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Country
Slovakia
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Easy
Accomodation
Luxury
Availability
June - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Tatranska Lomnica
Day 2: Lomnicky Peak
Day 3: Stary Smokovec
Day 4: Belianska Cave
Day 5: Strbske Pleso
Day 6: Skok Waterfall
Day 7: Kežmarok & Spiš Castles
Day 8: Departure

Overview for The High Tatras In Style

Our Slovakian The High Tatras In Style self guided walking holiday lets you explore at a relaxed pace Slovakia’s highest mountain range. Stay in hand-picked and refined lodging in stunning locations and follow the high mountain trails of the Tatras.

On your routes, you may encounter chamois, the symbol of the High Tatras. It is one of the most precious species, as it developed in isolation since the glacial age which is why it differs from its relatives living in the Alps or Apennines. Its protection is stringent because only 1,000 animals survive at present. The High Tatras are the only mountain range in Europe which has four main predators still living in its area, namely bear, eagle, wolf and lynx.

Accommodation is in luxury 4-star hotels. Two of the hotels were built at the beginning of the 20th century and have unique architectural features. Although they have been modernised to the highest standards, you can still admire their Golden Age beauty and atmosphere. The last two nights are spent in a luxury 4-star hotel at Strbske pleso lake, one of the most famous and visited lakes in the High Tatras.

Highlights


Itinerary for The High Tatras In Style

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Day 1: Poprad & Tatranska Lomnica

Arrive at Poprad airport and meet with our representative. Car transfer to Tatranska Lomnica village. On the way, you will stop for a short sightseeing tour in Poprad town centre.

Poprad is considered to be the primary entrance gate to the High Tatras. Next, continue to fascinating historical sights and the famous medieval Spisska Sobota town.

Tatranska Lomnica is a mountain hiking resort best known for the cable car to Lomnicky stit (peak) and the highest and steepest piste starting at an elevation of 2,190 m.

Accommodation: Grandhotel Praha Tatranská Lomnica

Day 2: Lomnicky Peak

One of the attractions of the High Tatras is the cable car to the top of the Lomnicky peak, the ride on which together with the beautiful views offer an unforgettable experience. The first section of the cable car from Tatranska Lomnica to Skalnate Pleso was constructed in 1937. The other, more demanding part from the lake Skalnate Pleso to the top of the Lomnick peak was built and started to operate in 1940. The cable car runs between the lake Skalnate Pleso and the top of the Lomnicky peak suspended on a 1,867 metres long rope. Along its route, the cable car overcomes the altitude difference of 868 metres.

In fine weather, you can experience a unique panoramic view of the area from the op of the Lomnicky peak. If the visibility is good, one can see over the Belianske Tatras, the unending Polish plains, while in the opposite direction one captures perhaps a fifth of the Slovak territory. There is a natural botanic garden on Lomnicky peak since 2008. The meteorological station is the highest located working place in Slovakia.

Accommodation: Grandhotel Praha Tatranská Lomnica

Day 3: Tatranska Lomnica – Reiner hut – Hrebienok – Cog railway to Stary Smokovec

This easy hiking day takes you to Reiner hut via waterfalls of Cold Creek valley. In Reiner hut, you can have a break and admire surrounding nature with a cup of black tea. If you feel fit, you may take a short trail to Huge Waterfall and then back to Reiner hut from where you continue to Hrebienok station.

Taking the cog railway, you reach Stary Smokovec village where you spend next two overnights in 4* hand-picked hotel.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Starý Smokovec

Day 4: Stary Smokovec – Tatranska Kotlina – Belianska cave

Taking a bus to Tatranska Kotlina station from where 1 km trail leads to the only public open cave in the High Tatras in the area called Belianske Tatry. An educational trail leads to the cave entrance at the elevation of 890 m. The path is 1,000 m long, and you need to overcome 122 m of altitude. The ascent lasts about 25 min.

The cave path is 1,370 m long with an elevation range of 125 m (there are 860 steps). The stay in the cave lasts about 70 min and the temperature ranges between 5 and 6.3°C. The visitor can admire flowstone waterfalls, pagoda stalagmite, pools, and many other forms of cave decoration. One of the stops is in the Musical Hall, named after the sound of dripping waters on the pool surface. This hall was used for organising classical music concerts because of its superior acoustics.

Back to Stary Smokovec by bus.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Starý Smokovec

Day 5: Tram to Strbske Pleso and hike to Popradske Pleso

From Strbske Pleso tram station you will take the red marked trail to Popradske Pleso. In 1 hour you will reach Popradske Pleso situated in beautiful Mengusova valley. You may walk around the lake and have a rest in one of two mountain huts situated there. Taking the blue marked trail you will reach a symbolic cemetery in memory of the victims of the Tatras. It was opened in 1940 and is situated in the shadow of a cedar pine wood. It has a small chapel with a wooden shingle roof, carved wooden crosses, and memorial plaques. By taking a tram, you get back to Strbske Pleso, where you spend the last 3 overnights.

Accommodation: Hotel Solisko

Day 6: Strbske Pleso – Waterfall Skok and back

Your last hiking day in the High Tatras takes you to waterfall Skok (1,740 m) in Mlynicka valley which is considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the High Tatras. The 5.3 km long route, by which you reach the waterfall in 1.5 hrs, is an easy one. Back via the same path.

Accommodation: Hotel Solisko

Day 7: Sightseeing of UNESCO sites

With our English speaking guide/driver, you will visit three main UNESCO sites and places of interest within a short distance from the High Tatras:

  1. Wooden church in Kezmarok town,
  2. Levoca town with the Gothic church of St James with the highest wooden altar in the world,
  3. The magnificent medieval castle of Spish situated above Spisska Kapitula village.

