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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)

Upcoming events (4)

1-6 June │ Hiking & Sightseeing – Most beautiful places in Slovakia

Bratislava

€685.00

Join us on this tour and visit the most beautiful sights and natural wonders of Slovakia. You will travel from the west to the east, visit fairytales castles, quite villages and hike to places with the most amazing landscapes.

The highlights of this tour:

– visit a fairytale castle of Bojnice
– drink a coffee in a cafe with the best views you can get in Slovakia
– rafting on Dunajec river
– see 200 years old wooden houses painted with unique ornaments like nowhere else in the world
– explore the biggest cave in Slovakia
– relax in hot geothermal water

Tour on my website: https://bit.ly/3d9u8W1

The activities included in the tour doesn’t require any previous experience, however you should be able to hike for 10 km or be ready to go rafting. The level of rafting is for beginners and doesn’t require any previous experience.

COVID-19 RULES
You can enter Slovakia only:

  • if you are fully vaccinated and 14 days after final round of the vaccine!
  • or has recovered from Covid in the past 180 days and had the vaccine 14 days ago!

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me via Meetup or [masked]
More information below.

PROGRAM

Day 1
MEETING IN BRATISLAVA
10:00 We´re meeting in Bratislava
Leaving north to Bojnice, to visit the most beautiful castle of Slovakia. Afterwards visit a small rural village of Cicmany with unique wooden houses decorated with ornaments.

Day 2
MALA FATRA Mountains
Take a cable car in the morning straight to the highest mountains to enjoy the views and local cuisine at a small, cozy mountain hut. Walk through famous Janosikove diery gorge. You will need to climb couple of ladders when hiking there, so you can´t be afraid of heights.

Day 3
ORAVA CASTLE AND DEMANOVskA CAVE
Visit one of the best preserved and majestic medieval castles – Orava castle, situated on a cliff above river.
Cool down in a biggest cave of Slovakia, Demanovska Cave of Liberty situated in the Low Tatras mountains with its’ beautiful natural decoration.

Day 4
HIGH TATRAS DAY
Easy but rewarding 10km long hike from Lake Strbske pleso to Lake Popradske pleso.
After hike we will take you to for a coffee to a cafe, which has definitely the most beautiful view in Slovakia.
In the evening relax in a local thermal pools after couple of days of walking.

Day 5
PIENINY NATIONAL PARK
Rafting on famous Dunajec river, followed by another short hike to the borders with Poland.
Treat yourself in a local chocolaterie cafe with a cup of hot chocolate.

Day 6
SLOVAK PARADISE
The national park very well known because of numerous ladders, iron ledges, bridges and chains in its’ remarkable gorges. Hike through the gorge Prielom Hornadu to Tomasovsky viewpoint, an impressive cliff with beautiful view.
17:00 Arrival back to Bratislava

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.

PRICE OF 670 EUR INCLUDES:

  • 2X accommodation in 3* hotel in twin rooms in Mala Fatra
  • 3X accommodation in 3* hotel in twin rooms in High Tatras
  • 5X breakfast and 5X dinner
  • 1X cable car ticket in Mala Fatra
  • Transfers within the trip
  • 2h rafting on river Dunajec
  • Entry fees to Bojnice castle, Orava castle, Demänovska cave of Liberty, Vrbov thermal pools

EXCLUDES

  • drinks and personal expenses
  • lunches

25% deposit required at the time of booking. Rest to be paid 2 weeks before the tour.

BOOKING YOUR PLACE

Please visit my website and sign up right there: https://bit.ly/3d9u8W1

GETTING THERE
ARRIVAL
We are meeting in Bratislava on Wednesday 1st at 10:00. You can fly to Bratislava from Brussels the day before and stay overnight. You can also travel via Vienna and take a bus to Bratislava.
DEPARTURE
The same applies for departure. You can stay 1 more night in Bratislava and fly back on the next day. You can also travel via Vienna.

Exact meeting place will be specified later.

16-19 June │ Adventure Hiking Weekend in Fatra Mountains

Penzión Sagan

€460.00

Come to Slovakia and spend an adventure hiking weekend in picturesque Mala Fatra mountains. This area is not very well known abroad, however it has everything for a great hiking experience. Beautiful scenery, waterfalls, wildlife... During the weekend you will hike to the highest peak of the Mala Fatra, walk the main ridge to enjoy breathtaking views, hike through the gorge Janosikove diery with fascinating cliffs around and climb ladders along small waterfalls. You can´t be afraid of heights to enjoy the weekend.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • - walk to the highest peak of Mala Fatra - Velky Krivan
  • - climb ladders along waterfalls in the gorge Janosikove diery
  • - see beautiful landscapes from the top of the mountains
  • - stay in a cozy family owned guesthouse in between the mountains

You will be staying in a small family owned guesthouse Penzion Sagan of 3* standard, situated in the quite village of Terchova - Stefanova, situated right in between the mountains.

To see the tour on my website CLICK HERE

The activities included in the tour doesn’t require any previous experience, however you should be able to hike for 15 km and can´t be afraid of heights, due to ladders in the gorge.

