This is our first trip to Prague and highlights of the Czech Republic
i.e. castles and gardens, national parks out in the country.( We have been to Cesky Krumlov (loved it!).
We would love to visit Poland as well, and get to Zakopane where my husband's Grandfather came from.
How to travel from place to place? Trains? Buses?
What are the highlights and how to travel around in the countryside in both the Czech Republic and Poland?
What are accommodations like? We love small Inns, B&B type places, but I don't think the countryside has this type of place to spend the night.
Is there any river transportation available?
Length of time 2 to 3 weeks in September.
We are not hostel types and do enjoy using a guide or guides.
This site might help:
There are local trains and buses you can use. Some may be better booked beforehand, like maybe the Prague to Warsaw train.
Your best chance of finding the kind of accommodation you want is probably hostelbookers. They do non-hotel accommodation.
There are a number of companies which do cruises and river tours along the Danube from Prague. This is one of them:
You don't say if you want to go directly from Prague to Zakopane. Or you want to travel with stops??? If yes you can travel by train/bus in PL and CZ, depends on the destination. So I can not help you much because I am not sure where exactly you want to go:-) In PL you can go by train from Krakow to Zakopane, which I think is the most popular. It is easy to get to Krakow so it will not be a problem;-) If you want to stay in a countryside just try to find ex."agroturystyka Zakopane" in google and you will find a lot of places you can spend a night with nice breakfast:-) Of course it is also an easy way to find accomodation in many different places in PL. In CZ try to find it looking for "ubytovani" and you will also find many places to stay.
We are just at the beginning planning stage. I just know of a few places on our list of want to get to places at this point. Krakow is a must. We love to be in the countryside and visit Gardens, Castles, National Parks etc. Thank you for these site suggestions.
Well, definitively you should visit Dolny Śląsk (Lower Silesia) in PL then. There is a lot of castles, eg. :
and other, you have all of them on the website.
So you can go from Prague to the north (you can visit Adrszpasko-Teplicke Skaly in CZ) to Nachod area, then to PL to Dolny Slask and to Wrocław (where I live:-). Wrocław is also worth seeing (http://wroclove2012.com/en/artykuly-o-wroclawiu/history-of-wroclaw/) ,
And from Wroclaw to Kraków (many trains a day) and Zakopane:-)
This is only to consider, maybe it will help you to plan your trip:-)
Near Prague I would recommend to go to Karlovy Vary and Cesky Sternberk castle
In Poland apart from Krakow I liked Warsaw, Gdansk and Szymbark in the North