Family High Tatras Winter Adventure

Action-packed family winter holiday in the High Tatras.
Holiday code: FWT
Countries: Slovakia
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 7
From 1169 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

This exclusive winter adventure is a great opportunity for families to get to know the largest mountains in Slovakia – the High Tatras. Over eight days you will visit some of the most popular Tatra villages – like Strbske Pleso, Tatranska Lomnica and Smokovec – as well as exploring more remote areas. In just one week you will experience:

  • Snowshoeing – walk on snowshoes along the former smuggler’s paths, with beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks of the Belianske Tatras and the Pieniny National Park.
  • Dog sled and Thermal pools – you’ll take an adventurous ride on a dog sled followed by swimming in outdoor thermal pools in the foothills of the High Tatras.
  • Mountain huts and waterfalls – discover the beauty of your surroundings.
  • Skiing and sledding – on the longest slopes of the High Tatras.
  • Horse-drawn carriage – experience riding a horse-drawn carriage, and eating a traditional meal cooked on an open fire.

Map & itinerary

Family High Tatras
Family winter holiday

Welcome to the Tatras! Today you and your family will arrive in the mountain village of Tatranska Lomnica, which will be your home for the next seven nights.

Tatranska Lomnica is one of the biggest villages in the High Tatras, located at the foot of the famous Lomnicky peak and Skalnate Pleso. It will be the starting point for your family adventures. Tatranska Lomnica is one of the most popular ski resorts, with a complete range of services for experienced skiers and beginners as well as families.

Tatranska Lomnica is also a popular destination for filmmakers, and one of the best comedies of the Czech-Slovak film industry – Andel na Horach (Angel on mountains) – was filmed here. When you get to the hotel, you will be welcomed by our guide who will tell you about the plans for the following days. Dinner is included in the price of the holiday and will be served in the hotel’s restaurant with a choice of three dishes.

Meals included: dinner
Accommodation: Pension Paula

This morning you’ll take a ride on the famous Tatra tram from Tatranska Lomnica to Strbske Pleso. During this sightseeing tour we will pass through several Tatra spa villages, including Stary Smokovec. The guide will tell you a lot about each of them while driving.

After an introductory tour of Štrbské Pleso, we will head to Mlynická dolina. Our goal is the Skok waterfall. Hiking to this waterfall, which is frozen in the winter months, is a good choice for families with children and the route can be managed even by less able tourists. Our guide will take you safely up to this 30m. high waterfall. For easier movement in the snow, we use hiking poles, snowshoes or cats.

We’ll keep an eye out for the Tatra chamois in the wilderness and have a picnic directly under the waterfall. Then, following the same route, we will return to Strbske Pleso and take the tram back to Tatranska Lomnica.

Total walking: 10,5km, ascent/descent 430m, time 4.5h.

Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch
Accommodation: Pension Paula

This day is always a firm favourite with children. We will take a tour bus to the Tatra meadows to go dog sledding, with some incredible views on the way.

After an introductory briefing and driving with a professional masher, our instructors will explain the basic principles of safe driving, and then it’s your turn! You’ll be able to call yourself a masher after the experience, which is unlike any other.

After that, we’ll transfer to a traditional cottage for lunch. Then it’s time for a spot of relaxation in the healing hot thermal springs in the Besenova aqua park. There are many indoor and outdoor pools with water temperatures up to 38 C, and many other attractions like waterslides. In the late afternoon, after our three-hour entry to the park, we will transfer back to Tatranska Lomnica.

Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: Pension Paula

After a hearty breakfast, another adventure awaits us. We will take the tour bus to the Bachledova Valley, 16 km away. Here we will arm ourselves with snowshoes and hiking poles, and from here we will take a cable car directly to the ridge of the hill, which will be our starting point for today's walking.

The route will take us along a former smuggler’s trail with beautiful views of the Pieniny National Park and the snow-capped peaks of the Belianske Tatras. The area is full of tales and legends, which our guide will tell you about.

After a packed lunch, our final part of today's walking will be the descent to the Goral village of Ždiar. We’ll head back from here to the hotel in our tour bus.

Total walking: 7,5km, ascent 113m, descent 394m, time 4 hours.

Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch
Accommodation: Pension Paula

This morning we’ll take the Tatra tram to Stary (Old) Smokovec, where we will get to know the centre of the oldest village in the Tatras. From here we’ll take a cable car to the popular tourist resort, Hrebienok, which is at an altitude of 1285m.

Once we’re here we’ll visit the Tatra Ice Dome, where we will be able to admire the incredible beauty of ice sculptures created by masters from around the world. This will be followed by an easy walk to Rainer's cottage - the oldest in the Tatras, with an interesting history. Then we will return to Stary Smokovec and head again to the distinctive Goral village of Ždiar.

