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Karlovy Vary

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From Prague: Karlovy Vary Full-Day Tour

1. From Prague: Karlovy Vary Full-Day Tour

Karlovy Vary is the best known spa town in the Czech Republic, and its history dates to the 14th century and the reign of Charles IV. The healing powers of the local springs enticed notables such as the Russian Tsar Peter the Great and the German poet Goethe. The spa town is also known for the production of world-renowned Moser crystal, Carlsbad porcelain, and the traditional Czech herb liqueur, Becherovka. On this full-day excursion from Prague you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the town center and marvel at the most famous geyser, Vřídlo Sprudel, gushing its mineral waters to a height of nearly 12 meters! After this you’ll be free to explore the town on your own.

From Prague: Day Trip to Karlovy Vary with Spa House Visit

2. From Prague: Day Trip to Karlovy Vary with Spa House Visit

On this 9.5-hour excursion, you’ll be picked up at your Prague hotel (depending on the option selected) and head off on a drive to the largest and most popular spa town in the Czech Republic. The history of this Bohemian town dates back to the 14th century. Today, Karlovy Vary is also well known for its film festival, which takes place every year. Enjoy a walk along the colonnade through the historic center, where you’ll find the thermal springs. The most famous of the springs, Vřídlo, spurts boiling hot water to a height of 12 meters. The tour includes a visit traditional spa house where you can enjoy 2 hours of relaxation by the pool, whirlpool or sauna. At the end of the tour, you’ll head back to Prague and the driver will then drop you off in the city center or at your hotel. (depending on the option selected)

Prague: Karlovy Vary Tour with Lunch and Moser Museum Visit

3. Prague: Karlovy Vary Tour with Lunch and Moser Museum Visit

Journey to the largest, most well known Czech Spa - Karlovy Vary – just 2-hours away from Prague. Also known as Carlsbad, the founding of this town has been linked to Emperor Charles IV since 1358, when he built a hunting lodge here. Learn about the 16 famous springs with temperatures from 12°C to 72°C, the most famous being Vridlo. Karlovy Vary is also famous for its local china and glass manufacturing industry. Before lunch, admire these products as you visit the Moser Glass Museum and finally, visit the Moser Glass Shop. After lunch, you go on a guided tour of the center of Karlovy Vary, and after the tour you have free time.

From Prague: Karlovy Vary Guided Day Trip with Lunch

4. From Prague: Karlovy Vary Guided Day Trip with Lunch

Depart Prague and journey to the legendary spa town of Karlovy Vary in the west Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. The history of the city dates back to the 14th century and the time of Charles IV, and the curative effects of the local mineral springs were used as treatments for figures such as Peter the Great and Goethe. One of the most famous attractions is the hot spring that spews out hot thermal waters to a height of 12 meters. Visit a wide range of the historical and modern colonnades the town is known for, and taste the water from different natural mineral springs.

Karlovy Vary & Marianske Lazne Tour from Prague with Lunch

5. Karlovy Vary & Marianske Lazne Tour from Prague with Lunch

Experience the largest, most well known Czech Spa - Karlovy Vary – a scenic 2-hour drive from Prague. Also known as Carlsbad, the founding of this town has been linked to Emperor Charles IV since 1358, when he built a hunting lodge here. Experience some of the 12 famous springs with temperatures from 40°C to 72°C, the most famous being Vridlo, as you walk along the Tepla River and the majestic Neo-Renaissance colonnades. Enjoy samples of the different mineral waters and purchase souvenirs before lunch. Then, admire the city's famous glass and china as you visit the Moser Glass Shop and the Thun Porcelain Shop. Enjoy a guided tour of the Moser Glass Factory Museum Next, journey to the famous Marianske Lazne, with its curative springs. Take a tour of the spa with its unique historical architecture, a sampling of the spa waters from the famous Cross Spring, and finally visit the ancient colonnades.

From Prague: Karlovy Vary Full-Day Tour

6. From Prague: Karlovy Vary Full-Day Tour

Depart Prague and journey to the beautiful spa town of Karlovy Vary about 100 kilometers to the west of the Czech Republic capital. Upon arrival, benefit from the chance to take a walk along its enchanting promenade. Founded by King Charles IV in 1358, Karlovy Vary is notable for its mineral springs that have healed many celebrities, including the German poet Goethe and the Russian Tsar Peter the Great. Stroll along the colonnades of the spa and get a taste of the hot springs for yourself. The town is well-known as the location of the Moser glass factory, founded by Ludwig Moser in 1893. Renowned around the world for its high quality glassware, Moser's former clients include the court of the British King Edward VII, the Shah of Persia and Emperor Franz Josef I of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, among others. Take a guided walking tour of the historical town center. Benefit from some free time to shop and enjoy a stroll on your own before the return journey to Prague.

