Prague Social Agenda
East West Conference
8 - 15 July 2018
The Conference hotel has recently had a name change and is now Carlo IV Prague, formerly Boscolo Hotel.
Please note that although we have a provision for the academic sessions below, the academic agenda will remain fluid until the final agenda is provided to you at the Welcome Drinks.
Day 1: Sunday 8 July | Welcome Drinks & Dinner
Join your fellow delegates for a welcome drink to kick off the exciting conference week ahead.
Venue: Carlo IV Prague
Welcome Dinner - Jazz Cruise
Join us on the Vltava River for a night of Original Sax Time, courtesy of the Daniel Bulatkin Quartet. This isn't just a river cruise; this is a river cruise with a live Jazz Band and a welcome shot of Sangria!
Whilst on board, continue to bond with your fellow delegates as we set sail on this three hour cruise to the sounds of Old Time Jazz . We have reserved an outdoor area, complete with sound system, which allows you to listen to the music from downstairs. This allows for you to have dinner overlooking the Czech capital from a completely different viewpoint.
Venue: The Jazzboat Kotva
Inclusions: 1 x Jazz Cruise ticket, 1 x Welcome Shot (sangria), 3 Course Dinner, Wine
(Dinner is a set menu where you can choose from the pork, chicken, salmon or vegetarian dishes)
Day 2: Monday 9 July | Social & Academic
Walking tour of Prague
9:30am - Meet in the foyer of the Carlo IV Prague
This 3 hours guided walking tour around Old Town Prague will visit the well known sites which include Wenceslas Square, National Theatre, Charles Bridge, Jewish Town with Old New Synagogue, Paris Street, Old Town Square (where you can marvel at the famous Astronomical Clock), St Nicolas Church Jan Hus Memorial, Tyn Church, Charles University, Republic Square and Municipal House. The tour will end at a restaurant recommended by our guide (lunch at the restaurant is at the delegates expense).
Location: Old Town Prague
Inclusions: Guided Walking Tour with local guide, Gratuities
Please note that no entrance fees are included on this trip and must be paid locally.
Day 3: Tuesday 10 July | Social & Academic Field Activity
Czech Food Tour
10.30am - Meet in the foyer of the Carlo IV Prague
The purpose of a food tour is to taste as many things as possible, and that is what is focused on when you partake in this local food tour. Within the Czech Republic, where food is largely celebrated, we include 12 tastings over the 4 hours, which equates to one large meal! The smaller group sizes help to ensure that you blend into the 5 eateries.
The food is the springboard for conversation about what life is like in the Czech Republic, with every dish telling a story about Czech culture - both modern day and historically.
This is more than just a food tour - yes, you will be served high quality, delicious local and authentic food, but you will also find out the importance of what this means to the people of Prague and the Czech Republic.
Please ensure you arrive hungry!
Inclusions: Entry into 5 eateries, 12 courses over the 4 hours, selected drinks, guide and gratuities.
Academic Session: A guided tour of the Museum of Communism
6.15pm - Meet in the foyer of the Carlo IV Prague
The Museum of Communism provides a suggestive view of the vast aspects of life in Communist-era Czechoslovakia such as politics, history, economics, the courts and other institutes of repression. This includes show trials and political labor camps during the Stalinist era. The museum particularly focuses on the totalitarian regime that ruled the country from the February Putsch in 1948 until the Velvet Revolution in 1989.
Venue: Museum of Communism
Day 4: Wednesday 11 July | Academic Field Activities
Academic Session: A guided tour of the Baroque Library, Klementinum
10.00am - Meet in the foyer of the Carlo IV Prague
A guided tour of the Baroque Library which was opened in 1722 as part of the Jesuit University based in Klementinum. This incredible library houses over 20,000 volumes of mostly foreign theological literature, coming into Klementinum from the beginning of the 17th century until recent times. The Baroque Library is the second biggest complex of buildings in the city after the Prague Castle.
