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9 Days | 8 Nights
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Kimberly from Plymouth, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/03/15 - 10/11/15
This tour was wonderful - it had the perfect balance of time together with lectures and tours and time alone for adventuresome exploring. The Hotel Petr was accommodating and the staff there was very helpful and professional. I've been telling people that they should try this trip!

Sandra from Detroit, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/21/15 - 11/29/15
This tour was extraordinary! An excellent value, well-organized with a balanced mix of education, adventure, and independent exploration. The family-owned Hotel Petr was comfortable and a low-key hotel with free, reliable Wi-Fi. It’s in a great location on a quiet tree-lined street convenient to transportation, restaurants and shopping within walking distance of the city center. The staff was friendly as was owner/host Tomas who also spoke eloquently to our group about life under communist rule. Tereza, our caring, week long guide escorted us around the city, superbly sharing her knowledge and passion for Prague and her work while being sensitive to the needs of each individual and the group. The offsite guides and teachers were well-informed about art, architecture and music and each afternoon we had special one hour “chat/snack” sessions where our tour staff was available to answer questions, give directions, recommend restaurants, help make reservations for cultural events and tours for our “free” time, give advice on transportation, etc. I highly recommend this tour for all of the above reasons and to experience the magic of all that is Prague. I was sad to say good bye and I shall return.

Alice from Batesville, AR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 11/21/15 - 11/29/15
The hotel was cozy, breakfasts were good, lectures were informative, tours were wonderful. The tour guide Tereza was delightful and told interesting stories as we walked with our listening devices. We had 18 in our group and all interesting people. Some of us took a side trip by bus to Terezin the concentration camp that was very worthwhile. That was arranged by the hotel. I took in three operas and was thrilled to be in the same theater that "Amadeus" was filmed in, where Mozart premiered DonGiovanni. Some of us went to the Black Light show, Aspects of Alice and also to the Marionette theater, Don Giovanni, and did not care for them but were glad of the experience. The concert in the unheated church with the heated pews was very beautiful.

Thomas from Cromwell, CT Number of programs attended: 31
Date attended: 11/21/15 - 11/29/15
As stated in many reviews, Tereza was amazing. Her attention to detail was outstanding and her people skills were terrific. I did not find the hotel to be above average while the breakfast buffet was underwhelming. I enjoyed the independent structure of the program and was able to attend several performances throughout the city.

Richard from Reinholds, PA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/21/15 - 11/29/15
The trip itinerary was exactly as described. The tour leader, Tereza was outstanding: attentive to every individual, perpetually cheerful,one wishes she could be cloned for every RS experience. The Hotel Petr is perfect: modest with attention to every detail, perfect location, nice lecture room. The lectures were great: Thomas' presentation was riveting, the music history Ph.D. lecture was packed with information; the museum tours enlightening, especially with the advantage of the listening devices. The Prague public transportation is a breeze with a good map; no one should fear making their way alone. The Czech language is undecipherable but the younger generation speaks English and the older German.

David from Middlebury, VT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/11/15 - 11/19/15
Independent Prague is a great and affordable way to discover one of Europe's true gems. There is a good balance of programmed learning and free exploration in a city made for walking and using public transportation.

Alyda from Thornton, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/19/15 - 09/27/15
Prague is a beautiful city. This was my first Road Scholar program and I highly recommend it to anyone interested to learn about its history, architecture and culture from great local lecturers and tour guides. I am looking forward to my next Road Scholar trip.

Carolyn from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/13/15 - 06/21/15
This art adventure was particularly special to me as an artist and also to have my NYer art historian daughter join us! The lectures were smart and provocative; and as an example, the guided tours on site that followed reexplained not just the differences in the architectural styles of romanesque, gothic, renaissance etc.,but the political changes and people of those times. Music was another strong component. Prague is magical in place & people, and I don't think I'll ever truly leave it. (R.S. permitted in reception rooms of Municipal House - huge treat!)

