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Natural Leaders in Western Palearctic


Czech Republic & Slovakia

 

 

The Carpathian countryside has remained unspoiled in many areas and offers some of the best scenery in Eastern Europe. Our tour is designed to experience the gradual change from the low-lying White Carpathians that formed the natural border between Slovakia and the Czech Republic, through the montane and subalpine Lesser Fatra to the alpine regions of the high Tatra ranges on the Polish-Slovakian border.

 

 

Fact File

9 days at the best parts of the Carpathian Hills

Starting from Bratislava, Slovakia, leaving from Krakow, Poland

short visits to Czech Republic and Poland

using 3 bases, each at different environment

extension possibility to Slovak Karst and even to Hungary

Highlights

wide variety of mountain and even alpine wildflowers, even endemic species & lot of Eastern European specialities

beside wildflowers excellent butterflies, birds & other wildlife observation possibilities

breathtaking scenery, especially at the High Tatras


Accommodation

2 nights at White Carpathians

3 nights at Liptovsky Basin

3 nights in Orava, High Tatra

Departure Dates

April-Oct

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Price


Ask for the actual price.
Our price includes:

  • all travel as noted in the itinerary;
  • all accommodation based on shared rooms (most rooms are twin bedded), at most locations there are single rooms as well for extra charge (Please ask for a single room at the time of booking!);
  • 3 meals per day, generally breakfast at the accommodation, packed lunch, dinner (consists of at least two courses);
  • services of the leader(s);
  • trip materials.


Not included:

  • flights to and from Budapest;
  • optional programmes to places of interest and entrance fees involved;
  • airport and other departure taxes, tips;
  • food beyond generally 3 meals/day mentioned in the itineraries;
  • excess baggage charges;
  • telephone calls;
  • alcoholic beverages;
  • compulsory personal insurance.


If you have questions about the inclusion of any cost item, please contact us.

Activity level

  • Generally easy to moderate walks
  • Lots of onsite wildlife observing possibilities
  • Weather generally favourable


Itinerary

Slovakia Botany Tour - 9-day tour with visits to the Czech Republic and Poland 

WILDFLOWERS of SLOVAK, CZECH & POLISH Carpathians


White Carpathians, Lesser Fatra & The Tatras

with extension possibility to the Slovak Karst 

TOUR SUMMARY

Day 1              Arrive Bratislava

Day 2              The White Carpathians

Days 3 & 4     Vah river valley and Lesser Fatra

Day 5              The Liptov basin, Chocske hills and the Low Tatras

Day 6              The Polish Tatras and mires below the High Tatras

Days 7 & 8     The High Tatras and the Belanske Tatras

Day 9              Departure from Krakow

SLOVAKIA - BOTANICAL TOUR

The Carpathian countryside has remained unspoiled in many areas and offers some of the best scenery in Eastern Europe. Our tour is designed to experience the gradual change from the low-lying White Carpathians that formed the natural border between Slovakia and the Czech Republic, through the montane and subalpine Lesser Fatra to the alpine regions of the high Tatra ranges on the Polish-Slovakian border.

The White Carpathians, the western edge of the great Carpathian mountain chain, are still clothed in forested hillsides and flower-filled meadows, punctured by jagged rocky peaks and carved by deep gorges. The magnificent Giant Lousewort Pedicularis exaltata has its only Central European site in these mountains. Local meadows rank with the richest in Central Europe and have abundant and colourful Orange and Martagon Lilies, Dense-flowered Orchid, Marsh Gladiolus, Erect Clematis, Bastard Balm, and both Crested Cow-wheat and Melampyrum nemorosum. Needless to say, there’s plenty of butterflies enjoying the flowers, notably Nickerl’s Fritillary, Alcon Blue, the brillant Scarce Copper and both Purple and Lesser Purple Emperors. Subalpine meadows dotted with clumps of endemic pink Dianthus nitidus typify the partially limestone Lesser Fatra. Musky Saxifrage, Campanula serrata, Tozzia carpatica, Gentianella fatrae, Androsace lactea, Dark Red Helleborine, Aconitum moldavicum and One-flowered Wintergreen are amongst the notable flora. The High Tatras reach up to over 2500m and have a very varied geology, there are large areas of limestone and dolomite whilst other parts are granite and mylonite. Chairlifts and roads provide easy access to the highest regions inhabited by the endangered Tatra race of the Chamois and a fine range of alpines such as Ciliate Rock-jasmine, Blue Saxifrage, Edelweiss, Styrian, Spotted and Snow Gentians, Campanula tatrae, and the rare orchid Chamorchis alpina. Marmots call shrilly as Golden Eagles search them out, whilst Alpine Accentors hop amongst Least Primrose, Pulsatilla scherfelii, Glacier Buttercup, Saxifraga carpatica, Papaver tatrae, Wahlenberg´s Wallflower, Callianthemum coriandrifolium and half a dozen species of pretty Milk Vetch. Corncrake and Quail call repeatedly from wet meadows and mires home to Jacob’s Ladder and the elegant Moor King. Below, meadows and forests, haunt of many unseen mammals as well as Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse and Black Woodpecker, host Round-headed Orchid, Aconitum firmum, and both Hungarian and Carpathian Snowbells.