Four Seasons Prague Prague, Czech Republic

Essential Prague

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Our Essential Prague is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the city, with just a taste of the extraordinary experiences that only Exeter International can provide.

The Basics

  • Three nights in one of the city’s top hotels, inclusive of tax and breakfast 
  • Private airport or train station transportation to and from your hotel
  • Private Exeter Guide at your service as described in the program
  • Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program
  • 24-hour, English-speaking local assistance in case of emergency or changes

Highlight of Exeter's Essential Prague
A private tour of the Castle District including a VIP visit into the Strahov Monastery Library

Easy to Combine with:

  • Slovenia
  • Salzburg
  • Vienna
  • Budapest
  • Bratislava

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$3,100 per person, based on two guests traveling together. Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability.

Day 1
Arrival | Prague Charles Bridge - Prague, Czech Republic

Upon your arrival into Prague, you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel in the city center. If the weather is nice, your hotel’s rooftop lounge is the perfect spot to take in the gorgeous view of the city.

Perhaps more than any other city in Europe, Prague has kept its pre-modern charm. Spared the destruction of the Second World War, the ancient structures of the city still exist in their original state. Prague is a walking city as it was designed over many centuries for the pedestrian and the horse. The inner city lacks major avenues as found in Paris or Rome, giving the city its unique character.

Exeter Services: Arrival Transfer

Hotel: Aria Prague

Day 2
Prague | Prague Prague, Czech Republic

This morning your guide and driver will meet you for an overview drive of some of Prague’s top sites. Drive by the famous Dancing House and through the historical area of Vysehrad, with its 10th-century fort. You will also observe modern local Czech life with a drive through the bustling residential area of Vinohrady, once covered by vineyards. You will then head towards the Castle District and Hradčany.

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Today you have a VIP visit to the Strahov Monastery. Here, you will be invited into the two main halls of the library: The Philosophical Hall and the Theological Hall. These two halls are always viewed by the public through the narrow doorways at the end of each room, but you will be allowed to enter the rooms to walk alone among the ancient books and artifacts.

Included today will also be a visit to the Prague Castle complex. Here Maria Theresa commissioned the famous architect of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Nicholas Pacassi, to design the interior of the complex. This castle, designed with courtyards inside of courtyards, is a fascinating view into the lives of the Czech monarchy. You might want to step into the towering and wonderfully Neo-Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral inside the complex.

As a side note, the castle complex and the cathedral are often very crowded with lines because of the security measures in place. Once in the castle territory, if the line is daunting, skip the cathedral. You can then visit Lobkowicz Palace, also on the castle territory.

We love a visit to the Lobkowicz Palace to view the interesting exhibition The Princely Collection. This is a special treat, as the audio guide that you will use is recorded by Mr. William Lobkowicz himself. After the confiscation by the Nazis and later, the Communists, the palace has been returned to the Lobkowicz family, one of the most powerful Czech aristocratic families whose history goes all the way back to the 14th century. The Lobkowicz restored the palace into a wonderful private museum. The tour will give you an insight into their life and their collection of paintings, decorative art, porcelain sets, music scores (one with Mozart’s own handwritten notes), arms, and armors. Don’t miss the original score of Beethoven’s Eroica!

Your day will end in the Malá Strana or Little Quarter, which is best known for the Wallenstein Palace and Church of St. Nicholas. Also, it is here in the Malá Strana that you will find many charming restaurants and unique shops full of Bohemian glass and the marionettes that are so famous in Prague.

Note: Most touring today is on foot in largely pedestrian only areas. Please dress for comfort.

Exeter Services: Vehicle & Driver (3 Hours); Guide (6 Hours)

Hotel: Aria Prague

Day 3
Prague | Prague Prague, Czech Republic

Today your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and will and take you through Prague’s famous Jewish Quarter and the Old Town. Visit the historic synagogues, including the ancient Old-New Synagogue, which was built in the late 13th century, making it the oldest synagogue still in use in Europe. A personal favorite is the Pinkas Synagogue, which is now a memorial to the nearly 80,000 victims of the Holocaust from Bohemia. Especially moving is the exhibition of children’s drawings from Terezín. While in the Jewish Quarter, you may decide to visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, founded in the late 15th century and still corresponding to its original medieval size. Over the centuries, more than 100,000 people are believed to have been buried here.