Thomas from Portersville, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/13/15 - 06/21/15
This was our first Road Scholar program. We loved it, and will continue to use Road Scholar to visit our bucket list. The staff and lecturers were helpful and knowledgeable in meeting the goal of the program - introduction to the art and architecture of Prague, and then allowing independent time to use the knowledge gained. Tomas and his staff provided comfortable accommodations, and a real home base from which to spend our time. Theresa, our week long program guide, was able to meet the needs of our diverse 15 member group. Anyone taking this trip will not be disappointed.

Mary from New Smyrna Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/07/15 - 03/15/15
This Prague trip exceeded my expectations in so many ways. It was well organized, offering just the right amount of education, adventure, time to explore on your own, and time to be with the group of 22 people. ROAD Scholars director, staff and lecturers were very impressive, informative. and delightful to interact with. Margaret, our week long guide,certainly made the trip worth while and enjoyable, sharing her knowledge and expertise willingly and with enthusiasm. Price, travel arrangements, hotel, side trips, and suggestions for free time activities were all reasonable and met most of our needs. I would recommend ROAD Scholars trips if this is any indication of how they all are.

Claire from Delmar, NY Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 03/07/15 - 03/15/15
Independent Prague was great in every way. The hotel we stayed at was lovely and quiet - Thomas was helpful and accommodating. The guides and teachers were well informed about art, architecture and music. Our guide Margaret did a wonderful job of escorting us around the city. I really felt like I knew Prague well by the end of the trip. Prague is must see place that should be on everyone's list and The Road Scholar trip is a great way to see it. Also, when my travel companion developed a health problem, we were well cared for.

Margaret from Albany, NY Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/07/15 - 03/15/15
Independent Prague: Architecture and the Arts Program 9952, March 7-15, 2015 This program was fantastic! Just the right mix of lectures and guided tours with plenty of independent time to explore further specific places of interest. I added on a guided trip to Terezin, the "showplace" concentration camp that is about 65 kilometers from Prague. The guide was absolutely perfect with personal stories to supplement the history of the camp and make our experience very special. I recommend this highly to anyone and everyone. Prague is a place that you should visit and this Road Scholar trip is a perfect way to do it.

Mary Ruth from Saint Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/08/14 - 11/16/14
THe Prague Independent program was all I had expected and more. THere was such a sense of freedom in exploring a new and very beautiful city. THere was just enough help and just enough open time. I'd like to double this trip (not at one time), there is so much to explore in Prague.

Anne from Alexandria, VA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 11/08/14 - 11/16/14
This program was wonderful! It exceeded all my expectations in how well it was presented. Prague is an exquisite City. I'm really glad I took this particular session!

Martin from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 11/08/14 - 11/16/14
Super value, hotel in a very good location, convenient to transportation to center, even within walking distance, yet not a tourist area. Hotel spotless and entire staff worked to assure we had a good experience. Prague itself is a gem of a city, replete with interesting architecture, cultural events and great food. Our host Tomas gave great advice about places to eat and places to see and accompanied us to show us how easy public transport was. And, yes, we "over seventy" people can travel free on public transport. Great program.

Tama from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 11/08/14 - 11/16/14
The Prague Program allowed me to learn about an area of Europe I knew very little about. This program exceeded my expectations in every way---instructors, hotel, information and hotel. Thank you for this opportunity.

Marjorie from Cockeysville, MD Number of programs attended: 43
Date attended: 09/27/14 - 10/05/14
Independent Prague is an excellent program of exceptional value. The program staff helps us be self sufficient as we travel trams, subways and funiculars for free after the age of 70. Prague is still beautiful and inexpensive--quite a value.

June from New Rochelle, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/27/14 - 10/05/14
This program has the best of both worlds: guidance and opportunity to explore on your own. A very walkable and beautiful city.

Robin from Ithaca, NY Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/13/14 - 09/21/14
This is one of the best trips we have ever taken. The city is fabulous and filled with innumerable options for a wide variety of interests. We cannot imagine a better host than Tomas who provided superb customer service as well as sharing his knowledge and personal reflections on life in Prague. It was optimal to have a full week with a balance of planned activities and free time to explore.

