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Christmastime in The City of a Hundred Spires

Spend an unforgettable Christmas in the fairy-tale city of Prague, home of ‘Good King’ Wenceslas and some of Europe’s best Christmas markets.

Enjoy a memorable Christmas in the heart of Bohemian gem Prague, one of Europe’s most captivating and enthralling cities. Get into the festive spirit on Christmas Eve, savouring the city’s colourful atmosphere and exploring its famous Christmas markets. Spend Christmas Day at your leisure, before enjoying an included special dinner at a local restaurant in the early evening. Boxing Day brings the opportunity to visit the picture-perfect town of Český Krumlov on an optional tour.

What does this price include?

  • Four nights’ bed-and-breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel Amarilis
  • Included city tour of Prague
  • Christmas Eve meal at your hotel
  • Christmas Day Dinner at a local restaurant, with folklore dancing
  • Return flights to Prague
  • Coach transfers and travel included throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
  • One piece of hold luggage per person

Your Itinerary

  • Upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city. The rest of the day is yours to spend relaxing and exploring your new surroundings, perhaps choosing to dine in one of the city’s innumerable eateries.

  • Wrap up warm this morning and join your tour manager for a guided introduction to Prague. The city is compact – perfect for walking – and divided into two distinct parts by the River Vlatava, which is crossed in the city’s heart by the iconic 16-arched medieval Charles Bridge. On the east side of the bridge is the exquisitely beautiful Old Town, or Staré Mesto, the heart of Prague since the 13th Century. The Old Town is home to the delightful Old Town Square, where the city’s Christmas tree and markets are to be found, and the location of the fascinating 600-year-old Prague Astronomical Clock, which is the oldest operating clock in the world. On the western edge of the Old Town is the New Town (Nové Mesto), with Wenceslas Square – more a wide boulevard – and your hotel at its heart.

    As you walk from the Old Town across Charles Bridge, you’ll arrive in Malá Strana, with its narrow, cobbled-stone streets, pretty churches and 18th-century Baroque palaces. Continue through Malá Strana and you’ll come to the steeply sloping Hradcany district, dominated by the imposing Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral, burial place of the ‘Good King’ Wenceslas and the Czech Republic’s largest church. The energetic who wish to climb the 200+ stairs up to imposing Prague Castle will be rewarded with magnificent vistas of the city.

    This morning’s tour is followed by a leisurely cruise on the Vltava River. An included light lunch will be served on board as you gain a different perspective on the city’s sights.

    Your first full day in Prague ends with an included dinner at your hotel in the early evening.

  • Merry Christmas! Spend the morning and day at leisure, followed by a special included Christmas Dinner at a local restaurant with traditional folklore dancers. The restaurant is about a 15-minute walk from your hotel, and you will be accompanied by your tour manager.

    Prague’s Christmas markets are open on Christmas Day, should you wish to stroll down to the Old Town Square before or after dinner, which is a 20-minute walk or so from your hotel.

  • A last full day brings further opportunities to continue your exploration of the city, and to join the optional excursion to the picturesque town of Český Krumlov. Perched on the banks of the Vltava River in South Bohemia, this UNESCO-protected town makes for a delightful excursion. The river meanders its way through the compact town centre, which is lined with charming cafés and shops, and is easy to explore on foot. Český Krumlov’s skyline is dominated by the stunning 13th-century Renaissance castle, home to some charming gardens and even its own Baroque theatre. The castle is unusually large for a town the size of Český Krumlov, and is the country’s second largest.

  • Transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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Hotels

Hotel Amarilis, Prague

The four-star Hotel Amarilis is conveniently located in the centre of Prague’s New Town, just five minutes’ walk from Wenceslas Square.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 35 minutes.

  • Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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