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Beeline to Slovenia

Highlights

For those interested in bees
specifically beekeepers
Honey, mead & great food
in the land of beekeepers

Introduction

Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean area and the limestone Karst changes into deep forests of the south. All provide perfect habitats for bees and the country has an outstandingly long and dynamic tradition of bee keeping that continues today.

Outline Itinerary

Day
1. Arrive Ljubljana, Museum of Apiculture & to Lake Bled
2. Explore Bled area & visit local beekeeper
3. To Lake Bohinj & traditional beekeeper. To Ljubljana
4. Guided tour of the city, urban beekeepers, the bee trail project
5. To Ptuj, sparkling mead tastings. Thermal spa
6. Pumkpin seed oil, ham & the Jeruzalem wine road
7. Innovative beekeeping, apitherapy, herbal & beekeeping farm
8. Visit the Slovenian Beekeepers Association. Depart Slovenia.

Cost

This suggested itinerary is just an example of possibilities available for trips to this area. Price is dependant on season, standard of accommodation and length of stay. Please contact us for more specific pricing.

Departure Dates

Late April to late September, any departure date to your requirements.

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Description

This fascinating week in Slovenia will explore many of the diverse and interesting aspects of perhaps the world's most advanced beekeeping nation. Slovenians usually keep bees in specifically designed bee houses. Slovenia will delight in its heritage, culture, landscapes and cuisine and this tour for beekeepers and those interested in bees will give you a grand taste of it all.

Your first stop, just a short distance from Ljubljana airport, is at the Museum of Apiculture in Radovljica which covers the entire heritage of Slovenia's beekeeping, a perfect introduction to the week ahead. Lake Bled is your destination this evening where you will stay in a hotel or at a farm guesthouse.

There is time to relax this morning to walk beside the famous lake, visit the castle perched on the rock above the lake or perhaps take a 'pletna' traditional boat ride to the small island and the scenic Church of the Assumption. Later visit an experienced beekeeper for a first introduction to Carnolian bees, beekeeping, nectar producing plants of the region and bee products.

The following day you will visit Bohinj, the lake here lies among spectacular scenery surrounded by a great circle of rocky mountains that form the highest Julian Alps which are part of Triglav National Park. Rather than honey, delicious cheeses from the valley must be tasted. You will of course visit a beekeeper too, this one particularly famous for honey brandy!

A day is spent around the capital, there is time for a morning guided tour of Ljubjlana Old Town, meeting with some urban beekeepers before enjoying an evening traditional meal and Slovenian folk dancing.

Moving east from Ljubljana you will visit the Styria region and the historic town of Ptuj. You will a beekeeper that produces sparkling mead and gain an insight into making mead in processes similar to champagne production. This evening you can relax at a thermal spa resort.

Another day of contrasts lies ahead, from visiting a pumpkin seed oil mill to tasting some excellent Slovenian wines, interspersed with a visit to a professional beekeeper with over 600 hives. There is an opportunity to try apitherapy and the breathing of hive air whilst lying in a beehouse.

From the traditional to the more modern, towards the end of the week you will visit a beekeeper who will introduce you to biodynamic beekeeping, learning about bee venom, Royal jelly, apitherapy and honey massage. A wonderful picnic lunch awaits at a beekeeping farm and herbal garden. Your last visit on the morning of departure will be to meet with the Slovenian Beekeepers Association that has had a major part to play in the wealth of Carnolian bees in Slovenia over the last 140 years.

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