SLOVAKIA - organised by Greentours
The Carpathian countryside has remained unspoiled in many areas and offers some of the best scenery in Eastern Europe. Our tour is designed to experience the gradual change from the low-lying White Carpathians that formed the natural border between Slovakia and the Czech Republic, through the montane and subalpine Lesser Fatra to the alpine regions of the high Tatra ranges on the Polish Slavakian border.
The White Carpathians, the western edge of the great Carpathian mountain chain, are still clothed in forested hillsides and flower-filled meadows, punctured by jagged rocky peaks and carved by deep gorges. The magnificent Giant Lousewort Pedicularis exaltata has its only Central European site in these mountains. Local meadows rank with the richest in Central Europe and have abundant and colourful Orange and Martagon Lilies, Dense-flowered Orchid, Marsh Gladiolus, Erect Clematis, Bastard Balm, and both Crested Cow-wheat and Melampyrum nemorosum. Needless to say, there’s plenty of butterflies enjoying the flowers, notably Nickerl’s Fritillary, Alcon Blue, the brillant Scarce Copper and both Purple and Lesser Purple Emperors. Subalpine meadows dotted with clumps of endemic pink Dianthus nitidus typify the partially limestone Lesser Fatra. Musky Saxifrage, Campanula serrata,Tozzia carpatica, Gentianella fatrae, Androsace lactea, Dark Red Helleborine, Aconitum moldavicum and One-flowered Wintergreen are amongst the notable flora. The High Tatras reach up to over 2500m and have a very varied geology, there are large areas of limestone and dolomite whilst other parts are granite and mylonite. Chairlifts and roads provide easy access to the highest regions inhabited by the endangered tatra race of the Chamois and a fine range of alpines such as Ciliate Rock-jasmine, Blue Saxifrage, Edelweiss, Styrian, Spotted and Snow Gentians, Campanula tatrae, and the rare orchid Chamorchis alpina. Marmots call shrilly as Golden Eagles search them out, whilst Alpine Accentors hop amongst Least Primrose, Pulsatilla scherfelii, Glacier Buttercup, Saxifraga carpatica,Papaver tatrae, Wahlenberg´s Wallflower, Callianthemum coriandrifolium and half a dozen species of pretty Milk Vetch. Corncrake and Quail call repeatedly from wet meadows and mires home to Jacob’s Ladder and the elegant Moor King. Below, meadows and forests, haunt of many unseen mammals as well as Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse and Black Woodpecker, host Round-headed Orchid, Aconitum firmum, and both Hungarian and Carpathian Snowbells.
Flowers. Also Landscapes and Butterflies.
Oron Peri, Martin Hrouzek
Easy to moderate. 3-4 miles on most days, but on one or two days up to 7 or 8 miles, always at a gentle pace. Some hill walks, and one walk where over the course of a day you should be able to walk uphill for around two thousand feet (and down again) over fairly gentle gradients.
Included in the Price
All flights. All transport, accommodation and meals in Slovakia and Poland. Tips. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, and items of a personal nature including insurance, are not included.
Minimum is 4 and the maximum is 15. Only one leader will accompany a group of 6 or less.
We start with two nights at the Hotel Lopenik in the heart of White Carpathians followed by two nights at the Hotel Gavurky in the Lesser Fatra Next are four nights in the Hotel Viktoria in the Belanske Tatra. This elegant modern hotel is in a fantastic setting. Those on the extension will have a night in a good quality hotel in Krakow. All hotels on this tour are of a good standard and all rooms on this tour have en suite facilities.
UK direct flights are from London to Bratislava, returning from Krakow to London. Indirect routes from regional UK Airports* are available.
*These routes may incur a supplement.
Warm and sunny with occasional evening thunderstorms. Cooler in the evenings and mornings in the High Tatras.
How to Book
contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form (or contact us and we will send one to you) from the Booking Information section. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. Flower, bird and butterfly checklists are available.
The White Carpathians
Days 3 & 4
Vah river valley and Lesser Fatra
The Liptov basin, Chocske hills and the Low Tatras
The Polish Tatras and mires below the High Tatras
Days 7 & 8
The High Tatras and the Belanske Tatras
Departure from Krakow
Sightseeing in Krakow
Departure from Krakow
For a dettailed tour itineraryy and more infromation, see the tour page
on the Greentours website, or call us on 01298 83563 adn we will send one to you.
DATES & PRICES
Days = 9
03 Jul 2016 - 11 Jul 2016
Total Cost = £1995
Bratislava - Krakow = £1820
Deposit = £200
Single Supplement = £175*
Krakow Extension 11th - 12 July = £160
Single Supplement = £30*
* does not apply if you are willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged.