Why did we start drone flying over your ancestral villages?
Since 2007, every travel season we had many Ancestry Tours where we organized meetings (we made a connection between you and your Slovak relatives/family). We took thousands of pictures and recorded lovely videos.
Now, we offer you even more. You can enjoy your ancestral village in a short movie.
We believe that using our quality drone, our flying, and video making experiences we can prepare for you a high-quality video with music, subtitles, and a lot of useful information.
A short movie of your ancestral village – your amazing memory from Slovakia.
For over 10 years, Best Slovakia Tours have designed tours to help Slovaks rediscover their homeland and reconnect with their ancestral villages and family. There are a few options for types of tours you can choose:
1) Design a personalized tour. If you have 4 or more people traveling in your group it’s cost-effective to plan your own, personalized tour.
2) Join a Best Slovakia scheduled tour. Check out the range of scheduled Best Slovakia tours offered throughout the year. Most are small group tours and many are planned around special interests that create a special camaraderie among travelers.
3) Join the September Slovakia Heritage Tour for a full immersion in Slovakia’s beautiful culture, history, and breath-taking country-side. Designed to reconnect Slovak-Americans with their family traditions and ancestral villages, this small-group tour fills up fast so get on the first-come/first-served sign-up list as early as you can.
Explore your family roots, by working with a Slovak genealogical researcher to expand the information you have about the grandparents and family who left Slovakia for a new life in America. You can expand this research to try to locate living family descendants who stayed behind and often have kept alive the memories of those who left in family stories through generations. Best Slovakia tours can help you connect and work with accomplished researchers.
New this year, Peter Blazicek, Best Slovakia Tours founder, will travel to your village and produce a video including aerial drone footage of the surrounding area, and interesting sites including ancestral homes, cemeteries, historic markers, and other important locations. In the narrative, Peter will recount the special historic and cultural aspects of your region. Working with Peter, you’ll decide the cost of the video based on mileage as well as research and production hours.
Also new this year, as a service for all the people who won’t be able to travel because of the pandemic as well as for people who are limited in traveling for other reasons, Peter is offering a virtual Zoom visit with your Slovak family in their homes. For a price set on mileage and hours, Peter will organize and translate for a virtual visit for you and your family in their homes or another location. Peter will arrange the visit for families that know each other but can’t travel at this time as well as for families who have just reconnected through genealogical research and want to get to know each other before their visit.
Price and details on request.
Equipment for picture taking/video recording.
Drone DJI mavic mini (2.7k 30fps videos)
Drone DJI mavic air 2 (4k 30fps videos)
Gimbal DJI Osmo 2
Camera Nikon D7000
A short flight over Sulovske rocks, Western Slovakia
Our very first short drone video of Sulovske Skaly. The most famous rock formation “Gothic gate”. Sulovske skaly (rocks) offer amazing easy to moderate hiking possibilities, absolutely recommended for families and kids. And the views!
One of the nicknames is “Slovak Dolomites” and you will not wonder why. (we used our very first drone DJI mavic mini which is a great beginning for exciting drone flying)