Encounter brown bears in Slovenia

Search for brown bears in Slovenia with other BBC Wildlife readers on this fantastic three-night trip.

Encounter brown bears in Slovenia
25th May 2018 - 28th May 2018



The Dinaric Alps region of Slovenia is one of Europe’s great wilderness areas that has largely remained unchanged for the past 50 years.

Go on an exclusive BBC Wildlife three-night reader holiday to view the area’s thriving European brown bear population from specially designed hides. There are a range of hides within the local area, a few kilometres from where you will be staying.

There will also be opportunities to search for Ural owls and woodpeckers (three-toed, black, grey-headed and middle spotted) in the region’s forests with bird expert Domen Stanič.


The Dinaric Alps is home to Europe’s highest density of breeding Ural owls. 


After spending afternoons and evenings bear watching you will stay in a traditional guesthouse on the forest’s edge run by local naturalist Miha Mlakar. Here you will enjoy a delicious meal and rest, hosted by a member of BBC Wildlife staff. 

This carefully chosen region of Slovenia is renowned for its karst landscape and offers a plethora of natural wonders to explore. During morning birding activities you may visit Lake Cerknica, one of the largest intermittent lakes in Europe. This Wetland of International Importance has incredibly rich biodiversity and provides habitat for 276 species of birds, including corncrake and white-tailed eagle.


Lake Cerknica provides a home for a huge range of species. 

On return to Ljubljana you will explore Krizna Jama cave, discovering vast caverns and remarkable halls. Here you may be lucky enough to view some endemic cave species and see Ice Age fossil remains of cave bears.


Highlights of your trip:

  • Observe European brown bears from purpose-built hides
  • Discover one of Europe's great wilderness areas
  • Stay in a traditional guesthouse on the edge of the forest with meals included
  • Travel with local naturalist Miha Mlakar, bird expert Domen Stanič, and a member of BBC Wildlife staff
  • Find Ural owls and woodpeckers
  • Explore the region's karst landscape


In association with Wildlife Worldwide


Growing up on the edge of the forests of Sneznik inspired Miha to develop an interest in the wildlife of the region. He has been observing brown bears for many years using a network of viewing hides. 


Where: Dinaric Alps, Slovenia

When: 25 - 28 May 2018 

Cost: Price including flights: £1,145. Price excluding flights: £995. Single supplement: £70

Flights Flights from London

Maximum group size 9 people


What's included in your holiday price:

  • Services of local naturalist guides
  • Return flights from London to Ljubljana
  • Accommodation in a traditional Slovenian guesthouse
  • All meals, with drinks provided at mealtimes
  • Transfers and excursions


What's not included in your holiday price:

  • Holiday insurance
  • Optional tips for local guides/drivers
  • Alcoholic drinks outside of mealtimes
  • Transport to and from London Gatwick
  • Other personal expenses
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