With the astonishing Tatra Mountains in the north and the dreamy Danube River in the south, it’s easy to get lost in Slovakia’s unspoiled countryside. A land of mountains and medieval castles, Slovakia effortlessly swings between wondrous nature and resplendent architecture.
The thriving capital of Bratislava delivers a tapestry of history, with a Gothic Old Town, Renaissance castles, ornate Baroque palaces and steely Soviet architecture.
Spend a couple extra days in Prague and in Vienna, too. Just check out the optional pre-tour and post-tour addons.
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This ten day trip will be held from May 17-26, 2023.
In response to interest for the Synod to host another familiarization tour of Slovakia, we are pleased to announce that a trip is being planned for 2023 after a hiatus of several years. This trip will explore the Slovak capital city as well as sites throughout the countryside.
The country is surrounded by six other countries in Eastern Europe, and it’s been just over a quarter-century since the ‘Velvet Divorce’ of Czechoslovakia, yet Slovakia remains steeped in folk traditions. Their proudly preserved crafts are reflected in the country’s wooden churches and brightly painted houses, and you can tour museums filled with traditional art, literature and music. When you visit Slovakia with us, we’ll take you cruising along the dreamy Danube, past the pastel-colored 18th century buildings of the Old Town, to savoring local delicacies in the Old Market of Bratislava.
Departure from your home airport. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight.
Arrival in Vienna. We’ll warmly greet you with a welcome beverage. Your transfer to Bratislava awaits.
Upon arrival in Slovakia’s capital city, we’ll stop at Eurovea Shopping Center, a sprawling modern European mall with all the necessities, where you can also take out some of the local currency at an ATM.
Savor the local tastes together with us for our welcome dinner at Slovak Pub.
After this long day of travel, you’ll be tired. Settle in for the night in your cozy and modest accommodations.
Enjoy a filling and renewing breakfast.
We’ll begin by visiting Evanjelická Bohoslovecká Fakulta, the foremost Lutheran seminary in all of central Europe and the theological school of Comenius University. A brief walking tour will acquaint you with the campus and its knowledgeable faculty.
The afternoon will have us touring the city of Bratislava itself; walk the streets of this beautiful city at your own pace. Sample from any of the hundreds of hidden culinary gems, and take home hand crafted souvenirs from artisan gift shops.
Hear the storied history of this great locale, spanning centuries of European elegance and nationalist conflict.
Tour the Agape Assisted Living Facility in Sväty Jur, and familiarize yourself with another important piece of our social ministry in our paramount Slovak global mission.
We’ll port your luggage as we venture north into the countryside towards Dolny Kubín, resting at the foot of rugged cliffs and hills that skirt the mighty Tatra mountains, the highest peaks of the Carpathian mountain range.
On the way we’ll stop in Trnava for a chance to stretch the legs, and you can wander the sunset streets of the renowned “Slovak Rome”. Perhaps whet your appetite for the savory flavors of the country at a local Salaš?
Settle into your intimate mountain cottage accommodations (far from urban light pollution) after our mid-evening arrival, and enjoy a nightcap with us over a bedtime story that will introduce you to the legends and fairytales of these mystic mountains within which you now reside.
Join us for morning worship at one of the country’s most famous articular churches in Leštiny, a centuries old structure with a citadel built upon rock hundreds of steps up from road level, hiding the secrets of its hidden crypt beneath the floors, and telling the stories of scripture and the nation on original hand-painted likenesses adorning one of the wraparound balconies of this triple-tier worship space.
Gear up for an afternoon adventure up to Orava Castle, a medieval fortification that will have you feeling like you’ve traveled back in time as you walk through its halls and labyrinths.
Our nightcap and story tonight will take place during our dinner together at Jánošikova Krčma.
Kežmarok is one of many towns with a long and famous history. Its position below the Tatras makes it a center of both the summer and winter holiday. Summer is the season when it becomes very lively due to the European Festival of Popular Trades, so your arrival will be just in time for the beginning of a fun season! We’ll look inside the wooden church of the town, one of the best preserved Slovak wooden articular churches (articled as Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity included on the UNESCO Word Heritage list).
