Our first international holiday together was to Europe. We flew into Munich and after a few days made our way to Prague, Czech Republic. In Munich, we took the Express Bus at 8:00 and arrived in Prague at 16:30. We both suffer from motion sickness so we were a tad grumpy by the time we arrived – always a great way to be on your first vacation together Our moods improved with the prospect of getting off the bus and exploring this new city. Dan had been once before when he was younger and couldn’t remember much of the city; this was my first time in Prague.
The following day was the only one we had to explore Prague. One day to experience one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The pressure was on! While we usually prefer to experience a town in our own way and in our own time, in this situation we decided on The Ultimate Tour. Despite the high tour cost and mixed reviews on Trip Advisor, we went for it because it seemed like the most extensive tour. According to the brochure, it was a ~6 hour tour on foot, by tram and by boat. We were to meet at Wenceslas Square the next morning. This is a major square in the city with numerous hotels, restaurants and the National Museum.
Good golly was our ‘extensive’ tour extensive! We spent most of the 6 hours walking (so be sure to wear comfortable shoes) and the city was breath-taking (literally and figuratively). You could feel the history of the town but boy oh boy it was one of the busiest places we have been to.
Our guide, Helga, was very knowledgeable and spoke English very well. The astronomical clock in the Old Town Square was truly exquisite and Charles Bridge was incredible. We were shown the locations of many attractions and were told what their focusses were, but we did not go into most of them. This helped the tourists with more time in the city to decide which attractions to return to (e.g. the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon wall, museums and churches past by).
After walking for a good long while we made it to the boat. The boat trip was short but it was great seeing the city from that perspective (and resting from the walking!). We received complimentary drinks and passed under Charles Bridge before returning back to the dock.
Thereafter we made our way to a local modern restaurant for our included three-course meal. As the first course, we were all served soup. For the main course were had two Czech options to choose from: beef goulash with dumplings or pork and cabbage with dumplings. There was also an international option (chicken and potato chips) and a vegetarian option (fried cheese with potato and tartare source). We both had the beef goulash and dumplings because our guide recommended the dish for its popularity in the country. As the third course, we were all served a small desert. We enjoyed the three-course meal, but it wasn’t the best we had. The small portion sizes was commented on by many people. Many fellow tourers were unimpressed with the meal, but many did not try the Czech options.
We walked back to the river and on the other side of it, we caught the tram to the Prague Castle. The castle and cathedral were absolutely stunning. We were able to see the changing of the guards which was interesting and fun to watch. If you wanted to explore features within the castle there were additional costs. There is a small market street in the castle that helped take you back to times gone by. The views from the castle over the city were spectacular.
That is where the tour ended; however, much to many of our surprises, we were made to find our own way back to town at our own cost.
The tour wasn’t everything we had hoped for but we were able to see a lot of the city in a short time. We look forward to exploring more of the city ourselves on our next visit.
We suggest using Flixbus for bus connections around Europe
If you have more time in the city it would be useful to buy the Prague City Card. It lasts 2 – 4 days depending on which card you buy.
A warning given to us: Be aware of pickpocketers around the clock tower. There are hundreds of people pushing passed while others are hoping to capture the perfect photograph and you may not always realise what is happening.