Day 1: Arrive in Prague
Upon arrival in Prague, met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this fairy tale city in the center of Bohemia. Overnight in Prague.
Day 2: Prague City Tour
Today explore the city, which to most Europeans is known as a "Hundred Tower Prague". Stroll through the narrow streets and cobbled squares, feel the walls of six hundred year old architecture, salute some great kings and artists and prepare to travel back in time.
We start our day on the left bank of Vltava, a river that divides the city in half, and walk around the castle district of Hradcany. Slowly make your way through two Baroque-style courtyards into the third one of Gothic construction. Here, visit St. Vitus Cathedral. Across the third courtyard stands the Old Royal Palace, home to the kings of Bohemia from the 11th to the 16th century. On the way from the castle towers, visit the Golden Lane, an alley of miniature 16th century pastel-colored cottages. Just outside the castle gates visit the Archbishop's Palace, well-known for its Rococo exterior and extravagant interior. Walk by Strahov Monastery, known for its extensive library.
From the castle district we'll walk downhill (3.5 miles) and cross Charles Bridge to explore Old Town - Prague's traditional heart of the city. The most popular site around the square is the Old Town Hall with its 15th century Astronomical Clock. Crowds gather here every hour to see the parade of the little apostles.
The most impressive Gothic structure of the Old Town is the mighty Tyn Church with its two irregular towers that bristle with spires and pinnacles. In the afternoon visit Bertramka Villa, where Mozart stayed during his visit while composing "Don Giovanni". Later he dedicated the masterpiece to the "good people of Prague".
We'll complete our day by strolling through New Town, the city's main commercial and business district, on our way to lively Wenceslas Square. Once a medieval horse market the square has been the site of turning points in Czech history.
Overnight in Prague. (B)
Day 3: Day at Leisure - River Cruise
A full day of leisure to explore this storybook city with its incredible array of Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Rococo and Romanesque architecture. Prague is truly a feast for the senses. This evening board a steamer to cruise the Vltava river. See the illuminated sights of Prague, while enjoying dinner and music onboard. Overnight in Prague. (B, D)
Day 4: Optional Tours
Today, choose from four different day-tour options:
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kutna Hora, where you can explore the exceptional Gothic-styled St. Barbara Cathedral, walk through the city center, visit the Czech Silver Museum and descend 120 feet into a medieval silver mine.
- Discover the medieval castle Karlstejn - a 14th-century fortress that has a unique position among Czech castles. It was built by Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV as a place for safekeeping of the royal
treasures, especially Charles' collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire.
- Take a walking tour of the old Jewish quarter of Prague - Josefov, with one of the richest collections of Judaica in Europe, and one of the most fascinating sights in Prague.
- Journey back to the 13th century at Konopiste Chateau, famous for its fascinating collection of historical weapons and hunting trophies. Overnight in Prague. (B)
Day 5: Depart Prague
Say goodbye to this beautiful city and transfer to Prague airport for your departing flight. (B)