Sample the delights of the world-famous spa town of Karlovy Vary on this full-day trip from Prague, including a delicious lunch. Admire the Bohemian landscapes as you travel by coach from Prague to Karlovy Vary, and discover the many attractions of the town, sometimes known by the German name of Karlsbad or Carlsbad. Visit the Moser glass factory, where beautiful crystal ware is made; admire the elegant spa colonnades and fountains, and sample some of the reputedly curative waters, light spa wafers and some of Karlovy’s legendary herbal liqueur.
Full-day trip to Karlovy Vary from Prague
Discover Bohemia's most famous spa town
Sample the mineral spring water, local wafers and traditional herbal liqueur
Depart Prague by air-conditioned coach and make the journey into the pretty Bohemian countryside. As you travel, listen as your guide tells you about spa town of Karlovy Vary, sometimes known as Karlsbad or Carlsbad. Hear how this Bohemian town grew up around some natural springs said to have been discovered by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles — or Karl, IV — in 1358. Hear how the town took the emperor’s name and how, in the 1800s, it attracted figures such as Ludwig van Beethoven who came here for the reputedly curative waters. Drive through the lush forests that surround Karlovy Vary, and visit the town’s Moser glass factory. Learn about the company’s products, favored by Europe’s ruling elite during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and still one of the world’s most prestigious brands of crystal glassware. See the skilled glassblowers at work and, if you wish, buy some of the exquisite crystal at the factory gift shop. Continue into Karlovy’s stately center and stroll around the graceful spa colonnades and fountains. Sample some of the water and taste the town’s famous wafers, circular cracker-style treats smeared with chocolate, vanilla and other moreish coatings. Purchase lunch at a restaurant, and try some Becherovka, a traditional herbal liqueur that’s synonymous with the town. Savor the gingery-cinnamon tipple as you hear how it’s made to a secret recipe using Karlovy’s soft water. Your trip ends back at the original start point in Prague.
A little bit of confusion at the pick up since the instructions did not say to sign in at the booth that had the name of a different company and we were waiting for a bus to show up but other than that the tour was smooth. The tour guide was very interesting. The Moser factory tour was more interesting than most factory tours that these tours take you to and Karlovy Vary was stunning. After a guided tour of Karlovy Vary we had plenty of time to walk around ourselves and explore.
Nice day to get out in the countryside. The glass blowing factory was great to see. Downtown was an easy walk with plenty of time to shop and have a great lunch. The driver and guide did a great job. Well worth the time and money. We highly recommend.
It was a disappointing trip, first of all , we went to Karlovy Vary by a small van which was not comfy for a long two hours trip , the van seats make you push your head forward which caused me a neck pain.
When we went to have a dinner in a hotel restaurant, the guide ,Sarah assured us that the 3 courses meal was vegetarian and Halal,no pork,no ham,no lard and no alcohol as I requested and asked and wrote in the form when I paid on line. We were 4 Muslim who do not eat pork and not drink alcohol and there were some other vegetarian. When I started to eat the starter which was a mushroom soup,I found small pieces of pork inside it, I took these pieces and showed them to the guide Sarah who confirmed and assured us that every thing was Halal before eating, she spoke to the waitress who was unwilling to help or change anything saying that this was the only starter they had, after many negotiations between Sarah and the manager they finally agreed to bring a salad instead it was cucumber and carrots which usually put to decorate the dish but not a salad dish. It was not tasty.
For the main dish I choose trout fish, the fish itself was very small like a sardine while they brought other guests a big trout which was strange ,as a restaurant they must offer all guests the same size and weight of trout fish.
For the dessert, the waitress said that the cake contains alcohol and they didn't have anything else, after a long discussion between Sarah,waitress and me they agreed to bring fruit. They brought for every one of us a very small kiwi which has been in the kitchen for ages, it was dry and not fresh. We refused to have them and asked for a hot drink instead. They refused at first and then they agreed. I felt that they treated us as beggars who asked for something which was not our rights as I paid like the others even more as I found that some people paid less than methey paid 54 Euro but they got more and I got less. These negotiations took time and we had just one hour and half for seeing that beautiful town which was not enough.
I was really upset and unhappy, I expected that the tour company will respect guest's requests.
Highly recommend this day trip. It was great to see the countryside after a few days in Prague. The tour of the Moser glass factory was interesting but the highlight was the beautiful, colouful buildings in Karlovy Vary itself.
This was one of the best tours we have had over the years. The guide was knowledgeable and engaging. From the start we learned about Prague and the county history. The Moser factory was interesting and the lunch was tasty and filling.