Accompanying Persons’ Programme
The size of Slovenia and the central location of the capital as the Conference venue are very favourable for day trips all around the country. This will allow people accompanying delegates or observers to make the best of their stay in Slovenia. They will be taken to the most beautiful of the natural sights and have the opportunity to learn about the culture and the rich history of this small, but picturesque country.
We will start our discovery of Slovenia in the northwest of the country. A morning visit to the Slovenian jewel BLED will give us spectacular views of the Alps from a traditional boat called “pletna”. The boat will take us to the little island in the middle of the lake and its church, and then we travel to the castle up above the lake. We will continue our journey towards the glacier lake of BOHINJ and visit the national training centre of the Scout Association of Slovenia. On the way back to Ljubljana, we will stop at the VINTGAR GORGE near Bled.
In the evening all accompanying people are invited to join the opening ceremony of the 40th World Scout Conference.
We will continue our discovery by unveiling the charms of LJUBLJANA. The guided sightseeing tour will take us from the popular meeting point at the Three Bridges and Prešeren Square, to the Town Hall; Robba’s Fountain; the beautiful arched facade around the open-air market; the Cathedral; the Castle; the Parliament and more. This will give you a feel of all the different periods of Ljubljana – from the Roman Emona to a modern European capital. The day will come to an end at the international evening of the conference.
Once again we will head west, only this time it will be southwest. The land of thousands of caves will host us for the day. We will visit LIPICA and its Stud Farm, where the noble Lipizzaner horses originate from. We will continue our discovery in the ŠKOCJAN CAVES, a UNESCO natural world heritage site, boasting the 1400-metre long and 150-metre deep underground canyon of the Reka river. Only a few kilometres away, there is another magnificent geological Karstic phenomenon: an intermittent lake. When at its full capacity, CERKNICA LAKE is Slovenia’s largest lake. In the evening, you can join conference delegates and observers during their own discovery of Slovenia, with all five senses, at the Slovenian evening.
A summer visit to Slovenia cannot pass by without a visit to the coast. We will visit KOPER, featuring much more than the biggest port in Slovenia. Beautiful palaces in the city centre will surely leave a memorable impression. We will also discover the oldest town on the coast, PIRAN, and the most popular tourist destination, PORTOROŽ. The journey will finally take us to the SE?OVLJE SALINA Nature Park, one of the last two salt works in Europe, where salt is still harvested by hand and salt based products are produced in the traditional manner.
We will spend our final day of discovery in the north-east of the country. CELJE will welcome us with its rich cultural legacy of the Counts of Celje. We will visit the oldest Slovenian city, PTUJ, with its castle and old wine cellar. Ptuj is also the capital of carnival and the place of origin of the famous Slovenian Kurent mask. We will come back to Ljubljana in plenty of time to prepare for the closing ceremony of the 40th World Scout Conference.