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This short break is perfect for adventurous wildlife lovers. Spend the night in a cottage deep within the forest, in bear country. Your guide can teach you how to track wildlife, how to navigate using a map and compass, and how to survive in the forest. You can also learn how to shoot a bow or rifle if you wish. With luck, you may even get to see a bear!
Airport transfer available:Trieste–Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport
Airport transfer available:Venice Marco Polo Airport
Airport transfer available:Ljubljana Jože PuÄnik Airport
The accommodations will be two nights at a tourist farm in Pozar in comfortable twin rooms and one night in a cottage in the forest.The forest cabin only has shared rooms and no running water or phone signal. It is heated and comfortable but basic. You'll need your sleeping bag!
Your riding trail will be on either Iceland Horses, Quarter Horses, or Warmbloods (some are ridden in Western saddles, some English style). Your hosts have been organizing riding holidays for many years and pride themselves on matching you with the right horse to suit your size and character. Your guide has experience of trail riding, agility riding and Western competition riding as well as being very knowledgeable about the local wildlife. His wife used to compete Icelandic horses.
You should be capable at all paces on a forward going horse.
3 days of riding:
Upon arrival at Sembije, you will be allocated a suitable horse and will head straight out into the peaks of Milonja to discover the unspoiled nature which is home to bears. Along the route, your guide will point out any wildlife that you see. Upon arriving at a cottage in the middle of the forest, you will have dinner around the camp fire. You can enjoy the night sounds of the forest! Sleeping is possible in the cottage or the adventurous can pitch a tent.
After breakfast, set off to ride through the forest, looking for wildlife. There are possibilities for long canters along the beautiful forest paths. Stop for lunch at Gostisce Masun, which is the middle of bear country. After lunch, return to the forest cottage for a short rest, before descending into the valley to leave the horses back at their home. You are transferred a short distance to Bac and your accommodation where there are showers!
After breakfast, re-join the horses and ride into the forests to search for wild pigs. Some parts of the trail will require you to dismount and lead your horse for short periods. A picnic lunch is carried with you, so you can follow the best route according to your guide. After hopefully spotting lots of wildlife, you return the horses to Sembije and transfer to Bac for a final dinner.
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.
The horse riding holiday will take place in the Karst region. The Karst Plateau is a limestone plateau extending across the border of southeastern Slovenia and northeastern Italy. The plateau descends steeply towards the Adriatic sea and so doesn't get affected by the Mediterranean climate along the coast. The area is most famous for its caves including Vilenica, the oldest cave in Europe open to visitors, and Skocjanske Cave which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit several places such as the Sembije, Milonja, Masun, and Bac.
All meals are included in the price of this horse riding holiday. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be taken in different locations. You will have a dinner around the camp fire and a picnic lunch. Most of the meals will include meat but it is possible to arrange vegetarian meals with an advance notice. Lunches include delicious local wine.
A number of visits are included in the itinerary, but there are also many options within a short drive of Trnje, such as Postojnska and the Skocjanske caves, Krizna cave, Predjama Castle, Postojna, Castle Sneznik, and Lipica. These destinations are approximately a 40-minute drive away. A full day trip would also be recommended to Piran, Portoroz, Bled Lake, Bohinjsko Lake, Ljubljana, and River Soca. Your guides can also arrange rafting, hiking, cycling, mountaineering, and photography, as well as bear watching trips.
Please arrange your flight to arrive at Ljubljana Airport (LJU). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The round-trip transfer prices is 50 EUR per person for two passengers and 30 EUR per person for three passengers. You can also hire a car if you prefer; the journey would be 82 kilometers and would take approximately one and a half hours of travel time.
You may also arrange your flight to arrive at Trieste - Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS), Venice Airport Marco Polo (VCE), or John Paul II International Airport Kraków - Balice (KRK). Transfers from and to these airports are available upon request please send Lifetime Experience an inquiry for the prices.