Besides the most important part of your journey to Slovenia - the B2B meetings at the Slovenian Incoming Workshop - the study tours organized by the hosting country are for sure worth visiting. This year we would like to offer you 5 different types of study tours - four 2-days
and one 1-day tour
. Each of them will be rich enough to present Slovenia in all its beauty and from different views. Choose among 5 different study tours
, find the one you like most! 2- DAYS TOURS (17-18.5.2014):
GENERAL EXPLORATION OF SLOVENIA
Portorož – Piran – Lipica – Postojna – Ljubljana – Radovljica – Bled – Departures to the airport
Discover the stories of Slovenia on the way from salt harvesters to Lipizzan horses, from baby dragons to the city with love in its name, from a place known for beekeeping to a lake reflecting the golden horns of Goldhorn!
Day one begins on the Slovenian coast of the Mediterranean, enthralling you with stories about salt and the salt flower from the Salt pans of Sečovlje and with glimpses of life in the age-old town of Piran. From where traditional salt-making goes hand in hand with wellness, our trip leads you to the Karst. After meeting Lippizan horses at a stud farm founded way back in 1580, take a look underground. Olms, once believed to be dragon babies, are hatching in Postojna Cave. Let the visit to Predjama Castle excite your imagination with an unusual knight’s tale. In the evening, Ljubljana, which celebrates 2000 years of Roman Emona this year, will show you just how diverse Slovenia is. Discover the city whose name sounds like “beloved” in Slovenian on a boat ride and at dinner on the castle hill.
Day two takes you to the area of the Slovenian Alps. In Radovljica you get to know the traditions of Slovenian beekeeping and find out about the special Slovenian honey-dough hearts. On the way to Bled, watch out for Goldhorn looking at you from the mountains above, where he is said to be guarding natural treasures. After visiting Bled Castle, take a ride to the famous island in the middle of the lake, ring the bell in the little church and make your wishes come true. Wish for a slice of cream cake – the legendary Bled dessert!
MOVE TO RELAX
WELLNESS - ENJOY YOURSELF
Nova Gorica – Terme Topolšica – Celje – Thermana laško – Terme Čatež – Castle Mokrice –
SPA Šmarješke – Ljubljana / departures to the airport
Bring your body to the water that can do you so much good! Feel the power of the waters in Slovenian natural spas. They are complemented by favourable climatic conditions as well as a wealth of experience and knowledge of modern and traditional medicine.
On day one
enjoy good water and the mountain climate of Topolšica Thermal Spa
at the foot of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. From amidst the green forests, head to the Land of Celje.
Near Celje, a town marked by the history of the only Slovenian counts, you can find as many as six spas with various healing factors for different health conditions. You will visit Thermana Laško,
where knowledge about therapeutic waters dates back to Roman times. The trip then leads to the hills of the Dolenjska region. A relaxing evening awaits you in Čatež Thermal Spa,
which boasts one of the largest thermal water parks in Europe. Day two
begins in nearby Mokrice Castle
with its age-old English park and golf course. The morning continues with activities that benefit the heart. Šmarješke Toplice Thermal Spa
is famed for its medical spa services. Time permitting you can end your wellness trip in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.
MOVE CLOSER TO... FRIENDLY COUNTRYSIDE
Trebnje – Šentrupert – Novo mesto – Grčevje – Otočec – departures to the airport
The Slovenian countryside is brimming with unique features: it surprises you with its green hues and an exceptional heritage. In the land of “kozolec” hayracks, each has its own story to tell. In the land of vineyard cottages, wine has a distinctive taste. The hospitality of the people from the countryside involves music and drinking toasts.
will be packed with a variety of different tastes. In the town of Trebnje
you will visit the Gallery of Naïve Artists and then in Šentrupert,
which also has one of the most beautiful gothic churches in Slovenia, the very special Land of Hayracks – an open-air museum with 19 characteristic Slovenian drying racks. In a typical inn called a “gostilna” you will fortify yourself with dishes from the traditional bread oven and then set out for a tasting of local wines, getting to know the region’s vineyard cottages and its farm tourism.
