- The organiser reserves the right to cancel any tour in case less than 10 delegates registered.
- On-site requests for guided tours are welcome but cannot be guaranteed. There will be a Info point where the available tours will be for onsite sale.
- A cancellation free of charge is possible until 1 September 2023. In case of later cancellation, it is not possible to process any refund.
Full Day Excursions
The Hundred-Spired Prague
1 October 2023
Prague – UNESCO Heritage since 1992.
During this unique tour, you will have a chance to see notable landmarks of Prague: Charles Bridge, Lesser Town, the Jewish Quarter, Old Town , Prague Castle, and Municipal House/ Žižkov Tower on a city walking tour of Prague.
Magical Moravia – Telč (UNESCO), Třebíč (UNESCO), Brno, Kroměříž (UNESCO), Olomouc (UNESCO)
29 September – 1 October 2023
UNESCO monuments, castles and chateaux, wine, peculiar folklore traditions and unique technical monuments can all be found in Moravia.
During this tour we will visit four UNESCO monuments that rank among the most attractive locations: Telč– fairytale-like little town with sromantic chateau and crystal clear fishponds surrounding the city. This the most perfect example of the Italian Renaissance north of the Alps.
Třebíč – old medieval architecture, the magical meandering alleys of Jewish Quarters, and the tranquillity of a small city.
Kroměříž – a picturesque historical city with townhouses and arcades, the monumental archbishop’s chateau, the wonderful gardens spreading out around this and the archbishop’s cellars with their unique wine.
Olomouc– the historical heart of Olomouc is dominated by the Holy Trinity Column, which is included in the UNESCO list, is the second most important monument zone in the Czech Republic after Prague.
Brno – pulsing South Moravian capital perfectly combines history, modern architecture, culture and busy nightlife in original bars. You have to see the legendary Tugendhat Villa (gardens), the mysterious underground and many more …
South Moravia – land of sun and wine – Znojmo, Lednice-Valtice area (UNESCO), wine cellars Petrov – Plže, Baťův canal, Slavkov (Battle of the Three Emperors 1805)
29 September – 1 October 2023
Znojmo – a historic town centre with its numerous churches, all surrounded by mediaeval city walls, has preserved its Renaissance look and is full of crooked lanes, romantic views and picturesque nooks and crannies. Znojmo is also the centre of a well-known wine region.
The Lednice-Valtice Complex: a landscape of monuments and wine
Tour of a magnificent chateau, a romantic stroll around an Islamic minaret, ancient church, white rock walls. A gorgeous landscape of historical landmarks and vineyards whose beauty has earned it the title the Garden of Europe, and which is one of the prettiest places on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.
Plže – wine cellars: concentration of high-quality wine
Bata Canal – The Baťa Canal: a phenomenal feat of engineering
Slavkov (Battle of three emperors – 1805) – You can commemorate the most famous Napoleonic battle, Austerlitz, at the château in Slavkov near Brno, at the Peace Monument. It took place on December 2nd, 1805, and using ingenious tactics the French emperor was able to defeat a much greater force in a more strategic position.
PRE-congress visit – Southwestern Slovakia – Bratislava, Cultural Programme, Red Stone Castle, Small Carpathian Wine Route – Rača
29 September –1 October 2023
€ 490 / person
15:00–19:00 Check-in at the Apollo Hotel****
19:00–22:00 Dinner at the Apollo Hotel**** restaurant
07:00–8:30 Breakfast at the hotel
09:00–11:00 Cultural programme – walk around the historical centre of Bratislava
11:00–12:00 Technical visit – coach tour of the bridges in Bratislava with designers, terminating in Pezinok
12:00–13:30 Lunch at a restaurant – MATYŠÁK Vinum Galéria Bozen in Pezinok
14:00–15:30 Tour of the Red Stone Castle
16:30–19:00 Small Carpathian Wine Route – Rača
19:30–22:00 Dinner at the Apollo Hotel ****
7:00–10:00 Breakfast at the hotel
10:00–15:00 Departure for the transfer to Prague
PRE-congress tour – Southwestern Slovakia – Bratislava’s historical centre, Professional Programme, Cultural Programme, Red Stone Castle, Small Carpathian Wine Route – Rača
If you are interested in this pre-congress visit, you will need to arrange your trip to Bratislava from Prague or Vienna and the transfer to Apollo Hotel**** on your own. If need be, please do not hesitate to contact us – we can give you advice and help on transport.
The four-star Apollo Hotel is located between the Old Town and Bratislava’s business district, 1.5 km from the new Slovak National Theatre building. It includes a gourmet restaurant. All the rooms were refurbished in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Apollo is a traditional hotel in Bratislava’s prime location, in a residential neighbourhood on the edge of the city centre with a unique local atmosphere. Within walking distance are a new, modern bus station, the Eurovea premium shopping centre with a promenade on the bank of the Danube, and a local market selling fresh local produce.
