Tatra Winter Family Activity Week

from $1,879.00

Try everything from downhill skiing to dogsledding in Poland and Slovakia

  • Reviews 9 Reviews
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    8 - 16
All about the Tatra Winter Family 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.

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)


  • 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 12 yrs
  • No previous experience necessary but reasonable fitness required
  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 trip ends today in Smokovec, Tatras Mountains.*Hotel Villa Siesta*

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.

Overall Rating
Reviewed On 11/02/2020

Excellent Trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting back my confidence on skis, and also, finding some good alternate winter activities.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jan was an excellent tour leader, and a lovely person. The group was the full 16, and he managed us all well, and made sure we were all ok.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    YakTrax were useful to have. Hotel rooms have hairdryer, but not very powerful, so you may want to bring your own. Bring a thermos, then you can fill up at breakfast and take hot drinks with you for the day. Take layers. Pizza place just up the road does great pizzas (and other food). Traditional Slovak restaurant Koliba a bit further away I would also recommend. I would recommend a few days in Krakow before or after the trip, if you have time. Do take advantage of the sauna in the hotel.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I thoroughly enjoyed every day, and would recommend this tour.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019

Great Fun

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The fact that my son learnt to ski competently after one group lesson.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent leader, very laid back and easy-going. Managed to sort out any problems we encountered.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a proper day rucksack as you can end up carrying clothes for all weathers especially as public transport used on some days.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Well worth going on. Would definitely recommend

Reviewed On 12/12/2019

Great taster for winter acttivities

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I especially like the downhill ski lesson and cross-country skiing. I also enjoyed the fact we used public transport a lot so you felt you could get about independently if you liked. The train was comfortable and clean and had great views.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Vegetarians will cope, but Slovakia would be a very difficult place to eat if you are vegan. Hotel made a reasonable attempt to accommodate dietary requirements. Hiring helmets is 5 Euros and it is probably worth having one so it might be cheaper to buy one in UK at somewhere like Decathlon. Definitely eat out at the restaurants in Stary Smokovec rather than dine at the hotel. For main course, a beer and a dessert we never paid more than 15 Euros a head and it's possible to do for well below 10 Euros. Most places close around 10 to 11 pm, most of our group were in bed before that anyway - but not a place to go to for the night life.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Weather conditions can change the activities available on each day, so you need to be flexible and understanding - but by the end of the week we got to do everything on the list. Very family friendly area. Lots of good conditions for beginners, but some harder runs if there are experienced people in the group on the downhill days. Generally we always found people who could speak English, although very few Brits in the area which was nice. Brilliant, cost effective place for beginners. Be warned the bus journey if you arrived Krakow on Saturday morning takes 4 to 5 hours to get to the resort due to traffic, not 2.5 hours as says in trip notes. There is a toilet and snack stop on the Polish side so worth having a few Zlotys and some tissues for the toilet. Returning as it was a 5.30am start did only take 2.5 hours.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019

Tremendous Tatra

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    As this trip was great for complete beginners, there was a variety of skill levels. I was a total novice but was so encouraged by the support we gave each other. I got a great sense of personal achievement in tackling snowshoeing, dog sledding, sledging and skiing (with degrees of success) and I loved the feeling that we were all in this together.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter was amazing. He was so skilled and knowledgable and he was determined we would have a good holiday. He took care of everything but remained unobtrusive.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it!! I guarantee you will love it. I recently celebrated my 60th birthday and was worried I wouldn't cope. I had never had a winter break with these kinds of activities but Alex at Exodus reassured me I would be fine and he was absolutely right.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My only regret is that the free day came before I had tried the tobogganing. I ended up having another ski lesson and skiing isn't really my thing. Now tobogganing!! That's another story and would have had another day doing that had I known. Perhaps a free day once all the activities have been tried so you could choose a favourite.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019

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.


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February 14, 2021