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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
We enjoyed the trip to the glass factory and brewery, and the chance to see the countryside and have lunch in Plzen.
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.
Interesting places to visit. Especially the brewery and beer tasting.
Years ago I visited the Corning Glass Factory in New York where I saw their modern glass blowing techniques. I was quite impressed with this tour since the process is accomplished in a much more traditional manner with brick ovens. If I did not already have a large glass/crystal collection, I would have bought many pieces at the shop as their prices are fantastic. We also visited the Pilsner Urquell Brewery where you view a movie about the history of the brewery and can tour their operations. In addition, we went into the cellars where they aged the beer in large wooden barrels. We were also able to taste the beer straight from the barrel. It went down very smoothly. We enjoyed the tour and our guide was very nice.
One of my favorite day trips in the Czech Republic by far. Both the glass factory and Pilzen were very entertaining and educational. Would love to go back and bring my boyfriend along...he'd have loved it.
Fantastic tour - loved both the glass and brewery tour. Our tour guide was fantastic and knowledgeable; very friendly. I would recommend this to anyone!
Tour guide was extremely courteous and thoughtful. Went out of his way to make the tours and lunch and getting around easy for everyone. The tours themselves were very interesting. I only wish we had been able to spend a little more time watching the glass blowers in the furnace area. Fascinating!
Thoroughly enjoyable to see the workings of both the Bohemian Glass factory and Pilzner Brewing facility! All the guides involved were informative, the beer tasting was fun and the special buying deals at the glass factory were fantastic! We would highly recommend this wonderful tour!
Fantastic, This was a small factory. We got to see everything up close and personal. Firing, blowing, cutting, fascinating. Their card machine was not working and they don't ship so take a big bag and some cash.
Excellent excursion. Great guide, time for everything we wanted to do plus beautiful countryside you don't always see on a Prague trip. Highly recommended.
Excellent guide, very attentive and helpful. The beer tasting was delicious, as was the included lunch.
It was very nice, one of the best. well organized and interesting.
Wonderful experience. I would book a Viator tour again. Our guide was very personable and interesting, and even gave me directions to go to 2 shops in Prague when we got back so I could buy Czech ribbon and lace. We were all happily surprised with the gift at the end of the tour. I would have liked one more hour in Pilsen to see the town.
This was a fantastic combination tour and perfectly timed for both locations! The glass factory tour really gave us an appreciation for this special craft. We were especially happy that the gift shop had multiple items that we did not see in every gift shop. In fact, the crystal + garnet design we bought was not in any stores so we really got our 'unique' gift representing the Czech Republic. The brewery tour was well done and ended up with a great taste of the special brew. Having lunch included made it so much easier for the day. We didn't have to spend our time trying to find some place to eat. If you go to Prague, be sure to take this tour.
Mary L USA
Excellent trip -- good guide, would have been better if the new brewery was running
Michelle G United Kingdom
This really is an excellent tour. The glass factory was excellent; you were so close to the workers that you could see and feel what was happening. The brewery tour was a little long, but it was very interesting and the lunch in the restaurant was very good. We had an excellent guide who kept us entertained with his stories for most of the day. I would recommend this tour to anyone, it's definitely worth the money, even though it was a little cold in the brewery cellars, so do wrap up warm.
Henry R USA
We had a very good guide for the day. We had a small group, only 7 of us plus the driver/guide. Very informative, good beer and good lunch.