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Bratislava and the High Tatras in Winter

A winter holiday in Bratislava and the Tatras.
Holiday code: BTW
Countries: Slovakia
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 16
8days
From 995 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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You’ll go from Slovakia’s capital city to its majestic mountain range on this week-long guided winter discovery tour. Start by wandering the storied streets of Bratislava’s cobbled old town, then head up into the snow-covered Tatra mountains to discover glassy glacial lakes, tucked-away mountain villages and snow-dappled medieval towns.

While you’re touring the foothills of the Tatras you’ll also have the option to visit caves and castles, and relax in indoor and outdoor thermal pools. Factor in a cable car to Lomnicky Peak – the top of the country at a lofty 2634m – and you’ll have covered Slovakia’s finest experiences in the space of just one week.

Why we think this trip is fantastic, and you’ll love it!

  • Bratislava, Slovakia´s capital, has an incredible atmosphere in winter.
  • On certain dates, you can experience Bratislava’s traditional Christmas markets.
  • The scenic train journey from Bratislava to the Tatras takes you to one of Central. Europe’s highest mountain ranges in just three hours.
  • The cable car journey up to Lomnicky Peak opens up a 360° panoramic view of Slovakia and Poland.
  • You’ll walk to some hidden gems, like mountain huts and glacial lakes.
  • The horse and carriage ride is really special – you’ll canter through the forest and enjoy a traditional picnic cooked on an open fire.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Walking forms a key part of this trip, but it’s planned in a way that means almost anyone with an average level of fitness can take part.
  • Some sections of the tourist paths can be icy. Spikes and walking poles will be provided so you can enjoy walking, even on slippery terrain.
  • Temperatures can drop well below 0 C° in winter months, so you’ll need to prepare for cold weather.

Map & itinerary

Fly to Bratislava or Vienna and enjoy a free airport transfer to your hotel.Bratislava is a charming city with an intriguing history, which makes it the perfect place to start your tour. Your tour leader will meet you at your hotel to run through the plan for the week, so it’s a good idea to arrange flights for a morning arrival so you have time to settle in. Later, they’ll take you on a guided walk of the city. It starts at 5pm, so you’ll need to be at your hotel by then.

The walking route has been carefully planned so you can take in all of Bratislava’s main sights, including the Bratislava castle perched on a hill above the Danube river, the 18th-century Primate´s Palace, the old town hall and Michalska gate. Just bear in mind you’ll need to pay the entrance fees if you’d like to get a closer look at any of these.

Christmas Market

If you’re visiting between 22 November and 22 December you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the magical atmosphere of Bratislava´s Christmas market.

Meals included

No meals included

Activities included

Arrival airport transfer

Accommodation

Hotel – Bratislava

This morning we’ll leave the city of Bratislava behind and head into the heart of the High Tatra Mountains, the biggest and oldest national park in Slovakia. In just over three and a half hours, you’ll arrive at Poprad Tatry – gateway to the mountains.

The High Tatras are an area of phenomenal natural beauty. Expect to see frozen lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered valleys and forests, craggy peaks and ridges.

Our destination is Tatranska Lomnica, one of the biggest and most popular villages in the High Tatras. After checking in there’ll be an orientation walk around the hotel, so you can get your bearings.

Activities included

Private vehicle from hotel to train station
Train from Bratislava to Tatranska Lomnica

Meals included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica

Start the morning with a cable car ride from Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia´s highest ski resort, to Skalnate Pleso (1751m), where you’ll find a frozen glacial lake and star-gazing observatory.

From here, you’ll take a second cable car to Lomnicky Peak, which is 2634 metres high. Take in the panoramic views over Slovakia and Poland – the snow-capped scenery is straight from a fairy-tale.

