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Emerald Tour of Slovenia's Gems

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 25 people
Destination(s): Slovenia  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Sightseeing  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 590 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 690 Euro (EUR)

Highlights include the Slovene capital of Ljubljana with its old town center and mighty fortress, Postojna caves, Stanjel, village with its museum of well-kept old houses, the Lipizzaner stud farm of Lipica, Trieste, and Koper, an “island” town above Adriatic.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Ljubljana. Main attractions: Slovene capital, old town center, and lovely “fin de siecle” mansions. Mighty fortress above the city. We liked: relaxing with a drink on the bank of Ljubljanica river. Evening walk, enjoying lights and sounds of the city. 3-star hotel.

Day 2: Ljubljana - Vrhnika (40 km/25 miles; or 58 km/36 miles with a detour). Tour goes across Ljubljansko Barje, large flatland, former marsh area surrounding the capital; flat. Main attractions: a short walk into Iski Vintgar gorge nature reserve remains of the world highest railway viaduct in Borovnica, Technical Museum of republic of Slovenia – there’s a great hunting collection and an exhibition on Tito's cars. 4-star hotel.

Day 3: Vrhnika – Postojna (34 km/21 miles; or 44 km/28 miles with a detour). Hilly day, side roads. Flat sections cross typical Carst fields. Main attractions: some real Slovenia - away from main tourist routes and off beaten track. We liked: a picnic lunch in the nature reserve Rakov Škocjan - underneath some beautiful landscape forms. 3-star hotel.

Day 4: Postojna – Štanjel (45 km/28 miles; or 55 km/34 miles with a detour). Easy routes, one long descent some hills afterwards. Main attractions: Postojna caves - world famous attraction - so far nearly 30 million visitors! Beautiful lime stone formations, not forgetting to mention the unique “human fish”! We liked: a detour possibility to Predjama castle. The last Slovene knight once owned it. Learn about his romantic destiny. 2-star country inn.

Day 5: Day off in Štanjel or Round Trip (30 km/19 miles). Day of rest. Main attractions: Štanjel, village - museum of well kept old houses. Wider area of WWI fights of Isonzo front: different touching monuments. Visit of local artist – painter in a typical Carst village. We liked: food in the hotel, delicious Carts ham, and tasty wine from domestic cellar. Great vistas from Štanjel village, nice picnic area in a special garden. 2-star country inn.

Day 6: Štanjel – Lipica (37 km/23 miles). Mostly flat, one longer but gradual climb. Main attractions: botanical garden in Sežana, stud farm of Lipica. Unusual but very interesting “war museum” set in a village tower of Lokev. We liked: Lipicaner horses - known from Vienna Spanish riding school. Got to see their show, or go for a ride with a carriage. 3-star hotel.

Day 7: Lipica – Trieste – Koper (60 km/38 miles). Long downhill from Carst high plateau to Trieste. Tour A: Route through Slovenia - 55 km, descend into the valley of Hrastovlje, where a known church featuring an interesting "death dance" fresco can be visited. This variant goes through quiet countryside. Tour B: Route through Italy (50 km) and the lively port of Trieste - once an important port with its worldly flair and atmosphere. All world cultures have once left a mark in this city. Visit the castle, cathedral and Piazza Unita central square. We liked: cappuccino in Trieste old-fashioned cafes. Alternatively you can skip Trieste and enjoy an afternoon on the beach! 3-star hotel.

Day 8: Departure from Koper. An easy return trip is possible by train to Ljubljana. Additional nights may be booked in Koper.

Price Includes:
- Self-Guided:
* Accommodation in hotels 3, 4-star and country inns in two bedded room with WC and shower, on basis bed and breakfast
* Luggage transport between hotels (one piece per person)
* Information package including corresponding maps (one per booking party)
* Free entry to swimming pools in Koper hotels (partner hotel's pool)
* Wine tasting in Hruševica (2 sorts of wine, wine liqueur and cheese)
* Backup service (hotline) during the trip

- Guided:
* Accommodation in hotels 3, 4-star and country inns in two bedded room with WC and shower, on basis bed and breakfast
* Luggage transport between hotels (one piece per person)
* Information package including corresponding maps (one per booking party)
* Free entry to swimming pools in Koper hotels (partner hotel's pool)
* Wine tasting in Hruševica (2 sorts of wine, wine liqueur and cheese)
* Backup service (hotline) during the trip
* English speaking tour guide who follows the group in a van. He takes care of tour organization, bikes, luggage transfer, organizes visits, picnics and is available for local transfers if necessary.

Dates:
- Self-Guided:
* Daily from April 2 till October 8
- Guided:
* May 7
* June 11
* July 2
* August 6
* September 3.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Self-guided:
* Tour package EUR 590
* Single room surcharge: EUR 110
* Optional dinner package: EUR 120
* Bike rental: EUR 75 (EUR 12 for each additional day)
* Helmet rental: EUR 12
* Additional luggage transfer: EUR 10/piece/day (payable locally)
* Bike insurance: EUR 2/day (to be paid locally)
* Additional set of route instructions and maps: EUR 30 must be requested at least a month before departure
* Bike insurance: EUR 2/day

- Guided:
* Tour package: EUR 690
* Single room surcharge: EUR 110
* Optional dinner package: EUR 120
* Bike rental: EUR 75 (EUR 12 for each additional day)
* Helmet rental: EUR 12
* Additional luggage transfer: EUR 10/piece/day (payable locally)
* Bike Insurance: EUR 2/day (to be paid locally)
* Additional set of route instructions and maps: EUR 30 must be requested at least a month before departure
* Bike insurance: EUR 2/day.

Note: Please contact us for the additional nights prices.

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