Prague On Segway
You are in Prague and you want to have a wonderful time, right? But there are too many choices. What to see? Where to go? You don’t want to get bored and tired, you might be short on time, or want something that is out of the ordinary.
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With Prague On Segway we felt very much on our own, not part of the "thundering herd" of basic tourists in one of those "canned experience" tours.read more
My wife, Nancy, & I took a vacation trip from NY State to Prague to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. It was our first trip to Prague. My brother and niece had vacationed in Prague and recommended the Prague on Segway tour. We contacted them via email from the USA, and were pleasantly surprised by the prompt and understanding response.
Visiting Prague, we were having a little fun getting our tongues around some of the street names, and were a bit overwhelmed by all that Prague has to offer. We arrived at Prague on Segway's site at our scheduled time, and were met by Kate, our guide. Kate was incredible. She was warm, calm, well spoken in English, learned as to the history and culture of Prague and contemporary history. Kate asked us what we'd like to see, and we worked out a tour route in a matter of a very few minutes. Since Prague has so many sights and covers so much land area, Kate worked out a route that would take us over a lot of the high ground overlooking the city, as well as the Palace, and some interesting squares and architectural gems such as cathedrals.
Kate got us situated on our Segways. It was a first for Nancy and me, being on Segways. I am used to running machinery and riding heavy motorcycles, so the Segway quickly became second nature. Kate worked with Nancy to reassure her and in a very few minutes, Nancy was checked out and competent on her Segway as well. Kate took the point, and I took the back door, putting Nancy in "the rocking chair" position. Off we went, with Kate carefully checking our progress at mastering the Segways. Kate was ever vigilant, and anticipated changes in the riding conditions such as ascending or descending grades, curbs, and traffic. She piloted us through traffic and all sorts of varying road and sidewalk surfaces. The only way to describe this is based on many years of riding thousands of miles on motorcycles with one or two trusted buddies. You just know when the person on the point is looking out for you and is able to anticipate your moves and ride accordingly. This was Kate. She was fluid and natural, and we lost any stiffness we may have had initially on the Segways. As Kate put it: "A Segway will become like an extension of your nervous system".
We toured Prague and packed a LOT of amazing sights into our tour. We used our tour as a kind of "introduction" or "overview" of Prague so that we could come back on our own to sights that we had seen on the Segway tour.
Kate took us up some steep grades to the Straihof Monastery and to the Royal Palace, and all the while she would stop and give a bit of a dissertation about the history, architecture and some contemporary history. Kate took us to a nice park which overlooked the City of Prague. There was a beer garden, and we stopped for a drink. It was a nice break, and we were able to catch our breath and process a lot of what we had been seeing. Kate discussed the various places with us, and offered suggestions for places we could visit on our own.
All too soon, our Segway tour was over. It was hard to believe we had spent three hours on the Segways. The Segway Tour did enable us to then continue exploring Prague using trams or on foot with a lot more confidence and familiarity.
We asked Kate for recommendations on places to eat in Prague. Kate recommended a restaurant/beer hall chain called "Lokal". It was the BEST. We had eaten at a pricier restaurant the previous day, but Lokal surpassed it. Lokal is a new restaurant chain with several Prague locations, and features what is known as "Slow Food". It is food made from local produce and meats from local hogs and beefers, meats and wursts being made by Lokal's own butchers.
The food in Lokal was incredible. The menu varies daily with what they buy in the farmer's markets and what the chef chooses to prepare. We were the only Americans in the Lokal restaurants, and we kept coming back for more meals.
Kate made our trip to Prague memorable, and made Prague seem more welcoming than we ever imagined. Seeing Prague with a local person in a small group (just Nancy, myself and Kate) made for a perfect tour. We did not want to do the usual "tourist thing", and join some large group following a guide giving a canned spiel. We saw endless tour groups with guides holding up flags to lead what looked like 20 or more people, taking them where the guide/tour organizers wanted to go. We call this a "canned experience", where you are at the mercy of the tour operator and wind up eating in some mediocre restaurant, seeing "local people" come out to do some folk dance and going to shops that probably kick back some money to the tour operators.
