Location: Prague and the Czech Republic
Czech Republic Prague and the Moravian Tuscany
- Prague, one of the most beautiful and unspoiled cities of Europe
- Be some of the first to photograph what is considered the Moravian Tuscany
- Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, rich castles and monasteries
- The fairy tale village of Cesky Krumlov – historic jewel of South Bohemia
- Limited to twelve passengers
- Ten days with local guide
- Accommodations in the center of your photography locations
per person, double occupancy*
This tour is not currently scheduled. Contact us if you want details when tour dates are announced, or if you are interested in running a private trip for your group.
*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 8 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $400 if 5-7 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $895.
Welcome to Prague, the Capital of the Czech Republic. Praha (The name of the city in Czech) is known as the pearl of Europe, it is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled cities in Europe. Here, the natural forms of the land and the river have been enhanced by ten centuries of constructing a significant cultural center. Although the city was isolated behind the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, it has now resumed its place as a major intellectual center of Europe. For six centuries it has...
Welcome to Prague, the Capital of the Czech Republic. Praha (The name of the city in Czech) is known as the pearl of Europe, it is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled cities in Europe. Here, the natural forms of the land and the river have been enhanced by ten centuries of constructing a significant cultural center. Although the city was isolated behind the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, it has now resumed its place as a major intellectual center of Europe. For six centuries it has remained nearly untouched by war, leaving intact stunning examples from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo architectural styles. We will have excellent opportunities to photograph the famous Charles Bridge, the Town Square and narrow alleyways. Later in the tour there will be a day trip to visit the internment camp at Terezin. Departing Prague for a few days, we move on to the Czech Republic countryside. Czech Republic is proud of the fact that UNESCO lists so many buildings, monuments and natural areas as ‘World Heritage’ sites of outstanding aesthetic, scientific or historical nature. Kutna Hora was added to the itinerary with great success, where you will photograph the lovely St. Barbara’s Church and Italian Court. In 2017 Strabo made the addition of Moravian Tuscany, which was a highlight of the tour. It is a very picturesque region in the southern part of Moravia, located in the Hodonín District, near the town of Kyjov. Lastly you will explore Cesky Krumlov, with its Gothic border castle, rebuilt into a huge Renaissance chateau by thirteenth century Italian architects; it is second only to Prague Castle as a fortified Bohemian palace and citadel. The last days provide us with an open schedule so we can return to photograph favorite places in Prague.
Enjoy the excitement with Ron Rosenstock, as you enjoy this new and improved itinerary. Ron is a veteran leader, having conducted more than 200 programs to many destinations worldwide. Ron taught photography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. His published books include his exquisite black and white photographs: The Light of Ireland, Chiostro (Cloister), and Hymn to the Earth; color photographs in Journeys. Ron’s work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions, both in the U.S. and abroad, and his photographs are to be found in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass., The Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Mass., and the International Center of Photography in New York City. Ron’s striking; one-of-a-kind photographs can be seen at www.ronrosenstock.com. Ron’s core teaching is based on a saying of the twelfth century theologian and philosopher, Mister Eckhart, “Art is not just for special people, but everyone is a special kind of an artist.” Ron’s teaching is designed to bring out the inner creative spirit within all of us. His teaching reflects the techniques of his teachers, Ansel Adams and Minor White. Learning not just to look, but also to see, and then to know how to get a finished print, whether you are concentrating on infrared, black and white, or color. Ron uses a digital projector to demonstrate how he finishes his images with Aperture and Nik Software. He also shares photographic exercises that are an aid in “seeing photographically.” Those participants that bring a laptop have the opportunity share their images with the group for comments. Ron’s programs will help you to make more meaningful photographs, whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer.
