Tour Reviews

Grand tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

We wanted a vacation to learn about the Slovak and Czech Republics, and we wanted it to be varied. We wanted to see not only the big, important cities, but also the small, rural villages. We wanted to learn about both the historical and the current cultures. We did not want to spend many hours riding in a bus; we wanted to do some hiking in the natural countryside.

The two-week Czech and Slovak Grand Tour offered by TravelSlovakia seemed to match our needs, and so we requested a slightly customized itinerary that would fit our schedules. Our guides (Lucia in Slovakia and Lenka in the Czech Republic) were outstanding -- educated, knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. They were flexible, and they anticipated and adapted to our pace and interests. The hotels and accommodations, and the activities they arranged, were excellent, varied, and great fun.

There are very many wonderful things to see and do in both of these beautiful small countries. The tour exceeded our expectations, and we recommend it with great enthusiasm.

Ellie Ehrenfeld and Rob Shirey from USA

- rating 5

Grand tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Dear Lenka,
We surely enjoyed the Grand Tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. We were impressed by the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the two countries, and the depth and significance of their histories. And we now have a great appreciation for the natural beauty of their forests, lakes, rivers and majestic mountains. Not only was it a cultural experience, but a culinary one, as well, with a variety of delectable and affordable menu items, not to mention the excellent beers and fine wines. Everywhere we went, people were friendly and helpful, but most importantly, we're grateful for the excellent care we received from our knowledgeable tour guides. Hopefully, many others will take advantage of this wonderful trip, or some of the other offerings from Travel Slovakia. Thanks for the memories -- you exceeded our expectations!

Rochester family from USA

- rating 5

Grand tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Peter and I really enjoyed our 13-day tour of the Slovak and Czech Republics. Your ability to tailor-make a tour to fit our requirements was greatly appreciated. Starting in Prague gave us a bit of time to get over the long flight from Australia, knowing we would return at the end of the tour, and also gave us a feel for the Czech Republic .
We would have preferred to be in one of the small “Business Class” front facing parts of the train for the 6hour train to Poprad, rather than in a large carriage. Katarina met us at the station and drove us to Kezmarok. What a delightful town (and hotel) as a base for our exploration of the Spish region and the High Tatras. We took the cable car option to the top of the mountain, hoping to see the view, but were enshrouded with mist and snow, but a great experience to see the mountains close up. Due to the Easter holiday we were unable to visit some churches, but were delighted to manage a visit to the beautiful mountain village of Vlkolinec and the Hronsek wooden church, where the lady with the key, played the organ for us!
Katarina was very knowledgeable, filling us in on the history that is almost unknown for those brought up with English and Western European History, as well as having a great list of restaurants for cheap and yummy Slovak food.
Banska Stiavanica, with it’s long history of silver mining from the (?)14th century and Bratislava were equally interesting, although we were unable to get into some of the galleries and sites due to the Easter Monday holiday. The icing on the cake was that Katarina insisted on driving us to Brno in the Czech republic as she said the trains would be too crowded with people returning after the break.
Lenka, our guide in the Czech Republic, met us the next morning and we set off to visit the Punkva caves in the Moravian karst – fabulous scenery, and a very well organised and safe underground visit. We returned to Brno and walked around the many historical sights, although I chose not to visit the underground Nazi /Communist caves that are now a museum under the castle.
Brno is a fascinating town, with so much history, closely related to the surrounding Czech villages. The next two days, based from Brno allowed us to explore (thanks to Lenka) regions to the north and west of Brno. Fabulous castles, the history of which gave us an understanding of a culture we really didn’t know. What a pleasure it was to visit castles and gardens (with plants just poking their spring greenery out of the ground).
Cesky Krumlov, for our last 2 nights before returning to Prague, was a very different town with the castle perched on a cliff and the town snuggled around the river Vltava and much more touristy. Despite the stairs, the Castle Apartments had wonderful views over the rooftops, and was very close to the Castle.
By the time we arrived back in Prague after 5 days with Lenka, we felt as if a whole new part of our brains had opened up to a fantastic new part of the world.

Kate and Peter from Australia

- rating 5