TRIPS AND EVENTS
Think like a local and behave like an ErasmuS, squeeze that juice out of Ljubljana by making her your own!
How? With stepping out of the box and exploring new sights with us.
UNUSUAL CITY TOURS :
THE SOCIALIST LJUBLJANA – HIDDEN FACE OF AN ERA
Tuesday, FEBRUARY 11 at 5pm
Meeting point : Prešeren Square
Do you know what is the symbolic meaning of the Anchor at famous Ljubljana Congress square? Or the storzes associated with massive buildings and monuments in the Republic square? Why did Slovenia get its first parliament in the socialist period of its history? During our tour, through a lot of interesting stories you'll get familiar with socialist Yugoslavia and its political and economic system along with its position in world politics during the Cold War. You'll also be shown the achievements of socialism through a ton of absorbing buildings, monuments and memorial plaques in the center of Ljubljana. Our tour will end with the walk through Tivoli park where you will hear some cool stories connected with one of the most famous socialist sports halls in Yugoslavia, Tivoli hall. Join us for the tour and all your questions will be revealed.
Tour includes :
- 2 hours of walk
- licenced city hall guide in English
- true Yugoslavian "kid friendly" surprises
»THEOTHERLJUBLJANA« - ALTERNATIVE CITY TOUR
Tuesday, February 18 at 5pm
Meeting point : Prešeren Square
Ljubljana is waiting for you to unveil the secrets of less known, misunderstood and unappreciated pearls of Ljubljana. Let us take you from a haunted Sugar plant where poets worn their souls out all the way to the political prisons of a hidden era, now well know Metelkova. Even the Mexico house standing in the middle of the city center is over looked in its beauty as it used to be a home for volunteers who fought for Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph, Prince Imperia in Mexico rebel in 1864. Are you ready to see the other side of Ljubljana?
TOUR includes :
english guided walking tour for hour and a half
a city hall licenced guide
NIGHT TOUR WITH TORCHES – Paths of Roman Aemona
Tuesday, February 25 at 6pm
Meeting point : Prešeren Square
if you are not only a brave, but also a night time creature, a ROMAN NIGHT TOUR with torches is a must for you as it explores hidden Roman paths of Iulia Aemona, a city established more than 2000 years ago.
Join us in the evening hours armed with torches and strut pass the North Roman wall, basilica and other bits of once glorious fortress and learn the history of a once military settlement .
TOUR includes :
hour and a half of walking tour in english
city hall licenced guide
UNESCO cAVES & PIRAN
February 15, SATURDAY (SEB students only)
March 1, Sunday
It is said Škocjan caves represent the bosom of the classical Karst as they truly are the most significant underground phenomena in both the Karst region and Slovenia. We will discover this natural gem which entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986 and where the Reka River disappears underground as well as the mysterious cave entrances. The Reka River sinks under a rocky wall; on the top of it lies the village of Škocjan after which the Caves are named.
Last but not least, visit and guided tour of Piran is on our bucket list. Not many people know that this area was inhabited in pre-Roman era with hunters and fishermen Ilyrian Histri ( that explains the name of Istrian peninsula). It was in only in the 177 BC when Piran was included into Roman empire. However the city's most majestic era was between 13th and 17th century when it was governed by the Republic of Venice and left a staple at city's archiecture. No better way to end a day with a late lunch or a coffee overviewing the gulf.
ALPINE GEM : BLED and BOHINJ
DATE : Sunday, February 16 - SEB students only
King Arthur had mists of Avalon, Ireland has the Hill of Tara and we have our own magical
land, the valley of eastern Julian Alps. In early Cenozoic era it was covered with sea (it is
even said seashells can be found deep in the mountains!), today it is one of the most
treasured natural gems of Slovenia.
At first we will stretch our legs and visit magnificent Lake Bohinj which stretches across Bohinj Valley inTriglav national park.
Pleasantly tired from the fresh mountain air, our journey continues to Bled, where
our tour guide will show us some attractions and later on we will try the original local
pastry, Bled cream cake (in Slovenian: »blejska kremšnita«). After the sweet tooth experience, there will be plenty of free-time to catch a breath and have some rest.
*IF the weather conditions will allow, we will take you for a short hike to famous waterfall Savica.
HUSKY CHALLENGE & SNOW DAY
DATES : February 22, Saturday AND February 29, Saturday
The original Siberian Huskies were bred by the Chukchi people — whose hunter-gatherer culture relied on their help. It is an active, energetic, resilient breed, whose ancestors lived in the extremely cold and harsh environment of the Siberian Arctic
We won't move you so far but rather on a 1517m high peak in Zreče Pohorje, where we will divide into two groups. First one group will starta a day with a school of handling these beautiful animals at the polygone and yoke huskies in pairs. In the meantime other group will have fun on the snow where we will be sledding. We will be of course guided by a professional who breeds and trains huskies for over 20 years.
But most importantly, we will start our day with a sweet breakfast with largest doughnits in Slovenia!
TRADITIONAL Slovenian Carnival in ptuj
DATE : SUNDAY, February 23
Rising gently above a wide valley, Ptuj (p-too-ee) forms a symphony of red-tile roofs best viewed from across the Drava River. One of the oldest towns in Slovenia, Ptuj equals Ljubljana in terms of historical importance, but the compact medieval core, with its castle, museums, monasteries and churches, can easily be seen in a day.
Since 1960, Ptuj has been the stage for the annual traditional carnival called Kurentovanje, the biggest organised carnival event in Slovenia and one of the biggest in Europe. If Kurentovanje used to be a one-day ethnographical-carnival event, it has grown into an eleven-day festival of ethnographical, carnival and musical performances.
Its main figure, known as Kurent, was seen as an extravagant god of unrestrained pleasure and hedonism in early Slavic customs. In today's festival, groups of kurents or "kurenti" wear traditional sheepskin garments while holding wooden clubs with hedgehog skins attached called "ježevke", the noise of which is believed to "chase away winter". In this way, the presence of kurenti announces the end of winter and beginning of spring. Being a kurent was at first a privilege offered only to unmarried men, but today, married men, children and women are also invited to wear the outfit.
A short legend about Kurent says: "This story is about a young man with a beautiful and handsome face. He was so beautiful that every girl in Slovenia fell in love with him. Girls were molesting him all the time, so the young man had no peace. Because of all these girls around him, one day he ran into the wilderness and asked God to give him an ugly face. God heard his wish and gave him a long nose, a red tongue, hair all over his body, a chain around his waist and cow bells ..."
CROATIAN SEASIDE - ROVINJ
DATE : APRIL 18, Saturday
A picturesque coastal town with cobblestone streets lead you to discover the beauty of untold stories which took place already during Venetian Republic and later on in Roman Empire. The busiest area is the very centre of Rovinj, extending from the main bus station towards the old part of town, where most bars and clubs are located, while town's main central thoroughfare is the fully pedestrian Carrera Street, with many independent shops and art galleries, also worth mentioning is farmer's market is located at the edge of the historic part of town, near Valdibora Square.
Its rich history will be persented by a localtour guide who will led us through vivid streets of this fairytale like town.