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Walking & Trekking

Canyon walking in Slovak Paradise - Self-Guided

Adventurous walks in beautiful Slovak Paradise National Park.
Holiday code: TSP
Countries: Slovakia
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3
Activity level
Self-Guided
Min. age: 12
5days
From 499 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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If you’re keen to experience the wonder of the Slovak Paradise National Park at your own pace, this self-guided tour should be top of your list. Over five days you’ll hike and walk through this incredible scenery with the help of detailed maps, descriptions and itineraries provided by local experts. The journey, though, is all yours.

Canyons, rivers and gorges are here in abundance, so your hike through the Slovak Paradise will be an adventurous one. Prepare to cross bridges and climb metal ladders as you take in all that this huge national park has to offer – stopping to take photographs or just pause and soak up the scenery when you want to. If you’re in search of an off-the-beaten track adventure, this is the tour for you.

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

  • Slovak Paradise is full of flower-filled meadows – you can find up to 74 different rare flowers, orchids and lilies per square metre.
  • This self-guided tour is perfect if you love adventure – walking across ladders and bridges adds a unique dimension to the trek.
  • River canyons, waterfalls, caves and rock-cut ravines provide a platform for adventurous and exhilarating walking.
  • The terrain is home to amazing fauna, too, including brown bears, wolves, lynx and eagles.
  • We’ll supply you with all the info you need – maps, itineraries and support when you need it – to have an amazing self-guided adventure.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is not for the faint-hearted and you’ll need a head for heights. If you love stunning scenery and are happy with something a little more daring, this gets you to some of the best and most hidden areas 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 changes 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

On day one you’ll arrive in Levoca, which is located in the foothills of Slovensky Raj, or Slovak Paradise National Park. Medieval 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, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll find burgher mansions with gabled roofs, the Gothic Church of St. Jacob, with the biggest wooden alter in the world, as well as 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.

When you get here, we’ll give you a comprehensive ‘self-guided pack’, which has detailed descriptions and maps for each day’s walking, as well as information about the local area.

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’ll transfer 20 minutes to the heart of the Slovak Paradise National Park, where you’ll start your self-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’ll head 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 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 that make today’s walk unique. Secured by ladders, chains and steps, you’ll pass through the massif Velky vodpad waterfall on a 13m high ladder and continue on to smaller valleys. The last part of the route is on a comfortable path, which will lead you once again to Podlesok. From here, our driver will transfer us back to the 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

Your adventure comes to an end today. After breakfast, or later in the day if you prefer, you’ll transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

This trip operates daily, so you can pick a date that suits you. Choose a day between 01 May and 31 Oct, and well make all the arrangements for you. Just let us know when you want to travel.

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Fri 01 May 20 - Sat 31 Oct 20 Available 499 € -
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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
Maps and detailed route descriptions
24/7 local support

Transport
Transfer to/from walks

Staff
Driver

International flights
Airport transfers
Travel insurance
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary
Entry fees to NP (1,5 EUR per day)

Single room supplement: 42 EUR
Solo traveller supplement (including single room): 155 EUR

Min 1, max 16

This tour starts in Levoca.

Flights and Airports

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.

Krakow

We recommend booking your flight to Krakow as this airport offers the widest selection of international flights in the region with a 2:40min transfer time to Levoca.

Poprad

If flying from London Luton is convenient for you, we recommend booking your flight to Poprad with www.wizzair.com. You will be literately landing in the Tatra Mountains with only a 20-minute transfer to your hotel!

Alternative airports include Kosice, Bratislava, or Vienna.

Distances from international airports to Tatranska Lomnica:

Poprad - 31 km
Krakow - 180 km
Košice - 99 km
Bratislava Airport - 343 km
Vienna Airport - 410 km

You can reach Levoca by public transport or book your private airport transfers directly with us. Our fast, reliable and affordable private transfers are the best way to reach your starting hotel quickly and comfortably.

Prices of Airport Transfers

KRAKOW
1-3 pax: 160 EUR
4-7 pax: 170 EUR

POPRAD
1-3 pax: 69 EUR
4-7 pax: 76 EUR

KOSICE
1-3 pax: 166 EUR
4-7 pax: 179 EUR

* Prices per vehicle / one way.

During this tour you will use: Private vehicles.

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

This tour ends in Levoca.

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 self-guided, which means we provide all of the written information you need to follow the walking routes yourself.

But we’re always there to help – Slovakia Explorer provides 24/7 support in case you have any questions during your holiday.

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. A final version of your trip notes will be emailed to you at approximately ten weeks 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.

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

During the summer season from June to September, the most popular months for walking, the weather in the High Tatras is typically variable.

Temperatures can vary greatly, according to whether you are located on the sunny side of the slopes or in deep valleys, or canyons.

In the early summer even the higher parts of the mountains are green, with the slopes providing plenty of food for the grazing chamois, bears and other wildlife that the Slovakian mountains are well known for.

July and August are the warmest months, with temperatures at times reaching 30 °C, but with more frequent storms.

September is the driest months with the most stable weather of the year. The temperature falls but it is still possible to experience some hotter daytime temperatures, similar to those in July and August.

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.

In comparison with other mountainous, European countries such as Switzerland, France 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 3.30 EUR
Dinner (three-course) - 5–10 EUR

1. Check availability online or contact us by email or phone.

2. Secure your place/s online by clicking the BOOK NOW button and following the three easy steps or contact us by email/phone.

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).

3. A confirmation email will be sent to your email automatically.

Have a look at our detailed trip notes or please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all.

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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