2017 Slovakia Heritage Tour

Join us September 8-17 for our 6th Slovakia Heritage Tour, created and led by Judy Northup-Bennett.
We'll explore Slovakia's picturesque countryside, walk able cities, medieval towns and country villages.
Get to know Slovakia's culture, food, music, history and people...up close and personal...on this well-paced, small group tour.



Traditional Slovak Heritage Tour 2017

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Overview

An original tour for our Slovak-American Partnership
Designed by Judith Northup-Bennett

On our Slovakia Heritage Tour, you'll experience the heritage of Slovakia and life today in one of the European Union's newest members. The art, music, crafts and deep-seated traditions of this ancient Slavic nation will come alive as you settle in to the comfortable and engaging pace of this personalized, small group tour.

While you'll visit many lovely cities and historic sites, and explore beautiful landscapes, the focus of these tours is connecting with the history, culture and people of Central Europe's best-kept secret.

With our native Slovak guide, you’ll step back in time to middle-aged cities and castles, as well as to the cultures and traditions of early 20th century Slovakia when many of our Slovak ancestors left their country homes for new worlds. You’ll see what life was like in the Soviet era in contrast with today’s transition to a modern democracy.

We organize this tour for a small group (maximum 16) to keep a relaxed pace and flexibility.
An English speaking travel director is at your disposal during the whole tour.

About Slovakia Heritage Tour:
Founder & Organizer: Judith Northup-Bennett (USA)
Visit www.slovakiaheritage.com
Email on slovakiaheritagetours@gmail.com
Call directly # 978-544-5144

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Banska Stiavnica & Banska Bystrica

Morning drive through the rolling Danube plains stopping for lunch in the old
 mining town of Banská Štiavnica.

Tour the castle and the Renaissance Main
 Square of this hilly 15th-century town, beautifully situated in a richly-forested 
valley. Settle in to our hotel, Pension Kuria, in the quaint city of Banská
 Bystrica.
Gather for an evening Welcome Dinner (included) in a 14th-century 
fortress restaurant to review the travel plans, and have an introductory Slovak
 lesson.
 


Meal(s): Not applicable
Accommodation: Hotel Kuria
Overnight: Banska Bystrica

Day 2
Spania dolina & Banska Bystrica

Step back in time in the ancient mining and craft village of Spania Dolina. Walk 
the village and forested lanes and visit the lace and mining museums.

Afternoon
 will be free to explore the elegant and historical downtown of Banská Bystrica,
visit the National Museum of the Uprising, shop, or relax and enjoy a 
contemporary spa.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Kuria
Overnight: Banska Bystrica

Day 3
Orava region, Zuberec, High Tatras

Travel through beautiful landscapes of the Mala Fatra Mountains, stopping to visit Orava Castle.

Lunch, folk activities and music at a traditional Koliba, shepherds’ restaurant.

Drive through the picturesque Liptovska Mara lake region. Relax and watch the sun set on the mountains from our Pension 2004 in Stara Lesna.


Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Stary Smokovec
Overnight: Stary Smokovec, High Tatras

Day 4
High Tatras

Enjoy the beauty of the Tatry Mountains at your own pace. Several options for a day of out-door, scenic adventure in this 
dramatic small alpine range or relaxing in the resort towns.

In the evening, take part in (or just enjoy the eating ) a cooking demonstration of Slovakia’s national dish, Bryndzové Halušky.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Stary Smokovec
Overnight: Stary Smokovec, High Tatras

Day 5
Pieniny region & Bardejov / UNESCO

Travel from the High Tatry Mountains to the scenic vistas of the Pieniny National Park. Enjoy a traditional raft ride on the Dunajec river as you watch green fields, forests and mountains peacefully pass.
After lunch at the chalet restaurants on the river bank, visit the Bardejov Open-Air Village Museum to see how many of our ancestors were living at the end of the 19th century when many immigrants came to the United States.

In the evening, explore the historical guild town of Bardejov before settling into the Hotel Pod Branou, with spectacular location in the heart of the city.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Pod Branou
Overnight: Bardejov

Day 6
Saris region - Sabinov & Kosice


Travel through the lovely stream valleys ringed by high pasture fields and farm land of the Šariš region.
A morning visit to a small village at the edge of the forests where people still preserve the old ways of life. Enjoy a lively traditional dinner (included) in Sabinov with a chance to talk with young Slovaks and dance the polka and czardas if you like.

