Czech Republic Pheasant Hunting
Trek has designed an all-encompassing venture into the country of the Czech Republic and neighboring Poland. You will see Prague in all its splendor, cross the countryside in a high-speed train, wine and dine in the Ostrava’s most hospitable chateau, and spend a day in Krakow. Of course, we’ll also experience well organized driven hunts in some the finest high volume estates in Eastern Europe.￼
This deluxe Czech Republic pheasant hunting trip starts with your arrival to Prague, where your group will be met and transferred to the wonderful and famous Augustine Hotel for two nights in the heart of the city. While staying at the Augustine, we have arranged some very nice dining experiences and a half day guided city tour, including visits to the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square and St. Nicholas Church. Following our stay in Prague, we will board a high speed Pendolino Train heading east to Ostrava, where we’ll headquarter at Chateau Zabreh for five nights.
We have scheduled three days of driven pheasant hunting on handpicked estates, with a break for a day of touring the sights of Krakow, Poland. The last day, our group takes the train back to Prague in time to catch your flight home. All told, this wonderful journey consists of eight days and seven nights.
There are very few shooting venues that can match the thrill, pageantry and anticipation of European driven hunts. Hunters stand with his loader at a pre-drawn peg in a line of guns on the edge of forest and trees waiting for the horn blast, signifying beaters and dogs to drive the pheasant to the line of guns. As the hundreds of pheasant get driven closer to the edge of the forest, they explode in air over the hunter’s line of pegs, producing fast and furious gunning. There are usually 5-6 drives each day with a break for a snack, each drive having its own distinct bird flights that are so very popular. The Czech hunts are well known for their organization and prolific number of game, and for this particular hunt we have contracted 1200 birds for eight guns over three days.
In Prague we will stay at the beautiful and well located 5-star Rocco Forte Augustine Hotel that gives you easy walking access to the heart of Prague and is within view of the Prague Castle and Wallenstein Gardens. The hotel features all the amenities you would expect from a Rocco Forte Hotel, such as a spa, gourmet restaurants, and lively bar/lounge, but most importantly you get excellent attention and service.
The Chateau Zabreh in Ostrava was once a renaissance chateau of distinction in the 16th and 17th century, housing as many as 20 different noble families until the 20th century, where it was abandoned during the world wars. In 2004, the chateau was purchased and fully restored, and now boasts eight distinctive suites in a renaissance setting of high vaulted ceilings and baroque architecture and design. Zabreh also features a wonderful restaurant and its own brewery. With only eight rooms, our hunting groups are well attended to.
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