Announcing the first PRAGUE DO - JUNE 10-12, 2011 Hi all and welcome to MilePoint! The idea of a PragueDO came up last year on Flyertalk. So far, we have a small group of confirmed attendees form the "other side" and today I would like to use this opportunity to extend my invitation to all of you. On the list below you can see which FTers are already attending. So, be the second community member to join in! Sorry, first place goes to miffSC Most important information about Prague Prague Ruzyne International Airport is located ~ 15 miles or ~ 30 minutes northwest of the city center. All major airlines offer service into PRG. Detailed information can be found here: Prague Ruzyne Airport List of States Whose Citizens Are Exempt from Visa Requirement: List of third countries whose citizens are exempted from visa requirement in Member States of the European Union bound by Regulation (EC) No. 539/2001, as amended by Regulation (EC) No. 2414/2001 and Regulation (EC) No. 453/2003 (i.e. in the Schengen area). Visa exemptions apply only to short stays up to 90 days of non-profit nature. If the purpose of stay is employment, Schengen (short-term) visa for the purpose of employment is required. Holders of Serbian passports issued by the Special Coordination Directorate in Belgrade are excluded from visa-free regime. In case of citizens of Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia/FYROM, visa-free regime applies only to holders of biometric passports. ANDORRA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, BAHAMAS, BARBADOS, BRAZIL, BRUNEI, CANADA, COSTA RICA, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, CHILE, CROATIA, ISRAEL, JAPAN, MACEDONIA/FYROM, MALAYSIA, MAURITIUS, MEXICO, MONACO, MONTENEGRO, NEW ZEALAND, NICARAGUA, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS, SALVADOR, SAN MARINO, SERBIA, SEYCHELLES, SINGAPORE, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, URUGUAY, VATICAN, VENEZUELA For further information please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic at www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/index.html Health Insurance: Before travelling to the Czech Republic please check with your medical insurance company wheter they will cover all expences that may occur while you are in Prague. Also keep in mind that in case of a necessary medical treatment doctors and hospitals ask you to pay upfront! Currency: The Czech Republics official unit of currency is still on the Koruna (crown) and this won't change by 2011. The most conveniant and cheapest way to get hold of Koruna is just to withdraw one big amount with your ATM card, your VISA or MC at an ATM located within a bank. In case you use your credit card, remember that most cc-companies will charge you a forex surcharge. I do not recommend to exchange money at the exchange office at the airport as long as you don't want to pay a high commission. If you prefer to exchange money in the city center always compare the offered exchange rates from several exchange offices and also keep an eye on the added commission. Getting from the airport to your hotel: There are several options for your transport. Folks staying at the Marriott may think about using the Airport Express bus. Easy to use, cheap [50 CZK / $2.50] and not much slower as a cab. The bus leaves the airport every 30 minutes and takes you right to the Central Railway Station, which is located around the corner from the Marriott. However the most conveniant is using a cab. Be aware, cabbies do have a bad reputation in Prague and you might get ripped off. A reliable cab company I used several times is AAA. Their cabs are right outside each terminal. The fare should be around 600 CZK [~ $30], depending on traffic and your actual destination. As soon as we're in the window where you can book your flight and hotel and everybody knows when he/she will be arriving in PRG, I'll also have an offer available for a private sedan service which won't cost more than 600 CZK. Recommended hotels: FS – Four Seasons Prague – approx: $550 per night HH – Hilton Prague – approx: $130 per night MO – Mandarin Oriental Prague – approx: $510 per night MR – Prague Marriott – approx: $195 per night PC – Intercontinental Prague – approx: $225 per night SPG – Sheraton Prague Charles Square – approx: $225 per night The rates mentioned above are for stays in June 2010 and just for illustration, so you may get an indication about the approximate price range. Starting July 2010 I'll also check these hotels regularly and post the lowest rates I found [LAR]. Weather: June is one of the best months to visit Prague. The weather should be mild with an average temperature around 21°C / 70°F. However, you should expect some showers once in a while. Also expect walking a lot, so I recommend to bring comfortable shoes, to cope with all the cobblestones. The Do Calendar This is just a small overview as of now – there's a lot to be added. All times are tentative. If some of you intend to arrive one day earlier or depart one day later, the calendar can be adjusted. Friday, June 10th 2011 05:00 pm servus's Pre-Welcome Birthday Party – venue TBD By coincidence this DO starts right on my birthday, so I'm delighted to invite all Early Birds for a drink or two. As this comes out of my own pocket, the venue will be released to confirmed attendees only. 07:00 pm Welcome Dinner – venue TBD 09:00 pm Bar Hopping Prague is famous for its bars. Beer is flowing all night long, so there should be enough time to sample one Budweiser, one Pilsner Urquell or another one brewed by one of Pragues oldest breweries! Saturday, June 11th 2011 10:00 am Sightseeing Tour + Vltava River Cruise I'm working on an English guided tour which also includes a river cruise on the Vltava River and a visit to one of Pragues popular Cafés. I know, the cruise part is very touristy but if you have never been to Prague before, it's a nice thing to do. As I always keep an eye on the cost, I'll try to find the best deal for us. However this is probably mostly depending on how many of us will attend and what will be included but it won't cost more than 1,000 CZK / ~ $50. You will see the Jewish Quarter, Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, "Ginger & Fred" aka the Dancing House and of course the Prague Castle. 08:00 pm Offical Dinner – venue TBD Sunday, June 12th 2011 11:00 am Farewell Brunch – venue TBD Confirmed attendees : MP AHN @ Hilton Old Town FT adl73x +3 @ X FT anat0l @ Hilton FT asya999 @ X FT Berrenger @ Sheraton MP Bob Smolinsky @ X FT Bundy Bear @ Hilton MP Dovster @ Hilton FT dragonfirebcn @ X FT eightblack @ X FT jswong @ Hilton Old Town FT karung99 @ X FT katz +1 @ X FT marlikestotravel @ Marriott FT miffSC @ X FT nevansm @ X FT Pat89339 @ Hilton FT retirementdreams @ Marriott MP servus @ Hilton FT serfty @ Hilton FT SkiAdcock @ X FT spaceman @ Hilton FT To Maket To Market @ Hilton Please leave your thoughts and watch out for updates.