Revved up for some action, or maybe you’ll prefer a relaxing afternoon nature walk? Decide for yourself! You can take a cable car to the summit of Lomnicky Štit, high above the clouds, or explore the flora and fauna on one of many trails winding around Štrbské Pleso, a placid lake perched high up in the mountains, formed by the indentation and melting of an ice age glacier.
Enjoy the tastes of an authentic shepherd’s dinner at Žerucha pub, and join us for another nightcap and bedtime story before turning in for the night.
This morning is all about rejuvenation. Enter Bešeňová, a village renowned for its volcanic hot springs. We’ll take you to one of its many luxurious spas for a morning of relaxing steam nestled within the crisp cool mountain air.
The afternoon will take you to Sväty Kriz, and see one of the largest wooden churches in Central Europe. The ground plan of the church takes the shape of a 43-meter-long cross. The church can house almost 6,000 people at full capacity.
Enjoy a filling and renewing breakfast.
Time to pack up and depart your cottage accommodations and begin our travel back towards Bratislava.
Begin by stepping back through time into the untouched beauty of Vlkolínec, a settlement that stands exactly as it stood in the 14th century. We’ll explore the beautiful village of Čičmany, famous for its original log houses with their striking white ornamentation.
We’ll cap off these adventures by stopping to see the “Slovak Bethlehem”.
Before long, we’ll return to our overnight accommodations just outside of Bratislava from our initial arrival.
We’ll take a drive north into Modra to see some of Slovakia’s famous ceramics hand formed and hand painted at this ceramics factory, with gift shop opportunities after the tour.
After returning to Bratislava, you’ll have the choice of exploring the botanical gardens that lay at the foot of Bratislava Castle, or venturing to Devin to explore the ruins of a much older fortress overlooking the convergence of the Danube and Morava rivers, and sample some local wine from the village below.
Allow us to help you with your luggage for your transfer back to Vienna International Airport for your journey back home.
- Round-Trip Airfare
All breakfasts & select lunches & dinners
Transport by air-conditioned private minibus
* Projected cost based on current currency exchange rates, destination gas pump avg. prices, and minimum group size being met
What’s NOT included:
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks / Alcoholic Beverages
- Personal Expenses / Souvenirs
- Fees associated with passport application/renewals
- Upgraded airfare or changes in air travel itinerary
May 15-17, 2023
Fly in early to see the fairytale city of Prague. Fly into the city, get an escort to drop off your bags at the local hotel, and get a brief walking tour of the old city center with a personal guide, seeing the famed Astronomical Clock, the Týn Church, and Wenceslas Square. The first night will cap off with a welcome dinner at a local folk restaurant.
The next day will involve a walking tour of the whole city, starting from the castle high up on the hill, winding down the streets through history to the Vltava river for a peaceful boat cruise. Alternatively, a segway tour of the city’s highlights can be arranged. Lunch will be included and the evening will be capped off with some free time for exploration and shopping, or a showing of Don Juan at the famed Marionette Theatre.
On the morning of the third day, we’ll take a train together to Bratislava to join the rest of the group for the main attraction!
May 26-28, 2023
Stay a couple extra days after the main attraction. After dropping off your bags at the local hotel, we’ll begin touring the city together, beginning with St. Stephan’s Cathedral, moving onto the Rathaus, wander the Hoffburg’s hidden treasures, and see where generations of Hapsburg royalty are laid to rest in the Imperial Crypt.
The following day you will take a short metro transfer to Schönbrunn Palace, the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. You’ll spend the entire day exploring the riches of this complex, which include hundreds of decadent salons, ballrooms and bedrooms, expansive art galleries, a massive hedge maze, “Roman ruins”, a large zoo, and multiple restaurants and shops. You’ll see why it’s known as the original Versailles.
On the morning of the third day, we’ll escort you to the airport for your final departure back to your point of origin.
Ten days of adventure.
Are you ready?
Be sure to submit at least a 50% deposit by January 1, 2023 to let us know that you’re coming,
so we can begin making arrangements at the current rates and prepare for your arrival.