Summits & Tarns of Slovakia

Slovakia Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £999pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

Unspoiled and uncrowded, Slovakia boasts some impressive natural landscapes, making it a must-do for lovers of the outdoors. With easy-to-reach walks perfect for all abilities, from the Tatras mountains with their mirror-still tarns backed by impressive peaks, to the scenic Pieniny National Park where you can discover local traditions and ways of life, there's something for everyone. Let us show you the best this region has to offer on our guided walking holiday, where an experienced, knowledgeable local leader will introduce you to three national parks in five days, and will guide you on a variety of walks that showcase the best of this beautiful country.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore three wild and mountainous national parks in five days
  • Use electric trains to access the high Tatras region
  • Drift on wooden rafts through the longest canyon in middle Europe on the river Dunajec
  • Enjoy the hospitality of the Gorals and discover their traditions
  • Dine out in a traditional folklore Slovak restaurant with live gypsy music

What’s included

  • Half Board, 3 star hotel accommodation
  • A full programme of guided walks with two options every walking day
  • The services of experienced, knowledgeable local guides
  • Return flights from the UK and hotel transfers on ‘with flight’ holidays
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • All transport to and from walks
  • Packed lunch provided on two days
  • Dinner in a traditional local restaurant
  • Wooden rafting experience
  • Evening Goral picnic dinner

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

Transfer to your accommodation in Novy Smokovec and make yourself comfortable in the family-run Hotel Villa Siesta, situated in the heart of the High Tatras National Park.


Explore Tatranska Lomnica to take in mountain views, tarns and traditional villages

Option 1 - Tatranska Lomnica

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 120m (400ft) of ascent. 1020m (3400ft) of descent

In summary: This morning board the electric Tatra train to climb to the cable car station in Tatranska Lomnica. From here you’ll ascend by cable car to Skalnate Pleseo, a mountain tarn where you can soak up beautiful panoramic views. The tarn is situated under the second highest peak of the High Tatras – Lominicky. There’s time for a visit to the Skalnata mountain hut before beginning your descent to the mountain village of Tatranska Lomnica. Pause here to explore the village and perhaps enjoy a coffee at the oldest hotel, Lomnica.

Option 2 - Tatranska Magistrala

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: Start your adventure by boarding the electric train and cable car to Skalnate Pleseo. Pick up a rugged, marked trail, Tatranska Magistrala, across rocky terrain, which will lead you through the Tatra mountains to reach the summit of Velka Svistovka (2037m). This is the highest point of the trail. Here, enjoy views of the Belianske Tatras and the valley of the Green Tarn, Zelene Pleso. On reaching the tarn you will find a mountain hut, which is the perfect place to stop for lunch. After your hearty picnic, continue through a forest on a rocky path to Kermarska Biel Voda, where you will meet your return transport.


This morning you’ll transfer to Demänovska valley in the Low Tatras, arriving at the upper end of the valley and the famous resort of Jasna, from where todays walk begins.

Option 1 - Chopok

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (570m)

In summary: You’ll climb to the 2nd highest peak of the Low Tatras – Chopok (2,024 m) - on the cable car and can walk to the summit before continuing on the ridge between the two highest peaks of the Low Tatras – Chopok and Dumbier. This trail offers fantastic panoramic views of the High Tatras, Low Tatras, Western Tatras and the Liptovska Mara water dam. Enjoy a ride to the other side of the Chopok peak, Kosodrevina, and back so that you can enjoy great views over the High Tatras and Liptov region. Then take the cable car back to Jasná, where there will be time to discover the biggest tarn of the Low Tatras – Velicke tarn, an opportunity not to be missed.

Option 2 - Dumbier

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1500ft (450m) of ascent 3,100ft (930m) of descent

In summary: Todays walk starts much the same as the easier walk, following the ridge path to the highest peak of the low Tatras Dumbier (2043m). After reaching the peak you’ll continue along the Slovak National Uprising’s Hero’s Trail to the cottage of General Stefanik, where you can take a break for lunch. After lunch continue to the cable car station Kosodrevina, and take the cable car back to Chopok before heading down to Jasna.


Transfer from the hotel to the oldest settlement of the Tatras – Stary Smokovec. From here you will ride a cog railway to Hrebienok to begin your hike to the waterfalls of Cold Creek Valley. In the evening, you'll dine in a traditional folklore Slovak restaurant, Zbojnicka Koliba, where you’ll be treated to traditional Slovak dishes while a professional gypsy band performs.

