This city tour, complemented with walks and inside visits, will provide you with your first insight into the "Golden City". We’d take you from Wenceslas Square with its famous statue of St. Wenceslas, along cobblestone roads and over bridges to the Prague Castle district. From here we embark past the Archbishop’s Palace to reach St. Vitus‘ Cathedral. After viewing the cathedral (which took over 600 years to build!), we will continue on to the Royal Palace, the Golden Lane and down the Old Castle Stairs.
From there, we’ll head back over the Vltava River and down the exclusive Paris Street to Old Town Square, where we’ll have a chance to see Old Town Hall with its famous Astronomical Clock, St. Nicholas Church and Tyn Church.
This 13th Century castle was a favorite summer getaway and hunting lodge for the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Reconstructed at the end of the 19th century to serve the needs of Archduke Franz Ferdinand d’Este (whose assassination in Sarajevo sparked Word War I), Konopiste houses collections of historical weapons, period furniture, paintings and tapestries. The tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the regular, day-to-day royal life at the turn of the last century.
This tour takes you about 65 km (40 mi) east of Prague to Kutna Hora, an ancient silver mining town founded in the l3th century. Kutna Hora’s splendid Gothic architecture has earned the town its place in UNESCO’s cultural heritage listing. Our tour through the town includes visits to St. Barbara’s Cathedral with its valuable paintings, and the former Royal Mint that once produced the region’s tender (Prague groschen). Optional venues include the silver mines located below the city center (not recommended for the claustrophobic) and the macabre "Bone Church", whose interiors are exclusively decorated with – you guessed it – human bones
Travel through the charming South Bohemian countryside, full of little villages and ponds, to reach the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. Cesky Krumlov’s imposing Renaissance castle, second only to Prague Castle in size, is perched atop a hill overlooking the meticulously preserved Old Town. This small city is a delight to the senses with its truly "Bohemian" atmosphere of little cafés, art galleries and antique shops dotted along tiny, winding paths and alleyways; one can almost hear the lutes playing from the open windows of forgotten palaces. Understandably, Cesky Krumlov is included on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage.
Karlovy Vary Spa
The largest and most famous spa in the Czech Republic, Karlovy Vary has played an important part in the region’s cultural and social life. Lying in a deep valley on the confluence of two rivers and surrounded by forests, Karlovy Vary – also known as Carlsbad – is an ideal location to regenerate one’s tired body. According to legend, the town’s springs were discovered by Emperor Charles IV nearly 650 years ago when he had a small hunting lodge built nearby. Soon afterwards, a spa was opened offering drinking and bathing cures using the local springs; people have flocked to Karlovy Vary for treatment of various ills and malaise ever since. Visitors to Karlovy Vary can sample the water and enjoy the perhaps even more curing effect of the town’s beautiful colonnades and vistas.
Marianske Lazne Spa
Marianske Lazne (Marienbad) boasts the largest number of healing springs in the region – altogether forty originate here. Located in a valley surrounded by forest, Marianske Lazne is often called "a town in a sea of green". Systemic treatment in the local springs began approximately 200 years ago, and the first institute for spa treatment was founded here as late as 1903. The spa flourished in the early part of the 20th Century, as proven by the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture that provides Marianske Lazne with a romantic milieu.