With the Segway Tour we felt very much on our own, not part of the "thundering herd" of basic tourists. We got a personalized tour and we saw and learned infinitely more than had we either tried to tour on our own from guide books, or joined one of those "canned experience" tours.
I recommend the Segway tour and recommend that, if possible, anyone taking this tour ask for Kate. She is the BEST.
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The fact that it was just the two of us and our guide meant that we could stop whenever we wanted to take photos, or find out more about the city.read more
My girlfriend and I have just returned from a three-day break in Prague, in which we experienced the 'Grande Tour of Prague' with Prague on Segway.
The tour was booked for the morning of our second day, and although the weather was somewhat wet and cold, the tour went ahead as planned.
Tomas, our guide, was extremely welcoming and made us feel at ease immediately. After spending a couple of minutes with introductions and paperwork we were given one-to-one tuition on how to control the Segway. This was our first ever experience of a Segway, and Tomas was very patient with us whilst we got the hang of it. Within 10 minutes we were ready to start the tour.
Safety helmets were provided, and in addition we wore an extra layer of waterproof clothing and some warm gloves. Gloves are definitely recommended unless it's warm and sunny!
The tour on Segway was like no other tour I've been on. The fact that it was just the two of us and our guide meant that we could stop whenever we wanted to take photos, or find out more about the city. Tomas was very knowledgeable about Prague and stopped at plenty of points of interest to explain their history in an informative and lighthearted manner. He also made sure that he took photos of us on our Segways at several locations throughout the city.
After a couple of hours touring the city, we stopped for a warm drink and a chat in a quiet café, which was eagerly received!
We finished our tour with a wonderful view over Prague from Petřín hill.
The Segways themselves are a huge amount of fun. Being "pedestrian vehicles" you ride on the pavement (sidewalk) for almost the entire tour, so traffic isn't a problem. At up to 12.5 miles per hour, riding a Segway means you get to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time, so you're not totally exhausted afterwards.
Overall, the Segway tour of Prague has to be one of the best things I've spent my money on whilst on holiday anywhere. The tour remains to be the highlight of our stay.
Our thanks go to Tomas - best of luck for the future!
Chris & Dominique
but so do locals
Lucka & Ondřej
„I got segway tours by Prague on Segway as part of a gift. As an architect - and a local - I thought: This is going to be boring.
But my girlfriend Lucka persuaded me to go. And boy was it enjoyable.
The guide was not only funny, but knew more about Prague than I did. Plus my girlfriend found him quite handsome :). We took a five minute course in how to drive the Segway and then went to a round tour of Prague by night.
After 90 minutes, we both begged and refused to get off of the Segways. And it became one of our best memories and a topic of more than a few evening discussions. I smile every time I remember. And so does Lucka. After two years. What do you remember from any of your vacations after two years?“
Not convinced yet?
You might be afraid you will fall.
But you won’t. Everyone receives a proper Segway training before the Prague segway tour and we don't start the tour until you feel comfortable. We also provide helmets, just in case. The only restriction is weight. For the Segway to operate properly, you must be between 35 - 125 Kgs (72 - 276 Lbs).
You may feel it is expensive.
Consider that you will pay half of what we charge and they will turn you into a sheep, group you together and make you follow an umbrella. Or a flower. We, on the other hand, offer a personal guide just for you (two), plus two Segways, which cost the same as a second-hand car. And this is going to be an experience you will always love to remember.
We are so confident that you’ll like it, that we guarantee you will not be able to wipe the smile off your face by the end of the tour around Prague by segway. If we see an unhappy face, we will give you your money back.
Don’t take our word for it, just read what our customers had to say. Check out TripAdvisor and ask any of the reviewer about their experience with segway in Prague.