Wildlife & Nature
Slovakia Family Holiday
This is an active family mountain adventure holiday in Slovakia's beautiful Tatras with some of the highest peaks and most spectacular scenery in the Carpathian range. With plenty of fresh mountain air, you will go walking and exploring, enjoy river rafting, see spectacular ice caves and an ancient castle, visit a farm and make your own cheese. Finally you discover the city of Bratislava, the countries capital and largest city, that sits majestically on the River Danube.
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. Your accommodation is located in a beautiful, quiet area of the Mala Fatra National park. It is less than 10 minutes drive to the heart of the legendary village of Terchova, home to the birth place of Slovakia's own Robin Hood.
Hotel Boboty (AAA) - 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 mountain steams and waterfalls make it great fun too. After making it through the waterfalls and wild sections of the canyons we stop in a very peaceful area for a packed lunch. After lunch you take a transfer ( 22 miles ) to the extensive 13th century Orava Castle which sits on a limestone cliff, 370 ft above the Orava River. The Slovak national monument truly anchors the Slovak past to the landscape. Climb the castle tower and indulge in the breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape where the first Dracula movie, "Nosferatu" was made in 1922. (BL)
This morning 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.
Slalom Pension (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)
Take a train journey today to Stary Smokovc, then ride the funciular up to picturesque Hrebienok which sits at 1285m in the Tatra mountains. You will walk in the mountains, passing mountain huts and waterfalls for a total of 4 hours. The High Tatras are the highest mountains in Slovakia with 26 peaks higher than 2500m, this is fabulous scenic walking country with wall to wall mountain views. Back at your base your evening is free for optional activities. (B)
Today is a free day to enjoy optional activities. You can choose from options such as a day trip to the "Cave of the Dead Bats", go walking or cycling in the area, visit the Aqua Park or the thermal pools. Your group leader will assist you in choosing the best option to your family, alternatively you may wish to just relax a little. (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)
The High Tatras
Slovakia's High Tatras make a stunning mountain backdrop to this family adventure holiday. You will do some great walks among the towering pines, and fast flowing waterfalls, stopping off at mountain huts. All this fresh mountain air and spectacular scenery will no doubt have the whole family raring to go adventuring. You will also explore medieval towns and discover ancient castles.
Adventure & Activity
Experience local life as you visit a farm and get to try milking a cow and make your own cheese! You will visit the imposing Dobsinska Ice Cave, despite the summer heat it keeps its cool temperature all year round. Go rafting for some good old water based fun.
On selected dates our teenage adventures include a little more action to keep your older children entertained and challenged.
Our Tatra Mountain Adventure trip is just one of our many Europe Family tours. To find out more visit our Europe holidays page.