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Independent Prague: Architecture and the Arts

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Program #9952RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s 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.
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!

Neil from Gaithersburg, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/22/13 - 10/30/13
This, my first, trip with Road Scholar has me ready to come back for more. The planning and preliminary info packets were excellent. The Petr Hotel was great. Comfortable, clean, and well-run with a competent, friendly staff. The hotel is located on a quiet tree-lined street that is within walking distance of the main attractions and close to tram and subway stubs - very convenient. Tomas Brychta, the hotel owner and trip leader was outstanding and as someone else stated, unmatched as a host. No question or request was too large or too small to be dealt with in a timely fashion. The lectures and tours were interesting, educational, and fun. Exploring Prague during the independent afternoons is easy and fun. I definitely recommend this trip.

Judith from Milford, CT Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 10/22/13 - 10/30/13
This was, by far, one of the best tour travel experiences. The hotel was superb and Tomas is unmatched as a host, organizer, and hotelier. Extras were the norm on this trip. Questions were answered almost immediately and individual arrangements were made easily. The rooms had a European flavor and the hotel was immaculate. Lectures were informative each morning and prepared us to enter the world of Prague. The hotel was located in a quiet neighborhood but was easily accessible to the trams and metro. The city is enchanting! It is managed easily but watch out for slippery cobblestones in bad weather. Concerts abound for music lovers. Night life is colorful and the crowds were tolerable. I would have absolutely no reservations about touring with Road Scholar in the future. Of course, it helped enormously that the other people on our tour were so much fun!!!

Anne from Head Of St Margarets Bay, NS Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/22/13 - 10/30/13
My first Road Scholar experience was wonderful. Tomas was a welcoming host and his hotel was clean, comfortable and well-located. I enjoyed both the lectures and the free time for exploring Prague. It is a beautiful city and I hope to return.

Cheryl from Lansing, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/22/13 - 10/30/13
The expansion of the program to include independent programs is very attractive to younger age groups and having experienced on of the independent programs I highly recommend the experience!

Peter from Brooklyn, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/22/13 - 10/30/13
The Prague trip was outstanding. As someone who has visited Prague previously, I can say that I learned and experienced much more than was possible on my own. The balance of group vs. individual time was just right. Tomas Brychta was a welcoming host, well organized and so very helpful. The lectures were highly informative and well presented. I learned a great deal from each of them. I loved Hotel Petr and would happily return on my own -- I liked it all the more for it's European flavor -- along with the comfortable and clean surroundings and helpful staff. It's location was perfect -- close enough, but a tad outside of the tourist center (the Old Town), so that it was pleasant all by itself and also offered some sanctuary from the hubbub. And a big advantage, was that although completely comfortable and secure, I did not feel like I was living in an American-style, four-star, insular "bubble." It really added to the experience, all by itself. And then there is Prague itself -- if you don't feel a bit like a cultural toddler as a North American visiting this glorious old city, then I suspect you missed it! I mean this in a positive way, of course. An outstanding experience overall.

Judith from Damariscotta, ME Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/21/13 - 09/29/13
Just returned from a fabulous trip to Prague. The city is beautiful (so was the weather, so that helped) and it was easy to get around on the trams and metro. Tomas, the group leader, is superb: knowledgeable, friendly, and could make things happen. He happens to own the excellent hotel where we stayed, so that's an added plus. The group was compatible and the morning lectures were informative and well presented. I highly recommend this trip!

Charlotte from Orland, ME Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/07/13 - 09/15/13
This program was just what we were looking for..informative with wonderful lectures and with plenty of free time to explore on our own. Our hosts Michaela and Tomas could not have been more helpful and pleasant. The program is well organized and the hotel was conveniently located. This an excellent program.

Valerie from Silver Spring, MD Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/07/13 - 09/15/13
This is a great program format-lecture in the morning, afternoons free, at least after the first 2 days of guided afternoon tours that helped us know our way around. The Independent Prague trip met all my expectations and I feel I could go back any time and know my way around. Prague is beautiful and I have a great appreciation for the architecture, history, art and music of the city and region. Our host, Micheala, was wonderful and the experts assembled were top flight. Our hotel was different from what was advertised because the original one was full but was lovely and very convenient to the center of old town. I would go to Prague again!

Sue from Deerfield Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 09/07/13 - 09/15/13
The program was outstanding, rewarding, filled with knowledge, and uplifting.

Karl from Upper Chichester, PA Number of programs attended: 15
Date attended: 05/18/13 - 05/26/13
Prague is a beautiful city. It is a step back in time (the 10th to the 14th or 15th centuries) for the most part. The architecture and artwork are marvelous. And there is an abundance of classical music which we enjoy.

Carol from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/18/13 - 05/26/13
Independent Prague: A totally informative and worthwhile experience. Program staff couldn't have been more accommodating!

Catherine from Chapel Hill, NC Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 04/13/13 - 04/21/13
The independent study option is a fine one (I've taken two) in that the morning lectures and excursions are very helpful in providing a context for further individual exploration in the afternoon and evening.

Saundra from San Francisco, CA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 11/10/12 - 11/18/12
This is an exceptional program. The hotel is pleasant, clean and well-located for walking or riding the tram. Hotel staff were all professional and helpful, and it was great to be able to purchase concert tickets (and even select seats) at the front desk. The week was planned well, with an excellent combination of lectures and free time. All lecturers were knowledgeable and effective presenters. Although Prague is a city you can easily visit on your own, with many guidebooks devoted to it, the lectures add significant depth to everything you see. The program host was outstanding, both professionally and in his kindness and consideration for participants. He worked hard to minimize costs while maintaining quality for participants who wanted to arrange a side trip to Terezin. It was good to visit Prague in a less-crowded season. (I understand our group experienced unusually pleasant November weather for much of our week.) And the off-season timing allowed this program to waive the single supplement, a great benefit for many participants.

Evie from Carmel, ME Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 11/10/12 - 11/18/12
This trip to Prague is a great experience. The location of the hotel was very convenient and the hotel was wonderfully clean and welcoming. The program host was exceptional, very accommodating, interesting and welcoming. I highly recommend the tour to anyone who intends to visit Prague, a truly beautiful city, by the way.


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