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Day 1 Krakow to Smokvec
I was picked up from Krakow airport by Martin and Co in the afternoon. After that we drove over the High Tatras Mountains that separate Slovakia and Poland and headed for the lovely alpine village of Stary Smokovec. This was a family-run hotel . There was a bit of issue with romm keys. Nevertheless after settling into your room, I headed down to meet your travelling companions over dinner and relaxed into the holiday rhythm.
Day 2 Smokvec Hike to the Green Lake
We climbed to the, vivid turquoise waters (albeit frozen this time of the year) of the aptly named Green Lake, 1545 metres above sea level – a particularly magical location in winter. We explored the shoreline and grabbed some hard to believe photos, then relaxed in a landscape of snow-capped peaks, wildflower meadows and rolling green pine forest. sauna and jacuzzi time back in the village. There was an option of Sauna and jacuzzi time back in the village.
Day 3 Smokvec Winter hiking to Velicke Lake
After a good breakfast we hiked into the winter wonderland that is the High Tatras Mountains. We walked to Zamkovskeho hut today, situated in the woods. On the way we were passing by icy waterfalls and the oldest mountain hut of the High Tatras, where you stopped for a drink, before heading higher into the mountains. Relaxation earned, later we relaxed in a thermal pool and let our worries (and muscle knots) fade away.
Day 4 Štrbské to Bratislava
Starting at lovely Lake Strbske Pleso, we hiked through the ridiculously picturesque Mengusovska Valley – a lost world of jagged peaks, dramatic rock faces and verdant forest, ending at the glistening Lake Popradske. After couple of drinks and good bye to the team , I took a train from Štrbské pleso to Štrba and then changed for a direct train to Bratislava. Later in evening I roamed around Bratislava old town before crashing in cosy hotel room.
Day 5 Bratislava to Malafarta
Today I took a day trip to Malafarta mountains. I took an early morning train to Žilina. Once arrived, you will meet your guide and head to Vrátna Valley for a cable car ride to Snilovske Peak. From there I went for Velký Kriváň (1709 M). It was very cold and foggy . After descending to Poludňový grúň,I made my way to a mountain chalet at Chata Pod Grunom for lunch or refreshments before returning to Vrátna Valley. Then I caught the same bus again to Žilina and finally a train to Bratislava. In
Day 6 Bratislava to Vienna
Today morning I visited to the Bratislava castle. It is situated on the isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians directly above the Danube river in the middle of Bratislava. Walked around the old town , visited Michael’s gate and Tower, presidential palace and blue charch.
Latter after lunch I took a train to Vienna which takes roughly 1 hour. After checking in to my hotel , I booked a ferry in the afternoon with the operator Blue Danube . The ferry passes along Danube Canal through the historical and modern city of Vienna, once known as the “Vienna Water,” the “Vienna Arm,” and the “Little Danube.” On this tour, we saw important buildings including the Uniqa Tower, the Urania Observatory, hotels and commercial buildings by Jean Nouvel, and the Media Tower by Hans Hollein. We looked at the Schützenhaus by Otto Wagner, the Ringturm, the Rossauer Barracks, and the waste incineration plant of Spttelau designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Below the lock, the boat turns around and heads back to the starting point. Let the new Vienna and its countless graffiti art pieces and trendy areas enchant you as they pass by.
Day 7 Austria to London
Today is the last day. I checked out at early morning and booked an Uber to Airport for my flight back home.