Laura Sawyer, Executive Director
ICA members have been excited about the Prague 2018 conference ever since the location was selected over seven years ago. The capital city of the Czech Republic (also known as Czechia, still a point of controversy among some), Prague is bisected by the Vltava River. Known for its castles and Gothic churches among other breathtaking architectural artifacts, its Old Town Square, and the Astronomical Clock*, Prague also doesn’t shy away from being known as a great place to have a beer or two.
How to book:
As always, ICA has contracted with a local-expert tour company to curate a collection of ICA-specific tours for our attendees, along with the usual tourism fare. ICA no longer serves as a middleman for booking the tours, so attendees can book directly with the tour agency either online via the ICA tours website or, during the conference, by talking to the ITC tours representative who will be available at a desk in the lower lobby of the Prague Hilton, near the ICA registration desk. Please note that we expect many of these tours to sell out, so if there’s something you’re set on, we recommend you book online in advance.
Curated tours: Radio Free Europe, Parliament, Czech press agency, and more
Curated tours related to the field of communication and created just for ICA include visits to the Czech press agency; to a movie dubbing studio where western films are dubbed into Czech; to a newspaper publisher; to Radio Free Europe; to an historic theatre; to the Czech Parliament; and a presentation in the Václav Havel library on Havel’s rise “from dissident to president.”
Standard tours: Castles, Concerts, and (of course) Beer!
We also will offer standard tours that you could theoretically get elsewhere, with the added benefit that ours will pick you up right at the Hilton Prague hotel and return you at the end, and you will be among your colleagues (you might see this as a good or bad thing depending on the day!). Standard tours include visits to a Silver Mining Town, The Pilsen Pilsner Urquell brewery, a river cruise, Karlstejn Castle, Prague Castle, the Strahov Library with a mini concert, a Soprano & Tenor concert followed by a ‘beer party’ at a brewery, and a glass blowing studio. Most of these tours include meals and guides.
We are honored to offer two very special tours highlighting Prague’s history relative to the second World War. On Friday, a morning tour will visit the Prague Jewish Quarter and the Old Town, with a tour guide knowledgeable in the area. On Monday, 28th May, we will host a tour to Terezin Concentration Camp, with a survivor of the holocaust who will provide commentary and, our guide tells us, is always happy to entertain questions from the group.
Multi-Day Trips in the Region
Lastly, ITC will offer three multi-day tours including lodging and transport and some meals. A tour to South Bohemia and Salzburg focuses on Mozart and Medieval Smuggling Routes. Tour 2 to Vienna and South Moravia includes several castles and gardens and the birthplace of Sigmund Freud. Finally, the Via Carolina tour includes Prague, Pilsen, Nuremberg, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Basel, and Zurich.
Please make a point of booking early, especially for the multi-day tours, as some tours may be canceled if they haven’t met their minimums by mid-April.
*The Astronomical Clock is being taken down for restorations and will not be on view during our conference dates! Our ICA 2018 conference logo is an homage to the missing clock.