A full day sightseeing tour to the historic Pilsner Urquell brewery, home of the Original Pilsner beer, and to the celebrated Koneprusy Caves.
This sightseeing tour is part by air-conditioned coach, part on foot.
After picking you up from your Prague hotel, we drive for around one hour to reach Pilsen.
Beer has been brewed in Pilsen since the 1200s, although this was dark beer. In 1842 Pilsner Urquell produced the world's first golden lager, with a new technique of fermentation, and of storing the beer in cold cellars cut into rock.
Today most pale lagers brewed in the world are based on Pilsner style beers. The history of "Pils" beer therefore is held within this fascinating brewery.
Our tour of the Pilsner Urquell brewery begins with a film showing the evolution of Pilsner Urquell, followed by a visit to the brewery museum, full of historical beer brewing equipment. Pilsner Urquell has invested heavily in the displays, to recreate this old world.
Next, we tour the modern Pilsner Urquell brewing plant to learn how science has transformed the process, before heading off into the vast cellars to explore the malt house and the traditional art of barrel making. We of course finish off with a tasting of freshly brewed, non-pasteurised Pilsner Urquell beer.
Included in the price of the trip is a good lunch in a traditional Czech restaurant attached to the brewery. They naturally serve the freshest Pilsner beer around, so half a litre is included with the meal.
As part of our day we also visit the hugely impressive Koneprusy Caves, the longest cave system in the Czech Republic, where we take a guided tour to admire the mighty stalactites as well as the unique opal-bearing rocks.
Paleontological excavations undertaken here have contributed to documenting the history of the Earth over the past 1½ million years. The caves have also been used for other purposes, including as a 15th century money forgers workshop.
Please note that in the Pilsner Urquell beer cellars and the Koneprusy Caves the temperature only reaches 10C (50F). We advise bringing suitable clothing.
Prague Experience sightseeing tours are in English and another language. They are led by professional, licensed tourist guides and use modern, air-conditioned mini-coaches.
If you require a tour in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish, please specify on the booking form.
The tour finishes back in Prague, at a convenient point in the city centre, near Wenceslas Square.
For groups of 15+ we can arrange at no extra cost:
-a private tour, including a guide and coach exclusive to your group.
-a departure time of your choice.
To reserve, mention it in special requests on the booking form.