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Skocjan Caves
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Skocjan Caves and Piran Private Day Trip from Ljubljana
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Divaca
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“a must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

We didn't know which of the Slovenian caves to visit, but the tourist office in Ljubljana suggested we visit Skocjan if we only had time to see one. We caught the local train from the central station and arrived an hour and a half later. There is now a free bus that picks people up from the train and transports them to the caves - this was a real plus given it was snowing. Be aware that the bus to the caves leaves the station less than five minutes after the train arrives, so be quick. The timings of the trains from Ljubljana aren't the greatest, which meant we arrived two hours before the tour. We could have got one that arrived about 15 minutes before the tour, but we didn't want to push our luck. However, there is a restaurant and bar at the complex (and spotlessly clean toilets), and you can take a walk through the bush and see the river. The tour we took lasted two hours and was about 2-3 km of walking. Most of the walk was very straightforward although there are quite a lot of steps. It was also a bit slippery due to the weather. Inside the caves are really spectacular. The river was raging as a result of rain and melting snow. Our guide was great - very friendly and knowledgeable. I think we paid 15 Euros per person. It's a brilliant day out.

Visited January 2013
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“Skocjan Caves”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

Amazing stalagmites (grows from floor up) and stalactites (grows from ceiling down) - the inspiration for Jules Vernes' 'Journey to the Center of the Earth.' NOT AWESOME IF YOU FEAR HEIGHTS. This is not mentioned in tourism literature.

Visited August 2012
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“Very good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

We were staying add a camping nearby, on are way to the camping we saw a big Sign showing us the caves. We were really interrested and just went. The tour was lovely, not really expensive. The guide was really good. In the beginning of the tour we were split up in to two groups, a french spanisch group and an English German group. I am Dutch but my English is really well so that wasn't a problem. The guide new a lot about the stalactites and the stalacmites. But the nature around the caves is lovely aswell.

Once we were out of the caves and back to the base, we were kind of hungry, so we dicided to have a bite there. Normally I never eat add tourist places because they are overly expencive. We order two mixed meat dishes, and some drinks. It was really good and I think i anded up paying 30 euro's for 4 persons, so it was a very fairprice. Whine was 80 cents a glass and a pint was 1 euro. We were sorry we didn't have more drinks ;). I really advice eating there.

Visited January 2012
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“Truely Special and well maintained”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

Even if you've seen many caves around the world, and without going into the geological explanation - you don't want to miss this one. Its size, dimensions, versatiltiy of views make it a most unique experience, dominated by the underground river which flows deep down below you. You can't take pictures of your own, and have to rely on the ones taken by others, but the walk along the narrow trails and passing on a high bridge, over a tremendously deep canyon compensates for it all. You come to immensely appreciate and respect the people who managed to construct these trails and bridge in such a special way. There are lots of steps to cover, and not a short walk, but it's worth it!!!

Visited July 2012
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“A Must-Visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

Being from Kentucky (home of Mammoth Cave), I'm a little biased when it comes to tourist-friendly caves. But Skocjan is absolutely phenomenal, and it was one of the top highlights of our trip. I would consider it a must-see for anyone visiting western Slovenia.

Each stop on the tour is more magnificent than the last. You'll do a lot of hoofing--there's the walk to the cave entrance, the walking and stairclimbing while in the cave, then the climb out of the sinkhole once you exit the cave (aided only slightly by a funicular during one portion). But it's worth it.

The caves are easy to find, right off the highway, and the visitors' center has a small restaurant, a souvenir shop, clean (free) restrooms, and plenty of free parking nearby.

Visited October 2012
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