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Tour Program 15 (10-days-9-nights)

DAY 1

Arrival in Prague early in the morning (optional by aircraft, bus or train). Meeting and transfer to the hotel in Prague. Check-in.

Excursion to the Prague Castle and the Lesser Town. the Royal Palace (11th c), presently the residence of Czech presidents; St. Vitus Cathedral (14th c); Art gallery of the Prague Castle; St. George’s Convent and Basilica (10th c). Daliborka Tower (the town prison since 15th c.) and the Golden Lane (Zlata Ulochka). Walking through the Garden on Ramparts (Zahrada na Valech) we go out on the Hradchanska Square. Schwarzenberg Palace (1569) with the Museum of Military History. Tuscan Palace (1691), Sternberg Palace (17th c.). Passing to the Lesser Town Square via Nerudova Street. St. Nicholas Cathedral (1756), the Church of Our Lady of Victory (1613) where the world-famous Infant Jesus of Prague is kept. Lunch. Continuing the tour to the Square of the Knights of the Cross (Krizovnicke namesti) via Charles Bridge (14th c.), a symbol of Prague. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 2

Walking along the central boulevard of Prague, Wenceslas Square, towards the Powder Tower (Prasna brana) and the Municipal House (Obecni dum) from the historic building of the National Museum. Old Town Square with Gothic spires of the Týn Church (14-16th cc.) towering over the square and the statue of reformer Jan Hus, and the Astronomical Clock (15th c.) on the Old Town Hall. St. Nicholas Church (1732-1737). Jewish Quarter (Josefov): Old New Synagogue (13th c.), Pinkas Synagogue (15th c.), Meisel Synagogue (16th c.), Klaus Synagogue (17th c.), High Synagogue (16th c.), Ceremonial Hall (16th c.) and the Old Jewish cemetery. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 3

Bus tour to the celebrated town of Tábor in Southern Bohemia, which is strongly linked to one of the most famous periods of the Czech history - the Hussite Movement and the Hussite Wars. Its founder Jan Zizka from Trocnov (1360-1424) was a bohemian military war-lord who led the Hussite forces and is considered the greatest warrior of Czech history of all time. The remarkable history of the town started in the spring of 1420 when a group of followers of the great Catholic reformer Jan Hus came here to establish a settlement, which soon became the power base of the Hussite movement and played a vital role in the nation’s history. Tábor had a strong economy and its own armed forces, even its own foreign policy. The citizens of Tabor did not recognize the authority of the Czech King until 1452 when the town surrendered to the troops of the Governor of Bohemia, Jiri of Podebrady. The end of the 15th century brought peace and the town flourished. Tábor underwent a transformation from a military fortress into a real town, and the general features have not changed much ever since.

Continuing the tour to one of the most visited castles in the Czech Republic, Hluboká that rises on a steep promontory above the Vltava river. Originally a royal castle, Hluboka (Frauenberg) was founded together with the neighboring town of České Budějovice in the 13th century by the Czech King Premysl Otakar II. In 1871 Hluboká obtained its today's form under the rule of Johann Adolf II Schwarzenberg and his wife Eleonora, who decided to design the reconstruction according to the royal Windsor Castle, with 140 lavishly furnished rooms, towers and bastions. Now the original riding hall of the castle houses the exhibitions of Aleš South Bohemian Gallery. Lunch in Hluboka.

Arrival in České Budějovice well known for the beer (Budweiser) brewed there since the 13th century. Dinner and overnight in České Budějovice

DAY 4

Arrival at Rosenberg Castle (built in 13-14th century, rebuilt in 19th century). The Rosenberg ("Rožmberk") is one of the oldest castles in Bohemia, it stands on a promontory carved out on three sides by the river Vltava, and is considered the cradle of the House of Rosenberg, also known as the "Lords of the Rose", a historical Czech aristocratic family. Church of Holy Mary, art gallery, the modern art gallery, the armory museum, the Knights’ Room, the Crusaders’ Gallery, and the room of tortures.

Arrival in the town of Vyšší Brod. Lunch. The Cistercian monastery is located on the right bank of the river Vltava, in the south-west part of the town. It was founded in 1259. The Cistercian community lives in the monastery today. It is possible to visit the church, the capitular hall in Northern-French Gothic style, the picture gallery, the Museum of Post and the library. Containing around 70,000 volumes and ancient manuscripts, the library of the monastery is considered the third largest in Czechia. Visit of the parish church of St. Bartholomeo.

