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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. 

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Karlovy Vary from Prague
  • Discover Bohemia's most famous spa town
  • Glass exhibition
  • Sample the mineral spring water, local wafers and traditional herbal liqueur
  • Lunch included
  • English- and German-speaking guides

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What You Can Expect

Karlovy Vary Day Trip from Prague

The Thermal Spa Town of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad)

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.

Enjoy an included 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.


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Customer Reviews

Sanjay G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful. The trip was fantastic. The lunch was awesome. The guide was superb. She was an middle aged lady with superb knowledge and express. She was a pleasure to hear.

Ellen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic day! We were well taken care of by our tour guide. So glad I took this tour. From start to finish, excellent!

Gary Thailand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great all day tour with just the right amount of guided and free time. Excellent guide Rene, with a wry sense of humor, good commentary and wide knowledge of his subject. Karlovy Vary is both lovely and interesting, very much like stepping back to another era. Moser glass factory, a part of the tour, was ok as far as it went and you have displays of making glassworks and a display of various products - some quite beautiful, some amazing - but a bit too much emphasis on gong to the shop!

wo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great. We enjoyed. If you have time go for 2 days. It is the Spa city. Beautiful city

Denise F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent day trip from Prague! The Mosers factory was AMAZING!! Very up close and informative and interesting. The lunch was delicious and there was ample time to explore beautiful Karlovy Vary!

dwinu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I definitely recommend this tour. The tour guides were very knowledgable.

Gillian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Beautiful place and worth visiting, we were lucky with the weather

Christina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Beautiful place. Great tour guide, too.

Laura

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great trip! Jan, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable. He gave us interesting information about Prague and whatever areas we were passing through on our way to Karlovy Vary. The coach was comfortable and the ride was about an hour and a half each way. The first stop, the glass factory was interesting, but the best part, of course, is Karlovy Vary itself. It has a very special beauty and is a place I'll never forget. Lunch was pretty good too. I would highly recommend this Karlovy Vary trip!

andreina s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent!

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