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Vltava River Tours

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Vltava River
The Czech Republic’s longest river, the Vltava begins in southern Bohemia before meandering 270 miles (430 kilometers) northward toward Prague. The river has shaped the Czech capital over millennia, splitting Malá Strana (Lower Town) in the west from Staré Mĕsto (Old Town) and the modern city to the east.

The Basics
As it runs through Prague, the Vltava River’s most famous sight is the 14th-century Charles Bridge, lined with looming statues, buskers, and souvenir sellers. Many city tours include river cruises, which afford the perfect vantage point for views of hilltop Prague Castle, the church spires in Malá Strana, and the towers of the Staré Mĕsto. Most cruises start from beneath the Charles Bridge.

Turning north through the heart of the city, cruisers pass the Rudolfinum and National Theater, the Strahov Monastery (Strahovský klášter), and the giant metronome in Letná Park (Letenské sady). Small open-topped wooden barges also venture into the Devil’s Canal (Čertovka), once a millrace around Kampa Island and now a sleepy backwater lined with baroque townhouses. Even if you don’t take a cruise on the Vltava, a stroll along the riverbank affords some excellent city views.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many Vltava River cruises include lunch or dinner, sometimes with live musical accompaniment. 
  • A cruise along the Vltava offers excellent views of Prague’s skyline.
  • River cruises are sometimes included as an add-on to a city tour.
  • A total of 107 bridges span the river, and 17 of these are within Prague.
 
How to Get There
Cruises typically start close to the Charles Bridge, a 10-minute walk from the heart of Old Town. Staromĕtská metro station is a five-minute walk away. Some tours pick guests up from the center of Prague or directly from their hotels. 

When to Get There
Evening cruises typically include dinner and offer views of Prague at its most atmospheric, as the castle is lit up by floodlights. Summer is the city’s busiest tourist season. If you want to skip the crowds but avoid the cold of winter, visit in spring or fall.

The Musical River
Vltava (The Moldau), the symphonic poem by Bedřich Smetana, is a musical interpretation of the river’s course through Bohemia and one of the best-known classical works by a Czech composer. It is part of a set of six symphonic poems called Má vlast (My Country).
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15 Tours and Activities to Experience Vltava River

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Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise

Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise

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Be seduced by the historical monuments and medieval charm of Prague on a half-day tour of the Czech capital. Listen to illuminating commentary from a guide as you gaze at UNESCO-listed monuments from an air-conditioned coach. Discover the ancient majesty of Prague Castle on a guided tour; cruise the Vltava River and enjoy panoramic city views from the boat's top deck; and conclude by exploring the ambient tangle of Prague’s Old Town, home to the famous Astronomical Clock.
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  • 4 hours
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Prague by Night Walking Tour and Vltava River Cruise

Prague by Night Walking Tour and Vltava River Cruise

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Bring a day in Prague to a memorable close with this 3-hour evening walking tour and Vltava River cruise. Meet your expert guide at dusk, and discover some of the Old Town’s highlights and tucked-away treasures, all sparkling with lights. See where Mozart once lived; explore the sights of medieval Old Town Square; and more. Finally, enjoy a 1-hour Vltava cruise, passing Prague’s floodlit landmarks and the Charles Bridge as you savor a complimentary drink. Numbers are limited to 20 on this small-group tour for a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.68
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Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch

Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch

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See Charles Bridge, Lesser Town, the Jewish Quarter, Old Town and Prague Castle on a city walking tour of Prague. This 6-hour sightseeing excursion includes a traditional Czech lunch and a 1-hour boat cruise on the Vltava River. Hear insightful commentary from a professional guide along the way. Numbers are limited to ensure a small-group experience.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.39
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Historical Prague Guided E-Bike Tour

Historical Prague Guided E-Bike Tour

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Pedal through Prague on this informative and entertaining sightseeing tour via electric bike. Limited to just eight participants, the guided tour (suitable for all ages) takes you down the narrow alleyways, across bridges, and along the Vltava River. Pass by some of the main sites in Prague, such as Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Mala Strana, and more.
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  • 3 hours
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$49.49
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Prague Communist Walking Tour with Museum Visit

Prague Communist Walking Tour with Museum Visit

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Swap Prague’s medieval history for its 20th-century past on this 3.5-hour walking tour. With an expert guide, explore the places where many of the momentous events of World War II and Prague’s period under communist rule occurred. Visit Wenceslas Square, scene of the 1968 Prague Spring and 1989 Velvet Revolution; see the former headquarters of the Nazis, Communist Party and KGB, and view Republic Square and other sites as your guide recounts the people and events that shaped today’s city. Numbers are limited to 15 for a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Vltava River Boat Trip and Zoo Entrance Ticket in Prague

Vltava River Boat Trip and Zoo Entrance Ticket in Prague

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Combine two of Prague’s ‘must-do’ experiences: take in the city’s scenic waterfront on a 75-minute Vltava River sightseeing cruise then get admission to the award-winning Prague Zoo. Enjoy refreshments on board as you tour the city by boat, and hear the stories behind Prague’s landmarks and architectural highlights. Explore the zoo on your own, and discover 10 miles (16 km) of paths and trails, 150 exhibits and thousands of animals, including many endangered and vulnerable species.
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  • 7 hours
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Prague Old Town Walking Tour with Cafe Stop