Barbara from New London, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/13/14 - 09/21/14
Independent Prague was our first Road Scholar trip and has raised the bar for future trips very high! The lectures provided a great base for our independent trips. The varied lecturers, to a one, came with enormous expertise, engaging personalities and compelling personal stories. Tomas, the local director, was as personable as he was organized and professional. A truly rewarding week.

Virginia from Bloomington, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/13/14 - 09/21/14
Independent Prague is a great program for first timers as well as seasoned participants of the Road Scholars program. The lectures were outstanding, delivered by knowledgeable and engaged individuals, who provided a wealth of information for group as well as individual outings. In addition to the lectures and group trips there are plenty of opportunities for evening concerts and the opera. Participants in our group also participated in a trip to Terezin arranged by the program staff.

Nora from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/14/14 - 06/22/14
The Independent Study Program for Prague was a great introduction to Prague. The program material was valuable and the instructors were interesting, knowledgeable and provided information which was pertinent to making our time in Prague that much more enjoyable. The group size made for wonderful interactions between couples and solo travelers. The program management went out of their way to ensure that all participants had a great time. I highly recommend this program.

Belva from Slidell, LA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/04/14 - 04/12/14
This was my first Road Scholar program, and it was the best. Other people who had been on several trips said the same thing. As a solo traveler, I was very comfortable. Lectures and tours were professionally given but with a personal touch. Prague is an amazing city. There was ample free time to explore on your own. I would highly recommend this program!

Joan from Philadelphia, PA Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 04/04/14 - 04/12/14
Don't miss this exceptional program! Of the 17 I have taken with RS, this one is, all things considered, the BEST. Prague is a treasure trove of glorious architecture, art, and really excellent concerts. The Hotel Petr is very nice-clean and comfortable, with large breakfasts and a pleasant and accommodating staff. But a review would not be complete without kudos to the hotel's owner, and program organizer, Tomas Brychta. Tomas, his wife Michaela, and optional excursions assistant Jan Petracek, did everything possible to insure that our experiences in Prague were everything we could wish for. They succeeded admirably!! Joan--Philadelphia... 4/01-4/1214

Janice from Phoenix, AZ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/04/14 - 04/12/14
This was my favorite program. The family operated hotel and program helped things run smoothly. The staff was very accommodating, especially on organizing in-prompt trips. Being able to reserve concert tickets ahead-of-time, purchase tram tickets and change money at the hotel was helpful. The amount of lectures and free-time was perfectly balanced to give you some insight into the city and culture with time to experience things on your own. Prague has a lot to offer! My mother accompanied me at the age of 86 & did just fine. Congrats mom to the successful completion of your 45th Elderhostel/Road Scholar trip!

Margaret from El Paso, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 03/08/14 - 03/16/14
The Independent Prague: Architecture and the Arts was my first experience with Road Scholar. I was extremely pleased with the experience and will most certainly sign up again in the future. I had never been to any part of Europe before so this was a wonderful introduction to a beautiful city with incredibly rich history, culture, and sights. The lectures enhanced the experience and guided our focus to points and places we might have missed otherwise. It was fascinating to hear the perspectives of those who have lived through some very difficult political struggles, especially with all that is going on currently in nearby countries. There was plenty of time to explore on your own in addition to well directed guided tours. Public transportation gets you around, once you figure out the system and an initial intro experience is provided with the group/tour leader. Otherwise, we walked a great deal, but even at night we (two women) felt perfectly safe. Many locals also speak English and are helpful with assistance. I recommend the program highly and without reservation!

Jeff from Omro, WI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 03/08/14 - 03/16/14
This was a very good program with a great balance of lectures, field trips and free time to explore Prague. The March climate turned out to be very pleasant. Micha, our group leader, was superb. The Hotel Petr was good, quiet and at a good location near street cars, restaurants, pubs, etc. The Czech lager should not be missed. For all art lovers this tour is a must!

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