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Ljubljana and Bled Lake: Full–Day Bus Tour from Trieste

1. Ljubljana and Bled Lake: Full–Day Bus Tour from Trieste

Take a visit to the green capital of Europe in 2016. Enjoy a guided tour with comfortable and new buses in the heart of Europe, with a great historical, cultural, and landscape heritage. Walk with your guide along the streets of the center, gathered around the river Ljubljanica, and admire the elegant buildings in Baroque style and Art Nouveau that characterize the city. Discover the most charming and characteristic corners of Ljubljana, such as the colorful open-air market next to the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the Town Hall, the Triple Bridge leading to the alleys of the old city. With beautiful Baroque architecture of the Austro-Hungarian style, the city has earned the nickname White City. Take advantage of the many lively cafes in the old town as you enjoy free time for lunch.  In the afternoon visit the enchanted Bled Lake, the Alpine pearl of Slovenia. Nestled in a spectacular natural setting, with a fairy-tale island that rises from the water, Lake Bled attracts tourists from all over the world. Walk on the panoramic path around the lake, visit the Gothic church of S. Maria Assunta, and its, bell of desires, on the island of Bled, in the middle of the lake.

From Ljubljana: Škocjan Caves and Karst Region

2. From Ljubljana: Škocjan Caves and Karst Region

Discover the mysterious beauty of the Regional Park of the Škocjan Caves. Explore the caves and discover secret underground waters. For over a million years this underground flowing water has formed a wonderland of mysterious passages. Enter spacious subterranean halls and enormous underground canyons. After your visit to the caves, travel down a scenic road to the charming medieval village of Štanjel. Admire the bell tower of the Gothic St. Daniels’ church, which has become the symbol of the town. Stroll down the cobblestone streets lined with stone houses. Walk through the elegant Ferrari’s Garden which extends over the sunny slopes.

From Ljubljana: Skočjan Caves Half-Day Trip

3. From Ljubljana: Skočjan Caves Half-Day Trip

The Škocjan Caves are a unique natural phenomenon, created by the Reka River. The Reka River springs below the Snežnik plateau and flows for 55 kilometers (34 miles) on the surface. After reaching the karst — that is, the limestone surface — the river not only deepens its riverbed through erosion but also corrosion; it dissolves the limestone and creates the caves. Explore the Škocjan Caves with a local, English-speaking guide on this half-day trip from Ljubljana. Get picked up at your hotel or guesthouse at 8:30 AM, then drive to the caves as your guide informs you about Slovenia. Upon arrival at around 9:30 AM, your guide will help you to buy the tickets to enter the cave. At 10 AM, begin your tour of the caves, spending around 1 hour and 45 minutes inside. Marvel at how big the caves are and learn all about the things you see. Make sure to dress warmly as the constant temperature in the caves is between 8–10ºC (46–50ºF). After your tour, you can eat something at the restaurant near the ticket counter if you wish. Finally, get back in your vehicle at 12 PM and return to Ljubljana. The tour concludes with drop-off at your original pickup point at approximately 1 PM.

Skocjan Caves, Piran & Predjama Castle: Self Drive Trip

4. Skocjan Caves, Piran & Predjama Castle: Self Drive Trip

Enjoy the freedom of a self drive tour. Visit the UNESCO Skocjan Caves, the most important natural heritage site in Slovenia. Take a short drive to Lipica stud farm, a world-famous cradle of the dancing white horses. Get the opportunity to sample the protected air-cured ham “pršut” and teran wine, along with other local delicacies. Travel along the Adriatic coast, to the charming town of Piran. Make a stop at the Predjama castle, a world-famous monument to human ingenuity and resistance. Marvel at the majestic underground canyon system on a 2-hour guided walking tour, that takes you deep into the bosom of Karst to admire the strength of running water. Get additional options in the itinerary, with a wide range of sites and activities in the area. Visit the oldest European Stud Farm, before heading to the idyllic village of Predjama to discover a castle, perched in the middle of a high cliff for over 800 years, famous for its dramatic appearance and setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a hillside. Go through a maze of stairs, halls, chambers, and other constructional marvels of medieval craftsmanship. Discover an old town built on salt, sitting on a scenic peninsula. Wander through its medieval web of narrow streets and tiny romantic squares.

