Tours of Slovakia

Day One: Bratislava – Bojnice - Banska Bystrica – High Tatras

        

On the way to the High Tatras visit the beautiful romantic chateau in Bojnice.
You will see the village Rajecka Lesna with its monumental Bethlehem (Nativity scene) carved in wood, which was constructed by Master Jozef Pekara in 1980.

Another stop on the way to the High Tatras is Banska Bystrica surrounded by the Low Tatras. Banska Bystrica was once a famous mining town. The highlights of the historical centre include the municipal castle, medieval burger houses and St. Elisabeth Church. Accommodation is provided in the High Tatras.
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Chateau in Bojnice
Rajecka Lesna where the Nativity is situated.

Day Two: Spis County

        

Visit the town of Levoča which was fortified in the middle ages by rectangular walls. The entire historical centre is the urban monument reserve. In the central square of Master Paul, visitors can admire the Town Hall, its bell tower, pillory, and magnificent medieval houses. Also you will see the church of St. Jacob with the highest Gothic altar in the world, which stands at 18.60 meters high.

From Levoča via Spišský Hrhov to Spisske Podhradie.
The medieval town is dominated by the church and the Spis Castle, which is one of the largest castles in Europe and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Next is Spisska Kapitula – the residence of Spis bishop is a settlement of priests which is very unique in Europe. The Romanesque Cathedral of St. Martin houses precious fresco, sculptures, relieves epitaphs and bells. The town is also included in the list of UNESCO sites.

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The Town Hall in Levoca (or the church in Zehra instead) The Cathedral of St. Jacob in Levoca
Spis Castle
Spisska Kapitula

Day Three: "High Tatras"

        

Europe's smallest giant mountains with peaks over 2 000 meters high forming a magnificent mountain panorama. The wild and romantic mountains are situated on the border of Poland are the greatest attractions of Slovakia.
The afternoon trip is in the town of Kezmarok, the second capital of the former Spis County. The most important sights of Kezmarok include the old wooden and the new “red” protestant churches standing next to each other. Also, you will see the Late-Gothic Holy Cross Church with its valuable interior decorations and the medieval castle with the municipal museum. Another medieval town of Spisska Sobota with the church of St. George is now a part of Poprad.
After you can drive to a picturesque village of Zdiar and have dinner in a cottage with folk music.

~ Admissions:

The wooden church in Kezmarok The historic library
The church of St. George in Spisska Sobota
The Museum of Goral Village in Zdiar

Day Four: "Pieniny National Park"

        

The National Park covers an attractive area to the east of the Tatra Mountains on the Slovak-Polish border. It includes a nine-kilometer-long canyon of the Dunajec River with the possibility of rafting on the river. There is entrance to the open-air museum of folk architecture in Stara Lubovna.

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Rafting on the Dunajec River
The Red Monastery in Pieniny
The open-air museum of folk architecture in Stara Lubovna

Day Five: "Slovak Paradise"

        

Visit the most picturesque mountains in Eastern Slovakia with gorges, canyons and caves. The most famous is the Dobsina Ice Cave. Although only a small part of the 18 km long cave is accessible, visitors are fascinated by the variety of ice, waterfalls, columns and various formations that have been formed from thousands of years.
If time permits, you can also visit the Betliar hunting chateau. It was once the residence of an influential Andrassy family. The interior includes period furniture, exotic collections from Africa and Asia, a precious collection of weapons, hunting trophies, pictures and a library. It is also possible to visit the Krasna Horka Castle, originally built as a Gothic castle and later rebuilt into a representative aristocratic residence. The Franciska museum and the Rákoczi wings are furnished with original furniture.

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The Dobsina Cave
The entrance fee to the Slovak Paradise (or the Betliar chateau and Krasna Horka Castle instead)

Day Six: Cave of Freedom – Kremnica– Bratislava, or Vienna

        

On the way home visit the Demanova caves. This complex of caves is situated in the Low Tatras in the picturesque Demanova Valley. Cave of Freedom is rich in dripstone decorations tinted in all shades of white, yellow and red. Dragon Ice Cave abounds in magnificent columns, cathedral-like halls and galleries.
Then stop in the town of Kremnica an ancient mining town known for its mint.
Gold was mined here from the 11th century and Kremnica „ducats“were once the most prized European currency. The Euro currency is now minted here.