Brno is the Czech Republic's second city. It has a very different feel to Prague. There are fewer tourists, although there are direct flights from London Stansted, and a more Mediterranean air about the city. There is much to enjoy in Brno itself, including excellent shopping and dining, Mies van der Rohe's modernist masterpiece the Vila Tugendhat, Spielberk Castle, and lots of, churches, museums and art galleries. Why not make a week-long holiday from a city-break by adding any or all of the following guided trips?
Trip to Moravian Karst and Pernstejn castle
This very popular one day trip combines a bit of architecture in a small village Křtiny with a beautiful Baroque church, some hiking in the Moravian Karst with its limestone caves and formations (including a visit to the lovely Macocha abyss and the Punkva Cave), a visit to the medieval Pernstejn castle or a tour of a small brewery with beer sampling in the town of Cerna Hora. At lunch time we usually stop at popular local restaurant which in fall serves venison and game.
Trebic & Telc - Two UNESCO-listed Towns
A one-day trip. First we stop at Trebic with is Romanesque Basilica, well-preserved Jewish quarter and synagogues. The drive to Telc takes us though small villages surrounded by lakes and rolling hills. Telc is a Renaissance jewel of a town, with beautiful painted stucco houses. You have the option of visiting the chateau, climbing the town tower to get panoramic views or just enjoy the quiet pace of life in this photogenic town.
Battle site of Austerlitz - Napoleon's Great Victory
A half-day trip exploring the battlefield site, including a visit to an son et lumiere exhibition and museum explaining the events of the fateful day in 1805 when three armies met and only one was victorious. Although very close to Brno, it is only possible to visit the battle site properly by car/minibus.
Znojmo and Moravian Wine Country
A full day-trip to Znojmo, a lovely historic town and the centre of Moravian wine production. There is much to see in Znojmo and the surroundings, including of course visits to wine cellars. In Znojmo there is the remarkable 11th century Rotunda of St Katherine with its rare painted frescos, the town tower which looks like it came of Lord of the Rings, and a huge complex of underground tunnels. Znojmo stands on a cliff overlooking the River Dyje and the adjoining national park. Other sites which you can visit include a length of the Iron Curtain, a museum of motorbikes and a strange painted wine cellar.
Olomouc and Kromeriz - two UNESCO-listed cities
Two stunning historic cities. Kromeriz is famous for its baroque architecture and gardens. The Archbishop's Palace (with a superb art gallery and park) and the formal Baroque flower garden are well worth visits. Olomouc is most famous for its Holy Trinity Column, which is according to UNESCO "one of the most exceptional examples of the apogee of central European Baroque artistic expression". But there is much more to enjoy in its squares and streets including a house which has decorations by Klimt.
Prices vary according to the trips taken, standard of accommodation and number of people on the tour.
As well as having its own airport (fly Ryanair from Stansted) Brno is easily accessible from Prague, Vienna and Bratislava. You can combine this tour with a stay in any of these cities. We can arrange hotels and transfers by luxury coach or train for you.