After your tour of the Jewish Quarter , your guide will take you through Prague’ s storybook Old T own. Y ou’ll want to see the beautiful expanse of the Charles Bridge but it’s a more magical experience to visit it very late or very early on your own, when it’s free of the souvenir stands and tourists. Your guide will give you a quick lesson of Prague’s history, evident in every building and small passage way of this 800 year old city. Be sure not to miss the fairytale-like Old Town Hall Tower (1364) that stands above Old Town Square- you can even go to the top of the tower for a splendid view over the district.

Finally, you will enter New Town- which is new because it was only founded in 1348! Here you can visit Wenceslas Square, were over the many centuries demonstrations of civil discontent have taken place. At the top of the square you will see the imposing building of the National Museum and the Monument to St Wenceslas, the patron of the Czech lands, by sculptor Josef Myslbek. As you stroll, our guide will point out some of the interesting sculptures in Prague

Enjoy this afternoon at your leisure to explore Prague on your own.

Enjoy this afternoon at your leisure to explore Prague on your own.

Exeter Services: Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Aria Prague

Day 4
Prague | Prague Jubilee Synagogue - Prague, Czech Republic

Option 1:

Meet your driver and guide today to explore the countryside. Your destination today is the village of Karlštejn and its beautiful castle.

Karlštejn is an exceptional castle not only for its historical significance but also due to its robust structure and architecture. It was established in 1348 by the Czech and Roman King Charles IV who gave it a role of the treasury for the coronation insignia and the most valuable relics of the Holy Roman Empire. Your visit today includes the historic interiors, but also the most valuable rooms of the medieval castle with original and unique decor.

Your visit also includes the Chapel of the Holy Cross – the spiritual heart of the castle and once of the Holy Roman Empire. The Chapel of the Holy Cross features a unique collection of wall paintings by Master Theodoric dating back to the 14th century. You will also see the replica of St. Wenceslas crown, the coronation crown of the Czech Kings, as well as many of the original furnishings that were used by King Charles IV himself.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver, & Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Aria Prague

Option 2:

This morning meet your driver and guide for a trip to Terezín, approximately 45 minutes outside of Prague. On the way from Prague, if you’re interested, you can visit the New Jewish Cemetery. This Cemetery was established in 1891 when the Old Cemetery no longer had the space for the needs of the community. The cemetery is remarkable for its art nouveau tombstones with beautiful decorations. It is also here where the famous writer Franz Kafka was buried.

Just south of Terezín, you will visit the former Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt. The buildings of the camp originally served as barracks for Austrian soldiers during the 18th and 19th centuries, before being used by the Nazis as a concentration camp.

The Nazis used the town in an attempt to influence international opinion; they tried to create the image of a “spa town” – renaming the streets, painting buildings, establishing stores and parks. The Ghetto Museum tells the tragic story of this town.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver, & Guide (5 Hours)

Hotel: Aria Prague

Option 3:

Today your guide will take you to the Veltrzni Palace – the home of Prague’s contemporary art collection. Part of the National Gallery this is home to the Modern and Contemporary Art collection. The permanent exhibition covers the beginnings of the modern art in the 19th century, the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism and the main trends of the 20th century art. On display are, among others, excellent pieces by Munch, Klimt and Picasso as well works by renowned Czech artists.

Later, you will visit the Dox Centre for Contemporary Art. Located in a former factory, this is the largest institution in the Czech Republic focusing on contemporary art. It offers exhibition areas, a design shop, a performance center, a bookstore, and the unique Gulliver Airship on its roof. Exhibitions change throughout the year.

As time allows, spend the rest of your time with your guide and driver exploring some of the galleries and neighborhoods of Prague 7 – its creative and artistic district.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver, & Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Aria Prague

Day 5
Departure | Departure Czech National Gallery - Prague, Czech Republic

This morning check-out and meet your driver for your transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Cost of flight is not included in your program.

Exeter Service: Departure Transfer

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