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Available only on 19.9.2017

BLED AND BOHINJ – ALPINE LAKES

Two exquisite glacier lakes glitter in the green valleys of the Slovenian Alps. We will visit Bled, mundane resort with an eminent medieval castle and a romantic island in the lake. Lake Bohinj lies in a tranquil and pristine valley in the Triglav National Park. A pleasant walk to the Savica Waterfall completes our memorable day.   An ‘Image of Paradise’, as it is often described, Bled has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The calm and inviting waters of its lake spurred the tradition of making the typical ‘pletna’ boats back in the 12th century. We will board one of these wooden beauties to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell. Sightseeing in Bled continues with a visit to the impressive castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. We will roll back time in its museum, and enjoy the unforgettable view of the surroundings. Surrounded by alluring summits, the Bohinj Valley charms visitors with its inspiring scenery, crystal lake waters and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn), enjoy a stunning view over Mount Triglav and try the hearty local cuisine. To experience a bit of trekking, we end the day with an enjoyable 20-minute hike to the beautiful Savica Waterfall, thundering from a high rocky cliff, and enjoy a rewarding view of the Lake.

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Cerknica lake and Križna cave

Cerknica Lake, the largest disappearing lake in Slovenia, enraptures visitors with numerous interesting natural phenomena and diverse flora and fauna. The lake fills in the spring and during rainy periods, offering possibilities for numerous water sports and fishing. Cerknica Lake has no surface outflow; all the water seeps underground and surfaces as the Rak River in the Rakov Škocjan Valley. Cerknica Lake is a part of the karst river system of the Ljubljanica River – a river that bears seven different names altogether. After visiting Museum of Lake Cerknica you will take a ride to the Lake by typical carriage – “lojtrnik”. Križna Cave is one of the most interesting caves in the world. It lies in the east of the park and it has 22 underground lakes through which the waters from the Bloke Plateau flow. This cave is famous for its unique cave fauna and as an archaeological site where cave bear remains have been found. Its features are underground lakes with sinter’s barriers and an extremely interesting site with bines of bears, along with the naturally preserved environment for animals. The length of all passages is over 8 km (6 miles). Air temperature inside the cave is constant through the whole year +8⁰C. The cave ranks as the fourth in the world by the number of genuine cave animal species (44 different species). 

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AVAILABLE ONLY ON 17.9.2018

LJUBLJANA BY NIGHT - WALKING TOUR AND BOAT RIDE

The old city centre has a unique architectural appearance, particularly due a felicitous combination of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture and masterful creations by the 20th century architect Joze Plecnik. A tourist boat, departing from one of the city centre piers, takes you on a ride under several of Ljubljana’s famous bridges.

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PRE AND POST CONFERENCE  TOURS 

Tours available from 11.9.2017 - 30.9.2017

Lake Bled - An Alpine Pearl

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 can 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.   DEPARTURES: every day DURATION: 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation, English speaking guide, Sightseeing tour of Bled OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS: Bled Castle (11 €), ''Pletna'' boat ride (14 €), Church of St. Mary Assumption (6 €), Vintgar Gorge (5 €)

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Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle - Underground Treasures & Legends

It has taken millions of years for the clear waters of the River Pivka to create these 21 kilometers of underground labyrinth of passages, caverns and great halls, decorated with dripstones, translucent curtains and pillars of fascinating shapes and colors. After an unforgettable underground train ride to the heart of the cave system, experienced guides will accompany you on a walk through the subtly lit fairy-tale like underground world. You will glimpse a million years in one moment, admiring delicate spaghetti-like stalactites, massive pillars and other geological wonders. Back in the daylight, the trip will continue towards the astonishing castle of the robber knight Erasmus. For centuries dramatically hanging in over a 100-meter-high vertical cliff, it's waiting for you to enter and discover its secrets, legends and myths. Driving through green scenery, we return to Ljubljana. DEPARTURES: every day DURATION: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. HIGHLIGHTS: natural wonder of Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation, English speaking guide, Entrance to Postojna Cave, Entrance to Predjama Castle, Audio-guide in Predjama Castle *Appropriate footwear needed for the excursion.

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Lake Bled & Lake Bohinj - Beyond the Alpine Lakes

An ‘Image of Paradise’, as it is often described, Bled has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The calm and inviting waters of its lake spurred the tradition of making the typical ‘pletna’ boats back in the 12th century. We will be able to board one of these wooden beauties to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell. Sightseeing in Bled continues with a chance to visit impressive castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. We will roll back time in its museum, and enjoy the unforgettable view of the surroundings.  We will continue our way to the Bohinj Valley which charms visitors with its inspiring scenery, crystal clear lake waters and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn), enjoy a stunning view over Mount Triglav and try the hearty local cuisine.    DEPARTURES: every day DURATION: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation, English speaking guide, Sightseeing tour of Bled and Bohinj, Vintgar Gorge entrance fee  OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS:  Bled Castle (11 €), ''Pletna'' boat  ride (14 €), Church of St. Mary Assumption (6 €), Savica water falls entrance fee (3 €), Mt. Vogel cable car (15  €) *Appropriate footwear needed for the excursion. * Vintgar Gorge is available from 27.4. due to the weather conditions in the region. As an alternative, you will get Savica Waterfall entrance fee.  

