Walking Holidays Prague | Langdale Group Tours | History & Culture

A fascinating visit to the Czech Republic’s historic capital, Prague, where the emphasis is onPrague_skyline culture, rather than guided hiking routes. Our tour features some of Europe’s finest examples of architecture, including the Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Municipal House and Royal Gardens.

  • Guided tours of the old town given by local experts
  • Tours outside of Prague to the 13th century Chateau Konopiště
  • Sightseeing cruise along the river Vltava
  • Cultural tours of the old Jewish quarter, birthplace of Franz Kafka
  • Stay in the luxurious, bohemian trappings of the Jalta Boutique Hotel
  • Tours through the narrow, medieval streets of the picturesque capital

From here, we explore beyond the city limits to the 13th century Chateau Konopiště, a sprawling Gothic castle that was home to the archduke Franz Ferdinand, as well as many other prominent historical figures. Add a leisurely cruise on Prague’s Vltava River and an optional classical concert in one of the City’s famous theatres and we are all set for a memorable experience.

Our Guided Tours

Our official English-speaking licensed local guide will provide the interpretation and interesting explanations for all the places we visit. May is the time of year when Venetian gondolas and scores of sailing ships cruise down the Vitava River in the Midsummer Navalis, a beautiful spectacle of lights, music and fireworks in honour of St. John of Nepomuk.

The walking on this holiday is graded Easy and is intended to be relaxing and enjoyable with stops to take photographs and gain a bit of insight into the area courtesy of our guides. We expect to walk around 4 – 6 kms a day, which should be a comfortable pace for discovering the many historic and cultural facets of this timeless city.

Walking Grade: Grade: Easy

Day 1: Wednesday 13th May: Travel to Prague

Arrive at the airport under your own arrangements for the flight to Prague. Please check-in at least two hours before departure time, using your passport and boarding pass.

Met on arrival by our local agents and transfer to the hotel where we stay for five nights.

Prague is two hours ahead of UK time.

Overnight and dinner at the 5* Hotel Jalta.

Accommodation: Hotel Jalta

Meals: Dinner,

Day 2: Tuesday 14th May: Walking Tour of Prague Castle, Lesser Town and Charles Bridge

After breakfast in the hotel, we meet up with our guide and make our way to Pohořelec via public transport for the start of our tour of Prague Castle. We plan to see all the major sites of the area, including Strahov Monastery, Czernin Palace, Loreta, the Hradčany Town Hall and Swarzenberg Palace.

Our guide gives us an historical background of the Royal Palace, as well as its past and current residents. We have included some free time to explore the area before continuing our walk down Nerudova street towards Lesser Town (Malá Strana).

On our way to the Old Town, we pass the magnificent baroque church of St. Nicholas to discover the story behind one of Europe’s oldest surviving medieval bridges, the Charles Bridge. Decorated with spectacular baroque statues, the Charles Bridge offers a breathtaking view of the Castle and its sorroundings. From here, we follow the old coronation route to Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), where our walk finishes.

Optional lunch followed by time at leisure.

8:00pm: Dinner at Pilsner Restaurant in Municipal House (10 minute walk from the hotel).

Accommodation: Hotel Jalta

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 3: Wednesday 15th May: Walking Tour of Old Town, New Town, Jewish Quarter and Petrin

After breakfast in the hotel, we set out with our guide to Wenceslas Square, a place which has always played a major role in the turbulent Czech history. On our route to the Jewish quarter we pass the Estate Theatre, host of the premiere of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 1787 as well as the ceremonial hall of Charles University, established in 1349 as one of the world‘s first (and still operating) universities.

Admire the splendid Art Nouveau Municipal House and the adjucant Powder Tower and learn about the history of Old Town Square with its world famous astronomical clock. We take a detour to see the most prominent sites of the former Jewish Quarter (linked to the Jewish myth of the golem) and then continue our walk following the river Vltava toward the National Theatre.

To elevate our day, we take the funicular railway to the top of the Petřín Hill featuring a copy of the Eiffel Tower that offers far-reaching views of the city centre. To finish our walk of the day, we follow the short scenic path taking us back to Strahov Monastery.
Optional lunch.

After two days exploring Prague with our guide, this evening is free for you to return to some of the places we have visited and take advantage of the vibrant, cultural scene. You may prefer to go to one of the many church concerts, the opera or black theatre. The choice is yours.

If you want to splash out on a fancy dinner we can recommend the Kampa Park Restaurant, one of the city’s premiere dining establishments. The restuarant is notable for its uniquely intimate heated garden terrace on the banks of the Vitava River, as well as its views over to Charles Bridge.

Alternatively, dinner will also be available in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Jalta

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 4: Thursday 16th May: Private Coach to Visit Chateau Konopiště on the Outskirts of Prague

After breakfast in the hotel, we leave Prague by private coach to explore one of the most exciting sites in the vicinity of the Czech capital.

Chateau Konopiště’s last owner was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian crown, Archduke Franz Ferdinand d´Este who when attending the moves of the Austro-Hungarian army in Sarajevo (Bosnia) on June 28, 1914, was assassinated together with his wife Sophia. This was an event that had a profound effect on our modern history, a month after the assassination, Franz Ferdinand’s uncle - Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph - declared war on Serbia which then triggered one of the most disastrous events in the history of humankind, The 1st World War.

