SANDEMANs NEW Europe supports local small business by helping independent free-lance tour guides find a voice for their passion. By providing marketing services for local entrepreneurs, we take away some of the stress of developing a marketing strategy and allow fantastic independent tour guides the freedom to focus on what they do best.
Meet some of them and find out why they are so passionate about sharing the best of Prague with you!
Turns out guiding tours is perfect for a former news reporter. Amy loves a good story, and she loves people… and Prague is full of both! She’s been in Prague since summer, ’10, when she and her husband decided the Czech Republic was too great an adventure to miss, and relocated from Austin, Texas. She’s learning to pronounce words without vowels in weekly Czech lessons, loves not having a car, and never tires of sharing this beautiful city and its fascinating history with visitors.
Bára is a 100% genuine Prague citizen. She lived in the USA and Spain for a while but eventually came back to her home town. When she is not travelling around the world she is finishing her studies in architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague. What she likes about Prague is that you always find new things to admire no matter how long you have been here for! Passion for architecture runs through Bára’s veins and she loves Prague with its ghost stories, monuments and pubs. Guiding is a perfect way how to share this unique city with other travellers and to show them how awesome this place is.
comes from Scotland and has only recently found himself in the beautiful city of Prague. Known for his endless after dinner conversations on history he found a perfect solution for his passion and hobby – tour guiding. Now he can actually talk to people who will listen to his historical ramblings and laugh at his terrible jokes.
is a real living Prague citizen. Being born in Prague and living here whole her life, she witnessed all the important changes taking place in this beautiful country, including the separation of Czechoslovakia when she was eight months old. When she was a bit older, she became a student of an international school in Prague, so she adapted English as her own. Dominika loves sharing her love for this amazing city and meeting new people and that is the reason why she found herself in guiding.
is another one of those born and raised Czech people, although from an early age he was in love with the English language. Born in Prague in 1989, he grew up in this wonderful city, never really appreciating it until he moved away some ten years later. After he started his Journalism studies at Charles University in Prague, he fell in love with the city and found tour guiding to be the perfect way of sharing this love for Prague and the Czech Republic with as many people as possible.
I was born in Prague under heavy communism, but also on the happy day that the Simpsons were first aired on TV!!! I grew up in London, returned to Prague, left for university to Scotland and Spain, returned to Prague…. Yes there is a pattern and the reason??? Prague has a magical pull that once it grabs you its hard to resist. I will do my utmost to try to share this with you as well as tell you personal stories about the recent history that you will never hear nowhere else.
We had the privilege of taking the free walking tour while in Prague this past weekend. Our tour guide was John Paul, and he was awesome! My husband loves learning about history, while I can usually only handle a small amount of information before I start to tune out. JP was able to hold my attention for the entire 3 hour tour!!! I definitely recommend this tour! “Fabulous Free Tour!” 5 of 5 stars, TripAdvisor 2013
Born in Thailand, and raised in several countries in Europe, and having spent a year travelling in Africa, John Paul has a natural interest in cultures, sceneries, and peoples. Upon returning to Prague after his travels in Africa he began a career as an actor and he is now eager to use his stage experience to boost his newfound interest in tour guiding. His love of Prague is founded in its rich history, its beautiful scenery and architechture, and its friendly people. He looks forward to helping people better appreciate the sights, sounds, and culture of Prague.
Jana was born in Prague shortly before the fall of Communism. She has always been the loudest kid in the classroom and by the age of 12 she was already annoying teachers in 4 different languages. Although she’s lived her whole life in Prague she never fully appreciated its beauty until she left the Czech Republic to live abroad in Spain and recently in the United States where she got the opportunity to study for 6 months. Even though she loved living abroad, as the saying goes, there is no place like home!
These days Jana enjoys talking in sentences that contain words in 5 different languages. Her passion for words and her love for Prague make tour guiding the perfect free time activity for her while she finishes her Master’s studies in International Relations.
Karel was born in Czechoslovakia and he was brought up in the time of communism. Nevertheless, he belonged to the first generation that was taught English in primary school. Karel then decided to use the new freedom and continued his higher education in England. He has recently completed his Master’s in Dramatherapy at Roehampton University in London, and hence you will find that his tours are enriched by various dramatic reenactments that bring Czech history to life. His tours, besides being very informative, are also spiced up with many trivia stories and silly jokes that keep the atmosphere on even keel with the serious historical events. Karel believes that it is essential to keep the touring interactive, and so he tends to actively involve the audience in his stories. Essentially, if you take part in Karel’s tour you will find the edges between the tour guide and the audience are blurred. You are not being told about the history but you become the history itself. In his free time, Karel enjoys strolling around the historical sites with a pram and changing the nappies of his baby-son.
Kate came to Prague to teach English for 6 months in January 1991! She ended up marrying Martin,a Czech, and she is the mother of three Czech/Ozzie children, Cody, Chris and Josef. Kate’s taught English here for years and now that she’s a full time student (doing primary ed) she decided what better way to compliment her studies than being a guide! Having lived here for so long she’s seen loads of changes and being half Czech (she feels qualified in saying that because she’s lived here half her life) she loves sharing her many Czech experiences with others. She also studied acting years ago and doing the tours is a bit like being back on the stage which she loves!
