The tour starts at the reception centre, from where you will be accompanied by guides on foot towards the Globočak Collapse Doline, where the entrance to the Škocjan Caves is located. Through the artificial tunnel you will first step into the Silent Cave (Tiha jama) – a dry fossil tunnel rich in many diverse stalactite formations. You will stroll through the largest hall of the the Silent Cave (Tiha jama) called the Great Hall, where you will admire the Giant (Orjak), one of the largest stalagmites in the cave system.
The trail continues from the Silent Cave (Tiha jama) to the water Murmuring Cave (Šumeča jama), where you will be greeted by the Reka River and pass through one of the largest underground canyons in Europe. The enormous dimensions of the canyon, roaring Reka and crossing the famous Cerkvenik bridge above the river bed leave no visitor indifferent.
After emerging in daylight, you will continue the tour independently along the Big Collapse Doline (Velika dolina), which is one of the largest collapse dolines in Slovenia. Through the Tominc Cave (Tominčeva jama), which is important due to numerous archaeological findings, the path winds under the natural bridge to the Little Collapse Doline (Mala dolina). Across the bridge, whose shape resembles a proteus or the European cave salamander, you will enter the Mahorčič and Marinič Cave, which lie below the village Škocjan, after which the entire cave system got its name. After leaving the cave, you will ascend to the village of Matavun, where you will cross the road and follow the signs to the starting point at the reception centre.
In the event that the above described route of between 2 hrs 30 mins and 3 hrs, of 5 km and approx. 1000 steps is too hard, you can opt for an early exit from the cave system in the Big Collapse Doline (Velika dolina) (which means 3 km of walking and 500-800 steps) after emerging in daylight.
In the months January, February, March, April, November and December, the tour of the Škocjan caves ends with the exit from the Big Collapse Doline (Velika dolina).
All visitors are requested to follow the instructions of the park staff, take care of their safety and respect and protect nature. In the interior of the cave, taking photos is not allowed.
All visitors are recommended to wear comfortable sports clothing, wear appropriate shoes, have a head cover and a sufficient amount of water, and in case of rain an umbrella, as part of the path passes over the surface.
We wish you a pleasant stay and enjoy discovering the wonders of nature!