Discover the beautiful wildlife and countryside of Slovenia - there is a marvel of activities, culture, history and wildlife waiting for you.
Slovenia is simply heaven. Situated between the high Alpine mountains and the warm Adriatic Sea, it is home to all sorts of magnificent natural attractions with half its surface covered in forest, which offers a perfect shelter for many kinds of wildlife and activities such as hiking, biking, rafting and wildlife watching.
In this 6 day adventure you will experience Slovenia first hand. Dipping in crystal clear lakes, hiking in virgin forests or enjoying local cuisine after a day exploring. A complete experience fully guided by local nature experts committed to sustainable development.
Our partners developed this unique programme in collaboration with the Life DinAlp Bear project and the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, according to sustainable tourism standards and with the smallest possible impact on the environment, especially the wildlife.
Day 1: Arrive at Ljubljana Airport and be transferred downtown. In the afternoon you will have a sightseeing tour, followed by dinner in the old castle overlooking the city. Spend the night in a family owned hotel.
Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast, you are ready for a day hike around Bohinj. This can mean anything from strolling around the lake to a proper mountaineering experience, catered to your wishes. Lunch will be had at the mountain hut and a cable car will bring you back from Vogel to Bohinj. Why not take a refreshing dip in the lake before dinner is enjoyed with a glass of wine?
Day 3: A train transfer will take you to Soča river after you've had breakfast for the day's adventure! Mini rafting can be a truly amazing experience for anyone who loves water and the outdoors, and it even includes a picnic along the way. After a fun day out, you will have dinner and a good night's rest in Tolmin.
Day 4: The first attraction on the route are the Škocjan Caves, followed by Lipica - the oldest European stud farm. The guided tour around the caves is followed by lunch with prosciutto teran wine, which is typical of the Karst region. This insightful day ends with a dinner at a special accommodation called Hostel Bearlog, a perfect lodge for the adventures ahead - bears in the wild.
Day 5: After breakfast, prepared from locally grown products, your guide will present the entire program and explain everything there is to know before entering the forest. This day’s adventure, which takes place in the region of Kočevska, includes parts of the Roška pešpot hiking trail, Lake Kočevje and the Rajhenav virgin forest.
In the evening, a guided observation of bears will be organised at the local hunting association. The best time to observe bears is late in the afternoon, just before dusk and sitting quietly in a wildlife hide in wait. Dinner is included in the program.
Day 6: Departure after breakfast
The price includes: Transfer to/from Ljubljana airport or train station. Five night accommodation. Five breakfasts, five lunches, five dinners; all meals include typical local food. Fully qualified and experienced guide for the bear hide experience. A bear watching activity from a hide. Entrance fees. A city tour of Ljubljana, cable car ride at Lake Bohinj, river rafting experience, train transfer, visit to caves and Lipica farm.
The price does not include: Flights. Travelling and activity insurance, beverages, any other items not listed in the price. Personal extras
Rewilding Europe Levy: 5% of your booking sum goes to the local Rewilding Europe organization.
By adding Slovenia-based offerings to its growing portfolio, the European Safari Company is contributing to bear conservation and driving nature-based tourism development in the country’s Kočevje region.
While bears remain a heavily managed species in Europe, the increase in bear numbers in Slovenia is underpinning a new trend towards “bear tourism”.
This is done within the LIFE DINALP BEAR project (a member of Rewilding Rurope’s European Rewilding Network) working to change local mindsets and engaging stakeholders such as local hunting associations, the forestry industry and a range of European tourism partners in the planning and implementation of a bear tourism model.
Jan Klavora (Factory of Sustainable Tourism GoodPlace) has 20 year experience in tourism focusing especially on sustainable and adventure tourism. His work is operational; he runs travel agency Visit GoodPlace and acts as one of the main organizers of an outdoor sports festival Soča Outdoor Festival. He also works as a consultant for Slovenian and international tourism destinations and organizations.
"I’ve been involved in outdoor tourism since an early age and I feel best in the flow of Soča River with either a kayak or any trail with mountain bike or pair of trail shoes."
"At the age 16, I started working as a nature and sports guide in a sport agency and since that time my work is my passion. It has been vibrant 20 years so far filled with many adventures, trails and mountains."
"At the end of 2012, I opened my own business, which is focusing specifically on sustainable and adventure tourism in nature. I believe that nature is my home, my church where I feel best, and so i feel that we need to protect it."