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Itinerary

OPTION I

Day 1
Meeting our guides in Vienna and transfer to southern Moravia to arrive in the small medieval town of Mikulov. You may explore the town and castle built on a limestone rock or take an easy walk to Palava Hills (limestone hills along Czech-Austrian border, an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with unique flora and fauna). A part of local castle in restored in museum of wine. Nearly each village offer good duality of local wine producers. Later we can walk through the magnificent park in the town of Lednice, with its fountains, extensive views, castle ruins, and a lake with 15 islands. The area is an important bird reserve in which White Storks and Grey and Night Herons are plentiful. Later trnasfer to town of Uherske Hradiste. Accommodation in historic centre of Uherske Hradiste. Welcome dinner.
Day 2
In the morning visit the White Carpathian mountains and take an easy walk through its beautiful orchid meadows. Later travel to the village of Petrov and visit an interesting group of baroque wine cellars from the 18th and 19th century called PETROV , where you may taste local wines. This area is also known for its folklore traditions - the area between the White Carpathians and Chriby Hills is called SLOVACKO and it is here where the most distinctive cultural traditions in the Czech Republic still live. The area bellow Chriby Hills is also known by very good quality of wines. Stop in open air museum in Straznice. Wine tasting can be arranged on request. Accommodation in town of Uherske Hradiste
Day 3
: In the morning we can walk from Buchlovice village to Buchlov Castle. It is one of the oldest castles in Moravia. Its history is connected with the first Christian queen of Marcomans Fridegilda, and the best-known lord of the Moravia land - Svatopluk. Beech forest around the castle is a part of Chriby Hills . Later, continue to Buchlovice, visiting Buchlovice Chateau (an 18th century Italian chateau, still containing most of its original Roccoco furniture left behind by the family when they fled to Austria in 1945) and surrounding park. Chateaus wine cella will give us another oportunity for wine tasting. Visit the little town of Velehrad with beautiful cathedral(from 9th century) is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of the Czech Republic. On the way to Brno we may also Stop 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. Overnight in hotel in historic centre of Brno
Day 4
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, Vila Tugenhat(signed in UNESCO cultural list), etc. Dinner in a traditional restaurant or visit of a theatre performance in national theatre. Overnight in the historic centre of Brno.
Day 5
After breakfast, leave Brno and move to the south. Stop in Vranov nad Dyji and visit a Baroque Castle built up on the rock above Dyje river, lying in an unspoiled border area of the former Iron Curtain. Walk through a beautiful valley of the twisting Dyje River in the Podyji National Park. Later, visit the handsome Renaissance town of Slavonice and finish the day in another UNESCO town of Telc. Accommodation in town of Telc.
Day 6
Drive to town of Trebon. The countryside around Trebon is a conservation area, with a large network of fishponds dating from the 15th century, and interconnecting canals. You may also visit one of the oldest Czech breweries, founded in 1379, and stroll in the forest, filled with ancient trees, on the banks of the Old River. Later transfer to Cesky Krumlov, the best-preserved medieval town in the Czech Republic, for 2 night stay. Accommodation: Cesky Krumlov
Day 7
We’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town, including a tour of the Krumlov Chateau, the second largest residence (after Prague Castle) in Bohemia. It was built in the 13th century and converted into a Renaissance chateau in the 16th century. The large park, of French design, is another highlight of the town, as well as the 18th-century Rococo theater and the museum dedicated to Egon Schiele, the Austrian painter who moved to Krumlov in 1911. In the afternoon, we may walk to Zlata Koruna or visit Vyssi Brod, where a 13th-century Cistercian monastery and museum are situated. The library decorated in Rococo gold is definitely a “must-see.”
Afternoon transfer toward Prague, with a possible stop at the village of Holasovice, a wonderful example of a traditional central European village. Arrive in Prague in the afternoon and enjoy a short walk through the historical center. Depart Prague or more nights there.

OPTION 2
If tour is run in a reverse way or if it starts and concludes in Vienna, we can add two extra days in Slovakia. We can visit beautiful limestone hills and traditional villages of Mala Fatra mountains, limestone gorges and castle ruins in the river Vah valley, or wooded Low Carpathians with its castles and ruins near the Slovak capital. Accommodation in a hotel near Trencin castle - one of the best preserved castles in Slovakia and northernmost place reached by old Romans in Central Europe.
 

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