Day 1 May 22
Arrival in Prague (transfers from airport can be arranged)
Day 2 May 23
Day in Prague to recover and explore Prague at your leisure. Your guide can advise on where to go.
Day 3 May 24
Depart Prague by train for Olomouc
Guided walk of the Baroque city, including the main square, with its collection of fine Baroque fountains and sculptures including the UNESCO listed Marian column – the largest group of Baroque statues within a single monument in Central Europe and the 15th Century Town Hall.
Day 4 May 25
Drive to Uherske Hradiste Museum (journey time 1hr 15mins) - large collection of traditional carfts, costumes and textiles, after the museum visit walk into town – time to visit two shops selling traditional materials, costumes and ribbons and/or have lunch.
Drive to Zlin where you will visit Bata Shoe Museum, which has more than a thousand exhibits introduce visitors to the history of footwear, footwear manufacture and the craft of shoemaking. Zlin is totally unlike other towns and cities on the tour. It is a modernist masterpiece. If we have time we will visit the Bata skyscraper, where Bata had his office in a lift and where there is a cafe and viewing terrace on the top floor.
Drive to Roznov Pod Radhostem in the Beskydy Mountains and your 4* hotel.
Day 5 May 26
Drive to Valasske Mezerici for visit to Moravian Gobelin Factory. Founded in 1898, the factory is still operating today as a centre devoted to the hand production and restoration of textiles: tapestries, rugs, and theatre curtains. During the visit we will see tapestries being restored and produced by the skilled craftswomen of the factory.
Return to Roznov for lunch and afternoon at Wallachian Open Air Museum. The Museum is the largest and oldest open-air museum in central Europe. The complex contains hundreds of timber structures from the Wallach area and is divided into three areas – the Wooden Town, the Mill Valley and the Wallachian Village. We will be taking a guided tour of the Mill Valley – where you can see a number of traditional water-powered crafts including a working felt mill. We will have lunch in a traditional Wallachian pub in the Wooden Town where you will be free to explore the buildings and watch craftsmen. You can also explore the Wallachian Village zone, however it covers a large area and is not suitable for everyone. 15 minute leisurely walk through a park back to the hotel.
Day 6 May 27
The tour moves into the wine-growing area. Drive to Petrov – short walk around the wine cellar area. There are about 80 cellars, the exteriors of some of these are decorated with traditional patterns.
Drive through the Palava Hills to Dolni Vestonice and the Museum of the Mammoth Hunters. Dolni Vestonice is one of the most important old stone age sites in the the world. It is famous for the Venus of Dolni Vestonice, the oldest ceramic female figure ever found, and there are dozens of sculptures on display and other artifacts.
Drive to Brno, the Czech Republic's second city. Visit to Gypsy Museum which tells the story of the Roma in the Czech Republic and central Europe. Walk into city centre for dinner and a short guided tour to city.
Day 7 May 28th
Visit to Mies van der Rohe's modernist masterpiece the Villa Tugendhat (UNESCO listed). http://www.tugendhat.eu/en/
Also planned is a tour of the Art Nouveau Loew Beer Villa, which includes exhibitions about the Brno textile industry and architecture in Brno.
Museum of Applied Arts has a good Art Nouveau section – Hoffman was a local man
Day 8 29 May Sun 90 min drive to Vlcnov to view the Ride of the Kings at Vlcnov. This spectacular annual folklore festival is recognized by UNESCO for its “Intangible Cultural Heritage”. The culmination of the celebration is the procession of the king and his entourage on adorned horses, which passes through the entire village. The Ride of the Kings is accompanied by performances of folklore ensembles, concerts of wind and dulcimer music, wine testing, a crafts fair, craft demonstrations and exhibition. All the community will be wearing traditional dress, and the King and attendants wear special costumes.
Return to Brno for farewell dinner
Day 9 30 May Departure
It is possible to combine this tour with a tour of Hungary for information please ask.
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