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Saturday excursions

There will not be any pre-organised tours offered for Thursday and Friday this year. However, tickets can be purchased individually at for tours listed HERE.

Saturday excursions pre-organised by ECTA can be booked and paid online during the registration process. Kindly note that reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. We reserve the right to cancel any tours due to low enrolment. In this case, participants will be offered the opportunity to book an alternative excursion (upon availability), or receive a full refund.

Comfortable shoes are highly recommended.

PRAGUE CASTLE DISCOVERY (Walking tour) - 4 hours

Prague Castle has been an important symbol of the Czech state for more than a thousand years. It was founded in the ninth century and became the seat of Czech rulers and later presidents. The castle, one of the largest complexes in the world (covering an area of 7 hectares) and a UNESCO World Heritage site, consists of a large-scale composition of historical palaces, churches and fortification buildings, but also of offices, gardens and picturesque spots. The panoramic view of Prague Castle is one of the most spectacular in the world.
The Cathedral of St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert with its impressive interior is home to such wonders as the beautifully decorated St. Wenceslas Chapel with the tomb of St Wenceslas - the patron saint of the Czech nation, the crypt with the graves of Czech monarchs, and the Crown Chamber, where the Crown Jewels are kept. The tour also includes a visit to the Old Royal Palace and the Golden Lane.

Meeting time: 09.45
Departure: 10.00
Meeting point: main entrance of Hotel Holiday Inn at PCC

Bus transfer will be provided from the hotel to Prague Castle and back.

Lunch will be served at the bar-restaurant of the Slivovitz Museum, where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the mountainous Moravian Wallachia.

Price per person: 105 EUR

KARLSTEJN and RÜCKL GLASSWORKS (Bus and walking tour) - 8 hours

The Gothic castle of Karlštejn was built in the fourteenth century by Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, as his private residence and a place for safekeeping the royal treasures, especially Charles’s collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire. The castle gained its present appearance at the end of the nineteenth century when it was reconstructed in the purist neo-Gothic style by architect Josef Mocker. The preserved original stair-arrangement of individual castle buildings is very impressive. The lower section with a small courtyard by the Well Tower and the Burgrave´s House continue through the majestic five-storey Imperial Palace and the Marian Tower. At the highest point, the construction of the castle culminates in a monumental, 60-meter-high Great Tower and its massive fortifications.

Rückl Crystal means a 300 year-long family tradition in glass making. Rückl glassworks is located in Nižbor, Central Bohemia, in the picturesque valley of the Berounka River, in the proximity to Prague and two of the most impressive Czech castles - Karlštejn and Krivoklát. It manufactures an extensive range of cut 24% leaded crystal in a wide variety of decorations from simple to extremely complex and laborious decorations, with gilt, hand painting and sandblasting. During the tour visitors can see all the individual steps and traditional techniques of the glass-manufacturing process. Each stage of crystal production is explained and shown, including the art of mouth-blowing, delicate processes of the quality control, incredible craftsmanship of glass cutting and the painter‘s studio to get to know the individual stages of producing glass crystal by hand, i.e. the furnaces, processing, designing and polishing.

Meeting time: 09.15
Departure: 09.30
Meeting point: main entrance of Hotel Holiday Inn at PCC
Return: approx. 18.00

Lunch will be served at a traditional Czech tavern located near Karlštejn Castle in the village of Hlásná Treban, where you can taste grilled specialties, Czech draft beer and Karlštejn wines.

Price per person:
165 EUR