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Walking & Trekking

Walking in the Tatras from Bratislava - Short Break

A walking holiday in the High Tatras.
Holiday code: TBS
Countries: Slovakia
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 12
From 699 € excl. flights
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Walking in the High Tatras is one of those must-do experiences that you’ll never forget, and this five-day guided winter tour gives you the flexibility to tag on a stay in Bratislava.

The starting point is either Bratislava or Vienna, and we’ll set up a free transfer to Bratislava train station for you. Then, you’ll board a fast train to Tatranska Lomnica, which is where you’ll be based for the next four days.

From then onwards, it’s all about the majestic High Tatras – and you’ll see this incredible landscape from every possible angle. You’ll ride a cable car to the mountain lake of Skalnate Pleso at 1,751 metres, and climb to the summit of Velka Svistovka (2,037m) for extraordinary views.

On the other hand, you’ll walk through deep, snow-filled valleys and thick winter forests – stopping off at quaint mountain huts when you need to re-fuel. Every night, you’ll return to your cosy hotel before heading back to Bratislava or Vienna on Day 5.

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

  • The itinerary has been designed to get the most out of your five-day tour as possible, and all the organisation – including transfers and activities – is managed by your guide.
  • If you fancy exploring Bratislava or Vienna before or after the tour, you’ve got the flexibility to arrange a few extra nights on your own terms.
  • 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.
  • You’ll visit mountain huts that are steeped in history; whether they were once used in the gold rush era, or home to partisans during the war.
  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a walking holiday for those who enjoy being outdoors and have a love of the mountains.
  • The stones on some of the paths can be slippery when it has rained.
  • On certain days there are sections secured by chains. The climbs are not physically demanding, but you must have a head for heights.

Map & itinerary

Fly to Bratislava or Vienna and enjoy a free transfer to Bratislava train station where you’ll be met by our guide.

Then, you´ll take a fast train to Poprad Tatry – gateway to the mountains. Our destination is Tatranska Lomnica, one of the biggest and most popular villages in the High Tatras.

Located on the sunny side of the Tatras, Tatranska Lomnica is a great base to start your walking adventure, and will be your home for the next four nights. In the afternoon we’ve organised an introductory walk in the village so you can get to know your surroundings.

Activities included
Airport transfer
Train to Tatranska Lomnica

Meals included

Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

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

Activities included
Cable car to Skalnate Pleso
Bus from Biela Voda back to Tatranska Lomnica

Meals included

Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

After breakfast you´ll take a mountain tram to Stary ´old´ Smokovec, the oldest village in the Tatras, followed by 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 and tram 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

Activities included
Local tram

Meals included

Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

Today, your starting point is once again Skalnate Pleso, 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 take the mountain tram back to Tatranska Lomnica.

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

Activities included
Cable car to Skalnate Pleso
Funicular from Hrebienok
Tram back to Tatranska Lomnica

Meals included

Hotel – Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia

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.

Activities included
Private vehicle to Poprad train station
Train back to Bratislava
Transfer from Bratislava´s train station to Bratislava or Vienna airport

Meals included

Dates & Prices

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Sun 21 Jun 20 - Thu 25 Jun 20 Available 699 € -
Sun 19 Jul 20 - Thu 23 Jul 20 Available 699 € -
Sun 16 Aug 20 - Thu 20 Aug 20 Available 699 € -
Sun 06 Sep 20 - Thu 10 Sep 20 Guaranteed 699 € -
Sun 20 Sep 20 - Thu 24 Sep 20 Available 699 € -
Sun 04 Oct 20 - Thu 08 Oct 20 Available 699 € -
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Holiday information

Four breakfasts

Four nights in a three-star hotel

Activities included
All activities as per itinerary

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

English speaking tour leader

International flights
Travel insurance
Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room supplement: 60 EU

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 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.

Free transfers with Slovakia Explorer

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

During this tour you will use: private vehicle, trains and cable cards.

The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to restaurants. All rooms are comfortably furnished with private facilities. There is also a 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 suitcase or backpack that are easy to lift and carry. A daypack for activities is also useful. Below you will find a recommended packing list. It is by no means exhaustive, so if you’re in any doubt, please contact us.

Walking boots
Shorts and t-shirts
Walking trousers and tops
Fleece or warm jumper
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

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 August.

It is a condition of travelling with us that you have holiday insurance. Please make sure you arrange this prior to travel.

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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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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