DAY 1 : ARRIVAL PRAGUE – CZECH REPUBLIC
Today you will arrive in the largest city of the Czech Republic, Prague. You might prefer to take a morning flight in order to have more time to discover the city the rest of the day. You may also take the night train to arrive this day in the morning. Upon arrival, you will receive a transfer from the airport or train station to your hotel. After check-in you are expected for a glass of wine as a welcome drink.
After enjoying the view over the city centre, you will start exploring the historic centre. You will stroll through the narrow-cobbled streets and on Prague’s Old Town Square you will discover the Astronomical Clock, the Church of Our Lady before Týn and the Old Town Hall. Afterwards you can view the galleries that connect buildings with each other and will offer you many surprises.
Don’t forget to visit the Municipal House, the most striking Art Nouveau building in Prague and one of the most famous ones in the world.
Overnight in Prague.
DAY 2 : PRAGUE AND ITS VINEYARDS (B)
This morning, after breakfast, we recommend that you visit the beautiful Prague Castle located on a hill overlooking the city. Prague Castle is home to many of Prague’s top attractions.
After visiting Prague Castle, the mythical Golden Lane and St. Vitus Cathedral, descend to the next neighbourhood where you’ll find St. Nicholas’ Church. After visiting this impressive Baroque church, head to the adjoining tower where you have a fantastic view of the city from the observation deck.
This afternoon you will be convinced that Prague is not all about beer, but did you know that it is also known as a wine city?
A few minutes from the city centre, you can walk through the city’s vineyards and enjoy a Sekt tasting. The sparkling wines here indeed have the same designation as in Germany, where Crémant is referred to the sparkling wines in France. Afterwards, you will get a drive to the town’s main vineyard to visit a traditional winery. The winemaker will explain you more about the wine process. In the end, what’s better than an extensive wine tasting? In this way you also learn to discover the best Czech grapes and enjoy delicious wines.
Overnight in Prague.
DAY 3 AND 4 : DISCOVER THE CHARM OF BOHEMIA (B)
This morning, after breakfast, just an hour’s drive north of Prague, you will visit one of the northernmost wine regions in Europe. Although Bohemia is the smallest wine region in the Czech Republic, it has an interesting history.
The first vines were planted during the reign of the famous Emperor Charles IV in the 14th century. At the time, Prague was still one of the most important, if not the most important, royal city in the region. Moreover, it offers sumptuous castles with beautifully decorated rooms. Vineyards are usually scattered on the protected southern slopes near major rivers such as the Vltava, the Elbe, the Ohře and the Berounka. This way the vines enjoy extra warmth and light. Some wine cellars were built by the Cistercian order who founded the vineyards in Žernoseky in 1251.
During the next two days you will visit a majestic Renaissance castle, traditional wineries with spectacular cellars from the Middle Ages but with very modern wine production methods.
You spend the night at a wine farm.
DAY 5 : UNESCO AND ORGANIC WINE EXPERIENCE IN KUTNA HORA (B)
After breakfast, just a 1-hour drive from Prague, you will explore one of the most popular Czech cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The nice thing is that it has unique connections with the wine.
Known as the City of the Two Cathedrals, Kutná Hora was declared a royal city by King Charles IV. He was the first to bring the popular grape variety – Pinot Noir – here in the 14th century.
Enjoy an exclusive look at one of the Czech Republic’s best organic wineries, the only one in the country with the respected DEMETER biodynamic certification. You will taste wine with the winemaker in his historic wine cellar and right in front of the famous cathedral.
Overnight in Prague.
DAY 6 : SOUTH MORAVIA, THE CZECH WINE REGION (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will get a transfer from Prague to the Moravia region in the southeast of the Czech Republic near the border with Austria. You will visit the beautiful and historic town of Mikulov, the wine capital of the Moravian region, and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
After arrival you will have lunch in the city centre. Then you will continue to Mikulov’s main tourist attraction, an imposing and majestic castle built on a rock. Here you can enjoy a private tour of the impressive library and especially admire the wine cellar. This is where you will see a remarkably large barrel dating back to 1643, one of the largest in Europe with a volume of approximately 135,000 bottles.
After the visit, you will have the chance to taste the award-winning Czech wines in the winery, which has been honoured several times with the title “winery of the year”. Then you go to the old wine cellar where you can enjoy exclusive delicious wines.
After this, you will be transferred to a charming and authentic hotel in an old winery with a beautiful courtyard and traditional wine cellar. The village where it is located is full of traditional architecture and has landscapes.
Enjoy a private dinner featuring seasonal, local produce that pairs beautifully with local wines in the hotel’s charming restaurant. This way you can taste the delicious traditional Czech cuisine.
Overnight in a wine hotel.
DAY 7 : WINE TASTING – PALAVA HILLS – WALK IN THE VINEYARDS (B, L, D)
After breakfast, your first wine stop of the day is in a beautiful and authentic wine room where the Pinots are honoured. There, the wine producer and a wine expert will introduce you to the vineyards of the Pálava hills. The newly opened archaeological park, located in the Palava Nature Reserve, is well worth a visit. Afterwards, you will get to know the region better and understand why wine grows so happily here!