Next, you’ll travel by mountain tram to Stary Smokovec, the oldest settlement in the High Tatras, before taking a funicular to pretty Hrebienok, one of the most-visited destinations in the Tatras and host of the unofficial ice statue carving world championships. From here, you’ll take an easy 30-minute walk to the oldest mountain hut in the Tatra Mountains, Rainerova. Here, you can warm up with a steaming mug of Tatra tea – made from herbs gathered from the Alpine meadows, before returning to Tatranska Lomnica late afternoon.

Total walking

Distance: 1,4 km
Total ascent: 72 m
Total descent: 67 m
Min elevation: 1258 m
Max elevation: 1303 m

Activities included

Cable car to Skalnate Pleso and Lomnicky Peak
Local train to/from Smokovec
Funicular to Hrebienok
Walking

Meals included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica

Today, a 40-minute scenic train ride takes you to Strbske Pleso (1347m), Slovakia´s highest village and the official spot where the winter sports world championships were held in 1970.

The village’s beautiful lake is a popular place for winter walking and cross-country skiing, and there are very popular ski jumps and an outdoor stadium close by. After a guided stroll around the village you’ll have the chance to take a cable car to Solisko mountain. At a height of 1814m, this peak offers yet more spectacular views.

After lunch in a traditional Slovak restaurant, KOLIBA, we’ll transfer to the magical village of Liptov – an open-air museum of folk architecture – before heading back to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Activities included

Mountain tram and private vehicle
Outdoor museum
Walking

Activities not included

Cable car to Solisko – 15 EUR

Meals included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the medieval town of Levoca. Surrounded by three national parks, Levoca is famous for its beautifully preserved historical houses, city walls and the church of St James, hiding the biggest wooden alter in the world.

We then transfer to the goral village of Zdiar. In the foothills of the Belianske Tatras, this village showcases unique architecture and you can learn all about the painted houses, log houses and barns at the local museum.

Later, you’ll hop on a carriage pulled by a pair of horses to enjoy a ride through the village and deeper into the forest, where you’ll sit down to an outdoor picnic cooked on an open fire.

Activities included

Transfers by private vehicle
Sightseeing in Levoca
Visit to outdoor museum
Horse and carriage ride with picnic

Meals included

Breakfast, picnic (filling enough to call it a lunch)

Today is all yours. Set off on a winter walk, go skiing on the sunny side of the Tatras, go ice skating, sledding or snow-tubing, or visit the beautiful Belianska cave. Your tour leader can help you plan the perfect day for you.

If you want to soak up more culture, you could visit the unique Luboviansky castle or the medieval town of Kezmarok. Nearby Poprad is also well worth exploring at your own pace.

If relaxation is on the cards, head to one of the aqua parks in the foothills of the Tatras. There are outdoor and indoor thermal pools and wellness centres where you can relax after all the walking you’ve done in the last week.

Meals included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica

This morning you’ll take a local train to Poprad, followed by a fast train back to Slovakia´s capital. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore Bratislava.

For a really memorable end to the tour, you can have dinner at the UFO restaurant tower located above the Danube river at a height of 95 metres (nearly 104 yards). From here, you’ll have a stunning view of Bratislava´s castle and the historical part of the city – the perfect setting to end an incredible week.

Activities included

Train back to Bratislava
Private vehicle from Bratislava´s train station to your hotel.

Meals included

Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel – Bratislava

After breakfast transfer back to Bratislava or Vienna airport. Your adventure comes to an end today – until next time...

Activities included

Departure airport transfer

Meals included

Breakfast

Dates & Prices

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Holiday information

Meals

Seven breakfasts, one lunch

Transport

Arrival and departure transfers
Private vehicle, trains

Accommodation

Seven nights in three-star hotels

Activities

Walking gear (spikes and walking poles)
Walking
Cable car to Lomnicky peak
Funicular
English speaking tour leader from start to finish.

International flights
Travel insurance
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room Nov, Dec, March 140 EUR
Single room Jan, Feb 160 EUR

Normally min 5, max 16.

This tour starts in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Our holidays do not include flights. This gives you the freedom to choose a local airport that works for you and shop for the best deal.

