Classical Prague - 13th May to 17th May 2019

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A fascinating visit to the Czech Republic’s historic capital, Prague, where the emphasis is on culture, rather than guided hiking routes. Our tour features some of Europe’s finest examples of architecture, including the Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Municipal House and Royal Gardens.

  • Guided tours of the old town from local experts
  • Tours outside of Prague to Karlštejn Castle and the village of Svatý Jan pod Skalou
  • Sightseeing cruise along the river Vltava
  • Cultural tours of the old Jewish quarter, birthplace of Franz Kafka
  • Stay in theluxurious, bohemian trapping of the Hotel Hoffmeister
  • Tours through the narrow, medieval streets of the picturesque capital

We also explore beyond the city limits, with visits to Karistejn Castle, Koneprusy Caves and the fascinating village of Svaty Jan pod Skalou. Add a leisurely cruise on Prague’s Vltava River and an optional classical concert in one of the City’s famous theatres and we are all set for a memorable experience.

Our Guided Tours

Our official English-speaking licensed local guide will provide the interpretation and interesting explanations for all the places we visit. May is the time of year when Venetian gondolas and scores of sailing ships cruise down the Vitava River in the Midsummer Navalis, a beautiful spectacle of lights, music and fireworks in honour of St. John of Nepomuk.

The walking on this holiday is graded Easy and is intended to be relaxing and enjoyable with stops to take photographs and gain a bit of insight into the area courtesy of our guides. We expect to walk around 4 – 6 kms a day, which should be well within the capability of anyone who is reasonable fit.

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DAY 1: WEDNESDAY 13 MAY – TRAVEL (D)

 

Arrive at the airport under your own arrangements for the flight to Prague. Please check-in at least two hours before departure time, using your passport and boarding pass.

Met on arrival by our local agents and transfer to the hotel where we stay for five nights.

Prague is two hours ahead of UK time.

Overnight and dinner at the 5 star Hotel Hoffmeister.

 

DAY 2: TUESDAY 14 MAY – WALKING TOUR OF THE OLD TOWN AND JEWISH QUARTER (BD)

 

After breakfast in the hotel we meet up with our guide for a full day walking tour of Prague

The walking tour includes Prague´s most iconic sites in the Old Town. Starting from the majestic Municipal House and Powder Tower – that served as entrance to the Old Town in medieval times. Continue to the Old Town Square with its renowned astronomical clock “Orloj“. Here we enter the former Jewish Quarter at the house where Franz Kafka was born.

Optional lunch at a local tavern.

Our guide will explain the history of the former ghetto and the oldest synagogue in Central Europe – the Old New Synagogue. Prague’s Jewish Museum is made up of four synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery as well as an art gallery and the Old Ceremonial Hall exhibition space.  This promises to be a unique cultural experience while learning about the life and traditions of Jews who were confined to the former Prague Jewish Quarter.

Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at Hotel Hoffmeister.

 

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY 15 MAY -   Karlštejn Castle, Koněprusy caves and village of Svatý Jan pod Skalou  (BD)

 

After breakfast in the hotel we depart by private coach for Karlštejn Castle (45 minutes). After exploring the castle and learning about its history we walk through pretty narrow streets lined with small souvenir shops and cafés.

Karlštejn Castle was founded in 1348 by the Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor as his private residence and a place of safekeeping for the royal treasures, especially his collections of holy relics and the Imperial Crown Jewels. In 1355 Charles IV stayed here for the first time, overseeing the construction and decoration work. The construction was completed in 1365 when the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the Great Tower was consecrated.

The castle was the residence of Charles IV and his son Wenceslas IV until 1419. As a fortress, Karlštejn Castle protected the crown jewels, holy relics, and royal archives until the 17th century. Over the centuries the castle has always been in the hands of the king or a state institution, never in private hands. Nowadays it is owned by the state.

From Karlštejn Castle we drive (40 minutes) to visit the Koněprusy Caves,  situated in Central Bohemia, 7 km South of Beroun, in the middle of the nature reserve of Czech Karst, not far from castles Křivoklát and Karlštejn. The old Devonian limestone caves consist of three levels to be found 70 metres below ground and over 2 km long. The accessible part is 620 metres long. The tour lasts one hour.

From Koněprusy we drive (40 minutes) to the Village Svatý Jan pod Skalou where we see the first marked hiking trails in the Czech Republic, the oldest surviving local tourist route.

Optional refreshment at Hotel Obecná Škola“before returning to our hotel, a journey (45 minutes).

Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at Hotel Hoffmeister.

 

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DAY 4: THURSDAY 16 MAY – MORNING RIVER CRUISE (BLD)

 

After breakfast in the hotel we sit back and enjoy a two hour cruise along Prague’s Vltava River for panoramic views of the medieval city including Prague Castle, Lesser Town, Old Town and the Jewish Quarter and the gothic Charles Bridge with its dark high rising towers. The medieval town was built along the shallowest river shores and among hills which offers quite a unique view of the capital.

Lunch during the river cruise followed by free time in the afternoon.

Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at Hotel Hoffmeister.

 

DAY 5:  FRIDAY 17 MAY – RETURN FLIGHT TO UK (B)

 

Breakfast at the hotel followed by private transfer to the airport for the return flight to UK

 

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

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We spend four nights at the 5-star Hotel Hoffmeister & Spa, a luxury hotel inspired by the romantic atmosphere of Old Prague, with a location near to most of the city’s historical sites and attractions: including the Old Town, Prague Castel and Charles Bridge and Wallenstein Gardens.

Rooms have full facilities and are spacious and comfortable. The hotel has a Wellness & Spa facility with a unique sauna steam bath in a 15th century grotto along with a Finnish sauna, and whirlpool bath and spa treatments.

Breakfast is served in the hotel along with dinner on the first night. Dinners will be in local restaurants for all other nights.

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Price per person, sharing a twin/double room in your apartment departing from Manchester or Stansted £995
Single person supplement, occupying your own apartment £265

What The Price Includes

  • Four nights luxury accommodation in the 5-star Hotel Hoffmeister
  • Breakfast in the hotel each day
  • Dinner in the hotel or local restaurants
  • Flights from UK to Prague
  • Private airport transfers
  • Private minibus travel in connection with visits and walks
  • Welcome reception
  • Accompanying tour leader
  • Qualified local English-speaking walking guide
  • Entrance fees to all places of interest
  • Boat cruise with lunch

What Is Not Included

  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to guides, which are optional

For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances - it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

Please Note: For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

Arrival

 

Flights are the latest known and subject to confirmation by the airline. Flights include allocated seats and hold luggage allowance of 23kg

 

Depart Manchester                                EZY1801                      13:40

Arrive Prague                                                                           16:45

Depart London Stansted                        EZY3067                      10:25

Arrive Prague                                                                          13:15

Departure

 

Breakfast at the hotel followed by private transfer to the airport for the return flight to UK

 

Depart Prague                          EZY1802                                  21:05

Arrive Manchester                                                                    22:20

 

Depart Prague                          EZY3068                                  15:10                                                               

Arrive London Stansted                                                            16:05

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Weather

Weather in Prague is very typical of a continental climate, with stark, freezing winters and long summers, packed with plenty of daylight. By travelling in May, we can expect to experience mild, bright days out walking without the humidity associated with summers in the Czech Republic.


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