Holidays and tours to Slovakia.
Slovakia is a landlocked state in Central Europe and became independent from Czechoslovakia in 1993. It’s a mountainous country full of pretty mountain villages, spas, lakes, medieval castles and steeped in history. The Slavs arrived here in the 5th and 6th centuries and there are plenty of ancient landmarks and museums to visit, showcasing this beautiful country.
Bratislava is the capital city and is very close to the Austrian border, making air access into Vienna very convenient. It is a compact medieval city on the banks of the Danube and the old centre has some fine buildings which include St Martin’s Cathedral and the Primate’s Palace with amazing tapestries. Wander the narrow pedestrian streets and enjoy wonderful restaurants and tempting wine cellars! There are good train links with Vienna and other areas of central Europe, making a holiday combination with Austria very easy.
Slovakia combines well with Poland particularly for activity holidays and the Carpathian Mountains cover most of the north of the country. The Tatras, a fabulous alpine mountain range are good for winter sports and hiking in summer. There are lots of spa towns, such as Piestany where you can walk around the town and over the Colonnade Bridge linking the town with Spa Island. There is a museum here showing the history of spas. There are gorgeous little towns all around Slovakia some of which show history from the Roman Empire. At Vlkolinec you will find one of the regions most complete groups of traditional log houses from the mountains, an intact settlement of 45 buildings. In the high Tatras, you can visit Aquacity with relaxing spa treatments and thermal pools.
Visit the Spiss region for traditional folklore and picturesque towns, it used to have a semi autonomous status when part of the Hungarian kingdom and has a castle that is part of the largest medieval ruins in central Europe. At Hronsek there is a wooden church dating from 1726. Lying in a huge forested basin which was a collapsed volcano is the World Heritage Site of Banska Stiavnica, an old mining town full of fascinating buildings and an open air museum. Trnava is the ‘Rome of Slovakia’ with it’s many churches and cathedrals and you can also visit the Carpathian Wine Region and the potteries of Modra.
Summer hiking and sightseeing holidays can be enjoyed here and there is a particularly good cycling holiday that combines with Poland. Winter holidays here are fabulous with pretty chocolate box mountain villages and festive towns. Ask us to tailor a holiday to Slovakia or suggest an escorted tour to suit your requirements.