Travel to Slovakia is often overlooked in favor of her near neighbors in Central Europe, but overlooking Slovakia would be a mistake! Nestled between the Tatra-Fatra range of the Carpathian mountains and the Danube River, Slovakia is a gorgeous tiny country - a short hydrofoil ride away from both Prague and Vienna.
Originally the Principality of Nitra, it was absorbed into the Hapsburg Empire and then became a part of Czechoslovakia post World War I, and only gained complete independence after the fall of the Soviet regime.
Its capital, Bratislava, lies on the banks of the Danube River. Bratislava is a fairy-tale city with stunning architecture, as it was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary. The region actually starts of within the city itself making it an extremely picturesque setting. The thick Tatra forests form a natural boundary between Poland and Slovakia. A designated national park, the region is home to the Tatra Chamois, marmot, lynx and bears. Gerlach, the highest peak in the Tatras, falls into Slovakia.
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Slovakia has a continental climate. High summer (July and August) can be hot and more crowded than usual. April, May and June and September and October are ideal times to visit for the best weather. The Bratislava Christmas Market is also a great alternative to the much busier alternatives in Prague and Vienna!
Younger than her neighbors, Bratislava has the vibrant feel of a university town with fairy-tale architecture, both medieval and baroque. In the summer months, why not take a boat from Vienna? It takes just over an hour and can make a relaxing day trip. Alternatively, enjoy a break at the end of a tour of Poland in the Tatra mountain range. Perfect for hiking or simply relaxing in a five star resort hotel.
Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you for travel in Slovakia based on your exact preferences and interests.
Enjoy the freedom of driving yourself and discovering small towns and villages? Slovakia is the ideal self-drive destination. Our self-drive programs allow you to do just that with the help of a pre-programmed GPS delivered to you before you leave home and with the services of our 24 hour local staff. We can craft the perfect self-drive itinerary to fit your taste, pace and budget. Let us introduce you to the essentials of each city and give you suggestions of what to do on your own. Just plug in your Exeter pre-programmed GPS and let your adventure begin!
Slovakia combines well with The Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Road connections between the Central European capitals are excellent, or we can arrange for a private car and driver. For the ultimate independence you can choose to self-drive, and we will arrange for you to meet your guides in each destination. Alternatively, you may choose to take trains between the various cities, or, in the summer, take a boat from Vienna!