PRE - Invitation To Prague
Explore the wonders of Prague and Cesky Krumlov, two architecturally rich UNESCO World Heritage Sites whose treasures include medieval castles, historical churches and town squares little changed over the centuries.
After flying into Václav Havel Airport (PRG) in Prague, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city, where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure and dinner will be on your own. The architecture downtown is so spectacular that Prague has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there is much to explore.
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart on a half-day sightseeing tour. The first stop will be Prague Castle, the largest medieval castle in Europe. Founded in 870 AD, it was the seat of the Kings of Bohemia for centuries, and today the president of the Czech Republic rules from here.
Overlooking the city, the hilltop Prague Castle complex covers more than 18 acres and is centered in between three great courtyards. St. Vitus Cathedral is the dominant building in the complex and the most recognizable landmark in the city. Renovations following wars and fires, along with differing political forces, have combined to create an intriguing mix of churches, palaces, fortifications, museums, art galleries and a monastery.
After visiting the castle, you will walk along the pedestrian-only Charles Bridge, which leads to Prague’s beautiful Old Town. At its heart stands the Old Town Square, a lively gathering place with historical facades and cobbled walkways.
Created in the 12th century as the central marketplace, Old Town Square has since been expanded to include a multitude of buildings in the Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic styles. Don’t miss the renowned astronomical clock.
Then, enjoy a walk around the Jewish Quarter, which was created in the 13th century, when the city’s Jews were ordered to vacate their homes and settle in this area. Later known as the Prague Jewish Ghetto, the quarter endured centuries of architectural changes, many of which can still be seen. The most remarkable sights include the Old-New Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, Town Hall, and Old Jewish Cemetery.
In time, you will walk the short distance back to the hotel and spend the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. Dinner at the hotel follows, after which you will spend the evening at the hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy a scenic drive through the Bohemian countryside to the medieval city of Cesky Krumlov. Like Prague, Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a distinction it earned for being an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architecture has survived intact for centuries.
Upon arriving, you will tour the mighty Renaissance castle, once the seat of the powerful Rožmberk and Schwarzenberg families. The castle was built in 1240 and houses a rich collection of period furniture, Flemish tapestries and historical weapons.
Later, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and a stroll through Cesky Krumlov’s quaint old streets, which are lined with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses. These historical buildings once belonged to wealthy noblemen.
Free time follows, during which you may shop, explore the labyrinthine alleyways, drop into a traditional pub, and wander along the banks of the River Vltava. Afterward, you will drive back to the hotel in Prague, where dinner will be on your own.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and transfer to the Prague airport for your flight to Copenhagen. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the port of Copenhagen for embarkation.
Land Program Step by Step:
The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.
Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in time is 3:00pm. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details.
Arrival of international flights into Václav Havel Airport (PRG) in Prague. Transfer to the hotel for a 3:00PM check in.
Rooms may be ready prior to this time, but there is no guarantee. Remainder of the day is at leisure and dinner on your own.
9:00am Depart on city tour
9:15am Tour Prague Castle
10:45am Walk from Prague Castle down the Charles Bridge to Old Town Square
11:15am Explore Old Town Square
12:10pm Walk from Old Town Square to the Jewish Quarter
12:15pm Explore the Jewish Quarter
12:55pm Walk back to the hotel
1:00pm Free time at your leisure
6:00pm Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at your hotel in Prague
8:00am Depart hotel for Cesky Krumlov
10:30am Arrive in Cesky Krumlov
10:40am Entrance to Cesky Krumlov Castle
11:50am Transfer to restaurant for lunch
12:00pm Lunch at restaurant
1:15pm Lunch ends
1:30pm Transfer to Old Town for a guided tour
2:00pm Free time to explore further
3:30pm Return transfer to Prague
6:00pm Arrive at the hotel
Dinner on own at leisure
Overnight at your hotel in Prague
*Note: If Day 3 falls on a Monday then Day 2 and Day 3 will be reversed.
AM Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
TBA Check out and transfer to the Prague airport for your SAS flight to Copenhagen (flight details TBA and subject to change)
TBA Arrive at the Copenhagen Airport
TBA Arrival at the port
Expected Weather: Prague summer temperatures can be hot, although the average temperatures for June, July and August hover in the low 70s Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Rain is possible, so carry a small travel umbrella. Although days are warm, a light sweater or similar cover-up for evening is suggested.
What to Bring:
Consider weather-appropriate jeans, slacks, and a variety of tops and hats. Clothing that is suitable for day and night is the most practical. Prague is not a very fancy city. Exploring Prague on foot is the best way to see it so good walking shoes are a must, especially with the city’s many cobblestone walkways.
Local Currency: The Czech Koruna (CZK) is the currency. One U.S. dollar equals approximately 19 CZK.
Electricity: 220 volt
Typically guests are permitted to bring one free carry-on and two checked bags (only one checked bag is free) on the flight from Prague to Copenhagen or vice versa. One purse or laptop bag is also permitted on the flight. The checked bag should not exceed 22kg (44 pounds). Fees for any excess luggage and overweight bags are at the guest’s expense at the time of check-in. Luggage details are subject to change as the flights are booked with one of a few airlines depending on flight schedule at the time of ticketing - approximately 2 weeks prior to the program date. Possible airlines used SAS and DY
Documents and Visa Requirements:
A valid passport is required.
MNA140614 – Art Deco Imperial Hotel
MNA140701 – Hilton Old Town Hotel
MNA140814 – Art Deco Imperial Hotel
NAU140822 – Grand Bohemian Hotel
NAU140927 – Intercontinental Prague
Pre MNA150627 – Hilton Old Town Hotel
Pre MNA150814 – TBA
Pre NAU150719 – Hilton Old Town Hotel
Pre NAU150827 – TBA
We will only use different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards.
3 nights at a deluxe hotel in Prague (standard room)
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (beverages not included)
Half-day sightseeing tour of Prague
Full-day tour to Cesky Krumlov
Porter service at the hotel and airport
Air-conditioned motor coach throughout
Economy-class flight from Prague to Copenhagen
Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.
Program Excludes: Gratuities for guide and driver, meals or beverages not listed above, personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar, and excess luggage fees.
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.
$1,899 Per Guest