BEST SLOVAKIA TOUR
Let´s visit Slovakia and travel with us to find one of the most beautiful countries. Stroll throught beautiful castles and historical towns. You can see monuments, which are typical for Slovakia and be part of amazing sightseeing tour throught Slovakias ´castles and towns. In this tour, you will visit capital city of Slovakia, including Bratislava and Devin castle. After that you can also admire lakes in eastern part of Slovakia. To this tour belong UNESCO World Heritage monuments situated in Banska Stiavnica and Vlkolinec. You will have opportunity to enjoy relax in SPA and Aquapark resorts.
- Buffet breakfast is included and provided at the hotels
- Price is based on double occupancy
- Single supplement available with a surcharge
- Rooms are equipped with a bathroom with shower or bath with toilette, TV, radio, COMPLIMENTARY wifi
What is included in the price:
- Transportation in a private van with professional private driver, guide/translator & advisor
- Transportation around Slovakia
- Accommodation in stylish & luxurious hotels
- Rich breakfast at the hotels
- Refreshment during transportation
- Return airport transfers
- All trips fee mentioned in this itinerary
Arrival to Bratislava (M.R.Stefanik Airport) or Wien (Swechat)
- transfer from the airport to the hotel, accommodation
- debate with guide, drink for free and time to leisure e
- Bratislava castle – the first written reference about the city, appeared in the Annals of Salzburg of 907, in association with a battle between Bavarians and Hungarians. The castle hill was populated as early as the late Stone Age. The first known inhabitants were the Celts. Bratislava castle is symbol of the city. It was really important during the period of the Great Moravian Empire. It was well known as Hungarian coronation jewels for two centuries.
- Devin castle – Devin Castle, as national cultural monument, is located at the foot of a cliff above the confluence of the Danube and Morava Rivers, altitude 212 meters. Legend has it that a bride jumped from here on her intended wedding day after her family killed her groom, the knight Mikulas, and ordered her to enter a convent. Devin is great place for walks, not only to the historical monuments on the site, but also into the beautiful countryside which surrounds it.
- Bratislava old (historical) town – it is typical by many baroque palaces and sacral buildings. The oldest parts of Bratislava are: Old Town Hall, St. Martin´s Cathedral, Franciscan´s Square, Primatial Square, Michael´s Gate , Main Square…etc.
- transfer to High Tatras with stop in Trencin (for visiting Trencin castle)
- Trencin castle – the Trencin Castle is situated in western Slovakia and belongs to the National Cultural Monuments of Slovakia. It was built in 12th century. It is located about 130 km from Bratislava. The Trencin castle is king’s castle. The first owner in 13th century was Mathew Csak. During his reign the original tower was rebuilt and named after the ruler, Matúš Tower (Mathew = translation of Matúš). The water well is connected to the legend. According to the legend, the Turkish prince Omar had to redeem his love Fatima by digging a well in the castle rock.
- accommodation in High Tatras and time to leisure
- dinner in typical Slovak chalet
You can try typical Slovak cuisine like: – Bryndzové halušky (potato dumplings with bryndza – a sheep’s-milk cheese; – Lokše (pancakes made of potato-dough baked directly on the stove); – Zemiakové placky (potato pancakes fried in oil); – Rezeň (breaded schnitzel); – Segedin Goulash (a Hungarian dish consisting of pork stew with sauerkraut and cream or sour cream, usually served with steamed dumplings (knedľa)
- trip to Strbske lake and Tatranska Lomnica
- Strbske lake (Štrbské pleso)
– is the most famous mountain lake in the High Tatras and a winter recreation area. It is called Strbské lake because it is situated in the Strba district. The first notice about the lake is from 1644. Firstly was known among hunters, wood-cutters and miners. Really near is the area with more than 100 lakes, waterfalls and the highest peaks in Tatra National Park. You can enjoy there pleasent walks and great hiking trails.
- Castle of Spis, and historic town of Levoca
– Spis castle is one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe. It dominants in Spis region. Castle is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. History of this castle is very rich. The rock the castle stands on was inhabited already 40 000 years ago. From the organisation structure of the hill-fort we might infer that already at that time it had been an administrative centre of the Spis region. – Historic town of Levoca is situated in eastern Slovakia, as town in Presov region. This town is typical for its town wall, a Renaissance church with the tallest wooden altar in the world, carved by Master Paul of Levoca, and many other Renaissance buildings. What you can see there: Sv. Jakob (St.James) Church, Master Paul’s House, Renaissance town hall, Town theatre, Medieval cage of shame, Neo-Classical Lutheran Church, Baroque Church of the Holy Spirit, Gothic Cloister, The Large Provincial House, The Spis Museum.
