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Truffle Hunting Tour with a Famous Prague Truffle Hunter

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59 EUR

Experience truffle hunting with local truffle hunter Petr and his dog Nela. Touch, smell, and even taste real truffles! Learn about the mystery of truffle hunting, secret hunters’ lore, the mafia, and the black market. End with a great truffle dish at an excellent restaurant near the Charles Bridge.

Duration: 3 hours
    Available in
  • English
Tour by Petr
local

I am a biologist, scientist, and truffle hunter. I supply all Czech Michelin-starred restaurants and during winter you can meet me and my dog friend Nela in the most famous truffle-rich areas such as Piemont (Italy) and Provence (France). Because of that, I have the most amazing stories about truffles, their hidden secrets, and truffle market. I know why these mysterious mushrooms are one of the most expensive food in the world and I could tell you.

Highlights

  • Meet a famous truffle hunter and his dog
  • Watch a short K9 demonstration, used by the US military for training dogs to search for drugs and explosives
  • Hear thrilling stories about the truffle business
  • Enjoy a truffle hunting demonstration
  • Admire beautiful views of the Old Town from Petřín Hill
  • Savour a delicious truffle meal at an excellent restaurant near the Charles Bridge
  • Take home some real black truffles!

Description

Experience a truffle hunting demonstration with the famous Czech truffle hunter Petr and his best friend, Nela.

Together they supply all Czech Michelin-starred restaurants, and during winter you can meet them in the most famous truffle-rich areas, such as Piedmont and Provence.

Because of this, they have the most amazing stories about truffles, their secrets, and the market (even the black one). They know why these mysterious mushrooms are one of the most expensive foods in the world, and they'll tell you.

During this tour you’ll witness a truffle hunting demonstration close to the city centre in the Petřín nature park, offering one of the best views of Prague Old Town.

You’ll touch and smell real truffles, and hear amazing stories from all over the Mediterranean.

You’ll also learn about truffle hunters’ secret lore, their hard daily routine, the steep truffle prices, and the dark side of the truffle business: frauds and the truffle mafia!

Would you like to know how to make a fortune hunting truffles? How to train your own dog to search for truffles?

What’s included & not included

  • A real truffle hunter and his dog as your guides
  • Excellent truffle lunch or dinner at a restaurant near the Charles Bridge (vegetarian option available upon request)
  • Glass of Czech beer/glass of wine/soft drink
  • Truffle gift (fresh black truffles – take home a really unique present for your family and friends!)
  • Hotel transfers

Meeting point

Under the clocks at the Újezd tram stop, just next to the Memorial to the Victims of Communism (address: Újezd 415/15, Malá Strana)

Reviews from participants (7)

5.0/5

Favourite Activity in Prague
I joined Petr, Nele and two others for an entertaining morning and delicious lunch learning about truffles and dog training. Petr is truly passionate about what he does and it was impossible not to fall in love with Nele, his beautiful and smart truffle hunting canine partner. If you want a break from the crowds and tourists that swarm the Charles Bridge and Palace, spend an informative morning learning about the art (and science) of truffle hunting. And, all of this is concluded with a delicious lunch, of course complimented by black truffles. This was definitely one of the highlights of my week long visit to Prague.
Fun, engaging, informativr tour
Petr was an extremely informative guide and had a lot of knowledge and insight in the truffle industry in Europe. He was also nice and welcomed any questions or comments. His dog is really energetic and cute too! I strongly recommend him for a different taste of prague.
Amazing unique experience
Exploring the nature side of Prague with Petr and Nela gave us a fresh perspective of the city. Petr was very patient with us when he explained how he trained Nela to hunt for truffle. Needless to say, Nela was a darling and we all loved her. Truffle hunting was one of the main highlights of our stay in Prague!
Truffle Hunting Tour
I would say the Truffle Hunt is a good choice, if you are bored by classical sightseeing and have a few hours spare to do something different in a slow pace. The price my look quite elevated at first glance, but after careful calculation and considering the current high price of truffles e.g. in France, it is surely adequate and worth it. Before the tour, I was a bit sceptic, because of the « mafia stories » announced on the websites. I was not sure, what exactly to expect and imagined someone telling half-true exaggerated stories. However, the tour guide was really competent, having a scientific background and knowing well his field. I have tried truffles several times before, but now I learned something new about their biology and difficulty to search for them, as well as the truffle business, hunting techniques and dog training. Personally, I was quite surprised that the dog is very agile, a real hunting dog, as I would have assumed that ideally, truffle hunters use some calm, slow dog races. + something different, competent guide, interesting info not only about truffles, but also about Prague and Czech Republic, ideal length, lunch included, probably good for all ages, as well as families, includes some nice views of Prague, possibility to taste uncommon food
Calling all foodies, nature lovers, and dog people!
What do parasitology, canine operant conditioning, and haute cuisine have in common? Petr Synek can tell you -- with the help of his beautiful Weimaraner, Nela. For the past two years, the two of them have been hunting truffles. Petr, a parasitology Ph.D. candidate at Charles University, started truffle hunting as a side business to supplement his academic work. His canine companion Nela is an excellent example of the traditional Czech expertise in dog training, which you will see firsthand as she bounds through the trees hunting for treasure. On this tour, you will see some of the beautiful parks and gardens that Prague has to offer as Petr shows you how Nela was trained to seek out delicious, expensive fungi. You will learn about the biology and history of truffles in Europe, including right here in the Czech Republic. Best of all for foodies, you'll get to taste them yourself at a classic Czech restaurant near the Vltava in a dish prepared just for you using truffles from Petr's own stash. If you're tired of wading through the crowds on Charles Bridge and eating tourist fare in Old Town, come walk off the beaten path and discover the funky -- and delicious -- world of truffles in Prague. You can check out Petr and Nela on TripAdvisor as well, where you can find more information and reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g274707-d12342514-Reviews-Truffle_Hunting_Tour-Prague_Bohemia.html
A great way to spend Sunday afternoon in Prague!
First, we thought what an awkward idea to hunt for truffles in the center of Prague but the recommendations from other people convinced us to give it a shot. It turned out to be a lovely afternoon. Peter is a great and enthusiastic guide who has a thorough knowledge of truffles from biological as well as culinary perspective. He has a very well trained dog – Nela. He trained her himself and her ability to sniff for truffles is just amazing. We highly recommend the tour. The two guys are just worth it!
Unexpected tour with taste and enthusiasm
Truffle hunting tour with Petr and his perky, truffle dog, Nella, was interesting diversification of traditional sight-seeing in Prague. Especially because of Petr´s enthusiasm for the topic. Simple, but tasty degustation of truffle meal was pleasant top of the meeting with this mysterious ingredient. Thank you.
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