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River cruises in Slovakia
From the heights of the Tatra Mountains, to the depths of the beautiful Danube, Slovakia is a delight to discover throughout the year.

Cruises in Slovakia

From the heights of the Tatra Mountains, to the depths of the beautiful Danube, Slovakia is a delight to discover throughout the year. Once part of the Kingdom of Hungary, before becoming Czechoslovakia, this beautiful place is now an independent and thriving country in its own right. Enjoy meandering through the beautiful and verdant countryside, thriving lively cities, and small quaint villages, as you cruise effortlessly along the beautiful Danube, and witness what makes this country such a compelling area to visit. 

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Five-Star Danube Cruise

Aboard the state of the art Amadeus Queen, which comes replete with its own swimming pool amongst other cutting-edge facilities, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin-cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste specialties of each region you sail through, completing a cruise that is a real treat for the senses.

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2019MayJunSep

8 days from £1,395 pp

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Luxury Danube Cruise

What a civilised way to visit the magnificent cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Join your luxurious ship for a gentle cruise along the River Danube for a journey that passes the dynamic capitals of Vienna and Budapest, and transports you through the scenic Wachau Valley.

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The Rivers of Slovakia

Many of the rivers of Slovakia serve as parts of natural boarders separating it from other countries; the Dunajec that flows between Slovakia and Poland, for example. Skirting the Southernmost boarder that separates Slovakia and Hungary is the Danube. This iconic river flows through the capital city of Bratislava, and connects Slovakia with many of the countries in Europe.

The Váh River, pronounced Vax, is another of Slovakia's rivers, and a tributary of the Danube. With the entire length of 252 miles flowing entirely in Slovakia, this river curls around from the north-eastern end of the country, round to near the Czech boarder, before avoiding Bratislava to join the Danube on the Slovakia-Hungarian border. This serene stretch of water cuts through many of Slovakias towns and cities, including the quaint town of Liptovský Mikuláš, a rather lovely 10th century town that is popular with tourists thanks to the Demänová Ice Cave and the Demänová Cave of Freedom nearby.

History

Slovakia has shown signs of habitation from as early as 270,000 BC, thanks to statues, tools, and even skeletons having been found in the area. Slovakia was another country that was once overtaken by the Roman Empire, which arrived there in 2 AD. In the 4th century, the Huns used the country as a jumping off point for the rest of Europe, setting up their base just north of the Danube. Following the Huns, Slavic tribes began to make their settlements there, becoming known as Great Moravia, and in the 11th century it was absorbed into the Kingdom of Hungary, where it remained until 1918, and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Following World War I, Slovakia was part of Czechoslovakia along with modern day Czech Republic. Until 1938, the country was in relative peace, having allied itself with France, Romania, and Yugoslavia, however in that year, the Munich Agreement was made, allowing Nazi Germany control over parts of the country known as the 'Sudetenland'. During World War II, the area of Slovakia seceded from the country of Czechoslovakia and allied itself with Nazi Germany, and was claimed by the Russian 'Red Army' in 1945, and remained a communist country until 1993, when it officially became independent of Czechoslovakia.

Culture

Slovakia is in itself a very young country, but it is very proud of its heritage, and because of this the folk customs are still strong. The national anthem of the country, for example, is based on the folk tune "Kopala Studienku", and every year there is a large folk festival in Východná that is attended by thousands from around the country.

Slovak cuisine is influenced by its neighbouring countries, including a wine region that strays over the border with Hungary, and producing a sweet white wine that is similar to Tokaj. The food is based primarily on pork and chicken, as well as potatoes. One of the popular dishes of Slovakia is Segedin Goulash, a pork stew that comes with sauerkraut and cream with steamed dumplings.

Helpful Hints

The official language of Slovakia is Slovak. Some useful phrases to know include "ahoj" (ahoy) meaning "hello", "volám sa…", meaning "my name is…", "prosím" (pro-shim) which means "please" and "ďakujem" (da-quoo-yem), meaning "thank you".

The currency that is used by Slovakia is the Euro, symbolised as "€"
Slovakia usually has a fairly temperate climate, but it can have some extreme highs and lows in temperate in the summer and winter, so it would be a good idea to dress for anything.

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