3-DAY RETRO TOUR

Get a first-hand taste of an everyday life in communist Czechoslovakia.

OVERVIEW

3 days / 2 nights

February - November

Group: 2-8 persons

620 km

Pick-up: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest

Drop-off: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest

After World War II, Slovaks and Czechs lived together in a new kind of society – communism. They formed Czechoslovakia and the Communist Party took the entire power. The country was on the east side of the so-called ‘Iron Curtain’. In times of a strong Soviet political influence, all attempts of Czechoslovakia to reform the communist system were crushed in the invasion of Warsaw Pact allies in 1968. The communist regime in Czechoslovakia went on until the Velvet Revolution in 1989. In 1993, Czechoslovakia was peacefully split in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

There is something really special about this Retro Tour: we visit places, which are mostly overlooked by tourists and experience the life as it used to be a few decades ago. Travel back in time and experience communist Czechoslovakia. We start by visiting the capital city of Slovakia – Bratislava. The city stretches along both banks of Danube river and offers a unique contrast between medieval and socialist buildings standing side by side. The most iconic places of socialist architecture are undoubtedly the majestic building of Slovak Radio with its shape of an inverted pyramid, the UFO bridge, the Freedom Square or the housing blocks in the residential area Petržalka. Entering the underground bunker on the borders between the East Block and the Western world is simply a breathtaking experience! You will also have a chance to taste some communist drinks and snacks.

During this tour, we explore the abandoned village which was razed down by communists and walk around the town that played a huge role as a center of an anti-nazi resistance in the WWII. One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to the concentration camp in Sered, today’s museum of the Holocaust. All this is yours on this unforgettable journey into the communist era in Czechoslovakia with TIME FOR SLOVAKIA.

What's included:

  • 2 nights accommodation in stylish hotels/pensions with breakfast
  • Transport by A/C private minivan
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Information materials and brochures
  • All entrance fees, performances and excursions
  • Airport transfers

What's not included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and meals during the lunch and dinner
  • International flights (your arrival & departure)
  • Personal expenses

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ROUTE

DAY 1

Bratislava in the course of history

We will wait for you at your desired meeting location (airport, train station, bus station, hotel) in Vienna, Bratislava or Budapest with a welcome drink and will bring you safely to the historical center of the capital city of Slovakia – Bratislava, where your hotel is located. Leave your baggage in the hotel room and walk with us in the streets of this beautiful city at your own pace – there’s plenty to explore!

The most iconic of all Bratislava’s highlights is undoubtedly the Bratislava Castle. Perched on a hill right above the Danube river, the castle dating from 9th century offers splendid views over the historical center. We continue our stroll in the former Jewish quarter, talk about the communist regime when admiring the UFO bridge and visit the St. Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava’s largest church, which dominates the skyline of the old town. Wandering the cobbled streets you will not miss the Slovak National Theatre, St. Michael’s Gate, Old Town Hall, Presidential Palace and a number of unusual and bizarre statues that make you smile.

Enjoy your evening as you wish. Go for a drink in one of Bratislava’s famous pubs and fall in love with our tasty Slovak beer. You will not believe your eyes how cheap it is! We have prepared a special brochure for you listing recommended pubs, cafés, restaurants and tips how to spend your time and enjoy the atmosphere of the city.

DAY 1

Bratislava in the course of history

We will wait for you at your desired meeting location (airport, train station, bus station, hotel) in Vienna, Bratislava or Budapest with a welcome drink and will bring you safely to the historical center of the capital city of Slovakia – Bratislava, where your hotel is located. Leave your baggage in the hotel room and walk with us in the streets of this beautiful city at your own pace – there’s plenty to explore!

The most iconic of all Bratislava’s highlights is undoubtedly the Bratislava Castle. Perched on a hill right above the Danube river, the castle dating from 9th century offers splendid views over the historical center. We continue our stroll in the former Jewish quarter, talk about the communist regime when admiring the UFO bridge and visit the St. Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava’s largest church, which dominates the skyline of the old town. Wandering the cobbled streets you will not miss the Slovak National Theatre, St. Michael’s Gate, Old Town Hall, Presidential Palace and a number of unusual and bizarre statues that make you smile.

Enjoy your evening as you wish. Go for a drink in one of Bratislava’s famous pubs and fall in love with our tasty Slovak beer. You will not believe your eyes how cheap it is! We have prepared a special brochure for you listing recommended pubs, cafés, restaurants and tips how to spend your time and enjoy the atmosphere of the city.

