Prague Tours and Excursions You Can't Afford to Miss

Prague is a very popular short break holiday destination. Its compact size makes it ideal for walking but this takes up time. That's why sightseeing tours are very popular. Hop-on Hop-off bus is an attractive way to see the city's main sights in one day. Listen to the narrated comment in your language, twenty-two to choose from,  hop off any time to get a closer view of some of the sights. Be sure to stop at Prague Castle and pedestrian-only Charles Bridge.

Prague's Stare Mesto quarter is a maze of winding streets and it's easy to lose your bearings. A guided walking tour is a fun way to explore this part of the city. The bonus is that this tour is free of charge. Vltava River Cruises are becoming increasingly popular. Sit on the deck in summer or in the heated area inside in winter. The panorama windows offer full view of St Vitus Cathedral and the castle complex perched on a hill top. If you feel more active try to see the city while pedaling around on a bicycle or take a Segway tour. It is amazing how quickly you will get the hang of moving through Prague on wheels.

The most popular day trip from Prague is a visit to the city of Kutna Hora, only seventy kilometers away. Do it under your own steam or join a guided tour. Here are some suggestions for day trips and excursions so that you can start exploring Prague straight away.




Vintage Car Tour
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Tour Prague in an unusual way; board a vintage car. Take a step back in time and see the Prague in a chauffeur driven open-top classic car. All cars are Czech made and manufactured between 1928 and 1935. Let your driver choose the itinerary or determine the route yourself. He will combine history with conversation and tips on good restaurants and interesting beer gardens. Be sure to include highlights such as Old Town Square and the Jewish quarter. Charles Bridge is pedestrian only. However, you can drive past the embankment for a splendid view of the most famous bridge in Prague.

Segway Experience
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Tour Prague on a Segway and discover picturesque alleys, wide boulevards and intimate squares. You will ride mainly on bike paths and through pedestrian areas. No previous experience is needed because a training session is included in the trip. Slalom between the tourists on Charles bridge. Stop in the middle for the best view of Prague Castle. Admire the John Lennon Wall in the Mala Strana district before you go uphill to the look-out tower on Petrin Hill. Cruise down Narodni Street past the National theater. The tour ends on Charles Bridge.

Jump on historic tram 91 for a nostalgic trip through Prague. These vintage cars trundled through city at the beginning of the twentieth century. The wooden interior looks beautifully old-fashioned. The seats are made of wood and quite comfortable. You buy your tickets from the conductor dressed in authentic uniform with cap and badge. He stays on board all the way like in the old days. En route you will see some of the highlights of Prague: Prague Castle, Mala Strana quarter, National Theater, Wenceslas Square along the banks of the Vltava River and ends at Vystaviste exhibition grounds

Communism Tour
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This tour highlights Prague's darkest days during the period of Communist rule; from the Soviet invasion in 1968, Prague Spring, death of Jan Palach to the Velvet Revolution which in 1989 brought an end to the Communist regime. Watch the metronome tick on the spot where once the enormous Stalin Monument stood. Blown up after Stalin fell in disgrace, only the plinth remains. Marvel at or abhor the socialist-realist style building next to the National Museum at Wenceslas Square. It housed the Parliament, was home to Radio Free Europe and is now part of the National Museum. A few steps away is the Museum of Communism which tells its story through photos, propaganda material and videos.

Kutna Hora Day Trip
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On UNESCO World heritage list, Kutna Hora is a popular day trip from Prague. This small town, seventy kilometers from Prague, has an amazing number of historic buildings. Gothic Cathedral St Barbara, has a truly original design. The roof supported by double arched flying buttresses resembles a tent. Kutna Hora was made rich its silver mines which struck the Prague groschen. The Italian court was originally the seat of the Central Mint, a splendid building named after Italian minting experts. Sedlec Ossuary or Bone Church is decorated with human skulls and bones and is the highlight of this day trip.

Vltava River Cruise
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The Vltava River bisects Prague and flows like a silver ribbon through the heart of the city. What better way to enjoy the sight at leisure than on a river cruise. You will sail under Charles Bridge, past Kampa island and the old mill that is now Kampa Museum and Narodni Divadlo, the national Theater, until you get to Vysehrad, Prague's second castle. Live piano music and refreshments make this trip unforgettable. The seasons are unimportant. In winter you sit inside in the heated area with panoramic windows, in summer you sit on the deck and see Prague's skyline float by.

Look out for yellow. All guides of the free walking tour wear canary yellow T-shirts and have yellow umbrellas. Tours start at 11 am and 2 pm, no need to book, just turn up on Old Town Square in front of the Astronomical clock. You will visit the most important Prague sights. Your guide will give you a crash course in Czech history. The tour leads through the cobbled streets of the old town, via Charles Bridge up to Prague Castle. The only payment is the tip at the end of the tour, and only if you are satisfied with your guide showed and told you

Monument-hopping was never so easy. Jump on the hop-on-hop-off bus and see the sights of Prague at your convenience. Sit back and listen to the narrated tour in English or any of the other 22 languages. Get off at Prague Castle and walk around the grounds. Hop on again and admire the Baroque mansions that line the streets in the Mala Strana quarter. Look up high to see the stucco moldings curves and counter curves on the pediments. Tickets are valid for 48 hours so that you can explore all three routes of the hop-on hop-off bus Tour.

Baja Bike Tour
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Don a safety helmet and mount one of the canary yellow bikes for a two-hour Baja Bike cycling tour through Prague. An English speaking guide will lead you through broad avenues and winding alleys, showing you famous and secret beauty spots of the Czech capital. You will pedal on proper cycle tracks or along the pavement that you share with pedestrians. The tour takes you up to Prague castle and down again alongside the Vltava River. You will also tour the Mala Strana quarter and Josefov, the former Jewish district. Half-way, you will have a refuel stop. Savour apple strudel and wash is down with Viennese coffee topped with a big dollop of whipped cream. Full of energy you can continue the tour.

Beer Tours
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All beer lovers should join at least once a Beer Tasting Tour. Czech beer is cheap; it is cheaper than bottled water. Beer is extremely popular. The Czech Republic beats Germany in drinking beer by 132 liters per person to 107 in Germany. You can enjoy your pint from early morning until late at night in cafés, restaurants, Micro-breweries and beer gardens. Don't let the word garden deter you because garden in this case simply means a place to drink beer, not necessarily in the open air. But how do you know what is the best place to sample Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen or any of the other Czech beers? Simply join one of the Beer Tours, you will discover the best places and go home a real Beer Master.


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