Dolni Vestonice: Set under the vine-covered slopes of the Palava Hills, Dolni Vestonice is one of the most important paleolithic sites in Europe. You will see some of the earliest ceramics in the world, evidence of weaving which revolutionised thinking about the development of fabric, plus burials and homes of the mammoth hunters of the area.
Mikulov: We will be staying in a former synagogue in the Jewish quarter of the town; the quarter has more synagogues, an old cemetery and ritual bath. We will visit the museum in the castle, with its history of wine-growing, and exhibition of the Roman invasion of Marcus Aurelius, as well as a nature reserve famed for wildflowers.
Mikulcice: The excavations at the acropolis at Mikulcice reveal the capital of the 9th century Great Moravian empire - a Slavic empire which covered much of central Europe. The foundations of 12 churches, and a palace, plus 2500 burials have been found on the site.
Straznice: We will visit the open-air museum of rural architecture and folk history, with its typically Moravian farm and village buildings.
Brno: We will visit the UNESCO-listed Villa Tugendhat - Mies van der Rohe's modernist masterpiece, which only recently was re-opened to the public.
Helfstejn Castle: The largest castle in Moravia, Helfstejn was built in the 13th century and was added to over the next four centuries.
Slavkov - Austerlitz: We will visit the battle-site museum commemorating Napoleon's greatest victory - the battle of the three emperors - in which the French army defeated the Russian/Austrian armies and which features in War and Peace.
Kromeriz: You will have a whole day to explore Kromeriz. The town is famous for its baroque architecture, including the UNESCO listed Bishop's Palace and gardens. We will be staying in a hotel on the main square.
The Wallachian Open Air Museum: The museum has over one hundred wooden buildings. We will be visiting the Mill Valley to see the industrial history of the area, plus a small Wallachian town. The Wallachs were Romanian shepherds who settled in the Carpathian mountains in the 14th century.
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