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WELCOME to Prague - Czechia

Tours #1 involves:

A. Pick-up by car

B . Guided Walking Sightseeing
(4 km)
of the Old town at your own pace


Tours
# 2, 3 and 4 involves:

A. Pick-up and drop-off service

B. Return transportation by comfortable car

C . Guided Walking Sightseeing (2-7 km) of the Old town at your own pace


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Tour # 1 - 4 hours

Prague sightseeing
Historic Centre of Prague

Itinerary:

Part 1: BY CAR & on FOOT:
From your  hotel   Pickup by car
 A  Hanavsky pavilion view 
 B 
Queen Anne's Summer Palace 
 C   Strahov Monastery and view 

Part
2: on FOOT   (6 km) :
 D   Loreto Prague 
 E
  Prague Castle, St. Vitus cathedral
 F   Golden Line 
 G
  Kampa Island - Coffee break 
 H   Charles Bridge
 I    Jewish Quarter 
 J    Old Town Square, Horological Clock


END of the TOUR
 


Price:

2500 CZK/(1 - 3  people)

3500 CZK/(4 - 7  people)

InterActive Prague

 

Tour #2 - 11 hours
Cesky Krumlov 

Itinerary:

Pickup in any hotel, + return

journey (170 km one-way) Prague
-České Budějovice - Český Krumlov -Hluboká castle -Tábor-Prague

+ Old Town Guided Walking

Sightseeing (3 km)

+ 4 hours free time


Price:

4000 CZK/(1 - 3  people)

8000 CZK/(4 - 7  people)


Guided Walking Sightseeing
(3 km)








..more info about Český Krumlov

Tour #3 -  11 hours

Dresden Germany

Itinerary:
Pickup in any hotel
+ return journey Germany -
Prague (150 km one-way)
+
Old Town Guided Walking
Sightseeing
( 2 km)
+ 4 hours free time


Price:
4000 CZK/(1 - 3  people)
8000 CZK/(4 - 7  people)


Guided Walking Sightseeing
( 2 km):

Castle Georgebau-
Verkehrmuseum- Stallhof
- Frauenkirche - Bruhlsche
Gasse - Hofkirche - Theaterplatz - Semperoper - Old Masters
Picture Gallery - Zwinger palace
- and more..




...more about Dresden

Tour #4  - 16 hours

Vienna - Austria

Itinerary: Pickup in any hotel +
r
eturn journey (350 km one-way)
Prague - Vienna Austria - Prague
 
+
Old Town Guided Walking
Sightseeing 
(3 km)

+ 5 hours free time


Price:

7000 CZK/(1 - 3  people)

10 000 CZK/(4 - 7  people)



Gui
ded Walking Sightseeing
(3 km):

Schonbrunn Palace and park
- Staatsoper - Maria Theresien Platz
- Helden Platz - Neue Burg - Hof Burg - Michaelerplatz - Kohlmark - Demel
cafe - Graben - Domkirche St. Stephan
and more..

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 ABOUT ME

I am a local licensed  personal guide & driver. I provide  PRIVATE  TOURs from Prague for sightseeing in : Prague, Ceský Krumlov, Vienna, Dresden.

I am an optimistic, educated person. I have twenty years’ comprehensive guide expertise.

Kind Regards, Jiri


WHY my TOURs ?

  Inclusions

  • Pick-up and drop-off in any hotel in Prague

  • Roundtrip transportation by comfortable cars

  • Prague-born guide Jiri

  • Each tour involves 2-7 km Guided Walking Sightseeing of the Old town,  and can adapt to your pace

  • Tours aim to understand the history of what we see, what's changed, and why.

  • You  can request modifications of the tour

  • We can snack, shop, and see art.

 Exclusions

  • Entrance fee (only optional)

Please Note

  • Tour does not operate on December 24

  • You can choose to take this tour in either English or Russion.



UNESCO-World Heritage Sites

List of World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic


Culture statistic EUROPE 2016



Historic Centre of Prague

Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, the Old Town, the Lesser Town and the New Town speak of the great architectural and cultural influence enjoyed by this city since the Middle Ages. The many magnificent monuments, such as Hradcani Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and numerous churches and palaces, built mostly in the 14th century under the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV.

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Historic Centre of Český Krumlov

Situated on the banks of the Vltava river, the town was built around a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries.

                              

Dresden Elbe Valley     

The 18th- and 19th-century cultural landscape of Dresden Elbe Valley extends some 18 km along the river from Übigau Palace and Ostragehege fields , and is crowned by the Pillnitz Palace and the centre of Dresden with its numerous monuments and parks from the 16th to 20th centuries.  The passenger steamships (the oldest from 1879) and shipyard (c. 1900) are still in use.

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Historic Centre of  Vienna

Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

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Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn - Vienna

From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi and is full of outstanding examples of decorative art. Together with its gardens, the site of the world’s first zoo in 1752, it is a remarkable Baroque ensemble and a perfect example of Gesamtkunstwerk

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Czech Republic Overview

Part of Czechoslovakia until the "velvet divorce" in January 1993, the Czech Republic has a robust democratic tradition, a highly-developed economy, and a rich cultural heritage.

