Slovakia Highlights

Day 1: Capital – Bratislava
Arrival to Bratislava – check in
The whole day is dedicated to the Slovak capital -the little capital with a rich history and lively night life. The ideal city for relax. You will start getting to know Bratislava with a city tour at the Bratislava Castle – dominating historical monument of Bratislava, it was once the seat of Austro – Hungarian kings. After having a bird’s eye view of Bratislava from the castle, return to the Old Town and continue with the city tour viewing St. Michael´s Gate, Academia Istropolitana, Opera House, Primatial Palace, Old City Hall and St. Martin´s Cathedral. After the tour free time to enjoy the city´s atmosphere of cosy streets and friendly locals. Overnight in Bratislava.

Day2: The Castle Route . Bojnice
After breakfast departure from Bratislava. The route starts below the Small Carpathians, the region known for its viticulture traditions from the Roman times. Stop to visit the Red Rock Castle (Červený Kameň known for an astonishing castle undergrounds. Next stop is in Trnava nicknamed the Slovak Rome due to the number of churches and sacral buildings and famous for the unique University complex from 16. – 18. cent. After sightseeing Trnava the route continues along the river Váh admiring fabulous castles of Beckov, Čachtice and Trenčín and listening to its legends. At the end of the day you will visit the most romantic castle of Slovakia – Bojnice. Overnight in Bojnice – a peaceful spa town.

Day 3: Slovak Folclor and the High Tatras
After breakfast, set off to the High Tatras. This day you will learn about Sloval traditions, customs and taste national cuisine. On the way visit to open air museum of folk architecture in the village Čičmany with unique like gingerbread painted houses. Have a lunch in a traditional Salaš (restaurant) – originally a name for a shepherds shelter where they live and produce cheese during season. Approaching to the High Tatras, we stop at the Štrbské Pleso – the highest and best known touristic resort. It offers breathtaking view. Overnight in the High Tatras.

Day 4: Natural gems of the High Tatras
In the morning a ride by a funicular from Starý Smokovec to Hrebienok (1,272 m) followed by easy hiking to the waterfalls. Then we move on to the Eastern part of the High Tatras – to the Slovak Paradise and the Land of Gorals. Visit of the mysterious Red Monastery – Červený Kláštor – founded in 1084 and inhabited by Cartesian and Camaldulsian monks. The excursion is giving insight into the life of monks who founded and developed a remarkable herbarium, gave shelter for sick people arriving there and cured them. After the Red Monastery, we set off for an exciting but safe rafting on the Dunajec River, which forms an 18 km long border between Poland and Slovakia. Rafting in special wooden boats is an extraordinary experience. These traditional boats are lead by experienced raftsmen called „flisacy” that guarantee to deliver their cargo safely and entertain tourists by telling them lots of stories and legends about the mountains and hills around. The rafting adventure is finished by a „Picnic“in a stylish Slovak restaurant listening to Goral folklore music. Overnight in the High Tatras.

Day: 5 The UNESCO sights in the Spiš Region
The whole day’s excursion that devoted to the cultural and historic heritage of Slovakia registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List under the title of “Gothic Route of Spiš”. The route includes towns of Kežmarok, Levoča and the Spiš Castle.
We start with the visit to the Spiš Castle – largest castle in Central Europe. The next stop is the small village Spišská Kapitula – the Slovak Vatican – the seat of the Spiš bishop since 1776. In Levoča you can admire the highest wooden carved Gothic altar of the world (19 m high) in the Church of St. James. Its author is the famous Gothic woodcarver Master Pavol of Levoča, nicknamed „The Michelangelo of wood“. In Kežmarok, historical royal town you will visit a unique Evangelical wooden church and a new Evangelical church in an oriental style. Overnight in the High Tatras.

Day 6: Middle Age Metal Mining Towns. Banská Štiavnica
Departure from the High Tatras. We drive through Central part of Slovakia famous for mining cooper, silver and gold in the Middle Ages. First stop is in Banská Bystrica once a rich copper town, during World War II the centre of anti fascist resistance and nowadays important regional centre. Next stop is in Banská Stiavnica once major produce of silver and gold, registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Thanks to its importance Mining Academy – the first technical university of the world was founded here. (Apart from its important mining history the area is also famous for its beautiful bobbin lace. The village women made wedding mantle for Queen Elizabeth II.) Overnight in Banská Štiavnica.

Day 7 – Château Topoľčianky. Bratislava
Depart from Banská Štiavnica. We stop in Topoľčianky, where we visit the summer residence of the first Czechoslovak president. The little town is well known for one of the largest wine factories in Slovakia and the national stud farm founded in 1921. It specializes in a unique traditional breeding and sport horses. Arrival to Bratislava and free time.

Day 8: – Home trip
Check out, transfer to the Bratislava airport, transfers to other airports upon agreement

Tours availability: April – October. The programme can be adapted to clients wishes.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price: from 799 EUR / p.p
Price includes:
– 7 nights in 4 * and 3 * hotels / pensions, in double room with breakfast
– Driver / guide / translator available during the whole trip
– Transportation services
– Admission according the programme

Not included:
– Transfer to Bratislava
– Transfers to other airports than Bratislava.)
– Lunch and dinner, the guide just advices good restaurants

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