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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A One-Week Stay in the Czech Republic

9 days from $3,990

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


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 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. 

2018 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 your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Later, follow in the footsteps of Mozart to visit places connected with the composer. Enjoy Smithsonian exclusive access as you begin exploring with a visit to the Estates Theater. Visit the Mozart Salon and enjoy a private concert of his music. In 1787 Mozart conducted the first performance of his opera Don Giovanni at this theater. Next, continue to the baroque St. Nicholas Church where Mozart played the organ. After a lunch featuring Bohemian specialties, learn about contemporary Czech history at an engaging lecture presented by a local expert. (B,L)

Day 5 — Prague and Dresden

Travel from Prague this morning on a day trip that will take you through the scenic Saxon Alps to the city of Dresden in what was East Germany. Dresden has been remarkably rebuilt after the fire-bombing, during WWII, devastated the city. On an engaging city tour, see the Zwinger Palace, Taschenberg Palace, the Royal Palace and the Royal Catholic Cathedral. Visit the Old Master’s Gallery, that showcases one of the most magnificent art collections in Europe and the Church of Our Lady. Follow your own path this afternoon with a leisurely walk along the Elbe River or explore the Old Town or the Prager Strasse. (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)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)