Pearls of the Karst

THE VARIOUS SHADES OF UNIQUE HERITAGE

Embark on a journey through the Karst's diversity! The mysterious lighting of the famous cave, white horses of the noblest breed and the traces of historical events that come together and form an unforgettable story.

The Pearls of the Karst programme combines three attractions of the Slovenian Karst: the Škocjan Caves, the Lipica Stud Farm and the Park of Military History Pivka.

Three stories, which complement each other and outline the true nature of the karst world, will surely amaze you. You will learn the story of the karst underground, where the Reka River has created the Škocjan Caves. Due to their natural beauty and preservation of the karst environment, the Škocjan Caves became Slovenia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, they astound the many visitors who explore the network of underground caves and tunnels, the largest underground canyon in the world, and the stunning scenery of the karst landscape.

The Karst is more than just its beautiful natural heritage, it is also home to the noblest of all horse breeds – the Lipizzaner. The Lipica Stud Farm has been breeding and training these white noble animals, famous for their intelligence, diligence and a bit of that old karstic stubbornness, since 1580. That is why the Lipizzaners became famous in dressage schools and shows all over the world, from the Lipica Stud Farm to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. As part of the estate, you will learn about the Lipizzaners' peculiarities in the Lipikum Museum and the oldest stable – Velbanca, attend a show of the Lipica Classical Riding Schools and enjoy a ride in a carriage across the estate.

Through millennia, the Karst world has been the site of various historical upsets that changed the world. In the Park of Military History Pivka, you will learn about the turbulent history which shaped today's culture, language and traditions in the Karst. Through the museum exhibitions, you will embark on a journey from prehistoric hillforts, to medieval castles and the whirlwinds of war in the 20th century. It was the latter that left a very strong mark on the regions of Primorska and Kras. Various armies, governments and peoples that have come and gone left behind a bit of their language, art and culture – influences that can still be seen in the locals to this day.

The programme includes:

  • Entrance fee and guided tour of the Škocjan Caves 20 EUR (reduced fee in winter season 16 EUR)
  • Entrance fee for the Lipica Stud Farm and the show of the Lipica Classical Riding School 23 EUR (carriage ride optional extra)
  • Entrance fee for the Park of Military History Pivka (additional fee for the submarine tour) 10 EUR
  • 2 x overnight and breakfast at a farm stay 55 EUR per person
  • Surprise optional extra – tasting of a Brkini plum brandy at Prem Castle (6 EUR per person)

Info

DMO Zeleni kras
Prečna ulica 1
6257 Pivka
Slovenija

T: 00386 5 7212 249
E:
www.zelenikras.si

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Best time to visit

April-October

What is special

Visiting the largest underground canyon in the world, seeing the interior of a submarine, visiting one of the oldest horse farms in the world, relaxing in the Karst countryside

Duration

3 days – extended family weekend

Price

from 125€/person (children from 88€/person)

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