Ussher Society Field Excursion to Western Bohemia September 2010


A few spaces still remain - if you're interested, you must contact Richard Scrivener by first thing on Wednesday 10th March

This year, the Ussher Society, in conjunction with the Devonshire Association Geology Section, is planning an excursion to the western part of the Czech Republic to be led by Richard Scrivener (Ussher Society), Veronika Stedra (Czech Survey) and Jiri Konopasek (Charles University). The intention is to look at a wide range of geology including the rocks of the western Bohemian Massif, the Krusne hory (Ore Mountains), Variscan granites, metalliferous mineralization, Quaternary features, thermal spas and much more!


As planned at present, the participants should arrive in Prague using their own travel arrangements on Sunday 5th September and depart on Sunday 12th September. There are daily flights direct to Prague from a number of UK airports including Bristol, and there is also the possibility to travel by rail via Eurostar, TGV and overnight sleeper from Cologne. On arrival on Sunday 5th there will be a dinner and briefing session, with departure by coach from Prague on the morning of Monday 6th for an excursion, returning on Friday 10th as per the attached itinerary. There will be the opportunity for a free day in Prague on Saturday 11th, or for an optional excursion, possibly to the mining district of Kutna Hora.


The estimated costs include: 

  • Hotel accommodation in Prague 3 nights in shared twin room          
  • Hotel accommodation in country 4 nights in shared twin room          
  • Coach hire and additional expenses for printing and excursion leaders


Total based on take up by 28 people:                 £340

(NB total does not include meals and drinks)


This is an estimated cost and may be subject to alteration, but every effort will be made to achieve the best price possible.  Please note that this will be arranged as a fixed package (though there will be an option for those requiring a single room or not wishing to stay on the night of Saturday 11th) and that participants will not have the option to ‘buy in’ using alternative travel or accommodation arrangements in the Czech republic. The costs include travel and subsistence for the excursion leaders in the Czech Republic.


As there is considerable pressure on hotel accommodation, both in Prague and the Krusne Hory during September, I would like provisional bookings as soon as possible, and certainly no later than 10th March. There will then be more detailed arrangements available and a request for a deposit. If you would like to make a provisional booking, or for further information, please contact


Richard Scrivener

Demmitts Farm




Ex17 3QE


Email: rcscrivener@geologist-uk.com             Phone 01647 24298 or 07791392960


Provisional programme for the excursion [as pdf]

Sunday September 5th

Arrival in Prague during the day, followed by evening dinner and briefing. Overnight at hotel in Prague (probably Kampa Garden ***)

Monday September 6th             Silver mining and mineral spas

 Depart by coach and travel to Beroun: historic silver mining at Stribro. After lunch on to the Marianske Lasne (Marienbad) Geopark with metamorphic and basic igneous rocks. Overnight at the Tepla Monastery Hotel.


Tuesday September 7th           Red beds and Variscan petrology


Examine red beds and related Au mineralisation, then peraluminous metamorphic rocks. After lunch on to visit the Soos mud volcanos (moffetes), the Zelena Hurka volcano, then on to Karlovy Vary. Overnight at the Tepla Monastery Hotel.


Wednesday September 8th     Granites and mining


Granite varieties and thermal springs of Karovy Vary (Carlsbad) including a locality near Loket for Carlsbad feldspar twins, the Becov castle, then on to the Horni Slavkov tin mining district and museum. After lunch, moving on to Prebuz for a look at W mineralisation, then on to Jachymov (Joachimstal) and overnight at Klasterec nad Ohri.


Thursday September 9th          Mineralisation and rocks of the Krusne Hory


Morning to be spent in the Jachymov area looking at Ag-U-Bi-Te mineralisation, followed in the afternoon by travel to Medenec to see the metamorhic rocks of the Saxothurigian zone, including Fe-skarns and garnet-mica schists. Overnight again at Klasterec nad Ohri.


Friday September 10th             Tertiary volcanism of the Ceske Stredohori  


Travel from the hotel to see the dramatic Tertiary volcanic district to the SE of the Krusne Hori, with mineral localities for Czech garnet and zeolites. Return to Prague in the afternoon ready for a cultural evening in the capital, with overnight in Prague.


Saturday 11th September        Optional programme


Free day in Prague or optional visit to the Pribram or Kutna Hora mining districts


Sunday 12th September           Departure 


The above itinerary will be subject to some changes due to local conditions and imponderables: it is not exhaustive, and there will be, for example, plenty of opportunities to see Quaternary and geomorphological features. We will also include culture stops for geologists and non-geologists alike. Before the trip, there will be an excursion guide and we hope that there will be an opportunity to purchase geological maps from the Czech Geological Survey.


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