In the late afternoon, explore Prešov with its old center square, and excellent Šariš Museum, showing traditional ways and 19th/early 20 century photos of village life when many Slovaks left for America.

In the evening, walk the beautiful central square of Košice before settling into the Hotel Doubletree by Hilton, in the heart of the city. 



Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Double Tree Hilton
Overnight: Kosice

Day 7
Kosice - Cultural Capital of 2013


Morning guided walking tours of Košice’s well-preserved historic center. Afternoon free to shop and explore the thriving downtown.

Optional evening special cultural program.
Optional personal family and village visits can be arranged.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Double Tree Hilton
Overnight: Kosice

Day 8
Spiss region - UNESCO

Leave Košice for the rolling hills and valleys of the Spiš region. Explore the ruins of the majestic Spiš Castle one of the largest castle ruins in Europe.
Visit the Romanesque Cathedral of St. Martin in Spišská Kapitula, the “Slovak Vatican,” a walled ecclesiastical village since the 12th century. Lunch in the historical, pilgrimage town of Levoča with visits to see the large exquisitely-carved altar in St. Jacob’s Cathedral by 15th century master woodcarver Master Pavol.

After a day of exploration in the Spiš region, we’ll start the trip back to Bratislava with surprise stops along the way.

We’ll arrive in Slovakia’s capital city on the Danube in time to enjoy the charm of the Old City by night and settle into the old world elegance of the Hotel Radisson Carlton, in the center of the Old City.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Radisson or alternative
Overnight: Bratislava

Day 9
Bratislava Quality Sightseeing Tour


Fall in love with Slovakia’s modest but elegant small capital with a morning guided tour through the Old City and a stop at the city’s fortress castle for panoramic views of the city and the Danube.

Free afternoon to explore its narrow central streets and lovely plazas. Stroll the Danube promenade and watch the ships and barges along this busy waterway.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Radisson or alternative
Overnight: Bratislava

Day 10
Farewell to our travel friends !

At the close of the tour, some people will fly out of Vienna, and others will continue to travel on to Krakow, Poland, or Prague, Czech Republic with a Slovakia Heritage Extension Tour.

Please see details on the Extension Tours:
www.slovakiaheritage.com/extension-tours/
or call Judith Northup-Bennett at 978-544-5144 to discuss your personal plans.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

Send Your Request
We will reply to you within 12 hours or LESS.

You can also call us or write an email
+421 918 630 630
contact@bestslovakiatours.com

Basic information

Duration: 10 day tour
Trip type: Country Explorer
Level of difficulty: Easy
Languages: Only in English
Pick up & Drop off: On your request at your Hotel / Address

Tour Highlights

Spania Dolina - charming little mountain village, lace making
Orava castle & visit of traditional Salas
High Tatra mountains - walking, hiking, relaxing
Banska Stiavnica - silver town
Spiss castle - go back in time to the Middle Ages
Levoca town - world's largest wooden Altar
Bardejov - eastern Slovakia's middle-aged gem
Sabinov-Presov - meet Slovak people
Kosice - St. Elisabeth's Cathedral

Cooking lesson - Bryndzove Halusky
Fujara - Slovak music instrument - entertainment
Musicians - Singing & Dancing - entertainment
Traditional Eastern Slovak lunch
Annual Wine, Harvest & Mining festival
Musical performances

What is always INCLUDED

7x accommodation in stylish 4star luxury hotels
1x accommodation in a nice hotel with stunning views (3star)
2x accommodation in a cosy family-owned pension

9x hot buffet breakfast at the hotels/pensions
1x traditional festive Slovak dinner
1x Welcome Dinner
1x cooking class "bryndzové halušky" dinner

Luxurious Mercedes Benz Sprinter ( up to 19 travelers)
Air conditioning, adjustable leather seats, fridge on board
Daily refreshment on board

Full time driver/guide/translator services with native Slovak
Admissions to castles, museums
Local city guide in English for Bratislava
Maps, brochures, Slovak language lessons

What is EXCLUDED

Flights to/from Slovakia
Meals and drinks (except of mentioned)
Cable car tickets, souvenirs, tips
Anything not mentioned in included

Price Information

Please note, for this tour the fixed price is in US dollars
Price: $2,230

Price per person, land only
Based on sharing twin/double room

Single supplement: surcharge of $549

Send Your Request
We will reply to you within 12 hours or LESS.

You can also call us or write an email
+421 918 630 630
contact@bestslovakiatours.com