Itinerary

This tour is suitable for everyone who would like to join sightseeing tours with discovering wild nature of High Tatra mountains and visit Golden Prague, also called Paris of Central Europe. Within 10 days you will visit capital cities of both countries - Bratislava and Prague; many interesting places - Banska Stiavnica (one of the most beautiful and interesting historic towns in Slovakia), Levoca (a true cultural and historic jewel among the Slovak towns), the High Tatra Mountains (the smallest alpine-like mountains in the world) and much more.
In addition to visiting these places you will taste local cuisine, meet local people and explore various cultures.
So, do not hesitate and join us to discover the heart of Europe!!!

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    - Arrival in Bratislava
    - Accommodation in first class hotel
    - Free time

  2. Day 2 Bratislava Old town and Devin castle visit. Transfer to Banska Stiavnica.

    - Breakfast
    - Meeting with a tour guide in hotel lobby
    - Bratislava Old town sightseeing (up to 2 hours)
    - Devin castle visit
    - Transfer to Banska Stiavnica
    - Accommodation at stylish hotel in Banska Stiavnica

    Bratislava castle dominates the center of Bratislava city and its four towers became symbol of the city. The castle hill was inhabited from neolithic Hallstadt and Roman era. It reached its highest importance during the reign of Austro-Hungarian Queen Maria Theresa. In 1761 - 1766 the fortress was rebuilt into a typical royal residence. Today, after reconstruction, the castle shelters a historical part of the Slovak National Museum.

    Old town tour includes many monuments. Top visited sites are St Martin's Cathedral, the Primates' Palace with historical Zrkadlova sien (The Hall of Mirrors) and the famous Bratislava tapestries, Michalska gate offering panoramic view of the Old town.

    Devin castle ruins tower over the confluence of the rivers Danube and Morava.The fortress, used as a watchtower by the Slavonic count Rastislav Dovina, was mentioned in the manuscripts as early as the 9th century AD. After the fall of the Great Moravian Empire of the ancient Slavs, the Devin fortress became an important strategic fortification of the Hungarian Kingdom. As early as in the 13th century, a smaller building with a tower (foundation of a later castle) was situated at the top of rocky hill. In 1809, advancing Napoleon troops destroyed the fortress. Since 1965 an archaeological research has been carried out in the castle area. The castle ruins have been partially reconstructed under auspices of the Municipal Museum in Bratislava.

  3. Day 3 UNESCO sightseeing: Banska Stiavnica town, wooden church in Hronsek, folk architecture in Vlkolinec. Transfer to Kezmarok.

    - Breakfast
    - Sightseeing in Banska Stiavnica
    - Wooden church in Hronsek village
    - Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture in Vlkolinec village
    - Transfer to Kezmarok
    - Accommodation at first class hotel in Kezmarok

    Banska Stiavnica is former mining town and lies amid the forests of the Stiavnicke mountains. Banska Stiavnica is one of the most beautiful anf historically one of the most interesting towns in Slovakia. The town is inscribed on the List of the World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

    The wooden articled church in Hronsek from 1726 is set in the wonderful environment of big lime trees. There are 1,100 chairs in this church. Its organ was fitted in 1764. Fine wooden belfry from 1726 stands nearby. The church has a central floor plan in the form of uneven Cross (longer arm is 23 m, the shorter 18 m). Height is 8 meter. The construction is completely of solid oak and red spruce. Inside the church roof recalls the inverted ship shape. There are elements of Scandinavian architecture, distinctive colonnade on the galeries. The altar of the church has six interchangeable images, originating from 1771. In early November 2000, the English Crown Prince Charles visited the church.

    Vlkolinec - a monument reserve of folk architecture is extraordinary and remarkable oasis of folk architecture. It was included in the List of the World Cultural and Nature Heritage of UNESCO in 1993. The community was first referred to in 1376. Its unique compound of original folk buildings remained untouched by modern construction. Based in comparative study of ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Settlements) it was classified as the best-reserved settlement of this time within the Carpathian Architecture. Originally it was the settlement of loggers, shepherds and farmers.

