Your Best Czechia Tour with Aquarius International


















Tour Program 8 (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 monumental Castle of Nelahozeves, one of Bohemia’s finest Renaissance castles since 1623. Visiting the Knights’ Hall, the Armory Hall, the fine art collection and the gallery of Dutch portraits of 16-17th centuries considered the largest private collection in Czechia. Continuing the tour to Veltrusy mansion, a baroque chateau of the 18th century in Veltrusy, Bohemia, the summer seat of the count Chotek family near the Vltava River. Visiting the Men’s Chamber, Maria Theresa’s Salon, the Smoking Room, the bedrooms and the Chinese Chamber, the Hunting Room and the Japanese Chamber, the expansive library.

Departing for Libochovice, a 16th century Renaissance chateau. The château now harbors exhibitions of original baroque furniture and rare tapestries. Integral part of the château is the 26 hectare large park which splits into French garden and English park. Visiting Saturn’s Hall, the library, the 8 blue and white 18th century fireplaces. There is a 14th century gothic temple in the village of Libochovice. After lunch, return to Prague. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 4

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 5

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 the enormous Gothic royal town of Krivoklat (13th c.), the former hunting property of the Přemyslid Dynasty, turned into a prison in the 16th century. A tour of the historic fortress, the chapel, the Knights Hall, the Royal Hall, the Fürstenberg library, the jail, the Fürstenberg museum, the Huderka tower that offers a magnificent view of the location. 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