|A full day trip from Prague to the elegant spa town of Karlovy Vary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Czech Republic, near the German border.
This excursion is part by air-conditioned coach, part on foot.
After meeting you in the city centre, near Wenceslas Square, we board the coach for the journey to Karlovy Vary, which takes around two hours.
Karlovy Vary is the foremost spa town in the country, and a member of the 'Great Spas of Europe'; a group of eleven spa towns across seven countries that includes Baden-Baden in Germany and Bath in the UK.
Karlovy Vary was established in the Middle Ages following the discovery of hot springs.
It is a serene, beautiful town of picturesque boulevards lined with gracious colonnades and grand buildings.
Our guide leads us on a walking tour of Karlovy Vary, to discover its history, various attractions including the river, and to seek out the mineral waters.
There are currently 12 hot springs in operation. The invigorating waters are used by luxury hotels for spa breaks, and by medical resorts to treat a range of health disorders.
We visit the best known spring, Vřídlo, which belches its curative water to a height of 12m. The water is free to taste.
After the tour, there is free time, to explore the town further, visit some of the charming boutique shops, or to enjoy lunch or refreshments in one of the elegant restaurants and cafes (lunch is not included in the price of the tour).
It is worth noting that Moser Crystal, the famous glass manufacturer, is based in Karlovy Vary, and its glassware is considerably cheaper in the town's stores than in Prague.
Before the return journey to Prague, we visit the Diana Observation Tower, which sits atop a hill overlooking the town. We ride the funicular railway up the hill to reach the tower, then take the lift inside. From the top there are breathtaking views of the spa town and beyond, into the deep forest which surrounds Karlovy Vary.
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 German or Spanish, state it in Special Requests on the booking form.
The trip finishes back in Prague, near Wenceslas Square.