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Sacral Sights of South Moravia and Bohemia

Day 1. Brno

Guided tour of Brno centre – Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, marketplace, tomb of Capuchin monastery, Old and New Town Hall, Minorite Monastery and Church of Sts. John, Church of St. James, in the afternoon, visit of Old Brno Monastery with the G. Mendel Museum of Genetics together with visit of Basilica of the Ascension of the Holly Virgin. In the evening, optional dinner in Spilberk Castle wineroom.

Day 2. Tišnov – Boskovice –Rájec Jestřebí – Křtiny

After breakfast, departure to Předklášteří at Tišnov for a visit of Basilica of the Ascension of the Holy Virgin in Porta Coeli Cistercian Monastery, founded by Queen Constance in 1233. After the sightseeing, drive to Boskovice and visit of old Jewish Quarter with synagogue, spa and cemetery. The former ghetto, a unique urban complex, is part of the town’s historic reserve. In the afternoon visit of Rájec – Jestřebí Chateau with large park and one-of-a-kind collection of camellias. The chateau is from the half of 18th century and a rare example of architecture in Luis XVI style in Moravia. Their abundant library and picture gallery are worthwhile. The last stop is in Křtiny where there is a marvellous pilgrim Church of Saint Marry by a baroque architecture genius Jan Santini.

In the evening, optional dinner in Pegas beerhouse.

Day 3. Uherské Hradiště – Staré Město – Velehrad – Kroměříž

After breakfast, departure to Uherské Hradiště, the centre of Moravian-Slovak folklore, followed by visit of Museum of Moravian Slovakia with its unique exhibition of traditional costumes. Visit of Staré Město comes next. Material relics from the beginning of Czech statehood are connected to this place. The location of today’s town was settled in primeval ages, Roman times and after the arrival of first Slavs as well. One of the centres of The Great Moravian Empire developed here during the 8th and 9th centuries. With its size, interior lay out and fortification system it bares signs of on-coming big cities. In the afternoon visit of a significant pilgrim spot Velehrad with Cistercian Monastery and Basilica of St. Cyril and Methodius. Last stop is in Kroměříž, the former Archbishop’s seat with Chateau and Floral Gardens, which are in UNESCO care.

Accommodation in Kromeříž.

Day 4. Kroměříž – Svatý Kopeček u Olomouce – Brno

After breakfast, tour of Kroměříž Chateau and Gardens, then transfer to Olomouc, the Bishop’s seat, city lying in the heart of Haná region, which has always been one of most prominent cities in Moravia. Walk through the historic centre with baroque column of the Holy Trinity (UNESCO), unparalleled in all Europe for its magnitude and rich sculptural decoration. Last stop is in Svatý Kopeček by Olomouc with the Church of the Visitation of St. Marry, commissioned by wealthy wine trader Jan Andrýsek in the 17th century. Return to hotel in Brno. In the evening, optional dinner in Stará Pošta restaurant, Pozořice, with museum of Napoleon battle at Austerlitz, 1805.

Day 5. Třebíč – Telč

After breakfast, departure to Třebíč for a walk through historic centre, Jewish Quarter and visit of Basilica of St. Procopius – all of them in UNESCO list since 2003.

After the seeing transfer to Telč - visit of the village’s historic centre, nicely placed among lakes, Square of Zachariáš of Hradec with typical Renaissance palaces and Baroque house fronts, tour of Renaissance chateau.

Dinner and lodging in Telč.

Day 6. Kutná Hora – Sázava – Praha

After breakfast departure direction to Kutná Hora, tour of Cathedral of St. Barbara, founded 1380 and built in late gothic style. Then visit of Church of Ascension of Holy Virgin in Sedlec, a part of the oldest Cistercian monastery in the Czech Republic, founded in 1142. The five-aisled basilica is the first French-gothic style building in the country. Its present look is a result of rebuilding in the 17th and 18th centuries led by great architect Jan Santini. Seeing of Church of All Saints.

Stop by Sázava Monastery. Its originations are dated back to around 1032. According to the legend it was founded by Oldrich Duke of Bohemia after meeting St. Procopius on the rocky promontory above the right bank of Sázava river. Fact is, the construction was begun only during the reign of his son, Bretislaus. Sázava Monastery became a cultural and learning centre shortly after its establishment. It was here where Cyril and Methodius had gone when they were driven out of the Great Moravia empire.

Day 7. Praha

After breakfast, tour of Strahov Premonstratensian Convent, founded in the 12th century and rebuilt in Baroque style. Library of precious medieval manuscripts and maps along with a picture gallery can by found in there. Tour of Loreta, remarkable grounds made up by ambulatories, Church of the Nativity, Basilica of the Holy House, a tower with clocks and internationally known chime. Loreta is an important holy shrine – pilgrimage site.

In the afternoon tour of Prague Castle premises – Loreta square, castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Golden Lane.

Day 8. Praha

After breakfast, tour of Jewish Quarter including the Jewish cemetery, City Hall and 6 synagogues. The Jewish Quarter or Town originates to the 13th century but was redeveloped on the break of the 19th and 20th century. The preserved sights make up one of the best extant complex in Europe.

A walk over the Charles Bridge, through Lesser Town, to the Church of Virgin Mary Victorious, which is the most prominent pilgrimage site in Prague. The statue of Prague Infant Jesus can be found inside. In Lesser Town, there is also the peak-baroque St. Nicholas Church where W. A. Mozart played the organ during his Prague stay.

In the evening, a walk through Kampa with its typical taverns and cafés.