Your Best Czechia Tour with Aquarius International


















Tour Program 14 (8-days-7-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

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 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

Arrival in Kutna Hora (14-16th cc.), a medieval town in central Bohemia, the second richest town due to its silver mines, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1995. Gothic Cathedral St. Barbara (1388) and the Italian Court, formerly the royal mint. Stone Fountain of 15th century. The famous Sedlec Ossuary and the Cemetery Chapel. Museum of mining. Lunch. Departure to Brno, the capital of Moravia. Check-in at hotel in Brno. Dinner. Overnight in Brno.

DAY 5

City tour of Brno. Visit to Tugendhat House (1930) of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 2001. St. Thomas church (1350), Mahen Theater (1882). The new Town Hall. Old castle of Spilberk (13th c), which was gradually turned into a huge baroque fortress considered the heaviest prison in the Austro-Hungarian empire, and then into barracks. Lunch. Drive to the Gothic cathedral of Peter and Paul (14th c) with the legendary clock. Visiting the sepulcher and both inspection towers. Dinner and overnight in Brno.

DAY 6

Drive to the baroque Slavkov Castle. The battle of Austerlitz actually took place some kilometers to the west from here. The castle has 115 rooms and an impressive garden in the French style. Walk in the park with beautiful baroque sculptures (13th c). Tour of the castle Slavkov: the Ancestors’ Hall, the Historic Room, the altar with monumental sculptures of angels (1774).

Drive to Kromeriz (Kroměříž). Gardens and Castle at Kromeriz (18th c.), a UNESCO Heritage site since 1998. Visit the town square of Kroměříž with cathedral of St. Maurice and sepulcher of bishop Bruno of Schaumburg (1241 - 1281) who founded the town and the famous wine cellars. Archbishop's castle with the art collection of European masters of 15-18th centuries.

Departure to Olomouc. Arrival at hotel in Olomouc. Check-in and lunch. Bus tour of the city. The Archbishop’s palace where Franz Joseph acceded to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Hapsburg Empire in 1848. The Premyslid palace (12th c). The thousand-year-old St. Wenceslas Cathedral with 106 meter bell-tower. Pope John Paul II and Mother Tereza have both visited the cathedral and the holy relics of Saint Jan Sarkander. The Upper Square of the town with the baroque Holy Trinity Column built in the early 1700's and consecrated by the Empress Marie Theresa in 1754 (UNESCO Heritage site). Fountains and the Astronomical clock (15th c). Dinner. Overnight in Olomouc.

DAY 7

Arrival in the town of Litomyšl. The dominant feature of Litomyšl is the monumental Renaissance castle that dates back to 1568–1581. It is an outstanding and immaculately preserved example of the arcade castle. Visiting the art collection of the castle with the Green Room and the Blue Salon, the library and the billiard room. The palace theater with 130-150 seats and the museum of antique scluptures. Old brewery of 16th century. Here, at Litomysl Castle Brewery the famous composer Bedrich Smetana was born on 2 March 1824, and lived here with his parents as Bedrich Smetana's father was a brewer. Now there is a standing exhibition of the personal belongings of the composer, his first grand piano and biographic documentation.

Continue to Hradec Králové, the regional capital of East Bohemia, built on the confluence of Elbe and Orlice rivers as a dowry town of queen Elisabeth Richeza of Poland (1286–1335) who lived here for thirty years, having been the second wife of two Bohemian Kings, Wenceslas II and then Rudolph I of Habsburg. In the early 15th century, it was an important fortress of the Hussite revolution. The military importance of the city ended after the battle at Chlum in 1866. Lunch in Hradec Králové. Arrival in Prague. Check-in at hotel. Overnight in Prague.

DAY 8

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