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October 23, 2015

“Royal Tour” – Czech Republic, May 22-June 2, 2013

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“ROYAL TOUR” May 22 – June 2, 2013

The Ride of the Kings

The Ride of the Kings, a folklore festival, is Vlčnov’s greatest cultural event, and its significance reaches beyond the borders of the Czech Republic. The original Ride of the Kings ranks among the oldest European folk customs and its uninterrupted tradition dates back to the 1808. The best known and most recent theory is associated with the Bohemian-Hungarian War. In 1469, The King of Bohemia, Jiří of Poděbrady, defeated his son-in-law, Hungarian King Mathias Corvinus, who, in order not to be recognized and captured, dressed up in a female folk costume, covered his face with ribbons and headed for his residence in Trenčín guarded by his company, who had to collect money from serfs to feed him. This version of the Ride of the Kings has been handed down for  generations. The largest number of local variations of the Vlčnov garb cannot be seen anywhere else but in this very town, as verified by an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. During the event, adults and children will present over 80 variations of the Vlčnov folk costumes, the oldest of which dates from 1846.
Sunday is the main day of the Vlčnov festival – the Ride of the Kings through Vlčnov, a folk costume parade – Program of the festival offers a chance to relax and enjoy folk songs, dances, costumes, exhibitions or a glass of wine in Vlčnov wine cellars.

King’s Procession to Karlstejn Castle

The King’s Procession continues real historical traditions dating back to the times of the Emperor Charles IV (14th century). This ruler used to keep Roman Empire crown jewels in the king’s treasury in Karlštejn Castle and every year, after Easter, he displayed them in Prague in St. Vitus Cathedral. It is the return of the jewels from the capital city to Karlštejn that is the theme of the King’s Procession.
PROGRAM sample: •Ceremonial opening at Prague Castle •Parade blessing •Emperors word to the people •Knights’ exhibition performance •An exhibition of knights fighting with a chance to try out weapons and clothing, …

Wednesday 22    Depart your hometown and take an overnight flight across the Atlantic. Enjoy in-flight entertainment and meal service as you travel to start your vacation. (Airline tickets require separate purchase).

Thursday 23    Prague – 1 night
The tour starts today form our hotel in PRAGUE. PM, orientation city tour by our bus followed by Grand city tour illustrating its thousands years history, including the Prague Castle area, Charles Bridge, one of the Prague’s loveliest and most characteristic sights with its 16 arches and 30 statues. Continue to the Old Town Square enclosed by Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo style buildings before viewing Tyn Church and its magnificent towers, the unique astronomical clock, St. Nicholas Cathedral and Old Town Hall. This evening join your fellow travelers for the WELCOME DINNER in the local restaurant accompanied by accordion music.

Friday 24    Brno – 2 nights
After breakfast we’ll depart to Metropolis of Moravia – BRNO. Guided city tour  includes: Church of St. Jacob, Vegetable market, Cathedral of Ss. Peter & Paul; Spilberg Castle area, city center and more. Evening free time at leisure.

Saturday 25
Day trip to ZNOJMO – the second largest city in the South Moravian Region. A city full of history towers, churches, monasteries and mighty walls, boasting about the biggest and most comprehensive collection of Renaissance burgher palaces in the Czech Republic. Guided city tour includes also walking in the renowned underground. Free time for souvenir shopping.

Sunday 26    Uherske Hradiste – 2 nights
After breakfast depart to UHERSKE HRADISTE – the center of the Great Moravian Empire in the 9th century. Nowadays the whole area  is called a racy region with image composed of typical folklore, dulcimer music, good wine, beautiful national costumes and lively folk traditions. After checking in our hotel, we’ll continue to VLCNOV to really enjoy the local tradition “Ride of the Kings”. The whole day program includes: Dance demonstrations by folklore ensembles, concerts of brass bands and exhibitions in town. The Ride of the King’s – train on decorated horses through the village and Folk Costume Parade. The program concludes Musicians’ Farewell with a brass band.

Monday 27
AM city tour includes the main town square, Courtyard, the Old town hall & more. Free time at leisure.

