Itinerary

This tour is for those who are looking for a short tour out of Bratislava for a low cost and for those who want to discover more about Slovakia, its history, culture and visit interesting places.

During 4 days in Slovakia, discover with our Best to Slovakia tour many impressive monuments, and gain an insight into the medieval features of the country, reserve of folk architecture, UNESCO world heritage sites.

Our stops are in the most interesting places in Slovakia. Bratislava - the capital of the Slovak Republic, also referred to as the Beauty on the Danube. Levoca with the tallest wooden altar in the world. Hronsek, one of the largest wooden churches in Slovakia inscribed in the list of UNESCO heritage. The High Tatras, the smallest alpine-like mountains in the world. Spis castle - the largest castle in Central Europe, UNESCO site. Banska Stiavnica - UNESCO site, one of the most beautiful and historically one of the most interesting towns in Slovakia. In addition to visiting these places you will taste local cuisine, you will meet local people and explore diversity of Slovak cultural heritage. So, do not hesitate and join us to discover the heart of Europe!!!

The tour can be extended in 5 and more days by including visiting other interesting places/cities as in Grand Tour of Slovakia.

  1. Day 1 Bratislava city sightseeing: The old town, Bratislava castle and Devin castle. Transfer to Banska Stiavnica town.

    - Meeting with the guide in Bratislava
    - Bratislava Old town and the castle sightseeing
    - Devin castle visit
    - Afternoon transfer to 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.

  2. Day 2 Banska Stiavnica town sightseeing, UNESCO. Hronsek woden church and folk architecture in Vlkolinec, UNESCO. Transfer to Levoca town.

    - Breakfast
    - Banska Stiavnica UNESCO town sightseeing
    - Hronsek wooden church visit, UNESCO site
    - Vlkolinec Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture, UNESCO site
    - Afternoon transfer to Levoca

    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.

    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.

    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.

  3. Day 3 UNESCO sights: Levoca town, Spis castle, Spisska Kapitula town, Zehra church.

    - Breakfast
    - Levoca town sightseeing
    - Spis castle visit
    - Zehra church visit
    - Spisska Kapitula sightseeing
    - Return to Levoca

    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.

    Zehra village is known for its precious Roman-Catholic Holy Spirit church included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Unique medieval wall paintings were created gradually from the 13th century till the end of the 15th century.

  4. Day 4 Walking in the High Tatra Mountains: mountain villages, Strbske pleso glacial lake and easy hike.

    - Breakfast
    - High Tatras short walking
    - Transfer back to Bratislava
    - End of the tour

    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.

Basic information

from €510 per person

Duration: 4 days

Type/style: Guided sightseeing and cultural discovery tour

Level of difficulty: Easy

Languages: English, French, Deutsch

Pick up & Drop off: On your request

Devin Castle Bratislava Castle four tower symbol Banska Stiavnica Trinity Square Vlkolinec Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture The Articled Protestant Church in Hronsek UNESCO heritage Spiska kapitula medieval monastery Levoca medieval royal town Spisky Castle Zehra church UNESCO World Heritahe High Tatras flora Strbske Pleso lake High Tatras fauna

Included

- Trip transport by private car
- Accommodation in stylish hotel/pension with breakfast:
1 night in Banska Stiavnica
2 nights in Levoca
- Guide services for 4 days
- Information materials

Excluded

- Accommodation in Bratislava (can be arranged on request)
- Lunch and dinner
- Admission fees (estimated cost 30,-EUR/person)
- Airport transfers