One of the most significant attractions in Slovenia is the exceptional Kocjan Caves. These amazing caves have gained worldwide recognition as one of the earth's natural treasures and were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986 along with being entered on the Ramsar Directory of Wetlands of International Importance and included in the world network of biosphere reserves called MAB - "Man and the Biosphere".
Found in a deep, tree-lined gorge where the route of the Reka River travels underground is the phenomenal kocjan Caves. Research has shown that inhabitation of the caves dates back to prehistoric times and the cave's environs are home to many species of rare and endangered birds.
Following a guided visit of approximately 2 1/2 hours at these incredible caves, you'll depart for the village of Hrastovlje and its well-known 12th century Church of the Holy Trinity. In the 1950s, a church worker uncovered some impressive frescoes under the whitewashed walls of the church, the most compelling being the one commonly referred to as the Dance Macabre. This famous scene depicts a dance of death, showing people of all classes dancing with skeletons as they are led through life to the grave. At the conclusion of your time in Hrastovlje, you'll be transferred back to the pier in Koper.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3½ hours of walking, at times on uneven ground and over slippery surfaces. There are also a considerable number of steps, approximately 100, to be negotiated and it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. The temperature inside the caves averages 44 degrees Fahrenheit. Casual lightweight clothing, a light jacket and comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are strongly recommended. Photography of any kind is prohibited in the caves.