  4. Day 4 UNESCO sites: Levoca town, Spis castle, Spisska Kapitula.

    - Breakfast
    - Wooden church in Kezmarok (UNESCO)
    - Levoca town sightseeing
    - Spis Castle and Spisska Kapitula (Slovak Vatican) visit (both UNESCO)
    - Return to Kezmarok

    One of the best preserved Slovak wooden sacral buildings is the articled Evangelical church in Kezmarok. The church was built in 1717 next to an older sacral stone building from 1593, which today serves as a sacristy. This unique wooden building made of yew and red spruce wood was built without using a single metal component and its ground plan is in the form of a Greek cross. Baroque interior of the church and the organ is also made of wood.

    Historic town of Levoca, situated in the east of the Spis region, is a true cultural and historic jewel among the Slovak towns as it compounds a great number of architectural monuments linked with the glorious past of the town. The dominant part of Levoca is large rectangular square with the Roman-Catholic St James church from the 14th century, one of the most important sacral buildings in Slovakia. Late Gothic wooden main altar of St James with the height of 18.6 m is the tallest of its kind in the world. It was made of lime wood in 1507 - 1517 in the workshop of Master Paul of Levoca.

    Spis Castle is the largest medieval castle in Central Europe located on a travertine rock hill. The castle hill was populated as early as 5th century BC; it is one the greatest archaeological and historical gems of Central Europe and is under UNESCO protection.

    Spisska Kapitula is sometimes also referred to as the "Slovak Vatican". Church life not only in Spisska Kapitula (Spis Chapter) was organised from here by the bishops, provosts, and canonists. The most important building of Spisska Kapitula is Late-Romanesque St Martin cathedral from the 13th century.

  5. Day 5 High Tatras with optional program: Walking around glacial lakes, cable car to Lomnicky peak, Belianska cave visit, short hike.

    - Breakfast
    - Tatra National Park visit
    - Activities according to choice
    - Return to Kezmarok

    The High Tatras are the highest mountain range of Slovakia and the most significant tourist center for summer and winter holidays. There is about 35 valleys, 110 mountain lakes, but the most amazing are the Tatra peaks. There is more than 500 peaks in the High Tatras, out of which 10 peaks are above 2600 meters high. The silence of the valleys, mountain lakes, silky sheen of the waterfalls and simultaneously monumental touches with the heights of the peaks - all of that is the magical world of Tatra National Park.

    Options:
    1. Walking aroud Popradske pleso lake and Strbske pleso lake. The landscape in the territory has been formed by glaciers that created glacier valleys with mountain lakes.
    2. Trip to Lommnicky peak by cable car. It is among the most attractive adventures for tourists in the High Tatras. It reaches differential height of 1,700 m and carries tourists to a height of 2,634 m above sea level in only a few minutes.
    3. Belianska cave - the only one accessible to the public in the High Tatras. It is among the first european caves where electricity was installed.
    4. Short hiking in the mountains.

  6. Day 6 Pieniny National Park: rafting on wooden rafts on Dunajec river, visit to Cerveny Klastor monastery museum.

    - Breakfast
    - Day tour in Pieniny National Park
    - Rafting down the river Dunajec in Peniny National Park
    - Cerveny Klastor monastery
    - Return to Kezmarok

    Pieniny National Park is famous for its natural beauty, especially the Dunajec River gorge - popular rafting and hiking location. It lies in Pieniny mountains on north-eastern border with Poland.

    Cerveny Klastor monastery presents a unique cultural and historical relic set located in the wonderful natural environment of Pieniny under the majestic mountain Tri koruny. Nowadays serves as a museum.