Accommodation: Hotel Solisko

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

Return home or individual stay extension.

Hotels for The High Tatras In Style

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The High Tatras In Style

Accommodation is in luxury 4-star hotels. Two of the hotels were built at the beginning of the 20th century and have unique architectural features. Although they have been modernised to the highest standards, you can still admire their Golden Age beauty and atmosphere. The last two nights are spent in a luxury 4-star hotel at Strbske Pleso lake, one of the most famous and visited lakes in the High Tatras.

All hotels provide comfortable accommodation in well designed double/twin en-suite rooms. There are wellness centres in all hotels. Hotel Grand Praha has an outdoor pool with thermal water.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Sample hotels: Grand Hotel Praha, Grand Hotel Stary Smokovec, Hotel Solisko

Meals

Breakfast is included. Half board option is possible to order. Each hotel has its restaurant where you can taste international or Slovak meals, or you can also try Slovak cuisine in local restaurants called Salash or Koliba. Each hiking day passes by several mountain huts with restaurant facilities where you can get water and lunch. We recommend you to try the lentil or goulash soup. From the soft drinks, we recommend kofola which is similar to Coca-Cola and is a traditional drink. You should also try traditional local spirits called Horec or Tatra Tea. These are the typical spirits for the High Tatras and are made of herbs. Be careful – they are quite strong.

On the trails, you can meet men with huge loads on their backs who supply huts with goods. It is another attraction in the High Tatras.

Travel for The High Tatras In Style

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Recommended arrival and departure airport: Poprad Tatry

Flights from London Luton to Poprad Tatry are available 4 times per week with Wizz Air.

Flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Alternative airports: Bratislava or Krakow

You can check Bratislava or Krakow airports too, with more frequent flights from different UK airports operated mostly by Ryanair.


Transfers to/from Airports

Transfers from Poprad Tatry airport to the hotel and back are included. The driver will wait for you at the arrival hall holding up a board with your name. Pick up time from the hotel on departure day will be specified on the spot. You will be provided with the contact info of the driver.

Please note that only one airport transfer per party is included, though additional transfers can be arranged. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time. Night transfer extra charges may be applicable on private transfers in case of late night arrivals.

Airport transfers from Bratislava and Krakow can be arranged at an additional cost.

Private Transfers

Cable cars and cog railway on walking days are included. You will get GoPass card which serves as a ticket for all rides purchased according to the itinerary. Guided car transfers on Day 7 are included according to the itinerary. Pick up and drop off at your hotel. The guide/driver will accompany you throughout the day trip as your interpreter. Local transports are excluded.

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer on walking days is included and will be arranged by your current hotel to your next hotel. After check out, you will leave baggage at the hotel reception and you can start hiking. When you arrive at your next hotel, your baggage will be at the hotel reception.

Country Info

Timezone: GMT + 1
Language: Slovak. In hotels and huts, staff speaks English. Most of the young people are used to foreign travellers and speak English.
Population: 5 mln.
Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs
Phone code: +421
Currency: EUR
Sample costs:

  • soup: 2 EUR;
  • soft drinks: 1-2 EUR;
  • coffee: 1-2 EUR;
  • main dish: 6-15 EUR;
  • 3 courses menu: 12-20 EUR.

Up-to-date travel advice on Slovakia is available here.

Trip Info for The High Tatras In Style

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Difficulty Grade: Easy

This tour is appropriate for beginners and casual hikers. Average walking distance is 7.7 km whiletotal elevation gain is 1,407 m and average daily elevation gain is 352 m. These data do not include the cable car trip to Lomnicky peak (2,634m) (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

You will walk the hiking trails only which terrain is mostly rocky.

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

Tour can be organised between June 15 and October 31. The itinerary contains routes which are closed to the public during winter and spring due to protection of nature. Best months for hiking in the High Tatras are September and October.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.

Weather

Climate is mostly of a mountain and alpine character, cold and moist influenced by high altitudes. Snow cover in valleys and peaks persists from 180 to 250 days of a year. Windy weather is typical and during summer afternoon storms are usual. Average year temperature in 1000 m above sea level is 5°C, in July it is 15 °C. Last years hot and dry weather waves affected mountains. In such weather, hiking is very demanding.

What to Bring

Main luggage is limited to airline policy only. On walking days your main luggage is transported to the next accommodation. For your daily essentials, you should bring a comfortable rucksack. Bringing good hiking shoes and waterproof jacket is essential. In May and October, light gloves can also be useful.

Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots;
  • Hiking socks;
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying);
  • Packable Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood;
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece;
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation;
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve;
  • Hat/Baseball cap;
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies).

Included for The High Tatras In Style

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  • Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in hand-picked 3 to 4-star hotels with spa facilities as listed in itinerary
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport to next hotel
  • Guided tour (by car) of UNESCO sites on Day 7
  • All internal ground transfers and baggage transfers as listed in itinerary
  • 24/7 assistance by phone

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement: add 20% to the standard trip price. Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Options and Extras

(please choose when booking)

  • Half-board option instead of standard B&B accommodation
  • Private airport transfers to/from airports other than Poprad

Self-Guided+

  • On request, we can provide a private guide (choose when booking).

Excluded

  • Flights and connecting land transfers to first / from last accommodation from/to airports other than Poprad
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extensions

(please choose when booking)

  • One extra night at Solisko Hotel on the shore of Strbske Pleso lake

Treat yourself after the holiday with one day of relaxation in this beautiful hotel.

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