Itinerary

Slovakia and Czech Republic are two sovereign neighboring states that formed Czechoslovakia in the past. Both countries have common history and very warm relationships among people.
Within 12 days you will visit 2 capitals - Bratislava and Prague and many interesting places. Banska Stiavnica, one of the most beautiful and interesting towns in Slovakia. Levoca, a true cultural and historic jewel among the Slovak towns. The High Tatras Mountains, the smallest alpine-like mountains in the world. Prague, once a political, cultural and economic centre of Europe and particularly Central Europe during its 1,100 year existence, 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 sightseeing, transfer to Banska Stiavnica and sightseeing.

    - Breakfast
    - Meeting with a tour guide in hotel lobby
    - Bratislava Old town sightseeing (up to 2 hours)
    - Transfer to Banska Stiavnica
    - Banska Stiavnica (UNESCO) sightseeing
    - Accommodation 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.

    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.
    Banska Stavnica progressively became the biggest mining centre in the Habsburg Monarchy in the 18th century. In 1735, the oldest mining school in the Kingdom of Hungary was founded here, few years later it became the first university of its kind in the world. Banska Stiavnica monument town reserve comprises as many as 360 structures. Together they present a unique set of high cultural and historical value, which is set into the wonderful environment of the Stiavnicke mountains.

  3. Day 3 UNESCO: wooden church in Hronsek village, monument reserve of folk architecture in Vlkolinec village. Transfer to Kezmarok.

    - Breakfast
    - wooden church in Hronsek (UNESCO)
    - Monuments Reserve of Folk Architecture in Vlkolinec (UNESCO)
    - Transfer to Kezmarok
    - Accommodation in Kezmarok

    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 Transfer to Poprad. Train to Prague, Czech republic.

    - Breakfast
    - Transfer to Poprad railway station
    - Train to Prague
    - Transfer to hotel in Prague
    - Accommodation in first class hotel in the city centre

  7. Day 7 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.

  8. Day 8 Sightseeing in Hluboka chateau and Ceske Budejovice town. Transfer to Cesky Krumlov.

    - Breakfast
    - Meeting with guide in hotel lobby
    - Chateau of Hluboka
    - Ceske Budejovice sightseeing
    - Transfer to Cesky Krumlov
    - Accommodation in Cesky Krumlov

    Chateau of Hluboka was originally founded as a guarding castle in the mid 13th century by the Kings of Bohemia. Aristocratic House of Schwarzenberg bought Hluboka in the 17th century and family members lived there until the end of 1939. The chateau was rebuilt in early 18th century in the Baroque style. Later, in the 19th century, it was rebuilt into Neo-Gothic chateau according to appearance of the royal castle of Windsor.

    Ceske Budejovice is the largest town in the South Bohemian Region. The town has long been well known for the beer brewed there since the 13th century. For a time, the town had been the imperial brewery for the Holy Roman Emperor, and Budweiser Bier (i.e. beer from Budweis) became, one of the best-known lagers. The largest brewery, founded in 1895, is "Pivovar Budejovický Budvar" (Budweiser Budvar Brewery) which has legal rights to market its beer under the Budweiser brand name in much of Europe.

  9. Day 9 Cesky Krumlov sightseeing.

    - Breakfast
    - Cesky Krumlov sightseeing

    Cesky Krumlov - a town of historical heritage - have 300 protected buildings in the historical centre designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic, and the oldest Baroque theatre in the world.

  10. Day 10 UNESCO sites: towns of Telc and Trebic. Transfer to Brno.

    - Breakfast
    - Telc town sightseeing
    - Trebic town sightseeing
    - Transfer to Brno
    - Accommodation in first class hotel in Brno

    It would be hard to imagine a more fairytale-like little town than Telc. A square which looks like it has come straight from the stories by Hans Christian Andersen, a romantic chateau and crystal clear fishponds surrounding the town. Telc is the most perfect example of the Italian Renaissance north of the Alps and a town with one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. It is rightly part of UNESCO world heritage.

