one of the most fabous horse stable on Planet.
Bohinj glacier valley with the northern Julian Alps in the
background, with the highest peak of the country, Mt. Triglav.
meadows along the Ljubljana marhes.
source of the Sava river is a great habitat of butterflies
and dragonflies en route to Mt. Mangart.
Mangart, the highest accesible places in Slovenia with cars.
Nanos, a real garden of eden.
cave, one of the highlights of Slovenia. A must!
pictouresque Lake Cerknica in autumn colours.
knows Lake Bled and its castle, perched on the cliff above
In search of Apollos and "Erebia"-s, with 4 Large
and recommendation: This tour is focusing on photography
and twitching of high altitude alpine butterflies with some
side-tour to the mediterranean coastal area to pick up further
Notes: Our highest species number on this
trip was 121 in 2011. We ended up with 12 Erebia species,
incl. Stirian, and the endemic ssp. trentae of the Stygian
Ringlet. This tour was also run as a "fundraising tour"
in cooperation with the European Interest Group of the Butterfly
Conservation, UK. The tour resulted 109 species, even in a
pretty bed weather, incl. 10 Erebia spp., and Wallcreepers,
countries: Slovenia. Arrive and depart Ljubljana. Next
schedule: - 28, June- 04 July, 2023
(landprice): 1099 GBP + 110 GBP single supplement.
includes: accommodations and meals (lunch is typically
picnic!), drinking water, vehicle hire with fuel and driver
guide, park entrance fees and ranger guides. The price
exclude: bank transfer loss, international flight,
visa, tips, drinks, personal travel insurance and any other
activities of personal request e.g. laundry, toalet fees,
phone calls, etc. Accommodation:
Three-star hotels with all rooms en suite. Numbers:
4Wds, or 2 x 9 seats minivan.
its small size (20,256 km2) Slovenia has a very diverse
and exremely gorgeius landscape. The country is in the a
centre of Europe, where four biogeographic regions meets.
There are high craggy alpine peaks with gorgeous meadows,
midd-altitude extensive forests and hills, lowland at the
Pannonian plane, and and a small portion of the mediterranean
at the extreme southwest. At the moment 181 butterfly species
registered in Slovenia, which is far the highest in Eastern
Europe, even more than in the much larger Romania. During
this tour we will concentrate o the diversity of the high
altitude species, but we will spending some day in the middhills
and at the mediterranean as well to have the highest possible
list of butterflies we can manage..."
species of the tour: Papilionidae: Swallowtail, Scarce Swallowtail,
Apollo, Clouded Apollo. Pieridae: Yellows (Clouded, Pale-clouded, Berger's
Clouded), Woods (Common, Fenton's, Duponchel's), Whites
(Large, Mountain Small, Green-veined, Southern Small, Eastern
Bath), Cleopatra. Lycaenidae: Arguses (Brown, Mountain Argus, Geranium),
Coppers (Green-underside, Large, Small, Sooty, Purple-edged),
Blues (Alpine, Little, Long-tailed, Lang's Short-tailed,
Alcon, Ligurian Large, Scarce Large Blue, Silver-studded,
Reverdin's, Idas, Adonis, Chalk-hill, Chequered, Turquoise,
Meleager's, Baton, Mazarine), Hairstreaks (Sloe, Ilex, Black,
Blue-spot, White-letter, Brown, Purple). Riodinidae: Duke of Burgundy Fritillary. Libytheidae: Nettle-tree Butterfly. Nymphalidae: The Pasha, Purple and Lesser Purple
Emperors, Admirals (Poplar, White, Southern White), Southern
Comma, Camberwell Beauty, Large Tortoiseshell, Hungarian
Glider, Cardinal, Map Butterfly, Fritillaries (High Brown,
Dark-green, Niobe, Silver-washed /valesina form too/, Marbled,
Lesser Marbled, Weaver's, Pearl-bordered, Small Pearl-bordered,
Asian, Titania's, Shepherd's, Queen of Spain, Heath, Nickerl's,
Assmann's, Glanville, False, Spotted, Lesser Spotted, Knapweed). Satyridae: Heaths (Pearly, Alpine, Chestnut, Small,
Large), Graylings (Common, False Great Banded, Tree), Great
Sooty Satyr, The Hermit, Dryad, Gatekeeper, Balkan Marbled
White, Marbled White, Browns (Woodland, Wall, Large Wall,
Northern Wall). "Erebias":
Arguses (Scotch), Ringlets (Lorkovic's Brassy, Common Brassy,
Mountain, Large, Silky, Yellow-spotted, Black, Lesser Mountain,
Bright-eyed, Blind, Sooty, Water, Styrian, Stygian), Arran
Brown. Hesperidae: Skippers (Mallow, Chequered, Large
Chequered, Silver-spotted, Large Grizzler, Dusky Grizzled,
Alpine Grizzled, Oberthür's Grizzled, Safflower, Red
underwing, Lullworth, Small, Essex, Large).
