Youth Music Tours to Prague
Often referred to as the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’, Prague boasts grand palaces and ornate baroque churches linked by winding medieval streets, all dominated by the magnificent castle overlooking the city. The city lends itself to many exciting adventures for your group including a buffet dinner cruise on the River Vltava, an authentic Czech folklore evening, a tour of Prague Castle or a visit to the impressive Krizik Fountain Show. A perennial favourite with groups is a day trip to the beautiful spa town of Karlovy Vary where you can enjoy the Mill and Spring Colonnades or take a trip on the cable car up to the Diana Viewing Tower.
Prague is beautiful all year round – however, the deep white snows of the winter months offer a fairytale experience for your group. Wrap up warm and enjoy the Czech Republic in winter when you’ll definitely appreciate the hearty cuisine and natural beauty of the landscapes. And, with prices much lower than in summer, this is a perfect opportunity for groups working to a budget.
Where to Perform
St. Vitus' Cathedral at Prague Castle
Situated within the magnificent Prague Castle, participating in mass at the Catholic Cathedral of St. Vitus is an awe-inspiring experience for all. The cathedral’s towers dominate Prague’s skyline and as you gaze up at the vast, vaulted nave and wind your way up the bell tower, it is no surprise that this cathedral is the largest and considered the most important church in Prague.
This pleasant square is dominated by the Church of St. Ludmila. The square in front of the church has landscaped gardens and provides an ideal area for a performance. Many locals use the square as a place to socialize and sit on the many benches – the perfect audience.
Towns Outside Prague
We highly recommend venturing outside the city to experience the hospitality found in the nearby Czech towns. In the area of Western Bohemia, the beautiful spa town of Marianske Lazne is home to the breathtakingly ornate colonnade which makes a stunning performance venue. Here, following the musical display from the town’s ‘singing’ fountain, the gathered tourists become your audience. For choirs, the Catholic church in Lysa nad Labem offers a warm reception from the local residents.
St Nicholas Church
A highlight for many groups is the opportunity to perform in this beautiful Baroque church. Located in the heart of Prague on the Old Town Square, the white exterior stands proud against the hustle and bustle of the square below. The venue accepts a mixed repertoire making it suitable for your choir or small orchestra to take part in the regular lunchtime series.
What to Do
Whether you choose to stay in Prague or venture out into the surrounding countryside, there is certainly more than enough to keep you entertained.
Prague’s Old Town, which spreads along the Vltava’s right bank, is a great introduction to the city. Visit the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock and Tyn Church, complete with its world-famous towers.
Krizik Fountain Show
A music and light extravaganza held at the Prague Exhibition Grounds. This 40-minute show with hundreds of water jets, lights and a variety of music takes place several times each evening in the summer months.
Back to Prague and no Czech tour is complete without a visit through Matthias Gate into Prague Castle, the city’s most famous landmark. Be there at noon to watch the changing of the guard before strolling past the quaint, coloured houses which make up Goldmakers’ Lane. Inside the castle walls you’ll find St. Vitus’s Cathedral, the largest church in Prague which for over 600 years has dominated the city’s skyline.
One of the most famous landmarks in Prague, filled with buskers and caricature artists.
Vltava River Cruise
For something a little different, climb aboard a boat for a buffet supper as you cruise along the River Vltava – a truly relaxing way to see the sights after a day of performing. The two-hour cruise takes you through a lock on the Vltava and continues down towards the iconic Charles Bridge, with its 30 Baroque statues, artisans and souvenir vendors, to the Castle District, which is beautifully illuminated at night.
An hour’s journey east of Prague will take you to Kutná Hora, a former silver mining town which in medieval times was one of the wealthiest in the kingdom. Here, visitors can enter the famous Ossuary (church of bones), the medieval silver mine or the exceptionally beautiful Gothic Cathedral of St. Barbara.
Where to Stay
The Hotel Duo is a 3 star hotel situated to the north east of the city centre. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation with private facilities, as well as an indoor swimming pool and bowling alley. We use this hotel regularly and we highly recommend it for youth groups.
What they Did
All of our tours are bespoke, therefore the itinerary below is simply an example; the duration, concert venues, leisure excursions and accommodation centre used will be selected to match the requirements of your group. Please contact us to discuss your bespoke itinerary.
The Abbey School
The group boarded their coach for their Dover to Calais ferry crossing, and subsequent coach journey to Prague.
The group arrived at their hotel and were greeted by their courier. Some time was then spent rehearsing, before a hearty meal and a game of bowling!
Further rehearsal time was scheduled, before they embarked on a guided sightseeing tour, including the Charles Bridge, the Old Town and the Astronomical clock. Early evening saw the group’s first performance at Korunni Chapel.
The day started early with a journey to the silver-mining town of Kutna Hora, and then on to Podebrady Spa Hall where the group changed clothes for their second performance. The group’s evening then consisted of a competitive but fun quiz night!
Some of the group chose to spend the morning going for a swim, while others enjoy a leisurely walk. A much anticipated performance was then had at St Nicholas Church, followed by an evening dinner cruise along the River Vltava.
The group checked out, with just enough time to visit Prague Castle, before returning to the UK.
Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
Official language: Czech
Time zone: Central European Time (GMT+1)
Distance from Calais:
Prague: 15 hr 30 min (683 miles/1,100km)
Roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut
Smazeny syr (deep-fried cheese in bread crumbs with a mayonnaise style sauce)
Did you know:
Man’s first steps on the moon were accompanied by music taken from ‘From the New World’, the famous symphony by acclaimed Czech composer Antonín Dvořák.
Prices from £435*
Price Based On...
- 7 day 4 night tour
- Half-board accommodation at the Duo Hotel
- Coach travel
- Travel insurance
- 2-3 concerts
- Concert publicity
- Cost of collective passport
- Full itinerary planning service
- Services of a courier throughout
- 44 paying passengers with 5 free places travelling in November 2013
We will work with you to create a completely tailor made itinerary. Departure dates, travel, duration, excursions and concerts will be planned to meet the individual requirements of your group.
*Priced at January 2013 and dependant on exchange rates at time of booking.