Whether you opt to explore Prague on foot, by bike or by boat, a guided tour will help you make the most of your time in the Czech Republic’s capital. Many tours concentrate on Prague’s top attractions like the historic center of Prague – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – while others venture farther afield or focus on local food or art. To help you pick which one suits your itinerary best, U.S. News consulted experts and travelers to find the top tours in Prague.
The Original Tour 4 Charity Prague
One highlight of this three-hour walking tour is that all profits are donated to Chance 4 Children, a local charity that benefits Czech children in need. Among the sights seen on this tour are St. Nicholas Church, Franz Kafka’s former home and the Jewish Quarter. Guides are lauded as both very friendly and informative. Tours start every day except Wednesday at 11 a.m. outside the Municipal House. Tickets can be booked in advance or purchased using either Czech korunas or euros at the meeting point; they cost about 550 korunas or 22 euros (approximately $25).
Taste of Prague – Prague Foodie Tour
The Prague Foodie Tour takes groups of up to 10 people to five eateries for samples of the city’s traditional and modern cuisine. The aim of the outing is to take visitors beyond the usual attractions to places locals frequent. Tour-takers award high marks to the guides for their insights into Czech culinary arts and culture. Reviewers also applaud the quality and quantity of the food and drinks. The walks typically last about four hours and cover approximately 1 1/2 miles. Start times vary, but generally tours depart between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tours cost 2,700 korunas (or about $115) per person, and that includes food as well as samples of local beer, wine and spirits. Hungry for more? Taste of Prague also offers a Traditional Czech Food Tour.
Mijn Praag Tours – Bike Tour Prague
In addition to visiting well-known sights like Wenceslas Square, the Jewish Quarter, the John Lennon Wall and Old Town Square, this relaxed three-hour ride may include a stop for a drink or an unplanned photo opportunity. Along the way, guides share the city’s history and show tourists lesser-known spots. Tour leaders are regarded as knowledgeable and adept, according to reviewers. Many refer to the bike tour as the highlight of their Prague visit. Bike excursions depart daily at 10:30 a.m. Tickets, which include use of a bicycle, start at 29 euros (about $30) per person. Interested in exploring more of the “hidden” side of Prague? The company offers a bike tour that highlights the lesser-known areas of the city, along with a variety of themed walking tours.
Discover Prague Tours – Kutna Hora Day Tour Including Sedlec Ossuary from Prague
After seeing all Prague has to offer, take a daytrip to Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits about 45 miles east of Prague. After meeting your tour guide in Prague’s Old Town square, you’ll board a train to Kutná Hora. Upon arrival in the medieval city, you’ll see the famous Sedlec Ossuary (“Bone Church”) followed by lunch and a tour of Kutná Hora’s old town. Travelers consistently praise the trip, with many saying the guides make it particularly worthwhile. The seven-hour expedition is offered Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday at 11 a.m. It includes around 3 miles of walking. Tickets start at 800 korunas (around $35), which includes transportation to, from and within Kutná Hora. Discover Prague tours also operates beer-themed outings and a free tour of Prague Castle, among others.
Art enthusiasts will want to take a tour with Alternative Prague Tours to see the city’s street art.(Courtesy of Alternative Prague Tours)
Alternative Prague Tours – Alternative Prague Walking Tour
As its name implies, the Alternative Prague Walking Tour strives to highlight aspects of the city not often featured on typical sightseeing tours. The art-oriented, three-hour outing includes visits to a factory transformed into a cultural center, a slaughterhouse repurposed as a theater and Prague’s first legal graffiti wall. Guides highlight Prague’s minority communities and also provide recommendations regarding local hot spots. Patrons generally appreciate the unconventional perspectives the guides present. Alternative Prague Tours conducts its walks on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m. outside the Palladium shopping center. Tickets start at 550 korunas (around $25), with discounts for students and children. Alternative Prague Tours also offers private tours and graffiti workshops.
Prague Food Tour – Delicious Food Tour
This tour celebrates traditional Czech cuisine. The four- to five-hour outing covers nearly 2 miles and features visits to several Old Town eateries for 10 food samples and beverage pairings (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic). Reviewers rave about the food samples and the entertaining and informative guides who are Prague locals. Prague Food Tour offers this on-the-go feast several times each day. Tours, which are capped at 10 participants, cost about 2,600 korunas (or roughly $115) per person. The company also offers tours that focus on Prague’s famous beer as well as its contemporary food scene outside the city center.
SANDEMANs New Europe – Free Tour of Prague
Let a local show you some of Prague top attractions, including its famous astronomical clock in the Old Town Square, the Church of Our Lady before Týn and the Rudolfinum. Along the way, guides offer details about key moments in the city’s history, and patrons appreciate the guides’ in-depth knowledge and insights. Tours take place four times daily starting at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. No fee is charged for this tour, though gratuities are appreciated. SANDEMANs New Europe offers a fee-based tour of Prague Castle, among other tours.
Praha Bike – Prague Classic City Bike Tour
Cycle your way to many of Prague’s most popular sights in a single 2 1/2-hour tour. This bike ride passes through popular areas like Old Town, New Town, Lesser Town and more. Highlights include the John Lennon Wall, the Charles Bridge and the Dancing House. As an added bonus, this tour is free of hills. Cyclists report learning a great deal about the city from the guides. Trips depart at 11:30 a.m. daily; an additional 2:30 p.m. tour runs from April through mid-October. It costs about 720 korunas (around $30) to take this ride; the price includes use of bikes and helmets. For an additional 200 korunas (around $10), you can upgrade to an electric bike. Praha Bike also runs a full-day city bike tour, among other outings.
