Excursions from Prague
Karlovy Vary, the Famous Spa Town
Duration: 9 hours 50 minutes
Overview: The minibus will take you through the picturesque West Bohemian countryside to Karlovy Vary. This word famous spa town has been known for centuries for its 12 medicinal mineral springs. The best known is the Vridlo (Geyser) which shoots its curative waters to a height of 12 m!
In Karlovy Vary you can see historical and modern colonnades, admire the locally manufactured Moser glass and Thun porcelain. We recommend tasting delicious local wafers and traditional "Becherovka" liqueur made of herbs.
Private deluxe full day excursion to Karlovy Vary is also available.
Duration: 4 hours
Overview: Take a short excursion 35 km southwest of the city to the 14th century fortress, Karlstejn Castle. This large Gothic style castle was built by Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor as a place for safekeeping of valuable holy relics and other Roman treasures and the coronation jewels.
The castle is organized in a step like structure according to the importance of the buildings, with the highest being the magnificent 60 m tall Great Tower housing the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Karlstejn Castle holds many treasures including unique wall paintings dating back to the 14th Century, panel paintings in the Chapel and the largest portrait gallery of Czech rulers. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the castle, its treasures and the life of Charles IV.
Duration: 4 hours
Overview: The air conditioned coach will take you 45 km south east of Prague to the beautiful hunting castle of Konopiste. The castle was originally a medieval fortress but was rebuilt in the 18th Century into a baroque residence. The castle is most famous for being the last residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand d'Este, the successor to the Austro-Hungarian throne, whose assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 triggered World War I. You can visit the private chambers of Franz Ferdinand or the salons of the North Wing or South Wing which are finely decorated and have collections of medieval weaponry and hunting trophies.
Konopiste and Karlstejn Castles
Duration: 8 hours 50 minutes
Overview: During this all day excursion from Prague you will visit two unique gems amongst the castles in the Czech Republic, both close to Prague. First you will visit Konopiste Castle founded in the 13th Century. It was the last residence of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand d'Este, successor of the Austro-Hungarian throne. The castle is renowned for its fascinating collection of antique weaponry and furniture.
Continue westwards to the historical Karlstejn Castle. Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor had this gothic monument built as a depository for the Empire crown jewels and relics of saints.
Cesky Krumlov Tour
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
Overview: Journey 170 km from Prague to visit the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov which has been part of the UNESCO and natural heritage site since 1992. The town is situated in Southern Bohemia's beautiful countryside by the River Vltava.
Visit the second largest castle in the Czech Republic set in magnificent Baroque gardens where you can see a unique rotating auditorium! The Castle was the seat of famous noble families such as Rosenbergs, Eggenbergs and Schwarzbergs. See their historical furniture, rich tapestries and paintings and the famous golden carriage!
Wander down to the historical city centre which has preserved its medieval atmosphere and picturesque narrow streets. Find lovely little shops selling hand made souvenirs and local food and see some beautiful views.
Duration: 5 hours
Overview: Kutna Hora, about 65 km outside Prague owes it's origin to the silver mines, the existence of which can be traced back to the first part of the 13th century. After Prague, Kutna Hora was the most important town in Bohemia, having become a favorite residence of several Czech kings and a mint for the "Prague Penny".
Kutna Hora is a World heritage Site. Your guide will show you the most important buildings and places including the Gothic 5 naved St Barbara's Cathedral, the Italian Court (a former royal residence and mint) and the famous bone decorated Ossuary in Sedlec.
Pilsen Brewery and Koneprusy Caves
Duration: 9 hours
Overview: Pilsen is best known for the Czech Pilsner Urquell beer that has been produced there for a long time. Koneprusy village is home to the longest karst cave system in the Czech Republic. Drive through beautiful countryside, and then walk through 600 meters of caves with rich stalagmites and stalactites, often taking grotesque forms in an Alice in Wonderland type of setting. Breathtaking rock formations resemble waterfalls, castle ruins and more. The caves, discovered in 1950 and opened to the public in 1959, are also known for the 1,500-year old Koneprusy Roses stalactite formation that is found there. It is the only place in the world where this sort of ornamentation has been discovered.
Enjoy a nice lunch and later visit the Pilsen Museum of Beer, to learn more about brewing history. Visit the modern plants where this delicious beer has been bottled as well as historic cellars. Sample the delicious beer that has been brewed following an ancient recipe that a lot of worldwide breweries have in vain tried to imitate.
Skoda Car Company Museum and Factory
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Overview: The famous car factory of Skoda was founded in 1895 in Mlada Boleslav, a town located 55 km from Prague. Skoda is one of few car companies to permit visitors a unique and rare opportunity to see its premises and follow its operation. Visit the Skoda museum in the company's historical buildings. A film and exhibition on the history and development of car production, including displayed cars are presented here, followed by a visit to the factory itself.