Thanksgiving in Prague: November 20 - 28, 2018
Thanksgiving in Prague has become one of our most popular Tours. Highlighted by a traditional turkey dinner exceeding our expectations, our leisurely seven nights in Central Europe’s most beautiful capital will include a plethora of stimulating music at a variety of exquisite theatres. (Prague boasts three major opera houses and several major concert halls.)
Wherever possible, we always plan our Prague visits to encounter the rich operatic repertoire of the great Czech composers. For our week this November, we are fortunate to include three major operas by the Czech giants, Bedrich Smetana and Antonin Dvorak. Smetana’s beloved comedy The Bartered Bride will be staged in a traditional production at the imposing National Theatre adjacent to the Moldau. We will also encounter Dvorak’s greatest opera, Rusalka, in the city’s neo-Baroque Karlin Musical Theatre. Our third Czech opera will be a rarity by Dvorak – his mature folkloric comedy The Devil and Kate, at the National.
The Czech repertory will be balanced by classic works by Mozart and Beethoven. We are fortunate to encounter both Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte (‘The Magic Flute’) in the intimate Theatre of the Estates, the Baroque jewel where ‘Don Giovanni’ was premiered in 1787. A third opera in the Theatre of the Estates will be Beethoven’s Fidelio, his powerful ode to freedom and his only work for the stage.
There will be English surtitles for all of the Czech operas in the National Theatre and the Karlin Theatre. The Theatre of the Estates also offers English titles. The casts have not been announced at the time of this writing, but the city’s opera houses always offer their foremost artists whenever the Czech repertoire is scheduled.
The Czech capital of Prague remains among the most popular destinations in all of Europe. Because the city’s architectural splendors have been almost entirely spared from the destruction of both World Wars, the principal squares and the many side-streets stretching towards the Moldau River retain most of the original facades dating from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Prague’s leading theatres and concert halls also reflect some of the grandest elements of the Art Nouveau period of the early l900’s. The city center is full of life today, with busy pedestrian traffic rediscovering the Republic’s artistic and musical heritage and enjoying the cafés, bars, and a wide variety of shops.
Accommodations for seven nights with a generous buffet breakfast included at the Paris Hotel, Prague’s deluxe ‘art nouveau’ hotel. Ideally located within comfortable walking distance of many important sights and theatres, the Paris is and only a few minutes walk from Old Town Square. This property offers the Sarah Bernhardt restaurant and the convenient Café de Paris for light meals, as well as a small fitness area with sauna and steambath. We are fortunate to have our confirmed reservations at this premium hotel during the busiest period of the year. All rooms are on the upgraded Executive floors, and all single rooms are in double rooms for single occupancy.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $5,470
Single Occupancy: $6,350