Day 1: Arrival to Vienna
Upon arrival to the European capital of music, your private driver picks you up at the station and transfers to the hotel in the very heart of the city.
The rest of the day is free for you to either relax or start exploring glorious Vienna on your own.
Day 2: Vienna Sightseeing & Ferry to Bratislava
Following buffet breakfast at the hotel your guide takes you on a walking tour through the downtown area of Vienna. You start at the State Opera House and walk through the Kärntnerstrasse (pedestrian zone) to the St. Stephen’s Cathedral (no inside visit). You continue your walk along the Graben und the Kohlmarkt (very exquisite shopping area) to the Hofburg (Imperial Palace), the former winter residence of the Habsburgs.
In the afternoon after the tour you are taken to the ferry station where you board a ferry which transfers you to Bratislava, the fascinating capital of Slovakia. The duration of the trip is about 1,5 hours. Upon arrival your driver meets you in the Bratislava and takes you to a downtown hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free. Breakfast is included.
Day 3: Bratislava City Tour
After breakfast you meet your guide and go on an exciting tour around the landmarks of charming Bratislava. You explore the Main Market Square where you can buy some traditional souvenirs. You see the Town Hall complex dating back to the 14th–15th centuries, Michael's Gate - the only gate from medieval fortifications that has made it to our days. The historic center of Bratislava is rich in castles and baroque palaces. The city’s main attraction is the 10th century Bratislava Castle called Bratislavský Hrad in Slovak. The stone beauty stands on a 279 ft. hill on the banks of the Danube River. You also see the Grassalkovich Palace, built around 1760 which is now the Slovak president’s residence and the Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral built in the 13th–16th centuries. After the tour you return to your hotel. Breakfast is included.
Day 4: Transfer to Rajecké Teplice
Following breakfast you check out from your hotel. Your driver takes you to the train station where you board the train via Zilina (Bratislava - Zilina, Zilina - Rajecké Teplice). The overall duration of the train ride is about 3,5 hours. Upon arrival you check-in the Aphrodite Palace Spa Hotel set in a gorgeous location surrounded by mountains, and have the rest of the day free. You may visit the hotel’s renowned luxury spa complex if you wish (optional) or relax in your room. Breakfast is included.
Day 5: Trip to Oravsky Hrad Castle
Early in the morning after breakfast you check out from your hotel. You meet your driver who takes you to Oravsky Podzamok. Today you have a unique chance to visit Slovakia’s national cultural monument - a 13 century castle called Oravsky Hrad, standing on a steep limestone cliff directly above the village and the Orava River at a height of 112 meters (entrance is included). During the guided tour you walk in the castle’s many rooms and halls, see the museum of local lore and the Oravsky Hrad’s interior which has been preserved from the Gothic, Renaissance and Romanticism periods. The duration of the tour is about 2,5 hours.
After the tour you are taken to Tri Studničky Boutique Hotel for check-in, where you stay for the following four nights. This stylish hotel is renowned for its relaxing atmosphere, fresh air and key location on the banks of a bustling mountain river surrounded by a forest. The rest of the day is free for you to relax. You can visit the hotel Wellness complex if you wish. Breakfast is included.
Day 6: Oravskej Dediny Open-air Museum Tour
Following breakfast you meet your driver and guide and go on a tour. Today you visit an open-air museum called Oravskej Dediny located in Zuberec (entrance is included). The museum is made up of a village at the foot of a mountain, situated on the banks of a crystal-clear mountain river. During the tour you see the traditionally built wooden houses displaying what a Slovak village looked like in the 16-19 centuries and the every-day life of people who lived in Slovakia in those times. You then proceed to the Lestiny village to see a spectacular wooden church, located on a steep slope overlooking the small town. After the tour you return to your Tri Studničky Boutique Hotel. The rest of the day is free so you can visit the hotel Wellness complex if you wish. Breakfast is included.
Day 7: Demänovská Cave of Liberty Tour
Early in the morning after breakfast you meet your driver who transfers you to the Low Tatras Region. On your way you make a stop to visit the Demänovská Cave of Liberty (entrance is included). Slovakia has over 2400 caves, the Cave of Liberty is the most visited one in the country. Together with your guide you overcome more than 1 kilometer of the cave system surrounded by unique flowstone forms and rich dripstone decorating the cave’s walls, crevices and ceilings. You see the Demänovka River flowing underground, karst pools, typical river modeled passages and ceiling channels. The journey through the cave takes about 1,5 hours. After the tour you are taken to Besenova Thermal Park, Slovakia’s most famous resort renowned for its healing mineral and geothermal springs, the temperature of which is about 60°C all year round. The Besenova health complex features natural hot springs that are good for your skin, joints, circulatory system and for relieving stress. Upon arrival you have a few hours to visit the thermal springs and spa complex (optional) that offers relaxation and entertainment in the beautiful surroundings of the Low and West Tatra Mountains. You then return to Tri Studničky Boutique Hotel for overnight. Breakfast is included.
Day 8: Transfer to Krakow & City Tour
Early in the morning after breakfast you check out from your hotel. You are heading to the gorgeous Polish town of Krakow. Upon arrival you are taken to a downtown hotel for check-in. After you have some rest you meet your guide and go on a tour of this charming historic town. During the tour you explore the Main Market Square where you can buy some traditional souvenirs in the Cloth Hall, visit the St. Mary's Cathedral, walk along Kanonicza and Grodzka Streets, see the Collegium Maius and Jewish District of Kazimierz and enjoy the beauty of the magnificent Wawel Hill with the Royal Castle and the splendid 14th-century cathedral. You are then taken back to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Breakfast is included.
Day 9: Departure
After breakfast you check out and depart from Krakow.
Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.
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