Tuesday 28    Ceské Budejovice – 2 nights
After breakfast your tour will continue to visit crystal works near JIHLAVA, where you’ll witness the finishing stage of glass decorating using color and gold. A great opportunity for gift shopping at bargain price! PM arrival to South Bohemian Metropolis CESKÉ BUDEJOVICE. Tour the original  Budweiser/Budvar Brewery  – sample the beer. Rest of the day at leisure.

Wednesday 29
Day trip to CESKY KRUMLOV – the royal town founded in 1265. Guided city tour followed by free time for more exploration of the town and shoppig for Bohemian Garnet Jewelry. You may visit the second largest chateau in the Czech Republic dominating the northern part  of the town that was included into the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Thursday 30 Prague – 3 nights
AM depart to KUTNÁ HORA founded in the 13th century. It is considered a treasury and the jewel of the Czech lands. We’ll tour the St. Barbara Cathedral and city center followed by visiting the SEDLEC (a.k.a. Kostnice), a small Christian chapel decorated with human bones of 40, 000 people. Free time at leisure.

Friday 31
FREE DAY – Optional: Day trip to KARLOVY VARY founded by the Bohemian King Charles the IV. in the 14th century. The town has been recapturing its former glory with its Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings being restored and people rediscovering all the town has to offer. Tour of colonnade and taste the water from the 12 curative thermal mineral springs. Admire the beauty of both the historic and modern colonnades. PM continue to MARIÁNSKÉ LÁZNE – the second largest spa resort in the Czech Republic founded in the last century. Carefully arranged large parks, spa forests, specific architecture, flourishing cultural, sports and social life – those are the features to characterize this beautiful town. Of the 140 mineral springs in the town 39 are used for treating kidneys, respiratory and urinary disorders. Tour the Colonnade and view the “Singing fountain” in front of the main colonnade. Free time at leisure / return to Prague.

Saturday – June 1
Enjoy a free day to further explore the sights of PRAGUE, or perhaps Join the Emperor Charles IV. and enjoy tremendous atmosphere of the medieval times! The King’s Parade will once again start in Prague and ride to Karlstejn. You can also set out together with the Emperor, his wife Elisabeth of Bohemia, dozens of horseback riders and courtiers in carriages, or just enjoy a single trip to one of the parade’s various stops where the local municipalities organize entertaining programs. You may also indulge in the last minute shopping for some wonderful bargains including the world famous Bohemian crystal, the garnet jewelry and many handcrafts. There is music available everywhere and you may enjoy a concert.

Sunday 2
Your tour ends this morning, leaving you with pleasant memories of a wonderful vacation.

*Subject to change

TOUR RESERVATION DETAILS – Cost Per Person: $2,645 land only, based on double occupancy   Single Supplement: $525

Reservation with Deposit, due: January 21, 2013    Past due: February 22 or stated otherwise on your invoice

Add On Option > Two additional nights in PRAGUE just $295 per person double occ.

Day 1 Sunday 2 –   AM tour the VYSEHRAD – The fortress was originally built in the 10th century. Local legend holds that Vysehrad was the location of the first settlement which would later become Prague. Situated within the castle is the Cathedral of Saint Paul & Peter, as well as the Vysehrad cemetery also known as Slavín, the final resting place of many composers, artists, sculptors, writers, and those from the world of science and politics such as: Antonín Dvorák, Bozena Nemcová, etc. Transfer to Petrín hill for a chance to visit a replica of the  Eiffel tower  or a mirror maze leading to the remarkable lifelike painting of  the “Battle the Swedes on the Charles bridge” from 1620. Transfer by funicular to the bottom of the hill. Free time to visit nearby church known for a little statue of Infant Jesus of Prague or take a walk for visit National Theater on the east side of the Vltava river or continue walking to Wenceslas square.  Evening is reserved for our most popular DINNER PARTY with FOLKLORE PROGRAM full of MUSIC – DANCE and lots of FUN!

Day 2 Monday 3 – Enjoy a free day to further explore the sights of PRAGUE, or perhaps indulge in the last minute shopping for some wonderful bargains including  the world famous Bohemian crystal, the garnet jewelry, souvenirs and many handcrafts. There is music available everywhere and you may enjoy a concert. Perhaps, you’ll like to visit with your friends, relatives or visit ancestral village.

Day 3 Tuesday 4  – After breakfast, your tour ends this morning leaving you with pleasant memories of a wonderful vacation.

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