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.
Highlights of the Tour
. ?Soak in the views of the Pálava vineyards during a relaxing ride in a luxury minivan
. Visit 6 top wineries and enjoy wine tastings with their winemakers
. Be enchanted by the beauty of the historical city of Mikulov
. Take a walk in the prestigious gardens of Lednice-Valtice castle
. Experience a great picnic in the middle of the vineyards
. Enjoy leisurely lunches at charming local restaurants
. Learn about wine making from your experienced guide
Day One Mikulov Castle - picnic in the vineyards - private dinner in your wine hotel
Pick up at a meeting point in the centre of Prague by an English-speaking driver and 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 at one of the best wineries in Czech Republic. There, the wine producer and our wine expert will introduce you to the vineyards of Pálava hills and the wines that are growing in this region. Then, we will enjoy a picnic lunch in the vineyards facing the Pálava hills with a great glass of wine.
Next, we will drive you to the beautiful and historical city of Mikulov, the capital of wine in the Moravian region. Its urban conservation area belongs to UNESCO Czech heritage.
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. The tour will continue with a visit of the Regional Museum featuring the exhibition “Wine through the centuries”. The grand finale of the chateau tour will take place at 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 honoured 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, presented by the winemaker himself
Next, you'll have time to explore the city of Mikulov or to enjoy some refreshments at a charming local bistro.
We will then leave Mikulov and move to another wine destination, which is well-known for its beautiful view at Pálava Hill and surrounding landscape.? Our final winery for the day is not only reputed for its excellent wines, but also for its stunning modern architecture, located in the middle of its vineyards. This winery is our first accommodation. 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.
At the end of the day, you will enjoy a private dinner featuring seasonal and local products with a beautiful view on the hills and the vineyards.
Enjoy a night in the wine hotel located in the middle of the vineyards
Accommodation: Modern contemporary wine hotel
Day Two Wine tastings - Typical lunch - Walk in the vineyards
After a breakfast at the winery, you will explore a short walk through the vineyards to a nearby winery, which belongs to the Czech Republic’s best wineries and is particularly known as a key producer of Rieslings and the local grape variety Pálava. The next wine tasting will take place on a terrace overlooking the beautiful vineyards and Pálava Hill, followed by a private visit to the inside of the winery.
Our next culinary stop will include lunch in a charming restaurant, which takes us back in time to the days of our great-grandmothers. Located in a beautiful small village featuring traditional architecture and landscapes, you will indulge in traditional Czech cuisine and homemade dishes made from freshly sourced produce.
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.
Our subsequent visit will present a very special boutique winery, which follows the true historical traditions of Moravian viticulture. It contributes to landscape maintenance and its protection, while respecting an ecologically sound approach to producing original wines of superior quality.
This beautiful winery will be our accommodation for the second night and your guides will take you on an educational journey of your wine senses. Together you will learn more about the delicate senses in wine and explore various olfactory notes in wines. Of course, you will be able to apply your newly gained knowledge during a wine tasting.
Depending on the weather, we will have a picnic dinner in the vineyards, or dine at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Boutique wine hotel
Day Three Hike or Bike - Lednice Castle
After a delicious breakfast at the winery, we will return to Mikulov 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.
If you prefer biking to hiking you can enjoy also a bike tour. 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.
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.
Our final destination will be Chateau Lednice, where we will take a private guided walk with an architect through the Garden of Europe in the Lednice-Valtice Complex. The castle is one of the most-visited monuments in the Czech Republic. The Lednice-Valtice Complex is included in the UNESCO list.
After this final tour we will embark on our transfer back to Prague.
Note that this itinerary can be extended or altered to incorporate Vienna if you wish. Just ask for details.
This is a private tour. As such it is available all year round on a departure date to fit in with your travel plans. Just contact us so we can check availability for you.
$1097 per person, based on five couples (total 10 people sharing three rooms)
$1245 per person, based on three couples (total 6 people sharing three rooms)
$1399 per person, based on three couples (total 6 people sharing three rooms)
$1809 per person, based on two couples (total 4 people sharing two rooms)
$1995 per person, based on one couple (total 2 people sharing one room)
Price subject to availability and exchange rate at time of booking