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AFTERNOON EXCURSIONS, Tuesday, 19 June

Tuesday afternoon excursion is included in the registration fee for all registered participants. The number of  places for each excursion is limited. You are invited to select one of the excursions and book your seat in advance.
Reservation is still possible using the on-line booking form. Deadline for reservation is June 11.

EXCURSION 1:

Slovenia karst and visit of Lipica stud farm

After the lectures (around 1.30 p.m.), you will take your lunch package and  we will depart, by busses, from GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. Road will lead us to Slovenia Karst region, where we will visit  famous Lipica stud farm. Slovenia is a karstic land, and it was the Slovenian Karst that lent its name to karst landscapes and phenomena across the world, for it was here that scientists first explained numerous karst features. Karst is home to the numerous caves, intermittent lakes, amazing architecture, northern wind of the Karst, the bora, which is sweeping across the landscape, authentic local food and famous Lipica horses. We will enjoy a relaxing walk in the grounds of the Lipica Stud Farm accompanied by friendly Lipica stud farm guide. We will explore the cradle of the Lipizzaners – one of the oldest stud farms in the world, with a tradition dating back to 1580. We will visit the »on Borjača« stables where the white mares take care of their dark foals. We will admire the historical center of the stud farm and its oldest stable, Velbanca and found out everything about Lipica and the Lipizzaner. After the visit we will make a short stop and walk around typical karst village Goče. We will arrive back to Ljubljana around 18 p.m.

Excursion 2              Fully booked

Bled – One of the finest Alpine resorts.

After the lectures (around 1.30 p.m.), you will take your lunch package and  we will depart, by busses, from GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. Road will lead us to beautiful alpine resort Bled. Bled is by far the country’s most popular destination. Thanks to its placid fairytale lake and island, this small town is the top choice for travelers who want to spend relaxing holidays in Slovenia. The castle is perched 120 meters on a craggy bluff on the northern shore. The first trace of human settlement dates from the Stone Age. Bled today is a modern resort with many hotels, private apartments, car parks and various local and foreign culinary delights. Bled is also famous as a rowing and boat race center. It is the starting point for numerous trips and walks into the beautiful areas surrounding Bled, such as the Pokljuka Gorge, Vintgar, the waterfall under Iglica, Pokljuka plateau, and Triglav National Park. On our trip, we will visit Bled with it’s surroundings explore Bled castle and with drink in our hands enjoy one of the most amazing views in Slovenia. We will arrive back to Ljubljana at around 18 p.m.

Excursion 3:

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and Ljubljana botanical garden

Both its residents and numerous visitors perceive Ljubljana as a city built on a human scale. Despite the fact that it ranks among the mid-sized European cities, it has preserved its small-town friendliness and, at the same time, it has everything that all the larger capitals have. We will explore the historical city center, whose unique architecture is the legacy of the Baroque and Art Nouveau. After the lectures (around 1.30 p.m.), you will take your lunch package and we will depart from GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. Our first stop will be Ljubljanica embarkment, where we will bord the boat and cruise along Ljubljanica towards Ljubljansko  Barje. Tourist boat on the river Ljubljanica will provide us opportunity to experience the old city center’s picturesque bridges, façades, and embankments from a completely different perspective. The Ljubljana Marshes (Ljubljansko barje), located south of Ljubljana, is the largest marsh in the country and is a place of great biodiversity. Since 2008 has been protected as a landscape park. It was inhabited in prehistoric times, when it was a shallow lake. Prehistoric pile dwellings and the oldest wooden wheel in the world are among the most notable archeological findings. Since 2011, the area of pile dwellings near Ig has been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will disembark at Špica, where we will enjoy relaxing drink. On our tour we will also visit the Ljubljana Botanical Garden (1 hour guided tour),  Slovenia’s oldest cultural, scientific and educational institution operating uninterruptedly since its foundation in 1810. The Garden contains more than 4,500 different species and subspecies. One third of them are endemic to Slovenia, while the rest originate from other parts of Europe and other continents.  Individual returns to the hotels at around 5.30 p.m.

Excursion 4:
Wine tasting and tour of Plečnik’s Ljubljana

Both its residents and numerous visitors perceive Ljubljana as a city built on a human scale. Despite the fact that it ranks among the mid-sized European cities, it has preserved its small-town friendliness and, at the same time, it has everything that all the larger capitals have. We will explore the historical city center, whose unique architecture is legacy of the Baroque and Art Nouveau periods and, most notably, the work of the famous 20th century architect Jože Plečnik. After the lectures (around 1.15 p.m.), we will depart from GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. Tourist train will take us to Ljubljana’s main park – park Tivoli. In Café Bienale we will have guided wine tasting of Slovenian wines (6 wines) with snacks (so you don’t take lunch package !) . After tasting, we will take a pleasant walk through Slovenian capital. We will visit the Triple Bridge, Central market – market halls by architect Jože Plečnik, National and University Library (NUK), which is probably Plečnik’s most significant work in Slovenia and many of his other excellent works. Return to the hotels at around 5.30 p.m.

Excursion 5:

Slovenia karst and visit of famous Škocjan caves                                                                     

After the lectures (around 1.30 p.m.), you will take your lunch package and  we will depart, by busses, from GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. Road will lead us to Slovenia karst region, where we will visit  famous Škocjan caves. Slovenia is a karstic land, and it was the Slovenian Karst that lent its name to karst landscapes and phenomena across the world, for it was here that scientists first explained numerous karst features. Karst is home to the numerous caves, intermittent lakes, amazing architecture, northern wind of the Karst, the bora, which is sweeping across the landscape, authentic local food and famous Lipica horses. Škocjan Caves – UNESCO World Heritage site – have the largest subterranean canyon in Europe that is 146 m high and it also has many kilometers of trails for visitors with no less than 500 steps. The trail leads you across incredible bridges allowing you to see underground waterfalls (there are no less than 26 in this cave system), grand halls, giant stalactites and stalagmites that have grown to 15 meters in height, and other underground creations made by the karst river. We will arrive back to Ljubljana at around 18 p.m.