A local carriage will be waiting for us, which will take us around the village and then deeper into the forest, where the local Goral Jozef will prepare a real Goral grill in a pretty setting above the stream. In the late afternoon, we will take the tour bus back to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Pension Paula

We’ll spend today on the ski slopes of Tatranska Lomnica. First we’ll head to the local ski rental for skis, or snowboard if you prefer. Then we will move to the ski lifts where your guide will help you buy a ski pass (this is not included in the tour price).

After that there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying real Tatra skiing on the sunny side of the Tatras, which has slopes for beginners and experienced skiers. You can take the cable car to the popular Skalnate Pleso at 1754m, or even to Lomnicky stit at 2634m, which was for many years considered to be the highest peak of the High Tatras.

A trip to Lomnický štít is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and therefore popular, so we recommend booking a ticket a few days in advance. Of course, there is also a ski school for complete beginners.

Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: Pension Paula

Today is free for activities of your choice. You can go skiing again, go hiking with your family to some of the other mountain huts, try the basics of cross-country skiing around Strbske Pleso, or go for a ride on the longest toboggan run in the Tatras.

If you’d prefer something less physically demanding, we recommend a visit to the Belianska Cave, or AquaCity Poprad water park with its many attractions and water pools.

If you’re a history lover, we recommend a visit to the ancient UNESCO town of Levoca, or a visit to the very interesting museum of the High Tatras National Park TANAP. There are many options and your guide will be happy to advise and help you organise your day.

Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: Pension Paula

Today your family adventure in the largest mountains of Central and Eastern Europe ends. We wish you a pleasant journey home and look forward to seeing you on one of our other family tours.

Meals included: breakfast


Dates & Prices

This trip operates daily, so you can pick a date that suits you. Choose a day between December and February, and we’ll make all the arrangements for you. Just let us know when you want to travel.

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Mon 26 Dec 22 - Mon 02 Jan 23 Available
Sun 12 Feb 23 - Sun 19 Feb 23 Available

Please note that our official rates are in Euros. Other currencies are informative only.

Holiday information

This well-thought-out trip is a great choice for families who like active holidays or would like to try something new. The snow determines the difficulty of movement in the Tatras, but in general this family trip is designed so that it can be managed by active children from the age of 8.

  • Seven nights in a three-star, family-run pension
  • Seven breakfasts, three lunches, one dinner
  • All activities and transfers that are part of the itinerary
  • Tour leader
  • Arrival/airport transfer on day one
  • Departure/airport transfer on day eight
  • Ski pass
  • Ski school
  • Activities on free day

Single room: 70 EUR

  • New Year departure: Children 11 years old or younger on extra bed: - 224 EUR OFF the child price on proper bed.
  • February departure: Children 11 years old or younger on extra bed: - 140 EUR OFF the child price on proper bed.

Our groups usually consist of 2 – 5 families, allowing children the chance to make new friends while adults can relax in the beauty of their surroundings.

In order to guarantee our brochure price, the minimum group size for this trip is usually 6. Smaller groups are welcome, but the price may be amended accordingly.

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

This tour starts in Tatranska Lomnica.

This tour ends in Tatranska Lomnica.

To enhance flexibility 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.

List of airports with distances to the first hotel in Tatranska Lomnica:

  • Poprad Airport – 17 km / 20 min
  • Kosice Airport – 134 km / 1h:30min
  • Krakow Airport – 144 km / 2h:30min
  • Bratislava Airport – 329 km / 3h:40min
  • Vienna Airport – 394 km / 4h:20min
  • Budapest Airport – 328 km / 4h:30min

Once you have decided which airport works best, you will need to choose how to get to the starting hotel / joining point. There are two options:

Public transport
You can reach Tatranska Lomnica by public transport (bus, train). Using the public transport is another way of experiencing your destination, which puts you right in the centre of the action. If you prefer to travel by public transport we can help you find the best option.

Private transfers (door to door service)
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. For up-to-date prices of airport private transfers click here.

During this tour all transport will be provided and you will use:

  • Tour bus/mini bus
  • Tatra tram
  • Cable cars

During this tour you´ll stay in a comfortable three-star, family-run hotel in a quiet part of Tatranska Lomnica within walking distance to restaurants.

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 the beauty of the High Tatras.

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.

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!

