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Vltava River Tours

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Vltava River
The Czech Republic’s longest river, the Vltava begins in southern Bohemia before meandering 270 miles (430 kilometers) northward toward Prague. The river has shaped the Czech capital over millennia, splitting Malá Strana (Lower Town) in the west from Staré Mĕsto (Old Town) and the modern city to the east.

The Basics
As it runs through Prague, the Vltava River’s most famous sight is the 14th-century Charles Bridge, lined with looming statues, buskers, and souvenir sellers. Many city tours include river cruises, which afford the perfect vantage point for views of hilltop Prague Castle, the church spires in Malá Strana, and the towers of the Staré Mĕsto. Most cruises start from beneath the Charles Bridge.

Turning north through the heart of the city, cruisers pass the Rudolfinum and National Theater, the Strahov Monastery (Strahovský klášter), and the giant metronome in Letná Park (Letenské sady). Small open-topped wooden barges also venture into the Devil’s Canal (Čertovka), once a millrace around Kampa Island and now a sleepy backwater lined with baroque townhouses. Even if you don’t take a cruise on the Vltava, a stroll along the riverbank affords some excellent city views.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many Vltava River cruises include lunch or dinner, sometimes with live musical accompaniment. 
  • A cruise along the Vltava offers excellent views of Prague’s skyline.
  • River cruises are sometimes included as an add-on to a city tour.
  • A total of 107 bridges span the river, and 17 of these are within Prague.
 
How to Get There
Cruises typically start close to the Charles Bridge, a 10-minute walk from the heart of Old Town. Staromĕtská metro station is a five-minute walk away. Some tours pick guests up from the center of Prague or directly from their hotels. 

When to Get There
Evening cruises typically include dinner and offer views of Prague at its most atmospheric, as the castle is lit up by floodlights. Summer is the city’s busiest tourist season. If you want to skip the crowds but avoid the cold of winter, visit in spring or fall.

The Musical River
Vltava (The Moldau), the symphonic poem by Bedřich Smetana, is a musical interpretation of the river’s course through Bohemia and one of the best-known classical works by a Czech composer. It is part of a set of six symphonic poems called Má vlast (My Country).
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Panoramic Vltava River Cruise in PragueDay Cruises

Panoramic Vltava River Cruise in Prague

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Get a comprehensive tour of Prague from the water on this river cruise on the Vltava. View landmarks like Kampa Island, Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge; be sure to bring your camera for photo ops from waterborne vantage points. Learn about the city's history and culture through onboard English-language commentary. Suitable for families and groups with small children, this tour is an easy option for those who want to see Prague's sights without extensive walking.
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Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River CruiseDay Cruises

Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise

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Be seduced by the historical monuments and medieval charm of Prague on a half-day tour of the Czech capital. Listen to illuminating commentary from a guide as you gaze at UNESCO-listed monuments from an air-conditioned coach. Discover the ancient majesty of Prague Castle on a guided tour; cruise the Vltava River and enjoy panoramic city views from the boat's top deck; and conclude by exploring the ambient tangle of Prague’s Old Town, home to the famous Astronomical Clock.
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Prague Vltava River Lunch Cruise

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See Prague’s top sights while filling up on traditional Hungarian specialties during this 2-hour lunch cruise. Glide along the Vltava River aboard a climate-controlled riverboat, and see famous landmarks like the Rudolfinium, St Agnes Monastery and Prague Castle. Then, when the time comes, sit down to a delicious buffet lunch, accompanied by onboard music.
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Cesky Krumlov Day Trip from Prague

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Explore the UNESCO-listed town of Cesky Krumlov on this day trip from Prague. Accompanied by an expert guide, travel through the scenic Bohemian countryside to arrive in the medieval town. See the church of St. Vitus, the historic town center and the Cesky Krumlov Castle, dating back to 1240. After a full day of sightseeing, your tour will conclude with transportation back to Prague.
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Prague Night Tour and River Vltava Dinner CruiseNight Cruises

Prague Night Tour and River Vltava Dinner Cruise

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Experience the full, floodlit magic of Prague by night on this leisurely 3-hour evening tour and dinner cruise. Sip a welcome aperitif and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and accompanying music as you waft by twinkling Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge and other sights. This Prague cruise and tour promises a wonderful, relaxing end to a busy day of sightseeing.
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Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech LunchDay Cruises

Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch

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See Charles Bridge, Lesser Town, the Jewish Quarter, Old Town and Prague Castle on a city walking tour of Prague. This 6-hour sightseeing excursion includes a traditional Czech lunch and a 1-hour boat cruise on the Vltava River. Hear insightful commentary from a professional guide along the way. Numbers are limited to ensure a small-group experience.
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Prague in One Day Sightseeing Tour

