Škocjan Caves Guided Tours

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The park is located in the classical Karst and is a true open-air museum. Here you can acquaint yourself with distinctive aboveground and subterranean karst phenomena, the most characteristic example of which is unequivocally the Škocjan Caves (Škocjanske jame) system with its unique natural values. The area is renowned for its exceptional archaeological finds, pioneering explorations of the Karst underground, and rich natural and cultural heritage. Your stay in the park can be short or last several days, and can even include a visit to the Reka River basin in all its diversity.



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DESCRIPTION
The guided tour begins at the Visitors Centre taking you to the man-made passageway in the Globocak Collapse Doline and continues through the Silent Cave (Tiha jama), a fossil passage filled with numerous dripstone formations. Exiting the Cave, you will be enthralled by the view of the underground canyon of the Reka River that you cross on the Cerkvenik Bridge, suspended nearly fifty meters above the riverbed. You can return the surface past Tominc Cave (Tominceva jama) and the waterfall under the natural bridge in the Big Collapse Doline (Velika dolina).

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to government measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we would like to inform you, that the Skocjan Caves are open for public again since 8. May 2020. The guided tours and timetables are changed! It is possible to visit the Skocjan Caves taking the tour Through the Underground Canyon. Other tours are not possible.

Guided tours in September are every day  at 10.00h, 11:00h, 12:00, 13.00h, 14:00 and 15.00h.

Guided tours in October are every day  at 10.00h and 13.00h.

NOTICE! Due to the situation related to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic and the change of the government decree, the visits to the Škocjan Caves have been changed since 9th July 2020.

The tour begins in Globočak, where the guides give an explanation before entering the Škocjan Caves. Visitors are divided into suitably large groups, who enter the caves individually, taking into account the appropriate distance and the mandatory wearing of a protective mask. There are no more explanations inside the cave system, and the guides supervise the cave tour. After visiting the caves, it is only possible to exit along the footpath through the Velika dolina over the Natural bridge. It is expected the visit to last 2 hours.





PRICELIST 2020
Through the underground Canyon- REOPEN in MAY 2020!

 

Period

Adults

Seniors, students (<26 years)

Children 

( 1 ) Through the underground Canyon

Jan., Feb., Nov., Dec.

16,00 EUR

12,00 EUR

7,50 EUR

Mar., Apr., May, Jun., Sep., Oct.

18,00 EUR

14,00 EUR

9,00 EUR

Jul., Aug.

20,00 EUR

16,00 EUR

10,00 EUR

( 1 + 2 ) Through the underground Canyon /
Following the Reka River underground 

from April to October

24,00 EUR

18,00 EUR

12,50 EUR




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DESCRIPTION
You can walk the path on your own or with a guide, entering the first part of the cave through the natural entrance carved by the Reka River below the village of Škocjan. Natural light penetrates the shaft through numerous openings, and the path runs just above the water. After visiting the Little Collapse Doline (Mala dolina) and the natural bridge where the Reka River spills through the narrow canyon into a lake in a high waterfall, you can also explore the Big Collapse Doline (Velika dolina) and Tominc Cave (Tominceva jama), known for its many archaeological finds.

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TIMETABLE BY MONTHS- CLOSED!
IJanuary


II.February


IIIMarch


IV.April



VMay

VI.June

VII.July

VIII.August

IX.September

X.October


XI.November


XIIDecember




Legend:

 
 every day



PRICELIST 2020
Following the Reka River underground- CLOSED!

 ( 2 ) Following the Reka River underground( 2 + 1 ) Following the Reka River underground /
Through the underground Canyon 
Adults12,50 EUR 24,00 EUR
Seniors, students (<26 years) 9,00 EUR 18,00 EUR
Children 6,50 EUR12,50 EUR

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DESCRIPTION
You can also experience the park by walking the circular Education Trail around the Big and Little Collapse Dolines (Velika in mala dolina) and through the villages of Betajna, Škocjan, and Matavun. Guided or unguided tours begin and end at the Visitors Centre. You can learn about karst phenomena, relief forms, and hydrological characteristics, the diverse flora and fauna, and the rich cultural heritage of the area. As part of the Education Trail you can also visit the museum exhibitions in the village of Škocjan.

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Unguided tours are possible all year round and free of charge.


PRICELIST 2020
For guided tours only.

Along the Škocjan Education Trail

Adults6,00 EUR *
Seniors, students (<26 years) 5,00 EUR *
Children 3,50 EUR *

* Organized groups must previously anounce their visit at least 14 days before. (Minimum group size is 12 persons).

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ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The guided tour begins at the Visitor’s Centre, where you start your journey in full caving gear towards one of the entrances to the Škocjan Caves – the Schmidl Hall. You then follow the flow of the underground Reka River. The route leads you into an underground canyon along the Hanke Channel all the way to Swidov’s viewpoint. This is a partially reconstructed path that was carved into the steep walls by the first cave explorers over 130 years ago.

The tour lasts approximately 3 to 4 hours and the varied footpath covers 2 km and 400 stairs. The visit is not possible for children under 15 years of age.

Before the tour, the guides at the Visitor’s Centre will present you with the basic caving gear and show you how to use it. However, you also need to be in good psychophysical condition. Your tour guide will introduce you to the route and explain the safety instructions that will keep you safe during the tour.

We ask you to wear appropriate clothes (comfortable clothes e.g. a track suit, skiing underwear in the winter or something similar) and to bring rubber boots or high hiking boots. It is recommended that you also bring a torch. If you do not own any boots, we can lend you a pair at the Visitor’s Centre. For the duration of the tour, you will be issued caving overalls, a helmet, a safety belt, a transport bag for water and a rubbish bag. After the visit, we cordially ask you to return all borrowed gear.

In the event of force majeure (e.g. high water levels), the tour will not be realised, even if it was previously confirmed. The tour is only realised when all conditions for the safe execution of the tour are met. The tour is only possible following a reservation that has been confirmed in advance (at least 10 days prior to your visit).


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TOUR TIMETABLE BY MONTHS (always at 9am)
I. January
II. February 15/02 Full 26/02 Full
III. March 14/03 Full25/03 2 free places
IV. April 18/04 Full
29/04 10 free places
V. May 16/05 1 free place 27/05 10 free places
VI. June 13/06 Full 24/06 Full
VII. July
VIII. August
IX. September 12/09 3 free places 26/09 1 free place
X. October 10/10 10 free places 24/10. 8 free places
XI. November 14/11  8 free places 28/11 10 free places
XII. December 12/12 10 free places 22/12 10 free places
PRICE LIST 2020
Hanke Channel

(including a visit to the museum collection History of Exploring the Škocjan Caves and the Velika dolina Valley)

Hanke Channel EUR 100.00/per person

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Information
Information Centre
Matavun 12
SI-6215 Divaca

Phone: 
+386 5 7082 110

Fax: 
+386 5 7082 111

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