On day two
you will be able to choose between a stroll through Novo mesto or active exploration of the hills of the Dolenjska region. Novo mesto,
embraced by the River Krka,
is also known as the Town of Situlae. Its archaeological treasures, one of Europe’s key heritages, can be seen in the Museum of Dolenjska. If you are tempted, you can go cycling or hiking in the Grčevje
vineyards, where you will be able to enjoy a concert of baroque music performed in a church. After stopping at a nearby vineyard cottage for a snack and a glass of local wine our tour will lead to a homestead near picturesque Otočec,
where we will be greeted by the sounds of the accordion and folk costumes. The wine tasting to take place will be a very special experience due to a multi-vision presentation of “Cviček”, a very distinctive Slovenian wine. Cviček will also go well with lunch, which will feature typical culinary delights from the Dolenjska region. MOVE TO WIN!
Nova Gorica – Tolmin – Kobarid – Kranjska Gora – Bled – Ljubljana – Departures to the airport In sports that are done in the countryside, the inhabitants of Slovenia are again and again among the winners. They know how to turn the natural features of the varied landscapes into challenges. Attention: This state of mind is contagious!
Start day one
by getting ready for sporting activities
in the astonishing Soča Valley.
In Tolmin, a town on a sunny terrace at a scenic confluence of rivers, you can decide whether you would rather go rafting on the extraordinary River Soča
, which attracts water sports lovers from all around the globe, or go cycling along the water to unbelievable views. A picnic in the countryside will then give you enough strength to visit the Kolovrat ridge with its panoramic views and an outdoor museum that forms the heart of the Path of Peace in the Soča Valley. After descending to Kobarid, visit the town’s museum that preserves hundred-year-old memories of World War One. End your day by heading over the highest mountain pass in Slovenia to the other side of the Julian Alps where the sports resort of Kranjska gora awaits you. Day two
begins with the fun of summertime tobogganing on the 1500-m long Vitranc track, where the best Alpine skiers lock horns in winter. From the highest Slovenian peaks, you will reach Bled
through the valley of the River Sava.
In Bled, one of the icons of Slovenian tourism, you can relax on a boat ride to the island in the middle of the lake. From the area of the Slovenian Alps head to Ljubljana,
the capital of Slovenia, where apart from lunch you can treat yourself to a stroll around town or a walk to the castle hill. Expected 1-day tour (17.5.2014):
CITY OF MOVING BORDERS
NOVA GORICA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Nova Gorica – Kostanjevica Monastery – Sveta Gora – Solkan – Šempas - the Soča Valley – the Vipava Valley – Goriška Brda
Nova Gorica, the town of this year’s SIW, is marked by the proximity of the Slovenian-Italian border and inspired by a boundary-pushing mentality.
In one of the youngest Slovenian towns, designed as a park with rose gardens, winning means taking some time to be playful! You don’t have to defeat anyone to win in a casino. The town is surrounded by an extraordinary landscape that offers views of the valley of the emerald River Soča as well as the Vipava Valley with its vineyards, fruit gardens and a rich historical heritage.
The first stop on the one-day tour will be Kostanjevica Monastery, which has a remarkable library and tombs of the last descendants of the French royal house of Bourbon. The monastery hill, which is famed for its collection of Bourbon roses, affords a beautiful view of Italian Gorizia. The view of the sea and the Alps will be even more beautiful from Sveta Gora (Holy Mountain) with its basilica, which pilgrims have been visiting for centuries. At its foot there is Solkan, where a railway bridge with the longest stone arch in the world spans the River Soča. Not far from there you can zip-line, gliding on a steel cable from one river bank to the other. The brave ones can go bungee jumping, whereas fans of river adventures can opt for a less demanding rafting tour to the Solkan Bridge.
Following the adventures on the Soča, you will regain your strength in the Vipava Valley. On a well-known winegrowing homestead in Šempas, we will have a tasting of top-quality wines accompanied by a typical local snack. Afterwards we will drive to points higher above with views of the valley. Before returning to Nova Gorica, you can try your hand at picking cherries – a fruit that has its festival in Goriška Brda during your visit.