      Los Gatos, CA

      "The itinerary was very well crafted, full of unexpected delights, and each venue was clearly thoughtfully planned to highlight the culture, history, and beauty of the area. Bravo! Zuzana and Jiri were a great team and went out of their way to make everyone feel special. It was great fun to spend the time with them and we will miss their infectious love of their country."

      Liz K.

      Madison, WI

      "There was just the right mixture of walking and sightseeing. Everything was well thought out and planned."

      Mary P.

      Bedford, NY

      "We really can't say enough about Zuzana and Jiri—they make an excellent team! They have great pride in their country and it shows in everything they do—whether it's hiking through beautiful forests, visiting wonderful castles and exceptionally charming towns (with Cesky Krumlov the jewel in the crown), recounting the history of the Czech Republic and their own personal memories of growing up under the Soviet occupation—everything they said and did was with love and passion for their country. We were fortunate to have superb guides, a very cohesive and fun group, and another wonderful trip from Wilderness Travel."

      Midge M.

      Alameda, CA

      "It was a fabulous trip; we were able to see the beautiful countryside, share some time with the people (thanks to Zuzana), and learn so much about Czech culture and the history of this little known country."

      Nancy M.

      Orleans, MA

      "A wonderful trip, great pacing, and the guides obviously truly loved their country. We all enjoyed their depth of knowledge and attention to all the details."

      Neill A.

      Napa, CA

      "It was a good balance of hiking, dining, sightseeing, learning local history, and other activities. Both guides' personal stories they shared of World War II and the communist era were memorable and wonderful."

      Rick K.

      Madison, WI

      "Our eighth Wilderness Travel trip. Well designed with two great trip leaders who spoiled us rotten. Everything went so smoothly, thanks to them. A fun trip."

      Ron K.

      St. Simons Island, GA

      "Our guides made this trip extra special with their attentiveness to detail, their enthusiasm, and their delightful personalities. The areas we were in were beautiful, accommodations and food very good, and the sights quite interesting."

      Russ F.

      Sarasota, FL

      "We were totally delighted with this trip. It had the right amount of hiking and towns and cities. We got a wonderful understanding of the Czech Republic history (especially 20th century with World Wars, Nazis, Communism, and independence), culture, and food. The best part was the guides, who made the trip fun and interesting."

      Sallie W.

      Cincinnati, OH

      "This was a special trip with two exceptional Trip Leaders."

      Sandra G.

      Wayne, PA

      "Our Trip Leaders did a wonderful job. I’m so glad we chose the Czech Republic—a beautiful country with ease of travel."

      Sharon M.

      Poway, CA

      "This was an amazing opportunity to get to know an area of the world I had never visited. The combination of hiking, guides, and great conversations will live with me forever. I feel privileged to have experienced this very personal adventure."

      Sonya M.

      Cary, NC

      "Our trip was perfect. As I’ve told many people, there isn’t a thing I would change. Especially loved our two guides."

      Teresa K.

