Discover the storied past of the "Golden City" of Prague with its Baroque churches and fairy-tale vistas, as you take guided tours of the city's highlights and enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

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Prague

A One-Week Stay in the Czech Republic

9 days from $4,190

Discover the storied past of the "Golden City" of Prague with its Baroque churches and fairy-tale vistas, as you take guided tours of the city's highlights and enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. View Special Air Rates/Services to learn more.

The magical cityscape of Prague, a World Heritage site along the Vltava River, features a fascinating history, eight centuries of superb architecture, and a special focus on classical music. Delve into the essence of Prague during this one-week stay, as you reside at the newly opened Hotel Cosmopolitan, located on a quiet street in the Old Town.

Highlights Include

  • Prague’s Iconic Sites: Visit Prague Castle, including Strahov Monastery and St. Vitus Cathedral, as well as Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and St. Nicholas Church, and take a private cruise on the Vltava River. Walk along the hallowed lanes of the Jewish Quarter, home to many synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery. You’ll also devote a morning to the city’s Art Nouveau architecture and artist Alphonse Mucha.
  • In the Footsteps of Mozart: Enjoy a private concert at the neo-classical Estates Theater and a private performance of Don Giovanni at the National Marionette Theater, plus go backstage at the theater.
  • Day Excursions: Travel to two important medieval towns in Bohemia. In Pilsen, tour the Church of St. Bartholomew and the historic underground area, and enjoy a tasting at a brewery. Plus, discover Cesky Krumlov, a World Heritage site renowned for its charm. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Smithsonian Journeys travelers depart the U.S. on overnight transatlantic flights to Prague in the Czech Republic

Day 2 — Prague

After arrival at Prague’s Ruzyně International Airport transfer to your hotel located in the city’s Old Town. Upon arrival at the hotel, you’ll receive a welcome kit with maps and general information about Prague and its environs. There’s time to unpack and relax before joining fellow Smithsonian travelers for an orientation walk of the neighborhood surrounding the hotel. The evening begins with a Smithsonian welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 — Prague

During your stay, a full American-style buffet breakfast will be served each morning. After breakfast attend an engaging presentation by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Begin exploring the city in the area of Prague Castle. Visit the Strahov Monastery founded in the 12th-century. You’ll have special Smithsonian “insider access” to the Philosophical and Theological Halls of the Monastery’s Library. After a delightful musical performance, continue to visit St. Vitus Cathedral. The historic center of Prague has been designated a World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch at the Piano Terra restaurant featuring classic Czech cuisine. After lunch, relax aboard a specially chartered boat for a cruise on the Vltava River. Explore Charles Bridge and the Old Town to discover a myriad of historic architectural styles. This afternoon explore on your own. Join new friends in the Smithsonian Journeys corner for some easy conversation. (B,L)

Day 4 — Prague

Start the day with a presentation by the Smithsonian Journeys Expert. The morning continues as you follow in the footsteps of Mozart to visit places connected with the composer. Enjoy Smithsonian “insider access” as you begin exploring with a visit to the Estates Theater to visit the Mozart Salon and the fascinating backstage area. You’ll have the experience of enjoying a private concert during the visit. In 1787 Mozart conducted the first performance of his opera Don Giovanni here. Next, board an antique tram for the ride to the old quarter or Mala Strana and St. Nicholas Church where Mozart played the organ. Continue to the National Marionette Theater where you’ll attend a private performance of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. After lunch, learn about contemporary Czech history at an engaging lecture. (B,L)

Day 5 — Prague and Pilsen

Travel out of Prague this morning for a day-trip to the city of Pilsen, an important city and center of government in West Bohemia. Visit the Church of St. Bartholomew and the remarkable historic underground network of brewery cellars; some as high as three stories. Pilsen is renowned the world over for its beer. Visit the Pilsner Urquell Brewery for a tasting at the interesting Beer Museum. After a lunch of local specialties, return to Prague. (B,L)

Day 6 — Prague

Start the day with a presentation by the Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Later, explore the Old Jewish Cemetery in the former Jewish Ghetto of Prague that survived the troubled times of the Nazi and Communist regimes. See the Jewish Town Hall and Old New Synagogue, Europe’s oldest active synagogue. The remainder of the day is free of planned activities, so follow your own path and explore on your own. (B) 

Day 7 — Prague and Cesky Krumlov

Travel outside of Prague to visit the lovely southern Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. The city’s center has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. See wonderful examples of the city’s Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the city and have lunch at leisure. (B)

Day 8 — Prague

Art Nouveau architecture is an important aspect of Prague’s character. There are many fine examples of this remarkable style but the most renowned is the Municipal House located on the site of the former Royal Court. Alphonse Mucha a Czech artist born in 1860 is one of the best known of the Art Nouveau painters and illustrators. Visit the Mucha Museum to see the collection of his remarkable work. This evening, attend a Smithsonian Journeys farewell dinner at a select restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9 — Depart for the U.S.

Early this morning, transfer to Prague’s International Airport for return flights to the United States. (B)