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.