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Winter

High Tatras Winter Adventure

Multi-activity winter holiday in the Slovakian High Tatras.
Holiday code: AWT
Countries: Slovakia
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3
Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 16
8days
From 950 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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This action-packed, week-long adventure includes the most popular winter activities in the Tatra Mountains. Based in the picturesque village of Smokovec, in the shadow of Slovakia´s highest peak , Gerlachovsky Stit (2654m), you´ll head out each day to enjoy the best the mountains have to offer. Over eight days you will experience:

  • Cross country skiing in Strbske Pleso, Slovakia´s highest village.
  • 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.
  • Learn the basics of dog sledding as you glide through the forest.
  • Thermal pools – swimming in outdoor thermal pools in the foothills of the High Tatras.
  • Experience horse and carriage ride with a forest picnic.
  • Skiing or snowboarding on the longest runs in the High Tatras.

Map & itinerary

Welcome to Smokovec, Slovakia’s ski resort located in the shadow of beautiful snowy mountains. This will be your base for the next seven nights. You will be met by your tour leader at the hotel for an introductory briefing. Depending on your arrival time, the rest of the day is free to explore.

Meals included
Dinner

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

This morning you’ll take a ride on the famous Tatra tram to Strbske Pleso – Slovakia´s highest village. During this sightseeing tour we will pass through several Tatra spa villages. 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 an introductory winter walk 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 crampons.

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 our hotel.

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

Meals included
Breakfast, packed lunch

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After breakfast, transfer to Velka Fatra National Park, famous for its dramatic ridges, hillside meadows, distinctive rock formations and caves. 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. Later today, visit indoor and outdoor thermal pools for a spot of relaxation. You can also enjoy saunas, Jacuzzis and a wellness centre (optional).

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

This morning we take a private bus to the nearby village of Zdiar. After a quick lesson on how to use snowshoes, we head off, following the modest ridge of Spisska Magura. This relatively easy terrain is the perfect setting to sample 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.

Meals included
Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

This morning, take a cable car ride to Hrebienok (1,285m). Here we can admire stunning ice sculptures created by artists from all over the world, before enjoying an easy 20-minute walk to Rainerova chata, the oldest mountain hut in the Tatras.

Zdiar is a typical Goral village, full of traditional wooden houses and barns. You’ll learn about the local way-of-life, before a horse and sleigh ride in the forest and unforgettable Slovak-style barbecue on an open fire.

The day ends as any kid (or grown-up kid!) would want it to – zooming down snowy slopes on a sledge!!

Meals included
Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After breakfast head to one of the longest slopes in Tatranska Lomnica to enjoy downhill skiing. Ski from an altitude of 2,196m, down a 6km-long slope to Tatranska Lomnica.

The resort offers slopes for beginners and black runs for experienced skiers. We can organise a ski lesson if you wish – just let us know.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

Today has been left free for you to spend more time doing your favourite activity, or explore some of Slovakia’s varied cultural attractions.

You could return to the slopes to work on your skiing or snowboarding technique, try snow-tubing, ice skating or snowmobiling. Take a cable car ride to Lomnický štít (2634m), visit Belianksa cave, or hire crampons and hike to a remote mountain hut. Or why not to try cross country skiing in Strbske Pleso. Your guide will be there to assist with anything you might need.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

Your adventure comes to an end today.

Meals included
Breakfast

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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
Sun 27 Dec 20 - Sun 03 Jan 21 Available 1215 € -
Sun 17 Jan 21 - Sun 24 Jan 21 Available 950 € -
Sun 31 Jan 21 - Sun 07 Feb 21 Available 950 € -
Sun 07 Feb 21 - Sun 14 Feb 21 Available 950 € -
Sun 14 Feb 21 - Sun 21 Feb 21 Available 950 € -
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Holiday information

This well-thought-out trip is a great choice for people 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 winter multi-activity trip is designed so that it can be managed by active people with an average level of fitness.

  • Seven nights in a three-star hotel
  • Seven breakfasts, two lunches
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • All transfers to/from activities as per itinerary
  • Ski hire
  • English-speaking local tour leader from start to finish
  • International flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Ski pass (approx.. 30 EUR per person/per day)
  • Travel insurance
  • Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room: 90 EUR

Normally min 6, max 16.

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

This tour starts in Smokovec.

This tour ends in Smokovec.

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 Smokovec:

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 for you best you will need to choose the way how to get to the starting hotel / joining point. There are two options:

Public transport
You can reach Smokovec 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 any you will use: minibus and mountain trams.

During this tour you´ll stay in a comfortable three-star, family-run hotel in a quiet part of Smokovec 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 jacke
  • 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.

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

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

Susanne Brächer (Germany) February 2019

Our guide Jan is amazing. He has enriched our stay. The trip was well organized, easy going, professional (also the contact beforehand and after), the activities well appointed and put together. The Hotel we stayed in was fine, good bed, big rooms, balcony, rich breakfast - Jan arranged for some veggies and fruit, so really perfect.

Lisa Crooker (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.

Jane Edwards (United Kingdom) February 2020

GENERAL FEEDBACK - YOUR OVERALL EXPERIENCE
Excellent introduction to winter activities in the Tatras. The whole tour was very well organised with a relaxed pace leaving some free time for us to use the Wellness Centre, go into town for a drink etc.

WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TRIP?
Cross country skiing (in a blizzard!), the funicular from Stary Smokovec and hike to Rainerova chata (beautiful snowy hike) , dressing up in the museum (what fun), the horse and carriage ride (amazing!) and the final day going up Lomnicky stit on the cable car (thank you Petr, we would never have worked out how to get up there without you!). Every day was a highlight to be honest.

ACCOMMODATION
The Bratislava hotel was fab and view of Danube much appreciated. The hotel Uran was comfortable and our room was lovely and warm with plenty of hot water. The wellness centre was very nice at the end of an active day. However, its worth noting that the evening buffet at the hotel was very limited for non meat eaters. There were also some issues about room servicing which Petr quickly resolved.

TRANSPORT
Transfers and trains were all on time and very efficient. Petr took his car when the rail link to Strbske Pleso wasn't running due to a fallen tree. Petr worked hard to ensure we used the most time efficient way to get to places so that we could spend the most time there.

MEALS
Breakfast in both hotels was fine with a reasonable breakfast buffet. There is a good selection of restaurants in Tatranska Lomnica so plenty of choice for evening meals. Plus Petr was happy to make suggestions about places we could try.

PLEASE RATE YOUR LEADER
Fabulous! A++ Thank you Petr.

WERE YOU DISAPPOINTED WITH ANY PART OF YOUR TRIP?
No, not at all. The only very small point I would make is that the BBQ on day 5 is great for meat eaters but it would have been nice for Jeff, as a non meat eater, to have been able to join in and perhaps BBQ a veggie sausage.

WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER TRAVELLERS BOOKING THIS HOLIDAY?
Be prepared for changing weather conditions and make sure you have good waterproofs and warm thermal clothing. Also, be prepared to have great fun and lots of laughs.

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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. 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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