Tour code: 2224T15
Experience two of the Czech Republic’s best-loved traditions – pilsner beer and Bohemia glassmaking — on this day trip from Prague. With an expert guide, head to Plzen, known as Pilsen in German, and the Pilsner Urquell brewery where the legendary beer began life in 1842. Discover how the beer is made and perhaps buy some Pilsner Urquell glassware. After lunch at a Pilsner-themed restaurant, visit the Bohemia glassworks in Nizbor. See how the glass is blown and cut, and finish with the chance to buy some beautiful glassware at factory prices.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip from Prague to Nizbor Bohemia glass factory and Pilsner Urquell Brewery
  • Learn the history of pilsner at Pilsner Urquell Brewery
  • Visit the brewery's museum
  • Lunch in local restaurant U Salzmannu
  • Tour of Nizbor Bohemia glass factory
  • Learn the history of Bohemian glassware
  • Purchase glassware at discounted prices
  • Experienced English-speaking guides

What You Can Expect

Glass and Brewery Day Trip from Prague

Glass and Brewery Day Trip from Prague

Leave your Prague hotel or central Prague by air-conditioned coach and travel southeast to the Czech city of Plzen, known as Pilsen in German. Beer has been brewed in the city since 1295, but it was in 1842 that the city’s Prazdroj brewery began making the now legendary Pilsner Urquell. This zingy golden beer went on to inspire many of the world’s ‘pilsner’ and ‘pils’ brews.

On arrival, take a tour of the Prazdroj Pilsner Urqell brewery to see where the original beer was first brewed and how it’s made today. Peer into the modern brewing facility and historical cellars, and visit the museum that charts the history of beer-making in Pilsen from the 15th century on.

Perhaps buy some Pilsner Urquell glassware at the shop and enjoy an included lunch in the brewery restaurant — a replica of a traditional Pilsner tavern. Then, board your coach and continue to Nizbor, a small town on the Berounka River famous for producing another Czech export — Bohemia glass, sometimes known as Czech crystal.

On route, hear about the history of glassmaking in Bohemia, and how it evolved into the making of delicate crystal favored by Europe’s royals during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Visit the Nizbor glassworks to learn more about its products, hand made here since 1903. Watch the glassblowers in action and discover how the shaped glass is then hand-cut into delicate glassware and ornaments.

Browse the showroom, and if you wish, take advantage of the discounted prices to buy some of the exquisite finished pieces.

Your tour concludes with a drop-off in central Prague.

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Customer Reviews

Beth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent guide. A fun day learning about beer and crystal.

David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Prague. Our driver was fantastic and quite knowledgeable and taught us about the history of the region the entire way. The brewery was outstanding I even was able to purchase glass mugs with my name etched on them and the Ruckl factory was great, with even greater prices in their factory store.

Anthony W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Really enjoyed our day trip to the Bohemian Glass Factory and Pilsner Brewery. Our guide, Peter, was very knowledgeable and very friendly. Really comfortable van that transported us from Prague to each of our tours. Enjoyed both tours and seeing some of the local countryside. Also really great way to buy the bohemian glassware and crystal. Much much cheaper buying it from the factory shop than from the stores in Prague. The price for the trip also included a nice two course meal at one of the local restaurants.

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Driver was great. The gas factory was very interesting and had some great pieces for sale in the shop at very good prices. The beer tour was also very interesting, and worth the day trip.

Grace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide picked us up at the hotel and was an excellent driver. Czech traffic is difficult to navigate and there was a lot of road/tram construction taking place. The glass factory was most interesting because we were able to be on the floor where the glass cutting/etching was taking place. The tour included the complete cycle from beginning to finished product. We had lunch in Plzen included and then toured the brewery. The tour was well organized and there was tasting at the end. Everyone said the beer was really good.

Christina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very nice tour!
Complimentary hotel pick-up was a great start to the morning.
We drove out to the glass factory first. Our driver was the guide and was pretty knowledgeable about all the facts. It was very interesting to see the working conditions, furnace room, cutting machines. The tour isn't in a roped off area so I wouldn't recommend it for small children who like be defiant and roam around.
Then we went to lunch at the brewery's factory options: traditional Czech pork, chicken, or veggie rice.
Lastly, the brewery itself. Tour was led by a brewery employee. Got to see the bottling plant, brewing area, and underground tunnels. The tour is the only place you can get Pilsner Urquell's unfiltered beer, straight from the barrel - which made the tour pretty cool.

I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in a day trip from Prague!

dbeque6394

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The glass factory tour was very interesting and informative. We also loved the shopping there. The prices were incredible compared to the USA. The brewery tour was also great. We had a chance to see how the original Pilsner is brewed. We were able to sample very fresh beer that is only available on this tour. Excellent!!!

Patricia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We enjoyed the trip to the glass factory and brewery, and the chance to see the countryside and have lunch in Plzen.

Jess

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was a wonderful tour and the best brewery experience we have had. Learning about the glass blowing was brilliant. The brewery tour takes you into the working brewery so you can see and taste how everything works.

Andrey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Interesting places to visit. Especially the brewery and beer tasting.

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