2019 Day by Day

Slovakia Heritage Tour: September 6-15 , 2019

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 DAY 1:

Fri., Sept. 7:  Vienna  – Banská Stiavnica Salamander Festival –  Banská Bystrica
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The beautiful renaissance mining town of Banska Stiavnica nestles in a wooded valley.

Morning drive through the rolling Danube plains stopping  for lunch in the old mining town of Banská Štiavnica. Tour the castle and the Renaissance Main Square of this hilly 15th-century town, beautifully situated in a richly-forested valley.  Settle in to our hotel, Hotel Kuria,  in the quaint city of  Banská Bystrica . Gather for an evening Welcome Dinner (included) in a 14th-century fortress restaurant to review the travel plans, and have an introductory Slovak lesson.
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DAY 2:

Sat., Sept. 8: Špania Dolina – Banská Bystrica

Step back in time in the ancient mining and craft village of Špania Dolina. Walk the village and forested lanes and visit the lace and mining museums. Afternoon will be free to explore the elegant and historical downtown of Banská Bystrica , visit the  Museum of the Slovak National Uprising, shop, or relax and enjoy a contemporary spa.
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DAY 3:

Sun., Sept. 9:  Banská Bystrica – Orava – Zuberec – Tatry Mountains

Travel through beautiful landscapes of the Mala Fatra Mountains, stopping to visit Orava Castle.  At lunch, enjoy Oravan folk music and dance,  at a traditional Koliba,  shepherds’ restaurant.   After lunch, walk through the 19th century  Orava village in the nearby outdoor museum.  Drive through the picturesque Liptovsky  lake region. Relax and watch the sun set on the mountains from our Penzion 2004 in Stara Lesna.

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DAY 4:

 Mon.,Sept. 10:   Tatry Mountains
Enjoy the beauty of the Tatry Mountains at your own pace. Several options for a day of out-door, scenic adventure in this dramatic small alpine range or relaxing in the resort towns.
Optional personal family and village visits can be arranged.

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DAY 5:

Tues., Sept. 11 :   Pieniny Region -Bardejov 

Travel from the High Tatry Mountains to the scenic vistas of the Pieniny National Park.  Enjoy a traditional raft ride on the Dunajec river as you watch green fields, forests and mountains peacefully pass.  After lunch at the chalet restaurants on the river bank, visit  the Bardejov Open-Air Village Museum to see how our ancestors lived at the end of the 19th century when many immigrants came to the United States.  In the evening, explore the medieval guild town of Bardejov before settling into the Hotel Pod Branou in the center of the old city.

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DAY 6:

Wed. Sept. 12:   Šariš Region:   Small Village Visit – Levoca – Spiš Castle

Travel through the lovely stream valleys ringed by high pasture fields and farm land of the Šariš region.  A morning visit to meet the people of a small Rusyn village at the edge of the forests where people still preserve the old musical and craft ways of life.  Lunch in the medieval, pilgrimage town of Levoča with visits to see the large exquisitely-carved altar in St. Jacob’s Cathedral by 15th century master woodcarver  Master Pavol.  In the afternoon, explore the ruins of the majestic Spiš Castle one of the largest castle ruins in Europe

In the evening, walk the beautiful central square of Košice before settling into the Hotel Doubletree by Hilton, in the heart of the city.

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DAY 7:

Thurs. Sept. 13:   Košice

Morning guided walking tours of Košice’s well-preserved historic center. Afternoon free to shop and explore the thriving downtown.  Optional evening special cultural program
Optional personal family and village visits can be arranged.

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 DAY 8:

Fri. Sept. 14   Return to Bratislava

Leaving Košice, we’ll start the trip back to Bratislava with surprise stops along the way.  We’ll arrive in Slovakia’s capital city on the Danube in time to enjoy the charm of the Old City by night and settle into the old world elegance of the Hotel Radisson Carlton, in the center of the Old City.

Optional personal family and village visits can be arranged.

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DAY 9:

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A small group guided tour of Bratislava’s old center.

Sat. Sept. 15:  Bratislava – Modra Wine Festival & Pottery

Fall in love with Slovakia’s modest but elegant small capital  with a morning guided tour through the Old City and a stop at the city’s fortress castle for panoramic views of the city and the Danube.  In the afternoon, we travel to the Small Carpathian Mountains near Bratislava to visit a pottery where famous Modra ceramics  are made by hand.  Enjoy the music, crafts and local excitement of the Modra/Pezinok Wine Festival, before we return to the city in the evening to explore its narrow central streets and lovely plazas.  Stroll the Danube promenade and watch the ships and barges along this busy waterway.

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Day 10:

Sun., Sept. 17:  Bratislava
Farewell to our Slovakia Heritage Tour travel friends!

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At the close of the tour, some people will fly out of Vienna, and others will continue to travel on to Krakow, Poland, or Prague, Czech Republic with a Slovakia Heritage Extension Tour.    Please see details on the  Extension Tours page or call Judy at 978-544-5144 to discuss your personal plans.