Stories about all-embracing forests

Published: 21.2.2011

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Stories about all-embracing forests

Slovenia is one of the countries in Europe with the most forests and expanses of water. The forests of the Maribor Pohorje Hills in Eastern Slovenia conceal surprising discoveries while providing shade along the paths leading towards peat marshes. Check 8 tourist packages which you can enjoy on bicycle or on foot.

Stories about all-embracing forests

Slovenia is one of the countries in Europe with the most forests and expanses of water. There are over 22,000 animal and plant species on an area covering more than 20,000 square kilometres. Almost 30,000 watercourses ensure fresh, clean water throughout the year. The oldest forests can be found in the Kočevje region, while the mightiest conifer forests are in the Alpine and the Koroška regions. The forests of the Maribor Pohorje Hills in Eastern Slovenia conceal surprising discoveries while providing shade along the paths leading towards peat marshes. Check eight tourist packages which you can enjoy on bicycle or on foot. Feel the green heart of Slovenia!

Package 1: Nature and authentic life on farm

In Slovenske Gorice located in Eastern Slovenia, you can find the Firbas Farmhouse, where you can relax in the true embrace of nature, learn about authentic life on the farm, play volleyball, football, table tennis or engage in archery. You will be surrounded by a pleasant atmosphere, local culinary specialities and the possibility of numerous activities for the whole family.

Accommodation:

* Firbas Farmhouse

Price:

* 120 EUR per person

The price includes:

* Welcome drinks – homemade juices, wine or spirits

* Accommodation with half board (breakfast and selected homemade 3-course dinner)

* Free tour of the farm with animals and the opportunity to participate in everyday farming activities in the morning or in the evening in the barn with the farmer himself

* Free rental of sports equipment on the farm

* Horse riding in the enclosure accompanied by a trainer (3 laps)

authentic gift for children

* Visit to Negova Castle (6.5 km) and the Roman cemetery mounds in Brengova (4 km)

* One of the five culinary tours or swimming in the nearby spa.

The price does not include:

* Tourist tax

More information: info@firbas.com, +386 (0)2 7035090, www.firbas.com

Package 2: Experience Maribor on a bicycle

The Drava Cycling Route runs through Maribor and has the international code R1. It is one of the most beautiful bicycle routes in Europe because of the outstanding sights of nature and cultural diversity to be found along its way. Let the Drava River guide your bicycle from its spring in Italy, through Austrian Carinthia and Slovenia.

Accommodation:

* Hotel Bau 3*

Price:

* EUR 142 per room

The price includes:

* 2 nights in a double room

* A buffet breakfast with Slovenian specialities

* A welcome drink

* WiFi access in the room and the hotel lobby

* Storage for bicycles

* Large secure parking area

* Dinner in the hotel or a nearby restaurant

The price does not include:

* Tourist tax

More information: info@hotel-bau.si, +386 (0)2 421 63 10, www.hotel-bau.si

Package 3: An active break below the Pohorje Hills

The Hotel Draš with a wide selection of hotel, sports, culinary and wellness services awaits you below the Pohorje Hills. We invite you to explore everything that Pohorje offers for an active holiday break for you and your family.

Accommodation:

* Hotel Draš 4*

Price:

* EUR 119 per person for 3 days (2 nights)

* EUR 156 per person for 4 days (3 nights)

* EUR 199 per person for 5 days (4 nights)

The price includes:

* Accommodation in a double room

* 2, 3 or 4 half boards according to the programme (breakfast + dinner)

* 1 free entry to the wellness centre (Finnish sauna, Turkish bath)

* Free entry to the fitness facilities

* 1 hour of badminton

* Ccake of your choice

* Free internet access in the hotel

* Parking space

The price does not include:

* tourist tax

More information: hotel@dras.si , +386 (0)59 076 600, www.dras.si

Package 4: Package for the active holidaymaker

Enjoy an active weekend break in Ruše below the Maribor Pohorje Hills. In addition to activities in the Pohorje Hills, explore the surrounding area on a bicycle or on foot. The hotel offers healthy and fresh food, wellness pampering and free entry to Casino Mond.

