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Karlstejn Castle (Hrad Karlstejn) Tours

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Karlstejn Castle (Hrad Karlstejn)
Some 18 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of Prague, Karlstejn Castle (Hrad Karlstejn) dominates the surrounding area from its hilltop perch. The castle has been a feature of the landscape here for almost 700 years, and its fairy-tale turrets and steep roofs attract visitors from around the world who come to step back in time.
 
The Basics
Karlstejn Castle was founded in 1348 by Charles IV of Bohemia—one of the Czech Republic’s best-loved historical figures (the Charles Bridge in Prague is named after him). He intended the castle to act as a stronghold for his priceless crown jewels and holy relics. In the years that followed, the castle was besieged by Hussite forces and damaged by fire before being restored in the 19th century. Nowadays, guided tours from Prague bring the castle’s many secrets to life.
 
One of the highlights of a visit to the castle is the chance to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the Great Tower. The walls of the chapel are decorated with more than 2,000 semiprecious stones along with 128 paintings by the craftsman Master Theodoric.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the castle is by paid ticket.
  • All visitors must join a tour to see the castle.
  • Discounted tickets can be purchased for seniors, students, and children under 15.
  • With steep steps and uneven floors, the castle is not suited to people with limited mobility.
  • Horse-drawn carriages can be hired to transport you from the village to the castle.
  • A number of cafes and restaurants offer refreshments on-site.
  • Try a glass of Karlstejn wine—grapes have been grown here since the 14th century.
 
How to Get There
Trains depart several times a day from hlavni nádrazi (Prague’s central station) to Karlstejn village at the bottom of the castle hill. The walk up to the castle takes around 30 minutes. Alternatively, numerous guided tours visit the castle from Prague with round-trip transport from Prague. It’s also possible to drive and there is parking in the village.
 
When to Get There
Karlstejn Castle’s opening hours vary by season. In July and August, it is open daily from 9am to 6pm. The castle is closed on Mondays the rest of the year. From mid-November it’s only open on weekends, and closes over Christmas week and for most of February (dates vary by year). Double-check before traveling if you’re planning to visit in the winter months. In the summer months, the castle can get very busy with tourists.
Address: Karlštejn 172, 267 18 Karlštejn, Prague, Czech Republic
Admission: Varies
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Private Karlstejn castle tour from Prague with Lunch and Admission

Private Karlstejn castle tour from Prague with Lunch and Admission

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If you’ve already seen Prague Castle, visit another of the most beautiful and best-preserved palaces in the Czech Republic on a private day trip to Karlstejn Castle, located less than an hour outside the capital. A personal chauffeur and guide makes it easy to visit this medieval fortress built by the king of Bohemia and once used to store the crown jewels and other treasures. Lunch at an authentic restaurant is included on this private, full-day experience.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$158.31
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US$158.31
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Karlstejn Castle And Glass Factory Excursion With Three Course Tasting Lunch

Karlstejn Castle And Glass Factory Excursion With Three Course Tasting Lunch

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Escape the city and see more of Czechia without having to worry about car hire on a day trip to Karlstejn Castle and a glass factory from Prague. Letting someone else drive allows you to focus on the scenery, while included admission tickets and 3-course lunch makes for a seamless experience.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$97.29
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US$97.29
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Private Full-Day Tour Karlstejn Castle and Crystal Glassworks from Prague

Private Full-Day Tour Karlstejn Castle and Crystal Glassworks from Prague

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Explore the Czech countryside and culture on this 7-hour guided tour of crystal factories and castles. Visit the famous glassworks in Nizbor where they produce world-famous crystal, indulge in a hearty Czech lunch at the restaurant Pod Dračí Skálou before heading to majestic Karlštejn Castle, one of the most fairy tale-looking castles in Europe.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$182.25
Price varies by group size
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US$182.25
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Scenic Karlstejn Castle Bike Small-Group Day Trip from Prague

Scenic Karlstejn Castle Bike Small-Group Day Trip from Prague

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Discover the Czech countryside on two wheels and see Karlstejn Castle on a 7-hour bike trip from Prague. Pedal along level riverside paths through forests and fields, enjoy an optional swim, and experience stunning views of the 14th-century castle, built by Bohemia’s Charles IV. Opt to take an interior tour (own expense), and savor lunch and beer before returning to Prague by train. Hotel pickup, bike, helmet, lunch, beer and train ticket included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$81.28
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US$81.28

Small-Group Karlštejn Castle and Koneprusy Caves Tour

Small-Group Karlštejn Castle and Koneprusy Caves Tour

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Breaking out from Prague to experience Bohemia’s scenery and culture independently involves arranging your own transport and tickets. This day trip eliminates the time and effort: with a minivan whisking you to the stalactite- and stalagmite-filled Koneprusy Caves, flooded Big America canyon, and a Bohemian tavern for lunch and beer, and visit Karlstjen Castle.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$178.89
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US$178.89
Price varies by group size
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Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague

Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague

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Visit spectacular, 14th-century Karlstejn Castle on a 4.5-hour trip from Prague. Travel by air-conditioned coach to this picturesque, hilltop palace-fortress, perched above dense green forests. Walk or ride a horse-drawn carriage to the gate, and tour the key areas, including the Imperial Palace as you learn how the castle was built by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV to safeguard his imperial jewels. Immerse yourself in medieval times as you stroll through chambers and halls adorned with frescos, paintings and other treasures, including a replica crown, before your return to Prague.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$48.62
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US$48.62
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Karlstejn Castle Half Day Tour from Prague

Karlstejn Castle Half Day Tour from Prague

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Trade the 21st-century streets of Prague for 14th-century walls of Karlstejn Castle on a 4-hour tour. Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off allows you to relax and enjoy the scenery. A visit to the 14th-century Gothic castle is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Bohemian culture and history. Peruse holy relics, crown jewels, and more as your guide narrates. After a short walk around the municipality, head back to the city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$60.03
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US$60.03
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Full-Day Tour the Karlstejn Castle and Little Amerika

Full-Day Tour the Karlstejn Castle and Little Amerika

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Get out of the city and explore castles and nature on this full-day tour. Transfer by train from Prague to Karlstejn Castle and learn about its history from your guide. Visit a limestone quarry before setting off on a hike to waterfalls. During your hike, reach the village of Sv. Jana pod Skalou and hear about its Communist-era history. Return to the Prague by train.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$72.35
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US$72.35

Private Half-Day Trip From Prague to Karlstejn Castle

Private Half-Day Trip From Prague to Karlstejn Castle

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Experience the fairy-tale fortress of Karlstejn Castle on a private half-day tour from Prague, including hotel pick-up. Uncover the secrets of the 14th-century fortress, which was built to protect the Crown Jewels, and follow in the footsteps of King Charles IV on a guided tour. Peek inside the royal chambers, admire the exquisite Chapel of Holy Cross and take in the views from the Great Tower.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$204.10
Price varies by group size
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US$204.10
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Karlstejn Castle - Half Day Coach Tour From Prague

Karlstejn Castle - Half Day Coach Tour From Prague

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Walk the stone walls and Gothic courtyards of Karlštejn Castle on a half-day, guided trip from Prague. Wind through the forests of the Czech countryside on your way to the castle site, set high on a rocky promontory. Learn about the holy relics, treasures and jewels that were hidden away during tumultuous times and hear stories from the sieges and battles that took place at Karlštejn Castle. Discover the secrets that are built deep into the stones, then enjoy a taste of locally-made mead before returning to Prague.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$50.43
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US$50.43

Bohemian countryside, Microbrewery tasting & Karlstejn castle

Bohemian countryside, Microbrewery tasting & Karlstejn castle

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Prague is stunning, no doubt but if you want to say you've been to the Czech Republic let me show you beauties of my country. Escape to the country to enjoy vistas of famous Karlstejn Castle, quarry Big America then on to a small picturesque village to sample a flight of 4 beers and a delicious traditional Czech food. An hour drive from Prague through the protected Czech Karst landscape area. Transportation from your accommodations included. Be sure to learn plenty of Czech (Beer&Food) culture and history on the experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$104.45
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US$104.45
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Karlstejn Castle Private Tour - a Half Day Trip from Prague

Karlstejn Castle Private Tour - a Half Day Trip from Prague

Explore a Gothic castle from the 14th century Admire the beauty of the Czech countryside Enjoy the explanations of castle life during the Gothic period
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$492.56
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US$492.56
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Private Tour: Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Tour from Prague

Private Tour: Karlstejn Castle Half-Day Tour from Prague

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Indulge yourself in all things medieval and castles on this 5-hour private tour of bewitching Karlstejn Castle, located 40-minutes southwest of Prague. Marvel at the castle, the erstwhile home of the priceless Bohemian crown jewels, and wander around the interior. 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$289.35
Price varies by group size
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Karlstejn and Krivoklat castles tour from Prague

Karlstejn and Krivoklat castles tour from Prague

Some tours take you just to one castle. This tour will take you to two castles. As they are not very far from each other, and they are both very famous, it is in our opinion a perfect combo. We start at one of the oldest castles (that still stand) in this country - Krivoklat. Here you are given a choice to either have a 45 or 80 minutes tour inside the castle with their guide, or to explore the exterior with our guide. From Krivoklat we'll move to Karlstejn. First for a lunch and then for the castle. Here are similar rules. Every castle has own guides and there are 3 types of tour on Karlstejn. Choice is yours. Our guide will take care of you in case you stay off the tour of interior and show you all unrestricted areas around. Karlstejn is one of the most visited castles in this country so expect lot of fellow tourists around. Anyway, everyone should see Karlstejn at least once in a lifetime.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$111.21
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US$111.21

Czech Beer and Food Tasting Trip to Countryside from Prague

Czech Beer and Food Tasting Trip to Countryside from Prague

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The Czech Republic makes some of the world’s most celebrated beers, and on this full-day tour, you’ll enjoy a first-hand chance to discover its traditional breweries. Meet your guide in the morning at your Prague accommodation, and hop aboard your air-conditioned vehicle. Over the course of the day, you’ll tour two regional breweries, and will do some sightseeing when you stop at Karlstejn Castle. You’ll also do plenty of tasting: sample eight different brews, order four larger pours, and enjoy a Czech lunch and snacks.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$144.07
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US$144.07
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Prague-Munich One-Way Sightseeing Day Tour

