Itinerary

The Turiec basin represents a picturesque region in the Central Slovakia. Turiec is ideal starting point for tourism in Small Fatra mountains (Mala Fatra) and Great Fatra (Velka Fatra) mountains, eye-catching protected mountain areas rich in natural beauty. Small Fatra National Park is located in the westernmost part of the mountains. This area is precious for extraordinary natural beauty and richness of plant and animal species. Among its greatest sights include gorges, ravines, rocky peaks and tourist popular ridge. Particular protection is given to rare flora and fauna, exceptionally valued forest and mountain complexes and predators such as wolf, lynx and bear. Great Fatra National Park offers significant concentration of natural values that lie in the fact that it is a vast mountainous area with rugged surface, a large presence of karst formations, continuous forest, long valleys, varied flora and fauna and the largest locality of the original occurrence of yew in Europe. Besides rich natural beauties, the area hides picturesque folk architecture which is a part of world cultural heritage. Diverse, rare and mind-blowing countryside offers its beauty throughout the year.

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Martin, Slovakia.

    - arrival in Slovakia; Martin town
    - accommodation
    - free time to leisure

    Overnight in Martin

  2. Day 2 Day hike from Sutovo village to Sutovsky waterfall.

    First we will visit Sutovska Dolina (Valley) with the rumbling Sutovsky Vodopad, the tallest waterfall (38 m) in the Small Fatra. The waterfall flows from Mojzisove Pramene (Moses’ Springs) at the end of the valley. Precipitous cliffs 50-60 m tall tower over the waterfall.

    Overnight in Martin

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  3. Day 3 Day hike from Vapenna valley to Tlsta and Ostra peaks.

    We will ascend one of the grand mountains of Great Fatra, Tlsta (altitude 1373 m), near Gaderska Dolina (Gaderska valley). The mountain can be recognised from far away by several horizontal limestone and dolomite rock terraces. From underneath the mountain top, one can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding landscape adorned by karst formations.
    The next peak of Great Fatra, Ostra (Sharp Mountain; altitude 1263 m), is sharp, rocky, and divided into spires and pillars.

    Overnight in Martin

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  4. Day 4 Day hike from Terchova - Biely Potok to Janosikove diery.

    We will walk through the most popular reaches of the Vratna valley: Dolne Diery, Horne Diery, and Tiesnavy; splendid landscapes of a ”rock city”, narrow gorges, miniature canyons, waterfalls and spires carved into the rock by the force of a mountain stream.

    Overnight in Martin

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  5. Day 5 Visit open-air Museum of the Slovak Village in Martin.

    We will visit Martin town, the center of the Turiec region, and take a walk through open-air Museum of the Slovak Village.

    Martin for the majority of Slovaks is above all the centre of the national life since the mid-19th century. The revolutionary year 1848 when it became the centre of emancipation and political life of the Slovak nation and simultaneously that of business activities meant the stimulus of its development. In 1861 the first programme of the emancipated Slovak politics, The Memorandum of the Slovak Nation was prepared and presented here in 1861. Nevertheless, one of the few achievements of the Memorandum was the foundation of Matica slovenska (an institution caring for the rights and spiritual welfare of Slovaks in sphere of ethnic emancipation) in 1863.

    Museum of the Slovak Village- the largest ethnographic open-air exposition in Slovakia. The museum, located in Jahodnicke haje in the southeastern part of the town of Martin, has been built by the Slovak National Museum in Martin since the 1960s. It provides a picture of traditional folk architecture, housing and the way of life of people who lived in northwestern Slovakia in the latter half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

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    Sheep farm Salash krajinka and 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.

    Overnight in Martin

  6. Day 6 Day hike from Stefanova settlement to Velky Rozsutec peak.

    We will climb Velky Rozsutec (altitude 1611 m), a jagged peak in the Small Fatra famous for its forked top with a number of limestone spires.

    Overnight in Martin

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  7. Day 7 Day hike form Raksa village to Drienok peak.

    We will ascend Drienok (altitude 1273 m), a steep mountain that offers enjoyment of unique plant communities and magical views of the rock outcroppings that are abundant in this section of the Great Fatra.

    Overnight in Martin

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  8. Day 8 Day hike from Vratna valley to Velky Fatransky Krivan peak.

    To conclude our trip we will scale Velky Fatransky Krivan (altitude 1709 m), the highest peak in the Small Fatra.

    Overnight in Martin

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  9. Day 9 Farewell.

    Farewell and departure from Slovakia.

Basic information

from €983 per person

Duration: 9 days

Type/style: Guided hiking and walking tour

Level of difficulty: Easy / moderate

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

Martin Town Sutovsky Waterfall Ostra and Tlsta Peak Gader Valley Janosikove Diery Vlkolinec Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture Museum of the Slovak Village - Martin Velky Rozsutec Peak Drienok Peak Velky Krivan Peak

Included

- trip transport (fuel, parking, etc.)
- accommodation in first class hotel with half board (breakfast, dinner)
- services of a guide thoughout the tour as your private driver and an interpreter
- mountain insurance
- information materials and maps
- admission fees to proposed sites

Excluded

- lunch
- transport from airport to starting point of the trip and back