Experience

Tatra Winter Activity Week

8 days from £1,399pp

Offer highlights

A snow-laden landscape is always a wonderful sight in the mountains. For some it means heading to the slopes, for others it means strapping on the snowshoes or harnessing the dogs. There are so many different options it can be hard to choose. Luckily during this week that isn’t a problem.

  • Great range of winter activities
  • Traditional Slovak culture
  • Visit the Bukowina Thermal Pools 

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly to Krakow

Fly to Krakow. Transfer to Hotel Villa Siesta in Smokovec (approx. 2-3 hours) in the Tatras Mountains. The Tatras resort town of Smokovec is popular for skiing and hiking.
Hotel Villa Siesta, meals included: dinner

Day 2 Full introduction to snowshoeing

After breakfast, we have a short transfer to the Goral village of Zdiar. Starting at the Strednica ski centre we follow the ridge of Spisska Magura Mountain all the way to the Bachledova valley. On the way there are some lovely views over the ridges of the Belianske Tatras. The terrain will be relatively easy. Some of these routes were used long ago by local smugglers to bring goods either from Poland to Slovakia or the other way around.
Hotel Villa Siesta, meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 3 Cross-country skiing

Today begins with a trip on the local Tatra train up to Strbske Pleso Lake (1361m) framed by the white peaks of the surrounding mountains. This is one of the most popular areas in the whole of the Tatras for winter sports and we will receive instruction from the leader before heading out across the frozen lake to try our skills (located close to a stadium and groomed tracks). As a sport, cross-country skiing is one of the most complete workouts, as its motions use every major muscle group. The skis are long and thin, the toe of the skier's footwear is attached to the ski with a binding, while the heel remains free. This area is great for beginner and intermediate cross-country skiers, and lunch can be taken at one of the restaurants on the bank.
Hotel Villa Siesta, meals included: breakfast

Day 4 Trip to Tantra mountains

After breakfast, transfer to the Tatra Mountains. Location will be chosen by the dog sledding team according to which area offers the best conditions. High snow-covered meadows provide the perfect terrain for dogsledding. It’s here that skilled mushers will show you how to work the dog sled, before its time to have a go yourself.

Later today, we visit thermal pools in Besenova, surrounded by the peaks of the Tatras. There are both indoor and outdoor pools, which provide relaxation. Why not also find time for saunas, Jacuzzis and a visit to the wellness centre (optional). 

Hotel Villa Siesta, meals included: breakfast

Day 5 Downhill skiing

A short trip on the local train takes us to Tatranska Lomnica, one of the best areas for downhill skiing in the country. Here you will find a number of slopes to choose from. Our first stop is the rental shop to pick up skis or a board. The day is then ours to enjoy. For those looking for a relaxing break there is the option to take the cable car to the second highest peak in the whole of Slovakia, the Lomnicky Peak and enjoy the amazing views from the highest Slovakian bar at 2634 m.
Hotel Villa Siesta, meals included: breakfast

Day 6 Free day

We have a free day to choose from the many activities available in the Tatra Mountains region. These include all of the activities we have tried during the week, as well as snow tubing, and ice skating. There is also the beautiful Belianska Cave near Zdiar with waterfalls, pagoda-shaped stalagmites and numerous little lakes. The Tatra town of Poprad is also reachable in a day. Your leader will, of course, be on hand for advice.
Hotel Villa Siesta, meals included: breakfast

Day 7 Cable car ride up to Hrebienok 

Today we hop on the cable car up to Hrebienok above Smokovec to see some winter ice sculptures and take a short walk to Rainerova hut. And of course the view from the cable car on the way up gives us the opportunity for a bird’s eye view of our base. We then will visit a local museum in Zdiar to learn about the traditional weddings of the Goral people with the option to wear 'KROJ' traditional local costume that people used to wear at weddings.

In the afternoon we will jump on the sleigh pulled by a hardy pair of horses and go on a tour around the village, offering views of the surrounding mountain peaks and folk architecture of the village of Zdiar along the way. Horse keepers will make a warming picnic lunch, grilling sausages on an open fire in the Slovak style, as well as hot tea and hot wine and some snacks for us at their shelter in the nearby forest.
Hotel Villa Siesta, meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 8 Fly to UK

Transfer to Krakow Airport; fly to London.

Meals included: breakfast

About the hotel

A warm welcome awaits in the heart of the High Tatras at the 3-star Hotel Villa Siesta, just a short walk from the bars and restaurants of Smokovec. We use comfortable twin rooms with en suite facilities. The hotel has a restaurant serving a mixture of local and international cuisine, as well as a wellness centre with a number of optional spa treatments and sauna. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

What's included

  • Return flights from London
  • 7 nights at Hotel Villa Siesta
  • 5 days of mixed activities
  • Included activities as stated in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Based on 2 adults sharing

When can I go?

This offer is based on departing 24th January 2021. For alternative dates or airports, please speak to your Personal Travel Consultant.

 

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