West Bohemia: Spa Town Surrounded by Beautiful Countryside and Visit to Glassworks
Karlovy Vary owes its name to its founder, Charles IV. According to a legend, he discovered a healing spring here in the 14th century. This spa town is not only famous for its miraculous springs, of which there are about a dozen directly in the city, but it is also known for the beautiful nature around it. The town towers overthe surrounding evergreen forests like a luxurious cake with whipped cream. This apt comparison was coined by the famous Swiss architect, Le Corbusier, who was particularly charmed by the city. As an architectural complex, the city was built in the Romantic Revival style, accented by several gems of Art Nouveau. The construction of these buildings corresponds to the turn of the 19th and 20th century when this coquettish town saw its greatest expansion. The healing cures mostly consist of drinking water from the springs rich in various minerals. We will also head for the colonnades, where the primary healing springs are, and you will not miss the chance to taste their magical waters!
WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THIS TRIP, ACCOMPANIED BY YOUR PRIVATE GUIDE, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO VISIT THE FOLLOWING SIGHTS:
This typical Orthodox church with traditional gold onion domes shines from a distance in sunlight. It is located on a hill at the edge of the forest that surrounds the city. On the way to the church (the journey takes about 15 minutes) we will walk through an architecturally imposing residential quarter. Your guide will give you a quick overview of the differences between Orthodox and Catholic religion.
We will take the cog funicular up a hill to the Diana viewpoint. From there we will enjoy a gorgeous view of all the way to the Ore Mountains that creates the border with Germany. A walk through a quiet forest will then lead you to a place nicknamed Forest Worship, where we will sit for a while surrounded by the majestic woods. We will then walk down toward the church of St. Peter and Paul. Total duration of the walk: 50 minutes.
Just a few meters underground we will enter a magical world. We will watch water springing from the depths of the Earth, and a stone that is being formed by the sedimentation of minerals, immediately under the main hot spring. This is the famous anthodite, one of the aragonites, with warm cinnamon tones, that is used for making numerous souvenirs, the most famous of which are petrified roses. The tours are available May through October.
When visiting the renowned Moser Glassworks, we can admire the incredible skill and art of master glassblowers working directly in front of the glass smelting kilns. Included in the tour is a visit to the most important glassmaking museum in our country. Many of the elegant and refined products displayed here have gained significant international recognition. It’s not an accident that the Moser brand is nicknamed ‘the crystal of kings and the kings of crystal.’
The price of the tour includes the cost of transportation and guide services. We calculated the listed basic price for transportation using a luxury minivan for the minimal duration of the tour. Please add 15 € or $20 for every additional hour.
|Karlovy Vary, Moser – minimal duration = 9 hours / minivan*|
|Minivan 1-3 people + guide||310 € = $375|
|Minivan 4-7 people + guide||320 € = $390|
*Alternate modes of transportation are available for this tour by train or bus. The price is considerably lower than using the minivan. We’ll be happy to provide you with a tailor-made calculation.
Why is there a surcharge for a longer tour? Occasionally the tour is prolonged in order to visit a particular monument or allow more free time. In any case, all of this depends on your desires.
Entries to the monuments form a rather small part of the overall cost of your trip. You will pay for them separately and directly. We will include information about entry costs in our e-mail communication.
IN THE FOLLOWING FORM, WE WILL BE ALSO ASKING YOU ABOUT:
Which of the above sights highlighted with a mark would you like to visit inside, beyond the scope of the basic walking tour? You will be asked to pay for entries to the sights directly on spot to their respective box offices.