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Vltava River Tours

The Vltava is the Czech Republic’s longest river, starting its life in southern Bohemia before meandering 270 miles (430 km) northwards through UNESCO-listed Český Krumlov on the way to Prague before it joins the River Elbe in Mělník. The very location and formation of Prague has been decreed by the Vltava over millennia; the river provided water for irrigation and drinking as the city grew up on its two banks, splitting the Baroque Malá Strana (Lower Town) in the west from the Gothic Staré Město (Old Town) and the modern city to the east. 

Although it is dammed upstream, the Vltava is now largely a river dedicated to pleasure craft and watersports. Its most famous sight as it runs through Prague is the Charles Bridge, built in the 14th century and awash with statues, buskers and souvenir sellers. Most river cruises start from underneath Charles Bridge, which is the perfect vantage point for views of Prague Castle high on Hradcany Hill, the church spires in Malá Strana and the towers of the Staré Město. Turning north through the heart of the city, cruisers pass the Rudolfinum and National Theatre, the Strahovské Monastery and the giant metronome in Letná Park. Small open-topped wooden barges also venture into the Čertovka Canal (Devil’s Stream), once a millrace around Kampa Island and now a sleepy backwater lined with Baroque townhouses.

Venturing south along the Vltava from Charles Bridge, cruise boats chug underneath the Jirásek and Palacký bridges to see the cheeky, curvy architecture of Frank Gehry’s Dancing House, built in 1996 to fill a hole blasted by one of the few bombs that fell on Prague during World War II. Just beyond the Smíchov Canal Lock – the biggest on the river – the mighty Gothic fortress of Vyšehrad Citadel looms in to view on the west bank.

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There are nine dams over the length of the river and 107 bridges spanning it; 17 of these are on its 30-km (19-mile) course through Prague.

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Vltava River Sightseeing Cruise in Prague, Prague, null
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Vltava River Sightseeing Cruise in Prague

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See all the major sights from the iconic Vltava river surface in an one hour river cruise from Prague. Witness great views of the city from a boat and soak up ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $10.76
2-hour Night Dinner Cruise on Vltava River in Prague, Prague, Day Cruises
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2-hour Night Dinner Cruise on Vltava River in Prague

Admire Prague’s city lights from the water as you enjoy a buffet dinner on this 2-hour Vltava River evening cruise. Sail by the illuminated Charles Bridge, ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.65
Lunch Cruise on Prague's Vltava River, Prague, Dinner Cruises
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Lunch Cruise on Prague's Vltava River

3 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Relax and enjoy a 2-hour lunch cruise on Prague's Vltava river. Get a unique view of the city by seeing such sites as Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, and ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.87
Buffet Dinner Cruise on the Vltava River, Prague, Lunch Cruises
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Buffet Dinner Cruise on the Vltava River

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Sail down the Vltava River on the is 3-hour dinner cruise. Admiring the Prague city skyline as you go through the locks. Enjoy an international buffet ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Small-Group Prague City Walking Tour Including Vltava River Cruise and Lunch, Prague, Dinner Cruises
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Small-Group Prague City Walking Tour Including Vltava River Cruise and Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 266 Reviews

See some of Prague’s top attractions and hidden gems on a full-day tour of the city! Explore must-visit sites like Wenceslas Square and the Old Town by foot, ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.92
Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise, Prague, Half-day Tours
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Prague Half-Day City Tour Including Vltava River Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 108 Reviews

Become acquainted with the most famous monuments and UNESCO sites in Prague during a 3.5-hour half-day tour of the city, Explore the gem of Central Europe by ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.57
Full-Day Prague Tour with Vltava River Cruise, Prague Castle and Lunch, Prague, Half-day Tours
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Full-Day Prague Tour with Vltava River Cruise, Prague Castle and Lunch

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Combine history, art and architecture on this full-day tour of Prague. See Prague Castle, one of Europe’s largest medieval castles, and take a cruise on the ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.73
Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch, Prague, City Tours
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Best of Prague: City Walking Tour, Boat Cruise, and Typical Czech Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

Explore Prague on this 6-hour guided tour consisting of a walking tour and a 1-hour boat cruise on the Vltava river. See Charles Bridge, Lesser Town, the ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Prague Night Tour and River Vltava Dinner Cruise, Prague, Walking Tours
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Prague Night Tour and River Vltava Dinner Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 245 Reviews

Tour the magical city of Prague at night by coach and boat, and dine in comfort while cruising along the River Vltava. It's the perfect way to see Prague at ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.78
Prague's Little Venice: Sightseeing Canal Cruise, Prague, Dinner Cruises
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Prague's Little Venice: Sightseeing Canal Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

See Prague from a fascinating new perspective on this 45-minute cruise around the city’s picturesque ‘Little Venice’ area. Trace historical canals branching ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $14.44

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