Christmas Markets in Bohemia - Shopping for unique Christmas items, listening Christmas carols, sipping the mulled wine ...
The most popular of the Advent holidays was - and still is –St. Nicholas Day. It is the only one of the old Czech Advent holidays still celebrated today. It is a special time when children receive sweets and small gifts. On the evening of December 5, you may encounter many groups of people dressed up as St. Nicholas, an angel, and a devil - always the three traveling together. St. Nicholas Eve is always a wonderful treat, especially on Prague's Old Town Square.
PRAGUE - Czech Republic Christmas markets consist of rows of brightly decorated wooden huts, selling Czech handicrafts, hot food and warm drinks. Outdoor Christmas shopping is much easier with a cup of hot wine in your hand! Christmas stocking fillers can be found there, such as a variety of Czech glass, wooden toys, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, handmade jewelry and, of course, puppets, always puppets! All 5 Prague Christmas markets are among the best in Europe - a beautiful winter wonderland.
• All transfers and transportation as per tour program
• Clean and comfortable first class hotel accommodations with private facilities
• Buffet breakfast daily – Lunch or dinner meals / snack as per daily / hour itinerary in the “Travel Book”
• All scheduled sightseeing & entrance fees, local taxes, music, parties & entertainment
• “Travel Book” - all you need to know before you go & during the tour
• Maps of Czech Republic and Prague & more
• Airfare (please ask us, we can assist) • Travel Insurance (please ask us, we can assist) • Porterage and gratuities
• Personal expenses • Meals other than mentioned in tour program • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
TOUR RESERVATIONS DETAILS
December 4 - 10 / 12, 2018 Fantastic Value 40% Off
Regular from: $2,492 NEW Land price per person - from ONLY: $1,495 based on double occupancy
Destinations: Czech Republic – Prague, České Budějovice, Český Krumlov, Kutná Hora
DAILY TOUR PROGRAM
Monday arrivals are used as a guideline for this package, however, daily arrivals are available. Our Destination Specialists can provide you with a price for your preferred arrival date.
Day 1 – Tuesday (Overnights in Prague - 1 nights)
Arrival at PRAGUE airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Wednesday (Overnights in České Budějovice - 2 nights)
Transfer to the hotel in ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE. The royal town founded in 1265. In the center of the town is a magnificent square, one of the largest in Europe. Guided city tour followed by free time to enjoy and shop in Christmas Market in the center of the town or Optional side trip: to visit the Budweiser Brewery.
Day 3 – Thursday
AM free time for a chance to visit some of the favorite sites of the town. PM trip to medieval town of ČESKÝ KRUMLOV. Guided city tour followed by Garnet jewelry & Christmas shopping.
Day 4 – Friday (Overnights in Kutná Hora - 2 nights)
After breakfast we’ll depart to KUTNÁ HORA - part of the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The sources of the beauties and riches of Kutná Hora are in the silver mines that were exploited most intensively in the 14th and 15th century. At that time the town rivaled Prague itself in importance. PM, visit the “Bone church” - Ossuary is artistically decorated by more than 40.000 human skeletons. One of the most fascinating artistic works is the big chandelier of bones that lies in the center of the Church of Bones. The immense chandelier contains at least one of every human bone. Free time in Kutná Hora for shopping in Christmas Market & enjoying the rich cultural program.
Day 5 - Saturday
During our city tour, you will see interesting and most impressive sights as the unique Gothic Cathedral of St. Barbara - the patron of saint miners, the nearby Hrádek building which has a direct relationship with the town’s mining past, Wallachian Court which is an important building, originally a Royal Mint, that once produced Prague groschen as well. Then you will see the Gothic fountain, and the Church of St. James.
Day 6 - Sunday (Overnights in Prague - 1 nights)
AM depart to Prague. Enjoy a full day on your own by visiting with friends or relatives, or by experiencing Prague's Christmas Market. Entertainment can be found at many places including concert halls or any pubs while sampling the famous Pilsner beer.
Day 7 - Monday
WALK THROUGH PRAGUE´S ROYAL ROAD. Today we will follow in the footsteps of kings along this 400 year-old route, and view what their royal eyes looked upon. For centuries this was the route taken on Coronation Day by the new king in his royal carriage, accompanied by a solemn procession of royal guards, nobles and aristocrats and high-ranking members of the Church. Part of the tour will include Republic Square - it lies at the boundary of Old Town and New Town and is the intersection of eight roads. Here you will find the Municipal House, with its salons, reception rooms and concert halls. The Gothic Powder Tower, was once used to store gunpowder and is now used for exhibitions. Celetná Street (ending at Old Town Square) - was named after the plaited rolls that used to be sold to the public while they waited to watch nobles pass by on their way to the castle. Nowadays the street is lined with souvenir shops, cafés and restaurants. According to legend the street is haunted by a butcher carrying a bloodied ax and a prostitute who was murdered by a clergyman. PM - free time at leisure. Evening is reserved for our most popular DINNER PARTY with FOLKLORE PROGRAM full of MUSIC - DANCE and lots of FUN!
Day 8 - Tuesday
Enjoy a free day to further explore the sights of PRAGUE such as Prague Castle, or perhaps indulge in the last minute shopping for some wonderful bargains including the world famous Bohemian crystal, the garnet jewelry, souvenirs and many handcrafts. There is music available everywhere and you may enjoy a concert. Perhaps, you’ll like to visit with friends, relatives or visit ancestral village. We can arrange for you an English speaking driver who will take you there.
Day 9 - Wednesday
After breakfast, your tour ends this morning leaving you with pleasant memories of a wonderful vacation.
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