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Western Tatras Winter Adventure

Western Tatras Winter Adventure

Authentic adult winter holiday in Western Tatras

A week packed with great winter activities in the stunning Slovak Carpathian Mountains.

- Skiing, snowboarding and cross country
- Winter walking and frozen waterfalls
- Dog sledding and hot thermal springs
- Traditional Slovak gastronomy and folklore 

Trip code: AWZ

8 days in country: Slovakia

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Price: / 8 days €1090
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The story of the trip

Based in the mountain village of Zuberec you will experience a number of great activities including skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter walking, cross country skiing, dogsledding and outdoor thermal pools.
For skiers the resort provides good conditions for beginners as well as for advanced skiers looking for black runs. Secret paths will lead you through one of the most beautiful valley in the area discovering an old water mill. There will be the opportunity to stop at a family run brewery to try homemade mountain beer. To warm up you will dip into hot outdoor thermal pools with the water temperature up to 38 °C. You will have the opportunity to try walking with snowshoes and admire the beauty of the deep forests and frozen waterfalls. You will also learn how to ride a dog sledge while having a big open fire by which you can keep yourself warm while drinking hot tea, mulled wine or even the traditional spirit Slivovica. You will also explore the untouched nature on cross county skis and the unique mountain outdoor museum of Orava village presenting the way of life that locals used to live 100’s of years ago.  

Itinerary in brief

DAY 1: Western Tatras
Fly to Krakow and transfer to Zuberec in the Tatra Mountains

DAY 2: Skiing or Snowboarding
All day skiing or snowboarding in the ski resort Zverovka – Spalena Dolina valley offer good conditions for beginners as well as experienced skiers looking for black runs.

DAY 3: Winter Walking  
Winter walking through one of the most beautiful valleys in the area, then visit hot thermal pools in Oravice.

DAY 4: Dog sledding 
All-day of dog sledding. Learn how to handle the sled and experience this adventurous activity. 

DAY 5: Cross country skiing  
Cross country skiing instruction followed by a visit to the local outdoor museum and enjoy the evening folklore show.

DAY 6: Snowshoeing  
Snowshoeing through the woods of Western Tatras in deep powdery snow. Discover the frozen waterfalls and admire the beauty of the surroundings.

DAY 7: Free day  
Free day to enjoy many of the optional activities.

DAY 8: End  
Transfer to the airport. Tour ends.

 

Tour Details

DAY 1: Western Tatras - Zuberec
Check in to your hotel in Zuberec. The village lies at the centre of three downhill skiing areas and has developed to offer a range of facilities for tourists. There are a number of small guesthouses for less demanding tourists, but also quality pensions and hotels providing comfortable accommodation. Most pensions are built in chalet style, with wooden furniture offering comfortable accommodation. Breakfast is served in your pension or hotel each morning and you will be able to choose from a selection of mountain restaurants and village cafes for your lunches and dinners.

Overnight in: Zuberec
Meals included: none

DAY 2: Skiing or Snowboarding
After a short 10 minute transfer to the slopes, today you will take to the powdery Slovakian snow for the first time with a choice of either a day on skis, or a day of snowboarding. Downhill skiing has long been the most popular form of skiing. However in recent years snowboarding has become the fastest growing winter sport. Both of these activities require different equipment so your first stop will be to get kitted out with the correct boots and then either skis or a board. Your leader will be on hand to make sure everything fits properly. Then it’s off to the slopes. The bottom station of the ski resort Zverovka – Spolena valley is situated at the altitude of 1100m. whereas the top station at the altitude of 1410m above sea level. In the resort you will find a self-service restaurant and artificial snow-making machines to ensure good skiing. If you are a beginner, you will be able to join a lesson (at additional charge), aimed at your level of ability/experience, while proficient skiers are free to ski! For the remainder of the day you are then free to practice your new skills or explore the area, before returning back to your hotel.

Overnight in: Zuberec
Meals included: breakfast

DAY 3: Winter Walking  
After breakfast you will have a short transfer to the starting point of today’s walk through Kvacianska Valley. This valley is a national nature reserve and you follow a trail along the eastern slopes of this rocky valley and can look down into the valley to the village of Oblazy and its tow working water mails which still use the water from the three creeks in the valley. At the end of the trial we will visit a family run brewery to try some of homemade beer while having a tasteful lunch. After lunch you will transfer to mountain settlement of Oravice to visit the unique thermal pools. Fantastic way to relax after the day in the snow! In the evening transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in: Zuberec
Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch

DAY 4: Dog sledding  
After a good breakfast to set you up for the day, you will leave the hotel to meet up with the dog team handlers and their dogs. The dogs come from the Lower Tatras to meet you and you will get to know them in the fields around the village. Upon arrival the handlers will show you how to handle the sled and brief you before setting off. The dogs are always excited as they see the sleds coming out and it is often a struggle to hold them back so the sleds have a snow brake just for that purpose. Each sled carries two people – a driver (or musher) and a passenger – pulled by a team of 2 to 6 dogs depending on your weight. It takes a while to get everything ready but eventually you will set off in crocodile file, with dogs tugging hard at their harnesses before they break into a smooth rhythm. All you can hear are the runners of the sled fizzing over the frozen snow and the odd bark or yelp from the dogs. If possible we will also set up an open fire so anyone standing around can warm up around the fire while drinking some of the hot drinks that we will prepare including hot tea, mulled wine and of-course the traditional spirit Slivovica! For the lunch we will have a short transfer to one of the close by traditional restaurant KOLIBA before returning back to the dogs. At the end of the day you will transfer back to your hotel.

