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Posted on September 18, 2017 |

 

NEW TOURS FOR 2018. I’ve added the details of two new walking tours which will have dates from March 2018. The first is Czech Pubs and Tapas which is an Old Town and Jewish Quarter area tour with the addition of some unique food and drink. Secondly, probably something I could have done from the start due to my personal interest in it but finally, there’s a World War Two Prague walking tour available. As usual, with my own original route and content.

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You know its a sign of a good tour when people who have already done a tour book another tour for themselves and their friends. I usually limit groups to 6 but if everybody knows each other then I’m happy to show them around.

Group of Friends on the Prague City Walking Tour

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It might not surprise you that 62% of the people who book my tours are couples. It may surprise you that of the remaining 38%, more than 10% are families and more than 20% are single female travellers.

Autumn mixed group tour

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Kids need to be engaged during a tour. Telling a 10 year old that a church was built in the 14th Century generally means nothing to them. Ask them to look for something, describe what it was like at that time, picture a 10 year old in the 14th Century and suddenly it becomes real. I include fun stuff as well. Anybody who has done the Prague City Walking Tour is always surprised by the modern art sculptures and when I ask them to look for frogs.

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Engage and entertain the whole family

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I always try to give advice to people on the tours. In this case with the Christmas Markets going on I spent a lot of time explaining to clients what sort of food and drink was being offered, who was offering the best value, which market had unique stalls and how to avoid being ripped off. Not part of the regular tours content but I feel that throughout the year there are little things that will increase either the knowledge and/or enjoyment of the client.

advice about prague street food

Prague Street Food Advice

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There are really two types of Private Tour. The first is to take an existing tour route, duration and content but reserve it for private use by the client. Secondly, it’s a completely tailored tour which includes everything that the client wants to see so flexible duration and content. I don’t specifically offer client pick-up from the hotel but if a Private Tour client is staying in the Old Town area then often I can meet them at their hotel.

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Irish Couple on a Prague Private Tour

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Being a small company I have to excel in flexibility and customer service. Yesterday was an example of that when clients arrived late in the city having had flight delays and their luggage lost on the way.  I was able to 1) Meet them directly at their hotel on the Old Town Square, 2) Amend the tour plan to take account of the available time, 3) include a warm-up break due to them wearing what they had as their winter stuff was in the luggage and lastly 4) to take their minds off a truly crappy day and immerse them into a night tour of Prague. Basically the whole tour content and schedule out the window and construct a new one as we went but, that’s what I’ll always try and do.

Prague Old Town Square Christmas Scene

Old Town Square Christmas Scene

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Well Christmas is here again. I’ve published many pages on the livingprague.com blog about how best to make your Christmas visit even more memorable. People have been enjoying the Christmas Markets tour this year. We spend less time on Wenceslas Square due to the fact that they’ve split the market. However, we spend more time at Republic Square plus take in more of the Jewish Quarter and the Old Town Square Christmas Market. It’s a nice balance. Dress warmly.

Christmas Market Tour

Christmas Market Tour

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Due to frequent requests for additional tours I’ve now split the content of my two main tours. From December 2017 my Old Town and Jewish Quarter (Hidden Secrets) Tour will remain focused on those areas. The Prague City Walking Tour will now drop the Jewish Quarter and instead will include the exploration of the public areas of Prague Castle. This means that there will be no overlap between the content of the two tours. Hope you enjoy the new look and winter season visitors should tour the castle after dark (complex is open until 10pm).

Prague Castle at Night

Prague Castle at Night

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Sometimes a tour will end and I have no other tour scheduled. If I know something is happening in the city at that time and I’m planning to go there myself I’ll always make my clients aware of it. On this day it was the November 17th “Struggle for Democracy” day which is also the start date of the Velvet Revolution in 1989. They always have a commemoration with people lighting candles etc and I took my clients to see that, no extra charge.

Velvet Revolution Commemoration

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There’s some pretty unbelievable stuff to see in Prague and I do my best to both show it and explain it. Try not to restrict yourself to the mainstream sites. Ask about other places in the city that appeal to your interests. One of my clients wanted to see as many David Černy pieces of modern art as possible so that worked out to a 6 hour private tour covering the Old Town, New Town, Lesser Town and Castle areas. If you are prepared to walk then there’s a lot to see.

Australian Friends on the Old Town and Jewish Quarter Tour

I’m frequently asked if I do tours in bad weather and does it affect the enjoyment of the tour. I do tours in all weathers. The fact that it’s raining or snowing just makes you look at the city in a different way. If the rain is coming in horizontally then you spend more time looking down. You’ll see memorial plaques, cobbled pavements with different colours and designs, City coats of arms. Bad weather tours are often the most memorable. As with my Australian clients above, after the tour ended we went for lunch and dried out.

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Exploring Prague at Christmas

From December 1st I can’t help but add information about the celebrations which take place in and around the city at Christmas. Much of this I cover during the specialised Christmas Markets walking tours, but on any tour I try and give you good advice so you can be prepared for what to expect. A little introduction to what’s in the markets, pay-by-weight food options, preventing scams, best place to be at a certain time, best value food and drink, off the beaten path places etc.

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Palac Adria Floor Mosaic Detail

Palac Adria Floor Mosaic Detail

This is a picture of of part of the mosaic floor at the Adria Palace in the New Town. A nice detail of a steam drive but you’d maybe miss the representation of the fire between the vehicles. Palac Adria was built by an Italian insurance company and there are many references to what it insured in the artistic decor of the building.

A Second Hand Leg (right I think)

A Second Hand Leg (right I think)

Once you get yourself outside of the recognised tourist areas then all manner of strange things can be seen. In this case I was walking in the Prague 2 district close to Peace Square when this caught my eye. An old leather strap-on false leg.

Well what else would you expect in a second hand shop.

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prague old street sign

Sometimes Prague streets have three different names

There are not many of these signs left in the city. This is one in the Lesser Town district. The original white sign has the original name of the street in Czech on the right and the German translation on the left. The red sign shows the current name of the street. Street signs can tell you something about a place or business in the street. The red sign “sněmovni” means “chamber of deputies”. So hardly surprising that this street contains the Czech Parliament building. If you want the story behind the white signs you can ask me about it on any tour.

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The Nicholas Winton Memorial

The Nicholas Winton Memorial

You’ll find memorials in the most unlikely of places. You’ll have seen them and not recognised them for what they are and unfortunately they are usually light on information. In this case we have the Nicholas Winton Memorial on platform one of the main train station. If you want to read more about him then browse the Story of Nicholas Winton.

 

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Posted on September 18, 2017