Welcome to Slovenian Karst


Along with caves, the Karst is rich in olives, fruits, vineyards producing ruby-red teran wine, pršut (air-dried ham, not unlike prosciutto), old stone churches and red-tiled roofs.


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$87.97 Tours & Sightseeing

Ljubljana Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave Half-Day Tour

On the afternoon of your tour, meet your guide at your hotel in central Ljubljana, and then set off in an air-conditioned minivan for Predjama Castle, located around an hour away in the historical region of Inner Carniola. As you travel, hear how the castle sits 400 feet (123 meters) above ground on a cliff.On arrival, choose to tour the fortress either with your guide or independently. Explore the chambers, linked by winding staircases, and marvel at the collection of historical artifacts, from antique armaments to old artworks and furnishings. Learn of the infamous rebel knight, Erazem of Predjama, who lived here in the 15th century, and hear about the tunnel of Erazem, the secret passage used when the castle was besieged.After around an hour, continue to Postojna Cave, roughly 15 minutes away. Part of one of the Slovenian Karst region’s many cave systems, Postojna Cave is Slovenia’s most-visited tourist attraction and the largest cave in the country.Board the mini-train and travel into the depths of the 13-mile network, and then, with one of the cave's guides, set off on foot to explore its eerie caverns. Admire the otherworldly stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations, and discover how the caves were created. Hear, too, how the cave is home to some 100 different animal species, including the blind salamanders, known as ‘human fish,’ that live in its underground rivers.Following your 1.5-hour tour, head back above ground and travel back to Ljubljana, where your tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel.

$129.58 Day Trips & Excursions

Bled and Postojna from Ljubljana Day Tour with Predjama Castle

From Ljubljana to the Alpine region below the Julian Alps, you will reach Bled, the magnificent Alpine resort with the only true island in Slovenia. For centuries Bled has been the symbol of natural beauty and home to fairy tales. Ascend the old 12th-century castle, perched on top of a steep cliff with spectacular views of the lake, the famous Bled island and the surrounding peaks. A boat ride with ‘Pletna’ – traditional boat made by local, is among the must-do things when visiting Bled. Not only because of the authentic boat experience, but a true journey back in time. Standing paddllers will take you to the island with 99 stone steps on the way to the Assumption of Mary church and the fortune bell. Make sure not to miss the Bled cream cake, the notorious local dessert famous all around Slovenia, before leaving town. Time to head south to discover the mysteries of the Slovenian karst in the Postojna cave. The guided tour of the cave takes you on a ride by electrical train and a walk through the beautiful passages and chambers with spectacular drop stones, pillars, limestone curtains and other extraordinary wonders of the underground world. Continue to the idyllic village of Predjama to enjoy the medieval fairytale of the amazing Predjama castle, the largest cave castle with its dramatic setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a hillside. Learn about the legend of a famous knight, Erasmus – the ‘Slovenian Robin Hood’ and other local folk traditions before heading back to Ljubljana.

$129.58 Tours & Sightseeing

From Ljubljana to Slovenian Coast Small-Group Day Trip

Meet your guide at your centrally located Ljubljana hotel in the morning, and then travel by air-conditioned minivan to Socerb Castle. Perched atop a steep cliff where the Slovenian Karst transitions into the Šavrini Hills (Šavrinsko gričevje), the castle is among the most important examples of fortified architecture in the region.On arrival, after roughly an hour, admire the fortress’ ruined exterior with your guide and then head to a nearby vantage point, where breathtaking views of the Bay of Trieste, the city of Koper and the Italian border await.Spend a few moments snapping photos, and then return to your minivan and travel to the Church of the Holy Trinity in Hrastovlje. Enter the church and learn how it was constructed between the 12th and 14th centuries. Admire the southern Romanesque–style architecture and see its famous fresco of the Dance of Death (Dance Macabre).Next, travel to Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, the northernmost salt flats in the Mediterranean and one of the Slovenian coast’s most important attractions. Walk along the impressive salt pans with your guide and hear how salt is still produced here using centuries-old methods.After around 45 minutes, return to your minivan and lap up the views as you travel through Portorož, the largest resort town on the Slovenian coast, and arrive at the pretty town of Piran. Here, traverse the warren of medieval streets and houses on a short walking tour, and then enjoy around 1.5 hours of free time for lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant.With your appetite sated, continue on to Koper, the largest city and port in Slovenia. During a brief walking tour of the town center, discover why Koper is considered to be one of the most historically important places on the Slovenian coast. Then, make the most of free time to explore independently.When the time comes, join back up with your guide and minivan for the return to Ljubljana, where your day trip concludes at your hotel.

