The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations.
Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.
A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable.
Day 3 / 5: Afternoon skiing. The Tatranská Lomnica ski region located in the High Tatras, the highest in Slovakia, offers 12km of slopes and 8 ski lifts (mixture of modern chairlifts and cable cars) to an elevation of 2,196 meters; ideal for full or half day of skiing.
Ski pass: 1 day ski pass €49 per adult. Cheaper prices are available by booking 3 or more days in advance at https://www.vt.sk/en/price-lists/price-list/cennik-vysoke-tatry-201718-first-snow/
Ski and snowboard rental: Ski or snowboard €20, boots €7, helmet €5
Day 3 / 5: Lomnicky peak cable car. For the ultimate view in the Tatras take a cable to reach the majestic Lomnicky peak at 2,634 meters. Early booking is essential - visit https://www.vt.sk/en/activities/cableway-trips/lomnicky-peak/ to book your ticket.
Adult return €46, Junior (12 - 18) €39
Hotel Titris wellness centre. 1 hour €6.60, 2 hours €10, 3 hours €12.80
Day 7: Visit the nearby salt mine known for its magnificent 3 kilometres of meandering corridors and chambers chiselled out in rock salt, underground saline lakes and statues sculpted in salt. PLN79 per person
Pack for cold mountain conditions. It's best to dress in warm layers of breathable fabrics. You'll need waterproofs and plenty of warm clothing including a warm waterproof jacket, jumper, fleece, gaiters, gloves, hat, scarf and thermal underwear.
Luggage: On tour
One main piece of baggage and a daypack for personal items.
Luggage allowance on tour: 20kg
Bring a water bottle, camera, sunglasses and suncream.
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. You may however, want to recognise a leader that has done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It is a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we would recommend £15 per family member as a guideline.
Although voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow approximately £10 of local c urrency per family member.
In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leader may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip.
For all non-included services and meals on your trip please tip independently at your discretion.