Next month I am touring Slovakia and Austria for two weeks. I have figured out the first part of the trip with a Wizz Air nonstop flight booked from London Luton to Kosice in eastern Slovakia. The end of my itinerary is about 850 km west in Salzburg, Austria where I have booked 3 hotel nights before flying British Airways and American Airlines back to London and Los Angeles.
The middle bits of the Slovakia trip remain to be planned. My preliminary plan is to spend time in a couple of the 9 National Parks of Slovakia with a focus on the High Tatras and Low Tatras of the Carpathian Mountain Range. There are some fantastic looking resorts around these parks for under $80 per night. I even found a cottage in Slovak Paradise National Park the other day I could have rented for $93 for 7 nights, if only I had that much time to linger in the mountains. Alternatively, there are full-service resort hotels for $75 per night like Panorama Resort in the High Tatras.
Hotel Panorama, Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia.
Kosice has a DoubleTree Hotel with rates around 63EUR and even lower on OTA sites like Priceline. I’ll be looking to score a Best Rate Guarantee if I can. In different trip reports I have read some people prefer Slovakia’s second largest city Kosice over Bratislava. I plan to check out both cities and form my own opinion.
Wyndham Rewards are proving to be good value for this trip with four nights booked in London and Salzburg. 12,000 points for Wyndham Rewards GoFast reward nights dropped the room rates for 4 hotel nights from $575 USD to $245 USD. That is a fantastic $27.50 per 1,000 points redemption value. I bought Wyndham Rewards points for $6/1,000 points through U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways sale a few years ago and I judiciously redeem them for GoFast reward stays to get great redemption value.
Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, will be another destination I plan to spend a couple of days.
Vienna I will likely skip this trip since I am flying back to Vienna at Christmas on the return portion of my $490 American Airlines open-jaw ticket.