Wildlife & Nature
Itinerary & Map
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Arrive at Vienna airport and transfer to the large mountain village of Terchova (approx 3 hours/245 km) in the north of Slovakia.
This evening dinner will be grilled over an open fire for that real taste of the great outdoors. You will have your welcome meeting to get to know your group leader and the rest of your family group.
Pension Montana (AA) - 2 nights (D)
Today you take an adventure walk to the Janosikove Diery Canyons, you depart directly from the hotel. The canyons consist of various waterfalls and gorges which are accessible by wooden footbridges and iron ladders, sometimes there are chains that will help you manage the trickier sections. Along the way educational boards provide information about the area's fauna and flora. The walk is relatively easy and the views, plus moutain steams and waterfalls make it great fun too. You will walk through the canyons all the way to the mountain village of Stefanova with its impressive wooden houses and many farm gardens. A packed lunch will be taken enroute to give you a chance to rest and enjoy the views around you. Mid afternoon you transfer from Stefanova by minibus back to Terchova. Later you make a local farm visit and have the chance to milk a cow and see how cheese is made. (BL)
Collect the cheese that you made yesterday this morning - what an achievement! Then you take a transfer (20 mins) to Orava river for a traditional style rafting experience along the river (approx 2 hours) the grade is easy (1-2) so suitable for all the family to relax and watch the world float by. Then you stop at a traditional restaurant for lunchtime (not included).
After lunch you take a step back in time as you visit the mountain village of Vloklinec, the name translates to something like Wolf's Place. This small village is a living open air museum with excellent examples of the old rustical architecture. There are two rows of houses with long court yards which remain undisturbed by new development. The houses do not have tap water and take their water from a well in the middle of the village which is housed in a wooden shed. Chickens and other farm animals roam free and there is a sense of peace and tranquillity here. Some houses here are used now as weekend houses, but some are still settled by indigenous people - in 1993 there were 30 people living in the village, including two children. One house is arranged as a village life museum and an information center. Sadly about a third of the houses are now in ruins or were burned down during the national uprising in the Second World War. The village is a unesco Heritage site.
After your visit a further drive (1 hour) takes you to your next accommodation in the town of Tatranska Lomnica, your gateway to exploring the High Tatras.
Hotel Slovakia (AA) - 4 nights (B)
Today you will make a transfer (45 mins) to the impressive Dobinska Ice Cave in Slovensky Raj Paradise National Park. The cave is a spectacular natural wonder discovered in 1870. The cave it lit and you will explore by walkways to see various chambers which are filled with ice year round - the air temperature in the Great Hall is from -3,8 to + 0,5 C. The ice is constantly melting and refreezing so no two visits here are ever the same.
Onward to visit Spissky Hrad castle which is one of the largest in Central Europe and rich in history dating back to 12th century. It is impressively sited atop a hill with great views of the surrounding area.
Continue to the medieval walled town of Levoca (20 min drive), the town became important due to its location on the main trade route between Poland and Hungary. Explore the medieval square which is one of the largest in the region with several interesting churches, a well preserved town hall and city gates. Later transfer back to your base. (B)
Transfer today to the Low Tatras (1 hour 20 min) and walk up the hill here to a cave (1 hour) then spend two hours exploring "the cave of dead bats". At a depth of 180 meters the caves volcanic rock contains exquisit agates but the biggest attraction are 6000 years old bat´s skeletons spread out everywhere. Among bat's skeletons you can see skeletons of small rodents, sheep and even bears.
Later transfer back to Tatranska Lomnica, stopping enroute to visit a local farm where you can try some of the local products that they make here. (B)
Take the cable car up to Skalnate Pelso (Rocky Lake), the lake is dotted with grat boulders which has descended from the mighty Tatras over time. From here you will walk on the Tatransaka Magistala, the most popular trail through the Tatras, enroute you will pass by waterfalls and mountain huts. You walk down from Hrebienok to Stary Smokovec (any who wish can take the funical down - additional cost). Later return to your hotel for the evening. (B)
Take the morning train to Bratislava (4.5 hours). The rest of the day is free for exploring this city with your guide as you discover the rather muddled mixture of old and new. Start with a visit to the Castle and look down on the Old Town before exploring its narrow streets. Relax in Main Square in one of the many cafes and then visit St Martins' Cathedral and Michael's Gate. You can visit the Clock Museum or the Technical Museum, which shows the history of Skoda cars. Make sure you return to Main Square in the evening for the daily laser beam show. This evening you may like to take dinner on a boat along the Danube River.
Ibis Bratislava Hotel (AA) - 1 night (B)
Your trip ends today. Return transfer to Vienna airport (45 mins) to catch your flight home. (B)