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DAY 2

Bratislava and the everyday life in the communist Czechoslovakia

Most tourists come to Bratislava to see its wonderful historical centre and overlook how Bratislava has been affected by its recent communist history. On our tour today we explore the post-socialist look of Bratislava and its modernist architecture and monuments built under the regime of Communist party. There is a lot to see: ambitious Bridge of Slovak National Uprising with its top shaped like UFO, House of Pioneers and Youth, functionalist Freedom Square standing next to the former biggest post office in the world and iconic Fountain of Union. Just a few more steps and you will be overwhelmed by a monumental building of Slovak Radio shaped like an inverted pyramid. It is also included in The Telegraph’s list of 30 ugliest buildings in the world. Don’t forget to take a photo.

The real highlight waits for us behind a typical socialist residential area of Petržalka. We enter an underground bunker standing right on the borders with Austria, which was a part of so-called ‚Iron Curtain‘. You will also taste some retro snacks and drinks from the communist era and figure out how the Big Brother influenced the lives of ordinary Slovaks.

Today afternoon we travel to the Central Slovakia and stay overnight in the town of Banska Bystrica,

DAY 2

Bratislava and the everyday life in the communist Czechoslovakia

Most tourists come to Bratislava to see its wonderful historical centre and overlook how Bratislava has been affected by its recent communist history. On our tour today we explore the post-socialist look of Bratislava and its modernist architecture and monuments built under the regime of Communist party. There is a lot to see: ambitious Bridge of Slovak National Uprising with its top shaped like UFO, House of Pioneers and Youth, functionalist Freedom Square standing next to the former biggest post office in the world and iconic Fountain of Union. Just a few more steps and you will be overwhelmed by a monumental building of Slovak Radio shaped like an inverted pyramid. It is also included in The Telegraph’s list of 30 ugliest buildings in the world. Don’t forget to take a photo.

The real highlight waits for us behind a typical socialist residential area of Petržalka. We enter an underground bunker standing right on the borders with Austria, which was a part of so-called ‚Iron Curtain‘. You will also taste some retro snacks and drinks from the communist era and figure out how the Big Brother influenced the lives of ordinary Slovaks.

Today afternoon we travel to the Central Slovakia and stay overnight in the town of Banska Bystrica,

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DAY 3

Museum of WWII & abandoned village

During World War II, Banska Bystrica became the center of Slovak National Uprising – one of the key events in the history of Slovaks. The resistance of people against Nazis is well documented in the Museum of Slovak National Uprising – the monumental building of the museum belongs to the strangest buildings you have ever seen. Many criticize the architecture for being monstrous or cold-hearted, others like it for being futuristic or ambitious. Form your own opinion and don‘t forget to take photos when walking around the amazing collection of tanks, guns and uniforms. You can even enter an old Russian plane from WWII and explore it from inside!

Afterwards, we make a short stop in an abandoned village which was razed by the communist party because of a construction of the huge factory. Then we travel to the town of Sered where a former concentration camp from WWII is located. Today it is a beautiful museum of holocaust depicting the dark history of Jews in Slovakia.

Our Retro tour ends at your desired drop-off point (airport, station, hotel) in Bratislava, Vienna or Budapest. Enjoy your return home with great memories from your journey in Slovakia!

DAY 3

Museum of WWII & abandoned village

During World War II, Banska Bystrica became the center of Slovak National Uprising – one of the key events in the history of Slovaks. The resistance of people against Nazis is well documented in the Museum of Slovak National Uprising – the monumental building of the museum belongs to the strangest buildings you have ever seen. Many criticize the architecture for being monstrous or cold-hearted, others like it for being futuristic or ambitious. Form your own opinion and don‘t forget to take photos when walking around the amazing collection of tanks, guns and uniforms. You can even enter an old Russian plane from WWII and explore it from inside!

Afterwards, we make a short stop in an abandoned village which was razed by the communist party because of a construction of the huge factory. Then we travel to the town of Sered where a former concentration camp from WWII is located. Today it is a beautiful museum of holocaust depicting the dark history of Jews in Slovakia.

Our Retro tour ends at your desired drop-off point (airport, station, hotel) in Bratislava, Vienna or Budapest. Enjoy your return home with great memories from your journey in Slovakia!

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PRICES

Group of 2 persons

439per person
439per person
  • - 2 nights accommodation in stylish hotels/pensions with breakfast
  • - Transport by A/C private minivan
  • - Professional English speaking guide
  • - Information materials and brochures
  • - All entrance fees, performances and excursions
  • - Airport transfers

Group of 3-4 persons

339per person
339per person
  • - 2 nights accommodation in stylish hotels/pensions with breakfast
  • - Transport by A/C private minivan
  • - Professional English speaking guide
  • - Information materials and brochures
  • - All entrance fees, performances and excursions
  • - Airport transfers

Group of 5-7 persons

249per person
249per person
  • - 2 nights accommodation in stylish hotels/pensions with breakfast
  • - Transport by A/C private minivan
  • - Professional English speaking guide
  • - Information materials and brochures
  • - All entrance fees, performances and excursions
  • - Airport transfers

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