CYCLING, HIKING & CULTURE

An intensive trip in which you can watch, admire, try...all in one.

GRADE 2
Note
:  The walking/hiking paths are graded from 1-5 (1 – easy walking, small ascents/ descents; 5 – heavy trekking, steep ascents/descents, rocks, climbing supported by chains).

Dates: on request for groups

PRICE:
EUR 840/p.p.  

(The price includes accommodation in hotels as per below, FB, all inland transfers, English speaking guide, bicycle rental, admission fees, cultural programme)
Swedish / Finish speaking tour guide - on request

Day 1 - Bratislava
Arrival, Bratislava sightseeing, accommodation, dinner.
Bratislava is one of the youngest and smallest of the Central European capitals. It still has a lot to offer: interesting historical sites, cosy cafés and restaurants, cultural events, concerts. 
Accommodation: four-star hotel in Bratislava

Day 2 - Southern Moravia
Transfer to Southern Moravia – Lednice area, sightseeing, boat trip
The Lednice area (a UNESCO site) is one of the most widely acclaimed regions of the Czech Republic, noted for the beautiful architecture of its castles. The Lednice and Valtice chateaus were long the  summer residence of the Lichtenstein family and also have a large park in the style of an English stately home, including an amazing folly – the Minaret. The area is also the Czech Republic’s best-known wine region and lovingly maintains its rich folklore traditions, beautiful countryside and extensive network of cycle routes of low and intermediate grade.
Accommodation: three-star hotel in the Lednice area

Day 3 - Southern Moravia
Bicycle trip in the beautiful environs of Lednice
Evening: wine-tasting, traditional Moravian food, cymbalom music.
Accommodation: three-star hotel in the Lednice area

Day 4 - The Malá Fatra
Transfer to Slovakia – to the Malá Fatra Mountains. We will spend the afternoon hiking in one of the well-known canyons of the Malá Fatra.
The Malá Fatra is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Slovakia with hiking/climbing paths of all levels of difficulty: paths in woods, grassland, rocks (hiking assisted by chains) and beautiful canyons with iron ladders.
Accommodation: three-star hotel in the Malá Fatra

Day 5 - the Kysuce region
This day we will visit the Open-air Museum of the Kysuce Village, where we will ride into the hills on a historical railway.
The Museum of the Kysuce Village is interesting not only for the traditional wooden architecture of the region (from 19th- 20th century) but mostly due to a very rare attraction – a historical narrow-gauge forest railway that operates as a zig zag or switchback railway system in order to quickly climb the steep hillsides of the region. It is the only such zig zag railway operating in Europe).
Accommodation: three-star hotel in the Malá Fatra

Day 6 -The Malá Fatra
A full day hike takes us up to the ridge of the mountains to enjoy amazing views down into the valleys on both sides.
Traditional dinner in a shepherd's cottage with folklore music – the Fujara, a long pipe with a haunting melancholic sound (inscribed in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity),
Accommodation: three-star hotel in the Low Fatra

Day 7 - Piešťany
Transfer to the Piestany spa
Piešťany - the best-known Slovak spa, famous for its mud and thermal water, is one of the leading European spas for the treatment of rheumatism and rehabilitation of the locomotive apparatus and the nervous system. The combination of therapeutic sulphuric mud and thermal mineral water is unique.
The benefits of Piestany mud have been known since the 16th century. Many important people have visited Piestany and used its treatments, including Beethoven. 

 

You might decide to take a bicycle trip to “New Zealand” in the hills above Piešťany. Surprisingly, you can find real live kangaroos and emus there. Accommodation: three-star hotel near Piešťany

Day 8 - Piešťany
Piešťany spa with the large spa park, walking; optional: spa treatments 
Departure to the airport

 
 
 
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