WEEKEND IN BRATISLAVA/ SIGHTSEEING, TRIPS
EUR 95/group / 2 hours walking tour with an English speaking guide
EUR 18 / 1:30 hour (Old town + castle) /special tour vehicle Presporacik Old-timer (audio guide)
HALF-DAY TRIPS AROUND BRATISLAVA
MODRA – CERVENY KAMEN CASTLE (5hours)
Modra – a small wine-producing town in the Lesser Carpathians, famous for its handmade ceramics (we visit one of the small ceramic studios). Cerveny Kamen Castle - a beautiful Baroque castle in the Lesser Carpathians is guarded by the most extensive defensive system in Central Europe and has a celebrated portrait gallery.
MODRA – CERVENY KAMEN CASTLE + WINE-TASTING (6hours)
The Lesser Carpathians are well known mainly for their great numbers of vineyards and the high quality wine they produce. You can try the best of the Lesser Carpathian wines in one of the local wine cellars. We can also recommend a visit the vineyards and wine production facilities (at the group’s request).
Special: Weekend of Open Wine Cellars (annually in November) – a tour of many of the wine cellars in the Lesser Carpathians (price on request).
On request - a wine-tasting can be arranged in the Slovak National Collection of Wine -Chateau Pezinok (where you can find a selection of 80 different wines from all over Slovakia)
TRNAVA (4 hours)
Trnava is an old royal city with so many churches deserving a visit that it has earned its nickname, the “Slovak Rome”. Our sightseeing tour of the city includes entry to several churches.
TRADITIONAL GOOSE / DUCK DINNER + wine and spirits tasting
in one of the famous “goose villages” on the outskirts of Bratislava. The dinner can be combined with tasting of wines and spirits.
BOAT TRIP on the RIVER DANUBE to the ruins of Devin Castle (5 hours)
This was an important castle, perched on a cliff above the confluence of the Danube and Morava Rivers. From this strategic position, the castle’s owner could control the rich flow of trade along the Danube, and also a branch of the “Amber Road”, which linked the Baltic and the Mediterranean.
The area has been settled since the Neolithic period and was fortified in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Both the Celts and the Romans built strong fortresses here. Later it was an important fortress of the Great Moravian Empire and then the Hungarian Kingdom, too. What we see today began as a Gothic castle and underwent several reconstructions. In 1809, it was destroyed by Napoleon's soldiers and never fully restored.
SKALICA (10 hours)
Skalica – a historic town established by royal charter in the 13th century. Our tour takes in a diverse selection of sights including a Romanesque rotunda, a church from the 14th century, the Jesuit church and its catacombs, the House of Culture and the Pilarik brothers’ mill. We cannot forget to visit a traditional “trdelnik” bakery, where you can purchase and taste a special spit-roasted cake that originated in Skalica.
We also highly recommend a boat trip on the BATA Canal constructed by the famous shoe manufacturer BATA at the beginning of the 20th century.
Optional: Lunch in a medieval restaurant where the food and the beer are made according to authentic medieval recipes.
A visit to the vineyards and a wine tasting
MODRA – CERVENY KAMEN CASTLE – SKALICA (10 hours)
Combination of the aforementioned trips
SKALICA – LEDNICE (Southern Moravia) (12 hours)
Skalica - city sightseeing and lunch in a medieval restaurant
The Lednice area (UNESCO site) – an amazing combination of beautiful landscape, astonishing architecture and great wine. Our top recommendation: a visit to Lednice Castle, the former summer residence of the Lichtenstein family with its extensive park, Minaret and greenhouse followed by a boat trip on the Dyje River. The castle restaurant will complement this with delicious food to turn a trip into an unforgettable experience.
BANSKA STIAVNICA (UNESCO site) (10 hours)
An old royal town with beautiful architecture and historical gold and silver mines is situated in the splendid natural setting of the Stiavnicke Vrchy Mountains. The Old Castle combining architecture of all styles from 13th -19th centuries, the New Castle from the 16th century (includes an exhibition on the war with Turks), the Glanzenberg underground gallery (visited by emperors and many important persons in the past and present), the mineralogical exhibition, an art gallery, an open-air mining museum providing underground tours are the highlights. Sightseeing can be combined with easy walking in the surrounding mountains with fine views over the city and the Low Tatra Mountains.
PIESTANY SPA + RADOSINA WINE CELLAR
For over a hundred years, Slovakia’s best-known spa has been famous for its mud and thermal water which have made it a European leader in providing treatments for rheumatism, rehabilitation of the locomotive apparatus and the nervous system. The therapeutic benefits of Piestany mud were first recorded in the 16th century. Many important people have visited Piestany spa and used its treatments, including Beethoven. You can choose from a wide range of procedures and try them during your visit to Piestany. An interesting side trip from the spa is to taste the wines at the Radosina wine cellar located just a few kilometres from Piestany. The famous wine Radošinsky Klevner was served at the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The trips above can be combined with other interesting visits/activities to make longer breaks.
BANSKA STIAVNICA + CHATEAU ANTOL in SVATY ANTON
Chateau Antol, the former summer residence of the Bulgarian Tsar Ferdinand Coburg, gives an insight into the life of the aristocracy through the centuries. Its rich furniture collection, which includes the golden furniture suite – a wedding present to Maria Antoinette, is paired with a unique hunting exhibition.
Accommodation: Banska Stiavnica / or Svaty Anton
MODRA - CERVENY KAMEN CASTLE - SKALICA - LEDNICE
In this two-day trip the wine and folklore traditions of southern Moravia are paired with visits to charming historical sights.
Wine and folklore: the region produces the best wine in the Czech Republic, at a level of quality comparable to the best-known European regions. Another of the major characteristics of this charming area in the southeast of the Czech Republic is the richness of its folklore traditions.
One of our specialities is to arrange a wine tasting combined with a folklore evening (cymbalom music and dancing) and tasty traditional cuisine that will definitely be an unforgettable experience.
Accommodation: Skalica/or southern Moravia
MODRA - CERVENY KAMEN CASTLE - PIESTANY
combination of the above 1-day trips