Sleeping Beauty


Ruled by Slovaks since the 1993 “Velvet Divorce” from the Czech Republic, Slovakia is a beautiful mountainous country not as yet overrun by travelers. Graced with seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including ice caves, castles and the medieval silver mining town of Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia is famed for its ski resorts in the High Tatras as well as its friendly and energetic inhabitants.

Why Travel with MIR to Slovakia
  • Over two decades of travel experience in this region
  • Travel programs such as Stanford have chosen MIR to guide them to Slovakia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
Signature Experiences

We regularly garner applause from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the distinctive art, architecture and accomplishments of Slovakia.  Below is just a sampling of the Slovakia experiences MIR has designed to take our clients far from the familiar.

Ways to Travel to Slovakia with MIR

Slovakia has only been a country since 1993.  MIR has been there since before that, driving the winding roads of the High Tatras, sipping slivovica (plum brandy) in the cafes and nightclubs of Bratislava and searching for treasures in the remote villages.  Care to come along?

While at the moment we are not running any small group escorted tours to Slovakia, take a look at your options for independent, custom and private travel:

Small Group Tours

We currently don’t feature any small group tours to this destination. Check out our custom and private travel opportunities.

Rail Journeys by Private Train
New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train

New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train

Budapest and Central Europe Aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express

Travels to: Central and East Europe, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia

9 Days / Departures in December 2019

Rail Journey by Private train land tour from $7,495

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Custom and private travel is our specialty. We’ve been designing unforgettable custom itineraries over the hills and dales of Slovakia for over two decades; a majority of our guests travel on custom itineraries.

For ideas, peruse one of our Regional Travel Planners, a roundup of the must-sees from our savvy staff.

Read more about how to design your own trip and also, consider this: You can customize one of our small group tours of Central Europe to match your preferred dates of travel.

Design Your Own Custom Trip

Traveling privately on a custom program means flexibility:

  • You set the dates, the focus and the level of accommodations.
  • You are met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip.
  • Your in-country transportation is pre-arranged hassle-free.
  • Your own expert local guides ensure that you get the most out of your visit.
  • And the best part? You travel at your own pace on an itinerary exclusive to you.

Check out just a handful of our Slovakia signature experiences below and then get in touch with a MIR Private Journey Specialist to craft an itinerary that suits your travel goals, budget and style.  Or get started planning now.

Suggested Itineraries for Private Travel

Whether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR’s Private Journeys department can suggest places to see and things to do based on our local knowledge, and design a one-of-a-kind itinerary for you, your family or your group of friends.

Find out more about our custom & private travel expertise or connect with a Private Journey Specialist to get started.

Essential Central Europe

Essential Central Europe

Highlights of Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary

Travels to: Central and East Europe, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia

Departures in June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2019

This itinerary available as a private journey

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Our Favorite Places in Slovakia


Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, is situated like Budapest and Vienna on both sides of the Danube River.  The city of 500,000 has a complicated history.  The site of Bratislava was settled by Celts and later fortified by Romans.  Known by the German name of Pressburg during the 10th century, and capital of Hungary between 1541 and 1784, Bratislava played second fiddle to Prague when Slovakia became part of Czechoslovakia.  U.S. President Woodrow Wilson helped form this country from the remains of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and in gratitude, Bratislava was named Wilson for several months in 1919.

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Journeys that travel to Bratislava

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Bratislava.



Banská Štiavnica

Beautiful Banská Štiavnica is the oldest mining town in Slovakia, receiving its city charter in 1255 from the Hungarian kingdom.  The volcanic Štiavnica Hills were rich in silver and gold, and there were mines here as early as 1155.  The Hungarian crown built the Old Castle in the 13th century, and rebuilt it in the Renaissance style during the 16th after an earthquake.  The New Castle was built as a defense against the Turks in the 16th century. Banská Štiavnica was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1993 for its lovely Renaissance palaces and burghers’ homes, and for its surviving relics of the medieval mining industry.

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Journeys that travel to Banská Štiavnica

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Banská Štiavnica.




Bojnice, in Central Slovakia, is best known for its beautiful castle.  Originally a moated wooden fortress built in the 12th century, its wood was replaced with stone by the late 13th century.  Later renovations in the early 16th century gave the castle a Renaissance look and two more wings, and in the 17th century, the Hungarian noble family, Palffy, had it reworked in the baroque style.  The last Count Palffy to own the castle hired Austrian architects in 1888 to further modify the castle into a Bavarian-style castle that bears a resemblance to Disney’s Fantasyland castle.

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Journeys that travel to Bojnice

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Bojnice.




Founded in the 13th century, Kosice is today the second largest city in Slovakia.  Headquarters of the Hungarians during the war for independence from the Habsburgs from 1703-1711, the city still shows signs of its pre-WWI Hungarian influence.  Kosice was taken in turns by Czechoslovakia and Hungary, becoming the capital of a newly independent Czechoslovakia for a brief few months in 1945.  Today it is a major steel-making city, but its medieval Old Town holds much of interest to visitors.

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Journeys that travel to Kosice

Contact a MIR Private Journeys Specialist at or 800-424-7289 to plan a custom & private trip to Kosice.


When to Travel to Slovakia

Východná Folklore Festival, Východná (July)

The International Festival of Ghosts and Monsters in the Bojnice CastleAs the largest folk festival in Slovakia, the Východná Folklore Festival is a presentation of the best folk ensembles and traditional folk culture in the country. The festival showcases the nation’s traditional culture through musical performances and dancing, as well as games, storytelling, poetry, costumes, and folk art.

Christmas Markets, Bratislava (November-December)

The celebratory atmosphere of the Christmas Markets in Bratislava attracts thousands of local people and visitors alike to eat lokshe, the traditional thin potato pancake, and drink hot mulled wine. Refreshment stalls and booths sell handicrafts, decorations, gifts, natural candles, and small sculptures. Christmas music is heard every evening and choirs, dance companies and bands perform on stages around the main square in Old Town.