We recommend booking your flight to Bratislava Airport with only 20 minutes transfer to your starting hotel. Alternatively you can also fly to neighbouring Vienna.

Distances from international airports to the starting hotel in Bratislava.

Bratislava Airport – 12 km
Vienna Airport – 61 km

Free airport transfer from Bratislava or Vienna airport to your starting hotel will be provided.

During this tour you will use: trains, funicular, cable cars and private vehicles.

During this tour you will stay in two comfortable three-star hotels. That includes one night in Bratislava at the start of the tour, five nights in the Tatra mountains, and one night again in Bratislava at the end of the tour.

Both hotels are conveniently located in the centre of your destination, within walking distance to restaurants. All rooms are comfortably furnished with private facilities. There is also a restaurant and free Wi-Fi access.

This tour ends in Bratislava.

If you need to arrive or leave on a different date, please contact us and we’d be more than happy to arrange extra pre or post tour accommodation for you.

We recommend you pack as light as possible, with a suitcase or backpack that is easy to lift and carry, because you will be expected to carry your own bag during travelling, and take it to your hotel room etc.

We strongly recommend keeping the weight under 10 kg / 22lb. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. Below you will find a recommended packing list. It is by no means exhaustive, so if you’re in any doubt, please contact us.

A thick coat or ski jacket
Thermals
Waterproof trousers
Fleeces and warm jumpers
Gloves, hat and scarf
Walking boots
Strong trainers
Water bottle
Small first-aid kit
Sun cream and sunglasses
Beach towels and flip flops for thermal pools

This trip is accompanied by one of our local group leaders. All of the organisation, including transfers and activities, is managed by your leader. Our experienced guides are some of the best in the country; they will be there to assist you with anything you might need, giving you advice and organising your activities on a daily basis so you can fully focus on one thing – enjoying Slovakia´s spectacular mountain scenery!

Please note, we want to run this trip following the day-to-day itinerary on the trip notes. However, sometimes operational circumstances may prevent us from doing this. Your tour leader will keep you fully informed of any alternative plans that are necessary on-the-ground. Also, based on feedback from past travellers, occasionally our itineraries are amended. The final version of your trip notes will therefore be emailed to you prior to travel.

Slovakia: EUR

Compared to other mountainous, European countries such as Switzerland and Austria, your money goes much further in Slovakia. Prices of services and goods may vary depending on the type of establishment, but as a guide this is what you can expect to pay during your stay:

Mineral Water, 1.5 litre - from 0.45 EUR
Beer - from 0.65 EUR
Wine - from 2.30 EUR
Lunch (soup + main dish) - from 10 EUR
Dinner (three-course) - 15 EUR

Tipping in Slovakia is an accepted part of the service and tourism industries. We thought it would be helpful to provide a guide on what to tip the different people who will make your trip an excellent one. Of course, this is just to give you an idea – it’s entirely optional, and you can choose to tip as much or as little as you wish.

Tour leader – 2-4 EUR per day
Guides/activity instructors – 2-3 EUR per day
Drivers – 1-2 EUR per day
Restaurants – round up to the nearest EUR

Temperatures during the winter are very cold. Daytime temperatures in the mountains can range from -15 to 0 degrees Celsius. Temperatures drop considerably at higher altitudes and it’s vital that you come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear, as well as protection from the mountain sun.

It is a condition of travelling with us that you have holiday insurance. Please make sure you arrange this prior to travel.

An entry visa is not usually required by citizens of the EU, USA, CAN, AUS and NZ. Citizens from other countries should confirm all visa-related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.

You need to be in good physical health to participate in this trip. Please read the itinerary carefully and, if you’re in any doubt, contact one of our team for guidance. We recommend you carry a first-aid kit with you, and contact your doctor for up-to-date vaccination advice.

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Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all. Trip Notes provide detailed information including visa info, how to get to your hotel, what to pack, money matters, climate – pretty much everything you need to know about this tour and more.

Our knowledgeable and helpful team is here to help, and we look forward to welcoming you to our spectacular country soon!

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