It emerged from over 40 years of Communist rule in 1990, and was the first former Eastern Bloc state to acquire the status of a developed economy. It joined the European Union in 2004.

Communist rule had lasted since 1948, when the restored pre-war democratic system was overthrown in a Soviet-backed coup. The "Prague Spring" of 1968, when Communist leader Alexander Dubcek tried to bring in liberal reforms, was crushed by Warsaw Pact tanks.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The belfry of St Nicholas church has a sinister history - it was used by the secret police in Communist times to keep an eye on Prague


At a glance

Politics: The appointment of a Social Democrat-led government in January 2014 brought to an end a seven-month long power vacuum caused by the collapse of the previous centre-right government over a sleaze scandal
Economy: The country underwent its longest-ever recession from the end of 2011 to the spring of 2013
International: The Czech Republic joined the EU in 2004 but is outside the eurozone. Czech soldiers have taken part in coalition operations in Afghanistan


In 1989, as the curtain was coming down on communism in the Kremlin, the dissident playwright Vaclav Havel emerged as the figurehead of the country's "velvet revolution" and became the first president of post-communist Czechoslovakia.

An era ended in February 2003 when he stepped down as president. It had been interrupted for only a few months at the time of the separation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with Mr Havel becoming first president of the former.

Mr Havel saw the ghost of former Soviet military influence exorcised in 1999 when the country was granted full membership of Nato. He left office having led it to the threshold of the EU. His old rival and successor as president, Vaclav Klaus, oversaw accession to the union, despite harbouring strong reservations over the benefits of EU membership.

However, the Czech Republic never set a target date for adopting the euro, and the eurozone crisis that erupted in 2009 did little to boost Czech support for the single currency.

A quarter of a century on from the Velvet Revolution of 1989, some critics question whether the ideals promoted by Mr Havel and his fellow dissident reformers have retained their validity, while others ask if the country has come to take its freedoms and its membership of international organisations such as the EU for granted.

In addition to its developed industrial economy, the Czech Republic now attracts tourists to some of the finest Baroque, Art Nouveau and Cubist buildings in Europe.

Václav Havel

A world-renowned playwright and human rights activist, Vaclav Havel (born 1936) became the president of Czechoslovakia in December 1989, a unique position in European history. His literary brilliance, moral ascendancy, and political victories served to make him one of the most respected figures of the late 20th century and led his country to be one of the first Eastern European nations to be invited into NATO.



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Franz Josef



Even a century after his death, Austria's mutton-chop whiskered emperor Franz Joseph still looms large in the national consciousness -- both as the custodian of imperial glory and the tragic figure responsible for its decline.


For 68 years, the head of the powerful Habsburg dynasty reigned over a multi-ethnic realm with more than 50 million people, making him one of the world's longest-serving leaders.

To commemorate the centenary of his death in November, the City of Vienna is currently showcasing six exhibitions at landmark locations, including the world-famous Schoenbrunn Palace where Franz Joseph was born in 1830.

The aim is to shed light on the personality cult surrounding the emperor, whose image used to feature on every school, train station and army barracks.

"For Austrians, he's a depoliticised figure which doesn't elicit a longing for the monarchy but rather cultivates a nostalgia of the 'good old days', kept alive by skilful marketing," said one of the exhibitions' curators, historian Karl Vocelka who recently published a biography of Franz Joseph.

To this day, the stern-looking patriarch -- who proudly referred to himself as "the last monarch of the old school" -- has left a lasting imprint on Vienna.


The capital is strewn with the vestiges of his reign, from a solemn statue in the gardens of the Hofburg palace -- now home to the presidential offices -- to the initials "F.J." engraved on many public buildings constructed under his orders.

He still towers over daily politics in the shape of a marble relief showing him as a roman emperor above the main entrance of the parliament.

Alongside his beautiful wife Elisabeth, affectionately known as "Sisi", the strapping emperor also appears on postcards, fridge magnets and countless other tourist trinkets.


Reluctant media star

In the course of his lifetime, the emperor witnessed no less than 150 international rulers come and go.

When he was crowned in 1848 aged barely 18, the era belonged to horse carriages and ballroom dances.

By the time he died on November 21, 1916, "there were planes, the cinema, the telephone", wrote current affairs magazine Profil in a recent special edition.

A pragmatic leader with a penchant for military uniforms, Franz Joseph crushed nationalist revolts, survived an assassination attempt, and unified Austria and Hungary in 1867.

Franz Joseph also tore down Vienna's claustrophobic fortification walls, paving the way for the splendid Ringstrasse boulevard which transformed the city into a glittering chocolate box metropolis.

At the start of the 20th century, Vienna rivalled Paris, London and Berlin as a hub of cultural refinement.

The emergence of photography and moving images turned Franz Joseph -- a very private person -- into a reluctant media star.


"Franz Joseph is the first monarch whose voice and face are known beyond oil paintings," noted Vocelka, in reference to the huge trove of

pictures available to the public today.

But the conservative ruler was not comfortable with the new technologies, preferring to seek the peace and quiet of his summer retreat in Bad Ischl.

Here too, his legend lives on. Every August, the spa town in Upper Austria re-enacts the imperial visits with a faux royal couple arriving by steam train amid much pomp and military fanfare.




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