As a result of these historical developments, Slovakia is today a country with variety of religious life including the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Calvinist, Greek-Catholic, Russian Orthodox and Jewish communities. To promote a spirit of tolerance and mutual respect to various religious traditions, our trip includes numerous monuments of religious architecture and other prominent attractions of cultural heritage and natural beauty of Slovakia.
Day 1: Flight to Bratislava/ Vienna International Airport. After 40 minutes transfer to Bratislava, the capitol of Slovakia, check-in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Bratislava will include a visit to the Primate's Palace. The neo-Classical former residence of the archbishop of Esztergom features the famous tapestries depicting tragic love of Hero and Leandros. Visit to the Art Nouveau St. Elisabeth Church and the Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, where Hungarian kings and queens were crowned. Welcome dinner with local specialties at a typical restaurant.
Day 2: Morning leave for the Small Carpathian Trip, which includes an excursion to the Modra pottery manufacture, the Renaissance fortress Cerveny Kamen and the lunch at a typical countryside restaurant with wine sampling. Afternoon enjoy in the Old Town of Bratislava. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: After morning departure from Bratislava stopover in Trencianske Bohuslavice, famous for the Rococo chapel designed by the prolific Franz Anton Maulpertsch. Continue to Trencin, a pleasant town under the majestic castle. This was also the northernmost place of the Roman presence, as witnessed by the Roman inscription from 179 AD on the castle cliff. After light lunch follow along the Vah River valley to the High Tatra National Park. Dinner at Koliba-styled restaurant will be accompanied by life music entertainment.
Day 4: Morning stop at the wooden Lutheran church of Kezmarok, then continue to the remote Zamagurie Region with its highlight, rafting at the Dunajec River. See a protected monument Cerveny Klastor (Red Monastery), once a center of the Camaldunian monastic community. Outdoor picnic with live Goral music will be provided. Afternoon discover beauty of the folkloric architecture in Stara Lubovna open-air-museum, which also includes the painstakingly restored wooden Greek-Catholic church with iconostas.
Day 5: Morning is dedicated to art treasures of Spis Region: the highest wooden Gothic altar by Master Paul in Levoca and UNESCO listed monument of Spis Castle, Spisska Kapitula (bishopric residence) and tbe Zehra twin-nave Gothic church with unique frescoes. Afternoon arrive to Kosice, Slovakia's second largest city with the easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe, St. Elisabeth Dom.
Day 6: Explore an unexpected atmosphere of the medieval town Bardejov, listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO with its Gothic town hall a St. Gilles parish church. Nearby Hervartov is famous for St. George wooden church. Conclude this day by visit in Presov with its charming Old town and its memorials, and pearl of the ecclesiastical architecture in Slovakia: a Moorish synagogue that houses the Museum of Jewish Culture with the world famous Barkany Judaica Collection. Later afternoon return to Kosice. Dinner at hotel.
Day 7: Leave Kosice in the morning and travel westwards, stopping on route in the Central Slovak city of Banska Bystrica, for centuries an important mining community and the 1944 National Uprising center. Visit in Nitra, an ancient cradle of the Christian tradition in Slovakia. Conclude the trip with farewell dinner at the hotel in Bratislava.
Day 8: Morning transfer to Bratislava/Vienna airport, home-bound flight.
Note: The Slovakia Religious Heritage Tour can be organised for the closed group from minimum 6 participants at any given date (some date exceptions might apply).
Note: The price depends on the date, number of persons travelling and the required hotel/tour standard (3*, 4* or 5*).
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