Thinking about a New Year’s resolution that includes some sort of ‘get fit’ element? Maybe you think you’ll resolve to travel more. Cross two resolutions off at once with some of these fitness holidays originating in Prague. From skiing in Japan to finding yoga bliss in Sri Lanka, the world and your new-and-improved body and soul are just a flight (and a serious chunk of crowns) away.
Powder Ski Camp in Niseko, Japan
herpas Ride is an English speaking outfit dedicated to freeride skiing trips. Their first of the year offers ten days of skiing in Niseko (aka the Powder Skiing Capital of the World), plus sessions on how to ski the insane powder snow Japan has to offer. You’ll hike up a volcano and ski down, visit different resorts, learn how to read the terrain and be aware of dangerous conditions. There are four resorts in the area of Niseko and the region gets 18 meters of snow a year. According to organizer Vojta Lím, the main reason to ski in Japan is the availability of the lightest powder snow on earth. Experiencing the Japanese culture and amazing food are simply bonuses. It is a boutique trip limited to ten participants. Price includes accommodation, breakfast, a ski pass for six different ski resorts and lessons with coaches including video analysis of your ski technique. Flights and other meals are not included.
Date: January 22-February 3, 2015
Price: 38,800 CZK
Triathlon Training Camp in Mallorca
Probably one of the most awesome athletic events you can do, a triathlon not only requires super skill in three sports, but there’s a lot of triathlon knowledge to be learned thanks to the quick switching of said three sports. Get in shape and pick up some tips at this training camp in Spain. You’ll stay at a 3-star resort (the price also includes half board); have the opportunity to practice your stroke in a heated 25-meter swimming pool, get your bike butt ready pedaling through the hills of Mallorca and then go for a nice evening run on the beach. There will be lectures on triathlon training, necessary gadgets, swimming in the open water and video analysis of your swim stroke. An on-site sauna and hot tub should also revive you, or book a session with a masseuse.
Dates: March 14-25, 2015 and March 25-April 5, 2015
Price: 19,900 CZK
More info (Czech only, but they speak English)
Yoga in Sri Lanka
Yoga with Lenka and Lucie offers weekly yoga classes in Prague as well as more intensive weekends in both the Czech Republic and abroad. Their big excursion for 2015 is to Sri Lanka. The price includes seven days accommodation, half board and daily yoga classes. In the past they’ve also held weekends in Kašperské Hory in the Šumava Mountains and in Corfu. The Czech weekends run from Friday night to Sunday morning and the price includes accommodation, breakfast, four group yoga lessons and access to a swimming pool. Their Corfu retreat was a five-night trip with a price that included accommodation, breakfast and daily yoga classes.
Date: March 12-19, 2015
Price 17,000 CZK
Hiking in Nepal
Kudrna is a Czech travel agency specializing in active holidays. Destinations include just about any place in the world, and you can try your hand at anything from expedition trekking and mountaineering in Morocco and the Sahara Desert to hiking in Nepal to biking in Albania.
Dates and prices: Dependent on trip
More info (Czech only)
A Week in Bohemian Switzerland
If you want to experience the Czech Republic in all of its natural, sporty splendor, there are a number of tour organizers ready to help. Northern Hikes will take you to Bohemian Switzerland (České Švýcarsko) on a variety of customized hiking trips (a day long package begins at 1,790 CZK). Biko Adventures offers one day mountain and road biking trips, amongst other outdoorsy adventures.
Dates and prices: Dependent on trip