Tatra mountains winter activity week in Slovakia

“An eight day winter vacation discovering the unknown gems of the Tatra mountains, staying in one base and traveling in small group. ”

Highlights

Five days of winter sports in Tatra Mountains | Snowshoeing | Strednica ski center | Spisska Magura Mountain | Bachledova valley | Tatra mountain train journey | Strbske Pleso Lake | Zacopane, Poland | Dog sledding | Downhill skiing at Tatranska Lomnica | Cable car to Lomnicky Peak | Downhill sledding | Hrebienok ski resort | Visit traditional Goral village

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Responsible tourism

Tatra mountains winter activity week in Slovakia

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation and meals:
We stay in the locally owned Hotel Villa Siesta in the heart of the High Tatras, just a short walk from the charming town of Smokovec. The hotel has a restaurant serving a mixture of local and international cuisine but as most dinners are not provided, there will be plenty of motivation to use local cafes and restaurants in neighbouring areas on the tour. Many small businesses in rural areas like this are reliant on income from tourists and they offer an altogether more authentic experience than large chains. Your guide can tell you about regional specialties which are worth trying such as ‘Oscypek’ (smoked ewe’s milk cheese) and ‘Bunc’ (curd ewe’s milk cheese).

Activity:
All of the activities on offer for the duration of the trip have a low impact on the environment. They include snowshoeing, skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and dogsledding - none of which relies on engines and energy consumption for movement. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We believe in leaving no more than footprints, however we do want toleave behind a positive cultural exchange by engaging with locals and using local businesses in Smokovec, Zakopane and Zdiar.

Local Craft and Culture:
Clients are encouraged to support local craftsmanship and traditional methods of production by purchasing handcrafted souvenirs in shops on the tour in Tatranska Lomnica and Strbske Pleso. These goods are largely wood carvings and textiles. A popular product is handmade shoes called ‘kierpce’ made from sheepskin and lined with wool. These shoes are traditionally produced and worn by Polish highlanders and so buying them is a great way to keep a local custom alive.

A Fair Deal:
We have established a long term partnership with our local operator who is committed to boosting rural economies through tourism. We use local leaders who are committed to responsible tourism and helping to preserve the way of life in their area. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit. Traveling to this culturally important village in the High Tatras encourages the community to maintain their natural environment for the benefit of visitors.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were so many good memories it is hard to choose just one. Cross country skiing, snow shoeing, walking in the mountains, sledging, scenery, hot chocolate, Slovakian dumplings.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a travel kettle and some tea bags (nothing in the rooms so not so easy to make a flask for taking out for the day)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think it benefited the local people and we used bus or tram wherever possible (if we couldn't walk).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. Great fun, not too strenuous, informative and friendly guide, Lovely country.

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