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Winter
Multi Activity

Tatra Winter Activity Break

A winter activity break in the High Tatras.
Holiday code: AWTB
Countries: Slovakia
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3
Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 16
5days
From 775 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
  • Jan
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This multi-activity, 5-day winter break starts and ends in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, and ticks off the most popular winter activities in the Tatra Mountains.

For the most part, you’ll be based in the picturesque village of Smokovec, in the shadow of Slovakia´s highest peak, Gerlachovsky Štít (2654m). From there you’ll head out each day to enjoy everything these majestic mountains have to offer.

You’ll have one of our fantastic Slovakian tour leaders as your guide throughout, plus expert activity guides where necessary. You´ll start the week with guided snowshoeing, then get a lesson in cross-country skiing in Strbske Pleso.

You’ll go on to explore the authentic village of Zdiar, take a horse and carriage ride, and have a picnic cooked on an open fire.

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

  • You’ll go cross-country skiing around Strbske Pleso, Slovakia´s highest village.
  • You’ll enjoy a horse and carriage ride that ends with a traditional picnic cooked in the Slovakian way – grilled on an open fire.
  • While you’re snowshoeing, you’ll follow routes that were used by local smugglers to bring goods from Poland to Slovakia, with stunning views on Belianske Tatras.
  • Each activity is tailored to your ability – whether you’re an expert at winter sports, or just starting out. Your leaders and guides will be able to help you get the most out of your winter adventure.

Map & itinerary

You’ll meet your tour leader at Bratislava airport or train station. On request, we can also provide a free transfer from Vienna airport to Bratislava train station. Then, you´ll take a fast train to Poprad Tatry – gateway to the mountains.

The journey is just over 3.5 hours long, and takes you through frozen lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered valleys and wintry forests straight from a storybook.

Our destination is Smokovec, one of the biggest and most popular villages in the High Tatras. It’s known for its fantastic skiing and hiking opportunities, which you’ll make the most of while you’re here. After checking in at your hotel there’ll be an orientation walk and you can settle in before tomorrow’s activities begin.

Activities included
Airport transfer to Bratislava´s train station
Train from Bratislava to Smokovec

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

This morning we’ll take a private bus to the nearby village of Zdiar. After a quick lesson on how to use snowshoes, we’ll head off and follow the modest ridge of Spisska Magura.

This relatively easy terrain is the perfect place to try snowshoeing, following routes that were used by local smugglers to bring goods from Poland to Slovakia. The views of the Belianske Tatras’ white peaks are simply stunning.

Total walking
Distance: 9 km
Time: 4,5 hours
Total ascent: 242 m
Total descent: 418 m
Min elevation: 881 m
Max elevation: 1199 m

Meals included

Breakfast
Packed lunch

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

Today we’ll jump on a mountain tram and head to Strbske Pleso, Slovakia´s highest village and one of the most popular winter resorts in the Slovakian Tatras. It’s home to the mountain lake of Strbske Pleso, which is a popular destination for cross-country skiers. You’ll explore this spectacular terrain during your guided lesson.

Beginners can enjoy the area around the lake, and more experienced skiers can enhance their skills in hillier terrain, taking in beautiful views of the Tatras.

Lunch is at a lovely, traditional Slovak restaurant called “Koliba”, where you can sample some local delicacies.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After breakfast you´ll walk to the heart of the Stary "Old" Smokovec. From here you’ll take a cable car to Hrebienok (1,285m). You’ll have a chance to admire stunning ice sculptures created by artists from all over the world, before taking an easy 20-minute walk to Rainerova chata, the oldest mountain hut in the Tatras.

After the walk you’ll return back to Stary Smokovec and drive to the nearby village of Zdiar, a typical Goral village full of traditional wooden houses and barns. You’ll learn about the local way of life before taking a horse and carriage ride in the forest. It all finishes with an unforgettable Slovak-style barbecue on an open fire.

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

Meals included

Breakfast
Lunch (barbecue) with an option for vegetarians

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

This morning you’ll take a private transfer to Poprad, followed by a fast train back to Slovakia´s capital. We expect to arrive at Bratislava´s train station before noon. On arrival an airport transfer will be provided to Bratislava airport, which takes about 20 minutes, so please arrange your flights accordingly.

On request, we can also provide a free transfer to Vienna airport, which takes about 45 minutes.

Meals included
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Below are our scheduled dates for this trip. Booking your place on one of these dates means you'll most likely be in a group with other people.

If the dates below don´t suit you and you need to travel on a different date, or you'd like to experience this holiday as a private trip with just your family or friends, please get in touch and we'll do the rest. Please also note that in order to guarantee our brochure price, the minimum group size for this trip is usually 4. Smaller groups are welcome, but the price may be amended accordingly.

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Mon 18 Jan 21 - Fri 22 Jan 21 Available 775 € -
Mon 08 Feb 21 - Fri 12 Feb 21 Available 775 € -
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Holiday information

Meals
Four breakfasts, two lunches

Accommodation
Four nights in a three-star hotel

Activities
All activities as per itinerary

Transport
Airport transfers
Return train from Bratislava to the Tatras
Mountain trams in the Tatras
Private vehicle in the Tatras

Tour Leader
English speaking tour leader

International flights
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary
Travel insurance

Single room supplement: 50 EUR

Min 4, max 16

Please contact us if you’d like to arrange a private group for just you and your friends.

This tour starts in Bratislava.

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 as this is the official starting point of this tour. Alternatively you can also fly to the neighbouring Vienna, which is only 65 km away from Bratislava.

Arrival and departure group transfer from/to Vienna or Bratislava airport will be provided.

During this tour you will stay in a comfortable three-star hotel.

The hotel is 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 or Vienna.

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.

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
Swimwear, beach towels and flip flops for optional thermal pools and wellness centres.

This trip is accompanied by one of our local group leaders. All 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 sometimes 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 feedbacks from past travellers, occasionally our itineraries are amended. Final version of your trip notes will be emailed to you prior to travel.

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  3. Your place is secured with a 99 EUR deposit per person, and can pay by debit or credit card (no fees apply) or by bank transfer (fees apply). A confirmation email will be sent to your email automatically.

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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