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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 09:33 AM
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I will be going to prague in june and am looking for an english speaking guide/driver
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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 10:18 AM
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Dana Chalopka
http://sweb.cz/travelcz

She is the guide, she doesn't do the driving, but she can provide a car and driver
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Old Feb 10th, 2005, 10:19 AM
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Old Feb 11th, 2005, 08:38 AM
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As posted before:
During the first 2 weeks of May my wife and I, both in our late
fifties, visited Prague, Slovakia, and Budapest. In Prague we had got a good deal through Priceline for the
Renaissance Prague Hotel. Excellent location less than a block from Nam. Republiky metro stop. First night in Prague met Sarka Pelantova
(private guide recommended in Rick Steves' Eastern Europe book) for
dinner. Information about Sarka can be found at www.prague-guide.info. A picture of Sarka and Rick Steves is at www.geocities.com/b_hall29/ricksarka.htm. Her basic rate is 13 Euro
per hour. We had a pleasant dinner with her at a modestly priced
restaurant next to more expensive Golden Lion on Celetna street near
the Powder Tower area. She explained the different menu choices, esp. the appetizers and wine choices. After a relaxing dinner and a chance to ask a host of questions about tipping, getting the check, and life in general, took a short walk around the area including some "backdoor" sights such as the upside-down horse that I did not recall reading about. Having a guide and spending part of time having dinner with them may seem an odd use of the guide's time (and your money) but we felt it was equally, if not more, informative, and certainly easier on our feet. The next day we utilized some of Sarka's suggestions and were on our own. Our last day we met Sarka again for a day's touring. We were amazed at the depth of her knowledge. Some of the highlights for us were lunch at a modest restaurant in the Josefov area and an introduction to honeycake, having her whisk up through the two elevators at the astronomical clock tower to enjoy the views from the top, visiting St Vitus Cathedral and nearby gardens, and finally a trip to the supermarket part of Kotva (near Nam. Republiky) and having her explain some of their many different offerings, ending up buying stuff for a dinner back at our room. One interesting thing that Sarka mentioned was that she was amazed to receive requests for her to sign Rick Steves' book. Apparently autographing is not as big there as
here. Again, stopping for lunch and/or coffees/drinks during the tour
may seem a strange way to spend your guide's time, but except for the
most driven visitor, I think it proves to be both informative, relaxing, and money well spent.
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WE are going to Prague in March and have also engaged the services of Sarka Pelantova. Her rates have increased slightly to 15 euros per and she is very popular now especially due to Rick Steves. Her new website lists a few other guides that now work with her.

She has been very helpful in planning parts of our trip and answering questions.

Enjoy your trip. We are looking forward to our.
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