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.
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).
795,- Euro per person.
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.
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%.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.