Slovenia Wildlife Break – a long weekend in nature

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4 Days 3 Nights
Availability : May-September, on request
Postojna
Slovenia
Min Age : minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Max People : 8
Tour Details

Would you like a quick getaway from the city or a natural addition to your holidays? Then our four-day Slovenia Wildlife Break is the tour program for you. We visit some of the best nature areas in southern Slovenia, sleep in a local accommodation where you’ll not be disturbed by traffic noise and eat delicious locally produced food. From the moment we pick you up to the end of the tour, our Slovenia Wildlife Break is fully organised and guided. Of course, we can also customise this program so we can take your wishes into account …

In 2019 we offer our Slovenia Wildlife Break as a program for private groups of two to eight participants. We can organise this tour between April and the end of September, depending on the availability of our guides.

Departure & Return Location

We can arrange transport from and back to the Airport Ljubljana (Brnik) or Trieste, the city of Ljubljana and Postojna. Your arrival and departure location will be agreed upon reservation. To travel with public transport, check https://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/ (buses) or http://www.slo-zeleznice.si/en/ (trains). 

Tour Price

795,- Euro per person.

Price Includes

  • 3 nights accomodation (single supplement applies)
  • Full-board
  • Local transport
  • English (and Dutch) speaking expert guide
  • Bear-watching from wooden hides
  • Accident insurance during the tour

Supplements

  • single room supplement: 90 € per person
  • Demostration of etheric oil destillation: 20 €/person
  • Additional lunch package on day 4: 15 € per person
  • Extending guiding on day 4: 60 € per group
  • Rental of rubber boots: 5 € per person per day

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Flight ticket
  • Alcoholische dranken

Complementaries

  • Photocamera
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Waterproof hiking shoes
  • Rain coat
  • Tick- and mosquito repellent
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival; the largest forest in Central Europe and a view of the Intermittent Lake Cerknica

Starting in Postojna, we drive up to the Javorniki mountain range (highest peaks 1200 m a.s.l.). This area is almost entirely forested and on the way, we see a forest reserve with old-growth forest. We hike to the top of a hill, from where we have a fantastic view. Afterwards, we drive down on the other side of the mountain ridge, straight towards Lake Cerknica. This is a unique wetland, in the middle of the Slovenian Karst region and an excellent place for birdwatching. We end our day in the accommodation where you also have dinner.

Day 2The quiet Bloke plateau and Bear-watching

Bloke plateau lies at 750 m. a.s.l., but it doesn’t feel like you are in the mountains. A quiet stream meanders through meadows where extraordinary plants grow. Depending on the season, many wild orchids flower here and we may see rare insectivorous plants as well.

In the evening we go bear-watching! Slovenia is home to about 800 brown bears, and the region where we stay has one of the highest densities of bears in the world. Accompanied by a local game-manager we go to a hide, deep in the forest. Here we wait quietly: mostly bears come just before the sunset. Bears are every day in the surroundings of the hides, but they are untrained wild animals and sometimes they come only after dark. We estimate the chance to see bears at 80%.

Day 3Scents of the Mediterranean

We start out with a hike through the dry karst region, close to the Slovenian coast. Expect butterflies, flowers and sun! Highlights are wild paeonies, irises and orchids, but each plant species has its own, short flowering season. What we see, depends largely on the season …

In the afternoon, we go inland to the Dragonja valley. Here, the tiny stream flows over white rocks. We get a true taste of the Mediterranean with colourful Bee-eaters, Orioles, Hoopoes and Shrikes, while Nightingales sing in the background. We rest in the pleasant shade at a local house, where we get a taste of the local cuisine.

Day 4Departure day

Where we go, depends on you. We take you to your departing airport Ljubljana (Brnik) or Trieste or to the city of Ljubljana or Postojna. If your departure is only planned in the late afternoon, we can extend guiding for half a day (60 € supplement for the whole group).

Diffculty

Moderately difficult. During the tour, we will hike up to 5 km in a morning or afternoon. We follow unpaved roads and small trails. While we walk slowly and stop many times, the terrain can be difficult, rocky and occasionally steep. However, we will leave the real climbing to others. Please make sure that you have good hiking shoes and sturdy trousers!

In summer, daytime temperatures can raise above 30 oC while spring and autumn can have quick changes in the temperature. Please take a sun-hat and suncream.

Accommodation

During the tour, we will be staying at a countryside hotel or agritourism. This way, we are at an optimal driving distance from the areas which we intend to visit.

Transport

Depending on the number of participants in your group, we will either drive around in a personal car or in a minibus which has 8 seats + a driver’s seat. Your guide will also be the driver.