After lunch, visit a winery best known for its great red and sparkling wines. You will discover the story behind the production of the sparkling wines and enjoy a wine tasting afterwards. The wine cellar is simply spectacular!
You will then leave the valley to make your way to another wine destination known for its beautiful views of Pálava Hill and the surrounding landscape. This winery is also one of the best wineries in the Czech Republic and is best known as a major producer of Rieslings and the local grape variety Pálava.
If the weather permits, you will visit another winery nearby. Known not only for its excellent wines but also for its stunning modern architecture, it is located in the middle of the wine estate and surrounding vineyards. In addition to the regular wine tasting, you will gain more insight into the art of wine making and you have the unique opportunity to visit the production hall.
At the end of the visit, you will have a very pleasant dinner on a terrace overlooking the beautiful vineyards and Pálava hill. Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel about a 10-minute drive.
Overnight at a wine farm.
DAY 8 : WALK OR BIKE – LEDNICE CASTLE (B, L)
This morning, after breakfast, a guide and bicycles will be waiting for you! There are a total of 11 cycling routes through the South Moravian vineyards with a total length of approximately 1200 km. We have therefore selected the easiest and most interesting bike route for you. Cycling is one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful wine landscapes here. For those who prefer to walk, it is also possible to return to Mikulov from where you will hike to another landmark called Holly Hill, (363m). Part of the Pálava Hills, this hill is a popular pilgrimage site and showcases a series of lovely little churches.
Close to Holly Hill is a historic Baroque rectory that has been transformed into a beautiful garden restaurant. It is extremely popular for its unique atmosphere, views and, last but not least, fantastic organic food straight from local farmers. The meals are based on Czech traditions and inspired by a 100-year-old cookbook. Not only will your hunger be more than satisfied, but you will also enjoy a unique gastronomic experience.
After lunch in a traditional Moravian restaurant, your next destination is Lednice Castle. Here you will be offered a guided walk in the UNESCO-listed Lednice-Valtice Complex. After this you will receive a transfer to Znojmo.
Overnight in Znojmo.
DAY 9 : ZNOJMO – CROSSING THE BORDER (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will leave Znojmo, the wine capital of the Moravian wine region and located near the Austrian border. First, this morning you will visit one of, if not the most picturesque vineyard in the region and located in the heart of Podyjí National Park. Vineyards are planted here on a southward slope and enjoy an exceptional microclimate due to their special geographic location. This phenomenon is sometimes also compared to some places in the Rhone valley or along the Rhine river. On the way you will stop at a wine bar where you will taste some local wines.
Lunch on a roof terrace of a wine hotel with a restaurant and a breath-taking view.
The following stops will take you to one of the most important wine villages in the wine region of Znojmo and Moravia as a whole. Here you will find, among other things, a long wine street called Blue Cellars with small charming wine cellars of which you will visit two. Here you will enjoy a wine tasting led by the winemakers themselves.
Then you cross the border into Slovakia to a wine region in southwestern Slovakia that is somewhat less known to us. This wine region is certainly popular within Slovakia.
At the end of your first day in Slovakia, check-in to your accommodation. Then follows an amazing gastronomic experience, a goose feast! A unique experience of a typical Slovak specialty of this region.
Overnight in Slovakia.
DAY 10 : ART AND WINE TOUR IN SLOVAKIA (B, L)
Today, after breakfast, you will go to a nearby village where you will visit another famous winery that is partly exceptional for its unique wine, amazing modern architecture and production philosophy based on biodynamic principles. During the visit you will learn more about this and you will be offered a wine tasting.
Then you will travel to another great winery that stands out for its size (25,000 m²) and fame. This wine estate whose winery is located in the central part is located in one of the most famous wine regions of Slovakia: the small Carpathians wine region, nearby the capital Bratislava.
You start your visit here with a lunch. This gives you a unique opportunity to discover Slovak cuisine while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of a beautiful and modern wine restaurant in the middle of the vineyards.
This is followed by a museum visit also located at this wine estate. This private institution opened in 2009. The main part of the museum’s collection consists of works by Andy Warhol, which forms the basis of the permanent exhibition. The museum’s thematically dedicated collection and exhibition activities focus on Slovak art from the second half of the 20th century.
In the second part of the visit you will see the winery and its amazing 500 year old wine cellars. You will be offered a wine tasting led by the winemaker himself with numerous samples so that you get a good impression of the wines that are produced. Wine tastings here are accompanied by a selection of typical Slovak cheeses.
Overnight at the winery.
DAY 11 : WINE TASTING – WINE AND GOOSE – DEPARTURE (B, L)
After breakfast and check-out, you will be transferred to the Slovak capital Bratislava. Here you will take a nice walk and see, among other things, Bratislava Castle – the former seat of the rulers, today the symbol of Bratislava and the seat of the Historical Museum. Moreover, you can enjoy a beautiful view over the city, the Danube and the valley that extends to the Austrian side …
Lunch in the area.
Depending on your flight schedule, you will get a transfer to Prague or Vienna airport for your flight back home… or one of the cities’ train station. You can also extend your wine tour to one of the other beautiful wine regions of Austria such as Vienna itself, Burgenland or why not Wachau. Ask us about the possibilities for a tailor-made offer without any obligation.