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The Czech Republic

Czech Republic, also commonly referred to as "Czechia", is truly the heart of Europe -- and for good reason! Czech Republic expertly combines the bustling and charming city life with its quiet countryside full of picturesque landscapes. Throughout this magical country, timeless and modern castles can be found dotted along the land, including the world's largest castle complex in the capital city of Prague. While in Prague, be sure to visit the famous Charles Bridge, the colorful John Lennon wall, and the Old Town Square. Need more reason to visit Czechia? Its central location is the perfect spot to hop on an inexpensive train and travel to most other parts of Europe.

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Small Group Tour Highlights of Central Europe
Dive into the history & culture of Central Europe: charming Budapest, Austria’s imperial capital of Vienna & Prague, the Heart of Europe
from $3399 w/ Flights from $2799 Tour Only 11 days
per person, double occupancy*

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Highlights

  1. Prague

    Charles Bridge, PraguePrague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, has incredible beauty and history that dates back thousands of years. Wander through the medieval streets, take a stroll along the riverside, and explore the historic Old Town Square full of colorful buildings with unique architectural styles and Gothic churches. Tour Prague's Jewish Quarter, including its six synagogues. And of course, a visit to the capital city is not complete without seeing Prague Castle, the city’s most popular tourist attraction! After a day of exploring this remarkable European city, relax in local pubs or cafes and enjoy traditional Czech cuisine paired with local lagers.

  2. Prague Castle

    Prague CastleThe largest castle complex in the entire would and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Prague Castle is amongst the most important cultural sites in all of Czech Republic. Built in the 9th century, this castle complex is comprised of three courtyards and numerous buildings that spread out over 18 acres of land, including St. George's Basilica, the Royal Garden, and St. Vitus Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the country. Although Prague Castle is a popular tourist spot, it mainly serves as the home of the President of the Czech Republic.

  3. Prague's Jewish Quarter

    Old Jewish CemeteryPrague's Jewish Quarter is one of the most impressive areas in Prague, and a UNESCO World Heritage site since the early 1990s. Officially named Josefov, the neighborhood holds some of the oldest buildings in the Czech Republic, including the world's oldest synagogue, the Old New Synagogue. Here, visitors can come and learn about the mythical Golem, whose body is believed to rest in the attic above. Discover the remarkable Old Jewish Cemetery, home to thousands of Prague residents that have been laid peacefully to rest here. This charming neighborhood impresses those with its beauty and peace, but also serves as a symbol of world history.

  4. Czech Folklore

    Folklore danceCzech folklore tradition developed over centuries among the Czech people that includes a variety of folk songs, elaborate costumes, and even fairy tales! Czech folklore offers all age groups a source of entertainment, from young children to the elderly, and each region of the Czech Republic holds their own special folklore traditions. In all regions, music plays a very important part in folklore. Some instruments you may hear during a folk performance are violins, bagpipes, and even trumpets. Of course, folk dances are paired with the lively music!

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to the Czech Republic? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Prague
Population: 10.56 million
Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
Languages: Czech, English & German
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: CET (UTC +1)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months. U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter the Czech Republic for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, please see the entry requirements.

More information about passport, visa & entry requirements.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

No vaccinations are needed. No health precautions are listed for Czech Republic. 

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

The months of May thru September have the best weather. Days are warm and nights are cool, so be sure to take a sweater, possibly even an umbrella if you are traveling in the spring. 

Tipping

In restaurants, round up the bill to the nearest Euro. Tip 10% for larger bills. To tip waiters, you will need to state the total amount you wish them to keep including the meal when you hand over the cash. 

Money & Credit Cards

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

The Czech Republic is famous for its crystal fine art, hand-knit shawls, wooden toys, garnets, handmade tablecloths and puppets, painted eggs, caviar, china, antiques, peasant frocks, and music.

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Plug E. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Did you know?
  • Czech Republic is the #1 beer-drinking country in the world, with locals consuming on average 43 gallons per person, per year!
  • Given its location in the center of Europe, the Czech Republic is the castle capital of the world.
  • Prague Castle is the largest in Europe with more than 700 hundred rooms.
  • More than 10% of Czech population lives in Prague.
* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, hotels, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, hotels, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

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