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Prague

So much to discover

  • NEW TOUR FOR 2020
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Prague’s medieval old town
  • Explore Prague’s 17th-century castle complex with a local guide 
  • Marvel at the Old Royal Palace and St Vitus Cathedral
  • Choice of itinerary option; choose Iconic Sites, or go Behind the Iron Curtain 
  • Iconic Sites: see the Charles Bridge to the oldest working astronomical clock
  • Behind the Iron Curtain: Visit key sites such as Wenceslas Square and the former headquarters of Prague’s Secret Police

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Overview

Few cities can claim to have such a picturesque river as the Vltava, which meanders between Prague and inspired Czech composer Smetana’s moving symphonic poem, The Moldau. A crescent of hills rises from the west bank, crowned by a storybook castle with a riveting history dating back over a thousand years. Cross the spectacular Charles Bridge and you’ll find yourself blissfully immersed in an atmospheric labyrinth of cobbled streets, concealed courtyards and – if you gaze up – soaring spires. Josefov, the fascinating Jewish quarter, contains the poignant remains of the former ghetto and some of Prague’s most iconic sites. Indeed, it’s clear to see why the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ is often regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Under the rule of Bohemian king Charles IV, Prague became the seat of the Holy Roman Empire and one of Europe’s wealthiest cities. In stark contrast, the 15th century was fraught with hardship but in 1620, the influential Habsburgs had seized control and continued to reign for another 300 years, heralding a second ‘golden age’. The city was miraculously spared the tragic fate of other cities during World War II and today, the historic centre is a spellbinding showcase of architectural gems, recognised by UNESCO for its cultural significance. Romanesque rotundas and Renaissance relics influenced by the ancient Romans nestle alongside Gothic churches, Baroque palaces and Neoclassical buildings. Aficionados of Art Nouveau, not to be left out, will easily find the distinctive works of Alphonse Mucha peppered throughout the city.

Of course, the Czechs are also renowned for producing some of the world’s finest – and cheapest – beers. Excellent regional microbreweries have emerged, so there’s more choice than ever before beyond the famous brand names. Traditional Czech cuisine offers another window into its past – many dishes are connected with other Central European countries due to constantly changing borders. Hearty meat and potato dishes feature heavily on local menus, and many pastries popular in Central Europe originated within Czech lands.

With so much to discover in ‘the Golden City’ – perhaps named so for its golden roofs – our city break is a wonderful way to get acquainted with this stunning capital. We’ll journey through a millennium of history as we tour Prague’s charming old town and the remarkably preserved castle complex. After our engaging excursions you are free to do exactly as you wish – explore, relax or make the trip your own with an optional Personalise Your Holiday experience. With expert guides to help you get under the skin of the city, you’ll uncover so much more.



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Day 1 - ARRIVAL IN PRAGUE

Charles Bridge

Arrive at the airport for your flight to Prague. Upon arrival, we transfer by coach to our hotel for three nights, the four-star Hotel Botanique, where your stay includes breakfast. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Relax in your hotel or take the metro to the old town to begin your exploration of this captivating city.

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4* Hotel Botanique - Prague

Located within walking distance of the city's ameneties.

  • Spacious and modern
  • Close to local eateries
  • Relaxing bar

Day 2 - PRAGUE

Old Town Square and Church of Our Lady

Morning

Our local guide joins us this morning on an insightful tour of Prague’s medieval old town. At its heart is a splendid and sweeping town square framed by architectural jewels, such as the Gothic Týn Church, Baroque St Nicholas and Rococo-façaded Kinský Palace. Gaze up in awe at the 14th-century tower of the Old Town Hall, renowned for its incredible astronomical clock, which marks the hour with a miniature parade of the Twelve Apostles. We’ll see the historic synagogues of the old Jewish quarter as well as Wenceslas Square, whose focal point is the handsome statue of the 10th-century duke of Bohemia. Then there’s the much-photographed Charles Bridge, a grand gallery guarded on both sides by 30 Baroque sculptures. The exquisite design is the work of the architect of St Vitus Cathedral, the country’s most important church and an extraordinary example of Gothic architecture.

Alternatively, delve into Prague’s dark yet utterly riveting past on our communism-themed tour. Step behind the Iron Curtain for an in-depth look at how people lived under the communist regime, and hear stories about spies, propaganda and executions, from the time of the Cold War until the Velvet Revolution of 1989. We’ll visit important sites, such as Wenceslas Square and a 1950s nuclear bunker, as well as memorials to the Velvet Revolution and those who sacrificed themselves in protest of the Soviet Invasion of 1968. We’ll also see Bartolomějská street, where the headquarters of Prague’s Secret Police was located.   

Afternoon

After our tour, the rest of the day is free. Perhaps return to an earlier spot that caught your eye or take a cruise along the Vltava for different views of the city. Take your seat at one of Prague’s many pavement cafés and watch the world go by, or seek out a cosy restaurant to sample the local fare. Try some kulajda, a creamy potato soup flavoured with mushrooms, dill and vinegar; a chlebíčky, an open-faced sandwich featuring a variety of toppings; or a trdelník, a delicious rolled pastry served hot and dusted with sugar, cinnamon or nuts. Even if you’re not a beer connoisseur, a taste of Czech beer is a must – with a long history of brewing and a superb selection on offer, there’s likely something to please most palates. For a local’s perspective on Prague’s gastronomic gems, why not Personalise Your Holiday with a food tour early this evening?
 

Day 3 - PRAGUE CASTLE COMPLEX

Day 4 - RETURN FLIGHT

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Personalise Your Holiday

Make it Your Own

Ambient evening treets of Prague
  Astronomical Clock in Prague
 

Evening food tour in Prague - from £80 per person

Discover Prague’s family-run cafes, backstreet bistros and secret wine cellars with a local guide in the scenic foothills surrounding Prague Castle. During this tempting four-hour food tour, you’ll also see lesser-known gems such as Kampa Island, the colourful Lennon Wall and modern-art sculptures by David Černy.

You're Free to Choose

Everyone’s idea of the perfect holiday is different, which is why we offer thoughtfully crafted itinerary choices, carefully selected to give you a more well-rounded and personalised holiday. And of course, these are included in the price.

Prague's Old Town Tour or Prague's Communist Past Tour

On day 2, choose from a classic tour of the sights of the Old Town, including the Charles Bridge with its many sculptures, the Old Town Hall and astronomical clock and more. Alternatively, learn about the city's communist past on a tour that sees a 1950s nuclear bunker, Bartolomějská street - location of the headquarters of Prague’s Secret Police, and more.

Please contact us to add any of the above experiences to your booking.

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Why should I choose Riviera Travel?

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What is included in the price?

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a room and includes:

  • Return flights
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • All local taxes and transfers
  • All tours as mentioned 
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

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