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Hiking + Self-Guided +

All the colours of Slovenia:
breath-taking nature
and the magic of Ljubljana

MaroWays durata 2 days with local guide + 2 days self-guided (4 days/3 nights)
MaroWays lunghezza 18 km in 2 days
MaroWays difficoltà easy

Book your tour from 485,00 €

A fairy-tale trip in which you will be transported to Lipica’s dreamlike, verdant meadows, the mysterious Škocjan Caves and Slovenia’s enchanting capital, Ljubljana. Travelling on foot and by train, we will take you on an awe-inspiring adventure to discover the area’s unique natural phenomena and the charm of a bijou European capital.

MaroWays Historical centre of Ljubljana
MaroWays Cerkvenik bridge in the Škocjan caves

Between dreams and reality in awe-inspiring Slovenia

In the first half of the trip, we will discover two unique wonders of the world, the renowned Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the world-famous Lipica equestrian park. An authentic and unique experience, this walking tour brings you up close to nature and the unique character of the Karst plateau. The second half is self-guided, enabling you to discover Ljubljana’s charm independently. While you manage your time and choose how to spend your days, we are here to inspire you to enjoy the best of the capital, sharing our tips on how to experience this fascinating city at its finest.

Route and details of the tour

MaroWays ritrovoDeparture location at 10:00 (one hour earlier in the shorter days of winter) anywhere in the Trieste and Karst area (Slovenian and Italian). Please contact us if you are arriving from elsewhere.
MaroWays ritrovoReturn location self-guided in Ljubljana. The local tour guide will accompany you to Divača train station.
Duration 2 days with local guide + 2 days self-guided (4 days/3 nights)
Distance 18 km in 2 days
Difficulty easy / self-assessment hiking form
Availability year-round – every day (from November to March, no departures on Mondays)
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Day 1

Meals and accommodation

Meals included lunch in the restaurant, dinner in the hotel
Accommodation local hotel

Daily hiking information

Distance 11 km
Elevation + 124 m - 93 m
Walking hours 2:45 h (stops excluded) + visit of Lipica
Difficulty easy

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Lipican horses in the Lipica stud farm on the Karst plateau
The verdant meadows of Lipica

Private transport will bring us to the Lipica stud farm, home of the finest, world-renowned horses. Founded in 1580 by Archduke Charles of Habsburg, the estate is an oasis of tranquillity, a nature-lover’s paradise, with its tree-lined avenues and carefully tended, green pastures through which herds of white, thoroughbred horses roam freely. The guided tour takes you to the park’s ancient stables and the interactive museum dedicated to the Lipizzaner horse. After the tour, we will make a lunch stop in the park’s tranquil and serene surroundings.

MaroWays Walking path on the Karst plateau with MaroWays
The trails of the Karst plateau

Having bid farewell to Lipica, we continue our journey with a pleasant stroll through the Karst landscape. An easy trail bordered by dry stone walls leads us through woods and past sinkholes to the ancient Karst village of Lokev. From here, we take our final stretch of unpaved track to the Karst town of Divača, where we will spend the night in a local hotel.

Day 2

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast, packed lunch
Accommodation 3* hotel or similar

Daily hiking information

Distance 7 km
Elevation + 150 m - 150 m
Walking hours 2:00 h (stops excluded) + visit of the Škocjan Caves
Difficulty easy

Highlights of the day

MaroWays The Unesco world heritage of the Škocjan caves visited with MaroWays
The magic of the Škocjan Caves

After a hearty breakfast, we will step back into nature, arriving soon afterwards at another wonder of the Karst plateau: the Škocjan Caves, declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1986. Led by an expert speleologist, we will enter a magical world of colour in which imposing stalactites and mysterious rock formations have been created over millennia. The subterranean Reka River has carved out the largest underground canyon in the world, which we will safely traverse on a bridge suspended almost 50 metres above it. The location of these caves, now so famous they attract visitors from around the world, enables us to access the heart of the underground Karst topography.

MaroWays The charm and the friendly vibe of Ljubljana
Ljubljana – love at first sight

After lunch, we will return to Divača to collect our luggage and head to the nearby train station to take the train to Ljubljana. The second, self-guided part of the trip begins here. Before saying our goodbyes, we will provide you with all of the necessary documentation to continue your trip including your hotel booking voucher, which is located in the heart of the capital. You will arrive in Ljubljana that evening after a relaxing train ride of approx. 2 hours. After the all the excitement of the day, you may wish to end your day with a stroll around the city centre or simply by relaxing in your hotel.