Visiting Chateau Konopiště is like an open window into the past, and during our one-hour tour of the chateau we will get an insight to the private lives of the Archduke and the Habsburg dynasty.
After the tour of the chateau, and before returning to Prague, lunch has been arranged at a restaurant in Konopiste.

Free time in the afternoon.

7:30pm Dinner at Restaurant U Dvou Pano (10 minute walk from the hotel).

Accommodation: Hotel Jalta

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Day 5: Friday 17th May: Return Flight to UK

Breakfast at the hotel followed by private transfer to the airport for the return flight to UK.

Meals: Breakfast,

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Jalta Boutique Hotel 5*

We spend four nights at the 5-star Jalta Boutique Hotel, a luxury hotel inspired by the romantic atmosphere of Old Prague, with a location near to most of the city’s historical sites and attractions on the sunny side of the majestic Wenceslas Square: including the Old Town, Prague Castel and Charles Bridge and Wallenstein Gardens.

Rooms have full facilities and are spacious and comfortable. Breakfast is served in the hotel along with dinner on the first night. Dinners can be taken in the hotel or at local restaurants for all other nights.
Kampa Park Restaurant Prague
Kampa Park Restaurant

After day three of our tour around the Jewish Quarter and Old Town, we've planned for a dinner back at the Hotel Jialta. If you're seeking  something a little more formal, we can recommend the Kampa Park Restaurant, located on the Vlatava River against the backdrop of Charles bridge. This is one of the city's more prestigious establishments, serving Czech wine and a sophisticated fine dining menu.

Availability Status: Available To Book

Options Price p.p Notes
Holiday inc. flights £1150 Sharing a twin/double room in your apartment, including a flight from Manchester or Stansted
Single supplement £300

The Standard Price Includes

  • Four nights accommodation in the 5-star Hotel Jalta
  • Breakfast in the hotel each day
  • Dinner in the hotel or local restaurants
  • Flights from UK to Prague
  • Private airport transfers
  • Private minibus travel in connection with visits and walks
  • Welcome reception
  • Accompanying tour leader
  • Qualified local English-speaking walking guide
  • Entrance fees to all places of interest

Not Included

  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to guides, which are optional

Please Note: For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

Outbound

Wednesday 13th May: Travel
Arrive at the airport under your own arrangements for the flight to Prague. Please check-in at least
two hours before departure time,

Manchester Departure:

  • Depart Manchester: 16:20
  • Arrive Prague: 19:25

Flight time: 2hr 05
Carrier: Jet2

London Heathrow Departure:

  • Depart Heathrow: 13:20
  • Arrive Prague: 16:25

Flight time: 2hr 05
Carrier: British Airways

London Stansted Departure:

  • Depart London Stansted: 10:25
  • Arrive Prague: 13:15

Flight time: 1hr 55
Carrier: easyJet

Bristol Departure:

  • Depart Bristol: 18:20
  • Arrive Prague: 21:20

Flight time: 2hr
Carrier: easyJet

Return

Friday 17th May: Return Flight to UK 
Private transfer to the airport.

Manchester Destination:

  • Depart Prague: 11:05
  • Arrive Manchester: 12:20

Flight time: 2hr 15
Carrier: Jet2

London Heathrow Destination:

  • Depart Prague: 11:15
  • Arrive Heathrow: 12:30

Flight time: 2hr 15
Carrier: Birtish Airways

London Stansted Destination:

  • Depart Prague: 15:05
  • Arrive London Stansted: 15:55

Flight time: 1hr 50
Carrier: easyJet

Bristol Destination:

  • Depart Prague: 21:50
  • Arrive London Stansted: 23:00

Flight time: 2hr 10
Carrier: easyJet

Flight times are the latest known and subject to confirmation by the airline. All flight times are local time(BST+1).

May Weather

Average Temperatures
18 C° high
8 C° low
Average Rainfall
69 mm / month
17 days / month
Average Sunshine
8 hours / day

Useful Information

Currency: Czech Koruna (CZK). 1€ will get you (roughly) 26 Kč, £1 exchanges at 29.4 Kč and $1 exchanges 22.09 Kč, with the average price for a cup of coffee in Cumbria being 48.29 Kč. ATMs, banks and currency exchange offices are widespread. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted. Euros may be accepted in some hotels or restaurants, but the exchange rate will most likely not be economical.

Timezone: Central European Time (GMT+1), Daylight Savings Time is also observed in the Czech Republic (GMT+2).

Language: The official language is Czech, a Slavic language with some similarities to Polish, Russian and Croatian. English is spoken by just over 10% of the population, with younger demographics and those working in the tourism and leisure industries most likely to be able to speak it.

How Fit Do I Need to Be?  Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness should cope quite well over what is a fairly easygoing pace through the city, with quick transfers by public/private transport to the start of our guided tours where necessary.

Dressing for the Season in Prague: May in Prague is typically summertime weather, but its worth bringing a fairly eclectic mix of clothing as weather conditions can be changeable in May/June. It's also worth noting that the locals like to dress smart for dinner, and anyone interested in going to the opera will want to look their best.

Power Plugs and Sockets in Prague: Standard European socket; visitors from outside mainland Europe will need to bring an adapter (available at airports and supermarkets).

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