Once a center for sorcery and alchemy, magical Prague has enchanted visitors for centuries. This affordable extension gives you two additional days to fall under its spell. From your hotel on the banks of the Vltava River, you’ll have easy access to the city’s highlights, including Prague Castle—believed to be the largest ancient castle in the world; the Old Town Square, with its famous astronomical clock; Charles Bridge; Josefov, the heart of Prague’s Jewish culture; and Wenceslas Square—once an ancient horse-trading site and now a modern shopping center. Your included three-day public transportation pass makes it easy to explore.
Available only with the Air Inclusive Package.
DAY 1: Depart U.S.
Depart the U.S. for the Czech Republic. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary and airline tickets.
DAY 2: Independent exploration of Prague
Upon arrival at the Prague airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, you must fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area—VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Also, make sure that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags so that your representative can identify you.
Upon leaving customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. Your representative welcomes you to Prague and helps you transfer via taxi or van (approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic) to your Prague hotel. If your VBT representative is not immediately in sight, there is a “Meeting Point Column” just outside of the Arrivals gate. Please wait there, as the VBT representative may be transferring with an earlier arrival. She should arrive within 30 minutes of your scheduled arrival.
If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 1:00 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk. The rest of the day is free to relax or begin your exploration of the city with your included 3-day Prague Transportation Pass.
At the hotel, our VBT Representative, Barbara, will be available to offer information about getting around and about restaurants and sites of interest. You will also have the option to book a walking tour of the city (at an additional cost of approximately €22-28). Barbara's schedule varies and is dependent on the group members' arrivals. Her actual schedule will be relayed upon arrival in Prague.
VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do during your stay in Prague.
DAY 3: Independent exploration of Prague
Explore Prague's unsurpassed culture and history. You may wish to visit Prague Castle, the city's most popular site. Originally constructed during the ninth century, the castle has been expanded over the centuries from a wooden fortress surrounded by earthen bulwarks into an imposing citadel. Today, spread over 18 acres, it is the largest ancient castle in the world, averaging 1,870 feet (570 meters ) long and 420 feet (128 meters ) wide. Admire the classical Baroque facade dating to the 18th-century reign of Maria Theresa and fascinating mix of architectural styles.
Also well worth a visit is the Jewish Quarter, “Josefov,” named after the Emperor Josef II, whose reforms helped to ease living conditions there. Located in the Old Town, the Jewish Quarter contains the remains of Prague's former Jewish ghetto. Since many Jewish people died during World War II or were forced by the Communist regime to leave the country, the current Prague community numbers only 5,000 to 6,000 people.
First recorded as early as 1091, the Old Town is the oldest of Prague's towns. Its center, the Old Town Square, is dominated by the Gothic-style Church of Our Lady Before Tyn and the Town Hall. You might also wish to explore the “New” Town, founded in the 14th century.
DAY 4: Independent exploration of Prague / Join VBT Air Package guests
Spend another day enjoying Prague.
VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.