You will begin near Budapest in Szentendre, home of two dozen museums, 7 churches, 13 galleries, and countless shops. After visiting a massive cathedral in Esztergom - the historic seat of the Hungarian church, you will cross the Danube River to enter Slovakia, stopping at Banska Stiavnica - an extraordinarily well-preserved ancient legacy of mining and minting.
You will visit Kremnica, with its castle and 7 peaks, and the village of Vlkolinec, the most undisturbed and complete collection of traditional architecture in Slovakia. Climb from Liptovska Osada into the thrilling terrain of the Low Tatras – a 7-mile ascent, spectacular views, and an unforgettable descent, then explore Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, where the Stations of the Cross, with 32 chapels and chaplets, end at an imposing Bernardine monastery.
The final stop before Krakow is the awe-inspiring salt mine at Wilitchka, where an unbelievable intricate sculptured salt cathedral attests to generations of workers who toiled and worshipped underground. This is a land of real spirit, where folk traditions have survived the domination of foreign rulers, and a plethora of castles and watchtowers pay testament to untold wars and civil conflicts. And the people have come through it all with their welcoming spirit intact!
We recommend that you consider staying an extra day in Krakow if you want to visit Auschwitz.
Highlights: 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the open air museum at Szentendre, panoramic views of the Danube Valley, Hungary’s largest church, Socialist Spa town of Dudince, Banska Stiavnica, the castle at Kremnica, the pedestrian market at Banska Bystrica, Vlkolinec historic village, Orava Castle, the stations of the cross at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.
- Start: Szentendre 14:30, day one.
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