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Hello Everyone. Welcome to SLOVAKATION group. This group is open to all, who like the nature, hiking, being outdoors and to those who want to meet new friends and at the same time they want to explore Slovakia.

Anyway. I´m Martin. I´m Slovak tourist guide and I´m trying to promote Slovakia to outer world through my BLOG (http://slovakation.com/category/high-tatras/), because in my opinion it deserves more attention than it gets.

Why am I doing this? Because seeing how people enjoy the hikes, views and actually the entire trip, makes me really happy and I have a feeling that I do something meaningful and I know that Slovakia has a lot to offer. I don´t want it to sound like a cliche, but it´s just truth.

You can read what other travellers said about the trips with me in TESTIMONIALS (http://slovakation.com/category/testimonials/), I´ve received.

It all had started about 10 years ago, when I was a student at the secondary school. I participated in an exchange program with students from Belgium. At first our class visited Belgium and a few weeks after, they came to visit us in Slovakia. We travelled together with the Belgian students throughout Slovakia and they were really amazed by what they found here. At that time I was thinking about, what a pity it is, that there are not more travellers coming from abroad to see my country.

Years later, when I studied at the university, I was thinking about my future and about what kind of job would make me happy and satisfied. And suddenly an idea of being outdoors and showing my country to travellers from abroad appeared. It seemed like a perfect plan to me. And now I can say, it was a really a good plan.

Where are Meetups going to be held?

Meetups will be held in the most popular and most beautiful Slovak national parks (the High and Low Tatras, Slovak Paradise) as well as less popular, but still fascinating national parks (Small and Great Fatra mountains). In all those mountain ranges I want to show you my most favourite places, worth of visiting.

How does it actually work?

I will suggest the most favourable flight connection to Slovakia for every event. Usually it is a flight with a low cost airlines either to Poprad-Tatry Airport, Krakow or Bratislava. It depends on the particular event.

I will always wait for you at one of those airports and take you to the accommodation. At dinner I will always let you know, what is the program of the following day and inform you about the details of the hike. The weather forecast must be taken into account.

The group will usually consist of maximum 18 members, including me and another guide. The members will be from different countries.

Who should join the group?

Every easy-going traveller, willing to come out of the comfort zone, who loves the nature, mountains, travelling and who wants to explore Slovakia. If it´s not a problem to walk 15+ km and ascend 500+ meters a day for you, this is a right group to be.

Looking forward to see you in Slovakia in 2019

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me:

Email: martin@slovakation.com

Web: www.slovakation.com (http://www.slovakation.com/)

FACEBOOK FAN PAGE (https://www.facebook.com/Slovakation)

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30 May - 4 June 2019 | Hike, Bike and Raft in and around Tatra Mountains

