Sample of program in Czech Republic for schools

DAY 1:

Morning: Welcome to the Czech Republic, a country with a history dating back to the 8th century standing at the crossroads of Europe, a country filled with a rich cultural heritage and overflowing with an abundance of great natural beauty, a country filled with UNESCO World Heritage sites and countless personalities who have contributed to the world's greatest music, art, sculpture, film-making, architecture, innovative designs and inventions in technology. Mr Otto Wichterle (1913-98) invented the contact lens, while Prokop Divis (1698-1765) invented the grounded lighting rod (six years before Benjamin Franklin) which is still used in today's modern infrastructures.

Prague was always a city of science, even in the Middle Ages. The emperor Rudolf II moved his court to Prague in 1583, and the city soon became a magnet for artists and scientists of every kind, from astronomers to alchemists. Rudolf also extended Prague Castle in some style, giving it a suitably distinguished appearance. Rudolf's close associates included court physician and astronomer Tadeáš Hájek z Hájku (1525-1600), who knew of Tycho Brahe's work and invited him to Prague. They were joined in 1600 by Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), making Prague one of the most important astronomical capitals in Europe.

Meet with your local guide and agency representative and transfer to the town (luggage continues to the hotel)

Our first stop will be at the Tycho de Brahe and Johannes Kepler memorial sculpture. Although Brahe spent only two years in Prague, from 1599 until his death in 1601, he was successful in becoming a central figure in the history of Czech science. Heestablished an observatory in Bohemia in Benatky nad Jizerou and in Prague where he had his observation posts at Pohorelec and in Belvedere. He is buried in the Tyn church. He is considered as one of the best astronomers ever.

Johannes Kepler came to Prague as a mathematician influenced by Copernicus' theory and participated in Tycho Brahe's group in the treatment of Brahe's very precise measurements of Mars orbit. In the years 1600 – 1609, Kepler worked in Prague on his magnum opus – Astronomia Nova.

Did you know that….

  • the third nation in space was Czech? After Russians and Americans, the Czech Vladimir REMEK was the 87th man in space (in 1978, former Czechoslovakia).

Later in the afternoon, we will visit the Bibliotec of the Strahov Monastery. The Strahov Monastery is a Premonstratensian order monastery, founded in 1140 by King Vladislav II. We visit the valuable Strahov library with a numerous of medieval illuminated manuscripts, maps, globes and graphics. We will have an exceptional inside visit of the two splendidly decorated halls: the Theological Hall and the Philosophical Hall.

Our thematic guided tour will explain how important such places were in the past. The monastery was the centre of knowledge. These rooms are as well very often used as film locations, most recently, the third series of BBC's The Musketeers.

The Czech Republic has long been a filming location favourite. Van Helsing, Hellboy, Chronicles of Narnia, Mission Impossible were all made in Prague and the Czech Republic – just to name a few of many.

We continue to Prague Castle a national cultural monument, since its foundation in the 9th century, developing throughout the past eleven centuries. Since 1918, it has been the seat of the president.

There is the St. Vitus Cathedral - one of the most important monuments of Czech history. The history of this Cathedral dates back to the first half of the 10th century You will admire the St. Wenceslas Chapel, the Royal Oratory, the tomb of St. John Nepomuk, the Panel relief and others. In the Romanesque crypt, the Bohemian Kings and their wives are buried. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are permanently kept here.

You will see the Old Royal Palace of the rulers between the 11th and the 16th centuries and the Basilica of St. George, the best-preserved Romanesque building of Prague. The tombs of Boleslav II and Duke Vratislav (the founder of the church) are located here. Furthermore, you will see the triumphal arch frames and the chapel of St. Ludmila, who became Bohemia's first martyr.

The tour ends with a visit of the Golden Lane, with its miniature houses. Franz Kafka occupied the house at number 22 of Golden Lane in 1916-1917.

The street was created during the construction of the northern fortification at the end of the 15th century. In 1597 the emperor Rudolf II decided to give the space there to the castle marksmen who guarded the fortification. Golden Lane got its name from the story of alchemist´s living in the street during the reign of Rudolf II who tried to make not only the philosopher stone or the elixir of youth, but also to transform metals into gold. We visit the alchemist´s studio based in one of the houses.

Leisure time for lunch/snack or visit one of the pastry shops or marionette shops in the nearby street.

Walk down to Mala Strana.

Wallenstein Garden – enjoy some rest in this beautiful area - a baroque garden designed as an Italian mannerist park. You will see peacocks and their littles.

We stop at the river's edge to see and feed the swans.

Our next photo stop will be one of Prague's Baroque jewels – the St. Nicholas Church in the Lesser Town Square.

This church is one of the most significant Baroque monuments in Europe and it is often considered as the most beautiful building of the Czech Baroque style.

