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Luxury Czech Republic
Czech Republic with A&KReturning clients have waxed lyrical about the Czech Republic's charms, most obviously Prague whose cobbled streets are draped with elaborate architecture spanning the centuries, home to super hotels, wonderful classical concerts and seriously interesting museums. History drips from the capital's wonderfully preserved pores, as it does from the country's lesser-known cities where glorious palaces, monasteries and spas are swaddled by lush, photogenic countryside.
But to get the most from this central European nation whose recent past is every bit as fascinating as earlier glories, you need the right operator. You need A&K. Our highly respected multi-lingual European team has organised luxury travel across the continent for over 25 years with knowledgeable staff, well-established contacts and expert guides. It means you can expect experiences unavailable to the normal tourist from tours with top-notch historians - this is a country where they come into their own - to private candlelit recitals.
UNESCO listed Prague, straddling the Vitava River with a series of beautiful bridges, is the perfect weekend city break. A serene riot of architectural history from Gothic to Baroque and Art Deco, its medieval centre is crenulated with church, spires, domes and gold-tipped towers, above exquisitely detailed facades. Its castle, founded in the 9th century, enjoys imperious views over the city of Franz Kafka, with streets that more recently witnessed the trauma of WW2, years of Soviet repression and the extraordinary events of the Velvet Revolution around Wenceslas Square in 1989. And, of course, it comes with a generous serving of music, art, culture and fine dining.
Yet, take an Abercrombie & Kent luxury holiday to the Czech Republic and we'll prove that Prague is just part of the picture. Marienbad, another historic jewel, is tucked into verdant mountains in the west of country. With a quilt of aristocratic houses, churches and spas, threaded with attractive parks, its splendid architecture reflects a golden era in the second half of the 19th century when European rulers flocked to its curative springs. There's also Pilsen, whose water has a slightly stronger taste thanks to its famous brewery - a tour is a must. As is a visit to the city's 13th century Gothic cathedral, Renaissance Town Hall and 12-miles of subterranean cellars, partly open to the public. Proof that with A&K, the Czech Republic is a major draw, both overground and underground.
Best time to be there
Winters in Eastern Europe are very cold but Christmas is a magical time to visit. July and August are very hot, May, June and September enjoy pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds.
Prague (British Airways)
GMT +1 hour
Suggested itineraries in Czech Republic
Connections - Central Europe: Budapest, Vienna & Prague
Nights: 9 | from £2,995
Experience the Central European cities of Budapest, Vienna and Prague on a fascinating cruise and visit to a Vienna dance school and Prague's historic Old Town.
Highlights Of Budapest, Vienna & Prague
Nights: 8 | from £2,475
Discover three of Europe's hottest city break locations on this nine day tour
Small Luxury Group Journeys - Splendours of Budapest, Vienna & Prague
Nights: 9 | from £4,603
Arrive in Budapest, a city occupying both sides of the Danube and founded when right-bank Buda and Obuda joined left-bank Pest in 1873. Budapest’s broad avenues and turnof- the-century architecture have earned it the name ‘Paris of the East’.
Highlights of Budapest, Vienna and Prague
Nights: 8 | from £2,475
Upon arrival into Budapest, you will be met by a member of the A&K team who will drive you to the Corinthia Hotel for your three night stay...