Hello Everyone, let me invite you to another adventure in Slovakia. This adventure is ideal for those who do not like to do just one activity during their holidays, but now you have a chance to do a different activity every day. All activities will be held in the region of Tatra mountains. You will walk in the most impressive mountains of Slovakia – the High Tatras and bike in the area of Liptov region, which is the best for cycling. You will hike in the national park Slovak Paradise, which is like a playground for adults and raft on river Dunajec. Learn more about these activities below. WALKING IN THE HIGH TATRAS You will visit one of my most favourite places – Lake Green, which is surrounded by 2500 meters high peaks and the whole place is just impressive This hike is about 17 km long and the vertical climb is around 750 meters. BIKING You will bike to the longest valley of the Tatra mountains in Slovakia - into Silent Valley. There is an asphalt road and the valley is 12 km long. Biking there is uphill almost all the time, but it´s not so steep. You still need to be fit enough to do it. The vertical climb is 380 meters. After you reach the end, the reward is downhill all the way back. Afterwards you will bike to Koprovska Valley and to one of the highest waterfalls of Slovakia. This valley is about 7 km long and the vertical climb is 250 meters. ADVENTURE HIKING IN THE SLOVAK PARADISE Some say Slovak Paradise is like a playground for adults, because of hikes that follow a system of ladders, catwalks and bridges past waterfalls and lush vegetation in the park’s gorges. To do this hike, you can´t be afraid of heights!!, because some of the ladders are about 10 meters long. It´s like climbing a ladder to the 3rd floor. We will do about 16 km long hike with the vertical climb of 550 meters. RAFTING ON DUNAJEC Famous river on Slovakia-Poland borders. Rafting here is suitable also for beginners, because Dunajec is fast moving river with only small waves. You will do about 4 hours of rafting. These holidays are NOT intended for professional sportsmen, but you still need to be fit enough to be able to walk for approximately 15 km and do the vertical climb of 750 meters. You can´t be afraid of heights for hiking in the Slovak Paradise and you should be able to bike for 35 km. PROGRAM AND ITINERARY DAY 1 - Arrival Meeting at the Krakow Airport in Poland at 16:00. Transfer to Slovakia, settling down in the rooms and dinner. Please book your flights to Krakow with arrival before 16:00. DAY 2 – High Tatras We will start your holidays with a hike in the Tatra mountains and you will visit one of the most beautiful places in the area. It´s called Lake Green (because the water has really green colour) and the place is surrounded by 2500 m high peaks. Length: 17 km, vertical climb: 750 m DAY 3 – Biking You will do a different activity today. It will be biking day. You will bike in Silent and Koprovska valleys in the Tatra mountains. Length: 35 – 40 km, vertical climb: 600 m DAY 4 – Adventure hike in Slovak Paradise The Slovak Paradise - playground for adults, because of all of the ladders, catwalks and ledges. Today you will visit the most popular gorges Sucha bela and Prielom Hornadu. Adventure hiking in the Slovak Paradise. Length: 16 km, vertical climb: 550 DAY 5 – Rafting Last day we will take you to the borders with Poland and river Dunajec for rafting. You don´t have to be experienced, because this river is suitable for beginners. Rafting on river Dunajec. About 4 hours. DAY 6 - Departure 9:00 Departure to Krakow Airport. 11:30-12:00 Coming to Krakow Airport NOTE This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc. ACCOMMODATION You will be staying in a family guesthouse or a small hotel in the area of High Tatra mountains. You will be staying in twin rooms with private bathroom. Breakfasts are included. PRICE - 498 EUR What is INCLUDED - 5x accommodation in twin rooms - 5x breakfast and dinners - 4 hrs rafting on Dunajec river - Entry fee to Slovak Paradise - 1 day biking - Airport transfers to recommended flights and transfers within the trip - Guiding - Insurance covering the cost of mountain rescue What is NOT INCLUDED - Lunches - Other possible entry fees - General travel insurance SIGNING UP AND PAYMENT To sign up, please click on this link: http://slovakation.com/tour-contract-application/ fill in the form and submit it. Choose the tour „Hike, Bike, Raft - mixed activities“ and then write down the date in the next field - 31.05.-[masked]. Wait for my confirmation and for the invoice. Your place will be confirmed, after receiving of the payment. The bank account will be stated in the invoice. If you´re going to transfer money in other currency than EURO, I highly recommend to use Transferwise.com to DECREASE the bank fees. You can even pay with your debit/credit card. It´s easy, cheap and fast. MEETING PLACE AND RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS There is a low cost flight connection to Krakow Airport in Poland. The airport transfer will be arranged and it´s included. ARRIVAL – We will meet at the Krakow airport at 16:00. There are several options, so you can decide for the best one. Please, just book your flight to arrive before 16:00. DEPARTURE - Again there are several possibilities. Choose the flight back after 13:30. We will arrive to the airport at around 11:30-12:00. If any of the flights doesn´t suit you, you can also book a different one. You can visit the town of Krakow, which is really beautiful and spend some time there. You can even stay there overnight before or after the trip. It´s easy to travel from the airport to the city center and back by train. It goes every 30 minutes and the ride takes about half an hour. VISA Please don´t forget to check the Slovak visa! TRAVEL INSURANCE Don´t forget, to arrange a travel insurance.

