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Natural Leaders in Western Palearctic

Slovenia, 8 days

Slovenia offers breathtaking scenery, exciting Alpine and Mediterranean fauna and flora as well as world famous caves and a short but beautiful Adriatic Coast.

During our tour to this small country we explore the Julian Alps for alpine species such as Golden Eagle, Capercaillie, Pygmy Owl, Grey-headed and Three-toed Woodpecker, Alpine Accentor, Wallcreeper, Nutcracker, Alpine Chough, Common Crossbill and Snowfinch.

The karst region around Postojna is famous for its World Heritage caves and it can be anoptional programme to pay a visit there.

The seasonal Lake Cerknica and the scenic Mount Nanos are excellent for birdwatching, providing home for Ferruginous Duck, Corn Crake, Rock Partridge, Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting among others.

The Secovlje Saltpans on the Slovenian Coast offer an interesting array of shorebirds and other species including Mediterranean Gull, Cetti's Warbler and Zitting Cisticola.



Fact File

- 8 days in Slovenia visiting world heritage caves, mountains and the Adriatic Sea

- start and finish in Ljubljana

- using 2 accommodations


- 3 full days in the Julian Alps

- 2 days in the region of Postojna visiting famous caves and Mt. Nanos

- 1 day at the seaside at Secovlje Saltpans

- birding in Alpine and Mediterranean habitats

- exploring national parks and world heritage sites

- discovering Postojna and Skocjan Caves

- superb scenery, rare birds, reptiles, butterflies and dragonflies


3 nights in Bohinj close to the lake

4 nights at Postojna

Departure Dates



Ask for the actual price.

Our price includes:

- all travel as noted in the itinerary;

- all accommodation based on shared rooms (most rooms are twin bedded), at most locations there are single rooms as well for extra charge (Please ask for a single room at the time of booking!);

- 3 meals per day, generally breakfast at the accommodation, packed lunch, dinner (consists of at least two courses);

- services of the leader(s);

- trip materials.

Not included:

- flights to and from Ljubljana;

- optional programmes to places of interest and entrance fees involved;

- airport and other departure taxes, tips;

- food beyond generally 3 meals/day mentioned in the itineraries;

- excess baggage charges;

- telephone calls;

- alcoholic beverages;

- compulsory personal insurance.

If you have questions about the inclusion of any cost item, please contact us.

Activity level

Generally easy to moderate walks

Some longer drives expected

Optional programmes

Optional extension to Croatia

Optional visit of Postojna Caves

Optional extension to Venice, Italy or Hungary 



After arriving to Ljubljana Airport we drive north into the Julian Alps. Time permitting we might take a walk close to our hotel at Lake Bohinj searching for Gray-headed Woodpecker, Dipper and Gray Wagtail.


We visit Lake Bled and explore the Julian Alps to look for rare alpine mammals, reptiles, butterflies and birds including Ring Ouzel, Common Crossbill, Nutcracker, Crested Tit, Gray-headed and Black Woodpecker. We can also take a cable car to Mount Vogel to look for Alpine Chough.


We visit the Soca Valley and the mountains around Bovec in search of alpine species such as Ptarmigan, Alpine Accentor, Water Pipit, Alpine Chough and Snowfinch.


We visit Lake Cerknica, a seasonal lake hosting Red-necked Grebe, Ferruginous Duck, Corn Crake, River Warbler and Common Rosefinch among others. We explore Postojna Cave and Skocjan Cave. On top of scenic Mount Nanos and nearby hills we look for Golden Eagle, Rock Partridge and Rock Thrush.


We drive to the Mediterranean coast to explore Secovlje saltpans on a day trip, an area excellent for waders, gulls, terns as well as Cetti's Warbler and Zitting Cisticola.


We drive back to Ljubljana to take our flight back home.