Day 3

Ljubljana: self-guided experience

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast
Accommodation 3* hotel or similar

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Tivoli Nature Park in the Europe’s green capital Ljubljana
Europe’s green capital

Energised and enlivened, you will awake in the heart of a European capital. The day is yours to discover this lively, green city, designed on a human scale by the renowned architect Jože Plečnik. Easy to explore, Ljubljana will undoubtedly win you over with its relaxed and friendly vibe, along with its picturesque bridges, open-air markets and buzzing cafés and restaurants. You will soon discover that the best way to explore this great little capital is on foot as all its major attractions are just a short walk away, including the most popular eateries and the best places to shop. To admire the panorama of the city, you can head up to the ancient castle in the old part of the city, while, if you want to take it easy, don’t miss a trip to Tivoli Park. As the day draws to a close, you may wish to take a romantic boat trip down the Ljubljanica River or simply enjoy an aperitif in one of the enticing riverside cafés. The city centre restaurants, among the best in Slovenia, offer an authentic dining experience.

Day 4

Ljubljana: self-guided experience

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Panoramic view on the Prešernov trg square and the triple bridge in Ljubljana
More time to explore Ljubljana

Our services end after breakfast and check-out from the hotel. You will have the whole day free in Ljubljana and may wish to visit some of the city’s first-rate museums and art galleries or explore its fascinating surroundings. From the capital, you can then continue your travels in Slovenia or return home: regular buses and trains serve all the main destinations in the country, while equally numerous are the international routes served by the local airport and the bus station in the city centre.

What we love about this tour

Combining nature and culture in Lipica

The sound of the river in the Škocjan Caves

Following in the footsteps of the Argonauts

Getting lost in the aromas of the markets

Discovering Tivoli Park through the eyes of a local

Sustainable travel

MaroWays prezzi tour

Price per person

485,00 €

MaroWays partecipanti tour

Group size

2 - 10

Price includes

Accommodation in double room; scheduled meals: lunch and dinner on the first day (drinks not included), packed lunch on the second day, breakfasts every day; luggage transfer for the hiking part (1 item of luggage per person); admission to the Lipica Equestrian Park; admission to the Škocjan Caves; private transfer from Trieste to Lipica; train travel from Divača to Ljubljana; local tour guide MaroWays for the hiking part; guidebook Maroways of Ljubljana; documentation for the self-guided part.

Price excludes

Meals not mentioned above; drinks during mealtimes; medical insurance; tips, expenses and personal extras; anything not expressly mentioned above.

Supplements

During peak season, prices may be subject to changes due to availability at the time of booking. Any changes will be communicated at the time of the request.

Information

Important information

Please disclose any food intolerances at the time of booking.

What to bring

Valid ID for crossing the border; even in summer, bring a sweater or sweatshirt (inside the caves the temperature is a constant 12°C all year round); lightweight backpack with rain cover; closed-toed and comfortable walking shoes; water; sunscreen; appropriate clothing (sun hat, cagoule, waterproof jacket, etc.), camera.

Weather

Excursions take place outside. Itineraries may therefore be affected by inclement weather. We do our utmost to best interpret the weather forecast. If, due to particularly adverse conditions, it is understood that a tour cannot go ahead or if the weather conditions may pose a risk to your safety, we reserve the right to modify or cancel the travel contract based on the provisions laid out under the Terms & Conditions.

Mobility

This tour is not suitable for those with reduced mobility.

Booking

30% of the total amount must be paid at the time of booking. The balance is due 30 days before departure. In the case of a reservation being made within 30 days of the departure date, payment of the full amount is required. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Cancellation policy

In the case of cancellation by the client, the following fees will be applied:
→ more than 30 days prior to departure: 30 % of the cost of the trip (non refundable deposit)
→ 29 to 15 days prior to departure: 50 % of the cost of the trip
→ 14 to 7 days prior to departure: 75 % of the cost of the trip
→ less than 6 days prior to departure: 100% of the cost of the trip

PHOTO: www.slovenia.info – Andrej Tarfila; Borut Lozej, Javni zavod Park Škocjanske jame; Dean Dubokovič; Boris Pretnar; Jošt Gantar; Nea Culpa d.o.o.

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