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Our hike starts in a lovely village on the Bloke plateau in Slovenia. From here, we walk along meadows and through forests until we reach the stream Bloščica, which is the main destination of our three-hour nature excursion. Along the way, we can see many wildflowers, butterflies and dragonflies. Sometimes, we can see the footprints of mammals: deer, fox and bear are common in the area. Along Bloščica, we may find the tracks of otters who hunt for native crayfish!
The stream Bloščica is one of the best preserved, naturally meandering streams in Slovenia and also in the whole of Central Europe! What makes it especially interesting, is that it flows on a plateau at 750 meter a.s.l.. Because of this altitude, the weather is clearly colder than in the lowland. Here, spring starts several weeks later and even in summer, the nights are often chilly. However, this also means that summer temperatures are rarely very hot and it is an ideal place for a summertime hike! During our three-hour guided walk, we go in search of the special plants which grow along Bloščica, including wild orchids and miniature carnivorous plants.
The stream Bloščica slowly meanders through bog-meadows, which are full of flowers in springtime. These meadows are extensively used: they are mown only once or twice a year and hardly ever fertilized. In such places, the most special plants grow, which include wild orchids. Late spring is when most of them are flowering and we can see the tiny burnt orchid, the all green twayblade and the rare milk-white Transylvanian orchid. A bit later in the year, marsh helleborine’s flower and if we search well, we can find individual marsh helleborine with very pale (albinistic) flowers between the normal ones. At some places, we encounter a plant which looks similar to orchids, and which is equally rare: marsh lousewort. This is one of several plants which parasitize on the roots of other plant species, and which can only survive in unfertilized bogs.
In summer many meadows along Bloščica turn red with the small flowers of great burnet. This is the plant on which a special butterfly lays her eggs: the large scarce blue. Their caterpillars start to feed on the burnet flowers at first but soon drop to the ground. Here, they are picked up by ants of a special species. These ants like the caterpillars, because the caterpillars secrete a sugary fluid. For this, the anty carry the caterpillars to their nest, where they continue to care for them. Here, the caterpillars eat ant eggs and larvae, which the anty may never even notice. Well protected in the ants’ nest, the caterpillars develop. In the next springtime, a new generation of large scarce blue butterflies appears from the ants’ nest.
For 1 participant, the tour price is 75 € with 20% discount = 60 €
For two participants the tour price is 37,50 € per person = 75 € together
For three participants the price is 25 € per person = 75 € together
For 4-8 participants, the group price stays 75 € for the whole group.
This price includes guiding and accident insurance during the tour.
This price includes guiding, accident insurance during the tour.
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
Please note that we can accept only advance payment via bank-transfer or direct payment in cash at the beginning of the tour. We cannot accept credit- or debit cards at this moment.
We can offer this tour from May until September – any day of the week, depending on the availability of our guides.
The best season for flowers is May-July.
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 starting point for our Wildflower Walk tour is in Nova vas on the Bloke Plateau, which is only 40 minutes drive from Postojna, 1-hour drive from Ljubljana or 1 1/2 hour drive from Bled.
You will receive a map with driving instructions and GPS coordinates by email when you make a booking.
Unfortunately, there is no public transport available to this starting point. For an additional fee, we can pick you up at local accommodation, local bus/train stations or even in the city of Ljubljana or Ljubljana Airport.
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.
This is an easy walk through a lovely hilly landscape. In the 3 hours, we will walk about 4 kilometres at an easy pace. We will follow unpaved roads and also smaller paths. The whole route has almost no difference in height. This tour is suitable for children; however, it is up to parents to judge if they can walk the distance (or they can be carried).
Waterproof hiking shoes
Tick- and mosquito repellent
Refillable water bottle