COVID-19 RULES
You can still enter Slovakia only:

  • if you are fully vaccinated and 14 days after final round of the vaccine!
  • or has recovered from Covid in the past 180 days and had the vaccine 14 days ago!

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me via Meetup or [masked]
More information below.

PROGRAM

Day 1 - ARRIVAL AND MEETING IN KRAKOW
16:00 Meeting at the airport in Krakow and transfer to your accommodation in the village of Terchova.

Day 2 - HIGHEST PEAK

Leave the accommodation in the morning and head to local ski resort to take the cable car up the mountains to make the day easier. After getting quick almost to the top of the mountains, you will hike to the highest peak of the area - Velky Krivan. You will spend the next couple of hours walking on the main ridge of the mountains and enjoying the views all around you before starting the descent back down.

Length: 13 km, Ascent: 428 m, Descent: 1300 m, Est. walking time: 6 hrs

Day 3 - ADVENTURE HIKING THROUGH A GORGE

Today you will hike directly from your guesthouse and head to gorge Janosikove Diery. You will climb ladders along small waterfalls, walk in between high cliffs and sometimes use chains to overcome obstacles. You can´t be afraid of heights to do so!

Length: 12 km, Ascent: 800 m, Descent: 800 m, Est. walking time: 6 hrs

Day 4 - JANOSIKOVE DIERY GORGE AND DEPARTURE
Check out from the accommodation and get ready for the last and the easiest hike through the gorge Janosikove diery again. Today you will walk through the lower part of the gorge, yet still very intersting.

Length: 5,5 km, Ascent: 200 m, Descent: 200 m, Est. walking time: 2,5 hrs

ARRIVAL back to the airport at around 16:00.

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.

PRICE OF 460 EUR INCLUDES:

  • 3X accommodation in 3* hotel in twin rooms in Mala Fatra
  • 3X breakfast and 3X dinner
  • 1X cable car ticket in Mala Fatra
  • Airport transfers and transfers within the trip
  • Guiding by local English speaking guide
  • 3 days of hiking

EXCLUDES

  • drinks and personal expenses
  • lunches

BOOKING YOUR PLACE

Please visit my website and sign up OVER HERE
To get 10% OFF, use the code "fatra10" when booking your place.

HOW TO GET THERE

ARRIVAL
You can fly directly to Krakow from Brussels with Ryanair or from Eindhoven in Netherlands with Ryanair of Transavia.
If the flights don´t work for you, you can spend the night before and after in Krakow, which is an interesting city itself, listed in UNESCO World Heritage.
DEPARTURE
We will be back at the airport on Sunday at around 16:00, so you can fly back home after 18:00.

29 June - 4 July 2022 | Relaxed hiking across national parks of Slovakia

High Tatras

€565.00

Hello Everyone, seems like travelling is possible again and I´d like to invite you to Slovakia to come with us for EASY hiking in four different national parks. We will no rush and have enough time to enjoy all the places to the fullest.

To see reviews of our previous trips, have a look at our Facebook page

You will visit Mala Fatra mountains, Western Tatras and High Tatras mountains and Slovak Paradise as the last one. You will hike to the most beautiful places, which are easily reachable.

All hikes will be of EASY difficulty. Everyday we will walk for approx. 10-12 km with the total vertical ascent of 400 metres. The longest hike will be 13 km long with 700m of vertical ascent in the Western Tatras mountains.

You don´t need any previous experience with hiking, just to be in a good shape to be able to walk the hikes every day.

If you would like to explore Slovakia, 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. You will walk along the streams, through the dwarf pines, below majestic peaks, you will enjoy lunches on the shore of lakes and hopefully observe some wildlife such as chamoix or marmots.

CLICK HERE to see the trip on my website

KRAKOW EXTENSION

You can possibly extend your trip and visit Krakow before or after our hiking trip. Krakow is really beautiful and cheap city. It´s recommended to visit for example Wieliczka Salt Mine, listed in UNESCO and definitely the Old town. I also enjoyed piano concert of Chopin´s music.

COVID-19 RULES
Everyone can travel to Slovakia now.

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.
18:30 Arrival to the Mala Fatra and dinner together on the way to accommodation. Briefing about the trip.

DAY 2 – Mala Fatra

First hiking in the Mala Fatra National Park. We will take a cable car straight to the highest mountains, walk on the main ridge and stop for lunch and drinks on a local mountain hut. Afterwards we will visit Janosikove diery gorge, which is impressive place created just by water.
10,5 KM of walking, 445M ascent

DAY 3 – Western Tatras

We will begin to hike towards famous Lakes Rohacske plesa and will descent back along Rohacsky waterfall. There will be a mountain hut to stop for drink again. Overall this will be the most difficult hike in terms of ascent, but it´s not too steep and big part of the hike will be walked on tarmac road.
13 KM of walking, 720M ascent

DAY 4 – High Tatras

You will visit the famous Lake Strbske pleso. Lake with an amazing panorama of mountains right behind the lake. Afterwards we will set off on a hike with great views to Lake Popradske pleso to enjoy hearthy lunch right at the shore of the lake. After the hike in the afternoon we will also take you to a coffee place with the most beautiful views.
11KM of walking, 350M ascent

DAY 5 – Slovak Paradise

Today you will visit this unusual area, often called “a playground for adults”, where you will be hiking through narrow canyon, walk on catwalks and bridges above a river and come to a magnificient viewpoint – Tomasovsky vyhlad.
11KM of walking, 250M 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 3* guesthouse for 2 nights in Penzion Sagan in Mala Fatra and the next 3 nights in Penzion Lomnicky in High Tatras.

