T8 - UNESCO sights in Czech Republic


Day 01

Arrival to Prague, transfer to hotel.

Day 02

Kutna HoraDeparture from Prague to the town of Kutna Hora, an old mining town founded in the 13th century. The town is dominated by the gothic St.Barbara Cathedral with its valuable murals and the former royal mint which once coined Prague groschen. To this day Kutna Hora has retained the character of a medieval city. Following the tour depart to Zdar nad Sazavou to visit the Church of St. John of Nepomuk. This pilgrimage church was built to celebrate the memory of the Czech martyr and saint, John of Nepomuk. The building is characteristic by its composition based on the five-pointed star shape: a star-shaped ground plan with five exits, five stars and five angels on the main altar (according to a legend, a crown with five stars appeared above the body of the drowned martyr). Later in the afternoon depart for Olomouc. A stop will be made en route to visit Litomysl - a representative Renaissance chateau with grafitto decorations built in the 16th century. The town is the birthplace of Bedrich Smetana, the famous Czech composer. Overnight in Olomouc.

Day 03

OlomoucBegin the day with the visit of Olomouc. It was founded as a royal town in the early 13th century and boasts a concentration of Baroque architecture second only to Prague. There are numerous religious monuments, such as the Bishop's Cathedral of St.Wenceslas and Bishop's palace. The second significant section of the town is the western part with the Upper and the Lower Squares. The remarkable rectory, Church of St.Maurice and the extensive Town hall with a bay chapel and a modern astronomical clock date from the Gothic period. After lunch depart for Kromeriz - town of culture that is of Europe-wide significance. Its best -known buildings are the Archbishop Chateau with a gallery (paintings by Titian, Breughel, Cranach, van Dyck), and a historic library. Overnight in Brno.

Day 04

Lednice-Valtice AreaBoard the coach and enjoy the visit of Brno, the second largest town in the country and Moravia's traditional capital. The city's skyline is dominated by the Spilberk castle, where an early-Gothic palace with two chapels is still standing. Later on, the castle was converted into a baroque fortress, and in the 19th century, it became known as the infamous "Jail of Nations". The Petrov hill is topped by the Gothic cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul. In the afternoon board the coach and depart for Lednice-Valtice Area. The romantic Lednice chateau is situated in the extent natural area on the embankment of the Dyje river (the Lednice park has been nicknamed "Garden of Europe" or "Garden of Paradise"). Lednice has been the residential seat of the Lichtenstein family. You will also enjoy a romantic cruise through the chateau park. Overnight in Brno.

Day 05

TelcToday we visit two other UNESCO monuments in Moravia – Trebic (the town of uncommon religious sights, the most famous of which is the Basilica of St.Procope.

The town used to belong to the important centres of Jewish culture in Moravia. The uniquely preserved Jewish Town remains a witness of the coexistence of the Jews and the Christians) and Telc. The picturesque town of Telc is a true pearl of the country. The ancient royal water fort was founded here in the 13th century on the crossroad of busy merchants' routes. Besides the monumental Renaissance chateau with an English park, the most significant sight is the town square – a unique complex of historical houses in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.

Day 06

HolasoviceAfter breakfast we will discover the beauties of Cesky Krumlov. Above the meanders of the Vltava river a unique complex of municipal housing developed, mainly in the 16th century along with an extensive castle and chateau complex, the second largest in the country after the Prague Castle.

After lunch depart for Prague. A stop will be made en route to visit Holasovice. This South-Bohemian village from the 13th century is considered a true pearl of the rustic Baroque style. Its 22 farmhouses with painted Baroque gables in the front are situated around a central pond. The village is a living monument to the rustic traditions, such as those we know from the Bartered Bride, perhaps the most famous Czech opera. Overnight in Prague.

Day 07

Full day city tour in Prague. Overnight in Prague.

Day 08

Transfer to airport.