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Skočjan Caves

Skočjan Caves: Our most recommended tours and activities

Skocjan Caves, Piran & Predjama Castle: Self Drive Trip

1. Skocjan Caves, Piran & Predjama Castle: Self Drive Trip

Enjoy the freedom of a self drive tour. Visit the UNESCO Skocjan Caves, the most important natural heritage site in Slovenia. Take a short drive to Lipica stud farm, a world-famous cradle of the dancing white horses. Get the opportunity to sample the protected air-cured ham “pršut” and teran wine, along with other local delicacies. Travel along the Adriatic coast, to the charming town of Piran. Make a stop at the Predjama castle, a world-famous monument to human ingenuity and resistance. Marvel at the majestic underground canyon system on a 2-hour guided walking tour, that takes you deep into the bosom of Karst to admire the strength of running water. Get additional options in the itinerary, with a wide range of sites and activities in the area. Visit the oldest European Stud Farm, before heading to the idyllic village of Predjama to discover a castle, perched in the middle of a high cliff for over 800 years, famous for its dramatic appearance and setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a hillside. Go through a maze of stairs, halls, chambers, and other constructional marvels of medieval craftsmanship. Discover an old town built on salt, sitting on a scenic peninsula. Wander through its medieval web of narrow streets and tiny romantic squares.

From Ljubljana: Skočjan Caves Half-Day Trip

2. From Ljubljana: Skočjan Caves Half-Day Trip

The Škocjan Caves are a unique natural phenomenon, created by the Reka River. The Reka River springs below the Snežnik plateau and flows for 55 kilometers (34 miles) on the surface. After reaching the karst — that is, the limestone surface — the river not only deepens its riverbed through erosion but also corrosion; it dissolves the limestone and creates the caves. Explore the Škocjan Caves with a local, English-speaking guide on this half-day trip from Ljubljana. Get picked up at your hotel or guesthouse at 8:30 AM, then drive to the caves as your guide informs you about Slovenia. Upon arrival at around 9:30 AM, your guide will help you to buy the tickets to enter the cave. At 10 AM, begin your tour of the caves, spending around 1 hour and 45 minutes inside. Marvel at how big the caves are and learn all about the things you see. Make sure to dress warmly as the constant temperature in the caves is between 8–10ºC (46–50ºF). After your tour, you can eat something at the restaurant near the ticket counter if you wish. Finally, get back in your vehicle at 12 PM and return to Ljubljana. The tour concludes with drop-off at your original pickup point at approximately 1 PM.

Lipica Stud Farm & Škocjan Caves from Koper

3. Lipica Stud Farm & Škocjan Caves from Koper

The Lipica Stud Farm is one of the oldest stud farms in the world and it represents the origin of the Lipizzan horse. In a unique natural environment, in the middle of fairy meadows and in the shade of oak and chestnut trees, you will find beautiful white horses which will certainly enchant you. On your trip, you will experience the world of the Lipizzan horse, walk through the stable and visit the Lipikum Museum dedicated to various aspects of the stud and the Lipizzan breed. Škocjan Caves is a cave system in Slovenia which together with the underground stream of the river Reka represents the most important natural phenomenon of the Karst region and one of the largest underground canyons in the world. Due to its exceptional significance, Škocjan Caves was entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986. Its colourful underground world is adorned with giant stalactites, water rapids and beautiful lakes. View the world’s largest underground canyon and walk across the bridge which is situated 40 meters above the underground river. The panoramic view at the exit of the cave will certainly leave you speechless. At the end, visit the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, an open-air like museum, which is well known for its ethnological, karstological, geological and archaeological monuments, as well as for its natural and cultural heritage. Here the guests can walk through the park and enjoy the unspoiled nature.

Ljubljana: Skocjan caves, Piran, and Predjama Day Trip

4. Ljubljana: Skocjan caves, Piran, and Predjama Day Trip

Discover the Slovenian coast and the Karst region on this private tour. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Ljubljana and driven to your first stop: the UNESCO listed Skocjan Caves, one of the largest and most fascinating karstic sites in Europe, with the Reka River running 200 m below the surface. Next is one of the local taverns for a Karst air-dried prosciutto tasting. Considered by some to be one of the best prosciuttos in the world, you can sample it accompanied with the local wine Teran. Then, head on to Lipica, the homeland of the white Lipizzaner – a famous horse of the Spanish riding school in Vienna. Pass the coastal towns of Koper, Izola and Portoroz and reach a popular spot on the Slovenian coast – Piran. Get lost in its medieval narrow streets and houses, then enjoy some free time over an exquisite seafood meal in one of the many local restaurants or cafes. Take one last photo-stop at Predjama Castle on the way to Ljubljana and discover the secrets of the Guinness Book of Records' largest cave castle, located on a 123-meter high cliff, learning about the local Robin Hood, legendary knight Erazem.

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What people are saying about Skočjan Caves

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Several days after the Postojna Cave we also visited the Skocjan Caves. The two caves are so different that they are definitely worth visiting. Postojna is tailored entirely to tourism, the stalactites are bizarre and spectacularly beautiful. Skocjan, on the other hand, is the elemental force of nature, not pimped up, but completely original. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take pictures there; on the other hand, it is also an option to look at things with your eyes and not with the camera. The visit to the Lipica Stud had the small drawback that there were no horse demonstrations that day. Anyone who attaches particular importance to this should find out about the days on which such demonstrations are offered before booking the tour with the organizer or the stud. The visit was worth it anyway, because there was a detailed German-speaking tour and you had the opportunity to come into direct contact with the horses in the stables.

We LOVED the Skocjan Caves. We've visited a number of caves around the US and this one was spectacular in comparison. This tour does require some fitness as there are a lot of stairs and a lot of up & down throughout the tour. It was unfortunate that they don't allow any photography during the tour but you can see why, it would really slow down the tour. The area around the caves was very beautiful and luckily we were able to see the beginning of the fall colors. The Lipica Stud Farm was interesting but it would've been nice to see some kind of performance while we were there.