Customers reviews

Tanya C (United Kingdom) December 2021

We had the best time on our Slovakia High Tatras trip. Myself, my husband and two daughters aged 7 & 9. From the start of contacting Slovakia Explorer Petr was responsive to my emails and requests. We decided to book our own accommodation, this was not a problem and the price was adjusted accordingly. When we arrived, Gabo our driver was waiting for us in arrival with Andy. Gabo was always on time and was a safe driver with a nice mini bus with plenty of space for us all. Andy - our guide was brilliant. We thoroughly enjoyed every day with him and by the time we left to go home we considered him a friend. He was excellent with our girls. He was very knowledgeable and always explained what we would be doing, how many hours walking the day would entail etc. The whole trip was like being taken out by a friend. A particular highlight for us was the day we hiked up into the mountains to see a frozen waterfall, when we arrived the girls said they felt like they were real mountain climbers - we did too! Unfortunately covid meant we missed out on the horse drawn carriage ride but Andy really thought about what we could do instead which was a challenge because restrictions in Slovakia meant that not a lot of activities were open. He arranged alternative activities for us, went to a great effort to do this and genuinely cared about making our experience the best it could be. We even went to neighbouring Poland one day where there were no restrictions so that we could do similar activities. We did consider cancelling or rescheduling our trip due to covid, but we are so glad we went ahead with it now. We had some wonderful experiences which we will never forget. Slovakia is a beautiful country and we can’t wait to return. Thank you Andy and Gabo for being such good hosts and going above and beyond to make sure covid had as little impact as possible!

Mary Ann Kenny (United Kingdom) December 2019

We had a fantastic holiday and came home feeling refreshed and invigorated. We had tons of exercise and fresh air and met a lovely group of people. The activities were great fun and very varied and were suitable for both adults and children.

Lots of highlights, so it’s hard to choose! Skiing, thermal pools, winter walk to Skok waterfall, BBQ, sledging

The accommodation was ok. Warm, dry and clean. It was a bit cramped and gloomy, but it’s not like we spent much time in our room!

Really nice friendly driver. Punctual and helpful. All transport – both public and private – ran on time and was warm and comfortable.

I loved the breakfast every morning in the hotel. The packed lunches were ok. And we bought our own evening meals at various restaurants in the area which were consistently good value. It was interesting to try the local food. I was impressed by the quality of everything we ate and drank.

Andrej was a fantastic leader. He genuinely wanted us to have a good time and really seemed to care about us all. He was calm, efficient and organised and was able to relate to everyone in the group, from kids to adults to granny! Lovely guy.

The trip notes state that no real physical fitness is required. This is an understatement as some of the activities - snow shoeing for example - are quite strenuous. Not a problem for our family but best to be forewarned!

Steve Thompson (United Kingdom) December 2019

Great family winter holiday for all ages, excellent mix of activities in a beautiful landscape. It was nice to be with other families and make new friends.

Snowshoeing was really good, hard, but we really enjoyed it. We also enjoyed the BBQ in the woods and sitting around the fire, the hosts were so welcoming. We also enjoyed the skiing and loved the sledging (all big kids!)

Rooms were clean and comfortable. Our only criticism was the lack of relaxation space, the lounge area is quite small and there are no facilities.

Excellent throughout and was very accommodating with Jane (Liz’s mum)

Breakfast was ok. Good choice of restaurants locally, Andrej helped us with recommendations and reservations and we had some lovely meals.

Andrej was excellent and so helpful. He was also very good company and we enjoyed talking to him over dinner about his life and the other tours he is a guide for.

Definitely take strong walking boots, if you’re nervous on icy paths/tracks then crampons would be a good idea. A buff/balaclava would be a good idea too.

Lisa Cooke (United Kingdom) February 2019

We all had a fantastic time and made new friends. We felt very lucky to be in the group that we had, we all got on very well. It was nice not to have too large a group.
We were very impressed with you communication prior to our holiday. Jan was an excellent guide, very friendly and was keen for us to have the best experience that we could whilst on holiday. The holiday appeared to work well as the members of the group appeared to be of similar fitness and ability (I feel that the holiday might not have gone so well if this were not the case). The activities were thoroughly enjoyed.

Kerry Godliman (United Kingdom) February 2017

We really enjoyed our holiday. All the activities were lovely and despite my daughter not being fully well (had a cold throughout the week) the kids loved it. Our guide Dana was great, she really made us feel looked after. The weather was fine, albeit a bit warm for snow, but no one can help that! Thanks for all your help, and send our thanks again to Dana.

Alison OCallaghan (Dubai) February 2016

We had a fantastic holiday and loved Slovakia! Our guide Linda was brilliant and did everything to make our stay a memorable one.

Helene Demetriades (United Kingdom) February 2016

Go ahead and book it! Great fun, with variety. I would recommend skiing in Strbske Pleso – I found that a very beautiful location. Of course it helped that there was lovely snow that day. Children will love the adrenalin water tubes at the thermal pools. And do have a go at being a sledge driver with the dogs! It is quite exhilarating!

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why book with slovakia explorer?

Slovakia Explorer is a pioneer in adventure travel in Slovakia. Since 2003, we have been organising tours surrounded by beautiful Slovak nature, including this multi-activity winter trip for families. Over the course of a week, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll experience a new adventure every day. Your guide will take care of all activities, daily transfers and will always be there to help so that you can focus on one thing – enjoying the beauty of the Tatras.

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