PRICE - 565 EUR

What is INCLUDED

  • 5x Accommodation in ensuite twin rooms
  • 5x breakfast and 5 dinners
  • 1x cable car ticket in Mala Fatra
  • 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
  • Travel insurance covering this kind of activity
  • Travel cost to Krakow, Poland

To run this trip, there must be min. 4 participants.

BOOKING YOUR PLACE

To sign up, please visit my website and sign up RIGHT HERE

MEETING PLACE AND RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS

You can fly to Krakow from Brussels with Ryanair. The return flight costs around 50 EUR at the moment.

ARRIVAL – We will meet at the Krakow airport at 16:30. Please arrive before this time.

DEPARTURE - Arrange your flights back after 12:00. At the moment Ryanair offers flight back on the 16:30.

10-15 August 2022 | Relaxed hiking across national parks of Slovakia

High Tatras

€565.00

Hello Everyone, seems like travelling is possible again and I´d like to invite you to Slovakia to come with us for EASY hiking in four different national parks. We will no rush and have enough time to enjoy all the places to the fullest.

To see reviews of our previous trips, have a look at our Facebook page

You will visit Mala Fatra mountains, Western Tatras and High Tatras mountains and Slovak Paradise as the last one. You will hike to the most beautiful places, which are easily reachable.

All hikes will be of EASY difficulty. Everyday we will walk for approx. 10-12 km with the total vertical ascent of 400 metres. The longest hike will be 13 km long with 700m of vertical ascent in the Western Tatras mountains.

You don´t need any previous experience with hiking, just to be in a good shape to be able to walk the hikes every day.

If you would like to explore Slovakia, 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. You will walk along the streams, through the dwarf pines, below majestic peaks, you will enjoy lunches on the shore of lakes and hopefully observe some wildlife such as chamoix or marmots.

CLICK HERE to see the trip on my website

KRAKOW EXTENSION

You can possibly extend your trip and visit Krakow before or after our hiking trip. Krakow is really beautiful and cheap city. It´s recommended to visit for example Wieliczka Salt Mine, listed in UNESCO and definitely the Old town. I also enjoyed piano concert of Chopin´s music.

COVID-19 RULES
Everyone can travel to Slovakia now.

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.
18:30 Arrival to the Mala Fatra and dinner together on the way to accommodation. Briefing about the trip.

DAY 2 – Mala Fatra

First hiking in the Mala Fatra National Park. We will take a cable car straight to the highest mountains, walk on the main ridge and stop for lunch and drinks on a local mountain hut. Afterwards we will visit Janosikove diery gorge, which is impressive place created just by water.
10,5 KM of walking, 445M ascent

DAY 3 – Western Tatras

We will begin to hike towards famous Lakes Rohacske plesa and will descent back along Rohacsky waterfall. There will be a mountain hut to stop for drink again. Overall this will be the most difficult hike in terms of ascent, but it´s not too steep and big part of the hike will be walked on tarmac road.
13 KM of walking, 720M ascent

DAY 4 – High Tatras

You will visit the famous Lake Strbske pleso. Lake with an amazing panorama of mountains right behind the lake. Afterwards we will set off on a hike with great views to Lake Popradske pleso to enjoy hearthy lunch right at the shore of the lake. After the hike in the afternoon we will also take you to a coffee place with the most beautiful views.
11KM of walking, 350M ascent

DAY 5 – Slovak Paradise

Today you will visit this unusual area, often called “a playground for adults”, where you will be hiking through narrow canyon, walk on catwalks and bridges above a river and come to a magnificient viewpoint – Tomasovsky vyhlad.
11KM of walking, 250M 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 3* guesthouse for 2 nights in Penzion Sagan in Mala Fatra and the next 3 nights in Penzion Lomnicky in High Tatras.

PRICE - 565 EUR

What is INCLUDED

  • 5x Accommodation in ensuite twin rooms
  • 5x breakfast and 5 dinners
  • 1x cable car ticket in Mala Fatra
  • 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
  • Travel insurance covering this kind of activity
  • Travel cost to Krakow, Poland

To run this trip, there must be min. 4 participants.

BOOKING YOUR PLACE

To sign up, please visit my website and sign up RIGHT HERE

MEETING PLACE AND RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS

You can fly to Krakow from Brussels with Ryanair. The return flight costs around 50 EUR at the moment.

ARRIVAL – We will meet at the Krakow airport at 16:30. Please arrive before this time.

DEPARTURE - Arrange your flights back after 12:00. At the moment Ryanair offers flight back on the 16:30.

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9-14 March | Winter Hiking in Tatra and Fatra mountains

Krakow Airport

€565.00

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