Slovakia Tours Slovakia Heritage Tour 2024

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 into 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.
Price
€USD 3150 per person
Duration
10 Days
Destination
Slovakia
Travellers
6+
4 Reviews
5 out of 5

An original tour for our Slovak-American Partnership Traditional Slovak Heritage Tour

Designed by Judith Northup-Bennett
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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 into 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.

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Bratislava, Slovakia
Return Location
Bratislava, Slovakia
Price includes
  • 4 Star First Class Hotels
  • A guided tour of important places
  • Air conditioned Transport
  • Breakfast Every Morning
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Farewell dinner
  • Photos of Your Holiday
  • Professional and Licensed Guide
  • Professionally guided tour
  • Special Heritage Programs and Festivals
  • Unlimited bottled water
  • VAT and city tax
  • Welcome dinner
  • Welcome Drink
Price does not include
  • Flights to/from Slovakia
  • Medical insurance and emergency insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Visa arrangements

Traditional Slovak Heritage Tour

With our native Slovak guide, you’ll step back in time to medieval 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 of 14-16 (maximum 18) to keep a relaxed pace and flexibility. An English-speaking travel director is at your disposal during the whole tour.

About Slovakia Heritage Tour:
Judy Northup-Bennett, the Slovakia Heritage Tour founder, is available in the United States to answer your questions and help you plan your travel.
Contact Judy at slovakiaheritagetours@gmail.com or 978-544-5144

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DAY 1

BANSKA STIAVNICA & BANSKA BYSTRICA -RADVANSKY JARMOK

Our Slovakia Heritage adventure begins at the Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel (meeting) for our morning drive through the rolling Danube plains to the 14th century mining town of Banská Štiavnica, nestled in a richly-forested valley. We’ll walk through the lovely Old Town, visit the Old castle and have a tasty lunch. In the late afternoon, we’ll settle into the Hotel Kuria, in the quaint city of Banská Bystrica. In the evening, we’ll gather for our Welcome Dinner (included) which will feature a special fujara performance. A uniquely Slovak shepherd’s flute, the fujara has been named to the UNESCO cultural heritage list.

Meal(s): Welcome dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Kuria***
Overnight: Banska Bystrica

DAY 2

SPANIA DOLINA & BANSKA BYSTRICA

In the morning, we’ll step back in time in the ancient mining and lacemaking village of Špania Dolina, in the hills just outside of Banská Bystrica. We’ll walk the village and forested lanes(at your pace) and visit the mining and lacemaking museums. The afternoon will be yours to enjoy the 400-year old Harvest Market Festival (Radvanský Jarmok) which fills the Banská Bystrica’s beautiful center square with 3 booths to browse and performances to watch…both traditional and contemporary. You can also delve into World War II history from a Central European perspective at the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising, shop, or relax. In the late afternoon we’ll gather for a Wine & Cheese reception(included) to go over the tour itinerary, answer questions and practice every day expressions with an introductory Slovak lesson.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Wine and cheese reception
Accommodation: Hotel Kuria***
Overnight: Banska Bystrica

DAY 3

ORAVA REGION, ZUBEREC, HIGH TATRAS

In the morning, we’ll travel through the beautiful landscapes of the Mala Fatra Mountains, stopping to visit the dramatic Orava Castle. Orava folk music and dance will entertain us during lunch(included) at a typical Koliba, shepherd’s restaurant. In the afternoon, we’ll stroll through the 19th century Zuberec museum village to see what village life was like when many of our ancestors left Slovakia. Driving through the picturesque Liptovsky lake region. We’ll arrive at the classic Grand Hotel Smokovec in the heart of the Tatra Mountains to relax and watch the sun set on the mountains.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Stary Smokovec****
Overnight: Stary Smokovec, High Tatras

DAY 4

HIGH TATRA MOUNTAINS

You can enjoy the beauty of the Tatry Mountains at your own pace. There are several options for a day of out-door, scenic adventure in this dramatic small alpine range or relaxing in the resort towns, including taking a gondola to the top of the range, traveling the light rail train through the resorts, shopping, visiting the excellent Tatra National Park Museum, and taking short or long hikes in the mountains. In the evening, we’ll stroll the shore of a glacial lake in Strbske Pleso and enjoy dinner at a typical mountain chalet restaurant. Optional personal family and village visits can be arranged.

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

 

DAY 5

BARDEJOV – SARIS OUTDOOR MUSEUM – THERMAL SPA

We’ll travel from the High Tatry Mountains to Bardejov with a surprise stop along the way. After checking into the Hotel Pod Branou in the heart of the city and lunch, we’ll explore Bardejov from the classic 19th century spa and Šariš out door folk museum to it’s exquisite medieval center, visiting the Basilica of St. Egidius with it’s many carved altars, and the Icon Museum if you wish. You can relax in a cafe and take in the atmosphere of the central square before dinner. Optional personal family and village visits can be arranged.

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

DAY 6

SARIS – SMALL VILLAGE VISIT – LEVOCA TOWN & KOSICE

In the morning, we’ll travel through the lovely stream valleys ringed by high pasture fields and farm land of the Šariš region to visit a small village. Later will cross the low scenic hills to the medieval, pilgrimage town of Levoča. After lunch we’ll visit the largest, exquisitely-carved altar in the world in Basilica of Saint James by 15th century master woodcarver Master Pavol; the museum of his work; and other important Levoča historic sites. In the evening, we’ll walk the beautiful central square of Košice before settling into the Hotel Double tree by Hilton, in the heart of the city.

