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Independent Prague: Architecture and the Arts

Discover an insider’s appreciation for Prague, gaining a comprehensive understanding of art, architecture and history as you explore this city with local scholars and resident experts.
Rating (4.5)
Program No. 9952RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
1,449
Special Offer
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Flights start at
925
Czech Republic

Independent Prague: Architecture and the Arts

Discover an insider’s appreciation for Prague, gaining a comprehensive understanding of art, architecture and history as you explore this city with local scholars and resident experts.
Length
9 days
Starts at
1,449
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
925
Length
9 days
Rating (4.5)
Starts at
1,449
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
925
Program No. 9952RJ

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Sep 17 - Sep 25, 2022
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1,449
Sep 24 - Oct 2, 2022
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1,449
Oct 15 - Oct 23, 2022
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1,449
Nov 12 - Nov 20, 2022
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Dec 3 - Dec 11, 2022
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Mar 4 - Mar 12, 2023
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1,749
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Apr 15 - Apr 23, 2023
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1,749
May 6 - May 14, 2023
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Jun 10 - Jun 18, 2023
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Sep 16 - Sep 24, 2023
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Sep 23 - Oct 1, 2023
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1,749
Oct 14 - Oct 22, 2023
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1,749
Nov 11 - Nov 19, 2023
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1,749
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Dec 2 - Dec 10, 2023
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1,749
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 17 - Sep 25, 2022
Starting at
1,729
Sep 24 - Oct 2, 2022
Starting at
1,729
Oct 15 - Oct 23, 2022
Starting at
1,729
Nov 12 - Nov 20, 2022
Starting at
1,449
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Dec 3 - Dec 11, 2022
Starting at
1,449
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Mar 4 - Mar 12, 2023
Starting at
1,749
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 15 - Apr 23, 2023
Starting at
1,999
May 6 - May 14, 2023
Starting at
1,999
Jun 10 - Jun 18, 2023
Starting at
1,999
Sep 16 - Sep 24, 2023
Starting at
1,999
Sep 23 - Oct 1, 2023
Starting at
1,999
Oct 14 - Oct 22, 2023
Starting at
1,999
Nov 11 - Nov 19, 2023
Starting at
1,749
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Dec 2 - Dec 10, 2023
Starting at
1,749
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

