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Itinerary
Day 1
Arrival to Vienna (there is also possibility to start programme from Prague). Programme depends on the time of arrival or on the time of transfer to the Czech Republic. Transfer to southern Moravia and stop in the small medieval town of Mikulov. We may explore town, castle and easy walk to Pavlov Hills (UNESCO biospheric reserve for its unique flora and fauna). For accommodation we may move to the capital of Moravia Brno (appr. an hour of driving) where many hotels offer good standard (3stars and 4stars hotels). We may also stay for two nights in the hotel which is rebuilt from former chateau. Welcome dinner.

Day 2
After breakfast we see Valtice and we transfer to Lednice. Lednice chateau and six other ones originally belonged to the Liechtenstein and Dietrichstein families. Lednice chateau is surrounded by the largest park in the Czech Republic (appr. 270 hectares). This area is included in UNESCO cultural heritage list. Later visit Dolni Vestonice museum (where 25000 years old Venus of Vestonice was unearthed). The local area is well-known by its excellent wine. We can also arrange tasting of some local wines.

Day 3
Leaving Valtice we are heading to north. We stop in the town of Straznice and visit open air museum of the south-eastern Moravian village and exposition of folk music instruments. Later we visit White Carpathians mountains (UNESCO biospheric reserve) and walk easily through its beautiful orchids meadows. This area is also known by keeping folk traditions. Continue to the town of Uherske Hradiste (centre of region called Slovacko) for quick look. 6km from there laying town of Velehrad one of the most important pilgrimage site of the Czech Republic. Its cathedral from 9th century is dominant in the area. We may arrange dinner in a wine cellar (originally belonged to the monastery from 17th century) with performance of folk dance and folk music group in traditional costumes.

Day 4
Today we visit Buchlovice chateau (18th century Italian chateau. The rooms of the house still contain most of its original Rococo furniture left behind by the family when they fled to Austria in 1945.) and surrounding park. Then we continue to Kromeriz and we visit famous baroque flower garden there. On the way to Brno we may also visit nice castle in Bucovice or spend more time in town of Slavkov (Austerlitz) the site of the battle in December 1805, in which Napoleon defeated the allied armies of the Austrians and Russians. Arrival to Brno and accommodation in a hotel in the city centre.

Day 5
On our way we visit well-known karst area of Moravsky Kras with many caves. Byci skala cave is European important archaeological site from Early Age. Boat trip on river Punkva and Macocha Abyss (138m deep). On the way back we stop in the village of Krtiny and see the local church. It is one of the best sample of architect Giovanni Santini┤s work. Afternoon for individual sightseeing walks including Gregor Mendel Museum, Leos Janacek Museum, Spilberk Castle, etc. Dinner in a traditional restaurant or visit of a theatre performance in national theatre.

Day 6
After breakfast we leave for southern Bohemia. We stop in the town of Moravsky Krumlov and visit castle where Mucha gallery is founded. Slovanska epopej consists of twenty monumental canvases. We continue to the medieval town of Telc and we visit chateau, park and beautiful square that is surrounded by 16th century houses. After an hour of driving we stop in another medieval town of Trebon for overnight. The area around is called Trebonsko and it is important place especially for wildlife. Large system of fishponds from 15th century. Fish specialities which are offered by some local restaurants are famous around whole Bohemia. Accommodation in 3stars hotel situated in main square and rebuilt from 16th century house.

Day 7
Transfer to Cesky Krumlov. Visit of the town┤s chateau which is the second largest residence in Bohemia (after Prague┤s Castle). It was built in the 13th century and it was reconstructed to become Renaissance chateau in the 16th century. The large park is of French design and together with 18th century Rococo theatre are other highlights of the town. Museum of Egon Schiele, Austrian painter was moved to Krumlov in 1911. We may arrange private concert of Baroque music. We also visit Vyssi Brod where 13th century Cistercian monastery and museum are situated. The library which is decorated in Rococo gold is definitely worth to see.

Day 8
Leaving via Prague and heading north. At first we stop in the town of beer - CeskÚ Budejovice and we have a chance to visit traditional restaurant Masne Kramy. Later visit Castle of Hluboka, originally founded in 13th century and rebuilt in the 19th century into a gothic style reminiscent of Windsor Castle. Arrival to Prague in late afternoon.

Day 9
Sightseeing tours in Prague including Prague Castle, Old town Square, Lesser Quarter, Old Jewish Cemetery, etc. Concerts and performance in National Theatre may be arranged on request. Accommodation in Prague in 4star hotel in historical centre. Farewell dinner in a restaurant near Old town square.

Day 10
Transfer to airport and return home.


- We can also arrange a visit of the Krkonose Mountains National Park in northern Bohemia, visit to spa towns such as Karlovy Vary or Marianske Lazne.
- A day Daily trip to Kutna Hora is another possibility.
-On the first day on the way from Vienna we can stop in the capital of Slovakia Bratislava and have sightseeing in the old town centre.

Tour may be combined together with e.g.:
  • International music festival Prague Spring in Prague - May
  • International festival of folklore in Straznice in June
  • International Festival of Baroque music in Jaromerice - July
  • International music festival Brno Autumn - September-October
Additional details may be obtained from special programmes focused on Czech classical music, Baroque architecture, Chateaus and gardens, Folkore, ...
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