Meal(s): Breakfast 
Accommodation: Hotel DoubleTree Hilton****
Overnight: Kosice

DAY 7

KOSICE

CULTURAL CAPITAL OF 2013

We’ll enjoy morning guided walking tours of Košice’s well-preserved historic center. Afternoon free to shop and explore the thriving downtown of Slovakia’s second largest city. Since many of our Slovak American ancestors came from Eastern Slovakia, this is a day we help travelers arrange for guides to visit their families or family villages. Optional evening special cultural program.

Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel DoubleTree Hilton****
Overnight: Kosice

DAY 8

SPISS REGION & RETURN TO BRATISLAVA

Leaving Košice, we’ll start the trip back to Bratislava through the rolling hills and valleys of the Spiš region with stops along the way. We’ll explore the ruins of the majestic Spiš Castle, one of the largest castle ruins in Europe. On the trip home, we’ll have lunch at a Salas, a traditional shepherd’s farm. 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 Blu Carlton, in the center of the Old City.

Meal(s): Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Radisson****
Overnight: Bratislava

DAY 9

BRATISLAVA QUALITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

 Fall in love with Slovakia’s modest but elegant small capital with a morning guided walking tour, We’ll also travel by bus for panoramic views of the majestic Danube from medieval Devin Castle where we’ll learn about the Soviet-era Iron Curtain. Our last stop will be the Bratislava Castle scenic overview for views of the city and Bratislava’s long history. The afternoon will be free time to explore Bratislava’s narrow central streets and lovely plazas for shopping or people- watching, and stroll the Danube promenade to watch the ships and barges along this busy waterway. In the evening, a farewell dinner (included) in a lovely restaurant in the Old town.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Farewell dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Radisson****
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, the 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): Breakfast

More about Slovakia

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 into 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.

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  • Slovakia Heritage Tour / September 2023
    5 out of 5

    My husband and I traveled with eight other adults for a ten day tour which spanned the entire country of Slovakia. This was not only our first visit to this beautiful county, but also our first to Europe. We were somewhat uncertain as to what to expect, but upon arriving for our tour, we found we were in great hands! Peter and his wife Jane had planned every aspect of our tour perfectly! We traveled in a beautiful 20 seat Mercedes bus. Our driver, Roman, was outstanding and did a fabulous job in getting our group safely from one town to the next. Sites visited included Bratislava, Banska Stiavnica, Spania Dolina, and Bandka Bastrika, all centuries’ old mining towns, and the breathtaking Tatry Mountains where we rode a gondola to the mountain top. We saw the Orava Castle, the rural areas of the Saris Region and medieval town of Bardejov, as well as the gorgeous town of Levoca. Churches and more churches everywhere!! We then ventured on to Kosice where we had the opportunity to spend the day with my Slovak cousins and tour the magnificent St. Elizabeth Cathedral. On our journey back to Bratislava, we stopped and toured the 11th-12th century Spis Castle. While in Bratislava, we enjoyed a walking tour of Slovakia’s capital and all its many magnificent landmarks! Peter was a true professional throughout the entire tour, helping us with every aspect of our travels from carrying our luggage to and from the various hotels, arranging transportation when needed, and providing a wealth of information of his beautiful country! We would suggest for anyone who is considering this tour to have a great pair of walking shoes because there is A LOT of walking involved, much of which is uphill! However, the views which await you at the top of those hills is something you won’t want to miss! The hotels in which we stayed were top-notch, and all of the meals which were provided for our group were truly outstanding! This tour was not only educational, but also intimate and just all-around lovely. It’s great for those who have never visited Slovakia before as you get to see so much of the country! Thank you to Peter and Jane for providing this wonderful tour for Mike and me. We made so many life-long memories!! Warmest regards, Mike and Angela / USA

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    09/26/2023

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  • Slovakia Heritage Tour 2019
    5 out of 5

    Joined tour in September, 2019. Best decision ever! Found them randomly in Slovak magazine. Small group that ended with great memories and lasting friendships. Every stop, every accommodation was better than expected! Peter provided excellent history, outstanding information and helped to track any relatives within the country. Hope to be back again. Look for Best Slovakia Tours on facebook, walk along tours with Peter to enjoy lots of cities snd sites in Slovakia. Thanks for the best experience and sharing our Slovakian heritage. Patty / USA

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    10/12/2019

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  • Slovakia Heritage Tour 2013
    5 out of 5

    “Hi Peter, Linda and I want to think you for the expertise and energy you applied to our tour. We had a great time. I’ve put a few of the pictures that I took, which you might be able to use to promote tours, on dropbox.com and will send you an invitation to share the folder. That means you can download any of the images for your use. Just please leave the watermark on for credit. Included in this group are two pictures of an Unidentified Flying Object in the High Tatras. Pretty cool, my first UFO pix. I also have a favor to ask: Can you tell us what “Iskru Pivu Dávajú Ludia” means? It’s on the bottom of the beer mugs we were given by Josef. Thanks again for all your efforts, especially helping me get my camera case back” Andy & Linda M. / USA

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    09/27/2013

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  • Slovakia Heritage Tour 2011
    5 out of 5

    Thanks again for everything you did for us on our “holiday” vacation. We had a wonderful time. Dolores P. / USA Thank you for doing a marvellous job. We really enjoyed everything. Fondly, Ben & Janny O., Rudy & Marsha P. / USA

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    10/03/2011

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Travel dates:  September 6-15, 2024

Price: USD 3150 per person sharing double/twin room

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Slovakia Heritage Tour 2024

Price
€USD 3150 per person
Duration
10 Days
Destination
Slovakia
Travellers
6+

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