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Tour Program 11 (6-days-5-nights)

DAY 1

Arrival in Prague early in the morning (optional by aircraft, bus or train). Meeting and transfer to the hotel in Prague. Check-in.
Excursion to the Prague Castle and the Lesser Town. the Royal Palace (11th c), presently the residence of Czech presidents; St. Vitus Cathedral (14th c); Art gallery of the Prague Castle; St. George’s Convent and Basilica (10th c). Daliborka Tower (the town prison since 15th c.) and the Golden Lane (Zlata Ulochka). Walking through the Garden on Ramparts (Zahrada na Valech) we go out on the Hradchanska Square. Schwarzenberg Palace (1569) with the Museum of Military History. Tuscan Palace (1691), Sternberg Palace (17th c.). Passing to the Lesser Town Square via Nerudova Street. St. Nicholas Cathedral (1756), the Church of Our Lady of Victory (1613) where the world-famous Infant Jesus of Prague is kept. Lunch. Continuing the tour to the Square of the Knights of the Cross (Krizovnicke namesti) via Charles Bridge (14th c.), a symbol of Prague. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 2

Walking along the central boulevard of Prague, Wenceslas Square, towards the Powder Tower (Prasna brana) and the Municipal House (Obecni dum) from the historic building of the National Museum. Old Town Square with Gothic spires of the Týn Church (14-16th cc.) towering over the square and the statue of reformer Jan Hus, and the Astronomical Clock (15th c.) on the Old Town Hall. St. Nicholas Church (1732-1737). Jewish Quarter (Josefov): Old New Synagogue (13th c.), Pinkas Synagogue (15th c.), Meisel Synagogue (16th c.), Klaus Synagogue (17th c.), High Synagogue (16th c.), Ceremonial Hall (16th c.) and the Old Jewish cemetery. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 3

Bus tour to the celebrated town of Tábor in Southern Bohemia, which is strongly linked to one of the most famous periods of the Czech history - the Hussite Movement and the Hussite Wars. Its founder Jan Zizka from Trocnov (1360-1424) was a bohemian military war-lord who led the Hussite forces and is considered the greatest warrior of Czech history of all time. The remarkable history of the town started in the spring of 1420 when a group of followers of the great Catholic reformer Jan Hus came here to establish a settlement, which soon became the power base of the Hussite movement and played a vital role in the nation’s history. Tábor had a strong economy and its own armed forces, even its own foreign policy. The citizens of Tabor did not recognize the authority of the Czech King until 1452 when the town surrendered to the troops of the Governor of Bohemia, Jiri of Podebrady. The end of the 15th century brought peace and the town flourished. Tábor underwent a transformation from a military fortress into a real town, and the general features have not changed much ever since.

Continuing the tour to one of the most visited castles in the Czech Republic, Hluboká that rises on a steep promontory above the Vltava river. Originally a royal castle, Hluboka (Frauenberg) was founded together with the neighboring town of České Budějovice in the 13th century by the Czech King Premysl Otakar II. In 1871 Hluboká obtained its today's form under the rule of Johann Adolf II Schwarzenberg and his wife Eleonora, who decided to design the reconstruction according to the royal Windsor Castle, with 140 lavishly furnished rooms, towers and bastions. Now the original riding hall of the castle houses the exhibitions of Aleš South Bohemian Gallery.

Arrival in České Budějovice well known for the beer (Budweiser) brewed there since the 13th century. Dinner and overnight in České Budějovice

DAY 4

Driving to the picturesque medieval town of Český Krumlov, a UNESCO Heritage site since 1992. Construction of the town and its expansive castle began in the late 13th century. In 1302 the town and the castle were owned by the House of Rosenberg. Emperor Rudolf II bought Krumlov in 1602 and gave it to his natural son Julius d’Austria. Emperor Ferdinand II gave Krumlov to the House of Eggenberg. From 1719 until 1945 the castle belonged to the House of Schwarzenberg, then it was annexed by Nazi Germany as part of the so-called Sudetenland. After World War II it was restored to Czechoslovakia. Most of the architecture of the old town and castle dates from the 14-17th centuries. Tour of the castle to see the unique Baroque theater (completed in 1766 and preserved with its original stage machinery, one of the few that still exist), the church of St. Vitus, a Gothic church of 15th century with frescoes from the same period, and the three-storey bridge of 17th century. Lunch.

After the lunch, the tour will continue to the 13th century South Bohemian village of Holasovice, an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a traditional central European village with a large number of 18-19th century vernacular buildings in a style known as 'South Bohemian folk Baroque'. Tour of the village with its chapel of St. Nepomuk. Return to České Budějovice. Dinner and overnight in České Budějovice.

DAY 5

Driving to the Orlik Castle of 13th century, reconstructed in Pseudo-Gothic style at the end of 19th century. Visiting the Greater and Lesser Knight's Halls, Hunting Hall, Blue and Empire Saloons, Library, and the Gun Corridor. Driving to Příbram Svata Hora (Holy Mountain), the oldest and most revered pilgrimage shrine of Czechia, to see the Chapel of Svata Hora and the church of Assumption of Virgin Mary.

Arrival at Dobrish. Lunch. Visiting the Dobrish (Dobříš) rococo chateau (16-17th cc) with French Gardens and English Park. Tour of the Mirror Hall, the library and the Neo-Renaissance dining hall. Return to Prague. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 6

Check-out of the hotel. Transfer to the airport (railway station, bus station, etc.). Departure.