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Prague City Tour with a Jewish Twist, from £825.00 per person including flights from Heathrow.
The Jewish Quarter in Prague, known as Josefov, is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River. Its torrid history dates from the 13th century, when Jewish people were ordered to vacate their disparate homes and settle in one area.
Over the centuries, with Jews banned from living anywhere else in Prague, and with new arrivals expelled from Moravia, Germany, Austria and Spain joining them, more and more people were crowded in.
To add to this, inhabitants of the Jewish Quarter, or the Prague Jewish Ghetto as it also became known, were forced to endure structural changes. The latest occurred between 1893-1913, when a number of buildings were flattened, and the layout of many streets remodelled.
Fortunately, most of the significant historical buildings were saved from destruction, and today they remain a testimony to the history of the Jews in Prague. They form the best preserved complex of historical Jewish monuments in the whole of Europe.
The Jewish Quarter has six synagogues, including the Spanish Synagogue and Old-New Synagogue, the Jewish Ceremonial Hall, and the Old Jewish Cemetery, the most remarkable of its kind in Europe.
The monuments even survived the Nazi occupation in the 20th century. Adolf Hitler himself decided to preserve the Jewish Quarter as a “Museum of an Extinct Race”.
Indeed the Nazis gathered Jewish artefacts from other occupied countries, transporting them to Prague to form part of the museum.
Today, these historical monuments, all except the Old-New Synagogue, form what is called the Jewish Museum in Prague.
Day One Friday 30 March: Fly Heathrow / Prague 09.50 / 12.55
3 nights at the 5* Old Town Square Hotel in Prague. 1 king double B&B.
This family-run hotel is located right on the Old Town Square with most rooms benefiting from views over the square. It offers modern interiors with designer furnishings. Guests benefit from complimentary access to The M Spa located in the sister hotel The Emblem.
All spacious rooms of the Old Town Square Hotel provide air conditioning and have large windows and a seating area with a work desk. They are equipped with free internet access, satellite TV, slippers and bathrobes. The bathrooms are fitted with Phillipe Starck equipment and they have heated floors. Guests can enjoy local and international cuisine offered at the on-site restaurant, as well as live jazz or blues music every night. The M-spa centre, located at the sister hotel Emblem, includes a gym, a sauna, a steam room, a relaxation area and a Kneipp path. A hot tub is available on a rooftop terrace for a surcharge. The privileged location of the Old Town Square Hotel makes it possible to walk to all Prague’s main sights, including Charles Bridge and the Castle. Wenceslas Square is a 10-minute walk away.
Day Two Saturday 31 March: Half Day City Tour with Cruise on the Vtlava 10am or 2pm departure. Duration 3.5 hours. Includes hotel pickup.
Be seduced by the historical monuments and medieval charm of Prague on a 3.5-hour coach, bus and walking tour of the Czech capital. Listen to illuminating commentary from a guide as you gaze at UNESCO-listed monuments from an air-conditioned coach. Discover the ancient majesty of Prague Castle on a guided tour; cruise the Vltava River and enjoy panoramic city views from the boat’s top deck; and conclude by exploring the ambient tangle of Prague’s Old Town, home to the famous Astronomical Clock.
Highlights 3.5-hour coach, boat and walking tour of Prague with a professional guide Admire the Czech capital’s UNESCO-listed sites from the comfort of a luxury coach Explore the magnificent interior of the world’s largest castle complex, Prague Castle Cruise the Vltava River on an impressive double-decker boat Discover Prague’s ambient Old Town on a guided walking tour.
What You Can Expect
Explore Prague’s most famous monuments and learn about the impressive stories behind them from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Your guide will take you through years of history as you admire the architecture of Prague’s UNESCO-listed city center. Next, you will be driven to Prague Castle and led on a 75-minute walking tour to discover the Gothic beauty of Saint Vitus’ Cathedral as well as the largest castle grounds in Europe. Then hop on the tour boat waiting on the banks of the Vltava River, sit back and enjoy some refreshments. Check out the boat’s upper deck for a view of Charles Bridge and a panoramic perspective of Prague’s skyline. For the last stop on your tour, head to Prague’s Old Town with your guide. Finish your adventure with a walk through the well-preserved Jewish Quarter and Old Town Square with Prague’s famous Astronomical Clock.
Day Three Sunday 1 April: 3 hour Walking Tour of the Jewish Quarter in Prague. Starts 10am & includes hotel pickup.
Prague has a rich Jewish heritage and the best way to explore the historic Jewish Quarter is on foot. This 3-hour walking tour explores the UNESCO-listed district, including the former Jewish ghetto, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and the four synagogues that survived Prague’s WWII Nazi occupation. Hotel pickup is included. Highlights 3-hour walking tour of Prague’s Jewish Quarter Explore the historic Jewish Quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage site See the Old Jewish Cemetery and the district’s six historic synagogues Learn more about Prague’s Jewish Heritage and the events of WWII
What You Can Expect
Your tour begins with pickup from your central Prague hotel in time for a 10am departure. Follow your guide to Prague’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, passing through the grand Wenceslas Square en-route, then set out to explore the atmospheric Josefov Quarter — the former Jewish Town. Listen as your guide explains the district’s long and tumultuous history, established in the 13th century and serving as a Jewish ghetto for over 600 years. Remarkably unscathed after WWII — Hitler had planned to preserve the area as a museum — the quarter remains one of the best preserved in Europe, and you’ll get chance to see its four beautiful synagogues, the Pinkas Synagogue, Klaus Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue, and Maisel Synagogue. As well as admiring the old buildings and learning more about the area’s harrowing history, you’ll also visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, with its 12,000 tombstones and over 100,000 burial sites.
Day Four Monday 02 April: Fly Prague / Heathrow 13.55 / 15.05
Other dates and accommodation are available.
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