Accommodation:

* Hotel Veter 3*

Price:

* EUR 89 per person

* Children under 6 stay for free

* 50% discount for children between 6 and 12

The price includes:

* 3 nights in a double room with half board

* Light, fresh and low-calorie food

* Parking space in underground car park

* Free entry to Casino Mond; organised transfer for larger groups

The price does not include:

* Swimming pool in the wellness area of Ruše Sports Park (additional fee of EUR 10 per day)

* Pets are welcome (additional fee of EUR 10 per day)

* Tourist tax

More information: info@hotel-veter.si ,+386 (0)2 669 00 00, www.hotel-veter.si

Package 5: Pohorje – Kozjak hiking adventure

Join a guided tour among the vineyards above Maribor, which offer excellent vistas over the capital of the Štajerska region and its surroundings. Taste the produce of local vineyards at the degustation tasting of wines in the Old Vine House in Maribor. Complete you holiday with a hike to Kozjak, Rogla, the Lovrenc Lakes and along the Maribor Pohorje Hills.

Accommodation:

* 3* hotel in Maribor

Price:

* EUR 495 per person

The price includes:

* 5 nights in a double room in a 3* hotel with breakfast

* Slovenian guide on hiking tours

* Organised transfer of guests to starting points of hiking tours

* Visit to the Old Vine House and wine tasting

* Lunch in a restaurant in Maribor

* Hot meal in the Žavcarjev vrh mountain hut

* A raft ride on the Drava River

* Lunch in the Koča na Pesku mountain hut

* Return transfer with a cable car to Maribor Pohorje

* Lunch in a mountain hut in Maribor Pohorje

The price does not include:

* Tourist tax

More information: info@martura.si ,+386 (0)8 388 91 60, www.martura.si

Package 6: Feel like a student

Comfortable accommodation in the centre of Maribor enables the use of sport infrastructure in student dormitories at a favourable price. Try what it’s like to be an active student in Maribor. Your thoughts will take you back to your student years and you can relive those fond memories.

Accommodation:

* Student dormitories of the University of Maribor

Price:

* EUR 12 per person per night (when staying 3 nights or more)

The price includes:

* Accommodation in double rooms with the sharing of a kitchen, toilet facilities and common areas

* Possibility of using sports infrastructure

* Unlimited Internet access

* Bed linen and towels, laundry room

The price does not include:

* Tourist tax

More information: bojana.ogrizek-rogan@um.si, +386 (0)2 8050 485, www.studentskidomovi.um.si

Package 7: Vesenjak Country House Retreat

The country house is situated on 7 hectares of land next to a forest and offers views of the Pesnica River Valley. Enjoy walking, cycling and relaxing. You can also view the organic fruit production or a 180-year-old wine cellar (they have been producing wine since 1837).

Accommodation:

* Vesenjak Country House with 3 apples denoting the quality of services of the tourist farm

Price:

* From EUR 89 per person

The price includes:

* Rental of the house with two bedrooms

* Parking space

* WiFi

* Bed linen

The price does not include:

* Tourist tax

More information: vili.vesenjak@guest.arnes.si , +386 (0)41 231 931, www.pocitniskahisa.wix.com

Package 8: Active vacation in the Pohorje Hills

Cyclists, hikers, joggers, climbers, swimmers, mushroom pickers – enjoy your activity in nature, in the vastness of the Pohorje primeval forest. While admiring the wonders of nature in the Šumik Primeval Forest Reserve breathe deeply, let the fresh air from Pohorje invigorate your body and soul.

Accommodation:

* Terme Maribor (Hotel Bellevue 4*)

Price:

* EUR 58 per person per night

The price includes:

* Accommodation in a double/single room with half board

* Unlimited access to the World of Saunas in Bellevue Wellness Centre

* Free entry to the fitness centre

* Internet connection

* Free entry to Casino Mond

* Parking space

* 1 sport lunch box to take away/day

* 1 rental of Nordic walking sticks/day

* 1 ticket for the cable car

* BE ACTIVE breakfast

* 1 bicycle rental/day

The price does not include:

* Tourist tax

More information: booking@termemb.si , +386 (0)2 23 44 333, www.hotelbellevue.si/en/

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