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Get the most from one day in Prague with this 3.5-hour coach and walking tour of the Czech capital. With an experienced guide to explain the sights, ride a comfortable coach past landmarks such as Wenceslas Square, the State Opera and more. Stop at Prague Castle and stroll around its highlights such as St Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane; and walk to the Old Town to admire the Old Town Square with its Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. Ideal for first-time visitors or anyone short on time in the city.
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See Prague’s top attractions on this full-day introduction to the city with a guide. Combining a bus tour and walking tour plus a 1-hour Vltava River cruise, this sightseeing exploration provides many perspectives on the city, from Wenceslas Square to Prague Castle. Lunch and coffee with cake are included. 
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Prague Castle and Castle District Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Prague Castle and Castle District Walking Tour

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Admire the treasures of Prague Castle and the Castle District on this fascinating walking tour. With a knowledgeable guide, enjoy stunning views of the immense walled castle from the Vltava River, and explore the elegant Malá Strana quarter beneath its walls. Ride a tram to the castle, and venture inside to see its grand palaces, ecclesiastical buildings and courtyards. Stroll through the gardens, view St Vitus Cathedral, and visit cobblestoned Golden Lane — a row of pastel-painted cottages that once housed castle soldiers, alchemists, goldsmiths and servants.
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Historical Prague Guided E-Bike Tour

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Pedal through Prague on this informative and entertaining sightseeing tour via electric bike. Limited to just eight participants, the guided tour (suitable for all ages) takes you down the narrow alleyways, across bridges, and along the Vltava River. Pass by some of the main sites in Prague, such as Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Mala Strana, and more.
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View Prague’s magnificent sights with ease on a fun 3.5-hour bike tour. With an expert guide, ride from landmark to landmark at a leisurely pace and discover the Czech capital’s captivating history along the way. See top Prague attractions including the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock; view the graffiti-covered Lennon Wall and bizarre David Cerný statues on Kampa Island, and stop by at Wenceslas Square, the scene of two 20th-century Czech revolutions. Numbers are limited to 20 people to ensure personalized attention from your guide.
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Swap Prague’s medieval history for its 20th-century past on this 3.5-hour walking tour. With an expert guide, explore the places where many of the momentous events of World War II and Prague’s period under communist rule occurred. Visit Wenceslas Square, scene of the 1968 Prague Spring and 1989 Velvet Revolution; see the former headquarters of the Nazis, Communist Party and KGB, and view Republic Square and other sites as your guide recounts the people and events that shaped today’s city. Numbers are limited to 15 for a more personalized experience.
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Prague Castle and Castle District Walking TourHalf-day Tours

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Prague Castle and Castle District Walking Tour

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A DIY tour of Prague Castle and its Castle District risks you coming away with only a partial understanding of their history. Ensure you get the full lowdown on this walking tour inside and outside the castle. Stroll the cobbled Castle District before seeing and learning about St. Vitus Cathedral, Golden Lane, and other must-sees within the castle walls.
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Prague by Night Walking Tour and Vltava River CruiseDay Cruises

Prague by Night Walking Tour and Vltava River Cruise

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Bring a day in Prague to a memorable close with this 3-hour evening walking tour and Vltava River cruise. Meet your expert guide at dusk, and discover some of the Old Town’s highlights and tucked-away treasures, all sparkling with lights. See where Mozart once lived; explore the sights of medieval Old Town Square; and more. Finally, enjoy a 1-hour Vltava cruise, passing Prague’s floodlit landmarks and the Charles Bridge as you savor a complimentary drink. Numbers are limited to 20 on this small-group tour for a more personalized experience.
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Buffet Dinner Cruise on the Vltava River

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Watch the Prague skyline glide by from the decks of a boat on this 3-hour dinner cruise. Relax as you cruise down the Vlatva River, passing through the waterway's locks and sipping a welcome drink. Make your way through the international buffet of hot and cold dishes, then find a seat to enjoy the scenery and the live music as you dine. Get views and photo ops of Prague Castle, St. Nicolas Church and more.
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Vltava River Boat Trip and Zoo Entrance Ticket in Prague

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Combine two of Prague’s ‘must-do’ experiences: take in the city’s scenic waterfront on a 75-minute Vltava River sightseeing cruise then get admission to the award-winning Prague Zoo. Enjoy refreshments on board as you tour the city by boat, and hear the stories behind Prague’s landmarks and architectural highlights. Explore the zoo on your own, and discover 10 miles (16 km) of paths and trails, 150 exhibits and thousands of animals, including many endangered and vulnerable species.
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Prague Small-Group City Tour and 1-hour Vltava River Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Prague Small-Group City Tour and 1-hour Vltava River Sightseeing Cruise