We are not giving out more specific itineraries as a
result of illegal and unwanted collecting activities.
After arrival to Lubljana,
we drive for about two hours to our hotel, in a stunning location
next to Lake Bohinj, among the craggy peaks of the Julian
Alps. If time permitting, we'll stop en route
at Lake Bled.
Overnight Lake Bohinj.
This morning a cable car takes us up to Mt.
Vogel where we will enjoy spectacular views
over the snowcapped Julian Alps, among them Triglav, the highest
peak in Slovenia (2,864 meters) and Lake Bohinj below. We
get acquainted with the legend of the Triglav and Zlatorog
(a Chamois), and will see our
first Alpine species and Erebias. Overnight Lake Bohinj.
We spend the morning in the Bohinj
area again. We will discover beautiful alpine
pastures, meadows and the country's largest peatbog, Sijec
Bog, home to colourful flowers and many interesting
butterflies and dragonflies. Later in the day we drive to
our next spot to the western side of the Julian Alps, to Mt.
Mangart, which is the highest road of the
country and home of some very special butterflies. Erebias
and Apollos are in full swing there.
Full day on Mt. Mangart
and its slopes in search for rare Erebias, Blues and Apollos.
Among the birds we will see Ptarmigans, Wallcreepers, Snowfinch,
Alpine Chough, Alpine Accentor, Golden Eagle and we might
enjoy some spectacular Alpine Ibex, Chamois and Marmots as
well. We will aslo see one of the rarest lizzard of Europe,
Horvath's Wall Lizzard too.
After breakfast we drive to and explore the magnificent Mt.
Nanos, a huge island-rock, which stands like
a secret garden above the surrounding plain, full of amazing
flowers. The mountain has a very interesting flora and fauna,
and holds many rare butterflies. Lots of interesting reptiles
live here including the enigmatic Nose-horned Viper, and Nanos
is home to Golden Eagle and Chamois too. For overnight we
drive to Rakov National Park
is a famous nature reserve, showing many typical karst features.
Most of the park is a limestone plateau with trees and with
seasonally vanishing waters. In this plateau, several deep
river valleys can be found ('Poljes' in Slovenian, a word
adopted by geologists worldwide for this kind of karst feature).
Overnight Rakov Skocjan.
Another day at the foot of Mt.
Nanos. At the afternoon we
shortly visit Lipica,
and depend on common decision we can see an hourly horse-ride
performance to make our tour even more interesting. Add to
the variety, after our afternoon search for butterflies, we
drive to Trieste,
Italy for dinner and enjoying the atmosphere of this famous
historical port, before we drive back to Rakov Skocjan for
overnight. There are no big distances here...
During the morning we visit the area of Lake
Cerknica, a seasonal lake in Inner Carniola,
a region of Slovenia and a world-ranking attraction. When
full, for about half the year, it is the biggest lake in the
country. It starts to disappear in spring and leaves behind
a field where farmers cut hay through the summer. There are
huge expanses of reed, sedge and wet grasslands, and some
remnants of raised peatbogs on the east shore. At the afternoon
we hike two hours in Skocjan
Cave, which is a world attraction
and a must for everyone, visiting the country. We will walk 90 meters high above a giant underground
river, and finish the trip on the bottom of a huge, hundred
metre deep gorge, from where a cablecar returns to the starting
point. We also explore the karst forests and meadows around
the cave, on the slopes of Mt.
Sneznik. The area excellent for butterflies.
Drivig back to Ljubljana,
Please note that we will arrange extension for this tour,
most possibly to the Õrség NP of Western Hungary.