That’s how our ever popular guide, Martin, taught me to say the name of the lovely village in the Czech countryside that we visit on our Prague to Budapest walking tour.

Strolling the cobblestone streets of Cesky Krumlov is like stepping back into medieval times. The Vltava River snakes around the heart of the town, and over it all floats a magnificent castle that was the family seat of the Rozmberk family for more than 300 years. Cafés hang out over the banks of the river, their balconies draped in flowers. It’s no wonder the entire village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When Martin, a native of Austria, called in to chat not long ago, he shared a charming story about a chance encounter in the countryside just outside Cesky Krumlov on a recent trip. It was a classic example of being in the right place at the right time:

“The guests and I were treated to an incredible experience,” Martin recalled. “We happened upon an opera performance in a tiny, historic theater…and the only ones invited inside were our group and a few dozen villagers.”

What I love about anecdotes like this is the way they illustrate our philosophy here at Classic Journeys. By giving our guides the flexibility to take advantage of special, one-of-a-kind opportunities wherever and whenever they arise, we provide our guests with a deeply personal glimpse into each region and its people.

To me, it’s the difference between those big-group, whirlwind tours (the “If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium” type) and the way we travel on our small-group, boutique tours. We thrive on spontaneity, whether we’re on a cultural walking vacation in Tuscany, a Family Journey in Costa Rica or a Culinary Tour in Provence.

If you’ve had a pleasant surprise-like our impromptu opera-during one of your vacations, please drop me a note at And if you’d like more information about our Cultural Walking Adventure Prague to Budapest, please click here.