Sample Prague’s distinctive food and beer during a tour with Urban Adventures.(Courtesy of Prague Urban Adventures)
Prague Urban Adventures – Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Tour
The Prague Beer and Czech Tapas Tour shines a spotlight on the city’s local ales and lagers with stops at a microbrewery and four locally owned beer halls for drinks and “beer tapas” pairings. Patrons highly praise the food and beverages and appreciate the many helpful tips guides dole out along the way. Tours, which can last between three and four hours, begin and end in the shadow of the statue of Saint Wenceslas in Wenceslas Square. Excursions are offered every day except Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m. The approximately $75 fee covers the guided tour as well as four beers, some tapas, and tram and metro rides between destinations. Tourgoers must be at least 18 years old. Urban Adventures runs additional outings in Prague, including an evening food tour in Old Town.
Prague Boats – One-Hour River Cruise
According to travelers, gliding along the Vltava River in a boat equipped with a bar and restaurant is a convenient and comfortable way to see sights like Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. As an added bonus, tour-takers describe the commentary provided on this tour as informative. However, other patrons complain of lackluster customer service. Prague Boats’ 50-minute cruises depart from pier No. 5 at the Čech Bridge Dock daily year-round. From late March until early November, rides launch every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then every hour until 9 p.m. From early November to late March, they depart hourly between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at 14 euros (approximately $15) for adults and 8 euros (about $10) for children. Prague Boats offers a number of other river cruises, including two-hour excursions.
Eating Europe – Prague Evening Food Tour
Visit tucked-away alleys, family-run cafes and a few tourist hot spots (such as the John Lennon Wall) on this four-hour evening food tour. Along the way, you could sample beers, wines, cured meats and apple strudel. The caliber of the food and the expertise of the guides impress patrons, who tend to appreciate seeing parts of the city beyond the touristy areas. The tour runs every day of the week (except for certain holidays), at 5 p.m. It costs approximately 96 euros (about $105) to join and includes samples of food, beer and wine. Eating Europe runs several other foodie trips in Prague, including a daytime tour of the city.
Prague Extravaganza – Communism & Bunker Tour
Prague Extravaganza’s Communism & Bunker Tour explores the turbulent history of Czechoslovakia, from its establishment in 1918 up to and including 1989’s Velvet Revolution, which ended the country’s communist period and preceded the formation of the Czech Republic a few years later. Despite the weighty topics addressed, history enthusiasts say this outing is absorbing and fascinating. Tours depart from Republic Square each Monday and Saturday at 11 a.m. The walking tour lasts between 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, depending on if a visit to a 1950-era nuclear shelter is included. Tours with the bunker visit start at 700 korunas (roughly $30) while a tour without a bunker stop costs approximately 400 korunas (about $17.50). The tour includes a half-hour lunch break, which is not covered in the ticket price. Prague Extravaganza also hosts a World War II Tour, among others.
The astronomical clock is a top sight in Prague and several tours will teach you how to read it. (Getty Images)
Naked Tour Guide – Early Morning Tour
If you’re hoping to get a jump on the tourist crowds that congregate around Prague’s top attractions, consider this morning tour that departs at 8 a.m. It also has the advantage of a small group size – just eight people. During the two-hour outing with Naked Tour Guide (note: the guide will not be nude), you’ll see the astronomical clock and other monuments in the Old Town Square, the statue-lined Charles Bridge, the Estates Theatre and the church of Our Lady of the Snows. The guides regularly win praise for their mastery of Prague’s history. Tickets start at about 600 korunas (about $25). Naked Tour Guide offers a variety of other tours around the city, including one that explores Prague Castle at night.
Free Walking Tour Prague – Prague Old Town
Tour-takers generally find the Prague Old Town tour very entertaining and informative. Along the 2 1/2-hour walk, you’ll traverse the city’s narrow streets, starting at the Powder Gate at Republic Square (Námestí Republiky) and ending at the Rudolfinum (where the Czech Philharmonic now performs), as a guide shares insights regarding the architecture and history of Prague’s Old Town. As its name states, Free Walking Tours Prague charges nothing for this outing, though patrons are encouraged to pay what they think the tour is worth at its conclusion. Tours are offered daily starting at 10:30 a.m. There is an additional tour at 2 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The company also runs a free Prague Castle and Charles Bridge walking tour, among others. Though the tours are free, the company recommends making a reservation to guarantee your spot.
Good Prague Tours – Castle Tour
Guides leading this tour of Prague Castle consistently receive high marks for their knowledge, passion and wit. The company combines a guided walk through the nearly 1,200-year-old castle with visits to several other area landmarks, such as St. Vitus Cathedral, the Loreto and St. George’s Basilica. The three-hour excursion includes transportation via private bus between the sights. The tours, which start daily at 2:30 p.m. outside the Rudolfinum, cost about 13 euros (around $15) per person. Good Prague Tours also provides guided trips to other local landmarks, as well as a free tour of the city.
White Umbrella Tours – Free Tour
An ideal option for travelers who want to see Prague’s iconic sights in a short amount of time, this approximately three-hour walk passes by Old Town Square (the meeting point), Wenceslas Square, the Pinkas and Old New synagogues, the Municipal House and more. Reviewers say guides are friendly and helpful (with restaurant recommendations at the ready). Tours are offered twice daily at 10 and 11 a.m. White Umbrella Tours offers this outing on a pay-what-you-wish basis; groups of more than 10 must book a private tour. In addition to the free tour, the company also conducts several ticketed tours, including one of Prague Castle and its surrounding neighborhood.