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Adventure Hiking in Slovakia in a Weekend

3 nights
Moderate

Explore the perfectly named Slovak Paradise National Park via a network of trails, ladders, bridges and catwalks

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking local guides

Hotel

3 nights in a hotel in Levoča

Meals

3 tasty breakfasts and 1 dinner

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Permits

All park permits and entry fees

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 16 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

5.0
| 154 reviews
Incredible holiday!
July 2024
Sandrineott
Incredible holiday!
July 2024
Sandrineott
Best time exploring a hidden gem!
July 2024
Rebecca S.
Best time exploring a hidden gem!
July 2024
Rebecca S.
With great hikes, come great appetites...
July 2024
Yvonne D.
With great hikes, come great appetites...
July 2024
Yvonne D.
With great hikes, come great appetites...
July 2024
Yvonne D.
With great hikes, come great appetites...
July 2024
Yvonne D.
Amazing trip
July 2024
James L.
Amazing trip
July 2024
James L.
Amazing trip
July 2024
James L.
Absolutely fabulous
June 2024
Laura B.
Absolutely fabulous
June 2024
Laura B.
Absolutely fabulous
June 2024
Laura B.
Beautiful Country
June 2024
David D.
Perfect few days
June 2024
colin j.
Adventure hiking in Slovakia
June 2024
Eleanor G.
Just fantastic
June 2024
Amanda E.
Slovakia - Hiking and Climbing Ladders!
June 2024
Ashantel L.
Slovakia - Hiking and Climbing Ladders!
June 2024
Ashantel L.
What an amazing adventure! I
May 2024
Amanda W.
What an amazing adventure! I
May 2024
Amanda W.
Knowledgable guides, beautiful scenery, and friendly group
May 2024
Flora B.
Knowledgable guides, beautiful scenery, and friendly group
May 2024
Flora B.
Knowledgable guides, beautiful scenery, and friendly group
May 2024
Flora B.
Prielom Hornadu gorge ladder, Slovak Paradise National Park, Slovakia

Explore forests, meadows, plateaus, ravines and waterfalls as you traverse one of Europe’s most beautiful National Parks

Clamber across canyons and ascend gorges using a network of metal ladders, wooden catwalks and hanging bridges

Spend time in charming Levoča, a little-visited medieval town surrounded by natural splendour, on this long weekend adventure

Looking for a longer adventure? See our alternative trip Hike Slovakia's High Peaks and Hidden Trails

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Slovakia

Meet your host in Krakow and take a scenic drive over the border into Slovakia, then on to your guesthouse in the UNESCO-protected town of Levoča. Check in, unwind and then meet up with the rest of your group for dinner and a chance to review the plan for the days ahead.

Day 2

One day, two canyons

Hiking

6-7hrs · 17km · 520m up

Head into the Slovak Paradise National Park and see for yourself why it lives up to its name. Hike along the bottom of Sucha Bela Gorge, one of the longest and most popular canyons in the park, trek through water, climb over fallen trees and ascend ladders – you'll even pass a window-like hole in the rock. Emerge from the canyon and have lunch at a mountain hut before continuing through Prielom Hornadu gorge, famous for the series of ledges and catwalks that rise above the Hornad River. Return to Levoča in time for dinner and a good night's sleep.

Day 3

Fireplace Gorge

Hiking

6hrs · 350m up

Head back into the park and explore Piecky (Fireplace) Gorge, which gets its name from the amazing rock formations that span the canyon. More ladders await as you climb beside multi-story waterfalls, including some horizontal ones that take you over green and blue pools of water. After hiking we head back to the town, have an early dinner before heading out to relax at the thermal pools when it's quiet and cool.

Day 4

One last hike

Hiking

4hrs

Check out and venture into the National Park one last time on a hike to a stunning, 200m high rock shelf with excellent views over the entire area you’ve been exploring. Hike back down and return to Krakow in time for your flight home with new stories and photos to share with your friends.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Slovakian food is fresh and hearty and staples include pork, poultry, cheese, pastry, potatoes, onions and garlic. Lentil and vegetable stews are also common, as is wild game, pasta and the dish bryndzove halušky – small potato dumplings with cheese. You'll have plenty of time to stock up on local food for lunches while out hiking.

There are also a variety of restaurants in town, including European-American fusion, pizza, pubs and Italian. It’s possible to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets on this trip, just let your host know before arrival.

What is the accommodation like?

Levoča

While hiking in the Slovak National Park, you'll stay at the Hotel U Leva – a family-run, 3-star hotel in a restored medieval building right in the heart of town. Rooms are en suite and include WiFi, satellite TV and a minibar. The hotel serves a delicious fresh breakfast each day.

