One Trip – Two Countries – Tons of experience
An intensive trip in which you can see, admire, experience, pamper yourself, hike and bike. Try all in one.
- Arrival in Bratislava
Bratislava is one of the youngest and smallest capitals in Central Europe. Even so, it has a lot to offer: interesting historical sites, cosy cafés and restaurants, cultural events, concerts. During our city tour, we walk through the narrow streets of the Old Town to see the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, Academia Istropolitana – the first university in the Kingdom of Hungary, St. Michael’s Gate and Tower – the last surviving gate from the city’s medieval fortifications, the Opera House and the old Main Square with the Town Hall and the Primatial Palace.
- Transfer to Moravia region, Czech Republic
- Easy sightseeing on bikes
In the morning, we will cross over into the Czech Republic to visit one of the famous UNESCO sites: the Lednice - Valtice area. This is one of the most noteworthy sites for aficionados of stately homes. We will start our exploration of the Moravia region on two wheels. The beautiful environs of Lednice offer well-maintained and relatively easy cycle routes. Thus, we should not get too exhausted even after a long ride.
The Lednice and Valtice chateaux together with their large English park and Minaret were the former summer residence of the Lichtenstein family. The area is also the best-known wine region in the Czech Republic with rich folklore traditions, beautiful peaceful countryside and many cycle routes of low and intermediate grade. During our 2-day stay in the Lednice area we experience it to the full!
We will start our exploration of the Moravia region on two wheels. The beautiful environs of English park and Minaret were the former summer residence of the Lichtenstein family. The area is also the best-known wine region in the Czech Republic with rich folklore traditions, beautiful peaceful countryside and many cycle routes of low and intermediate grade. During our 2-day stay in the Lednice area, we experience it to the full!
- Boat trip
- Wine tasting, traditional dinner and folk music
We will start the day with a tour of the castle including its greenhouse with exotic plants. Then a boat takes us on the Dyje River through the castle park. After the boat trip, we will climb up the Minaret Tower to enjoy the views from there and then walk back to the castle.
We will complete our cultural experience in Southern Moravia with a wine-tasting and a traditional (and rather heavy) dinner accompanied by live cimbalom music.
- Transfer back to Slovakia
- Moderate hiking
We will cross back into Slovakia and visit one of the country’s most lovely mountain regions - the Malá (Lesser) Fatra mountains. We will spend the afternoon hiking in a marvellous gorge known as Jánošíkove diery (Jánošík’s holes). The area offers a variety of hiking opportunities from easy paths in woods to scaling iron ladders and rocks with chains. We can choose which path suits us best.
- Open-air museum
This day we will visit the Open-air Museum of the Kysuce Village, where we will ride into the hills on a historical railway. The Museum of the Kysuce Village presents fascinating examples of the wooden folk architecture of the region (from the 19th- 20th centuries). Moreover, it offers a very rare attraction – a historical narrow-gauge forest railway with a switchback system that helped to overcome large height differences – a system that is unique in Europe.
- Traditional Slovak dinner and fujara (UNESCO)
Once again hiking – this day we will go up to the ridge of the mountains and enjoy amazing views down into the valleys on both sides. The difference in elevation is quite large – up to 900 m. If we decide we would prefer a more gentle hike, we can take a cable car up and down and just walk along the ridge, which is not so demanding. The views are worth making an effort to see!
The mountain regions have always been associated with sheep breeding. Thus, there is no better way to say farewell to the Slovak mountains than a traditional dinner in a shepherd’s cottage while listening to the tones of the fujara, a long pipe with a haunting melancholic sound (inscribed in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity), which is traditionally the favourite instrument of Slovak shepherds.
- Sightseeing or spa treatment
- Optional bike trip
Piešťany is the best- known Slovak spa, famous for its mud and thermal water. For more than a century, it has been one of the leading European spas for the treatment of rheumatism and rehabilitation of the locomotive apparatus and nervous system. Its combination of therapeutic sulphuric mud and thermal mineral water is unique. Writers have been praising Piešťany’s mud since as long ago as the 16th century. At the end of the trip, you may feel like a spot of pampering in a spa. On your last day, you can choose whether to relax with spa procedures or try some of the more active forms of recreation in the town’s beautiful surroundings.
