2017 Tour Info

The 2018 Slovakia Heritage Tour (September 7-16) offers Lively Harvest Festivals, Folk Arts and Music, Beautiful Countryside, and Medieval Cities…

On this fall’s Slovakia Heritage Tour, travelers will enjoy Slovakia’s beautiful culture and countryside through its lively festivals, charming small cities, picturesque country villages and mountain peaks, music, and food with plenty of time to meet the people and discover your own family roots.   

September is the perfect time to travel to Slovakia…   Continue reading “2017 Tour Info”

2015 Slovakia Heritage Tour in the News

DSC_5645We had a wonderful energetic and fun group of 16 travelers this September.   They were into all things Slovak….music, history, walks into the countryside,  and, of course, good Slovak food.  We had almost a 100% success rate in reconnecting our travelers with their Slovak families.

Read all about it on page 19 of the Dec. 9 issue of Jednota.  You’ll read about tour member Ken Petrus’ lucky discovery in finding his cousins.

To see the entire Jednota issue go to:  http://www.fcsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/DEC-9-ISSUE.pdf

Easter in Slovakia

I’ve just returned from a wonderful wedding/Easter visit with my family in Slovakia.  In addition to reliving all the Easter traditions from my childhood, we welcomed a new baby, Mishka, born the day after Easter, and a new married couple to the family,  Stanka and Tono.  I’d like to share with you some photos of our visit.  More photos can be found on the Slovakia Heritage Facebook page:

Blessing the Easter Baskets.
Blessing the Easter Baskets.
The brilliant  yellow rape seed(canola) crop highlights the delicate Spring greens and pinks.
The brilliant yellow rape seed(canola) crop highlights the delicate Spring greens and pinks.
Families smoke their own ham(left,boiling) and make their own fresh Easter cheese from eggs and milk.
Families smoke their own ham(left,boiling) and make their own fresh Easter cheese from eggs and milk.
Two-year old Samko learns to strain the cheese in cheese cloth.
Two-year old Samko learns to strain the cheese in cheese cloth.
Eggs are decorated in natural dyes and age-old designs.
Eggs are decorated in natural dyes and age-old designs.
Since the end of the Soviet era, Slovaks have painted their houses in happy, bright hues.
Since the end of the Soviet era, Slovaks have painted their houses in happy, bright hues.
Soup begins the meal of blessed Easter specialities.
Soup begins the meal of blessed Easter specialities.
Family visiting with my mother's cousins Bozena and Marcel.
Family visiting with my mother’s cousins Bozena and Marcel.

Why is the 2014 Slovakia Heritage Tour ending in Krakow?

Through the ages, the shifting borders and national boundaries left a common culture in Eastern Slovakia and South Eastern Poland, on either side of the Carpathian Mountains.  Under the old Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867-1918, the regions were unified.   While exploring the Tatry Mountains in Slovakia or rafting down the Dunajec River you will see Poland a stone’s throw away just as your ancestors did. Why not visit?

Krakow's
People love to gather in Krakow’s ten-acre Market Square.

Consider beautiful medieval Krakow with its lively ten-acre Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall, and Wawel Castle on the banks of the Vistula River and you understand why Krakow is the perfect choice.

Krakow lies a short, 2 hours, drive north of the Slovakia border. It was an important medieval trading and academic center for today’s regions of Southern Poland and Eastern Slovakia. Because of this prominence, Krakow today is a bustling city of winding streets filled with exquisite architectural monuments chronicling this history.

Krakow's Wawel Castle on the banks of the Vistula River.
Krakow’s Wawel Castle on the banks of the Vistula River.

The decision to end the 2014 tour in Slovakia’s cousin city is also practical:   Continue reading “Why is the 2014 Slovakia Heritage Tour ending in Krakow?”

Why travel to Slovakia with Slovakia Heritage Tours?

We keep our tours small so that you can enjoy all the Slovakia has to offer at your own pace, on a more intimate scale than a larger tour focused on crowded tourist sites and large cities.  We’ll explore the cities as well as small towns and the countryside to piece together the unique history and culture that makes Slovakia such a charming blend of old and new.

Whether this is your first trip to Slovakia or you’ve visited before, we’ll make it easy for you to relax and enjoy the picturesque, ever-changing landscapes, and  experience the traditions and contemporary culture.  Learn traditional arts and crafts.  Take a cooking lesson.  Travel high in to the mountains by gondola or on foot.  Attend an open-air classical or folk concert.  Reflect on the architectural and cultural remnants of the Soviet era.  Meet the people  as they work to make Slovakia a vital part of the European Union.

Because of the small size of the tour group, we can provide excellent  individual service before, during and after the tour.  We’re here to answer your questions, translate, respond to your special needs, and do our best to tailor the tour to your interests.  We’re passionate about Slovakia and love that we always learn and discover something new through your interests.

Please email(  connectionswork4u@hotmail.com ) or call (978-544-5144)  and let us know what your plans are.

Sept. Slovakia Heritage Tour Adds Budapest Visit

New this year, our 2012 Slovakia Heritage Tour will add a day-stop in Budapest as we return from Eastern Slovakia to Bratislava.

  Why go to Hungary on a Slovakia Heritage Tour?  As many of you know from your families, most of our ancestors grew up going to Hungarian schools because Slovakia was ruled for almost a thousand years by Hungary.   Slovak history and our own family histories are closely tied to this rule which deprived the peasants of land and resources, forcing many of the waves of emigration.

At a very young age, I remember my grandmother proudly teaching me to count in Hungarian.  I believe this was the only Hungarian she learned in the limited time she attended an elementary school where she knew nothing of the language of instruction.

Today, Buda and Pest (two cities on either side of the Danube) are two beautiful ports downstream from Bratislava. Our short visit will give us a glimpse of the Hungarian capital, and its contemporary and historical relationship with Slovakia.