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
Bratislava - 2 nights
Tatranská Lomnica - 3 nights
Krakow - 1 night
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.
Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO: Historic Krakow
Local Expert Guides
Small Group Size: 6 - 20
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 city tour including Bratislava Castle, 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 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)
Day 6 Drive to Krakow (3 hrs). Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Amadeus. 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)
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.
The 4-star Carlton, a traditional ‘Grand Hotel’, is located in the Old Town opposite the National Opera and Philharmony Hall. Restaurant, Mirror Bar, WiFi (free) and 168 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 16th century townhouse, this 4-star boutique hotel in the Old Town is a few steps from Market Square. Restaurant, café, bar, gym, WiFi (free) and 22 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Historic 4-star hotel dating back to 1893, built as the first hotel in the High Tatras, recently restored with many original features preserved. Restaurants, bar, gym, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 67 rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Vienna Pre-Tour Extension
Stay two-nights in Austria's capital at the central 4-star Hotel Europa. Breakfast daily and transfer to Bratislava is by catamaran.
Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Vienna. Transfer to 4-star Hotel Europa for two nights.
Day 2 At leisure. (B)
Day 3 Transfer to Bratislava by catamaran. (B)
A central, modern 4-star hotel, on Kärntner Strasse, a five-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Breakfast room, bar and 160 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £325
British Airways Club Europe from £195
Austrian/Lufthansa from Manchester from £150
Extension - Vienna (Pre-tour)
Hotel Europa - 2 nights £315 (Aug £275)
Single supplement £155 (Aug £135)
Extra Nights - Krakow
Amadeus Hotel (per night) £75
Single supplement £65
Arrival transfer add £50
Departure transfer add £45
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.
Travel insurance, overseas departure taxes, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
An accommodation tax is payable locally in Tatranská Lomnica and is currently €1 per person per night.
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