A bicycle trip to "New Zealand" in the hills above Piešťany might be your choice. Surprisingly, you can find real live kangaroos and emus there.
- Last goodbye and departure
Take a leisurly stroll around the spa park or find some time for one or two more spa procedures.
Departure to the airport
Hotel Bránica **** Belá, SK
The hotel is located in the Terchovská dolina (Terchova valley) near Žilina. The area is surrounded by Kysucké vrchy (Kysucke hills) and by the ridges of the Malá Fatra (Low Fatra). It offers quality service in accommodation, gastronomy, relaxation and sports.
The hotel has 59 beds in total . The rooms are structured as 24 double rooms, 1 triple room, 2 apartments and 1 family room for four people.
The restaurant has a fantastic menu and high quality wines, which will satisfy even the most demanding gourmet. The café offers a varied selection of non-alcoholic drinks, delicious coffee, cakes, fruit and ice cream. The hotel can also offer a wine bar with the capacity for 40 people.
The hotel offers not only active relaxation in the fresh air and the unspoiled mountain surroundings but also opportunities for regeneration in its relax-centre with a swimming pool, children's pool, hot tub, steam bath, saunas (Finnish, Roman, Aztecan, aroma, salt, infra).
Rybársky Dvor *** Piešťany, SK
It offers 14 double rooms, 1 triple room, and 1 suite, for a total of 34 beds.
You can fish carp and trout straight from the pond and this high-quality fresh meat can be prepared in many different ways to satisfy every taste.There are also plenty of tasty non-fish items on the menu.
The hotel offers a rent-a-bike service, so – thanks to the nearby cycling route – you can be biking or walking through the center of Piešťany or over the Glass Bridge (Sklenný most) in just 15 minutes. On the grounds, you can also find a tennis court and a croquet field. Complete wellness services are available including dry and wet saunas, hot tubs and massages.
My Hotel **** Lednice, CZ
This hotel enjoys a unique location that has made it a hit business and individual travellers. It is situated on the outskirts of Valtice in Moravia right in the heart of the “Lednice-Valtice” area.
Our cooks use strictly fresh ingredients from the local market or from the hotel's private garden. The menu is designed to reflect our specific regional characteristics. As well as the Grandmoravia restaurant the hotel also has a garden restaurant called “Pergola pod platanem”.
In 2007, the company became involved in the vineyard business. Not far from Lednice they now cultivate 10 hectares where they grow mainly Rhine Riesling, Hibernal and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since 2011, other varieties were added, such as Green Sylvan, Solaris, and a small quantity of Laurot and French Cabernet. The hotel has a vaulted wine cellar that is open to guests. It has a maximum capacity of 120 seats. Several barrels of our excellent red wine are stored here.
Austria Trend Hotel **** Bratislava, SK
The Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava is located at the beginning of the pedestrian area in the heart of the city centre and is an ideal base for business travellers or for those, who would like to indulge in sightseeing. The 199 Deluxe, Executive and Executive Deluxe rooms at the new Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava feature every conceivable modern comfort including room service from 6.30 am to 10.00 pm and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi in all rooms and public hotel areas. With the elegant Executive Club with its own lounge and the exclusive Executive rooms and Executive Deluxe rooms, the hotel meets even the highest demands. The hotel offers 161 Deluxe rooms, measuring 25 m², 26 Executive rooms, measuring 28 m² and 12 Executive Deluxe rooms.
Dates & Prices
The price includes
- private bus transfer and English speaking tour guide for the entire trip (Swedish, Finnish speaking guides on request)
- accomodation as listed or similar
- full board
- wine tasting in Lednice
- entry fees to St. Martin's Cathedral and tower Michalská veža in Bratislava, open air museum Kysuce Village and ride on the forest railway
- Lednice: entry to the castle, Minaret tower and greenhouse
- bike rental in Lednice
The price does not include
- air ticket or other transportation cost to Slovakia
- optional visa
- travel and health insurrance
All bookings are subject to availability and written confirmation. Dates and prices for private groups will be sent on request.