Prague for £300
For culture-curious travellers, the whole of Eastern Europe is a dream, with picturesque cities and dramatic history coupled with competitive pricing, so even those holidaying on a budget can indulge in luxury.
Nowhere is this better tested than the Czech capital of Prague. While £300 can buy you a no-frills weekend in other cities, if you know how to do it right, it buys all visitors to Prague a comfortable stay. With opera, fairytale architecture and hip modern trappings to its name, it’s a fascinating city to explore on plenty of levels.
Here's the Flexicover team's rundown on how to see this city in style without breaking the bank.
Flights – £50
As a major city in Eastern Europe, Prague is well-serviced by budget airlines like Wizz Air, Ryanair and easyJet, meaning there’s lots of choice in terms of times and airports, as well as competitive prices (even British Airway’s flights come in at around £100). But the most cost-conscious option is in autumn, when flights begin at £36 from London airports. Budgeting a generous £50 means you could avoid having to take a red-eye or if you’re feeling flush, you could even treat yourself to a premium check-in. Lah-dee-dah.
Accommodation - £100
The low cost of accommodation is one of Prague’s biggest benefits. There are all types of hotels at a wide range of prices, and the standard is impressively high for what you get. The Anna Hotel will set you back just £85 for three nights, despite its central location, comfy beds and lavish breakfast buffet. Or to squeeze a little rest and relaxation into your city break, the Wellness & Spa Boutique Hotel is a popular pampering choice, offering an outdoor pool, sauna, hot tub and relaxing garden for just £100 per person sharing per three-night stay.
Sightseeing – £35
A compact, accessible city, most of Prague’s attractions can be seen on foot or via a cheap taxi ride - just make sure you book through your hotel if you want to weed out the more unscrupulous drivers. A number of free walking tours run from the Old Town Square, and show you the highlights of this impressive city, from the famous Astronomical Clock to the iconic Charles Bridge to the historical Jewish Quarter. The only attraction not within walking distance is Prague Castle: the world’s largest castle complex. It’s a must-see, and £20 will cover transport, entrance fee and a guided tour of the castle grounds.
Mozart Dinner – £65
For dinner with a difference, splurge on the Mozart Dinner at the opulent Boccaccio Ballroom at the Grand Hotel. An ideal finale to your holiday, Mozart’s finest arias and duets are performed by singers from Czech Opera Houses and instrumentalists from the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, who entertain in period costumes from the stage of the ballroom. Aside from the tempting three-course meal of pea soup, beef cheeks and apple strudel with drinks included in this price, patrons can look forward to a part of Don Giovanni, which received its world premiere in Prague in 1787.
Cuisine – £50
Factoring in three quick lunches, two decent dinners plus a few drinks, £50 will be enough if you choose well. Especially if you have a Mozart Dinner booked to cover the lavish side of the city, spend most of the holiday discovering the cost-effective places at which locals spend their time. Like Kavárna Velryba, an industrial chic hang-out that serves well-priced food (less than £7 for a main) and is buzzing with Czechs both day and night. Another evening option is a stroll along Náplavka Riverbank where restaurants and bars line the waterfront. Open-air events take place here too, so plan it well and an evening’s entertainment can cost you just a drink or two – and it’s no hardship to enjoy a Czech beer on the banks of the Vltava.
Wherever you plan to head to this year it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of cover to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.
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