Customized tour of Slovakia and ancestral village

Hello Barbora,

Our ancestral trip to Eastern Slovakia vastly exceeded our expectations. Thanks to your planning and structuring the itinerary we had a wonderful trip. Thanks to Lucia's persistence she found my second cousin Helena in Liptovsky Mikulas. As a result of Lucia's additional research we found the church cemetery and several Durica grave sites, and then located a distant cousin in Brezovica who provided additional information on Helena. Everyone we met was very friendly. Sheila and I were both exceedingly pleased with the trip.

Dave and Sheila from USA

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2 day trip to ancetral villages

Dear Lenka, Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Slovakia! Our guide Lenka was so very helpful, and a true delight to be around. I will always treasure my visit. I will be happy to recommend your agency to anyone! Please feel free to use this email as my testimonial. :) Thank you so much for the wonderful memories.

Susan from USA

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1 day trip to ancestral villages

Yes indeed I enjoyed my visit in Slovakia. The day trip that you provided to the towns where my ancestors lived made my visit very special. My driver, whose English was very good, made it possible for me to communicate with people in the towns. As a result one lady had us in for tea and cookies. She then took us to the grave site for some members of the Dusa family when she learned that some of my ancestors in that town also had the last name of Dusa/Dusova. Thank you for making my trip special,

Lesli

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Customized tour of Prague, Slovakia and Vienna

Hi Lenka,
Catherine and I had a wonderful trip to Slovakia, and I would like to thank you and Jan for making it possible. You have a beautiful country, clean and green, and we were delighted to enjoy it for a few days. Everything worked out nicely, our connections were seamless, and we felt well cared for along the way.
Best regards,

Jim from USA

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Grand tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Peter and I really enjoyed our 13-day tour of the Slovak and Czech Republics. Your ability to tailor-make a tour to fit our requirements was greatly appreciated. Starting in Prague gave us a bit of time to get over the long flight from Australia, knowing we would return at the end of the tour, and also gave us a feel for the Czech Republic .
We would have preferred to be in one of the small “Business Class” front facing parts of the train for the 6hour train to Poprad, rather than in a large carriage. Katarina met us at the station and drove us to Kezmarok. What a delightful town (and hotel) as a base for our exploration of the Spish region and the High Tatras. We took the cable car option to the top of the mountain, hoping to see the view, but were enshrouded with mist and snow, but a great experience to see the mountains close up. Due to the Easter holiday we were unable to visit some churches, but were delighted to manage a visit to the beautiful mountain village of Vlkolinec and the Hronsek wooden church, where the lady with the key, played the organ for us!
Katarina was very knowledgeable, filling us in on the history that is almost unknown for those brought up with English and Western European History, as well as having a great list of restaurants for cheap and yummy Slovak food.
Banska Stiavanica, with it’s long history of silver mining from the (?)14th century and Bratislava were equally interesting, although we were unable to get into some of the galleries and sites due to the Easter Monday holiday. The icing on the cake was that Katarina insisted on driving us to Brno in the Czech republic as she said the trains would be too crowded with people returning after the break.
Lenka, our guide in the Czech Republic, met us the next morning and we set off to visit the Punkva caves in the Moravian karst – fabulous scenery, and a very well organised and safe underground visit. We returned to Brno and walked around the many historical sights, although I chose not to visit the underground Nazi /Communist caves that are now a museum under the castle.
Brno is a fascinating town, with so much history, closely related to the surrounding Czech villages. The next two days, based from Brno allowed us to explore (thanks to Lenka) regions to the north and west of Brno. Fabulous castles, the history of which gave us an understanding of a culture we really didn’t know. What a pleasure it was to visit castles and gardens (with plants just poking their spring greenery out of the ground).
Cesky Krumlov, for our last 2 nights before returning to Prague, was a very different town with the castle perched on a cliff and the town snuggled around the river Vltava and much more touristy. Despite the stairs, the Castle Apartments had wonderful views over the rooftops, and was very close to the Castle.
By the time we arrived back in Prague after 5 days with Lenka, we felt as if a whole new part of our brains had opened up to a fantastic new part of the world.

Kate and Peter from Australia

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Customized tour of Slovakia

Hello Lenka..

Thank you very much for arranging our tour. We enjoyed it very much and would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone contemplating a trip to Slovakia.
Yes, we certainly have wonderful memories to take home with us..

Jill from USA

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Day hike in the High Tatras

We had a great day. Thank you for all of your help. The High Tatras are beautiful. We will stay longer next time. Best wishes.

Jessica from UK

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Grand tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Dear Lenka,
We surely enjoyed the Grand Tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. We were impressed by the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the two countries, and the depth and significance of their histories. And we now have a great appreciation for the natural beauty of their forests, lakes, rivers and majestic mountains. Not only was it a cultural experience, but a culinary one, as well, with a variety of delectable and affordable menu items, not to mention the excellent beers and fine wines. Everywhere we went, people were friendly and helpful, but most importantly, we're grateful for the excellent care we received from our knowledgeable tour guides. Hopefully, many others will take advantage of this wonderful trip, or some of the other offerings from Travel Slovakia. Thanks for the memories -- you exceeded our expectations!

Rochester family from USA

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Grand tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

We wanted a vacation to learn about the Slovak and Czech Republics, and we wanted it to be varied. We wanted to see not only the big, important cities, but also the small, rural villages. We wanted to learn about both the historical and the current cultures. We did not want to spend many hours riding in a bus; we wanted to do some hiking in the natural countryside.