Return to České Budějovice. Dinner and overnight in České Budějovice

DAY 5

Driving to the picturesque medieval town of Český Krumlov, a UNESCO Heritage site since 1992. Construction of the town and its expansive castle began in the late 13th century. In 1302 the town and the castle were owned by the House of Rosenberg. Emperor Rudolf II bought Krumlov in 1602 and gave it to his natural son Julius of Austria. Emperor Ferdinand II gave Krumlov to the House of Eggenberg. From 1719 until 1945 the castle belonged to the House of Schwarzenberg, then it was annexed by Nazi Germany as part of the so-called Sudetenland. After World War II it was restored to Czechoslovakia. Most of the architecture of the old town and castle dates from the 14-17th centuries. Tour of the castle to see the unique Baroque theater (completed in 1766 and preserved with its original stage machinery, one of the few that still exist), the church of St. Vitus, a Gothic church of 15th century with frescoes from the same period, and the three-storey bridge of 17th century. Lunch.

After lunch, the tour will continue to the 13th century South Bohemian village of Holasovice, an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a traditional central European village with a large number of 18-19th century vernacular buildings in a style known as 'South Bohemian folk Baroque'. Tour of the village with its chapel of St. Nepomuk.

Return to České Budějovice. Dinner and overnight in České Budějovice.

DAY 6

Check-out of the hotel in České Budějovice. Tour will continue towards the town Jindrichuv Hradec, passing by the town of Trebon. One of the highlights of the tour of historic South Bohemia is a visit to Jindrichuv Hradec, on an important ancient trade route. As a result of the wealth that came from the trade it erected a splendid castle (13th c) and a fascinating old town full of important churches and other buildings. The castle has both gothic and renaissance buildings. In one of the chambers of the Gothic palace there are unique wall paintings depicting the life of St. George, from the year 1338. The Church of Ascension. Church of St. John the Baptist. Lunch.

Arrival in the town of Telč (13th c), also known as “Venice of Moravia”. The historic center, a unique complex of Renaissance and Baroque houses, is a UNESCO Heritage site since 1992. The town's Gothic castle was reconstructed in High Gothic style in the late 15th century, and has a beautiful English Garden. Jesuit church (17th c). St Jacob’s church (14th c) with its 60-meter-high bell tower. Two precious fountains and the Roman-style plague pillar (13th c).
Continuing towards Brno, passing by the town of Trebic. Arrival in Brno. Check-in at hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Brno.

DAY 7

City tour of Brno. Visit to Tugendhat House (1930) of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 2001. St. Thomas church (1350), Mahen Theater (1882). The new Town Hall. Old castle of Spilberk (13th c), which was gradually turned into a huge baroque fortress, considered the heaviest prison in the Austro-Hungarian empire, and then into barracks. Lunch. Drive to the Gothic cathedral of Peter and Paul (14th c) with the legendary clock. Visiting the sepulcher and both inspection towers. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight in Brno.

DAY 8

Drive to the baroque Slavkov Castle. The battle of Austerlitz actually took place some kilometers to the west from here. The castle has 115 rooms and an impressive garden in the French style. Walk in the park with beautiful baroque sculptures (13th c). Tour of the castle Slavkov: the Ancestors’ Hall, the Historic Room, the altar with monumental sculptures of angels (1774).

Drive to Kromeriz (Kroměříž). Gardens and Castle at Kromeriz (18th c.), a UNESCO Heritage site since 1998. Visit the town square of Kroměříž with cathedral of St. Maurice and sepulcher of bishop Bruno of Schaumburg (1241 - 1281) who founded the town and the famous wine cellars. Archbishop's castle with the art collection of European masters of 15-18th centuries. Departure to Olomouc.

Arrival at hotel in Olomouc. Check-in and lunch. Bus tour of the city. The Archbishop’s palace where Franz Joseph acceded to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Hapsburg Empire in 1848. The Premyslid palace (12th c). The thousand-year-old St. Wenceslas Cathedral with 106 meter bell-tower. Pope John Paul II and Mother Tereza have both visited the cathedral and the holy relics of Saint Jan Sarkander. The Upper Square of the town with the baroque Holy Trinity Column built in the early 1700's and consecrated by the Empress Marie Theresa in 1754 (UNESCO Heritage site). Fountains and the Astronomical clock (15th c). Return to Brno. Dinner and overnight in Brno.

DAY 9

Check-out of the hotel in Brno. Departure to Kutna Hora (14-16th cc.), a medieval town in central Bohemia, the second richest town due to its silver mines, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1995. Gothic Cathedral St. Barbara (1388) and the Italian Court, formerly the royal mint. Stone Fountain of 15th century. The famous Sedlec Ossuary and the Cemetery Chapel. Museum of mining. Lunch in Kutna Hora.

Arrival at the beautiful Sternberg Castle (Český Šternberk), the fort of the Counts of Sternberg, Bohemian nobility, since mid 13th century. Visiting the 15 richly furnished rooms: Knights Hall, the ornamented Chapel of St. Sebastian, the library, the dining room, the study of Jiři Sternberg with its illustrated family tree of 6 generations, the Hunting Chamber. The Sternberg print collection is absolutely unique with 545 copperplate engravings. An interesting collection is that of historical weapons. Return to Prague. Check-in at hotel in Prague. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

DAY 10

Check-out of the hotel. Transfer to the airport (railway station, bus station etc.). Departure.