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Tatra Winter Activity Week

from $1,749.00

Try everything from downhill skiing to dogsledding in Poland and Slovakia

  • Reviews 9 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Tatra Winter Activity Week.

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: from our base high in the Tatra Mountains we enjoy a fantastic week trying a host of the most popular winter sports, including downhill skiing and snowshoeing. We will also visit Zakopane, across the border in Poland, to experience this unique high mountain atmosphere and have a go at dogsledding. Add to that a visit to nearby thermal pools and you have the perfect way to experience winter at its best.This trip is also perfect for families wishing to experience a wonderful week of winter activities and there are 4 dedicated family departures scheduled for 11th and 18th February 2018 and 10th February and 17th February in 2019.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
* All accommodation
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

Tour leader throughout

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Great range of winter activities
  • Fantastic value for money
  • Traditional Slovak culture
  • Visit the Bukowina Thermal Pools
  • 7 nights accommodation at Hotel Villa Siesta
  • 5 days of mixed activities
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs (12 years for family departures)
  • No previous experience necessary but reasonable fitness required
  • Family departures available
  1. Day 1 Start Smokovec.

    The trip starts today in the Tatras resort town of Smokovec popular for skiing and hiking.*Hotel Villa Siesta*

  2. Day 2 A full day 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*

  3. Day 3 Cross-country skiing instruction followed by a guided itinerary at Strbske Pleso.

    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*

  4. Day 4 A trip to Zakopane for dogsledding: tour of the town, afternoon visit to the thermal pools at Bukowina Tatranska.

    After a transfer of about 1 hour across the border to the Polish town of Zakopane we have a morning to try our hand at dogsledding. Mushers will instruct the group on how to control and drive a sled. You will have turns driving your own single sled, usually pulled by 3 dogs around a beginner’s circuit, then a trip as a passenger in a two-person sled with a larger team. If there is time we may take a tour of the town known as the ‘capital’ of the Polish Tatras. After a hearty lunch in one of the local restaurants we will transfer to the nearby village Bukowina Tatranska for a relaxing afternoon in the recently built thermal pool resort which offers a number of different pools, slides, jacuzzis and saunas, a great way to while away an afternoon.*Hotel Villa Siesta*

  5. Day 5 Transfer to the downhill slopes for some skiing or snowboarding (instruction available, payable locally).

    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*

  6. Day 6 Free day to choose from the many activities and attractions, such as the Belianska Cave.

    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*

  7. Day 7 Cable car ride up to Hrebienok for winter walk, afternoon horse and sleigh tour of Zdiar village and picnic in the forest.

    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*

  8. Day 8 End Smokovec, Tatras Mountains.

    The trips ends today in Smokovec, Tatras Mountains.

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Where you stay

Hotel Villa Siesta – 3 Star

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.

Single supplements are available upon request.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner are included during the trip.

Due to the late arrival of the group flight on Day 1, a late cold buffet dinner will be offered by the hotel.

Hotel Villa Siesta has a hotel on site serving a set menu of local specialties and international cuisines. The group will also have the choice to eat evening meals in the local restaurants in Smokovec which we highly recommended.

Slovak cuisine is hearty and heavy on meat, potatoes, dumplings, soups, thick sauces and cheeses. Vegetables such as cabbage and wild mushrooms are also popular in dishes. Slovak cuisine is typical of a country with strong rural roots.

Vegetarians can be catered for, however, choices across Central Europe for vegetarians can be limited. Please advise us at time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

This trip is Level 3: Relatively full days, with 3 – 4 hours of physical activity per day. You should be reasonably confident in your fitness to ensure you get the most out of this trip, a light exercise routine pre departure will certainly help.

Family Departures : This trip has special departures reserved exclusively for parents travelling with children (min. age 12). These family departures will run with the same itinerary and inclusions of our standard adult departures. The level of difficulty and/or duration of the activities will be adapted to the ability level and age of the children booked. There are 4 dedicated family departures scheduled for 11th and 18th February 2018 and 10th February and 17th February in 2019.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Tatras with the family

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Just being all together, having dinner together, laughing together...
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter was great - however the trip was somewhat hampered by the warmer weather which he managed beautifully. He was largely calm and collected when around him perhaps were not!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring plenty of Euros, there's lots of stopping so bring a book, try the sauna in the hotel and have a great time.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

A great week of snow fun!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really enjoyed snowboarding on the free day and sledge races down the ski slope.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was really relaxed and went out of his way to look after everyone in the group and cater for everyone's needs.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a variety of clothes including full ski wear and warm waterproof gloves.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food was excellent and fantastic value for money.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Tatra winter activity

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many more than one! Here's my top two... The Husky sledging on the top of the mountain with sparkling snow, clear blue skies, sunshine and dogs having fun, Truly memorable for feeling of enjoyment and amazing confidence and calmness. Skiing a black run in clear skies then going through the fog on blue artificial snow runs to get back to base. Feeling that I could do anything and handle with ease any situation I came across.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Fabulous, flexible, beyond expectations and fascinating. Great stories, his depth of knowledge on so many different subjects is incredible. I learnt the benefits of waxing skiing and what to consider when applying the wax if I am ever involved in running an Olympic team! I loved learning from him.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take waterproof boots for the snowshoeing. Waterproof outer jacket and trousers plus lots of thermal layers. Exercise before going, even if it is only spring cleaning the house as per BBC exercise routine!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Big thanks to Peter and our driver for taking us to Krakow earlier, it was a much better use of our time and great to see some culture. Peter's commentary and knowing where to show us was awesome. Avery talented man.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Slovakia - a hidden gem

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Experiencing a snow laden landscape and all it has to offer.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant - helpful, dedicated and keen to share real Slovak culture
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The key bits of kit you need are some warm / water resistant trousers, sun screen and ski goggles.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hot chocolate is amazing. Make sure you experience Tatra tea

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

A good mix of things to do in the snow!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the 5km route at the cross country skiing centre, enjoying the most amazing views in the warm sunshine, on our free day. I do not downhill ski at all which made the achievement even greater!!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter was very knowledgeable and always ready with a tale or two.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you drink tea in the morning, take bags with you! Take light clothes for the evening as it seems the Slovakian way is to super-heat indoor spaces whilst outside it is SO cold (on the train I was stripped off to a vest top and thermal leggings only!!!) Yak Trax would have been useful (the pavements were sheet ice in places). Use the restaurants in the village, so much better than the food in the hotel.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip is graded moderate but as a couple of fit travellers it felt quite a leisurely week.

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