ŠKOCJAN CAVES AND SLOVENIAN COAST
Departure at 7:45 a.m.
Škocjan Caves (9:15 a.m.): Due to their exceptional significance, the Škocjan Caves were entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986. International scientific circles have thus acknowledged the importance of the Caves as one of the natural treasures of planet Earth. Ranking among the most important caves in the world, the Škocjan Caves represent the most significant underground phenomena in both the Karst region and Slovenia.
Lunch at 12:30 p.m. at Mahnič restaurant.
Then we will continue our route to Sečovlje Salina Nature Park (3:30 p.m.): Sečovlje Salina Nature Park covers about 650 ha along the Slovene-Croatian boundary in the extreme southwestern part of Slovenia. At Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, the past and present still walk hand in hand. The ancient method of salt-making, learnt ages ago by the Piran salt-workers from their teachers, the salters from Pag Island, is still something special, even in the entire Mediterranean.
We will visit the Museum of Salt-making. This unique museum comprises a salt maker's dwelling with attached bread oven and several saltpans. Among the once numerous salt-pans in the Gulf of Trieste only those in Sečovlje and Strunjan have been preserved, therefore representing ethnological, technical, historical, settlement, and landscape heritage of exceptional significance.
We will afford you some free time to enjoy the beauty of the Slovenian coast in Portorož: is a Slovenian Adriatic seaside resort and spa town located in southwestern Slovenia. In summer days, the sand beach becomes a rainbow of colored umbrellas and deckchairs. Little ones build sand castles, children enjoy playing volleyball and sailing, parents sunbathe. Tourist boats sail to short trips from the main pier. Nice restaurants, little shops and cafeterias with delicious coffee and ice cream follow one after the other on the coastal promenade.
We will return to your hotel in Ljubljana at approximately 7:00 p.m.