SLOVAKIA TOUR / Hiking and Culture (Slovakia from Krakow)

Overview

A perfect equilibrium between hiking and sightseeing. 

Itinerary

Day 1 Krakow

Arrival at Krakow Airport

City tour in Krakow, dinner in a restaurant with panoramic views.

ACCOMMODATION: 3/4* HOTEL Krakow 

Day 2 Levoča

In the morning we will visit the amazing salt mine Wieliczka (UNESCO SITE) and then will continue on to Slovakia and the town of Levoča  (UNESCO SITE).

ACCOMMODATION: 3* HOTEL in Levoča (hotel located in the centre is a historic building, the oldest parts of which are from the 14th century)

Day 3 Levoča and Spiš region

City sightseeing in Levoča and the Spiš region

LEVOČA (UNESCO SITE) – another ancient town, which received the privileges of a royal free town in the 14th century. The centre has many Renaissance and Baroque houses but the jewel is the late Gothic church of St. James with the tallest wooden altar in the world.

Apart from Levoča, we will also visit another famous UNESCO sites: SPIŠ CASTLE, the castle with the largest area in central Europe

From the largest castle we will walk to the smallest town in Slovakia: SPIŠSKÁ KAPITULA, which consists of a single street). It is sometimes called the “Slovak Vatican” as it is the seat of the local bishop.

We will have traditional Slovak dinner at the Spiš salaš (shepherd’s cottage). This is a great place to try the Slovak speciality “bryndza” – a soft cheese made from sheep’s milk. You can find it only in Slovakia and Romania from where the shepherding culture spread through the Carpathian Mountains range to Slovakia centuries ago.

The dinner will be complemented by a cultural programme – a presentation of the FUJARA (famous shepherd’s pipe –listed in UNESCO Intengible Heritage List).

ACCOMMODATION: 3* HOTEL in Levoča (hotel located in the centre is a  historical biulding, the oldest parts of which are from the 14th century)

Day 4 Levoča's environs and Spiš region

Easy hiking in the hills near Levoča including a visit to Marianska hora – a pilgrimage site where the spires of the Basilica minor overlook the town. In the afternoon we can walk in travertine area near Spišské Pohradie which is considered the most extensive travertine area in Slovakia.

ACCOMMODATION: 3* HOTEL in Levoča (hotel located in the centre is a  historical biulding, the oldest parts of which are from the 14th century)

Day 5 High Tatras

Transfer to the High Tatras.

Though the highest peaks of the High Tatras tower above 2,500 m, we will take an easy hike to see the most beautiful waterfalls in the High Tatras – the waterfalls on Studený potok, which means cold stream. Then we will walk around the largest largest lake in the High Tatras enjoying the views of the alpine summits towering above us.

We can have an organ concert on this day– in a 13th century Gothic church. The organ is one of the oldest organs that are fully operational in Slovakia

ACCOMMODATION: 3* HOTEL, LIPTOV REGION (wooden cottage)

DAY 6 Tatras and Liptov region

Hiking along the Kvačianska valley to see watermills built at the beginning of the 20th century.

In the afternoon we will visit a beautiful Protestant wooden church – a rare part of our historic heritage. The church was built in the 18th century entirely from wood (even the nails were wooden!). Another interesting fact is that the church was originally built in a different village, which was flooded to create a reservoir. Thus the church had to be moved to another place during 1974-1982.

ACCOMMODATION: 3* HOTEL, LIPTOV REGION (built as a traditional wooden cottage)

Day 7 Low Tatras

Hiking on the ridge of the Low Tatras. We will take a lift to the ridge (2,000 m.a.s.l.) and then walk along the ridge while enjoying beautiful views of the valleys on both sides.

ACCOMMODATION: 3* HOTEL, LIPTOV REGION (built as a traditional wooden cottage)

Day 8 Departure

Transfer to the airport and departure home, sweet home.

Dates & Prices

Dates Price Availability
On Request EUR 914/p.p.

DATE: JUNE 2018

PRICE: on request

The price includes

  • private bus transfer and English speaking tour leader (other language speaking guides on request)
  • accomodation with full board
  • sightseeing as in the itinerary
  • admissions: Wawel castle, Spiš castle, church in Levoča, lift in the Low Tatras

The price does not include

  • transportation costs to Krakow, Poland
  • optional visa
  • travel and health insurrance
  • drinks

All bookings are subject to availability and written confirmation. Dates and prices for private groups will be sent on request.

Fly tickets can be arranged on request.

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