What we're about

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 (2)

23-28 September 2020 | Easy hiking across national parks of Slovakia

High Tatras

€520.00

Hello Everyone, borders are open 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 here -> https://bit.ly/2Pv9eVa 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. The hikes will be of EASY difficulty. Everyday we will walk for approx. 10 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. The trip on my website: https://bit.ly/3gyfHdQ 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 SITUATION At the moment it is possible to travel to Slovakia for citizens of Germany with permanent or temporary residency. There are no restrictions. 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 - 520 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 there. Link -> https://bit.ly/3gyfHdQ 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. You can arrive with Ryanair at 15:30, what is perfect. DEPARTURE - Arrange your flights back after 12:00. At the moment Ryanair offers only flight back on the next day at 6:30. You can spend 1 night in Krakow and explore it. If you arrive too early, you can visit Krakow. 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. TRAVEL INSURANCE Don´t forget, to arrange a travel insurance covering the hiking activities up to 2500 meters

21-26 October 2020 | Hiking in the Autumn High Tatras and Slovak Paradise

Hello Everyone, borders are open again and I´d like to invite you to Tatras to explore our most stunning mountains. 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. Look at my video to see what you can experience - https://goo.gl/rp2F37 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://bit.ly/3eiXqQC 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 SITUATION At the moment it is already possible to travel to Slovakia for citizens of Germany with permanent or temporary residency. There are no restrictions. 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 3* guesthouse at the foot of the Tatras - Guesthouse Lomnicky with view of Tatras panorama. PRICE - 530 EUR What is INCLUDED 5x Accommodation in ensuite twin rooms 5x breakfast and 5 dinners 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 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 there. Link -> https://bit.ly/3eiXqQC 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. You can arrive with Ryanair at 15:30, what is perfect. DEPARTURE - Arrange your flights back after 12:00. At the moment Ryanair offers only flight back on the next day at 6:30. You can spend 1 night in Krakow and explore it. If you arrive too early, you can visit Krakow. 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. TRAVEL INSURANCE Don´t forget, to arrange a travel insurance covering the hiking activities up to 2500 meters

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