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Church of st. John of NepomukCzech Highlands Gothic Trail
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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Length: 540 km / 336 miles
Daily Avg.: 77 km / 48 miles
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Day 1)
Arrival to Mikulov

Arrive by train from Vienna (or Prague) to Breclav. On the platform you will meet our representative who will drive you to the hotel in Mikulov, introduce you to the tour and give you the bike and all information materials.
Mikulov has an imposing castle, the Jewish cemetery where the oldest tombstones date back to 1605, and the nearby pilgrimage Holy Hill which offers a spectacular view.
From Mikulov you can take a short loop ride through the "no man‘s land" along the former Iron Curtain, and get rewarding views from Falkenstein castle ruins in Austria.
Overnight in Mikulov.

Day 2)
Mikulov – Lednice – Brno (89 km / 55 miles)

Start your tour in the wine-making region of South Moravia. The Palava Hills dominated by hilltop castle ruins will serve as the main landmark on your way to Lednice-Valtice Area, UNESCO World Heritage Site with two Liechtenstein chateaux surrounded by a romantic designed landscape. Then follow the Svratka River plains to Brno, the center of Moravia, with an impressive Gothic cathedral, huge Spilberk fortress or UNESCO enlisted modern Villa Tugendhat.
Overnight in Brno.

Day 3)
Brno – Vir (75 km / 47 miles)

Leaving Brno upstream, the Svratka River valley gets quite narrow and the riverside rocks are dominated by Gothic gems such as Veveri Castle, the honeymoon place of Winston Churchill, or never conquered 13th century Pernstejn Castle. As you enter the magical Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, the climbs get more challenging. A rewarding descent will bring you towards Vir water reservoir.
Overnight in Vir.

Day 4)
Vir – Zdar nad Sazavou (76 km / 47 miles)

Begin the day with a pleasant ride along the crystal clear Vir water reservoir and continue upstream to Policka, a town surrounded by perfectly-preserved medieval defense walls. Then bike up and down the Zdarske Hills Protected Landscape Area through tiny villages with picturesque timber houses. Arrive to Zdar nad Sazavou with UNESCO site of St. John of Nepomuk church, the masterpiece of Jan Santini Aichel, the creator of unique Baroque Gothic style.
Overnight in Zdar nad Sazavou.

Day 5)
Zdar nad Sazavou – Chrudim (70 km / 44 miles)

The day begins with a ride over the main ridge of Zdarske Hills to Hlinsko, a town featuring well-preserved ensemble of timber houses called Betlem, which still lives with traditional crafts and costume parades enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage. A very unique stop on the route is the memorial to the village of Lezaky which shared the fate of Lidice, burnt down by the Nazis in reprisal for assassination of SS and gestapo leader Reinhard Heydrich by Czech resistance in 1942. Finish the day in the Gothic town of Chrudim.
Overnight in Chrudim.

Day 6)
Chrudim – Kutna Hora (76 km / 47 miles)

Ride up and down through the Iron Mountains to the former royal town of Caslav. Its high Gothic church tower dominates the countryside. Then it is an easy ride to Kutna Hora, the UNESCO enlisted medieval silver mining town matching with Prague in the 15th century. Its two superb cathedrals are great examples of Gothic mastery.
Overnight in Kutna Hora.

Day 7)
Kutna Hora – Jemniste (88 km / 55 miles)

Rolling countryside will bring you to the deep valley of meandering Sazava River hiding 1000-year-old Sazava monastery. Then climb past a huge Gothic castle Cesky Sternberk, still owned by the same family which built it in the 13th century. Spend an unforgettable night at Jemniste Chateau, sharing the its romantic park and dinner menu with the owners, the Sternberg family.
Overnight in Jemniste.

Day 8)
Jemniste – Pruhonice - Prague (66 km / 41 miles)

Today's highlight is Konopiste Castle, until 1914 the estate of Franz Ferdinand d’Este, the Austrian crown prince whose assassination in Sarajevo touched off the World War I. Go on to Tynec nad Sazavou with the 11th century castle above the Sazava River valley. The last climb through a Natural Park will take you to UNESCO enlisted Pruhonice chateau park with a Romanesque church dated back to 1187.
From Pruhonice you will be transferred by car to Prague, the Czech capital.

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