Golden Prague! The city of Slavic legends comes alive as you
join a local guide for a walking tour around
the Castle, Cathedral and Old Town. From atop the hill at the castle you
will see “Golden Prague”, with over 500 church spires and the silvery
winding ribbon of the Vltava River. Prague’s castle is the largest
preserved fortress from the middle ages in all of Europe. Personal time can
be spent wandering off the beaten track into Prague’s side streets and
courtyards, visiting the Christmas markets on Old Town and Wenceslas
Squares, or the smaller markets ten minutes away at Havelske Trziste and
Namesti Republiky. Perhaps you will be tempted by the crystal and garnet
shops, or the windows full of traditionally painted decorations and unique
table linens. Street musicians and performers liven the atmosphere, and
tempting Czech winter foods scent the air – so be sure to keep some change
In Karlovy Vary, your time is your own.
Discover Christmas treasures among the traditional wares of this shoppers’
paradise. You can fulfill your grandest dreams of crystal chandeliers and
stemware - or look for the Pupp Hotel, Russian Orthodox Cathedral and other
architectural gems. Or escape from the hustle and bustle with a spa visit.
The tour begins with departures for overnight travel to
Arrive in Prague for an
early breakfast (included). Travel by bus downtown and explore the castle
area and Old Town with a local guide. After the walking tour, enjoy a
typical Czech lunch in a downtown restaurant before heading out to explore
on your own. Return by bus to the hotel in the late afternoon to check in
and relax, or stay and shop at the markets. Individual return to the hotel
later in the afternoon with tram or metro is possible. The afternoon hours
allow free time for exploring the sights, Christmas market stalls, and
entertainment. Passengers are free for the rest of the evening to pursue
their own plans. Taxi, tram or metro service is available from the hotel
lobby or near the hotel.
After breakfast (included), depart and travel
directly to Karlovy Vary to take advantage of the luxury town’s shops and
hospitality. A walking orientation opens the way for personal explorations
in this world-famous spa resort. Shops and sights are open to visit.
Purchases are possible for crystal, chandeliers, garnet and amber jewelry
and much more!
Begin the journey homeward in the afternoon with a dinner
stop in Germany, arriving at points of departure before midnight.