- transfer to Banska Bystrica, accommodation, sightseeing tour in Banska Bystrica, Spa relax in hotel Kaskady
– you can enjoy cheerful atmosphere in Banska Bystrica and take pleasure in some local remains as: Slovak National Uprising Museum (SNP Museum), an open-air exhibition of World War II tanks, artillery, aircraft and armoured trains situated in the city park, historical buildings on the SNP Square, a City Castle on the Stefan Moyzes Square.
- Banska Stiavnica
– is the oldest mining town in Slovakia. This old town is included on the List of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The buildings in the historic centre are included in the Town Monument Reserve. The dominant sight of the town centre is Old Chateau west of the Trojicne square. The majorities in town are squares – Trojicne and Radnicne. The squares are separated from each other by the Gothicchurch of St. Catherine from the late 15th century and the Town Hall building with its slender clock tower. In the centre of the Trojicne square skirted by old burgher houses and public buildings, stands the wonderful Trinity Pillar . The biggest building situated on the Trojicne square is the Hellenbach House, where originally the Mining Court had its seat and which later belonged to the Mining and Forest Academy. The Baroque Kalvaria (Calvary) in Banska Stiavnica consists of 23 sacral monuments situated in the beautiful Stiavnicke hills.
- Bojnice castle
– it is one of the oldest and most distinguished of Slovak fortresses. From the 13th century Bojnice was seized by the magnate Matus Cak Trenciansky and after him, in the 14th and 15th centuries, ownership of the fortress changed hands between the following noble families: Gileth, Leustach and Noffry. Later, in the 15th century, it was owned by King Matthias Corvinus, who gave it to his illegitimate son John Corvinus in 1489. Finally, the last famous castle owner from the Pálffy family. The castle is renowned for its attractions, including the popular Castle Fairytale, the International Festival of Ghosts and Spirits and the Summer Music Festival. The romantic castle is also a popular location for filming fairy tale movies, such as Fantaghirò. In 2006, the castle attracted about 200,000 visitors. It hosts the single most popular museum in Slovakia and has featured in many movies. It is great opportunity to take advantage of seeing castle park featuring numerous species of trees, which surrounds Bojnice Castle. The park also contains the Bojnice Zoo, the oldest and one of the most visited zoos in Slovakia. The castle park continues in the form of a forest park in the Strazov Mountains.
- Turcianske Teplice
– one of the oldest balneal towns in Slovakia. You will find them in Turcianska valley, which is surrounded by chains of mountains, like Little Fatra, Great Fatra, Ziar and Kremnicke mountains. You can enjoy wellness stays with procedures and massages in these baths. You will experience great amount of fun in SPA & Aquapark.
Vlkolinec – situated in the centre of Slovakia, is an intact settlement with the traditional features of a central European village. It is the region’s most complete group of these kinds of traditional log houses, often found in mountainous areas. The village consists of more than 45 log houses each of them made up of two or three rooms. A wooden belfry from the 18th century as well as the baroque chapel has also been preserved. Houses No. 16 and 17 are turned into the folk museum with all the instruments of daily life and work. Historically was Vlkolinec separate village, but now its under the administration of town Ruzomberok.
- Demanovska cave of liberty
– is a karst cave in Low Tatras in Slovakia. Discovered in 1921 and opened to the public in 1924, it is the most visited cave in Slovakia. The public entrance is at an altitude of 870 metres (2,850 ft). Of the total length of 8,126 metres (5.0 mi), 1,800 metres (1.1 mi) are open to the public. Cave bear bones were found in a passage now named Bear’s Passage. It is the longest cave system in Slovakia. The system represents a unique instance of cave levels. From the vast underground places , the public has acces to a part of the Demanovska cave of Liberty and Demanovska ice cave.
– is situated in the superb environment of the mountain range Velka Fatra in the 900 m above the sea level. It lies 25 km away from Banska Bystrica. Donovaly are winter and also summer resort. If you visit Donovaly in winter you can enjoy a night skiing, extreme winter sports and other additional services like ski schools, ski rental, etc. Donovaly are also known with a traditional sled dog race, which is held here annually. In summer, you can devote to hiking, biking, paragliding and other summer activities. In recent years, Donovaly offers cycling circuits of 45 routes with total length of up to 375 kilometres.
- Wooden articled church in village Hronsek
– this Wooden articular church is situated in Hronsek, just 11 km south from Banska Bystrica. Hronsek was a Danubian village. Wooden sacral architecture belongs to the jewels of Slovak folk production. Hronsek was built under the Congress of Sopron held in 1681. In the interior, there is a Baroque altar with six oil paintings of Christological cycle dated back to 1771 and a Baroque organ dated from 1764. The capacity of the church is up to 1100 people. In front of the church is planted the whitewood aged up to 300 years. Not far from the church is the bell-house built in 18th century. Special acoustics designates the church for organizing concerts held annually for the public. In 2008 was the church together with the wooden Baroque bell-house enrolled to the World Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO.
Farewell and departure from Banska Bystrica to the airport Bratislava or Wien.