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Kepler's Prague

Prague 5 nights Price from £1,968 per person
Departs: 14 Sep 2021
Departs: 14 Sep 2021

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Join author, broadcaster and science writer Jane Green for a journey to the heart of early modern science on our tour of mediaeval Prague in the footsteps of Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler. Kepler (1571-1630), namesake of the NASA space observatory, was one of the world’s most influential astronomers whose work on optics and the laws of planetary motion would influence the ground-breaking research of Galileo and Newton after him. He spent some of his most important years working with Tycho Brahe in Prague, whom he replaced in 1601 as imperial mathematician and advisor to Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II. Prague in the 17th century was a melting pot of international artists, scientists and thinkers, attracted by the tolerant political climate.

On our five night tour we shall discover the legacy of Brahe and Kepler, and will also explore the mediaeval centre of Prague, home to the world’s oldest Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle and the Lobkowicz Palace where we will see art works by Velazquez and Canaletto and original manuscripts annotated by Beethoven and Mozart. There will also be excursions to the palace at Nelahozeves, where we see paintings by Brueghel the Elder, Rubens, Veronese and Panini; Benatky Castle where Kepler conducted some of his early experiments; and dramatic Karlstejn Castle, designed to hold the treasures of the Holy Roman Emperors.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights to Prague
  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners at local restaurants
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • Guest lectures from New Scientist contributor
  • The services of a Kirker tour escort and local guides


  • Day 1 - Fly to Prague

    Flying direct into Prague, we will be transferred to the 4* Hotel Grand Bohemia in the centre of the city. The afternoon is at leisure, and this evening Jane Green will give a talk setting the historical context of Prague in the time of Kepler & Tycho. Then she will join us in a local restaurant for dinner.
  • Day 2 - Prague

    This morning we will be met by an expert local guide who will give a guided walking tour of Prague’s mediaeval Old Town. Highlights include the Old Town Square where you will see the Prague Astronomical Clock, which is the oldest continuously functioning example in the world. There will also be a visit to the National Technical Museum including its fascinating Kepler section and to the Tyn Church where Kepler’s mentor Tycho Brahe is buried. Jane will accompany the group throughout the day and give a second talk before dinner this evening.
  • Day 3 - Benatky Castle

    The morning will be spent visiting Benatky Castle where Tycho Brahe lived from August 1599 to June 1600. This magnificently decorated Renaissance and Baroque palaces complex was not only the site of Brahe’s observatory, but was also home to the Czech composer Smetana. Jane Green will accompany the group to Benatky and leave us when we return to Prague. Dinner will be taken independently this evening.
  • Day 4 - Castle district, Prague

    This morning is devoted to the Castle District of Prague, including a visit to St Vitus Church and the fine Renaissance palace of the Lobkowicz family. The afternoon is free to return to the city centre, perhaps crossing the famous Charles Bridge, lined with gargoyles and statues, or taking a detour through the park which overlooks the River Vltava. Dinner will be taken independently this evening.
  • Day 5 - Nelahozeves

    Heading out of the city today, you will visit the village of Nelahozeves, birthplace of the composer Antonin Dvorak. Nelahozeves Castle has elegant historic interiors and houses a collection of paintings including works by Brueghel, Rubens and Veronese. Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant.
  • Day 6 - Fly to London

    After some free time this morning, we visit the imposing Karlstejn Castle, home of the Hapsburg monarchs, before we drive to Prague airport for the flight to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways

Depart London Heathrow 09.55 arrive Prague 13.00

Depart Prague 21.05 arrive London Heathrow 22.05

Departure Dates and Prices

14 Sep 2021

Status Available

Price from£1968

Single Supp.£250

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Graeme Coles

Graeme Coles

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