Please note, select departures will stay next door at the Hotel Arkada, which is of a similar standard.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Moderate

You'll be covering 11 - 17km each day across uneven terrain, so a moderate level of fitness is needed to enjoy it to the full, however, elevation gains are modest (400 - 700m) and while the trails are complex, you'll be moving at a slow pace.

The ladders, catwalks and ledges (some of which are quite narrow) are very sturdy and secure, however, you should be comfortable with heights. Imagine climbing up to the 3rd story of a building on a ladder. If you can do that, you'll be fine and your guide will never be far away.

The Slovak Paradise National Park in summer is beautiful and relatively warm. From June to August the average daytime temperatures range from 18 - 22°C, but at night it cools down to ~8 °C. In the spring and fall it's a little chillier, ranging from 10 - 18 °C during the day and 3 - 6 °C at night. Autumn is the driest season and also boasts some beautiful colours.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Krakow John Paul II International Airport, Poland

17:00

Ends

Krakow John Paul II International Airport, Poland

17:30

Transfers

Your adventure begins at Krakow Airport (KRK) with your airport transfer at 17:00. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area.

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Krakow Airport (KRK) at about 17:30. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 19:30.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Krakow from major airports across the UK and Europe.

Your group arrival and departure transfers are long (180km/approximately 3.5 hours) and include a border crossing. For this reason, private transfers are not usually offered by your host as the cost is prohibitive and you are encouraged to join the group arrival/departure transfers.

As the first and last day of your adventure are full days and the traffic between Krakow Airport and the city is usually heavy, it is not possible to be picked up or dropped off at a city hotel. However, public transport between the city and the airport is good. There is a train that leaves once or twice per hour, this takes 17minutes and is very economical.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What do I need to bring?

  • Sturdy, broken-in waterproof hiking shoes or boots (or at least waterproof socks, because you will have to step into water every now and then)
  • Rain/windproof jacket
  • Lightweight, breathable hiking shirts and trousers (or shorts in summer)
  • Sweater or fleece
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Small rucksack for carrying personal items
  • Swimsuit
  • Insect repellent
  • Gloves for ladders and chains (optional)
  • Ear plugs - recommended
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Jaya B.(July 2024)
Slovak Paradise National Park

Excellent few days spent hiking in the National Park, guided by Patrik. Fun group, lots of laughs and a very competent guide! Highly recommended and I will be back to explore the High Tetras next!

Sandrineott(July 2024)
Incredible holiday!
Incredible holiday!
Incredible holiday!

It was simply perfect! I loved that 'Much Better Adventures' brought me to a place I would have never thought to go to. Levoca was beautiful and full of surprises. The hikes in Paradise national park were amazing, just the right level of difficultly. The ladders did take me out of my comfort zone but Patrick, our guide, was wonderful at putting everyone at ease. The adventure was simply perfecly planned, we started with the most challenging hike and the difficulty decreased every day. The evening at the thermal pools was perfect to end our second day. We enjoyed a bonus dip in the local lake on a hot day thanks to Patrick's quick thinking and flexibility. And what a treat to meet and travel with incredible, like-minded people, the amazing group really made this holiday one to remember. Much Better Adventures found itself a retourning customer for sure!

Rebecca S.(July 2024)
Best time exploring a hidden gem!
Best time exploring a hidden gem!
Best time exploring a hidden gem!

Just got back from an amazing few days in stunning Slovakia. Have met fantastic people and made memories to last a lifetime. Climbing ladders, hopping over fallen trees, and navigating platforms over rivers and gorges was the best fun. We don't get to do that much as adults and this was great! Each day was different even though it was all in the same park, and it felt challenging enough without also feeling like a walk in the park. The town we stayed in was picture perfect, clean, quaint, and super cheap. Also loved the thermal baths and lake swim. Or guide Patrick was ace. Really friendly and knowledgeable and a cracking sense of humour. Would return to Slovakia in a heartbeat and can't wait to book another Much Better Adventure!!

Yvonne D.(July 2024)
With great hikes, come great appetites...
With great hikes, come great appetites...
With great hikes, come great appetites...
With great hikes, come great appetites...
With great hikes, come great appetites...

Such a great way to get a taste of the nature and cuisine in this part of Slovakia!

The description for the hikes is spot on; this is a beautiful national park, and exploring it through the network of trails, ladders and catwalks adds something very special to the routes. A comfortable pace gives everyone the chance to appreciate the scenery, but never felt too slow.

Levoca is a lovely and very walkable historic town, with everything needed close by. Transfers to the start of hikes were <20mins, so very little time is spent travelling to/fro each day.

