Dive deep into Slovenian nature in this seven day experience that will take you to bustling cities and the greenest areas of this European green hotspot. Sleep in unique glamping accommodations and learn about wildlife from an expert guide and researcher.
Slovenia is a green paradise in the middle of Europe. Many conservation and ecotourism initiatives are developing there making it one of the greenest destinations in Europe. In this experience you will visit the area of Maribor, Bled, Ljubljana and Kocevsko, making it a complete way to experience this great green country.
You will stay for 6 nights at beautiful glamping accommodations near Maribor and in Bled, and in a cozy local B&B and a upscale hikers hostel in southern Slovenia. Enjoy breakfast at your terrace in the morning and evenings with a glass of wine by the jacuzzi in the glamping accommodations. Stay in contact with nature in Kocevsko, or experience the city center of Ljubljana just one step outside your B&B.
Our expert guide Dr Petra Draskovic-Pelc will be your companion during this trip. She is a photographer, guide, lecturer and researcher and she has completed Rewilding Tourism Training by Rewilding Europe.
Day 1: Arrival at Chateau Ramsak, in the late afternoon. You have the evening to enjoy your luxury glamping tent. Chateau Ramšak boasts its own wine cellar with the largest wine press in Europe, a graft of the World's oldest vine and tasting bar, situated next to a romantic and revitalizing natural pond.
Relax on your private terrace or in a hot tub, soak up the views, indulge in wine from our vineyards, or enjoy dinner out in Maribor!
Day 2: After an amazing breakfast at Chateau Ramsak, meet with your guide Petra for a day of walking in nature and tracking wildlife around Maribor. You will learn everything about the wildlife that inhabits in the area and how conservation efforts coexist with daily life. Spend the night relaxing at Chateau Ramsak (optional; book a wine massage!)
Day 3: After enjoying your breakfast at Chateau Ramsak, departure towards Bled. Here you will be overnighting at Garden Village’s tree house.
Day 4: Explore Bled and surroundings, go visit the castle, hike in the mountains, or take a swim in beautiful Lake Bohinj. Overnight stay at your treehouse at Garden Village Bled.
Day 5: After breakfast, departure towards Ljubljana. There you will spend the night at the centric Hotel Mrak. Explore this charming city during the day. And in the evening.
Day 6: Departure towards Kočevje, afternoon with your guide Petra and bear hide visit. Get to know the most scenic places of Kočevsko, admire wild nature, and learn about co-existing with large carnivores. With some luck, you might see some of the activities of bear. Overnight in the upscale Bearlog hostel.
Day 7: After breakfast departure of traveler after an amazing week discovering Slovenia.
This trip can also be done the other way around, so starting in Kočevje, with the last night in Chateau Ramsak
€1450 per person (when travelling with 2 people)
The price includes: 6 night in accommodations as described, 6 x breakfast, 1 day guiding in the nature around Maribor with Petra, 1 x guiding & visit to bear hide in Kocevsko area , 5% contribution to local conservation efforts.
The price does not include: : Transport to destination, Transfers within Slovenia. We recommend you rent a car, Slovenia is very easily to navigate by car. Travel and activity insurance. Personal expenses.
Optional: You can also start and/or end your stay in Hotel Mrak in Ljubljana. Contact us for price details.
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”, with 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.
Petra Draškovič Pelc is an enthusiastic traveler, photographer and nature guide, lover of Northern horizons, a curious admirer of nature, author of countless articles in Slovenia and abroad, and holds a PhD in biomedical science but she found her calling in nature photography and guiding.
She enjoys silence, peace, the tracks of large carnivores, the smell of forest in the rain and the beauty of the light-flooded wilds of all the untouched corners of the world like Alaska, Lapland or Altai Mountains deep in Siberia, as well as the beauty of her local Kočevsko area and Slovenia.
Throughout her diverse work of guiding, photographing and writing, she tries to express love towards nature and its preservation, bringing us closer to the beauty of the landscape she loves, as well as to develop active, boutique and inspiring tourism where you can truly experience the forest.
“Bringing people to the forest, showing them their magic light, revealing the secrets of the forest, seeding love for caring of nature and making friends at the same time” is not only my passion, it is a way of my life. And moments like this change you forever.“
"Life has secrets pathways, and only your heart knows how to get there. When you look with open heart and curious eyes, everything is a miracle."
Petra Draškovič Pelc
Nature guide and photographer