Prague Highlights for Art Aficionados

Art & Culture

Jana P.

Prague
Czech (Native), English, French, Spanish
10 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 19 people

This overviewing tour is specifically designed for those who prefer to spend a whole day getting to know the main historical quarters and their highlights with a guide. It will be my great pleasure to show you around and to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for this incredible city with you, dear travellers. Let´s dive into the Prague´s beauty, its hidden gems, let´s explore it together...:)

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

In the lobby of your hotel (you are welcome to suggest other meeting point)

09:00

PRAGUE CASTLE HISTORICAL QUARTER

This historic district has always been the noblest and most elegant part of Prague: the ruler used to reside there, the most important noble families of the kingdom built their lavish palaces close to his residence and also artists engaged by the royal court lived and worked in this area. Prague Castle has become an important district also for the Catholic Church: the Archbishop’s palace can be found there, as well as an important Baroque pilgrimage place - the Loreto Shrine. Strahov monastery with its unique library is also part of this area. The Prague Castle itself forms a complex of monuments confined within a Classicist palace, where the President has his office.

Some outstanding monuments can be found in this quarter, some of which can be visited inside:

Option n. 1: THE PRAGUE CASTLE - the entrance ticket includes:

*The Saint Vitus Cathedral – the main shrine of the country. Inside it shelters the most sacred place in the Czech lands – the Saint Wenceslas Chapel, a jewel of gothic architecture. Inside the cathedral you can also see the Baroque tomb of Saint John of Nepomuk, made of more than three tons of silver, or Art Nouveau window created by Alfonse Mucha. (It is ALLWAYS POSSIBLE to enter into a small part of the main nave of the cathedral without having the entrance ticket, but the visitors will only have a general view of the church).

* The Royal Palace will catch your eye not only because of its graceful Late Gothic architecture and star vault, but also because of its Renaissance halls. One of them is the former Diet, another the Land Rolls Hall and finally the Bohemian Chancellery Hall famous for the act of defenestration.

* Saint George´s Basilica – this Romanesque basilica from the 10th century is the embodiment of Middle Ages and one of the oldest churches in the entire Czech Lands. Saint Ludmila, the grandmother of Saint Wenceslas and the most honoured patron of the Czech Lands, is buried there.

* The Golden Lane – Franz Kafka, the famous writer, definitely did not choose one of those colourful miniature houses as his residence randomly: the lane is one of the most picturesque places in Prague. Parts of medieval fortification have been preserved there too. (These monuments will be included in the program if you decide to visit their interiors with your guide.)

Option n. 2: THE STRAHOV LIBRARY

…one of the world´s most beautiful historic libraries: you can visit two halls, one dedicated to theology and one to philosophy. Both halls host richly adorned Baroque libraries, astonishing frescos and impressive stucco ceilings. The oldest book deposited there is from the ninth century, a time when the Czech state hadn´t even existed... (This monument will be included in the program ONLY if you decide to visit its interiors with your guide.)

Option n. 3: THE LORETO SHRINE

…a pilgrimage place dedicated to Virgin Mary, a Baroque sight at the heart of which there is a small copy of a house where the Virgin Mary was born. Every hour the graceful melody of Loreto chimes invites the ears of visitors to this place. A Baroque arcade, chapels, a small church dedicated to the Nativity of the Lord and a Treasury are also part of this sight. The treasury houses a legendary monstrance called “The Prague Sun” – a dazzling masterpiece decorated with six thousand diamonds. (This monument will be included in the program ONLY if you decide to visit its interiors with your guide.)

11:30

THE LESSER TOWN AREA

Malá Strana or the Lesser Town district is the second oldest one in Prague. It had been a gradually growing town on the foothill of the Prague Castle, on the left bank of the Vltava River, until a terrible fire burnt it down in 1541. After this catastrophe the entire royal town of Malá Strana had to be rebuilt from scratch again – and this is how the jewel of Baroque architecture, today´s Malá Strana, came into existence. Nowadays, we are proud of the exquisite Baroque palaces surrounded by historic gardens. This typical Baroque landscape is the key element of the extraordinary beauty of this district.

Main highlights of this quarter: SAINT NICOLAS CHURCH - option n. 4, an icon of the so called Dynamic Baroque, can be visited inside with an entrance fee; Church of Our Lady the Victorious with its miraculous statuette of the Baby Jesus of Prague; Kampa Island with its charming millwheels known as the Prague Venice; John Lennon Wall; the Wallenstein Palace Garden

12:30

Lunch break

Your guide will book a restaurant according to your choice if you wish to do so. You can always book the tour with the lunch as an extra (2-course lunch, typical Czech dish).

14:00

CHARLES BRIDGE

The main Prague icon and at the same time an amazing gallery of Baroque sculptures in the open air. We will not miss the most famous Prague wishing place located on the bridge...:)

14:30

THE OLD TOWN AND ITS JEWISH QUARTER

Originally a royal town, it developed and changed as time and époques passed by, putting on different “costumes”. Taking a walk through the Old Town nowadays is like browsing a book of Europe´s architectural styles and watching them on display right in front of our eyes.

Main highlights of this quarter: the Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock; historical Old Town Hall; new Art Nouveau Prague City Hall; numerous historical houses with their house signs; the Estate Theatre were Mozart conducted his operas; the Municipal House as the icon of Prague Art Nouveau style; cubist house At the Black Madonna; the Powder Tower

Main highlights of the former Jewish Quarter: the Old-New Synagogue; the former Jewish Town Hall with its original clock; the Spanish Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue next to the Jewish Cemetery (the entrance to the cemetery cannot be included in this tour); Franz Kafka playful sculpture

17:00

THE NEW TOWN AND ITS WENCESLAS SQUARE

Wenceslas Square is named after the equestrian statue of the Czech patron saint, St. Wenceslas, that dominates the upper portion of it. It was the place where, after the tragic events of the 1968 Prague Spring, student Jan Palach set himself on fire in the following year. Twenty years later, the Velvet Revolution took place here. The square offers multiple noteworthy examples of buildings that witness the diverse architectural styles of the beginning of the 20th century.

18:00

End of the tour. Where? Just according to your choice. We will discuss this topic at the beginning of your tour which will be conducted in order to make it compatible with your needs and desires.

Ending Point

In the lobby of your hotel or in the city center

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

* Guide fee

* Hotel pick-up

* Transport - if booked as an extra

* Lunch - if booked as an extra

What‘s not included

* Entrance fees

*Transportation fee

* Lunch

Important Information

* When would we recommend you to book the tour with the transfer as an extra?

If you prefer a more comfortable option: the car with the driver will be on our disposal during the whole tour. You will definitely walk much less than on the walking tour and will have the possibility to visit more monuments inside.

* Is the option without the transportation too demanding?

If you are not used to walk it could be the case. Anyway, we can always hop on a tram (the iconic vehicle that defines the streets of the Czech capital) or on a cab and make the walking part shorter. On the other hand, Prague is a real gem of architecture and therefore it is always interesting to walk through it to enjoy the experience.

* If you decide to visit any of the above mentioned sights (please see different numbered options) in company of your guide, you will be kindly asked to pay for corresponding entries directly on spot to their respective box offices. The fees are as folowing: option n. 1 - 300 CZK = approx. 14 USD per person; option n. 2 - 150 CZK = approx. 7 USD per person; option n. 3 - 180 CZK = approx. 8,50 USD per person; option n. 4 - 100 CZK = approx. 5 USD per person. There is no need to choose any of these options in the moment of booking. It can be easily done on the spot.

* The same tour can be conducted also in French and in Spanish.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time
$260/ per group