Poland & Slovakia: Krakow, Tatras & Bears
Availability: 12 places
The mountains and forests of central and eastern Slovakia are refuge to a collection of wildlife that evokes in the imagination a Europe of wild and ancient lore. Its ragged peaks and spectacular national parks are home to wolf and lynx, wild boar and rare chamois. And amongst these Carpathian highlands we can find one of the last bastions of Europe’s wild bears.
Benefiting from the pioneering work of David Guthrie, Peter Lapsansky and the ‘Project Bear’ team, this remarkable journey takes us deep into the heart of the Tatras Mountains, one of the last regions in mainland Europe where we can still see bears in their natural environment in significant numbers. In the company of experienced guides, we will trek through some of the finest alpine scenery on the continent, enjoying a rare opportunity to view magnificent mega fauna against the stirring backdrop of the towering Tatras ranges.
With a chance to also enjoy the abundant treasures that lie within the historic embraces of Kraków, Levoca and the towns of the Spiš region, this is a rare opportunity to enjoy the cultural and natural bounty of a Europe that is fast disappearing into folklore.
DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN KRAKÓW (POLAND)
DAY 2: MORNING TOUR OF WIELICKZA SALT MINES
DAY 3: KRAKÓW - ŽDIAR (SLOVAKIA)
DAY 4: WALKING IN THE BELIANSKE TATRAS MOUNTAINS
DAY 5: ŽDIAR - PIENINY NATIONAL PARK - LIPTOVSKÝ HRÁDOK
DAY 6: SEARCHING FOR BEARS AMONGST THE VALLEYS AND FORESTS OF THE TATRAS MOUNTAINS
DAY 7: MORNING HIKE THEN ON TO POPRAD AND SPIŠSKÁ SOBOTA
DAY 8: SPIŠSKÁ SOBOTA - SPIŠ - LEVOCA - SPIŠSKÁ SOBOTA
DAY 9: SPIŠSKÁ SOBOTA - KRAKÓW (POLAND)