  7. Day 7 Train to Prague, Czech republic.

    - Breakfast
    - Morning train to Prague
    - Private car transfer from railway station to the hotel
    - Accommodation at first class hotel in Prague
    - Free time

  8. Day 8 Prague city tour.

    - Breakfast
    - 3.5 hours regular Grand city tour of Prague with pick up at the hotel
    - Afternoon free time

    the Prague Castle, an ancient symbol of the Czech lands, is the most significant Czech monument and one of the most important cultural institutions in the Czech Republic. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 square meters. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from Roman-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications in the 14th century.

    St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest and the most important temple in Prague. Apart from religious services the coronations of Czech kings and queens also took place in here. The cathedral is a place of interment of remains of provincial patron saints, sovereigns, noblemen and archbishops.

    The Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. At night Charles Bridge is a quiet place, but during the day it changes into a very busy venue with painters, owners of kiosks, and vendors alongside numerous tourists crossing the bridge.

  9. Day 9 Options for the day: Jewish Prague tour, Kutna Hora visit, Karlovy Vary spa town, Cesky Krumlov town.

    - Berakfast
    - Day tour in Prague surroundings (choice of 1 tour from 4 options):
    - Jewish Prague tour, Kutna Hora trip, Karlovy Vary trip, Cesky Krumlov visit
    - Return to Prague

    Jewish Prague tour will take you to the only Jewish municipal area in Central Europethat survived the Holocaust. Walk through the Old Town Cemetery, visit some of the surviving synagogues and learn about the Jewish history. Walk through Maisel Street to the Old Town Square where the tour terminates.

    Kutna Hora half day trip. Visit unique gothic Cathedral of St Barbora with its precious wall paintings, former Royal Mint used to produce Prague groschen and the unique ossuary. Kutna Hora has preserved its medieval town character to date and is rightfully included on the UNESCO list of the most important cultural heritage of the Czech Republic.

    Karlovy Vary - Day trip to the world-known spas founded by King Charles IV in 1358. You will learn about the secrets of the manufacture of MOSER glass and visit the museum. A lunch will be provided in a local hotel on the Colonnade.

    Cesky Krumlov day trip. During this tour to the South Bohemian region you will visit this beautiful UNESCO-listed medieval town. Our walk will take us past many of the 300-plus well-preserved local historical houses. Lunch will be served in one of them. The town of Cesky Krumlov was the seat of the powerful Rozmberk family. The tour includes the entrance fee to Cesky Krumlov chateau and castle, which is the second largest in the Czech Republic after Prague castle.

  10. Day 10 Farewell.

    - Breakfast
    - Transfer from hotel to Prague airport
    - End of the tour

Basic information

from €1026 per person

Duration: 10 days

Type/style: Guided sightseeing and cultural discovery tour

Level of difficulty: Easy

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

Bratislava Castle four tower symbol Devin Castle Banska Stiavnica Trinity Square The Articled Protestant Church in Hronsek UNESCO heritage Vlkolinec Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture Spisky Castle Spiska kapitula medieval monastery St James church in Levoca Tatra National Park Belianska Cave Cerveny Klastor Monastery The Charles Bridge in Prague Prague Castle Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) - Historical spa buildings Cesky Krumlov an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town Sedlec Ossuary

Included

- Trip transport (private car and train)
- 1 x airport transfer from Prague hotel to the airport in Prague city
- Accommodation in centrally located hotels with breakfast:
- 1 night in Bratislava
- 1 night in Banska Stiavnica
- 4 nights in Kezmarok
- 3 nights in Prague
- Tour guide as your private driver and interpreter for 5 days (in Slovakia)
- Prague city tour
- Admission fees to proposed sights in Slovakia based on itinerary
- Information materials and maps

Excluded

- Meals during the day (except for hotel breakfast)
- Cable car to Lomnicky peak
- Entries to sights during Prague tour
- Day 9 (you need to choose from the options)
- Airport tansfer on arrival day (can be arranged for extra fee)