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First formed in the late 9th century as the Duchy of Bohemia as part of the powerful Moravian Empire, today’s Czech Republic has also in its time been part of the Holy Roman Empire, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Occupied by Germany during WWII, it was liberated by the Red Army and became a communist state until the Velvet Revolution of 1989. No wonder then that this Czech Republic tour, steeped in a millennium of fascinating history, culture and the music of Dvorak, Smetana and Mahler, makes for such a wonderful step back in time.

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.

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11 days starting from £2068pp