Venue: Baroque Library, Klementinum
Academic Session: A guided tour of the Medical Museum
Meet at the Medical Museum at 12:15pm (if you are attending the 'Academic Session: A guided tour of the Baroque Library, Klementinum' then the group will be walking from the Klementinum to the Medical Museum when the tour finishes at 12:00pm - approx. 30 minute walk)
Initially named The Physicians' House, the Medical Museum was inaugurated in 1931 as the seat of Czech medical organizations and a medical library. In 1934, at a meeting of the Council of the Physicians' House (the directing body of the institution) it was proposed by the chairman that a museum was to be established to collect and preserve the past of the Czech medical profession, in a national and linguistic sense. With many changes throughout the war, the Medical Museum found its curent home in the courtyard of the National Medical Library on Sokolska 54 in 1997. Although the museum was moved for a short time for reconstruction, it was returned to the National Medical Library in 2007.
Venue: Medical Museum
Day 5: Thursday 12 July | Social
Private bus tour of Český Krumlov
7:45am - Meet in the foyer of the Carlo IV Prague
This full day tour will include a private bus tour to the beautiful town of Český Krumlov, where the charming Renaissance Krumlov Castle has been an important social and cultural centre of the southern Bohemia area since the 13th century.
Your licenced guide will collect you from your hotel in Prague and escort you on the 2.5hour bus ride to Cesky Krumlov. You will tour both the town and the castle with a private guide, and also have lunch at Depo - a restaurant very centrally located.
You will have some free time to explore this beautiful town - with the local picturesque streets preserving the medieval atmosphere. Cesky Krumlov is full of small galleries, local restaurants and traditional shops selling crystal and handicrafts. In 1992 the whole historic complex was included in the UNESCO list. You will then get back on the bus with your guide, arriving back into Prague for 6.30pm.
Inclusions: Bus transfer and driver, licenced guide for 10 hours, walking tour of Krumlov, Entry fee into Cesky Krumlov Castle, Circle tour of Cesky Krumlov Castle, head phones, 3 course lunch (with welcome drink and either 2 x wine/beer/non alcoholic drink) at the Depo Inn.
Day 6: Friday 13 July | Academic Field Activity
Academic Session: A guided tour of Terezín
8:45am - Meet in the foyer of the Carlo IV Prague (formerly Boscolo Hotel)
Our guide, a historian by education, and a long time Jewish activist, researcher and tour leader will take us on a tour of Terezín - a redbrick baroque fortress town designed in the 18th Century by the Habsburg emperors to defend against the Prussian. Terezín played a remarkably tragic role during WWII, but its cultural resistance became one of the spiritual symbols of the Shoah. Between 1941 and 1945, the Nazis turned this miniature town into a ghetto, through which some 150,000 Jews from Czechoslovakia, Germany, Austria and other Nazi-occupied territories passed.
Prominent personalities, such as professors, artists, musicians, actors, politicians, architects and war veterans, known as the European elite, passed through the ghetto on their way to the extermination camps in the East. This fact was hideously exploited by the Nazi propagandists in one of the greatest scams in human history.
After the tour, our guide will take us to lunch in nearby Litoměřice, one of the oldest Czech royal cities, known as the “Gateway to Saxony,” with stunning preserved gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture, especially its 16th Century town square.
Location: Terezín (located 50 minutes northwest of Prague)
Inclusions: Bus from hotel to Terezín, Entry into the concentration camp.
Day 7: Saturday 14 July | Social
Music Concert at the Mirror Chapel
5.00pm - Meet in the foyer of the Carlo IV Prague
Enjoy a fantastic evening watching Vivaldi perform at the world famous Mirror Chapel, one of the chapels of the former Jesuit college, Prague Klementinum. The Mirror Chapel houses two precious Baroque organs, which will make attending a classical concert an unforgettable experience.
Venue: Prague Klementinum
Inclusions: Concert ticket only
Day 8: Sunday 15 July | Departure Day
Book your activities
To book any of the above activities, please complete the Activity Registration Form that was emailed to you with the Social Agenda Release email. This form is to be completed 1 form per delegate. If your accompanying person is also attending the conference as a delegate please ask them to complete the form that was emailed to their email address.
If you have any issues with booking these activities please contact our conference team at [email protected]