Karlovy Vary

A full day sightseeing tour to the elegant spa town of Karlovy Vary, the foremost spa town in the Czech Republic. This sightseeing tour is part by air-conditioned coach, part on foot. After picking you up from your Prague hotel, we drive for around two hours to reach Karlovy Vary, which is located near the German border.

Karlovy Vary was established in the Middle Ages after the discovery of hot mineral springs. It is a serene, beautiful place with gracious colonnades and picturesque boulevards. A deep forest surrounds the spa town. The invigorating waters are used to treat all kinds of health disorders and for general well-being.

Past visitors include the Russian tsar Peter the Great and the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Both praised the healing effects of the mineral springs. 12 hot springs are currently in use. The best known spring is Vridlo, which belches its curative water to a height of 12m. Our walking tour of Karlovy Vary includes a taste of these waters. Lunch at one of the celebrated spa hotels, the Krivan, is included in the trip, after which there is free time for you to stroll through the streets lined with colonnades, and to visit the charming shops and elegant cafés of Karlovy Vary.

Finally, we visit Moser glass factory. The Czech Republic is well-known for its beautiful crystal, and Moser produces some of the finest glassware in the country. In the Moser workshops we observe the glass-making process, and maybe even try out glass-blowing ourselves! We also visit the museum and the factory shop. (NB: workshops are closed 12 Jul-11 Aug & 22 Dec-01 Jan. During these periods we visit the museum and factory shop only). Our tours are led by professional, licensed tourist guides and use modern, air-conditioned mini-coaches. The tour finishes back in Prague at a convenient point in the city centre, near Wenceslas Square.

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