Kathryn’s grandfather emigrated to Australia in 1948, which is actually the reason she exists. Born and raised in Australia, Kathryn could proudly spell Czechoslovakia as a toddler. She first came to Prague in 1998 to meet her long, lost family and explore her roots… and fell in love with the place. She returned to Australia to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film Studies. She headed back over in 2005 and, after stints in Dublin and London, she fell in love all over again… this time with a Czech boy, who she swiftly married. Kathryn has been told by her husband and Czech family that she, along with Jaromir Jagr, is the most patriotic Czech alive today. Kathryn’s passion for all things Czech, especially the history and language, will make your tour of Prague pretty damn memorable.
Franz Kafka once wrote, “Prague never lets you go…this dear little mother has sharp claws.” Lauren and her story are living proof of the grasp Prague’s claws can have on one. Originally from the US, she first visited ‘the Golden City of spires’ in the summer of 2006. The first time her feet hit the myriad of cobblestone streets she became enchanted by Prague and all its beauty. By the time summer ended she had completely fallen in love. She returned in 2007 for a visit, which only furthered her obsession with finding a way to move back. And so it is for the love of the place (not a person) that she returned in March 2009, this time for good. Lauren, a free-spirited, people-person and traveler-at-heart has found tour guiding to be the perfect outlet for her to share her passion of Prague with fellow travelers. She does not believe in holding up an umbrella or flag, but she will bounce around for you to make sure you all are still behind her!
arrived in Prague late in 2009 when, as for so many others, he followed a woman and made himself an expat. He was born in Germany but moved to England at the age of seven. To this day he can not tell you what nationality he is. One thing he is sure of, is that he is an European mongrel. Shaggy haired, rough around the edges, no major genetic defects and ultimately faithful and true. Enough of the dog references and back on point(er). Doh! He found guiding because he needed cash and the idea of working in telesales sent him borderline crazy. He has a background of theatre, teaching and cooking and finds guiding, like all of these, to be completely bonkers and at the same time, strangely satisfying. Join Michaels spirit fingers and he will try his hardest to tell you every single fact he knows. Well…almost.
Born in Prague to a Palestinian father and a Czech mother, Omar studied in a Russian school with English language as a lifelong hobby and is currently living with a lovely Spanish girl – a true international! In 2007 Omar transformed his passion for history and architecture into a license as an official guide and since then he has been sharing his love and admiration for this city with visitors from around the world. Welcome to Prague, the pearl among cities.
Rachel comes all the way from New Zealand. She left ‘Kiwi Land’ about 2 years ago and after travelling half way around the world she never imagined she’d end up in beautiful Prague, but she knows one thing for sure: it has enough history, beauty and culture to make anyone want to stick around! She now calls Prague home and with a background in art and a keen interest in history, guiding is her favourite activity. Join Rachel on one of her tours and she’ll do her best to bring some of the magic of Prague to life.
Reg, a British Laird, from London, England, married a beautiful Czech lady a few years ago in the U.K. They moved back to Prague and Reg developed a keen interest in his new country. A former Remedial Therapist, he now enjoys showing people the delights of the city of Prague. His aims? To ensure that everyone on his tours enjoys their time with him and gets the best that he can give… Vítejte v Praze – Welcome to Prague!
Born and raised in the flattest part of Europe, the Netherlands, Tijo finally found his way to higher ground. He has been coming to Prague since 2008 because of a Czech girl. Over the years he felt more and more awestruck by the atmosphere of this city until he finally decided to settle here after his studies in 2011. His passion for Prague shines through during his tours – perhaps he will convince you to move to Prague yourself!!
Tomas felt in love with Prague as soon as he arrived in 2005. The charm and history of the city was much more powerful than he could even expect. Since then, this spaniard has become a devote citizen of this overwhelming old stones, perhaps for life. This history and film fan knew from the very first time that this was the city of his dreams. After one year he moved to London, and even life there was great he could never stop dreaming about Prague, so he continued to find ways to return to the Bohemian city and he did. Since then he has not stopped discovering the secrets and mysteries of the place, but the city never stops surprising him. From this point he has decided to be dedicated to share this knowledge to the others, a knowledge that, he says, goes further beyond words.
Tomás se enamoró de Praga tan pronto la pisó por primera vez en 2005. El encanto y la historia de la ciudad fue mucho más fuerte de lo que él podía esperar. Desde entonces, este español se convirtió en un devoto habitante de estas impresionantes viejas piedras, quizás de por vida. Este aficionado al cine y a la historia supo desde el primer momento que esta era la ciudad de sus sueños. Tras un año en Praga se mudó a Londres, y a pesar de la gran metrópoli británica él nunca dejó de soñar sobre Praga, así que se puso a buscar caminos para regresar a la ciudad bohemia y así lo hizo. Desde entonces Tomás no ha parado de descubrir los secretos y misterios del lugar, aunque la ciudad nunca deja de sorprenderle. Desde este momento ha decidido dedicarse a compartir ese conocimiento con otros, un conocimiento que, según él, va mucho más allá de las palabras.