W. A. Mozart played the church organ here during his visit of Prague in 1787.

We continue to walk through the Lesser Town to the Church of Our Lady Victorious with its small and world famous little sculpture of the Jesus child.

The statue is 47 cm tall and is made of wood with a moulded and coloured wax surface. Canvas shows though the wax. The statue represents Jesus at the age of 4 – 5 years.

Continue to Kampa and meet King Charles IV.

He was one of the most important persons not only in Czech but in European history as well. King Charles will welcome you and speak about the period in which he lived. You will have a chance to take a photo with the good King. Charles IV was a highly educated man (he spoke five languages), an excellent diplomat and a very good king.

Continue walking to the Charles Bridge. Enjoy listening to the street musicians, or buy a nice souvenir. And of course, the photos are unique from this historical bridge lined with beautiful sculptures.

The Charles Bridge is Prague's most familiar monument. Designed by Petr Parler, it was completed in 1400 connecting the Lesser Town with the Old Town. Although it is now pedestrianized, it withstood wheeled traffic for 600 years.

Dinner cruise on the Vltava River

From the earliest times, the Vltava River has influenced life in Prague. The steamer marked an important historical episode here which changed the character of the banks of the Vltava and the lifestyles of the inhabitants of the city.

Transport by boats has been a part of Prague since the 1940´s and remains a part of the historical colour of the city today. Cruises by boat on the Vltava are the ideal way of getting to know Prague from an entirely new angle.

Enjoy a rich cold and hot buffet!

Overnight in Prague

DAY 2:

Buffet Breakfast

This morning, we discover the Old Town.

The Old Town Square has since its beginning been the heart of the Czech identity. The square had also been the focus of a central European trade exchange in the 12th and 13th centuries. Most of the buildings were rebuilt in the Gothic style, later receiving a Renaissance or Baroque cladding.

The most admired building on Old Town Square is surely the Old Town Hall with its famous astronomical clock from 1490 which shows the movement of the 12 apostles every hour.

Stop for tea and cake in one of the cafes located close to the square.

Visit of the Jewish monuments

Legend has it that the Jews settled here prior to the arrival of the Slavs, immediately after the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem (70 AD). We will visit the largest synagogue of the Ghetto - the Klaus Synagogue, with objects related to the Jewish religious traditions and customs.

Continuing, we will visit the Pynkas Synagogue with names and personal dates of the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia, murdered by the Nazis during World War II, followed by a visit of the Jewish cemetery (founded in the first half of the 15th century), The genius loci of Prague's famous Ghetto gave this place "the magic town-within a town" image. We will also visit the birthplace of the world famous Jewish-German writer Franz Kafka (outside visit).

Continue to the Jewish Heritage Center where you will also learn about Jewish culture and traditions.

Free time for lunch. We recommend that you try the local pastry speciality, "trdelnik". The history of trdelník dates back to the 18th century, when the territory of present-day Moravia was settled by Hungarian general József Gvadányi, whose chef brought the recipe of this delicacy.

You can have a simple version or one filled with ice cream.

Afternoon: The Museum of Alchemy of Prague Reveal with us the time of late medieval times, when science and mysticism were closely linked, and researchers were looking for a "higher purpose" and "harmony of the spheres", which could help them discover the secrets of nature.

The house is located near the most important European trade route Grand Via, which was thousands of kilometres long and it ran from the north of Spain, across the whole of Europe to the Far East. In the 16th century, the house became a place where the Emperor Rudolf II established his alchemical laboratory and he invited many famous alchemists to work here. You will see the authentic places, where alchemists produced the elixir of eternal youth, the Philosopher's Stone and non-precious metals changed into gold.

Did you know that….

…a cryptic piece of Hermetica, called the Emerald Tablet should contain the secret of making gold and the Philosopher´s stone?

…the reputed founder of Alchemy was the mythical Hermes Trismegistus?

…primarily Chinese and Indian alchemists were searching for the elixir of eternal youth and that gold was mostly wanted in Europe?

The tour takes 35-45 minutes. At the end of the tour the guide will ask some questions and the first and correct answers will be awarded with a little present.

Next we visit the church where Tycho Brahe has his last resting place.

The Church of Our Lady before Týn is one of the most impressive Gothic religious buildings in Prague, it was built from the mid-14th to the early 16th centuries. At the end of the 17th century, the interior was reworked in Baroque style. The cathedral serves as an extensive gallery of Gothic, Renaissance and Early Baroque works, the most interesting of which include altar paintings by Karel Škréta and the tomb of the astronomer Tycho Brahe.

Transfer to a cooking studio to experience a cooking lesson

Cooking is fun, educational and a team building activity. And, it is a truly memorable experience!

Overnight in Prague

DAY 3:

Buffet breakfast in your hotel

After breakfast we meet in the lobby for a half day trip to Terezin.

