Karlovy Vary
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From Prague: Full-Day Tour to Karlovy Vary

1. From Prague: Full-Day Tour to Karlovy Vary

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 12 different natural mineral springs. Enjoy the chance to savor the local wafers and traditional liqueur of Becherovka, made from a unique blend of herbs and spices.

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Karlovy Vary & Marianske Lazne Tour from Prague with Lunch

2. 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.

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Karlovy Vary Private Tour: A Day Trip from Prague

3. Karlovy Vary Private Tour: A Day Trip from Prague

This trip will take you through the picturesque West Bohemian countryside to the city of Karlovy Vary. This world-famous spa city is known for its 12 medicinal mineral springs, which you will have the chance to taste. The best-known of these springs is the "Vřídlo" ("Geyser"), a fountain of therapeutic water that shoots to a height of 12m. In Karlovy Vary, you'll also find historical and modern colonnades, and you can admire locally manufactured Moser glass and Thun porcelain. It's highly recommended that you taste the delicious local wafers and traditional "Becherovka" liqueur made from herbs. Take the stress out of your trip to this city with private transportation and an expert guide - make it a day to remember! 

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From Prague: Karlovy Vary Full-Day Tour

4. 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.

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Prague: Day Trip to Karlovy Vary and St. Maurus Reliquary

5. Prague: Day Trip to Karlovy Vary and St. Maurus Reliquary

Enjoy a full-day guided trip to Karlovy Vary, the most renowned and historical Czech spa town, with a visit to Moser Glassworks and the incredible reliquary of St. Maurus in Bečov Castle.  Travel from Prague for about 2 hours in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus to Karlovy Vary. This town was founded as early as 1370 by the mighty and powerful Czech emperor Charles IV and has 13 main hot springs and more than 300 smaller springs. Visit the town center’s ornamental spa buildings before visiting the most powerful spring, Vřídlo, which rises from a depth of 3000 meters and reaches a temperature of 73°C.   Then, visit the headquarters and museum of Moser Glassworks, one of the most famous glass manufacturers in Europe, founded in 1857. See breathtaking samples of contemporary and historical art glass exhibits and see how these articles are made.  After lunch in a charming local restaurant, continue on to the castle of Loket nad Ohří, a stunning medieval place that has been underestimated and forgotten. Admire the massive castle and the unique locations that became popular again through their appearance in the James Bond film “Casino Royale”. Finally, it’s time for the highlight of the tour. St. Maurus’s reliquary (a container for relics), housed inside Bečov Castle, is considered one of the most important historical items in the country and a priceless part of Czech cultural heritage. This is truly a sight to behold.  After admiring this priceless piece of history, you’ll return to Prague for about 7:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Karlovy Vary

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 109 reviews

Judy was amazing!

Pickup was prompt. Our tour guide, Judy, was very friendly and knowledgeable. She knew everything about everything we saw! The Moser glass factory was very interesting, and the town of Karlovy Vary is beautiful. Highly recommended.

a nice way to spend a nice day. Don't expect any miracles as it is primarily a health resort for the rich, but it has a nice atmosphere, a lot of interesting architecture and some great hiking trails on the forest hills.

We enjoyed our tour to Karlovy Vary. Looking forward for a longer stay at this place , so we can enjoy it’s healing waters. A lot of information provided by our knowledgeable tour guide. Thanks You

It was a quite good trip and we loved the countryside.

We were disappointed that we were not told before we reserved that the glass factory would be closed with no workers.

Great place to visit. Rene was a great guide.

I would've liked the option to go to a hot spring during the spare time in town.