      Colorado Springs, CO

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Based in the Czech Republic, he earned a Master&apos;s degree in English and music, spent a month trekking the Annapurna range, and climbed to the highest summit in the Austrian Alps. When not leading trips, Jiri enjoys playing music&mdash;he is a talented clarinetist&mdash;and loves being outside hiking, climbing, trekking, cycling, and skiing.","BioLong":"Jir&iacute; Rohel, from the Czech Republic, has been a guide for WT since 2011. He holds a master&apos;s degree in English and music and studied clarinet at a conservatory. Jir&iacute; loves mountain life and spent a month trekking in Nepal&apos;s Annapurna range. He has also climbed to the summits of Mont Blanc in France, Mt. Elbrus in Russia, the Matterhorn in Switzerland, and the highest peaks in the Austrian Alps. Having grown up in the Czech Republic, Jir&iacute; can share his experience of living in Communist Czechoslovakia and the transition to life in today's modern Czech Republic. 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The guides were outstanding and there was a fine mix of hiking and cultural exploration."},{"GuestNames":"Barbara K.","GuestLocation":"Santa Fe, NM","GuestReview":"The Czech Republic is a beautiful country and the hikes that were selected were always scenic. Everything was very well organized and professionally handled by our guides and van driver&#8212;no glitches!"},{"GuestNames":"Bob P.","GuestLocation":"Denver, CO","GuestReview":"We enjoyed the beautiful countryside and the castles. The guides really made the trip fabulous. They were great!"},{"GuestNames":"Cathy S.","GuestLocation":"Charlotte, NC","GuestReview":"This trip was another example of what a first class operation you have at Wilderness. The entire trip went seamlessly from start to finish."},{"GuestNames":"Chris R.","GuestLocation":"Denver, CO","GuestReview":"Truly an exceptional trip that allows you to experience the culture, history, and outdoors of the Czech Republic!"},{"GuestNames":"David H.","GuestLocation":"Poway, CA","GuestReview":"Very enjoyable, with excellent Trip Leaders."},{"GuestNames":"Gary B.","GuestLocation":"Hanover, NH","GuestReview":"I enthusiastically recommend this trip. The combination of the beautiful walks, the ancient castles and chateaus and the preserved villages with their Renaissance architecture and cobbled streets, make this a special trip. Prague was magical."},{"GuestNames":"Gary J.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"A great trip&#8212;an excellent mix of culture (castles and architecture), hiking, and the chance to see the highlights of the Czech Republic."},{"GuestNames":"Ginger R.","GuestLocation":"Gualala, CA","GuestReview":"We just loved the whole trip&#8212;the Trip Leaders were the best!"},{"GuestNames":"Jan K.","GuestLocation":"Titusville, NJ","GuestReview":"Absolutely one of the best trips we have ever taken. No hassles, no worry, just wonderful experiences. Each day we thought that nothing could be as good, and then the next day was even better."},{"GuestNames":"Jeff B.","GuestLocation":"Newton, MA","GuestReview":"Our trip was terrific. We found the Czech Republic fascinating and enjoyed every minute of it."},{"GuestNames":"Kathleen C.","GuestLocation":"Minneapolis, MN","GuestReview":"Our guides provided us with experiences off the tourist track that allowed us to see their country through their eyes. We were able to see a Czech Republic beyond Prague and Cesky Krumlov."},{"GuestNames":"Lisa S.","GuestLocation":"Los Gatos, CA","GuestReview":"For our first guided adventure, we couldn't have asked for a better trip. Loved the fact that the focus was on the smaller towns, and we were taken to out-of-the-way castles I'd never have found on my own. Having two personable guides was quite a luxury&#8212;we felt very at home with both of them."},{"GuestNames":"Liz K.","GuestLocation":"Madison, WI","GuestReview":"The itinerary was very well crafted, full of unexpected delights, and each venue was clearly thoughtfully planned to highlight the culture, history, and beauty of the area. Bravo! Zuzana and Jiri were a great team and went out of their way to make everyone feel special. It was great fun to spend the time with them and we will miss their infectious love of their country."},{"GuestNames":"Mary P.","GuestLocation":"Bedford, NY","GuestReview":"There was just the right mixture of walking and sightseeing. Everything was well thought out and planned."},{"GuestNames":"Midge M.","GuestLocation":"Alameda, CA","GuestReview":"We really can't say enough about Zuzana and Jiri&#8212;they make an excellent team! They have great pride in their country and it shows in everything they do&#8212;whether it's hiking through beautiful forests, visiting wonderful castles and exceptionally charming towns (with Cesky Krumlov the jewel in the crown), recounting the history of the Czech Republic and their own personal memories of growing up under the Soviet occupation&#8212;everything they said and did was with love and passion for their country. We were fortunate to have superb guides, a very cohesive and fun group, and another wonderful trip from Wilderness Travel."},{"GuestNames":"Nancy M.","GuestLocation":"Orleans, MA","GuestReview":"It was a fabulous trip; we were able to see the beautiful countryside, share some time with the people (thanks to Zuzana), and learn so much about Czech culture and the history of this little known country."},{"GuestNames":"Neill A.","GuestLocation":"Napa, CA","GuestReview":"A wonderful trip, great pacing, and the guides obviously truly loved their country. We all enjoyed their depth of knowledge and attention to all the details."},{"GuestNames":"Rick K.","GuestLocation":"Madison, WI","GuestReview":"It was a good balance of hiking, dining, sightseeing, learning local history, and other activities. Both guides' personal stories they shared of World War II and the communist era were memorable and wonderful."},{"GuestNames":"Ron K.","GuestLocation":"St. Simons Island, GA","GuestReview":"Our eighth Wilderness Travel trip. Well designed with two great trip leaders who spoiled us rotten. Everything went so smoothly, thanks to them. A fun trip."},{"GuestNames":"Russ F.","GuestLocation":"Sarasota, FL","GuestReview":"Our guides made this trip extra special with their attentiveness to detail, their enthusiasm, and their delightful personalities. The areas we were in were beautiful, accommodations and food very good, and the sights quite interesting."},{"GuestNames":"Sallie W.","GuestLocation":"Cincinnati, OH","GuestReview":"We were totally delighted with this trip. It had the right amount of hiking and towns and cities. We got a wonderful understanding of the Czech Republic history (especially 20th century with World Wars, Nazis, Communism, and independence), culture, and food. The best part was the guides, who made the trip fun and interesting."},{"GuestNames":"Sandra G.","GuestLocation":"Wayne, PA","GuestReview":"This was a special trip with two exceptional Trip Leaders."},{"GuestNames":"Sharon M.","GuestLocation":"Poway, CA","GuestReview":"Our Trip Leaders did a wonderful job. I&#8217;m so glad we chose the Czech Republic&#8212;a beautiful country with ease of travel."},{"GuestNames":"Sonya M.","GuestLocation":"Cary, NC","GuestReview":"This was an amazing opportunity to get to know an area of the world I had never visited. The combination of hiking, guides, and great conversations will live with me forever. I feel privileged to have experienced this very personal adventure."},{"GuestNames":"Teresa K.","GuestLocation":"Colorado Springs, CO","GuestReview":"Our trip was perfect. As I&#8217;ve told many people, there isn&#8217;t a thing I would change. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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