Overview

Bratislava - 2 nights
Tatranská Lomnica - 3 nights
Krakow - 1 night

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THE TATRAS AND BEYOND

Rolling hills, rushing rivers and High Tatra Mountains, discover the striking landscapes of Slovakia, punctuated with imposing castles, and the perfectly restored city of Krakow

Czechoslovakia, a country created only in 1918, made a peaceful transition from Soviet control in the ‘Velvet Revolution’ of 1989. In 1992, the Slovak parliament voted to create an independent republic and this was achieved amicably in what became known as the ‘Velvet Divorce’. Slovakia was in fact in the Hungarian part of the Habsburg Empire with Bratislava as the capital and coronation town for more than three centuries whilst the Ottomans occupied Budapest.

Ten kings, seven wives and one queen were crowned in Bratislava’s St. Martin’s Cathedral during this time. Baroque Bratislava boasts an authentic Old Town, a grandiose castle and an abundance of palaces, churches and museums, all wonderfully perched beside the magnificent Danube River. North of the country lie the majestic Tatra Mountains providing a stunning backdrop to rolling lowlands, fairytale castles, folkloric villages, ancient ruins and spa towns.

Krakow lost its medieval position of Polish capital in 1609 and this loss of importance restricted development and allowed its ancient centre to remain unspoilt.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Historic Hotels
Small Group Size: 6 - 20

Special Event

Zizak Distillery

Enjoy a guided tour of the family owned distillery in Poprad. Founded in the 1930’s the carefully crafted Zizak spirits exhibit distinctive tastes crafted from regional ingredients. The Tour concludes with a tasting of some of these spirits. (2020 departures only).

Lots of interesting travel, with a great train journey east from Bratislava.

David Simmonds
The Tatras & Beyond

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Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Vienna. Transfer to the 4-star Radisson Blu Carlton in Bratislava for two nights.

Day 2 Morning tour of Bratislava including the castle for a breathtaking view over the Danube and the city, St. Martin’s Cathedral, and the Neoclassical Primatial Palace and coffee and cake. (B)

Day 3 Visit to ruins of Devin castle at the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. Travel by train to Poprad (4 hrs). Transfer to 4-star Hotel Lomnica in Tatranská Lomnica in the High Tatras for three nights. (B)

Day 4 Take the train to Starý Smokovec and travel by funicular to Hrebienok (1,285 metres) for a short walk to a mountain hut. Visit the Sherpa Museum inside the Swiss house, one of the oldest villas in the High Tatras. (B, L)

Day 5 Travel to Štrbské Pleso for a walk around the picturesque mountain lake. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Zizak tasting. Visit Basilica of St. James in Levoča, on the list of UNESCO, with the world’s tallest wooden altar at 18.62 metres.† (B)

Day 6 Drive to Krakow (3 hrs). Overnight at the 4-star Grand Ascot Hotel (Hotel Amadeus 2019). Afternoon walking tour of the Old Town including the church of St. Mary, Cloth Hall and the main Market Square followed by a tour of Wawel Hill including the castle and cathedral. (B)

Day 7 Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a busy itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines. The tour involves carrying luggage on and off a train.
†For 2019 departures the itinerary on Day 5 will be:
Travel to Štrbské Pleso for a walk around the picturesque mountain lake of glacial origin. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Visit Belianska mountain’s stalactites cave at Tatra’s National Park. (B)

2019

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
October 5 £995

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
May 30 £995
June 20 £1075
August 8 £1045
September 12 £1075
September 19 £1045
October 3 £1025

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £325

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £195
Austrian/Lufthansa from Manchester from £150

Extension Options

Extension - Vienna (Pre-tour) 
2 nights £265 (Aug £235)
Single supplement £125


Extra Nights - Krakow 
Grand Ascot Hotel* (per night) £75 
Single supplement £65

Independent Arrival

Save £150 
Arrival transfer add £50
Departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 6 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, overseas departure taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
An accommodation tax is payable locally in Tatranská Lomnica and is currently €1 per person per night. 
*Amadeus Hotel for 2019.

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