Big shout-out to our guide, Patrik, for shaking up the itinerary when storms threatened our good time on day 2 and 3! Consulting with the group, his knowledge of the area and experiences in the region meant we got the most out, and we had a fantastic trip.

Hannah H.(July 2024)
Lovely trip

A really super few days. Levoca is a beautiful town that I would never have found myself: lovely and quiet after a few days in Krakow. The first day of hiking was through beautiful scenery and so much fun! The ladders looks far worse than they are. Some bad weather limited our hiking on the second two days, but we managed another gorge and Patrik was proactive in thinking of fun and interesting alternatives to keep us occupied. I would be very happy to return and explore the Paradise national park more!

James L.(July 2024)
Amazing trip
Amazing trip
Amazing trip
Amazing trip

For anyone wondering about this trip, I'd seriously recommend going. We were lucky to have a small group, and a very personal experience from start to end, a nice easy pace with no-one feeling like they weren't fit to go again the next day.

I was nervous about the heights, I'm not the best on ladders, but our guide Patrick provided reassurance, and by lunchtime of the first day, we'd made it to the top with everyone buzzing.

On our second day he altered things to make the most of our time and avoid some heavy thunder storms, thermal pools and a couple of spur of the moment changes kept us busy.

Day three had to be altered, with weather not in our favour, but Patrick again made use of our time and we did an underground cave experience which fitted in nicely with our return to Krakow and sadly the end of our trip.

Food was excellent, great recommendations, friendly hotel, and lovely UNESCO town of Levoco as our base which was amazingly quiet. Don't miss out on the bakery for snacks!

Thanks to Patrick and Much better adventures for the experience. Hope to be back in Slovakia soon

Sean M.(June 2024)
Fantastic Trip

Fantastic adventure. Beautiful country. Great friends. Our guides Patrik and Roman were key in making it extra special.

Laura B.(June 2024)
Absolutely fabulous
Absolutely fabulous
Absolutely fabulous
Absolutely fabulous

Roman an Patrick were really wonderful. Great company and looked after us so well. This trip was even better than expected. The beauty of the hikes, the city of levoca we stayed in, the knowledge of the tour guides. Everything exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend for anyone!

David D.(June 2024)
Beautiful Country
Beautiful Country

We had a fantastic trip and adventure in the Slovakian National Parks guided by Patrik and Roman. The Parks were beautiful and every corner throughout the trail provided another bit of excitement whether ladders, ledges or glorious meadow with views right across the countryside to the mountains . We had a great group which made it all the more enjoyable. Thanks MBA

colin j.(June 2024)
Perfect few days
Perfect few days

The perfect execution of an ideal adventure, packed into 3 days, which felt like a week. Roman & Patrik were ideal hosts, in what was a fun but physical adventure with a base in a stunning historic town.

Wayne S.(June 2024)
Belfast friends and Colin the “Manager”

What a trip … great friends, exciting hikes and a wonderful experience provided by much better adventures. Our guides were Roman and Patrick and they ensured we experienced a fantastic time of ladders 😱, steep climbs and brilliant views. Hotel was perfect with clean accommodation and great food.

I cannot recommend highly enough.

Nicola M.(June 2024)
Thankyou Patrik&Roman

An absolutely fabulous trip in beautiful Slovakia. Patrik and Roman were beyond amazing, full of information, skill and fun. They kept us on schedule but also allowed enough time for relaxation and enjoying the scenery. Definitely recommend 🙌

Katherine F.(June 2024)
A nice intro to Slovakia

A very enjoyable trip with a lovely group of people. The hotel was good with an excellent breakfast. WiFi being a bit poor was the only minor negative. The guide made sure everyone was safe and happy throughout. The hikes were easier than expected but quite fun nonetheless. We had a real mix of sunshine and thunderstorms but this didn’t spoil anything. Heading to the thermal baths was a nice way to relax on one of the evenings.

Paul Y.(June 2024)
An epic adventure Fantastic local

An epic adventure Fantastic local guide ( Roman ) Great hotel and stunning forest , great waterfalls and canyons

Carole Y.(June 2024)
We had the most fantastic

We had the most fantastic weekend hiking in Slovakia National park. Our guide, Roman was amazing. He was so professional and looked after us all extremely well. We made lifetime memories and would highly recommend the trip. Carole (U.K.)

Eleanor G.(June 2024)
Adventure hiking in Slovakia
Adventure hiking in Slovakia

Thank you so much MBA and Jan for an awesome weekend in Slovakia. Brilliant hikes, full of adventure and beautiful scenery. Jan knew the area well so the car journeys were full of facts and language learning. The views were great and even when the trail was closed we still go to go an alternative that was fun.

Amanda E.(June 2024)