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8 days Austria, Slovakia, Europe
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
3
2
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
Trip code: 
WCFW

3-for-2

Trip Highlights: 
Enjoy the snowy wonderland of the Tatra Mountains
Try skiing, dog sledding and snowshoeing
See the sights of the magical city of Vienna
Downhill skiing & snowshoeing
Flight Inclusive prices from
Child £1,282 Adult £1,424
Price includes flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, as well as a selection of meals. More info »
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Child £1,013 Adult £1,125
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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(Departures in 2017)
  • Day 1 - Fly to Vienna
  • Day 2 - Skiing or Snowboarding
  • Day 3 - Downhill skiing or snowboarding.
  • Day 4 - Snow shoeing
  • Day 5 - Dog sledding and Thermal Pools.
  • Day 6 - Cross - country skiing
  • Day 7 - Free day
  • Day 8 - Trip Ends; Fly home
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Day
1
Fly to Vienna

Fly to Vienna

Today is arrival day into Krakow, we will spend a night here to explore the city  before we head into the Tatra Mountains, ,our  base for our week of winter activities. Situated on the western edge of the High Tatra, Zuberec was originally an agricultural settlement. Today the village lies at the centre of three downhill skiing areas and has developed to offer a range of facilities for tourists in the winter and summer months.

Krakow accommodation.

Day
2
Skiing or Snowboarding

Skiing or Snowboarding

As well as experienced ski technicians, your leader will be on hand to make sure everything fits properly and to show you how it all works. Then it’s off to the slopes. The village offers tracks (pistes) for all categories of skiers or snowboarders. Shorter slopes of 400m and 860m are for beginners. On the other hand a longer slope of 1490m is for more competent skiers. The main ski area is situated in the Pod Salatinmi Valley, 1090m above sea level. Here you’ll find a self-service restaurant and artificial snow-making machines to ensure good skiing. If you’re a beginner, you can join a three hour lesson, aimed at your level of ability/experience (additional charge), while proficient skiers are free to ski! For the remainder of the day you’re free to practice your new skills or explore the area before returning to your pension.

Pension Paula - Breakfast included

 

Day
3
Downhill skiing or snowboarding.

Downhill skiing or snowboarding.

Keeping our skis overnight we return back to the slopes. Beginners will be amazed at how quickly they can develop their balance and technique, whilst for more experienced skiers and boarders there’s the chance to try more demanding pistes. Whatever you choose to do today will be a great day to be out and about on the slopes and whizzing over the snow.

Pension Paula - Breakfast included

 

Day
4
Snow shoeing

Snow shoeing

Today we to the Rohace forest for a day's snowshoeing. Your Group Leader will give a quick lesson on how to put on your snowshoes and how to use them with a pair of poles to move around. It really isn’t difficult at all and, although you might feel a little ungainly at first, you’ll soon discover that you can climb even a fairly steep slope with ease. With snowshoes you can go almost anywhere - which means you can get to places that skiers cannot. You may set off along a prepared forest trail but if a glorious view or interesting diversion presents itself you have the freedom to get off the beaten track –literally! The group’s ability will dictate how far you go but it maybe possible to climb to one of the highest peaks in the Western Tatra, Brestova, at a height of 1902 metres. As we’re likely to be away from the main skiing areas we'll take a packed lunch with us.

Pension Paula - Breakfast and lunch included

 

Day
5
Dog sledding and Thermal Pools.

Dog sledding and Thermal Pools.

After a good breakfast to set you up for the day, you’ll leave the pension to meet up with the dog team handlers and their dogs – the dogs come from the Lower Tatra to meet you, and you’ll get to know them in the fields around the village. Upon arrival the handlers will show you how to handle the sled and brief you before setting off. The dogs always get really excited as soon as they see the sleds coming out and it’s often a struggle to hold them back, such is their enthusiasm.

Each sled carries two people - a driver (or musher) and a passenger - pulled by a team of 2-6 huskies. It takes a while to get everything ready but eventually you’ll set off in crocodile file, with the dogs tugging hard at their harnesses before they break into a smooth rhythm. All you can hear are the runners of the sled fizzing over the frozen snow and the odd bark or yelp from the dogs. Don’t forget the magic words which the dogs listen to for their direction: ‘Ho’ and ‘Dzi’. While you’re waiting your turn, there’ll be hot drinks and your leader and dog handlers will make a warming fire (if possible). There’s also likely to be the offer to try some of the traditional home-made Slovakian spirit called Slivovica, which will definitely warm you up! It depends on the group, how long the activity lasts, so it should be an enjoyable activity for all!  

After lunch you’ll meet up with your leader and make the short drive to the neighbouring area of  Besenova where we will visit The Gino Aqua Park Besenovba for some relaxation in the thermal pools. . Such pools are found in many parts of Slovakia and are popular for their restorative properties. As well as offering general health benefits, the waters of Besenova are reputed to have beneficial cosmetic properties - but they also make a great place to relax weary ski-legs.

Pension Paula - Breakfast included

 

 

Day
6
Cross - country skiing

Cross - country skiing

Today is a final included ski day to do as you choose on those skis . Have a leisurely breakfast and take to the slopes again, maybe swop from skis to snowboard of vice versa or give cross-country skiing a try.

Pension Paula - Breakfast included

 

Day
7
Free day

Free day

Today is free for you to choose from the many activities on offer in and around the village. You may wish to head back to the slopes for more downhill skiing or snow boarding (in which case you’ll need to purchase a lift pass). You may decide to try cross-country skiing, along one of the specially prepared circuits on the edge of the village. Alternatively why not strap on some snowshoes and walk amongst the snow covered forests, or even have a go at sledging. Your leader will of course be on hand for advice, should you decide to explore further afield and to help arrange a celebration meal on everyone’s last night together in Slovakia.

Pension Paula - Breakfast included

Day
8

Trip Ends; Fly home

This morning, you transfer by bus (2 ½ - 3 hours) to Vienna. Clients with onward connections will fly home.

Breakfast included

NB: in the event of some activities not being possible due to weather conditions e.g. lack of snow, we reserve the right to substitute other activities and/or change the location of the trip in order to try and provide those activities. Depending on numbers, on some departures it may also be necessary to change the order of activities, or divide into smaller groups, so that different activities can take place simultaneously. Your Group Leader will co-ordinate this. On most days there is a choice of café/bar/restaurants for meals and refreshments near the areas where the activities take place. Your leader will advise accordingly.