Discover Prague from two perspectives on a 3.5-hour panoramic city tour and cruise combo. Aboard an air-conditioned minivan, see the highlights of the ‘City of a Hundred Spires,’ including Wenceslas Square, the Municipal House, and other sights. Then, enjoy a 1-hour River Vltava cruise, admiring Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, and more from the water over an included tea, coffee, or soda. Your experience finishes with a Charles Bridge walking tour.
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Single Day Tour 20 kmDay Trips

Single Day Tour 20 km

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A great leg of the Vltava river! The water flow is safe and lively at the same time which gives you a very refreshing feeling. In about two hours you will see an impressive picture of the Rozmberk castle – the finishing point. You will be facing 3 weirs while boating down this river leg. The first one comes after ca 800 m – rafts will manage well but canoes or kayaks should be transferred [by hand!]. The second one emerges in Herbertov – ca 4 km from the start [canoes can go through the chute while rafts should cross the weir]. The last weir is in Rozmberk [both canoes and rafts can use the chute]. Our station [the finish of your trip] is located ca 400 m after the last weir. That is where you hand over the boat and get the lift from.
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3-Day Prague Overnight Tour Including Round-Trip by Coach from MunichMulti-day Tours

3-Day Prague Overnight Tour Including Round-Trip by Coach from Munich

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Prepare to be enchanted by the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ on this 3-day tour from Munich to Prague, including 4-star accommodation and round-trip transport by coach. Take in best bits of the Czech capital with a guided city tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, including architectural wonders like the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, then enjoy free time to explore independently. That’s not all: your tour also includes a romantic dinner cruise on the Vltava River and a half-day trip to Karlstein Castle.
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Half-Day Prague Highlights Tour by bus and walk with a live guideHalf-day Tours

Half-Day Prague Highlights Tour by bus and walk with a live guide

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Stroll from Prague Castle to Old Town via the Charles Bridge during this 3.5-hour city tour of Prague. Start with a narrated sightseeing tour by coach, and see main landmarks along a route that includes New Town, Lesser Town, the State Opera and the National Museum. Ride past the Vltava River and explore the castle grounds on foot before following your guide to the astronomical clock in Old Town Square.
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Private Day Trip to Český Krumlov from PragueDay Trips

Private Day Trip to Český Krumlov from Prague

Get picked up from central Prague and travel in your private air-conditioned car with free WiFi and travel through the scenic Bohemian countryside to arrive in the UNESCO-listed town of Cesky Krumlov. Stroll through the historic town center and see the magnificent Church of St. Vitus, a significant local landmark. Then visit the mighty Cesky Krumlov Castle that stands on a rock, overlooking the Vltava River and the town. Explore its gardens, furnishings, and halls and learn about its history. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. After you have enjoyed a local meal, your driver will transfer you back to your accommodation in Prague.
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Private Walking Tour: Prague Old Town, Wenceslas Square and Jewish QuarterPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Walking Tour: Prague Old Town, Wenceslas Square and Jewish Quarter

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Witness the best of Prague Old Town and other Prague highlights on a private walking tour. As you stroll between the sights, hear absorbing facts about the city’s 1,000-year history from your knowledgeable guide. Take in the landmarks of the Old Town Square, including the beautiful Astronomical Clock, admire views of Prague Castle and the exquisite Charles Bridge, and visit the elegant Jewish Quarter and Wenceslas Square, the scene of the 1969 Czech Uprising and 1987 Velvet Revolution. An ideal tour for history buffs and first-time visitors.
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Prague Panoramic City and Prague Castle Bike Tour

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Prague’s vast parks, scenic lanes and dramatic architecture offer the perfect backdrop for a cycling tour. This Prague bike tour takes in all of the city’s most memorable viewpoints, including the Vltava riverside, Letna Park, the Royal Gardens, and Prague Castle.
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Small-Group Prague Walking Tour: Old Town, Wenceslas Square and Jewish QuarterHalf-day Tours

Small-Group Prague Walking Tour: Old Town, Wenceslas Square and Jewish Quarter

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Check out the highlights of Prague’s Old Town and other must-sees on this 3-hour walking tour. Led by an expert guide, stroll around Old Town Square and take in top Prague attractions such as Wenceslas Square, the Jewish Quarter and the wonderful Charles Bridge. See lesser-known landmarks such as the Estates Theatre where Mozart showcased ‘Don Giovanni,’; learn about Prague’s long and turbulent history, and enjoy an included drink along the way. Numbers are limited to 15 people on this small-group tour to ensure a more intimate atmosphere.
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