On the way from Budapest you will cross the longest Slovak border – the one with Hungary. Upon your arrival to Košice and after renting jeeps you will get a warm reception at traditional lunch in a traditional “koliba” restaurant. The adventure begins with a short offroad and beautiful views from up the hills, followed by a meshuga ride on bobsleigh.
Is there a better way to start off a day other than to admire the beauty of nature? Fresh air, high trees and a short walking in the forest will translate into astonishing panorama once you set your foot on Drienkova Skala. Driving around the Ružín dam culminates in Gelnica, a former royal mining town. More of greenery and spectacular sceneries will be in sight while heading for picnic in Jasov in the Slovak karst region. Attractions there range from archery through calcite cave and rock to the visit of an impressive monastery with its unique library.
Rich sightseeing of towns with mining traditions like Jasov, Štós or Smolník from your car windows will contrast with marvelous offroad in the Gemer region that follows. Lunch at a local lady´s house provides the real touch of Slovakia before walking among cold walls of Dobšinská Ice Cave.
The late afternoon is marked by the transfer to the High Tatras – the smallest among the largest mountain range. A pleasant folklore evening will make you familiar with distinctive local culture of the Goral people and traditions of Slovakia.
The first-hand experience of the oldest national park in Slovakia begins on funicular train to Hrebienok. Listening to the sounds of waterfalls will leave you relaxed and ready for a short hiking to the oldest stone cottage in the High Tatras, namely Rainerova chata. Two national parks in a day? Why not. Pieniny near the Polish border offer rafting on the Dunajec River and biking on the way back; all of this supplemented by a short visit to Poland – just the distance of a bridge.
The High Tatras have much more to offer – having fun in waterpark or more hiking are a commendable farewell to the mountains. UNESCO sights – exploration of the royal town Levoča with the tallest altar of its kind in the world and the largest by area castle in Europe – will enrich the way to Košice. You will experience the charm of the city at night during dinner in its old town.
Košice can boast the titles of European Capital of Culture 2013 as well as European Capital of Sport 2016. The last day of the tour will guide you through its Jewish quarter with the visit of synagogues and other fascinating highpoints. No matter what you choose – spending money in shopping malls or just wandering around the streets, you are likely to fall in love with the metropolis before you leave for the Budapest airport.
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