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Tours in prague -- recommendation re: Jason at Living Prague

The folks on these channels have been so great at helping me plan two European trips that I want to pay it back.

I took my teenage boys to Prague in June (2023). We didn't have much time in the city. I wanted to be sure we got a good sense of the major highlights. Based on feedback on these forums, I ended up choosing Jason's tour of Old Town/Jewish Quarter. As the trip got closer, I expanded it to a private tour to include WWII history, which is my oldest son's passion.

The night before the tour (which was at the start of week 3 of travel), a cold, harsh reality dawned on me. I had committed myself and my two sons to a four-hour walking tour that started at 8:00 am. Now, your teenagers may be great listeners and eager learners, but mine require frequent bribes of gelato, pastries, and rest stops to keep them going. (I jest; they are good kids and great travelers. But at the end of the day, one can't escape the reality that they are teenagers traveling with their mother.)

Anyway, Jason managed to keep us engaged for the full time! We started at the train station with fascinating stories about WWII history, took us through a deep dive on the key role of religious strife in shaping the old town, led us through a fascinating if heartbreaking tour of the Jewish quarter, and even pointed us toward a delicious bakery for treats. Throughout, he was energetic, personable, clear, and patient with my motley little crew.

I also found his website super helpful in figuring out the ins and outs of the city.

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Jason is a great guy, I have known him for over 18 years and meet up with him whenever I am in the city, he always finds a new place for us to visit.early this month we went to https://www.masaryckarestaurace.cz/en/ which is inside the newly renovated Masarykovo railway station, they have these amazing sharing platters of Czech finger food and great beer.
Glad you had a great time.

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Another vote for Jason here. We took this tour in mid-July. As it turned out, my wife and I were the only ones on the tour that day which was nice for us. We enjoyed the tour and meeting Jason. The tour was very interesting and slightly different -- in a good way -- from what many walking tours feel like (we have done many throughout Europe). We enjoyed seeing some sights that seemed a little more off the typical tourist path. Jason really knows his architecture and we always like seeing those differences in cities. Jason also focused on art installations by David Cerny, something I am guessing not as many tours do. We thought his explanation of the communist period and the events of 1989 was very good; it helped that he could draw on his wife's personal family history for perspective. Jason also gave us good advice for how to tour Prague Castle on our own.

If we had more time in Prague, we would have considered taking another of Jason's tours.