Itinerary

In this high tech modern age we can hardly imagine how our ancestors used to live without cell phones, modern vehicles and the Intenet. We can only assume that they lived a practical life in harmony with nature. But was this way of life as ideal as we think now? On this tour when visiting open air museums of folk architecture and traditional villages still inhabited we will have opportunity to find answer on this question.

Come and see with your own eyes that once it was possible to live without electricity, computers and other conveniences of our modern life.

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    - Arrival in Slovakia; Bratislava city
    - Accommodation
    - Free time

  2. Day 2 Visit to Cicmany village with folk architecture, open-air Museum of the Slovak Village. Transfer to Martin town.

    - Breakfast
    - Cicmany village
    - Museum of the Slovak village in Martin
    - Accommodation in Martin

    The unique and characteristic element of log houses in Cicmany are their exteriors ornamented in geometrical pattern. The authors of ornaments, as rule, were women who originally adorned only the corners of houses first with mud and later with lime. The best-preserved ones include the building of Radenov dom and the neighbouring Gregorov dom, which shelters the ethnographic exhibition where visitors can learn something more about the history and folklore of this region.

    Museum of the Slovak Village is 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.

  3. Day 3 Visit to Museum of the Orava village in Zuberec, Wooden church in Lestiny village (UNESCO) and Orava castle.

    - Breakfast
    - Museum of the Orava village
    - Wooden church in Lestiny
    - Orava castle
    - Return to Martin

    A unique open-air Museum of the Orava Village covers an area of about 20 hectares.Typical folk buildings wre moved here from various regions of Orava. Visitor can see authentic peasant houses, larders, lumber rooms, farmsteads, shepherd's huts, haylofts, sacral buildings (a wooden church, cemetery and belfry) and the craftsman's and linen-maker's houses (a Wallachian mill and sawmill, a potter's furnace and fulling mill).

    The wooden articled Evangelical church in Lestiny has lavishly painted interior decoration dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Visitors are attracted especially by the main altar from the beginning of the 18th century, church pews with coats of arms and Renaissance baptistery from the 17th century.

    Orava castle lying on a high rock above Orava river near Oravsky Podzamok willage. In 1370, it became a county castle and the seat of the Orava castle estate, which included almost the whole region of Orava.

  4. Day 4 Visit to Vlkolinec village (UNESCO), Spania Dolina old mining village and wooden church in Hronsek village (UNESCO). Transfer to Banska Stiavnica town.

    - Breakfast
    - Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture in Vlkolinec
    - Spania dolina former mining village
    - Wooden church in Hronsek
    - Transfer to Banska Stiavnica
    - Accommodation in Banska Stiavnica

    Vlkolinec village - Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture is the extraordinary and remarkable oasis of folk architecture and was included in UNESCO list 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 Arch. Originally it was the settlement of loggers, shepherds and farmers.

    The Monument Reserve of Popular Architecture in Spania Dolina consists of a unique set of miner houses built of wood and stones. The former mining village is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Slovakia. Along with the walled structures once owned by the mining administration a substantial part of local architecture is formed by houses of miners mostly built of logs on stone foundations. The saddle roofs with gables were originally covered by shingles. The majority of preserved houses are from the 19th century.

    Wooden articled church in Hronsek along with seven other wooden churches of the Slovak part of Carpathian Mountain Area was included in the UNESCO Word Heritage List in 2008. The wooden church and wooden belfry are from 1726. There are 1100 chairs and organ was fitted in 1764. Four bulky lime trees grow in its yard.

  5. Day 5 Banska Stiavnica town sightseeing, UNESCO. Transfer to Bratislava.

    - Breakfast
    - Banska Stiavnica sightseeing
    - Transfer to Bratislava
    - Accommodation in Bratislava

    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.

  6. Day 6 Farewell.

    - Breakfast
    - End of the tour

Basic information

from €651 per person

Duration: 6 days

Type/style: Guided sightseeing and cultural discovery tour

Level of difficulty: Easy

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

Cicmany folk architecture reserve Museum of the Slovak Village - Martin Zuberec Orava Village Orava Castle Articled Protestant Church in Lestiny UNESCO heritage Vlkolinec Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture Spania Dolina Village The Articled Protestant Church in Hronsek UNESCO heritage Banska Stiavnica Trinity Square

Included

- Trip transport
- Tour guide as your private driver and interpreter for 4 days
- Accommodation in stylish comfortable hotels and pensions with breakfast:
2 nights in Bratislava
2 nights in Martin
1 night in Banska Stiavnica
- Information materials and maps

Excluded

- Meals (except for breakfast)
- Admission fees to proposed sites (estimated cost 30,-EUR/person)
- Airport transfers (can be arranged for an extra fee)