Photo Leader TBD
April 30: Home
Your journey begins with an overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic. Group transfer time will be announced for May 1. (meals on plane)
May 1-2: Prague
We arrive in Prague today, where we will have a group transfer to our hotel, check in time 2PM or after. After having a chance to rest from the flight we will meet our guide in the afternoon, taking us to remarkable places in the most gorgeous city of Europe. Rightfully inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, Prague reveals her renowned charm and beauty, bringing us unforgettable memories. The hotel is centrally located, offering plenty of time on our own for photography. We will have a group dinner on our first evening together in Prague. We have organized an optional photography session at Josefov or Joseph’s Town Cemetery, early the next morning. After enjoying lunch on our own in the old town square we will depart for the famous Vyšehrad area, a complex that is regarded as the city’s mythical birthplace. Later in the day you may wish to take a quiet stroll through the ancient gates, past the rotunda of St. Martin and on to the multi-spired church of Saints Peter and Paul, to get a feel for the inner city. St. Martin’s rotunda, reputedly, is Prague’s oldest standing building; the small round chapel was once used as a powder magazine. Overnight Prague (d; b)
May 3: Prague - Kutna Hora
Enjoy a guided photography walk in the Old Town Square, dominated by the Old Town Hall with the Horologe, the unique Gothic astronomical clock dating from 1410. Next will be an inside photography session in the Gothic Church of Lady of Snows. After lunch depart Prague, taking in a bit of history and photography. Kuks is an unusual name of a village situated in East Bohemia. It has a special place in the history of Czech culture as an outstanding work of European art. In the 17th century, a remarkable nobleman built within two or three decades a complex which is still a sample of Baroque art at its best. Next move on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval silver mining town of Kutná Hora. After settling into our hotel we will have the evening to photograph the square and the Gothic Saint Barbara Church at dusk. In the 13th century, silver was discovered here and a few decades later the royal mint was established. It became the second most important town in the Kingdom of Bohemia. Overnight Prague – Kutna Hora (b, l, d)
May 4: Moravian Tuscany - Kyjov
Moravia ©Tom Bol, all other Ron Rosenstock Sedlec another UNESCO World Heritage Site holds the Sedlec Ossuary (a church decorated with human bones). The architectural workmanship and structure is composed of various Gothic elements. Depart for what is being called the Moravian Tuscany. This is a new addition to see an area few tourists are traveling to. Photograph amidst beautiful landscape locations in the rolling hills of this region, it will indeed remind you of Tuscany or Palouse. Various lines, lonely chapels, groves and tree “islands” in the fields will excite your senses and your lens. Overnight Moravian – Tuscany – Kyjov (b, l, d)
May 5-6: Cesky Krumlov
There will be photography in different light this morning of this beautiful region. Return to the hotel for breakfast and make your way to Ceský Krumlov. Photography stop along the way at the Cervena Lhota Castle, one of the most charmingly situated monuments, set in the romantic scenery of Bohemia. This beautiful water castle is located on a rock, which was turned into a small island by damming up the valley, and raising the level of the surrounding pond. We will reach our destination after having a picnic lunch along the way, perhaps in the Trebon Lake District. Ceský Krumlov is one of the best-preserved historical towns in Bohemia, with an appearance almost unchanged since the eighteenth century. The Gothic border castle, rebuilt into a huge Renaissance chateau by sixteenth century Italian architects, is second only to Prague Castle as a fortified Bohemian palace and citadel. The Renaissance lords of Rosenberg seated here, possessed the largest land estate in Bohemia, which was given to the Eggenbergs in 1622, and to the Schwarzenbergs in 1719. In 1922, the town was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The next day we will walk from the Inn to the castle, 1810 feet high above the town. Those interested can take an optional educational tour of the castle, or the Baroque Castle Theatre, the oldest and most completely preserved theater building in the world. There will be free time to walk in town on your own, or if there is inclement weather there will be a photography discussion at the hotel. Stroll the village cobblestone alleyways, lined with Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque burghers’ houses. After lunch there will be photography outside the Vyssi Brod Monastery, landscapes along the Vltava river, and outside the Castle Rozmberk. Overnight Cesky Krumlov (b, l both days)
May 7-9: Prague
Immediately following breakfast we head north towards Prague, stopping in Holašovice, an UNESCO protected village built in “peasant Baroque style”. Here we will have time to walk and photograph this quaint village, perhaps enjoying a coffee break before continuing north. There will be a photo shoot at the Karlstejn Castle before reaching Prague. We hope to find nice light this afternoon in the forest surrounding this amazing castle. After checking back in to your Prague hotel, there will be free time to have dinner and photograph with your photo tour leader. Mid-morning the next day take a day trip to Terezin. During World War II, the Gestapo used Terezín, better known by the German name Theresienstadt, as a ghetto, concentrating Jews from Czechoslovakia, as well as many from other countries. Though it was not an extermination camp, of the over 150,000 Jews who arrived there, thousands died in the ghetto itself, due to the appalling conditions arising out of extreme population density, and the others were deported to Auschwitz and other extermination camps. This evening is on your own again where there will be free time with your photo leader late this afternoon and blue hour photography around the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square. Your last full day in this beautiful medieval city, you may wish to rise early and get your best photographs before people fill the streets and bridges. Ron will arrange for either an early morning shoot from Letna Park, built on a plateau above steep embankments along the Vltava River. There will be time to photograph, wander the city streets, visit museums, other historical buildings or revisit some of the neighborhoods from your previous group walks. Overnight Prague (b, l; b, l, d; b)
May 10: Prague - Home
There will be one group transfer (time to be determined) this morning to the Ruzyne Airport, Prague, for our flights home. (b)