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Friday, February 23, 2018

THE GORGES OF THE SLOVAK PARADISE

TOUR: The Gorges of the Slovak Paradise

Suchá Belá gorge – Kláštorisko – Spišský hrad – Spišská kapitula – Levoča – Prielom Hornádu – Tomášovský výhľad – Piecky gorge – Spišská Nová Ves – Dobšinská Ice Cave – Veľký Sokol gorge

Duration Tour: 8 days / 7 nights

 

 

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Overview

THE GORGES OF THE SLOVAK PARADISE
This is one of the most significant areas in Slovakia, and due to the degree of preservation and concentration of its natural features, and for its exceptional natural worth. There is a very specific atmosphere to hiking in the Slovak Paradise which is created by the various built-in ladders, foot-bridges, duck-boards, steps and chains, without which it would be practically impossible to get up most of the ravines. However, not all parts of the Slovak Paradise area are open to hikers. The closed parts are called "quiet zones", and their purpose is to protect and preserve the original natural environment of the park. Book your trip to discover a real paradise in Slovakia!

WHAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE WITH US:

  • You can explore the beauties of the Slovak Paradise National Park!
  • You can experience the spectacular wonders of nature!
  • You can see one of the most beautiful gorges of the Slovak Paradise!
  • You can visit ruins of the monastery in the altitude of 790 meters above the sea level!
  • You can visit one of the largest castle complexes in Central Europe, a UNESCO World Heritage site!
  • You can visit the historic city of Levoča and have an unforgettable experience!
  • You can see the highest wooden gothic altarpiece in the world!
  • You can experience climbing in the most popular rock-climbing place in Slovakia!
  • You can explore the longest river canyon in Slovakia!
  • You can visit the longest lens-shaped square in Europe and the tallest church tower in Slovakia!
  • You can explore the largest ice cave in Slovakia!
  • You can taste traditional food and experience the culture of the Spiš region!

Itinerary

Day1

Destination Time Itinerary  
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Arrival at Bratislava or Košice Airport

Meeting with an English-speaking guide

Transfer to Hrabušice village, accommodation at the guesthouse, rest and free time. 

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Day2

Destination Time Itinerary  

Podlesok
An important tourist centre of the Slovak Paradise. It is a starting point for the main tourist routes in the Slovak Paradise. One can find here the accommodation and catering establishments.

Suchá Belá gorge
One of the most beautiful and most often visited gorges of the Slovak Paradise. There are plenty of waterfalls there with
the 15-meters Okienkový Waterfall being the tallest. Water flowing through the gorge has to get through the 400 meters elevation difference. The tourist routes are secured by many chains and ladders.

Kláštorisko
(remains of the monastery)
Ruins of the monastery built in 1299 in the altitude of 790 meters above the sea level. The monastery is undergoing the repair works, lasting for several years. The site was first settled in the primeval ages. In 1241 and 1242 the inhabitants of the nearby villages found here the shelter from the attacking Tatars. Kláštorisko is surrounded by gorges.

08:00

Breakfast at the guesthouse 

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09:00 

Walk to Podlesok 

09:30 

Hiking to Kláštorisko through Suchá Belá gorge 

12:00 

Lunch at Kláštorisko 

13:00 

Visiting Kláštorisko - remains of the monastery 

14:00 

Hiking back to Podlesok 

15:30 

Relaxing /free time/walk to the guesthouse 

18:00 

Dinner at the guesthouse, summing up of the day and a couple of drinks

Day3

Destination Time Itinerary  

Spišský hrad
It is built in the altitude of 634 meters above the sea level on a limestone rock which exceeds surrounding landscape about 200 meters. The first written reference of the castle dates back to 1120. It was built on the place of older Slavic and prehistoric hill-fort. In 1780 the castle burnt down and stayed only as remains. Despite of it the castle excels among other castles. It is one of the largest castle complexes in the middle Europe. In 1993 it was registered in UNESCO World Heritage List. On the castle there are expositions of the Spišské Museum.

Spišská kapitula
It has been a clerical centre of Spiš region since the 12th century. Since 1776 till nowadays it is the residence of a Roman Catholic bishop. There are several clerical buildings there. The most important of them is the St. Martin`s Cathedral with two towers, built in the years 1245 - 1275. The whole Spišská Kapitula is enclosed by the fortification built in the 14th century.

