5-day Slovak Folk Traditions Tour

€775/per person/personperson

discounts for bigger groups

date_range5 days

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Sightseeing and cultural discovery tour

Easy

languageEnglish, French, Deutsch

flagPick up/drop off on your request

Included

  • Accommodation for 4 nights with breakfast in stylish guest houses/hotels:
    - 1 night in Banska Stiavnica
    - 2 nights in Kezmarok
    - 1 night in Martin
  • Services of private English speaking guide for 5 days
  • Admission fees to proposed sites (Stara Lubovna castle and museum, Orava castle, Cicmany exhibition, Museum of the Slovak village, Museum of the Orava village)
  • Trip transport with pick up and drop off in Bratislava

Excluded

  • Meals and drinks (except for hotel breakfast)
  • Lunch in Klak Salas restaurant (individually chosen meals)
  • Extra admission fees
  • Pick up/ drop off in other place than Bratislava (possible to arrange for an extra fee)
Book this Tour
Day 1

Banska Stiavnica sightseeing (UNESCO)

- Meeting with private guide in Bratislava*
- Transfer to Banska Stiavnica; sightseeing (UNESCO town)
- Accommodation in a hotel

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.

*Pick up from other place than Bratislava is available on request.

Banska Stiavnica
Day 2

UNESCO site: Hronsek, Vlkolinec. Salas Krajinka restaurant.

- Breakfast
- Hronsek wooden church visit, UNESCO site
- Vlkolinec Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture, UNESCO site
- Salas Krajinka visit (possible lunch)
- Afternoon transfer to Kezmarok; accommodation in stylish hotel

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.

Vlkolinec
Day 3

Kezmarok wooden church, Stara Lubovna castle and open-air museum.

- Breakfast
- Kezmarok wooden church (UNESCO)
- Stara Lubovna castle and open-air museum
- 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.

Stara Lubovna town is towered by the ruins of Lubovna Castle built in the 13th century, when Slovakia was part of the Hungarian Monarchy. The castle served as a watchtower and frontier castle. Another palace and a fortification were built as a late gothic annex to the castle in 14th - 15th century. Later, adjustments in renaissance style were made in the castle. Under the castle hill an open-air museum was created to present cultural values of ethnically mixed region.

Kezmarsky castle
Day 4

Zuberec open-air museum, Orava castle, Lestiny wooden church (UNESCO).

- Breakfast
- Museum of the Orava village in Zuberec
- Orava castle visit
- Wooden church in Lestiny village (UNESCO)
- Transfer to Martin; accommodation in hotel

A unique open-air Museum of the Orava Village in Zuberec 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).

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.

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.

Oravsky castle
Day 5

Museum of the Slovak village, Klak Salas, Cicmany log houses. Transfer to Bratislava.

- Breakfast
- Museum of the Slovak village in Martin
- Cicmany village; folk architecture
- Lunch in Salas Klak restaurant
- Transfer to Bratislava*
- End of the tour

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.

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.

*Drop off in other place than Bratislava is available on request.

Martin - Slovak village