Ljubljana: Tour the Works of Plečnik with River Cruise

5. Ljubljana: Tour the Works of Plečnik with River Cruise

Gain insight into the work, and even the soul of Jože Plečnik. Explore the places and objects that formed an important part of the master architect's everyday life. See his playful streetlamps, his favorite coffeeshop, his office, his room, and more. Understand Plečnik's plans and visions, both on land and water with a river cruise on the Ljubljana river. Experience firsthand the land and water axis with masterpieces that are now part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Live and breathe the master with a lesson in Plečnik's office, sipping his favorite coffee in an intimate atrium, counting his original streetlamps, and trying a new virtual reality tour of his masterpieces. See some hidden and less known corners and have the door opened to exclusive locations normally closed to the public. Picnic in his garden. Get to know, piece by piece, one of Europe's greatest twentieth-century architects.

Idrija and Hospital Franja: Private Trip from Ljubljana

6. Idrija and Hospital Franja: Private Trip from Ljubljana

Embark on a trip to the town of Idrija, boasting the second largest mercury mine in the world and birthplace of a distinct lace-making tradition. Stop first at Anthony’s Shaft – the oldest preserved entrance to the mercury mine in Idrija and one of the oldest in Europe. It was named after St. Anthony of Padua, the cave patron, and protector of disasters. Explore the city of Idrija and get a demonstration of lacemaking. Enjoy some free time to relax or have a traditional local lunch in one of the taverns in town. Continue the tour to the Wild Lake followed by one of the highlights of this tour – Hospital Franja, which operated as a partisan hospital, in extremely difficult conditions and a hardly accessible area, during World War 2.

Ljubljana: Private Tour to Škocjan Caves & Lipica Stud Farm

7. Ljubljana: Private Tour to Škocjan Caves & Lipica Stud Farm

Discover the mysterious beauty, secret underground waters and caves at the regional park of the Škocjan caves, famous for its natural wonders above and below ground. Over millions of years, the waters have created an underground wonderland of mysterious passages, spacious halls and an enormous, probably the biggest, subterranean canyon in the world. Visit the medivial city of Štanjel. Try their local wine and delicious Prosciutto. The city is famous for its garden made by Maks Fabiani, one of the most important architects in Slovenia.

Ljubljana: Skocjan caves, Piran, and Predjama Day Trip

8. Ljubljana: Skocjan caves, Piran, and Predjama Day Trip

Discover the Slovenian coast and the Karst region on this private tour. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Ljubljana and driven to your first stop: the UNESCO listed Skocjan Caves, one of the largest and most fascinating karstic sites in Europe, with the Reka River running 200 m below the surface. Next is one of the local taverns for a Karst air-dried prosciutto tasting. Considered by some to be one of the best prosciuttos in the world, you can sample it accompanied with the local wine Teran. Then, head on to Lipica, the homeland of the white Lipizzaner – a famous horse of the Spanish riding school in Vienna. Pass the coastal towns of Koper, Izola and Portoroz and reach a popular spot on the Slovenian coast – Piran. Get lost in its medieval narrow streets and houses, then enjoy some free time over an exquisite seafood meal in one of the many local restaurants or cafes. Take one last photo-stop at Predjama Castle on the way to Ljubljana and discover the secrets of the Guinness Book of Records' largest cave castle, located on a 123-meter high cliff, learning about the local Robin Hood, legendary knight Erazem.

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What people are saying about Ljubljana

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Having seen Postojna caves, Škocjan caves didn't have the same impact it might have otherwise had. This is not a tour for those who are not physically. The steep descent (100m +) to the bottom and then the 800 steps ascent are physically strenuous. The tour was done at a considerate pace but it was nevertheless physically taxing. The Lipica stud farm visit was great and made the day worth the long trip as it is quite a long way from Ljubljana.

Great trip

Absolutely magnificent and downright amazing Cave of Skocja and great Lipizzan horses in great surroundings. I really recommend. We had an absolutely first class guide (driver) and can’t help but thank him for this trip.

The tour guide is very nice. There is almost no restaurant on some days. However, the tour guide try his best to find a restaurant which could provide lunch service. I highly recommend joining the tour.

We had a wonderful experience! In addition to the caves, we experienced a unique lunch at a local winery. Our guide was great!

Great guide a Italian who lives in Lbjulijana Ilana new all the things to do in his town and Bled Lake.