Guided visit of Terezin

The key mission of the Terezin Memorial, the only institution of its kind in the Czech Republic, is to commemorate the victims of the Nazi political and racial persecution during the occupation of the Czech lands in World War II, to promote the museum, research and educational activities, and look after the memorial sites connected with the suffering and death of dozens of thousands of victims of violence

After the lunch break we transfer to Nizbor, to visit the Crystal factory Ruckl. The Rückl family glassworks is renowned for top-quality cut crystal since 1846. However, the glass-melting tradition and time-tested glassmaking techniques have been handed down in this family from generation to generation for some three hundred years. With a long and intricate history, after 170 years the Rückl glassworks facility buzzes with energy that many younger brands would admire. "Our power is driven from a family sense of togetherness that spans nine generations, as well as our belief in quality glass and authentic craft."During our excursion you will learn about the individual stages of producing high quality glass crystal by hand, i.e. the designing, furnaces, processing and polishing. You may even give it a go at glass blowing yourself and of course there will be plenty of exquisite Bohemian Crystal products on sale at factory prizes!

We return to Prague late in the afternoon

Before dinner we visit the Museum of Senses, a unique adventure that will challenge your senses, even those you never knew you had! A museum where nothing around you is as it seems. The MUSEUM of SENSES is home to an experience that will awaken your senses and inspire you to discover more and, therefore, to feel more. Live an unimaginable experience in a world of sensations and mind-blowing optical illusions and test your senses at an extraordinary museum. A place as fun as it is educational, as amazing as it is enigmatic, and as crazy as it is rational. The Museum is committed to providing entertaining and learning experiences for teens, and adults of all abilities.

Dinner and overnight in Prague

DAY 4:

Buffet breakfast

After breakfast we depart for Pilsen to discover the science center Techmania and Planetarium. (One hour drive).

We reserve three hours for the science center and one hour for the Planetarium.

Experiment and learn how the world around us works by combining all your senses. Interactive exhibits are no ordinary toys. Each of them is designed to explain some natural phenomena and laws from various fields of human activity. You will find that even physics can be an adventure, while film on the other hand is a science.

The projection itself has one of the finest 3D resolutions in the world. The hall has 90 adjustable seats. During the projection, you may encounter up to 140,000 stars, watch an accurate model of our Galaxy and observe dozens of nebulae and the structure of the universe. In addition to the display of astronomical objects, you can fly through the cornerstone of life – DNA – or compare the atomic structure of carbon as it forms graphite and diamonds. All this is shown in a unique dome with an internal diameter of 14 meters.

Only three European Science Centers currently have this sophisticated 3D projection technology by Sky-Skan.

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavour that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut?

Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to manoeuvring through microscopic regions of the human body.

Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject 'Chad', our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. Imagine a two-meter globe that is almost floating in space and you, by just using a touch, can control it, change it and project short films depicting transformations of the Earth through time on it, observe raging tornadoes, watch earthquakes or find out what can happen to a shoe that falls into the ocean...

Techmania is based on explanations of particular physical or mathematical principles by means of game-like activities. The interactivity involves visitors making the exhibits move, so the natural principle will be demonstrated by the particular process. In these cases, learning is based on personal experience.

Free time for lunch

Directly in the building of the Science Centre are a restaurant and a relaxation area overlooking the exhibition hall. Every day, a wide range ofmeals, dishes, desserts, salads and snacksare offered.

After the visit of Techmania we take a walk through the Pilsen city centre before heading back to Prague.

The history of Prague Zoo goes all the way back to the year 1881, when, on the occasion of the wedding of Crown Prince Rudolf and Princess Stephanie of Belgium, Count Sweerts-Sporck published an open letter in the newspapers calling for the establishment of a zoological garden in Prague.

Later in the afternoon we visit the Zoo to have some fun and relaxing time with the animals.

First, you will have the little train tour, followed by feeding the giraffes and camels.

Dinner and Overnight in Prague

DAY 5:

Buffet breakfast in your hotel.

In the morning we drivethrough the lovely Bohemian countryside, to Kutna Hora.

Upon arrival, we discover the area's top sites. Admire the Gothic design of St. Barbara's Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint of miners, and now a World Heritage Site. This unique work of high and late Gothic architecture symbolises the power and importance of the mining city, which is linked to deposits of silver ore.

The Wallachian Court became the center of economic events, seat of the rulers and the royal mint, in which the first groschen were already being minted.

We visit as well  the medieval silver mine and go on the trail of silver production. See an exhibition dedicated not only to the mining and processing of silver but also to other points of interest.

You'll also visit the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the 'bone church,' a small chapel estimated to display the skeletons of 40,000 to 70,000 people, each arranged artistically to form the chapel's décor.

We return to Prague after the lunch break.

