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history • 8 days, 7 nights

Slovakian Castles and Cold War Relics

history • 8 days, 7 nights

Slovakian Castles and Cold War Relics

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
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    Road Trip
from $3,230 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Slovakia is an Eastern European gem filled with riveting history, both ancient and modern (and lacking tourist crowds).  The area has been shaped and sculpted by the rise and fall of mighty empires and ideologies, which we'll explore on this journey through the country's ever-evolving identity.

From the bustling capital in the west to mountain villages of the east, we'll discover Cold War relics, World War II secrets, and medieval castles worthy of movie sets.  We'll trace mining innovations and social movements and find eerie reminders of the past along the way.  Guided by practiced insiders, we'll get an uncensored look at life in Slovakia and return home with a broadened perspective that few foreigners hold.

  • Communist-era architecture and insights
  • World War II bunkers and relics
  • Iron Curtain border zone
  • Holocaust Museum in Sered
  • Medieval castles and churches
  • Partizánské, founded as an urban utopia
  • Alpine beauty in three national parks
  • Ghost town of Horné Opatovce


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy and includes airport transfer to and from either Vienna or Bratislava.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $350. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. The capacity for private rooms is limited and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain.   There is one longer hike near Spiš Castle (9 kms, or about 5.6 miles) which can be shortened for those who prefer.

Arrival & Departure

This trip includes airport transfer to/from either Vienna (a 1.5-hour drive) or Bratislava.  Once you have purchased your flight, you can let us know where you prefer to be picked up.

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in Bratislava on Day 1.  We recommend you arrive in Bratislava by 6 PM that day so you can settle into your accommodations.  You’ll meet your guide in the lobby before making your way to your first group dinner.

Our trip concludes in the morning on Day 8. If leaving Bratislava directly after our tour, you can depart any time after 8 AM breakfast that day. If you'd like to extend your trip (there is an option to book an extra night in Bratislava at your hotel), we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own. Vienna is also an easy departure point (a 1.5-hour drive from Bratislava) and a departure airport transfer is included. 


We’ll be staying at four-star hotels, boutique lodgings, and guest houses throughout this trip. Please note that, due to the nature of the trip and the number of locations we’ll visit, we will be staying only one night in several places. Any hotel with more than two floors will have elevator access. All hotels have Wi-Fi access.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable local hotels.
  • All meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including arrival and departure airport transfers to/from Bratislava or Vienna airport.
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Slovakia has to offer!
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Transportation and flights to and from Vienna/Bratislava
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a Slovakian visa, if applicable.
  • COVID testing requirements.
  • Customary gratuities to trip leaders and local staff.
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Trip FAQ

May and September are great months to travel in Slovakia. During these months, Bratislava generally sees partly sunny skies, a little rain, and temperatures with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-50s. The hilly regions in central and eastern Slovakia are a bit cooler, hitting highs in the mid-60s and lows in the low 40s for May and September.  As a general rule, May can be a bit more unpredictable than September so definitely plan to layer up!

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