A choice of most beautiful sights, tasting of the sweetest flavours… Simply a magical day.
The trip begins in Bled/Ljubljana or any other arranged location.
2. Postojnska cave
Postojna cave is a jewel of Slovenian Karst being the most renowned cave and one of the greatest karst monuments in the world. The temperature in the cave is constant and regardless of the season, it is always around 10° C. You should dress accordingly but you can rent a warm cloak at the entrance to the Postojna cave.
3. Predjama castle
This castle is a special sensation. It is built high into the cliff 10 kilometers from Postojna cave and is a romantic sight throughout the year. It has only one access route but according to legend there is a secret tunnel leading out. Historical robber baron Erazem was besieged by the imperial army and held out for a year and a day because he was smuggling food and drinks through this secret tunnel. The castle only fell due to an enemy trick and betrayal.
Štanjel is a quaint karst settlement on terraces of the 363 meters high Turn hill. It has narrow streets between stone houses. Its skyline is dominated by the characteristic bell tower of St. Daniel Church and a castle in the renaissance and baroque style.
Karst is a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble limestone. It is characterized by surface formations, caves and underground drainage systems. The name derives from an old folk term for stone and its original meaning was stone landscape. This gave the name Kras to the area between Trieste Bay, Vipava Valley, Soča Valley and Brkini Hills. Geological phenomena in this area is so common that Europe accepted the term “karst phenomena” and later just “karst” for all later discovered similar areas. When they found similar phenomenas around the world they described them as the karst of that area and in the past century the name was accepted as technical term. But the Slovenian term kras was not accepted as international scientific term because other researchers have used the translation of the term in their own language, especially Italians (carso) and Germans (Karst) who’s scientific work draw attention from around the world.
Komen is an urbanized village near crossroads of roads to Nova Gorica, Vipava and Sežana. Because of its favourable geographic position, Komen has evolved in the central village of Komen Karst. It is situated on a low plateau surrounded by Kočnik (500 meters), Lipnik (536 meters) and Sv. Martin (475 meters). The village boasts an 18th century baroque church with a free standing bell tower with the date 1733 carved into the portal.
While roaming around the Karst region, we will try local delicacies at one of the typical karst farms. Lunch, a tour of the production prosciutto and wine cellar is included in the price.
This village has a rather unusual but still pleasant name. Pliska is a local name for the White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) which lives in and around the village. It is said that because of its boisterous character the shepherds who are said to be the first settlers here used the term pliska for boisterous goats and sheep. So the village got its name from birds and sheep. This is one of the bigger villages in the heart of the vast karst plateau only 10 kilometers from the Adriatic Sea. It has some 100 houses and a population of 220. It is surrounded by vast vineyards and the first class Teran wine is made here.
Dutovlje is situated in the centre of most fertile part of karst plateau. All the flatland around the village is covered in jerovica (terra rossa).
6. Ljubljana or Koper
(depending on the starting location)
Visit Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Besides having everything that all the other modern capitals have, Ljubljana succeeded in maintaining the relaxed atmosphere of a small city. This picturesque and very vibrant city is full of surprises. As its inhabitants and numerous visitors will tell you, Ljubljana is, indeed, a people-friendly city.
In Ljubljana the old meets the new. It has managed to retain traces from all periods of its rich history; from the legacy of Roman Emona; through to the Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods characterised in the house fronts and ornate doorways of the city centre, the romantic bridges adorning the Ljubljanica river, the lopsided rooftops and a park reaching deep into the city centre.
Bled/Ljubljana or any other arranged location – Postojna ,Postojnska cave (stop) – Predjama castle (stop) – Štanjel – Karst (stop- Komen – Pliskavica – Dutovlje +culinary delights) – Ljubljana/Koper (stop, depending on the starting location) – Starting location
This one day will be the highlight of your holidays!
HOW AND WHEN? There is about three hours of driving with stops every few kilometers for outdoor activities, beautiful views and a real adventure.
We start from Bled/Ljubljana or any other pre-arranged location at 8:00 a. m. and return around 7 or 8 p. m.
PRICE: 69 Euros per person