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Žilina

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From Bratislava: Lesser Fatra Tour with Zilina

1. From Bratislava: Lesser Fatra Tour with Zilina

Start by taking the 08:13 AM train from Bratislava main train station to Zilina. Alternatively, you can be picked up from your address in Bratislava. On the route, learn of the history of Slovakia and the Lesser Fatra region from your guide. Arrive in Vratna Valley, ride a funicular up to Snilovske Peak (1524 m) and savor the magnificent views of the limestone and granite peaks, before descending down to Vratna Valley to the Vratna Mountain Pass. Visit the famous Slovakian village, Terchova, made famous thanks to folk traditions and Terchova Music from 2013 now part of UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Parish Church of St. Cyril and Method and discover a wooden creche at the Church. Explore the city center of Zilina, the capital of North-West Slovakia. Discover Old Town, Passing along the Church of Holy Trinity and the Burian Tower. Continue to the uniquely squared Marianske Square, visit the Catholic House and Bank Palace Zilina. Stop at Rosenfeld Palace, a copy of Belvedere Palace in Vienna, before seeing the oldest building of Zilina – the church of St. Stephan from the 11th century. Transfer to Zilina train station and back to Bratislava. Meet your driver at Bratislava's main train station and travel back to your address in Bratislava.

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From Bratislava: Wooden Folk Village and Spa Aphrodite

2. From Bratislava: Wooden Folk Village and Spa Aphrodite

Learn more about the history of Slovakia on this group tour from Bratislava. Visit the folk village Cicmany, see the largest Slovakian wooden creche in Rajecka Lesna, be rejuvenated the ancient Spa Aphrodite, and see the Old Town of Zilina. Choose between a tour with or without hotel pickup and drop off. Depart on the train at 8:13 am from the Bratislava main station. Be welcomed by your driver once you get to Zilina. Depart to the pilgrimage site Rajecka Lesna. Listen as your guide informs you about the region. See the biggest wooden creche in Slovakia, which shows the traditions, landscape, and history of Slovakia. Visit the traditional folk village of Cicmany, which is famous for its wooden houses painted with white ornaments. Break for lunch and coffee. Spend 2 hours enjoying the thermal baths at Spa Aphrodite with views of he Mala Fatra Mountains. Head to Zilina to see highlights like the Holy Trinity Church, Marianske Square, Bank’s Palace, Rosenfeld Palace, and the church of St. Stephan.

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Bratislava: Small Fatra Mountains Guided Hike

3. Bratislava: Small Fatra Mountains Guided Hike

Take in the views and the mountain air just a couple of hours outside of Bratislava on this guided hiking tour. Ride the cable car all the way up to Snilovske Peak and admire the natural scenery. Leave Bratislava's main train station early in the morning and arrive in Zilina (private transfer is available at extra cost). Meet your guide and drive to the beautiful Vratna Valley. Take a cable car from Chata Vratna to Snilovske peak at 1500m. From there, enjoy a moderately challenging hike to Chleb Peak at over 1600m, and descend to Poludnovy Grun, and then to the mountain chalet at Chata Pod Grunom. Taste some traditional "slivovica" plum brandy and horalky biscuits along the way. Take some free time to eat lunch or have some refreshments in the chalet (not included) before returning to the Vratna Valley. Transfer back to Zilina Station for your train ride back to Bratislava.

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Zilina: Classical Walking Tour

4. Zilina: Classical Walking Tour

Discover the most significant landmarks in Zilina with a guide. See the Holy Trinity Church, squared Marianske Square, Zilina Town Hall, Municipal Theatre, Rosenfeld Palace, Bank Palace, and many more. Meet with your guide in front of the statue of Andrej Hlinka, in Hlinkovo Square, and get a short, basic introduction about Zilina and Slovakia. Walk past the Remeselenicky Dom, an art nouveau style building to the Church of St. Barbara, an important historical monument in baroque style with the possibility of entrance. See the Synagogue, representing Jewish culture in Zilina. Next, stop at Rosenfeld Palace, a miniature of Belvedere Palace in Vienna. Pass along Catholic House, a primal building of the Slovak National Theatre. Explore Czechoslovak Commercial Bank Palace, wherein the year 1938 secreted the Czech Coronation jewelry. Go to the building of Zilina University, and continue through Hodzova street to square Marianske Square with Zilina Town Hall, Jesuit Closter with the church of St. Paul. Continue to Bottova street, pass along Babuskov House, Municipal theater, Parish Church of St. Trinity, and Burian Tower, the main highlight of the town. Return back to Marianske Square, to end the tour.

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