Featuring highlights of southern Slovenia's pristine wild beauty, you'll start in the eco-progressive capital and SUP beneath centuries-old bridges along the Ljubljanica River. Paddle and hike through the forested Kolpa Canyon, hunt wild mushrooms and track brown bears outside of Kočevje, and cruise emerald-green lakes in the underground Križna Cave network.

Highlights

  • Paddle the Ljubljanica River for a unique perspective of the capital
  • Test your balance as you paddleboard the picturesque Kolpa River
  • Visit the longstanding secret of the Cold War-era Škrilj Bunker 
  • Explore the underground cave network of the Križna Cave system

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ljubljana - SUP tour Ljubljana
Day 2 SUP & picnic on the Kolpa River, Škrilj Bunker tour & Kočevje Glamping Kočevje
Day 3 Mushroom hunting & bear sighting Kočevje
Day 4 Križna Cave tour - Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ljubljana - SUP tour 

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Take in the sites from the vantage of the Ljubljanica River

Welcome to Ljubljana! After your arrival, spend a little time relaxing in the heart of the capital: stroll across the iconic Dragon Bridge and the unique Triple Bridge, stopping in any number of bars and boutiques near Prešern Square. When it's time, you'll meet your guide for your introductory stand-up paddleboarding ("SUP") lesson before taking to the Ljubljanica River and seeing for yourself why Ljubljana was awarded the European Green Capital award.

Day 2: SUP & picnic on the Kolpa River, Škrilj Bunker tour & Kočevje Glamping

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Break for a picnic lunch along the Kolpa River

Today you will drive a couple of hours south toward the Croatian border to one of the most uncommercialized and preserved rivers in Slovenia, the Kolpa River. Paddle through the Kolpa canyon taking in the peaceful setting: thick forests, birds chirping, and the sounds of the flowing river. You'll work your way to a calm section of the Kolpa and stop for a picnic at the water's edge, swim, and relax before heading to the Cold War-era Škrilj Bunker. You'll have some time to wander the enclosed (former) military grounds and if there's interest tour some of the underground bunker's complex of corridors and rooms.

From there, you'll transfer the 20 minutes to a sprawling campground on the outskirts of Kočevje, where you will spend the evening in glamping comfort.

Day 3: Mushroom hunting & bear sighting

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Hang out in the bear observatory and wait for your brown bear encounter

Enjoy a unique excursion in Kočevje today that includes bear sightings and mushroom tracking. Meet your local guide and head into the woods. Following a narrow path, and with your guide's instructions, you'll look out for wild mushrooms as well as learn about their characteristics. Next, once in the bear observatory, you'll play a bit of a waiting game to sight a brown bear or two in close proximity. From here, you'll complete the last leg of your trek and end up back at your glampsite.

Day 4: Križna Cave tour - Depart

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Paddle a portion of the Križna cave below Cross Mountain

Spend your last day with a visit to the world-renowned Križna Jama or "Cross Cave"—an underground cave famous for its series of 45 subterranean emerald-green lakes. Join a boat tour and marvel at the quiet as you paddle below stalactites on eerily calm and pristine waters. As you navigate the cave system, you'll stop to discover cave bear remains and an ancient hideout structure from the Eneolithic period. Enjoy one last traditional Slovenian meal for lunch before you make your way to the airport for your onward journey.

Map

Map of Slovenia Wilderness: SUP, Hike & Bears - 4 Days
Map of Slovenia Wilderness: SUP, Hike & Bears - 4 Days