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Walking & Trekking

Walking in the High Tatras from Bratislava

A Walking holiday in Bratislava and the Tatras.
Holiday code: TTB
Countries: Slovakia
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3
Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 12
8days
From 935 € excl. flights
Dates & Prices
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This guided walking holiday in Slovakia starts in Bratislava and explores the best spots in the Tatra Mountains. Once you’ve arrived in Slovakia’s capital and seen some of the city’s highlights, you’ll go on a journey to see lofty peaks, deep glacial valleys, lakes, waterfalls and traditional mountain huts.

You’ll hike to the summit of Velka Svistovka (2038m) for panoramic views, stop for a taste of hearty Slovakian food on a day’s hiking between traditional mountain huts, and soak up the tranquillity of crystal-clear lakes and forested valleys on varied mountain walks.

As the walking is at your own pace, you can pause to take photos as many times as you wish, or stop for coffee and a snack at one of the hospitable mountain huts along the way. Each day you’ll return to a comfortable hotel in the mountain village of Smokovec.

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

  • Bratislava and the High Tatras are Slovakia´s two most popular destinations. On this walking holiday you can explore both of them in one go.
  • The Tatra Mountains are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream – they’re home to lakes, waterfalls, flowers, and valleys that make the perfect habitat for mammals and birds. Plus, you can observe rare Tatra chamois up-close.
  • Centre-based holidays give you a homely base to return to each night. We’ve hand-picked a nice hotel, which is well positioned for heading out on hikes each day and kicking back with a glass of wine and traditional, tasty food at local restaurants in the evening.
  • This guided walking holiday is the perfect choice for explorers who prefer to follow an itinerary where the organisation – including transfers and activities – is managed by your guide. Our experienced guides are some of the best in the country.
  • Mountain huts are steeped in Tatras’ history; whether they were once used in the gold rush era, or home to partisans during the war. Today, they provide a great spot for a drink and snack with a view.

Map & itinerary

Today you’ll fly to Bratislava – or Vienna, if you prefer – and we’ll provide a free group transfer to your hotel. Your tour leader will meet you when you get there and run you through the essentials.

At 5PM, they’ll take you on a guided walk through Bratislava’s old town. See if you can spot Bratislava Castle – thanks to its position on top of the hill it’s hard to miss. And keep an eye out for somewhere nice to eat, because you’ll have the evening free to head off for dinner.

It’s a good idea to arrange your flight with plenty of time to get to your hotel before the walking tour, but if you can’t make it for this time don’t worry – your guide will leave a note for you in the hotel’s reception and you can join the group later on.

Meals included
none

Accommodation
Hotel Devin (or similar)

After breakfast you’ll transfer to Bratislava´s train station and take a 3.5-hour scenic train journey to the Tatra Mountains, the biggest and oldest national park in Slovakia.

Our base for the week will be Smokovec, one of the most popular villages in the Tatras, and the perfect starting point for many popular walking trails.

In the afternoon you’ll be taken on an introductory walk in the village to get to know your surroundings.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After a good breakfast, you’ll take a cable car ride to the mountain lake of Skalnate Pleso (1751m). This crystal-clear lake is surrounded by forested hills and towering granite peaks, and there’s an astronomical and meteorological observatory near the top, which you’ll have time to look around.

Velka Svistovka (2,038m) is next on our route, well-known for its high concentration of Tatra chamois. Endemic to the High and Low Tatras, Tatra chamois are a rare subspecies of the chamois. It’s thought that there are only about 600 left. They often wander around in this alpine terrain, close to where you will be walking.

The trail is secured by chains on a few of the more difficult sections, but the mountain provides an accessible and gratifying climb. From the summit of Velka Svistovka, make your descent to the Zelene Pleso Hut secured by chains. Located at the glacier lake of the same name this is an absolutely beautiful spot for lunch.

From Zelene Pleso you’ll continue to Biela Voda, then take a public bus back to Tatranska Lomnica, which is only about 10 minutes away.

Total walking
Distance: 13 km
Total ascent: 486 m
Total descent: 1140 m
Max elevation: 2003 m
Min elevation: 924 m

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After breakfast you´ll take a funicular to Hrebienok (1285m) the starting point of our walk.

Today you’ll hike through the Studena Dolina Valley. From its narrow beginnings, the valley gradually gets wider; terraces harbouring mountain lakes tower above. Pause and enjoy the sight of colourful flowers, scent of pine trees and sound of rare birds singing in the mountains as you traverse the valley.

The valley leads you up to Zbojnicka, or ´Robbers´, Hut, where you can enjoy a traditional lunch of soup and dumplings. Zbonicka (‘robbers’) Hut is one of the highest at an altitude of (1,960m) and still a popular base for trekkers. Its name harks back to the days when it was a hunters’ hut, and poachers used to stalk the valley.

