Czech Republic: Karlovy Vary: Bohemian Hot Springs: Prague Extension
Karlovy Vary is home to over 300 healing mineral springs.
Depart from your hotel in central Prague this morning at 9:00am, traveling by private car to Karlovy Vary, the Czech Republic’s historic spa town. The drive will take approximately 1.5 hours.
Karlovy Vary was named for Charles IV, the King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, who founded the city in the 14th century. The town‘s famous mineral springs, numbering more than 300 in total, have been praised for their healing effects for centuries by many visitors, including Russian tsar Peter the Great and the poet Goethe.
The city is also home to The Moser Glass Factory, which produces lead-free fine Bohemian crystal stemware and glassware. Visit the factory museum, displaying over 2,000 pieces following the company’s history from 1857 to the present.
Walk through the town center with your guide, keeping an eye out for Karlovarský porcelain, regionally produced fine china and Becherovka, a delightful liqueur flavored with anise and cinnamon. In town you will also view Vridlo (Giant Spring), the best known spring in Karlovy Vary, which sprays hot water (72°C) to heights of up 12 meters.
Lunch today will be at the unique and gorgeous Grandhotel Pupp, reconstructed in its present form in 1907. The Grandhotel Pupp has been at the heart of Karlovy Vary for three centuries and is home to the annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, one of Europe’s most important film events and among the world’s oldest.
This afternoon you are free to walk in town or swim in an outdoor pool fed by the famed mineral waters. Your guide will accompany and assist you.
Return to Prague this evening at approximately 6:30pm.
For dinner tonight, we suggest a unique restaurant in Old Town offering a menu of Mediterranean-inspired Czech food accompanied by an impressive wine list.
This morning transfer to Prague airport by private car in time to meet your departure flight, or continue on to your next Willing Foot itinerary.
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