Dinner will be served at the hotel. Apollo Hotel**** boasts the award-winning St. Hubert’s Restaurant with a ten-year history.
The day will start with an exquisite breakfast at Apollo Hotel****, after which a guided walk of Bratislava’s heritage centre will follow.
- Michael’s Gate is one of the essential symbols of Bratislava. Of the original four gates providing access to the fortified medieval city, only the gate in Michael’s Tower has survived.
- Primate’s Palace is a classicist-style palazzo from the 18th century, on whose premises the representatives of the French and Austrian Emperors signed the Peace of Pressburg following Napoleon’s victory in the Battle of Austerlitz. At present, it is a gallery keeping a rare collection of six English tapestries.
- A parish church is the pride and joy of any Christian town. This applies without a doubt to St Martin’s Cathedral – Bratislava’s largest, oldest, and most elaborate church dating back to the 14th century. St Martin’s Cathedral was the coronation church from 1563 to 1830.
- Tourists will stop by for downright ceremonial photo opportunity with the Man at Work statue. Rybárska brána (Fishermen’s Gate) is a short lane in Bratislava’s historical centre.
- The Presidential Palace is the dominant landmark in Hodža Square. It was built after 1760 as a garden palace for Anton Grassalkovich with a decorative garden.
- Church of St Elisabeth (Blue Church) is an Art Nouveau ecclesiastical sight in Bratislava’s Old Town.
- Bratislava Castle is a set of structures within a heritage complex, which takes up the summit of a hill on a southwest cliff of the Small Carpathian ridge on the left bank of the Danube in Bratislava. Dominating the castle is the monumental former royal palace, which defines the signature panorama of Slovakia’s capital. Having played a significant role in the history of the Great Moravia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and modern Slovakia, Bratislava Castle is a major monument of the social and historical development in the area.
The coach trip for lunch will actually constitute a technical visit focused on the solutions addressing traffic situation in Bratislava, stemming from the necessity to commence building a ring road and erect several bridges over the Danube. Currently, the city is traversed by the D1 and D2 motorways, managed by the National Motorway Company (three bridges over the Danube) and the D4 motorway (one bridge over the Danube), which is being managed by the D4/R7 concession company (Zero Bypass) and constructed as a PPP project. Two bridges on the city’s roads are under the City of Bratislava’s management.
Lunch will be served at the MATYŠÁK Vinum Galéria Bozen restaurant. The restaurant is located in a heritage winemaker’s house, more than 300 years old, in Holuby Street in Pezinok. This exquisite dining venue offers its guests fresh culinary experiences every day, serving a Slovak origin and character with a pinch of international inspiration. The fact that Slovak cuisine and its tradition can be presented in a tasty and attractive manner was also confirmed by the evaluators of the Trend weekly who bestowed a four-star rating on the restaurant.
The coach will then continue to the Red Stone Castle for a guided tour. Situated just a few dozen kilometres from Bratislava, the Red Stone is the most beautiful castle in the Small Carpathians and one of Slovakia’s best-preserved monuments. In the 16th century, it was rebuilt into a massive fortress whose fortification system was among the best in terms of the period military and defensive strategy. The Fugger family is responsible for remodelling a former regal castle dating back to the 13th century into the massive fortress in the first half of the 16th century, but the Pálffy family owned the property from 1583 until World War II. The premier Hungarian noble family gradually rebuilt the castle into a presentational residence with extensive stucco and fresco decorations in the interiors. The Pálffy family lived at the castle until 1945. Visitors have an opportunity to admire reminders of the castle’s famed times and scenes from its illustrious past during events such as fencing festivals and falconry shows. It is also possible to experience a unique atmosphere during night-time tours in the summer.
The trip will then continue to Rača for a tour of vineyards on the Small Carpathian Wine Route with accompaniment courtesy of the Miloš Máťuš vinohradníctvo a vinárstvo winemaking firm. Rača’s wines are among the finest in the Small Carpathians region and are always sold at a premium compared with others. It was often used to improve other wines or sold as dessert wine. It was exported to Silesia via Austria, and large quantities sold in Bratislava as well. The local wines are made predominantly using the traditional method except for controlled fermentation of certain white wines. As a result, they retain a natural bouquet and flavour, typical of the grapes grown on the local Rača soil. All of this is achieved without using aromatic yeast or enzymes affecting flavour and bouquet. Following the careful and gentle processing, the wines age in stainless steel tanks, oak barrels and/or barriques.
Finally, a well-deserved and exquisite dinner will be served back at the Apollo Hotel**** and its famous St Hubert’s Restaurant.
Following a breakfast at the Apollo Hotel****, we will board a coach and relocate to Prague, directly in front of the Congress Centre, which will host the World Road Congress 2023 commencing the very next day.
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