Prague Old Town Walking Tour with Cafe Stop

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Check out the highlights of Prague’s Old Town and other must-sees on this 3-hour walking tour. Led by an expert guide, stroll around Old Town Square and take in top Prague attractions such as Wenceslas Square, the Jewish Quarter and the wonderful Charles Bridge. See lesser-known landmarks such as the Estates Theatre where Mozart showcased ‘Don Giovanni,’; learn about Prague’s long and turbulent history, and enjoy an included drink along the way. Numbers are limited to 15 people on this small-group tour to ensure a more intimate atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours
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Prague Private Old Town Walking Tour with Cafe Stop

Prague Private Old Town Walking Tour with Cafe Stop

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Witness the best of Prague Old Town and other Prague highlights on a private walking tour. As you stroll between the sights, hear absorbing facts about the city’s 1,000-year history from your knowledgeable guide. Take in the landmarks of the Old Town Square, including the beautiful Astronomical Clock, admire views of Prague Castle and the exquisite Charles Bridge, and visit the elegant Jewish Quarter and Wenceslas Square, the scene of the 1969 Czech Uprising and 1987 Velvet Revolution. An ideal tour for history buffs and first-time visitors.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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$86.62
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Prague Highlights Bike Tour with Old Town & Prague Castle

Prague Highlights Bike Tour with Old Town & Prague Castle

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View Prague’s magnificent sights with ease on a fun 3.5-hour bike tour. With an expert guide, ride from landmark to landmark at a leisurely pace and discover the Czech capital’s captivating history along the way. See top Prague attractions including the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock; view the graffiti-covered Lennon Wall and bizarre David Cerný statues on Kampa Island, and stop by at Wenceslas Square, the scene of two 20th-century Czech revolutions. Numbers are limited to 20 people to ensure personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Prague Panoramic City and Prague Castle Bike Tour

Prague Panoramic City and Prague Castle Bike Tour

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Prague’s vast parks, scenic lanes and dramatic architecture offer the perfect backdrop for a cycling tour. This Prague bike tour takes in all of the city’s most memorable viewpoints, including the Vltava riverside, Letna Park, the Royal Gardens, and Prague Castle.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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PRIVATE TOUR: Golf Weekend in Prague - First Class package

PRIVATE TOUR: Golf Weekend in Prague - First Class package

What's included Welcoming at the airport Welcome board Private coach return airport transfers 2 nights at 4* hotel (twin & triple rooms) with breakfast 2 golf fees in 2 different courses around Prague snacks Transfers to the golf course and back Dinner in typical czech restaurant 24h helpline Welcome package Guide Tour Description When you go for our Golf Package you can be sure the whole golf weekend will run smoothly and easily without any hassle. We will provide your whole golf weekend with 100% professional service and great care!
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  • 3 days
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Half-Day Prague Highlights Tour by bus and walk with a live guide

Half-Day Prague Highlights Tour by bus and walk with a live guide

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Stroll from Prague Castle to Old Town via the Charles Bridge during this 3.5-hour city tour of Prague. Start with a narrated sightseeing tour by coach, and see main landmarks along a route that includes New Town, Lesser Town, the State Opera and the National Museum. Ride past the Vltava River and explore the castle grounds on foot before following your guide to the astronomical clock in Old Town Square.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Day Trip to Český Krumlov from Prague

Private Day Trip to Český Krumlov from Prague

Get picked up from central Prague and travel in your private air-conditioned car with free WiFi and travel through the scenic Bohemian countryside to arrive in the UNESCO-listed town of Cesky Krumlov. Stroll through the historic town center and see the magnificent Church of St. Vitus, a significant local landmark. Then visit the mighty Cesky Krumlov Castle that stands on a rock, overlooking the Vltava River and the town. Explore its gardens, furnishings, and halls and learn about its history. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. After you have enjoyed a local meal, your driver will transfer you back to your accommodation in Prague.
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  • 8 hours
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Small-Group 6-hour Bohemian Beer Garden Tour in Prague

Small-Group 6-hour Bohemian Beer Garden Tour in Prague

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On this insider’s beer garden crawl, you’ll skip the tourist traps and discover authentic watering holes. Learn where Prague locals drink and relax at five unique venues, including a panoramic bar overlooking the Vltava River, a rustic clubhouse, a working railway station, a steampunk club, and a multicultural arts center. Small-group tours include a cheeseburger lunch, six full-sized drinks, and optional nightclub tickets, plus other perks.
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  • 6 hours
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$69.81
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Private Full-Day Prague Walking Tour with Czech Beer and Tapas

Private Full-Day Prague Walking Tour with Czech Beer and Tapas

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Experience Prague’s historical highlights and beer-loving culture on this 12-hour tour. Traveling by foot and public transport, discover top city attractions including Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, and the Charles Bridge. Enjoy refreshments on a scenic 45-minute cruise along the River Vltava, and after a traditional restaurant lunch, explore UNESCO-protected Prague Castle. Finish with visits to four traditional pubs to enjoy five beers and four tapas-style snacks. Transport and specified foods and drinks included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$233.86
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