At a Glance

The sun glows pale orange on the hazy silhouettes of the Charles Bridge statues, casting humble light on the centuries-old emblem of this medieval city. Marked by the marriage of old and new, a position enhanced over the past decade by the ongoing influx of ideas and innovations brought on by the fall of Communism, Prague is a living archive of architectural styles and artistic inspirations. Expert-led and independent explorations, as well as intriguing lectures, introduce the heart of Central Europe.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 3 miles and 3 hours per day with periods of standing, many times in crowded areas. One day you may walk up to 4 hours throughout the day. Getting on and off public transportation/motorcoach. Terrain includes cobblestones, and it is partly hilly. Some stairs to negotiate.
Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore independantly with detailed advice from local scholars, resident experts and personalized guides.
  • Enjoy a classical music concert in one of the many beautiful churches near the Charles Bridge.
  • Learn about Czech Art Nouveau, composers such as Antonin Dvorak and the transition of the Czech Republic after World War II and the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Featured Expert
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Jana Pivonkova
Jana Pivonková was born in Tábor in Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic. After studying at a hotel school in Prague, she worked at a travel agency in Cedok for 14 years and also organized sporting events for soccer, tennis, and ice hockey. Jana has been leading English- and German-speaking groups around Prague and abroad for over 30 years, and has worked with Road Scholar for over 20 years. She loves history, gardening, dancing and the accordion, and her travels include Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia and Japan.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Jana Pivonková was born in Tábor in Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic. After studying at a hotel school in Prague, she worked at a travel agency in Cedok for 14 years and also organized sporting events for soccer, tennis, and ice hockey. Jana has been leading English- and German-speaking groups around Prague and abroad for over 30 years, and has worked with Road Scholar for over 20 years. She loves history, gardening, dancing and the accordion, and her travels include Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia and Japan.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Danube
by Claudio Magris
Mixing history, personalities and literature, Magris traces the course of the Danube from its source in the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the Balkans to the Black Sea in this anything but conventional travelogue, first published in 1986.
Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
by Simon Winder
Winder, author of Germania (GER270), considers the legacy of the Habsburg Europe in this charmingly digressive history and travelogue.
Eyewitness Guide Prague
by Eyewitness Guides
This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the celebrated city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
Prague Tales
by Jan Neruda, Michael Heim (Translator), Ivan Klima (Introduction)
A collection of stories set in the Little Quarter of 19th-century Prague. Neruda has been referred to as the Charles Dickens of Czechoslovakia.
Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance
by Charles Novacek
Novacek recounts his life from his birth in Czechoslovakia in 1928 through his time fighting the Nazis and communists as a member of the Czech Resistance up to his immigration to the United States in 1956.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Milan Kundera
Kundera's intriguing novel, praised for its meditations on the nature of men and women, and on the fearful emptiness of life in Prague under Communist rule. We also carry Kundera’s collection of short stories The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.
I Served the King of England
by Bohumil Hrabal
A rollicking trip through the history of 20th century Czechoslovakia, Hrabal's comic masterpiece follows the misadventures of a simple but hugely ambitious waiter in pre-World War II Prague, who rises to wealth only to lose everything with the onset of Communism,
Life with a Star
by Jiri Weil, Philip Roth (Introduction)
A fictional account of the Holocaust told through the story of a young Czech Jew.
Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Paul Wilson (Editor)
This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, both contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history, spirit and people to life.
Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet
A palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary.
Open Letters, Selected Writings: 1965 - 1990
by Vaclav Havel, Paul Wilson (Editor)
This inspired anthology of writings by the Czech poet-president Vaclav Havel collects 25 essays, letters and speeches written between 1965 and 1990, including those that directly influenced the Polish Solidarity movement.
Conversations With Kafka
by Gustav Janouch
The young poet sketches his friend Kafka and his world in this revelatory brief portrait, now with an appreciative preface by Francine Prose.
Gottland, Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia
by Mariusz Szczygiel
A cultural history told through a collection of stories about human survival during Czechoslovakia’s 80-year existence. Szcygiel focuses on artists, writers and performers who responded with craftiness when confronted with the absurdity and pressures of their eras.
Prague Map
by Berndtson & Berndtson
A laminated, detailed map of the center of Prague at a scale of 1:10,000.
Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City
by Peter Demetz
Both a history and an accessible guide to the neighborhoods and architecture of the city.
The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War
by Jaroslav Hasek, Cecil Parrott (Translator)
The deeply funny story of a hapless Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, dismissed for incompetence only to be pressed into service by the Russians in World War I, then captured by his own troops.
Dvorak and His World
by Michael Beckerman
A fascinating view of the Czech composer's personal life and his influence on the world around him.
The Czech Reader, History, Culture, Politics
by Jan Bazant (Editor)
A fascinating survey of Czech history, culture and politics, part of the World Readers series, and composed of the writings and impressions of luminaries, leaders and ordinary Czechs. Among the highlights are Joan of Arc’s letter to the Hussites, the composer Antonin Dvorak’s letter from the New World and literary selections from Kafka, Kundera and Vaclav Havel.
The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague
by Timothy Garton Ash
With a chapter each on Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, this eyewitness account by an astute journalist and historian shows these vibrant cities during a time of great change.
A Traveller's Companion to Prague
by Jan Kaplan (Editor)
A portrait of the city, its neighborhoods, architecture, society and culture as seen through the eyes of writers over the centuries, including Petrarch, Hans Christian Anderson, Graham Greene and Patrick Leigh Fermor.
The Wall, Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
by Peter Sis
With his usual flair and attention to detail, illustrator Peter Sis deftly sketches the events, experiences and history of his youth in Prague.
The Coasts of Bohemia, A Czech History
by Derek Sayer
A sensitively written and lively portrait of the highs and lows of Czech history over the past century with special attention to the fate of Prague in war and peace.





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