Option 1 - Bilikova Hut

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: On route you’ll pass Bilikova Hut before reaching Rainer Hut, where you will stop for a coffee break. Continuing to Zamkovska hut, you’ll take an alternative trail back to Hrebienok. Once back in Hrebienok you are free to explore; perhaps visit the renovated former judge towers to see the exhibitions of the Tatra mountain huts or visit "Kvantarium" a brand new project where you can experience impressive multimedia shows. Alternatively take time to relax and enjoy a coffee while taking in the views. When ready, return via the cog railway to Stary Smokovec (or you may prefer to take the short 30 mins walk back down) before returning to the hotel.

Option 2 - Zbojnicka Hut

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Total ascent: 3,000 feet (900m)

In summary: Your walk will follow a similar path to the easier walk only you will continue all the way to Zbojnicka mountain hut, situated in the upper part of the Great Cold Valley below the Zbojnicky crest. After enjoying the views over the majestic peaks, return to Hrebienok and the cog railway back to Stary Smokovec.


Your stay includes a weekly ticket for the Tatra electric train, which you can use to further explore the High Tatras villages or venture into Poprad with its shops and cafes. Alternatively, visit Spis castle, which is a UNESCO heritage site.


Start your walk today at the highest point of the High Tatras, Strbske Pleso (1350m), which is well known for its winter sports facilities, beautiful scenery and hiking trails.

Option 1 - Popradske Pleso

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary:  Let your local guide take you around one of the biggest tarns in the High Tatras before joining one of the most beautiful, easy hiking trails in the High Tatras to Popradske pleso tarn. Here, visit the symbolic cemetery of the victims of the High Tatras, take in the unique views of the surrounding peaks and then continue down to the train station at Popradske pleso.

Option 2 - Popradske Pleso & Ostrva Gap

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Total ascent: 2.500 feet (750m)

In summary: Beginning in Strbske Pleso you will begin the day with a walk to Popradske tarn before continuing on to Ostrva Gap.


Today your local leader will show you one of the most beautiful corners of Slovakia, the Zamagurie region and its unique national park Pieniny.

Option 1 - Cerveny Klastor & Dunajec rafting

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: negligible

In summary: Begin your walk at the border bridge between Poland and Slovakia, and continue to the former monastery, Cerveny Klastor, with its museum exhibition showcasing the way of life for two religious orders that resided here in the past. Afterward, drift on wooden rafts down the longest canyon in middle Europe, on the river Dunajec, which forms the natural border between Slovakia and Poland. You’ll have time to enjoy the spa town of Szczawnica on the Polish side. If time allows you could potentially take the chairlift to Palencia hill as well to admire the panoramic views over Pieniny and the Tatra mountains. You will complete the days walk at Lesnica, where you’ll enjoy a wonderful Goral picnic  and experience the hospitality of the mountain folk here.

Option 2 - Trzy Korony, Cerveny Klastor & Dunajec rafting

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In summary: Walking from the border bridge you will head for the spectacular Trzy Korony Peak, which offers unique views over the national park. Then head for Cerveny Klastor, and board the wooden rafts to explore the canyon, before walking to Lesnica for the Goral picnic.


Conclude your holiday and make your way home.


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Hotel Villa Siesta

The Hotel Villa Siesta is a family-run hotel situated in the heart of the High Tatras national park. The ideal location for exploring the many trails which are easily accessible via train and cable cars.

Rooms

The hotel features 24 cosy en-suite rooms guestrooms, with:

  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Minibar
  • WiFi internet

Facilities

There is a wellness centre with relaxation room, hydromassage baths and sauna. Massage treatments are also available.

Guests can relax and enjoy a drink by the fireplace or on the terrace.

Free WiFi is available in all areas of the hotel.

Food & Drink

Our holidays in Slovakia are Half Board

Breakfast

Self-service breakfast buffet

Lunch (Payable Locally)

The hotel can provide pre-ordered packed lunches at an additional cost. Alternatively, ingredients for a picnic lunch can be purchased from local shops or it may be possible to eat at cafés or huts on certain days on the walks. Our leaders will advise you of the options.

Evening Meal

A 3-course dinner is served in the restaurant. Vegetarian and special diets are catered for; It is helpful if you can specify these at the time of booking.

On the evening of day 4 we get to visit a traditional Slovak restaurant where we can enjoy traditional Slovak dishes.

On our final evening we get to experience a wonderful Goral picnic, which is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the life of the Gorals.

Drinks

The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits plus tea and coffee.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks.

Relax in the hotel bar in order to chat with your fellow guests.

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Getting to Hotel Villa Siesta

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/.

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • Single room: From £84 (complete holiday)
  • With flight holidays: Flights from London Heathrow to Krakow included
  • Regional connecting flights available on request from £139pp
  • Independent travellers can join our group transfer from Krakow Airport
  • Independent transfers can be arranged from Krakow, Poprad or Kosice airport. Prices on request
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £999pp
without flights

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