06:30 Breakfast at the guesthouse

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07:00  Walk to Hrabušice village 
07:30  Transfer by local bus to Spišské podhradie village 
09:00  Visiting Spišský Castle 
11:30  Lunch at a local restaurant 
12:30  Visiting Spišská kapitula and Sivá brada (mineral water)
14:00  Transfer by local bus to Levoča 
14:30 

Visiting Levoča Most of the city has been preserved and it includes the 14th century church of St James with its ten altars from the 15th and 16th centuries and a remarkable collection of polychrome works in the Late Gothic style, including an 18.6 meters high altarpiece, completed around 1510 by Master Paul. 

16:00  Transfer by local bus to Hrabušice 
18:00  Dinner at the guesthouse, summing up of the day and a couple of drinks 

Day4

Destination Time Itinerary  

Prielom Hornádu
The 16 kilometres long canyon created by the Hornád River at the edge of the Slovak Paradise. Its walls stand several dozens of meters tall. It is one of the most attractive tourist routes of the Slovak Paradise. Its first passage was made in 1906 – walking on the frozen surface of the Hornád River.

Tomášovský výhľad
From this 667 meters tall cliff one has magnificent view to the Hornád Breaktrough, Biely Stream’ valley and even to the High Tatras.

08:00 Breakfast at the guesthouse

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09:00  Hiking to Tomášovský výhľad through Prielom Hornádu 
12:00  Picnic 
13:00  Climbing with an experienced guide 
15:00  Hiking back to the guesthouse 
18:00  Dinner at the guesthouse, summing up of the day and a couple of drinks 

Day5

Destination Time Itinerary  

Piecky gorge
Another typical and often visited Slovak Paradise gorge. There is the 13-metre tall Veľký Waterfall. Passage through the gorge is secured by chains and ladders.

08:00 Breakfast at the guesthouse

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09:00  Hiking to Kláštorisko through Piecky gorge 
13:00  Lunch at Kláštorisko 
14:00  Hiking back to the guesthouse 
15:30  Relax / free time 
18:00  Dinner at the guesthouse, summing up of the day and a couple of drinks 

Day6

Destination Time Itinerary  

Spišská Nová Ves
is a popular tourist attraction today, both because of the town itself and because of the unique natural beauty of the nearby Slovak Paradise. The core of the town is a lens-shaped square (a square with bulging sides), typical of medieval towns. It is a cultural, administrative and business centre of the Spiš region, and is rich in art and historical monuments. The tower of gothic church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is 87m high, the tallest church tower in Slovakia.

Dobšinská ľadová jaskyňa
Dobšinská Ice cave is one of the most important worlds’ ice caves. In 2000 it was added to the UNESCO natural world heritage. The inner part of the cave is covered by ice that is up to 25 meters thick. It was discovered in 1870. The cave is 1483 meters long. The tour is 515 meters long and lasts for 30 minutes.

06:30 Breakfast at the guesthouse 

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07:30  Transfer by local bus to Spišská Nová Ves
08:00  Visiting Spišská Nová Ves
09:00  Transfer by local bus to Dobšinská Ice Cave 
11:00  Visiting Dobšinská Ice Cave 
12:00  Lunch at a local restaurant 
13:00  Transfer by local bus to Hrabušice 
16:00  Relax / free time 
18:00  Dinner at the guesthouse, summing up of the day and a couple of drinks 

Day7

Destination Time Itinerary  

Veľký Sokol gorge
The most massive and longest gorge in the Slovak Paradise. The gorge was the first time in 1956 set up metal ladders. The central part of the gorge is called the stone gates.

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09:00  Hiking through Veľký Sokol gorge
12:30  Picnic 
13:00  Hiking to Podlesok 
16:00  Relax / free time 
18:00  Dinner at the guesthouse, summing up of the tour with gifts and a couple of drinks 

Day8

Destination Time Itinerary  
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Transfer to Brastislava or Košice Airport for return flight

Departure – END OF SERVICE 

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Dates and prices

Dates

From 1st MAY – to 31st OCTOBER

The Price


Prices are in Euros.

  • Price per person (in 2-person room): from EUR 599 / person
  • Single supplement (optional, ensures single occupancy) or travelling with children. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.
  • Minimum group size: 6 persons

Services included in main tour price:

Services excluded in main tour price:

  • Double / Single accommodation
  • Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners – main menu in the guesthouse
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transport service throughout the tour
  • Bottles of mineral water
  • Entrance fees to all sightseeing activities
  • Gifts from Outdoor Slovakia.com
  • Airfare
  • All optional deviations from the main itinerary
  • Lunches, Dinners – outside the guesthouse
  • Beverages / coffee breaks
  • Photo and video charges
  • All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, medical expenses / insurance, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation / accident insurance

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