• Uncover a varied architectural history featuring Renaissance palazzos, medieval fortified towns and churches adorned by Saxon artisans
• Explore the castle of Spišský hrad, the former bastion of the lords of Spiš
• Excursions include Dravce and the village of Markušovce which includes a 17th century Rococo manor house
Alex Koller, PhD
lecturer in art history and architecture
Depart Gatwick 1410 on Easyjet, arriving Kraków 1740. Transfer to Levoča for four nights at Hotel Arkada.
Levoca: walled town, Renaissance town hall, 17th century ‘cage of shame’, St Jacob’s Church (tall wooden altarpiece), Museum of Master Paul (house and workshop), Minorite and old Minorite churches. Afternoon: Spišská Kapitula (ecclesiastical centre including 13th century St Martin’s Cathedral), Spišský hrad (one of central Europe’s largest medieval castles), Zehra (13th century church with medieval wall paintings).
Whole day excursion to Dravce (church with 13th century wall-paintings), Spišský Štvrtok (Gothic church of St Ladislaus with Zápolsky Chapel) and historic town of Kežmarok (18th century wooden church). Afternoon visit to the Renaissance Strážký Palace (Slovak National Gallery), Červený Kláštor and Spišská Sobota (uniquely preserved small town).
Whole day excursion to Markušovce (Rococo manor house), Betliar (15th century palace with splendid English park), Štítnik (Lutheran church), Slovenský raj (‘Paradise’) National Park.
Depart Kraków 1320, arriving Gatwick 1500.
1 Jun — 5 Jun 2019
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Cost of £1325 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £40.