Discounts for HI members in Slovenia
Slovenia, which offers a wide variety of activities to suit travellers of all ages, is a great destination to visit at any season of the year. Travellers can chose to visit one of the many beautiful, world renowned, natural sights or indulge in something a little more adventurous, such as one of the many sporting activities available (rafting, paragliding, cycling, hiking, cave exploring, rock climbing, skiing, etc.). For less active types there are also many museums, galleries, castles and beautiful medieval towns with hidden treasures of Slovenian history to explore. Here are some of the wonderful offers Hostelling International members can enjoy, where they will welcome you and give you a special discount on their regular offer.
Lipica Stud Farm
Photo by: Bobo
The Stud farm in Lipica is one of the oldest of its kind in the world and the place of origin of the famous white horses ‘Lipizzaners’. The tradition of breeding white horses is over 400 years old and living in the unique Kars world. It’s one of the best and most beautiful natural and cultural monuments of Slovenia. Feel the world of the white horse in a unique way – by guided tours of the rich culture and natural heritage of the stud farm; by seeing the shows and trainings at the classical horse-riding school; by taking a carriage ride around the estate; through ridding courses and pony ridding for children. The owners of HI membership card have the right to the student discount for the guided tour of the stud farm and for the horse-ridding shows. More on:
Photo by: D.Mladenovic
The cave at Postojna is an interesting underground cathedral that has aged extremely well, despite it being centuries old. With over 20 kilometres of high tunnels to explore it is among the longest tourist caves in the world. Its special rock formations and easily access to the public means that it has been visited by over 34 million people from all over the world, that took the electric train to the mystical and beautifully lighted underground caverns where guides explain the geological structures of the cave. Hostelling International members have the right to get the student discount.
A walk around Ljubljana with a boat trip
Photo by: D.Wedam
The sightseeing tour includes the most important sights of the old centre as well as a boat ride on the Ljubljanica River. You’ll see the old city centre with its unique architecture – a combination of baroque and succession styles and above all the masterpieces of Jože Plečnik. On one of the stations you’ll enter the tourist boat that will take you under the famous Three Bridges. HI members get 50% discount for guided tours of Ljubljana and the boat trip.
Photo by: Matevz Lenarcic
The picturesque and wild gorges are the lowest entry point to the Triglav national park. The Tolmin gorges is the name for the gorges of rivers Tolminka and Zadlaščica, which are one of the most fabulous natural sights. It would remain hidden from the world if the tourist society of tolmin would not carve a path into the gorges 50 years ago. Today the LTO worries about the maintenance of the path. It’s about 200 metres long and more than 60 metres deep gorge that the greenish-blue river of Tolminka cut into rock and made a narrow creek known as the gorge where sometimes the rocks are just a few feet away. The gorge of Zadlaščica is shorter, but no less beautiful. HI members get 20 % discount for entring the Tolmin gorges..
Visit the Anotoni’s hall in Idrija, located in the oldest mining town in Slovenia, with its quicksilver mine which is part of the UNESCO world heritage. The quicksilver mine at Idrija was the second largest in the world. People gained 147.000 tons of this metal in the more than 500 year old history of the mine, which is more than 13% of the entire quicksilver production in the world. The mine at Idrija is under the town and is over 1500, long and 300-600 m wide. The miners dug over 700km of tunnels, with the deepest running down to 400 meters – or 36m below sea level. In the mysterious world of quicksilver, where you can see drops of the only liquid metal in the world, you get to see the one of a kind underground chapel of the Holy Trinity, discover the ways of mining and much more. HI members get a €4 discount for the ticket to enter the mine.
Sport activities on the river Soča
The company Soča rafting d.o.o. has been the promoter of sporting activities in the valley of Soča and Slovenia since 1989. The sport centre is based in Bovec and in the summer season (April – October) they organize rafting, canyoning, kayak, canoe, team building, hiking, free rock climbing, cycling trips and bike rentals. During the winter season (December – May) they have a ski school at the slopes of Kanin, where you are able to sledge riding down Mangart, rent ski equipment, have ski lessns or participate in the Elan ski testing. All the guides are licenced guides with lots of experience, so any guest can be rest assured they are in safe hands. HI members get 15% discount for sporting activities (rafting, canyoning, hydrospeed, canoeing, kayaking).