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29th TREASURES OF SLOVAKIA TOUR!
Best of Slovakia! East to West and North to South! Experience castles, culture, folklore, folk art, museums, local food, wine tasting, parties, festivals, music, song, museums, village interaction, finding long-lost family!
July 6 – 15, 2018 Land only - $ 2,299 per person, single room add $599
Thurs., July 5 - Early Birds – If you arrive the day before the tour begins (leave US on July 4), we can make a reservation for you at the Eurohotel, near the airport. We’ll transport tour goers from the Eurohotel to a festive get-acquainted Austrian weiner schnitzel dinner in a family owned heuriger, a big hit with our tour-goers.
Fri, July 6 - Travel to Banska Bystrica in the heart of Slovakia. A festive welcome party awaits as we toast Slovak champagne! Enjoy a night lights walking tour of the historic square and end up in an outdoor café in this vibrant venue. (2 nights - Banska Bystrica ZVOLEN, central Slovakia)
Sat. July 7 - Tour Banska Bystrica’s historic square and the castle/cathedral. Enjoy the farmer's market and sample strudel, climb the learning tower for a bird’s eye view. Time to visit the famed Museum of the National Uprising cleverly shaped like a shepherd’s hat; it features interactive displays of Slovakia’s role in WWII. On to the colorful Detva Folk Festival with music, song, dance, crafts and foods. Then an atmospheric dinner with Slovak specialties and local music.
Sun., July 8 – Time for church service in ancient cathedrals. Travel over the Middle Carpathians to the High ones to catch our first glimpse of the snow-clad High Tatras. Weather permitting we will take a chair lift to the peaks. Our celebration continues with villagers presenting folk music and customs. (3 nights in the Slovak Paradise in SPIS, Eastern Slovakia) To celebrate this will be a free wine & beer night!
Mon., July 9 – Travel into remote, beautiful Zamagurie to Stara Lubovna’s outdoor museum – the homes depict birth, wedding, death and holiday customs. Take a unique raft ride on the scenic Dunajec River in Pieniny National Park and step into Poland. Raft drivers tell legends. We top off the day with a Goral picnic and lively local tunes.
Tues., July 10 – Experience a village museum showcasing the daily life of your ancestors. Everyone loves walled medieval Levoca with its historic buildings, Master Paul’s statues and old legends. We’ll tour grand St. Jakub’s Cathedral with a dozen carved & painted altars from the late 1500s. Explore Spis Castle, the largest Gothic ruin in Europe or take a mini-hike to see butterflies/mountain flowers. Drive by UNESCO treasure 13th century Zehra church and Spisske Podhradie.
Wed. July 11 - Feast on local gulas and dance with vibrant villagers at a Rusyn wedding. Experience Slovak hospitality! To Presov to marvel at the Greek Catholic Cathedral with icons galore and then time to explore the historic square, beautiful cathedral or local museum. Tour beautifully restored Kosice's old town and marvel at St. Elizabeth’s Cathedral, the famed Singing Fountain and more. (2 nights in Kosice (ABOV)
Thurs., July 12 - To Bardejov, the Pearl of Saris, Slovakia’s other walled town and a UNESCO Treasure. Tour the historic square and magnificent St. Egidius Church. Enjoy the unique icon museum. Find out why the statue atop town hall moons the mayor's office. Visit an ancient onion-domed wooden Rusyn church with icons and stories galore. Then on to a most amazing village church with all kinds of treasures. Dinner at a favorite and fun local restaurant in Bardejov.
Fri., July 13 - Drive through spectacular scenery. We head west and follow the mighty Vah River on a castle-studded ride. Visit the stunning Nativity that focuses on Slovak village life and history, then charming Cicmany to marvel at the log homes decorated with ancient motifs. We’ll party and dance in Krakovany where the folk group performs western Slovak village wedding customs just for us. (2 nights in Bratislava, southwestern Slovakia, the capital)
Sat., July 14 – See Bratislava’s charming old town with a local guide to learn the history and legends; time to shop or enjoy the cafes. A festive farewell dinner in a quaint village inn plus a wine tasting of local specialties is a joyful ending to our Treasures Tour!
Sun., July 15 - Do Videnia… Farewell or continue on to Golden Prague for the AddOn.
Trip includes hotel rooms with private bathrooms, two substantial meals per day featuring local specialties, visits to castles,
historic places, museums plus festive gatherings with local music and song. All tips are included except for the bus driver.
Questions – Call Helene Cincebeaux at 585-342- 9383, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Explore your heritage on an escorted bus tour led by guides with 28 years of experience personally taking tour groups to the Western, Central and Eastern Slovakia. Slovakia tours are all-inclusive, multi-generational adventures!
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