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Canyon walking in Slovak Paradise - Short Break

Adventurous walking through the Slovak Paradise National Park.
Holiday code: TSP-G
Countries: Slovakia
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 12
5days
From 595 € excl. flights
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A five-day tour of adventurous walking in beautiful Slovak Paradise National Park awaits on this guided adventure. Slovak Paradise is located in the wild, eastern part of the country and is relatively undiscovered. It is home to gorges, canyons and caves, which in turn host cascading waterfalls and flowing rivers. These set the scene for your treks each day. Metal bridges and ladders – sometimes reminiscent of the Italian Via Ferrata – take you across, up and through the different chasms. With its flower-filled meadows, canyons, waterfalls and wildlife-rich landscape, we think Slovak Paradise is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It has some of the best walking for those who want to experience something intrepid and different… Come and find out for yourself!

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

  • It’s perfect for people who want something intrepid and different. Walking across ladders and bridges adds a unique dimension to the trek.
  • River canyons, yawning chasms, waterfalls, caves and rock-cut ravines provide a platform for adventurous and exhilarating walking, especially because you can get into their depths on the metal benches.
  • Slovak Paradise is full of flower-filled meadows – you can find up to 74 different rare flowers, orchids and lilies per square metre, which makes Slovak Paradise one of the richest national parks in the world in flora – and its varied terrain is home to amazing fauna, including brown bears, wolves, lynx and eagles.
  • This guided walking holiday is the perfect choice for explorers who prefer to follow an itinerary where all of the organization including transfers and activities is managed by your guide. 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 organizing your activities on a daily basis so you can fully focus on one thing - enjoying Slovakia´s spectacular mountain scenery!

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is not for the faint-hearted and you’ll need a head for heights, but it is for those who love stunning scenery and something a little more daring to get you into the heart of the best and hidden bits of the park.
  • Rated as grade four, this is a demanding trekking trip. The walks will be longer on more difficult trails, which may require surefootedness and a head for heights.
  • There will also be altitude change on this trip. As well as stamina and a good level of fitness, ideally you will have had experience of mountain walking or completed some long distance walks.

Map & itinerary

Fly to Krakow. Meet your guide at the airport, then enjoy a group transfer at 4 pm to Levoca located in the foothills of Slovensky Raj, or Slovak Paradise National Park. This transfer takes about 2hours and 45 minutes. The medieval wealth of Levoca, a former royal town, is a jewel of the Spis region, and one of the most visited towns in Slovakia.

The historic main square is a magnet for tourists from all over the world. Here you will find burgher mansions with gabled roofs, the Gothic Church of St. Jacob, with the biggest wooden alter in the world, and beautifully-preserved city walls.

The UNESCO town of Levoca will be your home for the next four nights. In the midst of three national parks, this is the perfect base for your walking adventure.

Meals included
No meals are included on this day.

Accommodation
Hotel – Levoca

Slovak Paradise was declared a national park in 1988 and is one of the youngest in Slovakia. It certainly lives up to its name as a paradise for those looking for adventurous walks in a beautiful location. Full of caves, canyons and gorges, the walks here use metal ladders and bridges to cross and climb the gaps.

This morning you transfer 20 min to the heart of Slovak Paradise National Park, where you start your guided walking adventure with a hike through the 13km Prielom Hornádu canyon. A 13km-long section of the river cuts through a gorge, and ladders and bridges take you along and up it. The most visited part is the ´Tomasovsky Vyhlad´ rock gallery, where a 200m limestone rock rises up from the Hornád River and provides stunning views of the park. In the late afternoon you return back to your hotel.

Total walking
Distance: 13 km
Total ascent: 1106 m
Total descent: 1076 m
Max elevation: 706 m
Min elevation: 504 m

Meals included
Breakfast, packed lunch

Accommodation
Hotel – Levoca

Today’s walk is a fairly adventurous circular route. Starting in a popular tourist centre Podlesok you’ll go through the most romantic gorge in Slovakia, Suchá Belá - a world of cascades, waterfalls and gorges. Walking through the canyon involves crossing exposed sections of the gorge on ladders, steps, bridges and chains. The descent back to Podlesok will be on a relatively easy terrain on comfortable forest roads and paths, and you will stop at the ruins of a Courtesan monastery, hidden in the heart of the National Park.

Total walking
Distance: 10 km
Max elevation: 942 m
Min elevation: 546 m

Meals included
Breakfast, packed lunch

Accommodation
Hotel – Levoca

Today’s walk is a moderately difficult, circular route.

Starting in a small settlement “Píla”, you’ll make your way through the wide river valley of Velkej Bielej vody to narrow Piecky Canyon. The beginning part, on forest roads, is easy, before you head deeper into the valley and towards the gorge. Piecky Canyon is the most attractive part of the hike, and also the most demanding.

The canyon’s tall sides play host to rocky steps and tumbling waterfalls. Below these cascades are pools in the rocks known as ‘ovens’, or Piecky in Slovakian, which is where the canyon gets its name. It’s these geological formations which make today’s walk unique. Secured by ladders, chains and steps, you pass through the massif Velky vodpad waterfall on a 13 m high ladder and continue on to smaller valleys. The last part of the route is on a forest comfortable path, which will lead us once again to Podlesok, from where our driver transfers us back to our hotel.

Total walking
Distance: 10 km
Total ascent: 490 m
Total descent: 486 m
Max elevation: 1035 m
Min elevation: 586 m

Meals included
Breakfast, packed lunch

Accommodation
Hotel – Levoca

This morning you’ll take a private transfer back to Krakow for your flight back home. Our estimated arrival time at the airport is between 11am and noon, so please arrange your flights accordingly.

Activities included
Private vehicle to Krakow airport

Meals included
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Wed 17 Jun 20 - Sun 21 Jun 20 Available 595 € -
Wed 15 Jul 20 - Sun 19 Jul 20 Available 595 € -
Wed 12 Aug 20 - Sun 16 Aug 20 Available 595 € -
Wed 02 Sep 20 - Sun 06 Sep 20 Guaranteed 595 € -
Wed 16 Sep 20 - Sun 20 Sep 20 Available 595 € -
Wed 30 Sep 20 - Sun 04 Oct 20 Available 595 € -
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Holiday information

Meals
Four breakfasts, three packed lunches

Accommodation
Four nights in a comfortable three star hotel

Activities included
All activities as per itinerary
Entry fees to NP

Transport
Airport transfers
Transfer to/from walks

Staff
English speaking tour leader
Driver

International flights
Travel insurance
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room supplement: 60 EUR

Normally min five, max 16.

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

This tour starts in Krakow.

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 Krakow as Krakow offers the biggest selection of international flights in the region, and is the official starting point of this tour.

Free transfers with Slovakia Explorer

Arrival and departure group transfer from/to Krakow will be provided free of charge.

During this tour you will use: Private vehicles (bus, taxis).

During this trip you’ll stay in a three star hotel in the heart of the medieval Levoca.

This tour ends in Krakow.

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 backpack for your main luggage and daypack for each day’s trekking. Below you will find a recommended packing list. It is by no means exhaustive, so if you’re in any doubt, please contact us. There is no specialist walking or climbing equipment, such as harnesses etc., needed for this trip.

Walking boots
Trainers
Shorts and t-shirts
Walking trousers and tops
Fleece or warm jumper
Waterproofs
Water bottle
Small first-aid kit
Sun cream, sunglasses and sunhat

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 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) - 10 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.

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

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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Have a look at our detailed trip notes or please 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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