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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. (1. Apr- 31. Oct) 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (1. Nov-31. Mar) 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. *After Vintgar Gorge closing, due to the winter weather conditions in the region, you wil take part in famous Cream cake tasting (expected to close at the end of October).  

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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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