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Valtice chateau

Baroque garden in Buchlovice
Day 1
Arrival at the airport in Vienna, meeting our guide, transfer to the charming southern Moravian town of Mikulov. Overnight in Mikulov.

Day 2
We visit a castle in the lakes district of Lednice, originally a Gothic castle converted into a Renaissance chateau in the 16th century. Architects J.B.Fischer von Erlach and D.Martnelli restyled it in the 17th century as a residence for the Liechtenstein family. There is hunting exhibition here. The vast natural park contains a great deal of small and large garden architecture. Later, we continue to the best Czech wine area Valtice, site of an early Baroque chateau which is one of the most attractive in Moravia.
Overnight in hotel in Mikulov or a nearby castle restored into a hotel.

Day 3
After breakfast, we drive to picturesque castle VRANOV NAD DYJI beautifully located high on a rock above the rive Dyje. Later visit of the Baroque castle of JAROMERICE nad Rokytnou, one of the most impressive example of 18th century architecture in the Czech Republic and central Europe. On the way back to Brno we may stop in the town of MORAVSKY KRUMLOV to see an excellent painting exhibition by Alfons Mucha. The exhibition "The Slavonic Epopee" is in a Renaissance chateau.

Day 4
Transfer to the town of KROMERIZ and visit of impressive places such as an Italian-style Baroque chateau with English gardens and famous Flower garden. On the way back we can stop in BUCOVICE chateau, most probably designed by Pietro Farrabesco of Lain and one of the most valuable Italian Renaissance buildings in the country. The most splendid part of interior is the Imperial Hall with arabesques. Later stop in SLAVKOV (also called Austerlitz) well-known as the battlefield where Napoleon defeated the allied armies of the Russian and Austrian Empires. The Baroque chateau seen here was mainly the work of Italians.

Day 5
After a sightseeing tour of Brno's centre, we will visit Spilberk castle, built as a Gothic castle in the 13th the century and later changed into a Baroque fortress with an underground prison. Nowadays it is a museum portraying the history of the fortress. We will also visit the Cathedral of St Paul and Peter. Free afternoon for shopping or resting.

Day 6
Today we visit area in the north of Brno. At first we visit the LYSICE castle which is a residence with an extremely rich building history. One stop takes us to RAJEC nad Svitavou . Rajec chateau is an example of late Baroque architecture, indirectly influenced by the thinking of French Classicism. Way back goes through Moravian Karst and we stop in village of KRTINY where famous The pilgrimage church of the birth of the virgin is situated. Architect Jan Santini is known as the most famous Czech Baroque architect. .

Day 7
After 40 minutes of driving we visit BUCHLOV CASTLE. The beginning of the castle dates back to the first half of the 13th century. It was established by Czech kings as a strategic defense stronghold. Last owners the Berchtolds of Uhercice created natural history museum for public. Today's interior furnishing, together with the collection of specimens from nature and extensive library, tells about the evolution of interior design and lifestyle between the 15th and 19th centuries. Later transfer to BUCHLOVICE and visit of the eighteenth century Italian chateau. The garden, in the French Baroque style, was designed by the chateau owner B. Berchtold an excellent botanist. The park is laid on three terraces and is famous for its tree-soliters and collection of rododendrons and fuchsias. There is also a chance to visit wine gallery in the chateau with rich collection of local wines. 15 minutes from there is VELEHRAD (one of the most important pilgrimage site of the Czech Republic) and visit a cathedral there. First report is from 9th century. Dinner with folk music group may be arranged in wine cellar from 17th century.

Accommodation for days 3-7: 3-4star hotel in centre of Brno.

Day 8
Departure to Vienna and flight home.