Prague-Munich One-Way Sightseeing Day Tour

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Say no to boring shuttles and fiddly public transport and enjoy a cultural private road trip direct from your base in Prague to your new place in Munich. Visit 14th-century Karlstejn Castle, perched on a Bohemian hilltop, the Pilsner Urquell Brewery, and St. Peter’s Cathedral in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed town of Regensburg. Tour includes guiding and transfers but entrance fees are at your own expense.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$100.85
Price varies by group size
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US$100.85
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Countryside Tour on E-Bikes from Prague to Karlstejn Castle

Countryside Tour on E-Bikes from Prague to Karlstejn Castle

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Visit Karlstejn Castle from Prague in an active way with this electric bike (e-bike) tour through the Czech countryside. Pedal along the Vltava and Berounka rivers and pass by villages to reach the Gothic-Renaissance castle, which dates back to the 1300s. This is a great opportunity to see more of the country than Prague in just one day. You’ll return to the city by train.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$88.66
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US$88.66
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Karlstejn Castle Private Tour

Karlstejn Castle Private Tour

Travel back in time to 14th-century Bohemia on a private 5-hour tour to Karlstejn Castle. The half-day excursion is a great opportunity to dive deeper into Czech history and spend some time away from the busy capital. After comfortable transfer from your Prague hotel, enjoy a guided visit around the charming historical center of Karlstejn. Then take a tour of the impressive castle, before lunch at a typical restaurant (own expense).
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$492.56
per group
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US$492.56
per group
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Full-Day Countryside Bike Tour to Karlstejn Castle from Prague

Full-Day Countryside Bike Tour to Karlstejn Castle from Prague

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Pedal your way out of Prague to one of the most bewitching castles in Europe on this guided bicycle excursion. Hop on your bike and, with a guide at your side, bike out of Prague for 3.5 hours, making some stops along the way. Once you reach the enchanting Karlstejn Castle, where King Charles IV kept the crown jewels, tuck into a hearty Czech lunch (at your own expense) and take an optional 1-hour guided tour of the castle. Then relax on the train back to Prague.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$71.42
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US$71.42
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Private Cross Country Biking Tour to Karlstejn Castle

Private Cross Country Biking Tour to Karlstejn Castle

Get out of the city and have an adventurous experience in the countryside on this private bike tour to Karlstejn Castle. Get equipped with an appropriate bike and helmet and head out with your guide through Czech villages. Upon arrival at the castle, take simte to explore independently before enjoy a Czech lunch with beer. Take a train back to the center of Prague.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$220.42
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US$220.42

Karlstejn Castle Small-Group Bike Tour and Microbrewery Visit from Prague

Karlstejn Castle Small-Group Bike Tour and Microbrewery Visit from Prague

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Enjoy a day of biking, countryside and beer away from bustling Prague on this 8-hour cycle trip. The perfect antidote to city sightseeing, the leisurely ride follows riverside paths through the Czech countryside. Pass meadows and forests along paved trails, see medieval Karlstejn Castle, and refuel with lunch and a craft beer on a microbrewery visit. Your trip includes cycling equipment, lunch, beer, a return train ticket, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$92.36
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US$92.36

Karlstejn Bike Tour from Prague

Karlstejn Bike Tour from Prague

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Hop on a bike and join this leisurely bicycle ride from Prague to the bewitching Karlstejn Castle. The easy ride takes you along the Vltava and Berounka Rivers, around charming villages and through the lush Bohemian countryside. Once at the destination, marvel at medieval Karlstejn Castle, one of the most fairy tale-looking fortresses in Europe.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$67.23
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US$67.23

Private Tour: Castle Karlstejn and Kopeprusy Caves plus Twin Castles Zebrak and Tocnik From Prague

Private Tour: Castle Karlstejn and Kopeprusy Caves plus Twin Castles Zebrak and Tocnik From Prague

Combine intriguing Czech history with hearty Czech cuisine on this informative and entertaining tour from Prague. Wander up to bewitching Karlštejn Castle, once home to the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, and then dig into a tasty lunch at Karlštejn Golf Resort (complete with a view of the castle). Later, explore the karst cave system Koněprusy and then visit Točník of the twin castles Žebrák and Točník. Enhance your experience and upgrade to include a local "buddy" guide, who will provide interesting facts and stories as you go.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$147.77
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US$147.77

The Big Karlstejn Adventure Long Walking Tour

The Big Karlstejn Adventure Long Walking Tour

Lace up your hiking boots and get set for an unforgettable outdoor adventure on this full-day walking tour from Prague. Follow your guide on a series of thrilling walks, totaling around 14km (9 miles) and travel from sight to sight in a minivan. Along the way, marvel over spectacular natural landscapes like the Big America canyon and Prokopske Valley; visit the fairy-tale Karlštejn Castle and the St. John under the Rock monastery; and cool off with a swim in the Berounka River. This small-group tour is limited to 8 people.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$86.20
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US$86.20

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