Slovakia - Romantic Mountains

Slovakia - Romantic Mountains overview

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Prices from: £1,950.00
Single supplement from: £335.00
Duration: 12 days
First available departure: 22 May 2018
Last available departure: 22 May 2018
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Slovakia - Romantic Mountains

Slovakia 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. Out local, professional guide will show us the best of Slovakia.

Dedinky Village, Slovakia
By train to Dedinky - © Matej Sanitrár
High Tatras Mountains - © Matej Sanitrár

ITINERARY

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 Banská Bystrica

Leave after breakfast on a direct train to Žilina. 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 40km from Banská Bystrica we have a full day excursion to this narrow gauge line. A barbecue lunch is included.

Day 5 – UNESCO Site

We travel by road to the historic town of Banská Stiavnica in the UNESCO Heritage area. As well as having time to explore the town, we will visit the Open Air Mining Museum and the Mineralogy Museum. Our return journey will be by rail. Lunch is included today.

Day 6 – Into the Mountains

Time to leave central Slovakia and head for the High Tatra Mountains, which form the border between Slovakia and Poland. We take the very scenic horseshoe route via Vrútky then the electric main line to Poprad Tatry. From here one last 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 on a wooden raft 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

No visit to Slovakia would be complete without a visit to this breathtaking site, 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. Travel today is by private coach.

Days 9 & 10 – Relax

We have included in the cost of the holiday a rail pass for the Elektricka tram network so you can explore as little or as much as you wish for the next two days. Your local guide will offer an escorted excursion on both days but if you wish to be independent there is no problem. There are funiculars and a cable car ride in the vicinity. Included is a return journey on the Hrebionek funicular operating from Starý Smokovec. With its large glazed sidewalls and roof, passengers get 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.

Price Includes

  • Flights in economy class by scheduled airline
  • Rail travel as specified
  • Tatra Pass for unlimited travel on local Tatra tram 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 and throughout the tour plus local professional guide