$141.47 Day Trips & Excursions

Best of Slovenia, Lake Bled & Postojna cave, Full Day Trip from Ljubljana

Small group approach with carefully planned time, where experienced local tour operator’s chauffeur guide will collect you at designated location for an informative hourly ride to mountainous Alpine regionto visit Bled. Upon arrival you will be introduced to destination and possible activities to experience:Take a short walk along the lake shore or climb atop a steep cliff more than 100m above the lake to visit Bled Castle with its amazing vistas over Alps, lake and forests of Triglav National Park.The tiny, tear-shaped island beckons from the shore, where you can take 'pletna' boat for a ride to island.  Rowers still use man power as in old days, making your experience more memorable. On the island climb atop 99 stairs and ring the bell for your wishes to come true. Upon return from the island stop at the local patisserie  and take a break; taste Bled’s famous cream cake  – kremšnita. Since the last 60 years, as many as 12 million cream cakes have been sold. Try it yourself.We will leave the high peaks of the Alps behind and proceed to discovery interesting underworld of Slovenian Karst region.The Pivka river has been carving the Postojna Cave for 2 million years. The water level has changed over time and created a beautiful "multi-level" underground world filled with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, curtains and other gorgeous shapes was gradually created as the water was leaving layers of limestone behind.You’ll enter the cave by train. The train ride takes about 10 minutes, and then you’ll continue on foot on a guided tour. Walk up the Great Mountain (Calvary) which is an underground hall formed from the collapse of the ceiling. Stroll under the needle-thin transparent tubes hanging from the ceiling in Hall of Tubes. Admire the White Hall of pure white stalactites and the reddish colored Red Room. From under the Russian Bridge you will reach The Concert Hall from where you can see the amazing white Brilliant – a truly breathtaking sight.A short drive to visit mysterious Predjama Castle and enjoy its stunning views. The castle is built as an impregnable redoubt, placed in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a 123 m cliff.After a nice full day experience we will return back to Ljubljana.Drop off will be at same location as pick up.

$159.30 Day Trips & Excursions

Bled and Postojna Full-Day Small-Group Tour

From Ljubljana to the Alpine region below the Julian Alps, you will reach Bled, the magnificent Alpine resort with the only true island in Slovenia. For centuries Bled has been the symbol of natural beauty and home to fairy tales. Ascend the old 12th-century castle, perched on top of a steep cliff with spectacular views of the lake, the famous Bled island and the surrounding peaks. A boat ride with ‘Pletna’ – traditional boat made by local, is among the must-do things when visiting Bled. Not only because of the authentic boat experience, but a true journey back in time. Standing paddllers will take you to the island with 99 stone steps on the way to the Assumption of Mary church and the fortune bell. Make sure not to miss the Bled cream cake, the notorious local dessert famous all around Slovenia, before leaving town. Time to head south to discover the mysteries of the Slovenian karst in the Postojna cave. The guided tour of the cave takes you on a ride by electrical train and a walk through the beautiful passages and chambers with spectacular drop stones, pillars, limestone curtains and other extraordinary wonders of the underground world. Continue to the idyllic village of Predjama to enjoy the medieval fairytale of the amazing Predjama castle, the largest cave castle with its dramatic setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a hillside. Learn about the legend of a famous knight, Erasmus – the ‘Slovenian Robin Hood’ and other local folk traditions before heading back to Ljubljana.

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