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Adventure Hiking in Slovakia

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

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Adventure Hiking in Slovakia

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

DURATION
3 nights
LOCATION
Slovakia
ANNUAL LEAVE
2 days off work
SEASON
May—Oct
GROUP SIZE
Up to 16 people
MEETING POINT
Kraków Airport, Poland
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Hotel

OVERALL RATING

4.9

Based on 126 reviews
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

You'll be covering 11 - 17km each day, so a moderate level of fitness is needed along with a head for heights.

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 that's surrounded by natural splendour

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

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.

Included

Guides

Expert, English-speaking local guides

Accommodation

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

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Some meals as described

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Visas where required

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).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Krakow Airport, Poland

17:00

Ends

Krakow 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.

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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

Apurva

Thanks to Peter and Patrik for the great tour. Was a great mix of hiking and adventuring exactly as described! The transport was new and clean and we were given clear instructions throughout. The thermal baths were an added bonus Beautiful country and landscapes!

Andie

I thoroughly enjoyed the Slovakia hiking adventure! Our guides, Patrik and Peter, were fantastic, we couldn't have asked for better. They were helpful, friendly and very knowledgeable. They always made sure one of them was with me when I couldn't keep up the pace with the group. They offered shorter routes as alternatives which I accepted once and they provided clear instructions and kept us well informed of what we would need and what to expect. I would totally recommend this trip!

Cara

This trip was fantastic, the guides Tom and Roman were amazing and helpful all the way. Amazing people and memories. Would love to do it again. Also great hotel and location.

Joanne

Just back from Slovakia. Had the best time and the trip totally exceeded my expectations - Roman and Thomas were fabulous hosts and as a solo traveller it was easy to slot into the group!

Rhea

I couldn’t recommend this trip enough. Everything was perfect - the guides Roman and Tom were fun, organized, kind and made my trip. Slovakia is a beautiful country with stunning nature, and the hikes were just amazing. The group was really fun too - we got along directly and each added their little something to this trip. This trip, although only a few days, has disconnected me completely from reality, and was just what I needed. Highly recommended. Thanks a lot, Much Better Adventures and a special thanks to Roman and Tom!!!

Marsha

I had a lovely few days enjoying the scenery and food of Slovakia, and the company of the group. Patrik was a great guide - relaxed, informative and kind. The schedule is well organised and I'd say the walking is relaxed and easy if you're fit. I'd definitely recommend spending a day in Krakow before or after the trip.

Zoe

Lovely few days walking - great company and friendly guides. You get used to the ladders surprisingly quickly and the thermal pools were fun. I enjoyed the Slovakian food (though I think vegans don’t have a whole bunch of great choices) & the hotel breakfast in particular was great.

Heather

Had a really amazing time. Martin and Roman were great, friendly & informative and always ensured we had what we needed. The group were very like minded, chatty and supportive of one another. My first much better adventures trip and won't be my last.

Kavita

Martin and Roman were excellent guides. We had a group of 12 people and they were so generous with their time, patience and knowledge. The trek was challenging but I felt empowered by the end of it and never felt scared or unsafe. Slovakia landscape is breathtaking it was so clean and the town we stayed in was gorgeous and a unique experience . I really recommend anyone to just book it

Matthew

Patrik was the best guide! Perfect English and he was so accommodating. Beautiful scenery, great food, would highly recommend!

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 124kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

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.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

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 local tap water is safe to drink. Please bring along your own reusable water bottles (at least 1.5L) to fill up to avoid buying single-use plastic bottles.

You'll need to bring all your luggage with you, however on each day of hiking your main luggage can be left in the accommodation, or left with the transfer vehicle and driver depending on the day of the trip. You will only need to have a daypack for each day of hiking.

For current advice about travelling in Slovakia, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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