If minimum number of persons is not reached, the program may be cancelled, substituted by another program with notice to participants, or may proceed at altered rate with the consent of all participants.
CANCELLATION OF TOURIST PROGRAMME
All cancellations must be sent in writing to Conference Secretariat. For cancellations received before May 15, 2017 payment will be refunded in full fee. Cancellations received after May 16, 2017 are not refundable.
Tuesday, May 30, 17.00 – 19.00
Ljubljana Sightseeing – walking tour
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is a dynamic Central European city lying. Ljubljana’s geographical position has governed its colourful past, since it is situated on a natural passage leading from Central Europe to the Mediterranean and toward the East called the “Ljubljana Gate.” It is not by pure coincidence that trade routes and waves of migration have passed through it since centuries. From the times of the first settler’s right down to the present day, the transit character of this area has stimulated the constant growth of economic and cultural ties with other cities and nations. From its very beginnings, Ljubljana’s culture and lifestyle has been attuned to contemporary currents in Europe, while both the Central European and the Mediterranean spirit have influenced the temperament of its residents. Ljubljana’s appearance and flair has charmed many visitors. The traveller will find here a unique combination of a tranquil capital city bubbling with the spiritual energy of the nation. It is the political and cultural heart of the Slovenian nation. Its geographical position in the centre of Europe has determined Ljubljana as a natural meeting place for merchants and soldiers as well as – and more than once – peacemakers. The victors of the Napoleonic wars selected this peaceful city as the site of the Holy Alliance congress, which in 1821 sealed the European political geography for years to come.
In Ljubljana the old meets the new; and it seems that history has spent all of the settlement’s five millennia preparing it to become the nation’s capital. It has managed to retain traces from all periods of its rich history; from the legacy of Roman Emona; through to the Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods characterized in the house fronts and ornate doorways of the city centre, the romantic bridges adorning the Ljubljanica river, the lopsided rooftops and a park reaching deep into the city centre.
Included in the fee for accompanying persons.
- English-speaking guide
- ride with funicular and back to Ljubljana castle
Thursday, June 1, 14.00 – 19.30
Excursion to Bled – half day
Often described as the ‘Image of Paradise’, the Alpine resort town of Bled will enchant you with its emerald-green lake, fairytale-like island and imposing castle reigning on top of a rocky cliff. This harmonious mix of beautiful nature, rich history and genuine hospitality has been attracting visitors for centuries. It was here that the Yugoslavia Royal Family once had a summer residence, later replaced by the summer residence of President Tito, which can still be seen by the lake. After an enjoyable drive, we board a traditional ‘pletna’ boat and smoothly glide over the lake to visit the only Slovenian island.
Its top is crowned with a little church, and you will have an opportunity to ring the mysterious wishing bell. A scenic road takes us around the lake and to the medieval castle perched high on a cliff. Built over a thousand years ago, it was once an unconquerable property of the Bishops of Brixen. Today, it attracts visitors with its museum, and demonstrations of old crafts and traditions, not to mention the breathtaking view of the surroundings. Before returning to Ljubljana, enjoy a stroll by the lake or treat yourself to the famous Bled cream-cake.
Price: 80 EUR per person / min 10 person
- English-speaking guide
- Bus transfer
- Ride with ‘pletna’
- Entrance to church on island
- Entrance to Bled Castle
Friday, June 2, 8.30 – 14.00
Excursion to Postojna and Predjama Castle – half day
The mesmerizing beauty of the Postojna Caves and the mysterious castle of Predjama rank among the most precious jewels of Slovenia. We will explore the wonderful underground world and excite our imagination in a striking medieval castle.
It has taken millions of years for the clear waters of the River Pivka to create these 21km of underground labyrinth of passages, caverns and great halls, decorated with dripstones, translucent curtains and pillars of fascinating shapes and colours. After an unforgettable underground train ride to the heart of the cave system, experienced guides will accompany you on a walk through the subtly lit fairy-tale like underground world. You will glimpse a million years in one moment, admiring delicate spaghetti-like stalactites, massive pillars and other geological wonders. Back in the daylight, the trip will continue towards the astonishing castle of the robber knight Erasmus. For centuries dramatically hanging in over a 100-
meter-high vertical cliff, it’s waiting for you to enter and discover its secrets, legends and myths. Driving through green scenery, we return to Ljubljana.
Please note that the temperature in the caves is approximately 8 degrees Celsius. Bring warm clothing and comfortable shoes!
- English-speaking guide
- Bus Transport
- Entrance Postojna cave
- Entrance to Predjama castle