- duration 4 hours
- tour type Group
- age requirement 6+ yrs
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Taste traditional, local food and discover the local and international influences that have combined over the years to make up what we know today as modern Czech cuisine
- Stroll narrow streets and modern boulevards, and see where Mozart conducted the debut of his opera “Don Giovanni.”
- Take a tram across the river to stroll the attractive neighborhoods of Lesser Town and Kampa Island
- Eat your way across one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.
Explore the architecture and food of one of Europe’s most spectacular cities with a local guide by your side on a very special tour curated in partnership with The New York Times. Celebrate the mix of Gothic, Art Nouveau and Brutalist buildings in the city and go behind the scenes at the locals' favorite Italian restaurant and learn about the many international influences that have contributed to Czech gastronomy over the years. Then taste delicious local cuisine, craft beer and Moravian wine at a trendy bistro. Our adventure will continue as we cross the river to explore a pretty, lesser known neighborhood with hidden cafes, jazz clubs and wine bars. Our final stop will be at a 17th-century villa turned museum to talk architecture, cinema and cake!
Our journey begins at the medieval Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia. In a city full of churches, this particular one is often overlooked by visitors. In-the-know locals on the other hand, flock here for tranquil walks alongside the convent’s dramatic Gothic architecture. We will discuss the construction of the building and see some of the precious artworks that it is home to and hear stories about its past, including the Bohemian Princess whose actions back in the 13th century still resonate today. You will be encouraged to channel your inner nun and have a go at writing a letter with an old quill like the nuns used to do in their printing workshop. It’s not as easy as it looks.
A scenic stroll through narrow streets that traverse the border between the Old Town and the New Town, will lead us to a large boulevard. Here, Communist-era Brutalist buildings cloak hidden architectural gems that are often ignored by the tourist hordes, who usually gravitate towards the more famous sites of the city.
Prague has been a cultural melting point for centuries, which is always a good sign for a city’s food scene. Italian gastronomy has a particularly strong influence here and we will experience this first-hand with a visit to observe the mini-empire of super chef Riccardo Lucque, the owner of several high-standard, trendsetting restaurants in central Prague. Together we will enjoy an exclusive tour with a chef of the kitchen of La Bottega Linka, a popular bistro and deli that boasts a charcoal-fuelled oven. You will see and taste for yourself why there is such a buzz around the delicious food that’s being created here everyday.
More architecture is next on our cultural adventure with a visit to Republic Square. Here we will admire the grandeur of the art nouveau Municipal House and see a jewel of Prague architecture, Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock. Round the corner is the historic building of Charles University, founded in the 14th century and the beautiful classicist palace of the Theater of the Estates. Mozart conducted the world premiere of his opera 'Don Giovanni' here in 1787. Almost 200 years later, Milos Forman arrived with his crew to shoot the Oscar-winning movie 'Amadeus' here.
Time for another foodie break. The trendy Spejle Bistro takes its name from the skewer used to serve almost everything on the menu. Here you will try many bite-size Czech classics and sip a glass of Moravian wine or Czech craft beer.
Hop on a tram like the locals do and cross the river Vltava to the beautiful district of Lesser Town and its pulsing heart, Kampa Island. Here, we will discover the Werich Villa, a former tannery that was once the home of Czech actor and playwright Jan Werich. This 18th-century villa opened to the public in 2017 as a museum and cultural arts center, featuring exhibits on the building’s history as well as the story of Werich and his frequent collaborator, the actor Jiri Voskovec. We will take an exclusive tour of the Villa and you'll get a chance to meet a local expert guide. We'll finish the tour with a cup of coffee and a delicious slice of cake.
New York Times Reading List:
Beguiled by Prague
One of the World’s Oldest Clocks Stops Ticking, Briefly
In Prague, Design Thrives in Intimate Shops
Communism’s Answer to Mickey Mouse Is Thrust Into a Very Capitalistic Dispute
How Czech Wine Got Its Terroir Back
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- Tram ticket
- 6 food tastings at different places
- A map with personalised food recommendations.&Nbsp;
- 3 beverages entrance to Voskovec & Werich exhibition
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New York Times Journeys - Story of Prague: Remarkable Sights & Food tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this New York Times Journeys - Story of Prague: Remarkable Sights & Food tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.Meeting start point :
On the benches in front of the Church of Saint Castullus (Kostel sv. Haštala), Haštalské nám. 790/1, 110 00, Prague.Meeting end point :
Kampa Island - Malá Strana, 118 00 Praha 1