Next we visit a unique place - a nuclear bunker! Visit of a real nuclear bunker from the 1950's, 16 meters, 4 floors deep under the city, the biggest one in Prague for up to 5000 people with the Nuclear Bunker Museum with Cold War expositions and a gas mask workshop.

Wencelas Square

The square was created during the founding of the New Town by Charles IV in 1348. Today it is dominated by the National Museum (1885 – 1891) and Josef Václav Myslbek's statue of the national patron St Wenceslas from 1912.

Our last visit will be the Museum of Communism.

The Museum of Communism presents a vivid account of Communism focusing on Czechoslovakia (in general) and on Prague (in particular) in a variety of fields: daily life, politics, history, sport, economics, education, the "arts" (namely the so-called Socialist Realism), media propaganda, the Peoples' Militias, the army, the police (including the dreaded secret STB apparatus), censorship, judiciary and coercive institutions (including the Stalinist show-trials and political labor camps), etc. under the totalitarian regime from the February coup in 1948 to its rapid collapse in November 1989.

Dinner and overnight in Prague

DAY 6:

Buffet breakfast in your hotel

In the morning we visit the National Technical Museum.

According to your wish we will prepare a workshop or guided tour or both.

For example very interesting is the TV Studio. Because of its character, the exhibition is viewed with a guide, who explains and shows the visitors how a studio works. You can try out the roles of the newsreader, meteorologist, cameraman, or director, while the others watch your more or less successful attempts from the audience space of the kind that we see in some talk shows. Other visitors look into the studio through a glass wall from the adjacent corridor, where text panels and an interactive kiosk provide interesting information.

In October 2013 the renovation of the National Technical Museum was completed. The museum now presents centuries of ingeniousness in 14 permanent expositions: Architecture, Construction and Design, Astronomy, Transportation, Photographic Studio, Mining, Metallurgy, Chemistry Around Us, InterCamera, Measurement of Time, Merkur Playroom, Printing, Technology in the Home, Technology in Toys and Television Studio.

Free time for lunch

After lunch we leave Prague.

We stop for a visit at a private ecological crocodile zoo where we will have a full experience

"Meet the perfect evolution creature – meet the crocodile!"

There are almost all the sorts to see.

On display are as well different skeletons of birds and animals .

The highlight is however the possibility to hold the crocodile baby!

We continue to Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov

The town is a jewel of historical architecture in southern Bohemia. Thanks to the most expansive complex of castle and chateau structures in Bohemia and old burgher's houses with preserved medieval character of the Renaissance period, Český Krumlov is one of the most visited destinations in the Czech Republic.

Dinner and overnight in Cesky Krumlov or close by.

DAY 7:

Buffet breakfast in your hotel

Morning: Visit of the Renaissance castle and guided tour of the city center.

Free time for lunch and souvenirs shopping

Afternoon: Our next visit will be the newly reconstructed complex ofthe Monastery of the Order of the Knights of the Cross with a Red Star (originally a monastery of Minorities and Clares) which was founded by the noble Rosenberg family in 1350. The Clares were a women's order.

Visit of the interactive and educational exhibition about the practical day-to-day life in a monastery as well as about the crafts in the Middle Ages. You will see different craftsman for example, a glassmaker, a blacksmith, a bag maker, a baker and others.

You will have a concrete task - to manufacture a gift with your own hands for an orphan child. There will be several possibilities to choose from: a small leather booklet, a piece of leather jewelry, a ceramic object, a piece of glass jewelry, an artisan soap, etc.

Next we meet students from local school for an social interaction and lot of fun activities

Dinner and overnight in Cesky Krumlov or close by

DAY 8:

Buffet breakfast in your hotel

Early morning departure in the direction of Prague.

We stop in Milovice, the former Soviet Union military base.

Today The Tank Training Area Milovice, a large site of 200 ha, is situated near Nymburk cca. 30 km far from Prague. There is 42 ha of the off-road tracks and the vehicle fleet comprises 30 military and off-road machinery and vehicles. At first we will have a tour and see all the vehicles including several real tanks. You can touch and and make photos.

Then we will board the army vehicle called Infantry Fighting Vehicle Rides (BVP) – one of the most popular attractions and we will have a fun ride which will raise your adrenalin. After this incredible experience we transfer by a little steam train to the leisure park Miraculum and there we stay until it is the time to go to the airport.

There will be a possibility to buy an inexpensive lunch in the leisure park.

The Miraculum Park in the Central Bohemian town called Milovice offers 10 hectares of original entertainment and leisure time activities with the variety of inventive playing elements. In the park you will find a forest playground and a contact zoo, giant trampolines and swings, climbing centres, underground corridors, monkey bars and other.

Transfer to the airport

Goodbye and have a safe trip home!

Please note this is a sample only - it can be midified or change upon your wish. All proposed is subject of availability                                                                                             Ask for proposal and price