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Excursions/Social events

Škocjan caves UNESCO world heritage site – half day:

Thursday, 21 September 2017, 9:00 – 14:30

Friday, 22 September 2017, 9:00 – 14:30

Škocjan Caves Regional Park, located in the Karst region, is one of the most famous in the world for the study of karstic phenomena. This exceptional system of limestone caves comprises collapsed dolines, some 6 km of underground passages with a total depth of more than 200 m, many waterfalls and one of the largest known underground chambers.

The protected area of 401 ha conserves a cave system which comprises one of the world’s largest known underground river canyons, that was cut into the limestone bedrock by the Reka River. Along its course, the river suddenly disappears into the karst underground, before passing through a vast and picturesque channel of up to 150 meters in height and more than 120 meters in width, often in the form of roaring rapids and waterfalls. Like the canyon, the vast underground halls and chambers of the cave system expose stunning variations of limestone bedrock and secondary cave formations. The karst research has its origin in this very part of Slovenia, which is scientifically referred to as “Classical Karst” (in Slovene language Klasicni kras). The very particular environmental conditions of the collapsed dolines provide a habitat for rare and threatened flora and fauna. The area is renowned for its exceptional archaeological finds, pioneering explorations of the Karst underground, and rich natural and cultural heritage.

Note: Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing!

The guided tour through the underground canyon lasts about 2 hours – visitors walk for about 3 km. Please note that in the caves there are about 500 stairs (up and down, not all together), the temperature is 12 °C.

It is recommended to: wear non-slip shoes, as the ground in the caves can be wet; bring an umbrella (500m walk from the information center to the entrance through the forest). If the elevator doesn’t work, visitors have to walk out and in this case the visit is 25 minutes longer (300 additional stairs)

Price: 30 EUR per person, min 20 persons

Included:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Bus transfer
  • Entrance

 

Ljubljana walking tour

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 16.00 – 18.00

Ljubljana is a dynamic Central European city and the political and cultural heart of the Slovenian nation. In Ljubljana the old meets the new as it has managed to retain traces f

rom all periods of its rich history; from the leg
acy of Roman Emona; through to the Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods characterized in the house fronts and ornate doorways of the city centre, the romantic bridges adorning the Ljubljanica river, the lopsided rooftops and a park reaching deep into the city centre.

Price: 20 EUR per person, min 10 persons

Included:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Ride with funicular to Ljubljana castle and back

 

Excursion to Bled – half day:

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 9.00 – 14:30

Often described as the ‘Image of Paradise’, the Alpine resort town of Bled will enchant you with its emerald-green lake, fairytale-like island and imposing castle reigning on top of a rocky cliff. This harmonious mix of beautiful nature, rich history and genuine hospitality has been attracting visitors for centuries. It was here that the Yugoslavia Royal Family once had a summer residence, later replaced by the summer residence of President Tito, which can still be seen by the lake. After an enjoyable drive, we board a traditional ‘pletna’ boat and smoothly glide over the lake to visit the only Slovenian island.

Its top is crowned with a little church, and you will have an opportunity to ring the mysterious wishing bell. A scenic road takes us around the lake and to the medieval castle perched high on a cliff. Built over a thousand years ago, it was once an unconquerable property of the Bishops of Brixen. Today, it attracts visitors with its museum, and demonstrations of old crafts and traditions, not to mention the breathtaking view of the surroundings. Before returning to Ljubljana, enjoy a stroll by the lake or treat yourself to the famous Bled cream-cake.

Price: 80 EUR per person / min 10 person

Included:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Bus transfer
  • Ride with ‘pletna’
  • Entrance to church on island
  • Entrance to Bled Castle
  • Lunch

Note:

If minimum number of persons is not reached, the program may be cancelled, substituted by another program with notice to participants, or may proceed at altered rate with the consent of all participants.