24-29 July 2019 | Hiking in the High Tatras and Slovak Paradise

Hello Everyone, let me invite you to an adventure in the Tatra mountains and the Slovak Paradise. If you join this trip, you will see the most beautiful places and visit my most favourite places there. Look at my video to see what you can experience - https://goo.gl/rp2F37 TATRA MOUNTAINS The High Tatras is the smallest mountain range with the alpine character in the world. Even though 26 peaks are higher than 2 500 metres (8 200 ft) and it offers almost everything, as for example the well-known Alps, except the glaciers. If you would like to explore it, don´t hesitate and join us on this trip. I will lead you in the mountains and show you the best places you can visit there. We will walk along the streams, through the dwarf pines, under the 2500 m high peaks, we will enjoy the lunch on the shore of the lakes and hopefully observe the wildlife such as chamoix or marmots. SLOVAK PARADISE On one of the days you will visit also the Slovak Paradise National Park to see and explore a different environment. Hiking in this park is all about climbing ladders, walking on catwalks and bridges past waterfalls and lush vegetation in the park’s remarkable gorges. You can´t be afraid of heights in the Slovak Paradise, because the highest ladders that you have to climb are more than 10 meters high. The hikes that we are going to walk on this trip will be of medium difficulty. Everyday we will walk approx. 18 km with the total vertical ascent of 1000 metres. Some of the hikes involves short part of scrambling, so previous experience with scrambling is welcomed. The hiking trails in the High Tatras are pretty rocky, therefore a good pair of hiking boots with ankle support is a must. The trip on my website: https://goo.gl/Q14ShG If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me via Meetup or [masked] More information below. PROGRAM AND ITINERARY DAY 1 - Arrival 16:00 We will meet at the Krakow Airport. Please arrive to the airport before 16:00. 18:30 Arrival to the High Tatras and dinner together on the way to accommodation. Briefing about the trip. DAY 2 – Green Lake Valley In the morning we will take the cable car to Lake Skalnate where we will start the hike and will be walking towards peak Velka Svistovka. There is an amazing view from this peak at the Belianske Tatras and the whole Valley of Lake Green. We will descent to one of the most beautiful places in Tatra mountains to have a lunch by Lake Green. 18km of walking, 535m ascent, 1300m descent DAY 3 – Peak Koprovsky Today we will visit one of the most popular places – the village of Strbske pleso, where Lake Strbske is situated. We will set on the hike to Peak Koprovsky, which is almost 2400 meters high. The view from the top is literally stunning. 20km of walking, 1173m ascent DAY 4 – Slovak Paradise Today you will explore the Slovak Paradise and one of the longest and most popular gorges in the park – Sucha Bela gorge. 17km of walking, 600m ascent DAY 5 – Hike the Velicka Valley Hike to a pretty mountain lake located at the foot of the highest mountain in Slovakia, Gerlachovsky Peak (2655m) and eat lunch with a waterfall view, then explore the famous Tatranska Magistrala trail as it winds through a labyrinth of dwarf pines and spruces. 16km of walking, 975m ascent DAY 6 - Departure 9:00 Departure to Krakow Airport. 11:30-12:00 Coming to Krakow Airport NOTE This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc. ACCOMMODATION The accommodation will be provided in nice Guesthouse Snezienka (8.9 Score on Booking.com). This new guesthouse built in traditional wooden style is situated in the center of the village of Tatranska Lomnica, at the foot of the second highest peak of Slovakia – Lomnicky Peak. PRICE - 468 EUR What is INCLUDED 5x Accommodation in ensuite twin rooms 5x breakfast 1x cable car ticket to Lake Skalnate Guiding by Slovak certified guide Entry fee to national parks Transfer from and to the Krakow airport Transfers within the trip Financial protection according to Slovak Law What is NOT INCLUDED Other entrance fees to the thermal pool and other possible visits Lunches – either at the mountain hut, or prepared by yourself Dinners – possible to try restaurants in the area Travel insurance covering this kind of activity Return flight tickets to Krakow, Poland To run this trip, there must be min. 4 participants. SIGNING UP AND PAYMENT To sign up, please click on this link: http://slovakation.com/tour-contract-application/ fill in the form and submit it. Choose the tour „Mixed hiking in Tatras and Slovak Paradise“ and then write down the date in the next field. Wait for my confirmation and for the invoice. Your place will be confirmed, after receiving of the payment. The bank account will be stated in the invoice. If you´re going to transfer money in other currency than EURO, I highly recommend to use Transferwise.com to DECREASE the bank fees. You can even pay with your debit/credit card. It´s easy, cheap and fast. MEETING PLACE AND RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS There is a low cost flight connection to Krakow Airport in Poland. The airport transfer will be arranged and it´s included. ARRIVAL – We will meet at the Krakow airport at 16:00. There are several options, so you can decide for the best one. Please, just book your flight to arrive before 16:00. DEPARTURE - Choose the flight back after 13:30. We will arrive to the airport at around 11:30-12:00. If any of the flights don´t suit you, you can also book a different one. You can visit the town of Krakow, which is really beautiful and spend some time there. You can even stay there overnight before or after the trip. It´s easy to travel from the airport to the city center and back by train. It goes every 30 minutes and the ride takes about 20 min. VISA Please don´t forget to check the Slovak visa! TRAVEL INSURANCE Don´t forget, to arrange a travel insurance covering the hiking activities up to 2500 meters