Overnight in: Zuberec
Meals included: breakfast, picnic

DAY 5: Cross country skiing   
Today is a day of cross country skiing. Once you are strengthened by a good breakfast we head of to the hire shop to get the cross country skis for everyone in the group. Once everyone is armed with a good pair of skis, boots and poles we set off to the starting point of the cross country runs. If conditions are good you will find kilometres of well-maintained runs to try and learn this enjoyable sport. Your guide will give you a lesson how to cross country ski. It is not too difficult however you will need a good sense of balance. After a short practise everyone will be able to do that! The terrain is gentle and suitable for beginners. In the evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy the evening show at the local mountain outdoor museum of Orava village. This is a complex of traditional wooden houses, barns, craft houses, school and even a church from 14 century. Walking with lights at night through the village you will learn about the way how the locals used to live 100 of years ago.

Overnight in: Zuberec
Meals included: breakfast

DAY 6: Snowshoeing
Today you will head off into the hills on a snowshoeing expedition. After breakfast we all take rucksack with a picnic lunch and some hot tea. Do not forget to take a flask for the hot tea and your camera as taking pictures of people walking through deep snow and taking pictures of

frozen waterfalls are often highlights of this day. Your guide will provide you with a pair of snowshoes and poles that are very useful to keep balance. Snowshoeing is not difficult at all and everyone can do it! With snowshoes you can go almost anywhere, which means you can get to places that skiers cannot. The group’s ability will dictate how far you go but your destination will be Rohacsky waterfall. Once getting there you will have your packed lunch after which you return back to the starting point where again we will meet our driver.
 
Overnight in: Zuberec
Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch

DAY 7: Free day
Today is free for you to choose from the many activities on offer in and around the village. You may wish to head back to the slopes for more downhill skiing or snowboarding. You may decide to do more of cross country skiing along of the specially prepared circuits on the edge of the village. Or perhaps why not to visit one of the most beautiful Slovakian castles Oravsky where the first Dracula film was made or explore one of the stunning caves. Your guide will be there to help.

Overnight in: Zuberec
Meals included: breakfast

DAY 8: End
After breakfast transfer to airport.
Meals included: breakfast

 

Availability

Departures available to individual passengers, private groups and tour operators.
It is possible to book any date between December and March, however we have listed below some recommended dates.

Dates 2016 (guided)

Start

End

Trip status

Adult

Sun 17 Jan 2016

Sun 24 Jan 2016

Available

 1090 EUR

Sun 31 Jan 2016

Sun 7 Feb 2016

Available

 1090 EUR


What is included

- 7 nights 3 star hotel
- 7 breakfasts, 1 packed lunch
- All activities as indicated in the itinerary
- All local transfers to/from activities that are part of the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide

What is not included

- Flights
- Airport transfers on days 1 and 8.
- Ski pass on day2
- Single room supplement 80 EUR

Trip status explanation

Available: Book your place today.

Guaranteed to run: Holiday is guaranteed to run and we recommend to go ahead to book flights.

Limited Space: Holiday is guaranteed to run with only few more spaces left.

Closed: Holiday is fully booked or unavailable.
 

WANT DIFFERENT ITINERARY OR PRIVATE DEPARTURE?

If you want to change this itinerary or need a private departure for your group
Please feel free to contact our (SK) office.
Contact us on +421 (0)908 021 469
info(at)aygoadventuretravel.com

We can tailor most of our tours based on your needs, budget and preferred activities. Give us a go!

 

Practical Information

Start
Zuberec, Slovakia

End
Zuberec, Slovakia

Flights
We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flight to Poprad, Krakow, Bratislava or Vienna.

Airport transfers
If you require a private transfer from the airport to your hotel do not hesitate to request this at the time of your booking. Discounted private transfers are available to all passengers booking AYGO holidays.

Activity level
Easy to Moderate

Group size
Guided departure: Min 4, Max 16

Age
Min 16.

Land only
Land Only includes everything except international flights.

Accommodation  
All of our tours are based and operated on a twin/double-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation such as friends, family
members, or work colleagues. On this tour we are able to offer customers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room for each night of the tour.

Hotel Plan    
Day 1: Hotel/pension 3*
Day 2: Hotel/pension 3*
Day 3: Hotel/pension 3*
Day 4: Hotel/pension 3*
Day 5: Hotel/pension 3*
Day 6: Hotel/pension 3*
Day 7: Hotel/pension 3*

Group leader
This trip will be led by a professional English speaking guide.  

Local currency  
Slovakia: Euros

Budgeting for your tour
The below excursions or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants and the type of establishment.

Cost of local service/activities: -

Travel insurance
It is a condition of joining any of our tours that you must have valid travel insurance and it is your responsibility to obtain a policy that covers all activities included in your chosen holiday, as well as medical expenses and emergency repatriation in the event of illness or injury.

Visa Requirements
An entry visa is not required by citizens of EU, USA, CAN, AUS, NZ. Citizens from any other country should confirm all visa-related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.  

Private groups
We are able to arrange private departures for the vast majority of our small group tours. Private departures are available to individual clients who do not wish to mix with others. Private departures follow the same itinerary on a date that suits you best and there are no minimum numbers in order to run your holiday. If you are interested in booking a private departure please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

If you have any questions regarding this holiday
Please feel free to contact our (SK) office.
Contact us on +421 (0)908 021 469
info(at)aygoadventuretravel.com

 

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