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Slovakia OverviewSlovakia is one of the most beautiful but lesser known countries in Central Europe. There is an abundance of mountains, historic towns and unspoilt villages which we are sure will appeal to all.
Day 1 – Fly to Vienna
Early morning flight to Vienna. Here we meet our local guide who will be with us throughout the tour. Coach transfer to Bratislava for an overnight stay and welcome dinner, including a short presentation to help you get the best from the tour.
Day 2 – To Banska Bystrica
Leave after breakfast on a direct train to Žilina, crossing the border at Horní Lideč. Continuing via Vrútky we arrive into Banská Bystrica late afternoon. We will be based here for 4 nights on a bed & breakfast basis. Dinner is also included tonight.
Day 3 – The National Park
Full day excursion by train to Dedinky. We travel through the valley of the Hron river on a wonderfully scenic route.
Day 4 – The Forest Steam Railway at Čiernohronská
Lying about 40 km from Banská Bystrica we have a full day excursion to this narrow gauge line. A barbecue lunch is included.
Day 5 – UNESCO Site
By road to the historic town of Banská Stiavnica in a UNESCO Heritage area. We have time to explore the town and visit the Open Air Mining Museum and the Mineralogy Museum. Return journey is by rail. Lunch is included today.
Day 6 – Into the Mountains
Today we leave Banska Bystrica and head for the High Tatra Mountains, which form the border with Poland. Our very scenic horseshoe rail route takes us to Vrútky from where we take the electric main line to Poprad Tatry. A short journey on the Elektricka tram will take us to our hotel in Tatranska Lomnica, where we stay for 5 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
Day 7 – River Rafting
No need to be concerned! This is a very sedate ride with someone else doing all the work. The Dunajec River forms the border with Poland and you should be able to travel virtually to the border point on the river. The water is not deep and there is no danger. Following the rafting experience, we will have a barbecue lunch. Return to Tatranska Lomnica via Kezmarok. In medieval times, Kezmarok was one of the most important towns and has a well preserved wooden church.
Day 8 – Spisský Castle
Travel by private coach to the largest castle ruin in central Europe. The walk up to the ruins itself is quite challenging and requires good strong footwear but even from down at road level it is a sight worth seeing. Combined with a visit to the town of Levoča with its Gothic town centre and the highest wooden altar in the world this is a memorable day out.
Days 9 &10 – Relax
Explore as little or as much as you wish over the next 2 days with your Elektricka tram network rail pass (included). Our local guide will offer an escorted excursion on both days, but you may prefer to sightsee independently. Ride nearby funiculars and cable cars or take a return journey on the Hrebionek funicular, operating from Starý Smokovec (included). Its large glazed sidewalls and roof enable passengers to enjoy the beauty of the High Tatra peaks.
Day 11 – Back to Bratislava
Transfer by train to Bratislava for an overnight stay and farewell dinner.
Day 12 – Return to London
Coach transfer to Vienna airport for lunchtime flight back to London.
- Flights in economy class by scheduled airline
- Rail travel as specified
- Tatra Pass for unlimited travel on local Tatra rail network
- Accommodation in good quality hotels on bed and breakfast basis
- Other meals as specified
- Excursion and admission charges as listed
- Services of a tour leader from London for the duration of the holiday as well as a local professional guide for Days 1 to 12 inclusive