Going strong over two decades as an independent state after the break-up of Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, Europe's most castellated country, is a bastion of untrammeled wildernesses, where some of the continent's densest forest coverage gives way to dramatic fortresses and craggy mountains harboring outstanding hiking. Famous wine and beer, its tradition-steeped hinterland, cradles an entrancing folk culture most European nations have lost.
If you believe the legends, Krakow was founded on the defeat of a dragon, and it’s true a mythical atmosphere permeates its attractive streets and squares.
Day 1 Vienna / Bratislava - Malatiny
Arrival in Vienna or Bratislava. Once we arrive there, we drive to the capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava. The city has a long history with several historical milestones. The Bratislava Castle is the symbol of the city. The old city center has some picturesque narrow streets, that makes the city very charming. After lunch we drive to the north in the direction of Liptov. We move into our residence hotel***. Dinner and overnight stay in our hotel.
Day 2 Malatiny – Levoca – Spis - Malatiny
After breakfast buffet we visit the walled city Levoca with inside the Church of St. Jacob the tallest wooden altarpiece of the world. This city stands out by its numerous beautiful town houses and a beautiful Renaissance town hall. We take our lunch in a local restaurant. We finish the day with a visit the biggest fortress of Central Europe, Spissky Hrad, an impressive castle ruin. Dinner and overnight stay in our hotel.
Day 3 Malatiny – Spania Dolina – Banska Bystrica - Malatiny
After a delicious breakfast buffet we drive to the mountains of Spania Dolina. Thanks to the copper mines this place had city rights since the 16th century. Now it is a true holiday resort with legacies of its rich past such as the town houses on the square and the church on the hill since the 13th century. The old miners’ cottages are recognizable from the typical balconies. The city Banska Bystrica is the capital of Central Slovakia and is said to be one of the most beautiful cities of the country. Banska Bystrica has a big renovated historical city center. We will see the city fortress, the Roman church and the Matthias Dom. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 Malatiny – Svaty Kriz – Strba – Stary Smokovec – Spisska Sobota - Malatiny
After our breakfast buffet we visit the Tatra Mountains where we start with a visit to Svaty Kriz, known for its wooden evangelical church, one of the biggest wooden buildings of Central Europe. The church was originally build in Paludza. Due to the construction of the dam the church was completely dismantled, restored and rebuilt in Svaty Kriz. Further to Strba where we take the traditional cogwheel train to Strebske Pleso. We walk around the mountain lake (pleso) and we take our lunch on the borders of the lake. In the afternoon we discover Stary Smokovec known for its impressive architecture. We finish this day with a visit to the Gothic altarpieces of Spisska Sobota. Dinner and overnight stay in our hotel.
Day 5 Malatiny - Lucky – Vlkolinec – Liptovska Mara – Malatiny
We keep it calm today and we visit the waterfall of Lucky this morning. After that we move towards Vlkolinec, a UNESCO mountain village located in a wonderful scenery. After lunch we make a boat trip on the Liptov Sea where we get a splendid panorama on the High and Low Tatra. After a fascinating day we enjoy a festive dinner in the hotel.
Day 6 Malatiny – Oravsky Podzamok - Krakow
After our breakfast buffet we drive to the village Oravsky Podzåmok where we will visit the mighty fortress of Orava. According to many people it is one of the nicest fortresses of the country, that sticks out like one vertical finger above the plain. After lunch we cross the Polish border, in the direction of Krakow. This historical city lies on the banks of the river Wisla. The city center of Krakow, once the capital of Poland, was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1978. Krakow owns a great amount of historical monuments such as: the Main Square, the Royal Road, the Barbican of Krakow, the Gothic Wawel Castle and the Kazimierz district. Dinner and overnight stay in our hotel.
Day 7 Krakow
After breakfast buffet we move towards the Kazimierz district. We discover the Jewish district with plenty of synagogues and small squares. The cemetery reminds us of the horrible period that has been taken place here in WW II. After lunch, we visit the Wawel hill, the seat of Polish kings with its impressive cathedral, where the kings where baptized, crowned and buried. After that, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8 Krakow
After breakfast buffet we enjoy some free time in the historical center to discover it on our own. Around noon, we head back to our touring car to drive the airport of Krakow for our flight back.
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