Your Best Czechia Tour with Aquarius International


















Tour Program 12 (7-days-6-nights)

DAY 1

Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel in Prague. Check-in.
Due to the time of arrival, an Evening Prague Tour may be offered. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 2

City tour: New Town. National Museum, Central Railway station, parish church of St. Anthony of Padua (1908-1911) with twin towers on Strossmayer Square, the fascinating building of Rudolfinum (1876-1886) – the seat of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Bridge, National Theater, the famous Dancing House (1994-1996) by Frank Gehry. Arrival at Vyshehrad Castle for a 2-hour excursion: the Roman-style rotund of St. Martin (11th c.), the neo-Gothic Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul (1080), the 15-19th century cemetery and vaults of the most deserving men and women of the nation - Slavin Mauseleum (1893). Lunch in Vyshehrad. Return to the hotel Evening at leisure. Overnight in Prague.

DAY 3

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 4

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 5

Bus tour to Benatky nad Jizerou, a Renaissance château built on the ruins of an old monastery of a 14th century monastery, purchased by the Emperor Rudolf II in 1599 and lent by him to the Danish astronomer Tycho de Brahe to build an observatory. It was here, that Brahe first met his colleague Johannes Kepler in 1600. It was here that during 1844-1847 young Bedrich Smetana worked as a music teacher in the family of earl Leopold Felix Thun-Hohenstein.

Continuing the tour: arrival at the romantic Sychrov castle of late 17th century. In 1820 Sychrov was bought by the family of Rohan, French aristocrats exiled by the French Revolution. The vast reconstructions they provided changed the outworn Baroque castle into what we see today - a magnificent romantic neo-gothic Chateau. The Rohans had the vision; the skills of the local woodcarvers, decorators, carpenters and glass painters made it. Special attention was paid to the Castle Park, designed in English style. The Rohans Orchid collection was one their prides, famous far beyond Bohemia. Sychrov glasshouse was among the Orchid suppliers to Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. Sychrov Castle is one of the few castles in Czech Republic open all year round Mondays including. The Sychrov Interiors tour offers an exclusive collection of valuable original furnishings. You can also enjoy the Rohans collections of ceramics, Murano glass, porcelain and woodcarvings. Notable is the collection of French portrait paintings, consisting of more than 200 portraits of the Rohans, their related families and French kings.

On the way back to Prague, a brief visit to the Renaissance castle Mnichovo Hradiště, which used to belong to the Wallenstein family and was reconstructed in the beginning of the 17th century into a baroque chateau with French gardens and an English park. Visiting the chapel of St. Anna and the historic interiors of the castle with valuable collections of paintings, pannos, tableware, and china, the Armory Hall and the library. Return to Prague. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 6

Driving to the Gothic Castle of Carlstein (Karlštejn) (1348-1355), the depository of royal and imperial treasures, coronation jewels and archive documents. A tour of the apartments of the imperial family, the Church of Virgin Mary and the Holy Cross Chapel (1357). Lunch.

Driving to Konopiste, the last residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne, whose assassination in Sarajevo triggered World War I. The bullet that killed him is now an exhibit at the castle's museum. Visiting the English Park and Rose Gardens, the historic collection of armory and the library. Return to Prague. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 7

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