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This is a whole-day excursion which goes a little bit different from our half-days. Instead of hiking in a large circular path from and to a single point, we drive over unpaved roads through the vast forest and have several stopovers and hikes on the way. Like this, we get to know the Dinaric forest at its best, including a forest reserve which is virtually indistinguishable from primaeval forest virgin forest). Our longest hike takes us out of the forest to an open mountain top, from where we can see most of Slovenia! On the way, we keep our eyes open for butterflies and flowers, as well as tracks of large mammals.
And while we are there, you can be sure that the ravens will see us … Ravens see everything which happens in the forest. Often, during our excursions and tours, they come to inspect what happens. For a moment, they fly above us, then they go again. In the same way, they inspect what the wolves are doing and hunters tell that the ravens know the difference between a hunter who carries a gun and a hunter who doesn’t. They come to see what happens, but only follow the hunter with a gun, in the hope of leftovers of the game which he may shoot …
The Dinaric forest is home to many mammals, including deer, wild boar, bear, wolf, lynx and fox. With the exception of lynx, which is very rare, we regularly see the footprints of all these mammals during our excursions through the forest. The animals themselves are shy, but if we are quiet, we may catch a glimpse of them. Regardless if we see them or not, we will see their influence on the forest. Forestry researchers have made an exclosure (a fenced area where the large mammals do not go) in the middle of the forest. Here, we can see the difference which the mammals make to the forest.
The forest looks very natural, but, nevertheless, it is used for wood-production. Only here and there, there are forest reserves with a special status. Here, no trees are cut and foresters can study the natural processes in the forest. During our trip, we pass one of these forest reserves. Several decades ago, when it was established, it was not very different from the surrounding forest. Since then, some large trees were felled by storms. In the rest of the forest, such wind-felled trees are removed and the timber is sold. In this forest reserve, however, the dead trees stay where they are. In this way, the forest is rapidly changing into a natural old-growth forest which is similar to primaeval forests.
Our longest hike takes us uphill for about three kilometres. The path is nowhere really steep, in fact, with a four-wheel drive it would be driveable. We start out in the forest but on the way the landscape changes. Towards the top, trees disappear and we have a fantastic view over much of Slovenia! The top of the mountain is a botanical reserve full of flowers. Both the open space and the flowers attract uncountable butterflies. We usually aim to have our lunch right on the mountain top, which makes this hike one of the highlights of our whole-day tour!
For 1 participant, the tour price is 219 € with 20% discount = 175,20 €
For two participants the tour price is 109,50 € per person = 219 € together
For three participants the price is 73 € per person = 219 € together
For 4-8 participants, the group price stays 219 € for the whole group.
This price includes guiding, accident insurance during the tour and transport during the tour for up to 4 participants.
The price does not include: transfer to and from our meeting point
Optional supplements are:
picknick lunch or dinner – 10 € per adult and 5 € per child
Transfer from and to a local accommodation – 20 € per group
Transfer from and to a local bus- or train station – 20 € per group
Transfer from and to Ljubljana city or airport – 70 € per group
We can offer this tour from May until October – any day of the week, depending on the availability of our guides.
Your guides will be Paul or Jana (both for larger groups), who are licensed local guides and naturalists, living in southern Slovenia. They speak English, Slovenian and Dutch.
The meeting point for this excursion is in Cerknica or Postojna (we will contact you after you make a booking to see what is more convenient).
The meeting point for this excursion is only a 1½ hour drive from Bled, a one-hour drive from Ljubljana and 10 minutes driving from the Postojna Cave.
You will receive a map with driving instructions and GPS coordinates by email when you make a booking.
1 – 4 participants: a personal car, the guide is also the driver
For larger groups please contact us so we can discuss options and pricing
We think that tasty, high-quality meals are a very important part of any tour! Where possible we prefer it when we can eat local dishes, based on locally produced ecological products. Often, we include seasonal fruits and other farm products. This is why we like to include a picknick-lunch in this tour, which we enjoy in a beautiful, natural area. Our picknick consists of delicious home-baked bread and a variety of local products depending on the seasons together with home-made juice and Slovenian tea.
We can provide vegetarian meals and of course take any requirements into account which you may have, like allergies and based on religious beliefs. We will ask you about this sometime before the start of the tour. Sometimes, it means that we will have to buy ingredients which are not available locally.
Easy to moderate. In the 8-hour tour, we will walk about 6 kilometres at an easy pace. We will follow unpaved roads and smaller paths, partially up- and downhill without real climbing. This tour is suitable for children if they can walk the distance and don’t mind driving through a seemingly endless forest!
Waterproof hiking shoes
Tick- and mosquito repellent
Refillable water bottle