Bratislava
12/18/2019 12:00 AM
12/18/2019 12:00 AM
Once hidden from the world behind the "Iron Curtain", Slovakia retains an air of mystery and intrigue, and its small capital city has an unexpectedly colorful history. You'll learn more about Bratislava's past from a local expert and also visit the local Christmas market—a relatively new (and thoroughly delightful) tradition for Slovakians. How do you say "Merry Christmas" in Slovakian? "Veselé Vianoce!" Today you'll arrive in the capital city of Slovakia, Bratislava. The heart and soul of Slovakia, Bratislava is full of surprises. The city straddles the mighty Danube and has played a leading role in the politics and culture of the region for many centuries. Following Ottoman incursions into Hungary in the 16th century, Bratislava, then known as Pressburg, became the capital of Hungary in 1536 and retained that status under the Habsburgs well into the 19th century. As a result of its longtime imperial prominence, the city is a melting pot of cultures and architectural styles, including Gothic, Baroque, and Art Deco. Unlike cities with venerable Christmas markets, Bratislava just established its first holiday market in 1993. But the Slovakians have quickly embraced the seasonal traditions of their Austrian and Hungarian neighbors—and you'll get to embrace them as well.; Featured Excursions: Bratislava walking discovery tour with Christmas market.

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Bratislava Shore Excursion: Private Half Day City Tour of Bratislava, 4 hours
Enjoy a lovely guided city walk within the historic centre of Bratislava, followed by an interesting city tour and ride up the city hill to the Bratislava Castle, built in the 9th century - still today one of Bratislava's landmarks.

Highlights:
  • City Walk within the historic centre of Bratislava
  • Main sights and spots, e.g. Old Town Hall, Main Square, St. Martin Cathedral etc.
  • Visit of the Bratislava Castle premises and the Slovak National Museum
Your guide is always flexible and adapts the tour according to your special interests.

Tour Duration: 4 hours

Tour can operate: Half Day

Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Inclusions:
  • Pick up and drop off at the landing stage of the cruising ship in Bratislava
  • Transfer in a private car
  • Private licensed English speaking guide  (other languages available, but on request)
  • Entrance fee for Slovak National Museum in Bratislava Castle
Not included:
  • Meals
  • Gratuities and personal expenses
  • Entrances, other than stated above
Bratislava Shore Excursion: Private Full Day Tour Bratislava & Devin Castle, 8 hours
Enjoy a lovely guided Bratislava City Walk and City Tour, including a visit of it's landmark, the Bratislava Castle - and rounded up by an excursion to one of the oldest castles in Slovakia, the Devin Castle (located at the confluence of the Danube and Moravia rivers, close to the Austrian border).

Highlights:
  • City Walk within the historic centre of Bratislava
  • Main sights and spots, e.g. Old Town Hall, Main Square, St. Martin Cathedral etc.
  • Visit of the Bratislava Castle premises and the Slovak National Museum
  • Excursion to Devin Castle, located 10km from Bratislava
Your guide is always flexible and adapts the tour according to your special interests.

Tour Duration: 8 hours

Tour can operate: Full Day

Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Inclusions:
  • Pick up and drop off at the landing stage of the cruising ship in Bratislava
  • Transfer in a private car
  • Private licensed English speaking guide  (other languages available, but on request)
  • Entrance fee for Slovak National Museum in Bratislava Castle
  • Entrance fee for Devin Castle
Not included:
  • Meals
  • Gratuities and personal expenses
  • Entrances, other than stated above

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