25-30 September 2019 | Hiking in the High Tatras and Slovak Paradise

Hello Everyone, let me invite you to an adventure in the Tatra mountains and the Slovak Paradise. If you join this trip, you will see the most beautiful places and visit my most favourite places there. Look at my video to see what you can experience - https://goo.gl/rp2F37 TATRA MOUNTAINS The High Tatras is the smallest mountain range with the alpine character in the world. Even though 26 peaks are higher than 2 500 metres (8 200 ft) and it offers almost everything, as for example the well-known Alps, except the glaciers. If you would like to explore it, don´t hesitate and join us on this trip. I will lead you in the mountains and show you the best places you can visit there. We will walk along the streams, through the dwarf pines, under the 2500 m high peaks, we will enjoy the lunch on the shore of the lakes and hopefully observe the wildlife such as chamoix or marmots. SLOVAK PARADISE On one of the days you will visit also the Slovak Paradise National Park to see and explore a different environment. Hiking in this park is all about climbing ladders, walking on catwalks and bridges past waterfalls and lush vegetation in the park’s remarkable gorges. You can´t be afraid of heights in the Slovak Paradise, because the highest ladders that you have to climb are more than 10 meters high. The hikes that we are going to walk on this trip will be of medium difficulty. Everyday we will walk approx. 18 km with the total vertical ascent of 1000 metres. Some of the hikes involves short part of scrambling, so previous experience with scrambling is welcomed. The hiking trails in the High Tatras are pretty rocky, therefore a good pair of hiking boots with ankle support is a must. The trip on my website: https://goo.gl/Q14ShG If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me via Meetup or [masked] More information below. PROGRAM AND ITINERARY DAY 1 - Arrival 16:00 We will meet at the Krakow Airport. Please arrive to the airport before 16:00. 18:30 Arrival to the High Tatras and dinner together on the way to accommodation. Briefing about the trip. DAY 2 – Green Lake Valley In the morning we will take the cable car to Lake Skalnate where we will start the hike and will be walking towards peak Velka Svistovka. There is an amazing view from this peak at the Belianske Tatras and the whole Valley of Lake Green. We will descent to one of the most beautiful places in Tatra mountains to have a lunch by Lake Green. 18km of walking, 535m ascent, 1300m descent DAY 3 – Peak Koprovsky Today we will visit one of the most popular places – the village of Strbske pleso, where Lake Strbske is situated. We will set on the hike to Peak Koprovsky, which is almost 2400 meters high. The view from the top is literally stunning. 20km of walking, 1173m ascent DAY 4 – Slovak Paradise Today you will explore the Slovak Paradise and one of the longest and most popular gorges in the park – Sucha Bela gorge. 17km of walking, 600m ascent DAY 5 – Hike the Velicka Valley Hike to a pretty mountain lake located at the foot of the highest mountain in Slovakia, Gerlachovsky Peak (2655m) and eat lunch with a waterfall view, then explore the famous Tatranska Magistrala trail as it winds through a labyrinth of dwarf pines and spruces. 16km of walking, 975m ascent DAY 6 - Departure 9:00 Departure to Krakow Airport. 11:30-12:00 Coming to Krakow Airport NOTE This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc. ACCOMMODATION The accommodation will be provided in nice Guesthouse Snezienka (8.9 Score on Booking.com). This new guesthouse built in traditional wooden style is situated in the center of the village of Tatranska Lomnica, at the foot of the second highest peak of Slovakia – Lomnicky Peak. PRICE - 468 EUR What is INCLUDED 5x Accommodation in ensuite twin rooms 5x breakfast 1x cable car ticket to Lake Skalnate Guiding by Slovak certified guide Entry fee to national parks Transfer from and to the Krakow airport Transfers within the trip Financial protection according to Slovak Law What is NOT INCLUDED Other entrance fees to the thermal pool and other possible visits Lunches – either at the mountain hut, or prepared by yourself Dinners – possible to try restaurants in the area Travel insurance covering this kind of activity Return flight tickets to Krakow, Poland To run this trip, there must be min. 4 participants. SIGNING UP AND PAYMENT To sign up, please click on this link: http://slovakation.com/tour-contract-application/ fill in the form and submit it. Choose the tour „Mixed hiking in Tatras and Slovak Paradise“ and then write down the date in the next field. Wait for my confirmation and for the invoice. Your place will be confirmed, after receiving of the payment. The bank account will be stated in the invoice. If you´re going to transfer money in other currency than EURO, I highly recommend to use Transferwise.com to DECREASE the bank fees. You can even pay with your debit/credit card. It´s easy, cheap and fast. MEETING PLACE AND RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS There is a low cost flight connection to Krakow Airport in Poland. The airport transfer will be arranged and it´s included. ARRIVAL – We will meet at the Krakow airport at 16:00. There are several options, so you can decide for the best one. Please, just book your flight to arrive before 16:00. DEPARTURE - Choose the flight back after 13:30. We will arrive to the airport at around 11:30-12:00. If any of the flights doesn´t suit you, you can also book a different one. You can visit the town of Krakow, which is really beautiful and spend some time there. You can even stay there overnight before or after the trip. It´s easy to travel from the airport to the city center and back by train. It goes every 30 minutes and the ride takes about half an hour. VISA Please don´t forget to check the Slovak visa! TRAVEL INSURANCE Don´t forget, to arrange a travel insurance covering the hiking activities up to 2500 meters

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