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Bratislava and the Tatras Family Winter Adventure

Family winter activity holiday in Bratislava and Tatras.
Holiday code: FWTB
Countries: Slovakia
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 6
8days
From 1169 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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Active families will love this European mountain adventure in Slovakia. We’ve designed a trip where the whole family can join in with exciting winter activities like snowshoeing, dog-sledding and skiing. And all with a backdrop of stunning scenery – from winding valleys and lofty peaks, to crystal-clear mountain lakes and frozen waterfalls.

An expert local tour leader will look after you during this eight-day winter adventure, and there’s a comfortable hotel to return home to each day. We’ve planned some really special family experiences, too, like a horse and carriage ride with a woodland picnic served on an open fire at the end.

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

  • You can tick off culture in Bratislava before you venture into the mountains.
  • The whole family can try snowshoeing, dog sledding and, if you want to, snowmobiling, snow-tubing and ice skating.
  • There’s a horse and carriage ride included, and you’ll travel through the village of Zdiar before stopping for a feast of local food, cooked on a Slovak-style barbecue on an open fire.
  • As this is a winter holiday, you’ll have the chance to experience skiing or snowboarding down Slovakia´s longest runs on the sunny slopes of the Tatras.
  • This trip will immerse your family in Slovakian culture – from the hospitality at our specially-chosen hotel, to the visit to a Goral village high in the mountains.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Activities like winter walking, snowshoeing and dog-sledding form a key part of this trip.
  • The activities are planned so people of varying abilities, and children of different ages, can take part.
  • No real physical fitness is required, just a family spirit of adventure.

Map & itinerary

Bratislava is an amazing city brimming with history, and it’s the starting point for this trip. The Old Town is a treasure trove of narrow lanes and historic houses, and the city’s attractive squares are a great place to people-watch from a pavement café.

Before you start exploring, you’ll meet your tour leader at your hotel to run through the plan for the week, so it’s worth arranging flights for a morning arrival so you have time to get settled.

At 5PM, they’ll take you on a guided walk of the city, so you can get an insider’s perspective on all the must-see sights. The walking route ticks off things like Bratislava castle, which stands proud on a hill above the Danube river, and the 18th-century Primate´s Palace, old town hall and Michalska gate.

If you want to get a closer look at any of the sights, that’s fine – you’ll just need to pay the entrance fees. And while you’re exploring, you can find a restaurant for dinner and sit down to a family meal.

Christmas Market: If you’re visiting between 22 November and 22 December you’ll be able to experience the magical atmosphere of Bratislava´s Christmas market, which is a real treat for children.

Meals included
No meals included

Activities included
Arrival airport transfer

Accommodation
Hotel – Bratislava

It’s all aboard this morning as we hop on a train and leave the city of Bratislava behind. Our destination is the High Tatra Mountains, the biggest and oldest national park in Slovakia. The journey to Poprad Tatry – gateway to the mountains – takes over three and a half hours and is an adventure in itself!

Outside your window, it’s like a scene from a fairytale. You’ll speed past frozen lakes and waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and ridges and forests and valleys blanketed in white.

We’ll reach Tatranska Lomnica, one of the biggest and most popular villages in the High Tatras, and you’ll check in to your hotel. We’ve arranged an orientation walk, then you can settle everyone in ready for a busy day tomorrow.

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

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica

A cable car will take you to the start of your sky-high adventure today, then you’ll get a unique, bird’s-eye view of the beautiful Belianske Tatras on a treetop walk. The 1,234-metre-long walkway takes you through the forest to an observation tower, where you can keep watch for rare and exciting wildlife. This is a fun excursion for the kids as they'll be as tall as the trees while they’re spying on animals!

You'll then move on to your next exciting escapade. After a quick lesson on how to use snowshoes, you’ll head off, following the modest ridge of Spisska Magura. This easy terrain is the perfect setting to sample family snowshoeing, following routes that were used by local smugglers to bring goods from Poland to Slovakia. Plus, the views of the Belianske Tatras’ white peaks are simply stunning. Kids will love ploughing through the snow with what look like tennis rackets on their feet, and poles to help them along.

Our adventure continues in 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 through the forest and enjoying an unforgettable Slovak-style barbecue on an open fire.

