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There is a mystique and majesty about the capital of the Czech Republic. Perhaps it's the physical beauty of Prague, with its classical architecture, cobblestone streets and impressive boulevards, or maybe it's the 11 centuries of colorful history that saw it became the home of Bohemian kings, the playground of the Habsburg family and a provincial capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city's historic center was included in UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1992 and the following year, the former country of Czechoslovakia split into two with Prague becoming the capital city of the new Czech Republic.

Tatra Travel (tel. 800/321-2999; www.tatratravel.com) is a Central and Eastern Europe travel specialist, and they feature a number of Prague-based and multiple city vacations. Their "Hotel Sibelius or Hotel Orion" special includes round-trip airfare from New York, four-nights' accommodation in either of these centrally located hotels, round-trip airport transfers, a half-day city sightseeing tour with English speaking guide and buffet breakfast daily. The package is priced at $829 per person based on double occupancy for departures from April 1 to May 31, 2006. Airport taxes of approximately $155 are additional. Their "Archibald Hotel" packages (with the same inclusions as above) are priced from only $619 for travel between November 1 and December 15 or December 25 to 28, 2006. Travel between December 16 and 24 is $769 and departures from September 1 to October 31 are $899.

Their "Prague and Budapest" special package includes round-trip airfare from New York, three-nights' accommodation each at the Hotel Sibelius or Orion in Prague and the Hotel Sissi in Budapest, round-trip airport transfers and transportation between cities, half-day city sightseeing tours with English speaking guides in each city and buffet breakfasts daily. This package is priced at $679 for travel from November 1 to December 31, 2006 and $699 from January 1 to February 28, 2007.

Benyo Worldwide Travel (tel. 800/872-8925; www.benyo.com/vacations/prague.htm) has a Prague special package that includes round-trip non-stop flights from New York to Prague on Czech Airlines, six-nights' hotel accommodation at the U Sladku Hotel or Hermanova Hotel, buffet breakfast daily, private airport transfers, a half-day city tour of Prague by bus and by foot with an English speaking guide and discount coupons for purchases at the "largest crystal shop" in Prague. For those on a looser budget, you can upgrade to Business class for $650 one-way or $1,300 round-trip. Benyo can also arrange departures from other cities fort additional cost, extensions to other European cities, theater, concert and restaurant reservations and car rentals. This package is priced from $821 for travel from April 1 to May 31 and from September 1 to October 31, 2006 (with additional nights from 4106). Low season travel, from November 1 to December 15 is a very low $557 with additional nights at $68. Peak season travel from June 1 to 30 starts from $1,216 and July 1 to August 31 is priced from $1151.

Summit International Travel (tel. 800/247-1142; www.summittours.com) offers a wide selection of 2006 best value city packages that include Prague. All packages include round-trip airfare from New York on Czech Airlines, low add-ons from any city in the USA, six-nights' hotel accommodation at three-star hotels (or nine nights for three cities combinations), round-trip airport transfers, buffet breakfast daily, half-day tours in each city, with English-speaking guides, city to city air transportation or 2nd class railroad ticket and assorted discount coupons for Prague. Low season (fall and winter) packages include:

  • Prague from $539
  • Prague and Krakow from $824
  • Prague and Vienna from $862
  • Prague and Budapest from $804
  • Prague and Rome from $982
  • Prague and Barcelona from $944
  • Prague Budapest and Vienna from $1,190
  • Prague, Vienna and Salzburg from $1,382

Picasso Tours (tel. 800/995-7997; www.picassotours.com) has a Prague "Off Season" special priced from only $399 for Wednesday or Thursday departures from New York between November 1 and December 15, 2006. This includes round-trip airfare, four-nights' accommodations at Hotel Denisa, breakfast daily, all local taxes and service charges. Airport taxes, government fees and security charges are not included. Hotel upgrades and departures from other U.S. cities available please inquire.

Sophisticated traveler (www.s-traveler.com/czech.html) has an independent travel package to Prague that includes round-trip midweek flights to Prague, accommodation for five-nights at the three-star Hotel Machova, local hotel taxes and breakfast daily. For departures between April 1 and May 25 and between September 4 and October 29, 2006, prices start from $829 from New York; $849 from Newark; $869 from Boston, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C.; $909 from Atlanta or Charlotte; and $929 from Chicago or Miami. Land-only packages are priced from $335 and additional nights are $61. For departures from May 26 to June 25, 2006, prices increase by $300 to $400 depending on departure city. (If you can travel by the end of this month, all prices drop more than $200 per person.)

Flamingo (tel. 800/325-7465; www.flamingo-travel.com) has a multitude of Central European packages that include Prague. Their nine-night "Central Europe" Journey gives you a taste of the great Central European capitals of culture and history -- Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. The trip includes round-trip airfare from New York (other cities available), two-nights' hotel accommodation in Vienna, two in Salzburg, two in Budapest and three in Prague, second-class open rail between cities, continental breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service charges. This package ranges from $719 in low season up to $1,059 in high season. Airport taxes and fees are additional.

The "Berlin and Prague" package includes airfare from New York to Berlin and returning from Prague (other cities available), three-nights' accommodations in Berlin and three in Prague one-way, second-class open rail between cities, continental breakfast daily and all hotel service charges and taxes. This package ranges from $1,059 in low season up to $1,389 in high season. Airport taxes and fees are additional.

The "Prague Special" includes round-trip airfare from New York, six-nights' hotel accommodation in Prague, continental breakfast daily and hotel taxes and service charges. This package ranges from $539 in low season up to $1,059 in high season. Airport taxes and fees are additional. The "Prague and Budapest" package includes round-trip airfare from New York, six-nights' hotel accommodation (three in Prague, three in Budapest), second class rail between cities, continental breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service charges from $699 to $919 plus taxes.

Gate1Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com) always provides travelers with budget options. Their "Six-day Prague Vacation" package is priced from $869 per person for a departure on April 5 and October 25, 2005 and $899 for travel on April 26; May 3, 19, 17, 24 & 31; September 6, 13, 20 & 27; and October 4, 11 & 18, 2006. It includes round-trip flights from New York to Prague and four-nights' accommodations at the three-star Ibis Praha Smichov Hotel and breakfast daily. This price also includes airline fuel surcharges of up to $180. For the same price, you can also depart from Boston, Detroit or Chicago, with additional departure cities available.

Their eight-day "Crown of Europe" tour is priced from $1,469 and includes flights from New York to Budapest and returning from Prague, airline fuel surcharges, six-nights' first class hotel accommodation (two at the NH in Budapest, two at the Holiday Inn in Vienna and two at the Movenpick Hotel in Prague), all transfers, six breakfasts and one dinner, sightseeing in an air-conditioned motor coach, services of English-speaking tour escort/manager throughout and local guides in all major cities. Highlights include visits to Dohaney Synagogue in Budapest, Belvedere Palace in Vienna and Prague castle

If you are interested in traveling to Prague on short notice and are happy to fly via London, My Prague (www.myprague.net) is a UK site that has incredible last minute airfare and accommodation packages, mainly for three nights stays, starting from around $350 including round-trip airfare from London, staying in five-star hotels with breakfast. Check the daily offers and hot deals section on the website.

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