Posted May 3rd, 2012, 12:35 AM
In the old town, busses are not permitted. I did the Elegant Elbe last year and did a pre-cruise stay in Prague. The precruise tour was absolutely nothing - they took you to the old town and did alot of walking. We did the touring on our own and the guide was shocked that we saw as much as we did before the included pre-cruise tour.
The included tour takes you to the castle and you tour the castle grounds . (which we did entirely on our own on the precruise - well worth paying the entrance fee - lots to see at the castle).
Prague is definitely a must to see - but alot of walking involved. (Better off on your own if you are doing the pre/post cruise.
I also did a Viking extension before an Elbe cruise and my experience was much different. However, I did not sightsee on my own before the tour. If I had, I might have also been somewhat disappointed as I am sure it would have duplicated things that I had already done. Rather, the tour was at the beginning of my visit. It was a bus trip up to the castle, and walking there. Then a bus ride down to the edge of the old town, and another walking tour there. At the conclusion, you could stay in the old town (within walking distance of the hotel) or take the bus back to the hotel. The tour was one of the best I have ever had because of an excellent guide. He talked about history, pointed out different architectural styles, gave us tips about other things we should see, and suggested various restaurants (in different price ranges) that he felt were worth visiting. He also told us about free or inexpensive cultural events, such as a concert at an old church where the tour ended. Because of him, the next two days on my own were much more interesting and organized than I am sure they would have otherwise been.