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Lipica & Coastal City of Piran - Touch of Karst & the Mediterranean

Lipica Stud Farm is the cradle of the Lipizzaners, the noble white horses. Breeding began 400 years ago to meet the exclusive needs and demands of the Habsburgs. A local guide will show you around the estate (own expenses); you will see the whole array of magnificent animals – uncertain dark foals, gentle mares, and proud stallions capable of performing the most amazing figures of the Spanish Riding School.  Passing through a varied landscape, we reach the sparkling Mediterranean. We will drive through coastal cities of Izola and Portorož till we reach the gem of the Slovenian coast which is the medieval town Piran, tucked in between the sea and the mighty town walls. Strong links with Venice in the past are still reflected in the town’s present appearance. The central square boasts eminent historical palaces, the birth house of the maestro Tartini, his monument and his name. We will walk up to the imposing Church of St. George with its Venetian-like bell tower to admire the view over the wonderful mosaic of roofs, streets and squares with the stunning backdrop of the bay. After the sightseeing, you will have time to discover the hidden corners of the town.   DEPARTURES: every day DURATION: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation, English speaking guide, Sightseeing tour of Lipica (outside), Sightseeing tour of Piran, Lipizzaner house carriage ride OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS: Sečovlje Salina Nature Park (7 €), Lipica Stud Farm (16 €)   In case of inappropriate weather conditions for carriage ride, your ticket will be upgraded to Lipica stud farm tour.  

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Kranjska Gora & Traditional Slovenian Lunch - Julian Alps Experience Without Limits

We begin our day with a pleasant drive through Gorenjska, pass the famous ski resort of Kranjska Gora and continue along Lake Jasna a beautiful alpine lake just a few minutes outside of Kranjska Gora. As well as seeing beautiful alpine lake, you will also see Lake Zelenci, a nature reserve in the far northwestern corner of Slovenia. It is the source of the Sava Dolinka River, a tributary of the Danube. A visit of the Slovenian countryside wouldn't be complete without tasting what Slovenian cuisine has to offer. We will indulge in a lunch, typical for the alpine region. DEPARTURES: every day DURATION: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation, English speaking guide, Sightseeing tour of Kranjska Gora Valley, Lake Jasna and Lake Zelenci, Traditional Slovenian lunch at a local restaurant

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Maribor & Ptuj & Žiče Carthusian Monastery - Where the Medival Meets the Present

On the Drava Plain, surrounded by thermal springs, flourishing fields, and vineyards, lies Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town. It was already mentioned as Roman Poetovio in 69 BC. Numerous archaeological remains tell of those days, while its lovely present appearance originates from the Middle Ages when Ptuj flourished for the second time. On a panoramic hill above Ptuj, the medieval Castle dominates - it houses exceptional collections, illustrating the traditions and history of the region. Enchanted by the heritage of the past, we continue down the pretty streets, admiring the Provost Church, the poignant Orpheus' Pillar and the flamboyant Town Hall. Afterwards, we head to the second biggest Slovenian city, nestled in the foothills of Pohorje.  Spontaneous and relaxed, the attractive city of Maribor has a lot to offer. We visit the majestic Gothic Cathedral, visit the lively Main Square and discover the legends of the Franciscan Church. We will make our way over to the picturesque Town Square and visit the romantic Lent river bank to see the Old Vine House, with the oldest vine in the world. To make the day complete, we visit Žiče Carthusian Monastery one of the most beautiful medieval monasteries.   DURATION: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  DEPARTURES: every day PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation, English speaking guide, Sightseeing tour of Maribor, Sightseeing tour of Ptuj, Entrance fee to Žiče Carthusian Monastery OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS: Ptuj Castle (6 €), Wine tasting (6 €)

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Ljubljana walking tour - HISTORICAL CITY CENTRE AND LJUBLJANA CASTLE

The tour, beginning in front of the Town Hall, takes you through the historical city centre, whose unique architecture is the legacy of the Baroque and Art Nouveau periods and, most notably, the work of the famous 20th century architect Jože Plečnik. The tour includes a stop at one of Ljubljana's restaurants, where you will have an opportunity to taste traditional Slovenian dishes as part of a brief tasting session. Ljubljana Castle, standing on a hill above the city for about 900 years, is Ljubljana's main attraction. On this tour, you will learn about its history and enjoy beautiful city views afforded by the castle's ramparts. The price includes guidance, a tasting session, and a return funicular ride to Ljubljana Castle.

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Private tour to Plitvice Lakes National Park – the magnificent nature

Croatia's first National park established in 1949 covers 296.85 km2 of breathtaking natural splendour becoming with it the largest among the eight national parks of the country. The park was inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1979, in recognition of its "outstanding natural beauty and undisturbed production of travertine (tufa) through chemical and biological action". The park represents a phenomenon of Karst hydrography. The park harbours a grand collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forest and diversity of animal life. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue.   Inclusions: Inclusions: Private transportation Private English speaking assistant/driver Entrance fee to Plitvice lakes national park Private tour with local guide

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Private tour to Venice – The romantic capital of the world

The sumptuous city of every person's dreams and desires, where flamboyant places and magnificent churches rise from the water's surface up to the sky, is within your reach.  Upon arrival to Venice we will take a water taxi known as “Vaporetto” and after seeing the remarkable St. Mark's square, we visit the famous churches (outside only) and magnificent palaces, The strikingly beautiful St. Mark's Basilica, the enchanted Bridge of Sighs and the lively Rialto are there to admire. The inviting Venetian coffee shops, colorful masks, delicate lace and shiny goldsmiths became legendary long ago. In your free time you will also have the opportunity to take a romantic gondola ride or visit the Campanille for a rewarding view of the lagoon.   Inclusions: Private transportation Private English speaking guide/driver Private Sightseeing tour of Venice Water taxi – “Vaporetto”

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