    Trebic is situated in the Vysocina region and it is the 2nd largest town of the region. In 2003, St. Procopius basilica and the Jewish Quarter with Jewish cemetery were incorporated into the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. These monuments are proof, that Jewish and Christian communities could live side by side, which was one of the reasons for entry into the prestigious list.

  11. Day 11 Sightseeing in Brno, visit the Punkva cave and Macocha gorge in Moravian Karst.

    - Breakfast
    - Brno sightseeing
    - Moravian Karst visit (Punkva cave and Macocha Gorge) - Return to Brno

    Brno is the second largest city of the Czech Republic and the cultural and administrative centre of the South Moravian Region. Brno has a beautiful historic centre with historic sights from the 11th century and large number of Baroque and Renaissance buildings. The dominant feature of Brno is a stone promontory called Petrov and Gothic Cathedral of St Peter and Paul which is built on it. Another dominant feature of Brno is the Spilberk Castle. It was established around the mid 13th century. Today, Spilberk castle houses The Brno City Museum.

    Moravian Karst is one of the most important karst area of Central Europe. In the area of Moravian Karst, there are more than 1100 caverns and gorges. Only 4 caves from overall number are open to the public. There are Punkva Caves with their underground river - during the cruise you can see there the bottom of the famous Macocha Gorge.

  12. Day 12 Valtice and Lednice chateau complex.

    - Breakfast
    - Valtice and Lednice chateaux visit
    - Return to Brno

    Lednice - Valtice complex with area of 200 km is part of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Lednice and Valdice are towns near the border of Austria. In Lednice, the complex is better preserved and extensive: English Tudor Neo-Gothic building, the park with ponds and canals and the minaret - the tallest of this type of structure in a non-Islamist country. Valtice chateau has two special attractions: a brand new herb garden showcasing hundreds of different herbs and their uses and the National Wine Center.

  13. Day 13 Sightseeing in Kromeriz and Olomouc towns.

    - Breakfast
    - Kromeriz town visit
    - Olomouc town visit
    - Return to Brno

    Kromeriz is a Moravian town in Zlin region. Main landmark of the town is the Baroque Bishop's Palace, where some scenes from Amadeus and Immortal Beloved were filmed. The Palace and the Flower Garden in Kromeriz were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1998.

    Charming and beautiful Olomouc lies beside the Morava River in Central Moravia. The centre is the largest historic preservation zone outside Prague, and its cobblestoned streets are lined with majestic cathedrals and grand palaces.

  14. Day 14 Farewell.

    - Breakfast
    - End of the tour

Basic information

from €1749 per person

Duration: 14 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 Banska Stiavnica Trinity Square Vlkolinec Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture The Articled Protestant Church in Hronsek UNESCO heritage Spisky Castle St James church in Levoca Strbske Pleso lake Belianska Cave The Charles Bridge in Prague Prague Castle Hluboka castle Cesky Krumlov an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town Telc town Czech republic Trebic town Czech republic Pukva Caves in Moravian Karst Lednice - Valtice area a cultural-natural complex Holy Trinity Column a UNESCO World Heritage Site Castle and Gardens in Kromeriz UNESCO heritage

Included

- Trip transport by private car
- 2nd class train tickets: Poprad - Prague (1st class tickets available on request for an extra fee)
- Accommodation with breakfast in stylish hotels:
- 1 night in Bratislava
- 1 night in Banska Stiavnica
- 3 nights in Kezmarok
- 2 nights in Prague
- 2 nights in Cesky Krumlov
- 4 nights in Brno
- Services of an English speaking tour guide throughout the tour
- Walking tours of Bratislava, Banska Stiavnica, Levoca, Prague, Ceske Budejovice, Cesky Krumlov, Telc, Trebic, Brno, Olomouc and Kromeriz
- Excursions to Hronsek, Vlkolinec, Spis Castle, St James church, Spisska Kapitula, chateau of Hluboka, Cesky Krumlov Castle, Lednice or Valtice Chateaux, Moravian Karst, Kromeriz Gardens including all entrance fees
- Grand city tour of Prague without admission fees

Excluded

- Airport transfer (possible to arrange for an extra fee)
- Flights
- Meals (except for hotel breakfast)
- Extra admission fees