3-day in South Moravia

3-day in South Moravia

669€ per person
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The wine jewel of Czech Republic, charming unspoiled region full of Traditions and History.

Less than 250 kilometers southeast of the capital, sprawling with quaint villages and hundreds of lush, green vineyards, this is undoubtedly a great undiscovered wine region with a rich wine heritage. Wine growing in this region has been reliably traced back to the Roman Empire period – the 2nd century AD.

Ideally situated north of the Alps and at the Western edge of the Carpathian Mountains, the region benefits from a cooler climate, which excels at white wine production. Spreading over more than 16.5 thousand hectares, the region includes 96% of the country’s vineyards. Quality can be outstanding, especially the Moravian whites. Mikulov has certainly the highest concentration of wine cellars for tastings, as well as a fairytale chateau on a hill overlooking the town. Like a guardian, the Pálava Hills, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, seem to be carefully watching the vines.

 

South Moravia is the most important wine region in Czeh Republic. Miukulov is one of its charming hsitorical cities located 3-hour drive from Prague. Ideally situated north of the Alps and at the Western edge of the Carpathian Mountains, the region benefits from a cooler climate, which excels at white wine production. Spreading over more than 16.5 thousand hectares, the region includes 96% of the country’s vineyards.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Main City Square, Old Town
  • Departure Time
    Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
  • Return Time
    Approximately 6:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual, hiking shoes, raincoat.
  • Included
    Biking tour
    Entry Fees
    Hotel pick up
    Personal Wine Guide
    Visit of a castle
    Visit of winery
    Wine tastings
  • Not Included
    2-course Lunch
    Personal Guide
    Personal Wine & Heritage Expert
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DAY 1 -  Transfer to Mikulov - Mikulov Castle - wine tasting - private dinner in your wine hotel

- Pick up at a meeting point in the center of Prague by an English-speaking driver and your guide, who is very knowledgeable in wine and the heritage of the region. Mini-van transfer to Moravia region (duration 3h).

- Your first stop will be the beautiful and historical city of Mikulov, the capital of wine in the Moravian region. Its urban conservation area belongs to UNESCO Czech heritage.

- After the journey, we'll have a nice lunch in the center of the city to enjoy fresh and creative food.

- We’ll bring you to Mikulov’s main touristic sight – an imposing and majestic chateau perched on a rock where you’ll enjoy a private guided tour to admire its impressive library and especially its cellar, where you will see a remarkable giant barrel dating from 1,643, which is one of the largest ones in Europe with a volume of approximately 135 000 bottles.

- After the visit, you’ll have the chance to taste the award winning Czech wines in the winery, which has been honored with the title of "winery of the year" several times. We will take you to its ancient wine cellar, where you will have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy fine wines. -We'll finally bring to your charming and authentic hotel, an ancient winery with a beautiful courtyard and traditional wine cellar located in a beautiful small village featuring traditional architecture and landscapes. - There, you will enjoy a private dinner featuring seasonal and local products pairing beautifully with local wines in the charming restaurant at the hotel that takes us back in time to the days of our great-grandmothers. You'll indulge in traditional Czech cuisine and homemade dishes made from freshly sourced products - Enjoy a night in the wine hotel

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DAY 2 : Wine tastings - Palava Hills - Walk in the vineyards
- After breakfast, we’ll bring you to the newly opened Archaeological Park located in the Palava Nature Reserve. There, you’ll be more familiar with the region and understand why wine grows so happily there ! - Your first wine stop of the day will be in a nice rustic wine room where Pinots are kings. There, the wine producer and our wine expert will introduce you to the vineyards of Pálava hills. - After lunch, and next on the menu is a visit to a winery, which is particularly well-known for its great red and sparkling wines. You will uncover the story behind the production of sparkling wines and, of course, enjoy a tasting afterwards. its cellar is just spectacular! We won't tell you more! - We will leave the valley and move to another wine destination, which is well-known for its beautiful view at Pálava Hill and surrounding landscape.​ This winery also belongs to the Czech Republic’s best wineries and is particularly known as a key producer of Rieslings and the local grape variety Pálava. - Weather permitted, after a short walk through the vineyards, we’ll visit a nearby winery. This winery is not only reputed for its excellent wines, but also for its stunning modern architecture, located in the middle of its vineyards. Besides the regular wine tasting, you will gain an insight into the art of wine making and have the unique opportunity to visit their winery production hall. - There we'll have a very pleasant dinner on a terrace overlooking the beautiful vineyards and Pálava Hill, - we'll drive you back to your hotel (10-mn drive)​
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DAY 3 : Hike or Bike - Lednice Castle - Transfer back to Prague
- After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, your guide and bikes will be waiting for you ! There are 11 vineyard cycling trails in the region of South Moravia whose total length is around 1200 km. So, we selected the easiest and most interesting cycling tour. Cycling is one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful landscapes right in the middle of the vineyards. For those who prefer hiking, we can return to Mikuolov from where we will hike to another landmark - Holly Hill, (363m). Holly Hill, which is part of the Pálava Hills and the hike, which is a popular pilgrimage, will feature a series of beautiful chapels. - Close to Holly Hill is an historic Baroque vicarage, which has been transformed into a stunning garden restaurant. It’s extremely popular for its unique atmosphere, its views and, last but not least, for its fantastic organic food, sourced directly from local farmers. The meals are based on Czech traditions and inspired from a 100-year-old cookery book. Not only will your hunger be more than satisfied, but you will also indulge in a unique gourmet experience. - After lunch in a traditional Moravian restaurant, our final destination will be Chateau Lednice, where we will have a guided walk in the Lednice-Valtice Complex that is included in the UNESCO list. - After this final tour we will embark on our final transfer back to Prague (3-hour journey).
Rates are provided on request. Prices depend on choice of the hotels and activities and number of persons.   To give you an idea, prices vary around:   From 815 €/person for 2 persons. From 669 €/person from 6 to 8 persons.  
Moravia, with roughly 95 % of the nation's vine plantings, is the engine room of the Czech Republic's wine industry. The center of intensively farmed bulk-wine production is also showing great promise as a producer of quality white wines. This is largely thanks to its cool climate, comparable in many ways to that in Nahe or Pfalz, the white-wine specialists a few hundred miles west in Germany. Moravian winelands enjoy a vineyard year well suited to the production of complex aromatics with good acidity.   Moravia's climate is described by the Czech wine authorities as 'transient': widely continental but with occasional maritime influences when weather patterns blow in from the Atlantic. Brno, the largest Moravian city, is located almost perfectly at the heart of continental Europe, equidistant from the English Channel and the Black Sea. Its continental position and the local topography mean it is relatively dry (average annual rainfall amounts to little more than 20 inches/50cm) and sunny (2244 sunshine hours on average each year).   As a result of this mild, bright growing season, aromatic whites such as the Loire Valley's Sauvignon Blanc and the Alsatian trio of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Riesling are able to ripen slowly and completely. The grapes develop high levels of flavonoids while retaining the pronounced, crisp acidity which makes them so refreshing. Moravia's position on the 49th parallel puts it at the same latitude as northern Alsace, as well as Champagne and the German regions mentioned above. Its first foray onto the international wine market has shown it capable of taking on these celebrated heavyweights of the white-wine world. Although still a small part of the overall wine scene, red wine is improving in Moravia, mostly due to technological advances in winemaking rather than any climatic change or newly discovered terroirs. In London's Decanter World Wine Awards of 2011, 12 out of 18 Moravian reds submitted were awarded medals. The investments that the Czech government made in its wine industry at the turn of the new century are paying off.
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