This is the ultimate Slovak Adventure. From natural hot springs, waterfall trails and dramatic mountain peaks, this trip has it all!
Getting picked up from Krakow Airport (Poland), we will transfer you to the village of Zuberec (Slovakia). From here we will explore the intricacies of the epic Tatras mountains which boasts unearthly beauty, stunning glacier lakes, and unexpecting wildlife (including lynx and bears) - so be prepared to have your mind blown.
On the last day, a short transfer will see you tackle the jaw-dropping adventure playground of Slovak Paradise, where you will be challenged to climb mountain ladders, traverse catwalk brides and snake your way through tight natural gorges.
The hikes that we are going to walk on this trip will be of medium difficulty. Every day we will walk between 10km-15 km so make sure you have packed the right boots! Some of the hikes will involve short part of scrambling, so previous experience with scrambling is welcomed.
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Please note: This trip must receive a minimum of three reservations forty-five days prior to departure date. In the unlikely event that we do not receive three or more bookings for each departure, you will have two options:
1. You will be able to change dates at no additional cost to you (flexibility up to 3 years)
2. Full refund will be given.
This trip will begin with you arriving at Krakow Airport. Please arrive into Krakow no later than 16:00-17:00.
>Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
> Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
> Passport (required) (With photocopies)
> Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
> Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in Slovakia. The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency is via ATMs which are available in most towns, airports, major train stations and cities but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account/card overseas and any international fees that will be applied.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, therefore, on occasions, there may be some alternations. While we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Given the unpredictable nature of weather and travel, we are sometimes forced to make late itinerary changes due to unexpected heavy rain and/or storms and road closures. In the event of this occurring, itinerary changes may need to be implemented after the commencement of your trip. In this event, your Tour guides have full authority to change the itinerary and/or order of activities and substitute alternative destinations and activities as necessary. No refunds are available due to itinerary changes and missed activities caused by extreme weather conditions and/or road closures.
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact GoKo Travels or your Tour leader on the numbers provided in the contact selection of this document (bottom).
If you are unable to get in touch with you with us via the details given on our website, please refer to our emergency contact details.
You do not need to pre-booked an airport transfer, as your tour leader will collect you from outside the airport and will take you to your Starting Point hotel.
PASSPORTS & VISAS:
Passports and Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity) and entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.
Visas for Slovakia are not required for passport holders of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. All other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.
Please check with the relevant visa office before departure to make sure there has been no change: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
** Note: Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.
FLIGHTS & TRAVEL INSURANCE
GoKo Travels doesn't currently have the facilities to book your external/international flights. Therefore, you will have to prearrange your own flights to the required destination. We are always looking to improve our services, therefore, are planning to implement this solution as soon as possible.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your Tour leader/ local representative, who will take note of your insurance details and emergency contact number. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability of luggage, cancellation, curtailment and loss and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. Some prefer to spend all their money on alcohol, while others prefer souvenirs. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also, make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier.
The currency of Slovakia is Euros (EUR). For the latest exchange rate refer to https://www.xe.com but you are better office exchanging money either at the airport or withdrawing cash from ATMs. If you wish to change your money while you are there, you can exchange your foreign currency and /or traveller checks in banks and money exchanges in all cities.
Make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't.
We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra GBP£300 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last-minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result, there may be some extra costs involved.
ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & TRANSPORT
2x Accommodation in 3* hotel in the area of Zuberec - twin rooms
2 nights in Ziarska mountain hut - twin rooms
3 nights in 3* hotel in the area of the High Tatras mountains
All transport is included within this trip on and off the boat.
Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with GoKo Travels you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Meals are not included in the trip price, however, it is still your responsibility to let us know if you have any food allergies at time of booking. If you do not inform us before departure date, it may be difficult to source special dietary requests if and when necessary.
You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements beforehand.
The below dietary can be easily catered for:.
Dairy-Free (soy available )
HOWEVER - PLEASE NOTE - although the food provided for breakfast and dinner at the huts and hotels is usually very tasty and they are ready to handle vegetarian, gluten-free or even vegan diet - it is much more difficult for vegans, as there is almost no variety of meals for them. As such, please let us know about your dietary requirements will in advance so we can advise you on the best options. In Slovakia, the majority of meals still contains meat, potatoes or (so-called) dumplings. Even sauerkraut, bean or lentil soups usually contain meat so make sure you ask before buying.
On some days it is possible to stop for lunch in some different hut/hotel on the way. But we will have also a chance to stop in a shop to buy some food and supplies for hikes.
Please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the above.
You will need to purchase any alcohol and other drinks separately unless otherwise highlighted in the itinerary.
As you may well know, adventures always carry an element of danger. Our GoKo trips are not just package holidays, they are immersive experiences that go off the beaten path and push can you beyond your comfort zone. That’s what makes them awesome, and that’s why we take safety very seriously.
Different countries have their own infrastructures, laws, regulations, transport systems, cultures, political situations, climates and ecosystems so the nature of an adventure means it carries genuine risks. With this in mind, we are dedicated to ensuring all reasonable precautions are made to provide trips that are safe.
We closely monitor all the countries we travel to, keeping in regular contact with our operators and suppliers for their local knowledge and expertise.
If you have any concerns about travelling to a particular country, most governments provide their own travel advice. Here are some useful links regarding foreign travel: UK citizens; US citizens; Canadian citizens; Australian citizens; New Zealand citizens. If you are not from one of the following countries, please visit your official government advice page.
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling.
Water-based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities, have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our guides to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by a guide(s).
MEDICAL & HEALTH
All GoKo travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our tour leader / local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, GoKo Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. Information should be gathered round necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure.
We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements.
For legal reasons, our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group guides or local representatives straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/ local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
If for whatever reasons, you wish to contact GoKo directly regarding changes to your scheduled trip or make a complaint while you are already on your trip, or need to contact us in cases of an emergency, please use the following details below:
Emergency Contact Number: +44 7305027666