Karlovy Vary - the world famous spa

7. Karlovy Vary - the world famous spa

We invite you on a day trip to the spa town of Karlovy Vary, situated about 100 km west of Prague. The world famous spa was founded by the Czech king Charles IV in 1358 and the local mineral springs have healed many celebrities, such as the German poet Goethe and the Russian Tsar Peter the Great. While walking along the colonnade, you´ll have a chance to taste the hot springs as well. The trip includes and guided walk through the historic center. The lunch will be provided in a local restaurant.

From Prague: Private Karlovy Vary & Crystal Factory Tour

8. From Prague: Private Karlovy Vary & Crystal Factory Tour

The city of Prague was founded in the 14th century by the Czech king and Roman Emperor Charles IV. According to legend, the Emperor had the city built soon after the accidental discovery of thermal springs by his hunting entourage. The springs and spa at Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) continued to be a popular place across Europe, hosting great names in science, politics and art including Beethoven, Paganini, Chopin, Mozart, Freud and many others. Today there are 12 hot springs in use here, and you’ll get the chance to experience them for yourself. The best-known spring is named Vřídlo - the Sprudel, which spouts its warm waters to a height of 55 feet (17 meters). If you wish you can go swimming in the Thermal hotel swimming pool, which is built into the cliff above the city. The swimming pool is composed of 1/3 hot spring water and 2/3 fresh drinking water. We also offer a visit to the world-famous Moser glassworks. You will learn more about glass blowing into moulds and product hand shaping. The guided tours at the Moser glassworks are available Monday to Friday. On the weekends we can visit the Becherovka (famous liqueur) museum as an alternative.

Full-Day Private Karlovy Vary Tour from Prague

9. Full-Day Private Karlovy Vary Tour from Prague

Walk with our private tour guide through the same streets as the german poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe, who met his last love while relaxing in the bohemian spas, and the russian Czar Peter I, who visited Karlovy Vary three times. Admire the place where Antonin Dvorak performed his symphony „From the New World“ for the first time or feel like James Bond while walking down the halls of Grand Hotel Pupp where the 2006 movie Casino Royale was filmed. Hot springs, amazing colonnades and much more! We will also visit the Moser Crystal factory and see how the famous Czech crystal is made.

From Prague: One day trip to Karlovy Vary

10. From Prague: One day trip to Karlovy Vary

Legend says that Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) was founded by the Czech king and holy Roman emperor Charles IV in the 14th century. It is said that the ruler discovered a unique spring here while out hunting deer. Over the centuries a spa town has developed here whose fame has surpassed the borders of Bohemia, with Karlovy Vary becoming synonymous with charm and social standing. It has welcomed such figures as Goethe, Beethoven, Gogol, Paganini, Casanova, and Mozart, along with dozens of heads of state, while in recent times it has hosted many movie stars thanks to its film festival, which is one of Europe’s most important. You will experience a genuine spa atmosphere on pleasant walks through its enchanting historical core, which follows the Teplá stream. You will fill a spa jug from several of the local healing springs and stroll in the shadows of elegant colonnades, such as the Mlýnská and Tržní Colonnades. You will see the magnificent theatre, Císařské lázně and the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. The hottest of the springs – the Vřídlo – emerges from the ground nearby. But be carefult! The water has an incredible temperature of 72 degrees! You will make your day in the fairy tale town even more pleasant by visiting one of Karlovy Vary’s lookout spots - the Diana Tower, from which the town feels like it’s in the palm of your hand. And what kind of trip to Karlovy Vary would it be if you didn’t take home some local wares?! The best known include the products of the world famous Moser glassworks, Thun Karlovy Vary porcelain, or the excellent Becherovka herbal liqueur, which is often dubbed the town’s 13th spring.

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4.1 / 5

based on 429 reviews

Great guide. Very smooth ride and informative tour. Ilia was very sweet and friendly and extremely accommodating. He helped us visit all the interesting places and explained everything. I would recommend this tour for anyone visiting Karlovy Vary from Prague.

The truth is that the excursion was phenomenal. Our guide Eva was with us the entire time and the driver Antonio was very friendly and attentive.

Brilliant!! The place is wonderful and Karolina is a charming guide, in addition to knowing a lot and explaining the history very well. a 10

Interesting excursion to see this town and learn about its history. Carolina how pleasant and enjoyable.

our guide carolina was super, thanks for evrything and the present