Total walking
Distance: 6 km

Activities included
Private bus to/from activity
Cable car
Snowshoes hire
Entry to outdoor museum
Horse and carriage ride
Picnic on open fire

Meals included
Breakfast
Lunch

Accommodation
Hotel - Tatranska Lomnica

After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the heart of the Tatra Mountains, famous for their dramatic ridges, hillside meadows, distinctive rock formations and caves. The high, snow-covered meadows offer great conditions for dog-sledding. Professional mushers will teach you the basic principles of handling the dog sled, and then you can have a go yourself. This is a great skill for parents to try, and such an exciting activity for the kids to have a go at – they’ll be the envy of their friends at school!

Later on, you’ll visit indoor and outdoor thermal pools – you get three hours to relax here. For an extra cost, payable locally, you can also enjoy saunas, Jacuzzis and a wellness centre.

Activities included
Transfers to/from activity
Dog sledding
Thermal pools

Meals included
Breakfast

Activities not included
Wellness centre in Besenova thermal park - 18 EUR

Accommodation
Hotel - Tatranska Lomnica

After breakfast, take a mountain tram to Stary Smokovec, the oldest settlement in the High Tatras. From here you’ll take a cable car ride to Hrebienok (1,285m), which is one of the most-visited destinations in the Tatras and host of the unofficial ice statue carving world championships – you can admire the ice sculptures created by artists from all over the world. Then, you’ll take an easy 20-minute walk to Rainerova chata, the oldest mountain hut in the Tatras.

After lunch, the afternoon is all yours for optional downhill sledding or skiing.

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

Activities included
Return train to Stary Smokovec
Return funicular to Hrebienok

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel - Tatranska Lomnica

Wider runs provide the ideal environment for littler ones and those with less experience; the resort offers slopes for beginners and black runs for confident skiers. We can organise a family ski lesson if you wish – just let us know.

Activities included
Ski or snowboard hire including helmet

Activities not included
Ski pass

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel/Pension - Tatranska Lomnica

Today is another free day, so you can carry on honing your skiing technique or tick off some of the activities you didn’t get time for yesterday.

Beyond winter sports, the towns and villages below the Tatras are home to treasured historical monuments that are well worth a visit, and the popular water park of AquaCity, Poprad, famous for its healing thermal pools and water slides twisting and turning all over the place, is also nearby.

Optional Activities
Cable car to Lomnicky Peak: adult 44 EUR, child 32 EUR (under 12 yrs).
Belianska cave: 8 EUR
Snowtubing: 4 EUR
Aqua City Poprad: 19 EUR (three hour entry)
Ski rental including skis, poles, boots, helmet: adult 28 EUR, child 21 EUR

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel - Tatranska Lomnica

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.

Activities included
Private vehicle to Poprad train station
Train back to Bratislava
Transfer from Bratislava´s train station to Bratislava or Vienna airport

Meals included
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Sun 09 Feb 20 - Sun 16 Feb 20 Available 1169 € 1039 €
Sun 16 Feb 20 - Sun 23 Feb 20 Available 1169 € 1039 €
Sun 07 Feb 21 - Sun 14 Feb 21 Available 1169 € 1039 €
Sun 14 Feb 21 - Sun 21 Feb 21 Available 1169 € 1039 €
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Holiday information

Meals
Seven breakfasts
One packed lunch
One traditional barbecue on an open fire

Transport
Private vehicle, train
Airport transfers

Accommodation
One night in a three star hotel
Six nights in a mountain hotel.

Activities included
All activities as per itinerary

Tour Staff
English-speaking local tour leader from start to finish
Driver

International flights
Travel insurance
Ski pass
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room supplement
February: 130 EUR

Normally min 5. Max 16.

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.

Free transfers with Slovakia Explorer

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

During this tour you will use: private vehicle, mountain trams and cable cars.

During this trip you’ll stay one night in a three-star hotel in Bratislava at the beginning of the tour, and six nights in a three-star hotel in Tatranska Lomnica.

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 suitcases or backpacks that are easy for parents to lift and carry, because you will be expected to carry your own bag during travelling, taking 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 thermal pools

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.

Slovakia: EUR

In comparison with other mountainous, European countries such as Switzerland and Austria, your money goes much further in Poland and 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 4 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, as would be expected at this time of the year. Daytime temperatures in the mountains can range from -15 to 0 degrees Celsius. Temperatures drop considerably at higher altitudes and it is imperative 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 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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