Your hike ends where it started, at Hrebienok. From here, you take a funicular back to your hotel and a well-earned dinner!

Total walking
Distance: 12 km
Total ascent: 979 m
Total descent: 979 m
Max elevation: 1960 m
Min elevation: 1265 m

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

Today, your starting point is once again Hrebienok, from where you’ll trek to three of the Tatras’ mountain huts. Mountain huts have been part of the fabric of the Tatras for years; they’re traditional, welcoming and often have a story to tell. They provide lovely lunches for you to re-fuel, too!

Your hike will take you via Rainerova, the oldest hut in the mountains. It dates back to 1863 and today is a small stone building serving drinks and snacks. Teryho Hut is one of the highest in the High Tatras, and Zamkovskeho is a quaint wooden chalet offering the perfect, shady resting spot.

Your route will also take you via Cold Creek Waterfalls. These waterfalls start where the Great Cold Creek meets the Small Cold Creek and tumble their way over rocks and boulders, and through pine forests. Walking trails will take you alongside the fizzy cascades.

From Hrebienok, you’ll descend to Smokovec by funicular cable car and walk back to your hotel.

Total walking
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 540 m
Descent: 730 m.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After three days of walking this day is left free to relax. You can visit one of the water parks in the foothills of the Tatras offering indoor and outdoor thermal pools and wellness centres.

If you fancy a different adventure, try rafting in Pieniny National Park. A classic or traditional rafting trip through the Dunajec Gorge is a great way to soak up the views from a different perspective.

Hiring an E-bike is also an option if you want to explore the surroundings on a bike. If you’re a cave lover, then Belianska Cave should be on your list, too.

Cultural trips are also nearby. Spissky Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to the 12th century. Located on a hilltop above the town of Spisske Podhradie and Zehra village, it was built as the political, administrative, economic and cultural centre of the region.

Levoca is renowned for its authentic and well-preserved architectural profiles of the old medieval town. Explore the historic centre, including the museum and St. James’ church, with the highest wooden altar in the world.

We have some great trips to choose from and can certainly help you to plan and book them – your guide will be there to help.

Meals included
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

After a day of relaxation we have a long but amazing day ahead of us trekking through the Mlynicka and Furkotska Valleys.

Today’s trek starts with a tram journey through the Tatras’ most famous settlements to Strbske Pleso (1347m), Slovakia´s highest village and home to a beautiful glacial lake. The village is one of the most popular destinations in Slovakia as it provides many kilometres of hiking routes and the chance to admire the lake itself.

From here, you´ll follow a trail to Skok waterfall. The hiking trail is waymarked and leads you along a road to the peace and tranquillity of the pine-forested Mlynicka Valley. From here, a stony path squeezes you through hairpin turns to the foot of the waterfall, which drops 25m from the rocky ledge above. We think they are one of the High Tatras’ top ten attractions, because the cascading waters are beautiful as they tumble down the mountain into the pools below. We can make a stop here, maybe dipping your feet into the refreshing water while enjoying a picnic!

Continuing through the valleys, and passing a number of smaller glacial lakes, you’ll reach Pod Soliskom Hut, one of the newer mountain chalets in the region. From here you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Low Tatras.

Descend to Strbske Pleso by cable car, and then by tram to your hotel at Smokovec.

Bear in mind that today´s route also involves trekking through sections that are secured with chains, and you’ll need a head for heights.

Total walking
Distance: 12 km
Total ascent: 1108 m
Total descent: 609 m
Max elevation: 2295 m
Min elevation: 1322 m

Meals included
Breakfast, packed lunch

Accommodation
Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

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.

Meals included
Breakfast

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
Sat 15 Aug 20 - Sat 22 Aug 20 Available 935 € -
Sat 05 Sep 20 - Sat 12 Sep 20 Guaranteed 935 € -
Sat 19 Sep 20 - Sat 26 Sep 20 Available 935 € -
Sat 03 Oct 20 - Sat 10 Oct 20 Available 935 € -
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Holiday information

Meals
Seven breakfasts, one packed lunch

Accommodation
One night in a three-star hotel
Six nights in a comfortable mountain hotel

Activities included
All activities as per itinerary

Transport
Airport transfers
Return train from Bratislava to the Tatras
Mountain trams in the Tatras
Cable cars
Private vehicle in the Tatras

Staff
English speaking tour leader

International flights
Travel insurance
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room supplement – 105 EUR

Normally min. four, max 16.

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

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 book your flight to neighbouring Vienna, which is only 45 minutes away from Bratislava.

Arrival and departure group transfer from Bratislava and Vienna airport will be provided.

During this tour you will stay in two comfortable hotels. That includes one night in Bratislava at the start of the tour, and six nights in the Tatra mountains.

Both hotels are conveniently located in the centre of your destination, within walking distance to restaurants. 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 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!

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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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