Inner Carniola in one day

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Description

As the bear approaches the honey we will be getting to the area of seasonal Cerknica Lake, the second biggest karst field in Slovenia after Ljubljana plain.

Nearby Loska Valley, about a one hour drive away from the coast, is one of the coolest regions of Slovenia.
This valley boasts Sneznik Castle, one of the best-preserved castles of Slovenia. About sixty percent of Slovenia is forest and some of its primal forests you can see and breath right here.

Ribnica has been traditionally the most commercial place of Slovenia and the cradle of woodenware.

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Program (10 hours)

Still in the morning time, we get to Cerknica.
This region is a peculiar creation of Nature with its above an underground mysterious worlds.
It boasts the second biggest lake in Slovenia, when full. It is a natural habitat of either brown bears, wolves, lynxes, deers, wild boars or eagles, hawks or salamanders, cave bugs human fishes and other underground creatures.
In the lake area there is also a small, but very informative museum. We may keep this as an optional.

After the visit of the area and many photo-stops, we'll head on to Loska Valley, to the Sneznik Castle.
By entering it we get a view of how the original furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries looks like and how the landlords of that time lived in the middle of this specific microclimatic zone.
In the nearby village of Babno Polje reportedly the lowest temperature ever was measured in 1929: -39,6 Celsius or -39,28 Fahrenheit.

Drive over Bloke Plateau, the area of first written mentionings of skiing in Slovenia takes us to the town of Ribnica.
In the center of this pretty town we enter the Handicraft Centre and dive into the world of crafts.
There we'll unveil the curtains, covering the view to the cultural heritage of the area.
The town still hosts a loud fair every Saturday, when people come and bargain for every single piece of merchandise you can see there: from a wooden spoon to a metal detector and maybe you'll end up buying even a bottle of fresh Ribnica air.

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    Cerknica Lake area

    Cerknica is the main town of the wider karstic region, the second biggest of this kind in Slovenia. Cerknica Lake is among the biggest periodic lakes in Europe.
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    Ribnica

    Ribnica is famous for being the capital of woodenware. If you choose to extend your stay in this region Loopy can connect you with local craftsmen. Perfect option for craft lovers.
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    Sneznik Castle

    Sneznik Castle with perfectly preserved interior from 18th and 19th century is located in Loska Valley.

What is included in this tour?

  • Entrance to Sneznik Castle
  • Entrance to Ribnica Handicraft Centre
  • Professional tour guiding
  • Travelling in comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water on the way

Location

Reviews


Susan T / Tripadvisor, October 2019

Many, many thanks to Jernej for the fantastic tour yesterday.
We arranged for a private tour, and we hoped to see my grandparents’ hometowns.
No only did Jernej find the hometowns, he found their baptismal records, my grandpa’s twin brother’s grave, and even some long lost cousins that I’ve heard about but never met! We not only met them, but had dinner with them, and their families!
Again, thank you, Jernej! Your went over and above our expectations.

RMG2306 / Tripadvisor, July 2019

By email exchange from Australia with Jernej, who was to be our guide and driver, we put together a private multi day custom tour of eastern Slovenia.
Collecting us (2 people) from our hotel in Zagreb we were driven to Ljubljana , then to Lake Bled via Vintgar Gorge. Our tour took in the Vrsic mountain pass, Soca River, Brda wine region ( staying in Smarto), Kobarid War Museum, Predjama Castle, Skocjan Caves Lipica Stud Farm ( staying in Piran) and finally transferring to Rovinj via Istrian hill towns.
In all our travels, Jernej selected routes that showcased the wonderful landscapes and small villages in Slovenia. Most of the roads were through the rural farming areas with little road traffic. This enhanced our experience and appreciation of Slovenia.
Jernej, with his many connections gave us some wonderful insights into everday life in Slovenia that a tourist is rarely afforded.His extensive knowledge and experience stimulated many interesting discussions. In addition we were treated to an improptu lunch and wine tasting in the wonderful Jelenic Winery, another lunch and farm tour with one of his cousins (Viljem) and his family, and even a brief visit to his mother's 80th birthday party. And we can't help but mention our off road forest experience. This was a real bonus!
The multi day tour arrangements went seamlessly .Both the transport and accommodation were excellent.The tour was very well organized and efficient.
Jernej's personal approach was very engaging and stimulating throughout our tour exhibiting his extensive knowledge and experience of Slovenia and his great sense of humor.
For us this delivered a wonderful and memorable experience of Slovenia.
We would highly recommend this company led by the remarkable manager Jernej Zakelj.

Michael and Linda / Tripadvisor, July 2016

We did the Western Loop with Jernej.
We chose the MultiDay option as we wanted to hop off the tour and stay over night in Smartno, Brda to visit with relatives. We rejoined the tour the next day and continued on.
This was a great option for us as travelling by public transport would have been difficult and time consuming. The places we visited were great and Jernej was very knowledgeable.
Don't go crazy travelling around Slovenia. Go Loopy!

Luis R / Tripadvisor, March 2016

Slovenia is a beautiful country and Loopy Slovenia the best option ever!!
Jernej (Bart) is a really nice and flexible person. He knows a lot about his country and Slovenian culture. We were a 20 people group and we did both tours with him.
West Loop was simply perfect. We visited Bled, Bohinj lake, Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle, which are the highlights of this area. It was snowy, so the views were even better!
In the East loop we could visit the main cities in the country (Maribor, Ptuj, Celje) and that let us know a little more about Slovenian history and culture. What's more, Jernej took us for a walking tour in Ljubljana the day after our first Loop.
I'd recommend Loopy Slovenia to you, but I should advice you to be careful: after doing the tour, you will miss this country too much! I'm planning going back there soon ;)

thoxa / Tripadvisor, October 2016

My husband and I joined the West Loop in June.
There was no other guest that day, so we enjoyed a wonderful private tour. We were taken to both popular and less travelled places, tasted delicious local produce and wine, and was shown how to fully enjoy a vacation despite unfavourable weather.
Slovenia is splendid, and well deserves more than just a day or two.
Our guide Jernej is friendly, knowledgeable and humourous. He was eager to make our entire trip in Slovenia, not just the West Loop we paid for, memorable. He even offered to take care of our luggage and give us a brief tour for free in Koper a few days after the West Loop trip. We didn't take the offer due to change of plans, but we eventually met twice for drinks and pizza in Ljubljana!
We heartily recommend Loopy Slovenia to anyone who would love to see the true colours of Slovenia.