The two-week Czech and Slovak Grand Tour offered by TravelSlovakia seemed to match our needs, and so we requested a slightly customized itinerary that would fit our schedules. Our guides (Lucia in Slovakia and Lenka in the Czech Republic) were outstanding -- educated, knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. They were flexible, and they anticipated and adapted to our pace and interests. The hotels and accommodations, and the activities they arranged, were excellent, varied, and great fun.

There are very many wonderful things to see and do in both of these beautiful small countries. The tour exceeded our expectations, and we recommend it with great enthusiasm.

Ellie Ehrenfeld and Rob Shirey from USA

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Day trip to Trencin town

Hello Lenka and all

I would like to thank you all for organizing an interesting and goal fulfilling trip for me to visit Horne Srnie and the Trencin area. Janko was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. We never felt rushed, although now, I wish I had budgeted an extra day or two in Slovakia.

The first photo is of my sister and me near the river which runs through Horne Srnie and the other is my sister and Janko at the grocery store. I would love to visit again and should it work out, I will contact you. You all did an outstanding job.

Kathy from USA

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Customized tour in the High Tatras

Dear Lenka,

thanks for your email. Adam was a great guide and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Slovakia. It is a very beautiful country.

Graeme and Louise Smith from Australia

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Central Europe tour

Dear Barbora - Yes thank you very much, the trip met all expectations especially the time spent with the local single guides/drivers we had in each city. They were incredibly knowledgeable, very accommodating to our suggestions and answering our questions, helping us understand the various cultures and commenting on our observations.
In particular, our guide Katarina who fetched us from Budapest and drove us to Krakov, gave us an excellent insight into beautiful Slovakia and was absolutely superb, mindful and very caring. Slovakia is a lovely country (the parts we saw) and the people we came across were very friendly and open. We love to spend more time there. Perhaps next time:-). Thank you for organising it for us; overall, we would certainly recommend Travel Slovakia to friends as well as Trip Adviser.

The only downside was the accommodation which was placed way out of Budapest historical area. This hotel was in an industrial area, (seemingly for business people) where one couldn't walk around or go down freely to the river for instance in the evenings without taking local transport. There was no convenient store nearby either. Andrea tried to placate us by saying that it was a Wellness Hotel! We don't need to travel all the way to Europe to go to a wellness centre, instead of visiting the many historic sites and other places of interest in the beautiful city of Budapest. When people haven't been to a city, it is rather annoying to have to take so much time to get back and forth via metro and bus however new the transport is. The other hotels were well placed and everything was in easy walking distance to places of interest, local shops/supermarkets and restaurants. A travel agency should be cognisant of this fact for visitors and perhaps you should inform future clients about the distance to and from centres of towns/cities. (...)

I would like to thank you again so much for organising this trip for us. It was indeed very interesting and positive.
Kind regards

Genie from Namibia

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Best of Slovakia and Golden Prague tour

Thanks Barbora

We had a great time and everything went really well. Adam was a great guide and we enjoyed your beautiful country. I will recommend your services to other people.

Marian and Graeme from Australia

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Slovakia and Prague tour

Dear Lenka,

We wanted to express our deeply felt thanks to you and your company for your help with our recent trip to Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Your professionalism, availability and attention to our needs was very much appreciated. Most importantly, we were especially impressed by Tomas with whom we had an immediate chemistry with. He put us at ease right from the beginning with his very friendly personality, knowledge of Slovakia’s history and his eagerness to help us, going out of his way (we felt) to make sure we got the most out our trip.

You couldn’t have picked a more perfect person to guide and accompany us. Tomas’ diligence in seeking out contacts in Forbasy, to track down family for Chris, was particularly impressive. It resulted in Chris connecting with some long-lost family, making new connections and a new affinity for the country and town her grandparents left nearly 100 years ago.

Because of meeting Tomas, we have made a new friend. We are continually praising your services with friends and family, noting that if they ever travel to Slovakia and the region that they should certainly consider contacting your company.

Thanks again for all your help and we wish you and all the members of your staff continued success.

All the best,

Chris, Aris & Zach from USA

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Slovakia, Prague and Krakow tour

Hello Lenka,

I wanted to let you know our trip was wonderful. You did a great job recommending places for our itinerary. Everything went very well. The trip was very well organized and coordinated. Our transfer guides were there to pick us up on time. The hotels were beautiful and very nice. The staff at the hotels were very helpful to us. We liked that all the hotels were located near the city main squares and we could walk everywhere. All the group tours were nice too. The trip was everything I hoped for and even better. Thank you, thank you.

I also wanted to let you know Lucia was an excellent guide. She was very nice and fun to be with. I did not think it would be possible to meet any relatives but she was able to make it happen. I was very happy that she did. She did a great job interpreting for us so we could communicate with each other as they did not speak English and I do not speak Slovak. I also learned a lot about Slovak customs and tradition from her. I am so thankful to have had such a wonderful person to show us around Slovakia. Please let the people at Travel Slovakia know what a great job she did.

I am very pleased with having Lucia as our guide and with the wonderful job you did on my trip. Slovakia will always hold a very special place in my heart. It is a beautiful country and the Slovak people are very nice, kind, helpful and friendly.

Marian Jacko (Yacko in English…now I know the Slovak spelling!) from USA

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