Come on this great tour, start in Budapest, a truly admirable city, then tour through the heart of Slovakia and end in Krakow – a Polish jewel.
We will meet you at the airport’s arrival hall, help you with your luggage, drive you safely and comfortably to your hotel in Vienna and help with the check in process.Maximum comfort, mineral water on board and a pleasant drive. Welcome drink and itinerary introduction. Your lovely holiday has just started. At leisure.
We drive to the Gellert view point to see the lovely panorama of Buda and Pest, Danube river and the famous bridges. The views are fantastic. Take your time for pictures. Visit of impressive Buda castle Hill – UNESCO World Heritage – during the 15th century, under the rule of King Matthias, Buda became one of Europe’s most influential cities. Visit of Matthias church – the scene of a big coronation ceremony when emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elizabeth (Sisi) were crowned, and thus the Austro-Hungarian Empire was established. Fishermen’s bastion – only 100 years old – a favorite lookout. In medieval times, the fish market was nearby and the bastion was built to commemorate the fishermen who protected this part of the city.Enjoy the stunning views on European 3rd largest Parliament. It’s time to cross the Chain Bridge, at the time of its construction, the Chain Bridge was the suspension bridge with the second-largest span in the world.
Continue to see the Andrassy boulevard, Parliament, Liberty square. The Heroes’ square – largest & most impressive – with its millennial monument was built in 1896 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the arrival of Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin.
Evening – At your own
Optional activities displayed below are not included in the package.
We can arrange the tour, book & buy the tickets and get you there, please let us know which would be interested for you.
Boat ride on the Danube – spectacular boat trip, duration 1hr 15min
Guided tour through Hungarian parliament – tour takes 45min
Jewish Quarter with synagogues and cemetery – with history overview and details
Hungarian Folk Dance performance
House of Terror – museum dedicated to commemorate the victims of communism
This morning we have a scenic drive northeast. After 2hrs driving we’ll be in one of the most beautiful, most romantic and most special town – a picturesque Banska Stiavnica. It is like to step in the past centuries. Get an overview of the rich history of this town connected with the mining of silver, copper and gold. Visit of the Old castle – a majestic fortress, 16th century New castle, the heart of the Old town – the Holy Trinity square with beautiful sights such as the gothic 15th century St. Catherine church, admire Renaissance buildings and the baroque Holy Trinity column.
Lunch break at restaurant Monarchia is about home-made specialties and great atmosphere. Do you like beer? Then, ERB restaurant will satisfy you with its high-quality microbrewery and a delicious cuisine. Which of these special beers from Slovak ingredients will be your favorite? We continue to see an exceptional mountain village Vlkolinec (UNESCO sight since 1993), hidden in hills of National Park Velka Fatra. Enjoy breathtaking panorama views and colorful 45 wooden log houses. It is the best-preserved oasis of folk architecture. We continue to High Tatra mountains – the heart of Slovakia.
Dinner at your own or we can book the tables at Koliba restaurant – a traditional wooden chalet with traditional tasty Slovak dishes, waiters in folk costumes and Slovak folk music. Start with a shot of “Slivovica” – a plum brandy. Garlic soup, cabbage or lentil soup? Enjoy our national meal Bryndzove halusky (Potato dumplings with melted sheep cheese and pieces of bacon). What about dessert? Apple strudel is highly recommended to try.
Overnight: Strbske Pleso
It’s easy to fall in love with High Tatras – mountains with its picturesque valleys, brooks, waterfalls, colorful meadows, tarns with crystal clear water. We are very excited to show you our lovely mountains, firstly, drive to Stary Smokovec town to take a funicular railway (tickets not included) to get Hrebienok and walk to the waterfalls. An easy walking tour in the nature.
We move to Tatranska Lomnica town (15min by car) to take a cable car (tickets not included) to Skalnate pleso station to see the High Tatra mountains from above. We enjoy a little walk around Skalnate pleso, views of the Lomnicky peak and valley views.
Please note, if you would like to go up to the top of Lomnicky peak (2nd highest peak in High Tatras), it is necessary an advance booking. Please let us know.
Other possibilities what to do today
1, easy walking tour to Popradske pleso lake (on the smooth road, total of 2-3 hours of walking)
2, longer hiking tour, total of 6-7 hours (e.g. up to cottage by Green lake or Teryho cottage)
3, visit the only accessible cave in High Tatras – Belianska cave
4, museum about the National park of High Tatras
5, Aquapark Poprad – swimming, saunas, SPA treatments
Overnight: Strbske Pleso
We travel further to the east to visit 2 UNESCO jewels. History enthusiasts will admire charming medieval town Levoca, cultural & historic jewel among Slovak towns. Visit of the 14th century Roman Catholic basilica of St. James with its tallest wooden wing gothic altar in the world – a masterpiece from Master Paul of Levoca. Get more details about this amazing wood crafter in a museum where he lived and worked.
Spiss castle It is not just an evidence of architectural development from the 12th to 18th century, but it is one of the largest castle ruins in Central Europe. Mighty and impressive fortress in a stunning location. Get more information about the former owners – famous dynasties such as Zapolsky, Thurzo and Csaky. Visit the castle kitchen, chapel, torture chamber and enjoy the views from the upper terraces.
We head towards Poland with a stop in a charming little Zdiar village to have a tasty traditional Slovak lunch. Drive to Krakow (2hrs). City of Krakow, once a seat of Polish kings and the capital of the country, nowadays an exceptionally beautiful second largest Polish city. Get an overview of Polish history in an easy and understandable way. King Kazimier III the Great, Golden age of 16th century, partitions of Poland, WW2, communist era and present-day life. In-depth information with our top tour guide.
Our discovery of Krakow we start with a walking tour to Wavel royal castle – situated in the centre of Krakow. Wawel Castle and its cathedral have experienced over 1000 years of both glorious and turbulent history. Together they now form one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region.
Evening – At your own
Start with a Quality Sightseeing walking tour. Walk on the former Royal route where you can find the greatest treasures such as Florianska gate and street, the Main Square (Rynek Glowny) in the centre of Krakow’s Old Town district is Europe’s largest medieval square and has been the hub of the city since the 13th century.
It contains some of Krakow’s most famous sights, including the Cloth Hall, the Basilica of St Mary, the Town Hall Tower and the tiny 11th-century church of St Adalbert. Visit of the courtyard of the famous Jagiellon university.
Have a lunch break in the heart of the centre, try more Polish delicacies. Kazimierz district visit – walking tour. In 1993 Steven Spielberg shot his film Schindler’s list largely in this area which draw international attention to this part of Krakow. Once a separate Jewish city, an autonomous enclave (14th-19thcentury). Our guide will get you a history overview with a focus on WW2. Visit the highlights such as Szeroka street with its three temples, the most valuable is the Old Synagogue – the oldest Jewish structure in Poland
What is Kazimierz district today? Undoubtedly one of the best-known areas of Krakow, full of popular restaurants, café’s, cultural and artistic life. Feel the spirit of Krakow’s bohemians. What about coming for dinner in a great Jewish restaurant with live music? An evening concert is always a good idea.
Evening – At your own
Optional (not included in the package)
Half-day trip to concentration camp Auschwitz – memorial & museum of former Nazi concentration and extermination camp
Oscar Schindler’s factory – parts of Oskar Schindler’s war-time enamel factory converted into
Salt mine Wieliczka – discover the secrets of the underground world -UNESCO sight
John Paul II birth house and museum – the heart of the museum is the apartment where Karol Wojtyla was born and raised.
Your memorable holiday comes to an end today.
We are ready to arrange for you an airport transfer for discounted rates.