Banská Štiavnica and other UNESCO Sites

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:00
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 11:00
8 days

Itinerary:

Day 1: After the arrival at the Vienna airport we’ll transfer you to 4* hotel in Bratislava for check-in and a welcome drink. We’ll go for a bus sightseeing tour around the centre of Bratislava and then for a dinner with a beer tasting at the brewery or you might prefer to try your luck at the casino.

Day 2:  We’ll go for a walking tour of the historical centre of Bratislava. We’ll show you the most beautiful parts of the Old Town (Staré mesto) – you’ll see the Main square (Hlavné námestie), the oldest fountain of the town – Roland’s fountain, the medieval Clarissine Church, the last well-preserved city gate – Michael’s Gate, Venturská street the cultural centre of the city. Next you’ll see Academia Istropolitana, established in 1467 upon the request of the King  Matthias Corvinus and thus the oldest university in Slovakia, many palaces from the times of the Empress Maria Theresa, Primatial Palace, beautiful Slovak National Theatre and many more churches, museums or galleries. In the afternoon we’ll visit the castle Červený Kameň situated in the surroundings of the Little Carpathian Mountains (Male Karpaty). The castle is one of the most visited landmarks in Slovakia and it's only a short drive from Bratislava 28 km (17.40miles).

Day 3: Manor House and Castle Topoľčianky – one of the most beautiful mansions in Slovakia with an extensive park. The former summer residence of the Habsburg’s royal family turned now into a museum with valuable historical furniture with splendid ornamentation, a massive library, beautiful paintings and collections of porcelain and maiolica. Then we’ll shift  you to the centre of Slovakia and visit the Bojnice castle. The castle was originally built as a wooden castle only to be rebuilt out of stone in the 13th and its last renovation, in the 19th century, was influenced by neo-Gothic and renaissance architecture. The expositions present interiors with valuable original furniture with decorations made by Gebruder Colli company in Innsbruck, the precious Turkish wallpapers in the Oriental lounge as well as the ceiling in the Golden hall. The well, 26 metres (85.30ft) deep, is situated in 4th courtyard and ends in the natural travertine cave with a diameter of 22 metres (72.18ft) and a height of 6 metres (19ft 8in). The cave served as a shelter and a water reservoir. There’s a beautiful romantic park with 700 hundred years old linden tree. The Bojnice castle was listed among the TOP 25 most beautiful European castles. 

Day 4: Banská Štiavnica is a city with many styles of architecture. The richness and quality of architecture is associated with its significant role in the Hungarian monarchy. The historical sights in the centre were often subject to contemporary reconstructions. The major landmarks to see are Holy Trinity Church, City Hall, Old Castle, Knocking Tower (Klopačka),  New Castle, Mining Academy, Kammerhof – exhibition of mining history of the town, St. Catherine’s Church and Mines. However, you will also find some impressive spectacles in peripheral areas like Calvary, Manor house and Museum in St. Antone and Artificial Water Reservoirs. We’ll make a move to the High Tatras for night.

Day 5: After breakfast and in case of the good weather conditions we’ll get a lift in cable car from Tatranská Lomnica to Lomnický Štít/Peak, the second highest summit of the High Tatras (2634 metres/8641ft 9in a.s.l.). There is a magnificient view of the surrounding mountain peaks and valleys. We’ll then travel to National Park – Pieniny where you can experience a unique attraction – rafting on the wooden rafts on the river Dunajec. The route is about 10km (6.21mi) long and it leads from Červený Kláštor to a small town Lesnica in a beautiful natural scenery of the National Park Pieniny. After the adventure trip on the water we’ll enjoy a traditional dinner of roast pork, mutton, beef or chicken with vegetables and good wine or beer accompanied by live folk music in a wonderful atmosphere of the traditional wooden cottage Zbojnícka koliba. Staying overnight in the surrounding area of High Tatras. If the weather’s not good, instead of trip to Lomnický Peak we’ll have a hiking walk around the lake Štrbské Pleso, then we’ll hop on the cable car from the Tatranska Lomnica to a popular tourist destination Skalnaté Pleso. You will have time to relax and soak in beautiful panoramic views of surrounding rock peaks and tourist trails in the summer or the steepest ski slopes in Slovakia in the winter.

Day 6: Our next stop will be Košice, the European Capital of Culture 2013, with its Gothic  St. Elizabeth Cathedral, the 14th century St. Michael Chapel, the cathedral for the Greek Catholic Eparchy, St. Urban Tower, The Executioner’s Bastion and the Mill Bastion the remains of the city’s fortification system, the Old Town Hall, the Captain's Palace, Liberation Square, Neo baroque State Theatre, Municipal Park, the Ethnographic Museum, The Museum of Eastern Slovakia.
Manor House in Betliar is one of the most visited and preserved mansions in the region Gemer in the southeastern Slovakia. The Betliar is one of the three mansions that miraculously avoided the pillage during the second World War. The Renaissance mansion dates bak to 18th century and was built on the foundations of the older Renaissance manor house. The precious furniture, artworks, collections and vast library can be admired nowadays. The mansion is surrounded by a wonderful park with many exotic trees and even the remains of an ancient yew forest completed by lakes, summer houses, statues, and water fountains. The park is listed in the UNESCO Natural World Heritage. Staying overnight in the surrounding area of Zvolen.

Day 7: We’ll pay visit to the wooden articular church in Hronsek that was in 2008 enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church was built in 1726 and was made entirely out of wood and constructed without the use of a single metal nail. The altar is baroque and it can be seen from every place in the church. The pictures, including the Descent of the Holy Spirit, are from 1771 by the Master Samuel Mialovič. The organ is rare Baroque from 1763, it is placed above the altar. The total capacity of the church is 1,100 seats, it has five entrances and three crosses on the roof. The next stop will be Nitra, town which is referred as the oldest urban formation in Slovakia. Its existence dates to 870s AD. The Prince Pribina, the first known ruler of the Slav tribe considered the predecessor of Slovaks, had the first Christian church built in the territory of what is now Slovakia, particularly in Nitra in 828. The dominants of the town are the Castle of Nitra with the Cathedral of St Emeram, Town Monument Reserve, Monastery with the Church of St Peter and Paul and the Piarist Monastery and Church. 

Day 8: The mighty fortress Devín towering above the confluence of the rivers Morava and Danube, is one of the most impressive archeological sights in Slovakia. The territory was populated by Celts in the 1st century BC. The first written reference comes from 864. At the times of the Roman Empire, Devin was an important military station and during the Great Moravian period served as a significant fortification. Later the castle protected the western frontier of the Hungarian Kingdom. The fortification was reinforced during wars against the Ottoman Empire. The Castle was never taken, but after the Hungarian Kingdom became the part of the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottomans were finally defeated, it ceased to be an important border fortress. In 1809, after the Siege of Pressburg (Bratislava), Devín was destroyed by the retreating forces of  Napoleon Bonaparte. The castle is the Cultural Heritage Monument  and it hosts interesting exhibitions.
After the visit to the castle you may have an individual program or might prefer to go shopping to SC Parndorf. Later on you’ll be transferred to the airport for your departures.

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