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A STUDY TOUR FOR BEEKEEPERS
Throught Slovenia

Beekeeping in Slovenia is traditional agricultural activity. More than 230 years ago, the knowledge of the countryside farmer-beekeeper was presented to the world by Anton Janša, the first teacher of beekeeping in Imperial Vienna. A hundred years later the area became renowned due to its bee Apis mellifery carnica, which soon became known all over the world. In recent years, beekeeping has been steadily establishing itself as an equal agricultural activity. In the accession negotiations to join the European Union, Slovenia has given itself the possibility of regulating, with the means of the national legislation, the method of marketing bee breeding material, and thus enforce the protection of the indigenous Carniolan grey-banded alpine bee.
Beekeeping in Slovenia is still extremely well developed and organized. More than 200 beekeeping societies are united in the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, which has their own facilities and website, and issues its own newspaper “Slovenski čebelar” (Slovenian Beekeeper).
Beekeeping has also left its traces in folk art. Thus painted beehive panels are valuable decorations of beehives in Slovenia, and beehives have become typical architectural objects in the Slovenian rural architecture so they are still enriching the cultural aspect of the Slovenian landscape with their appearance. Beekeeping as an agricultural sector in Slovenia is also of great social importance. Bees accompany us throughout our lives. During our childhood, it is a symbol of diligence, prudence and care for others; when we grow up, we admire its efficiency, social order and the economy, and as one matures, it is useful to seek additional hobbies in order to stay interested in anything other than one’s job and maintaining one’s home. One of the hobbies that enhances the mind and body, is beekeeping, as bees or the care for them is the best cure for all the stress and difficulties that we are experiencing due to the modern fast pace of life.

Excursion programme

Day 1: ARRIVAL

Arrival in Slovenia and accommodation in a hotel. Before dinner a visit to the beekeeper Andreja Stankovič, actively engaged in beekeeping. Her new offer includes also apitherapy carried out in an api chamber for relaxation, honey massage for body detoxification, special honey meals ... dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: GORENJSKA REGION – LJUBLJANA – DOLENJSKA REGION

After breakfast a visit to “Čebelarski dom” (Beekeeping Centre) in Brdo pri Lukovici, the headquarters of the Slovenian Beekeeping Association. Presentation of activities of the beekeeping association and the history of beekeeping in Slovenia. Drive from Brdo to Ljubljana. Tour of Ljubljana: Tivoli, Križanke, Barje, government palace, parliament, Nebotičnik (skyscraper), Ljubljanski grad (castle), Stožice… Next a drive to Šmarje Sap to see the well known beekeeper Mr. Koželj who will be our host this afternoon. Tour of the museum, pubs, sampling of honey products. En route to Višnja gora a short break for a visit to a honeybee garden in nature. Our last stop is Lanšprež with a tour of an exhibition and introduction to the work of the well-known beekeeper Peter Pavel Glavar. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: KRAS – PRIMORSKA REGION

After breakfast a drive to Ljubljana where an expert will meet with us who will be our companion for the whole day. Drive to the Šivic estate in Šempas were we will familiarize ourselves with the activities of beekeeping tourism. Tour and sampling of honey products. A drive through the village Opatje selo and sampling of Teran wine on a farm. Sightseeing in the picturesque karst village Štanjel – a terraced village with narrow streets and stone houses. At the end, a stop in Vrhnika to visit a beekeeper who runs a shop and also produces hives. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: DOLENJSKA – BELA KRAJINA

After breakfast our departure to visit “Kmetijska šola Grm” (Agricultural school Grm) with a tour of the estate, introduction to the educational programme in the school and sample of honeybee products. Then a drive to Kočevski rog to visit the Beekeeping Centre in Podstenice and to the museum. We will also see a model of the former village of Kočevarje and sample some honeybee products. In the afternoon a drive to Semič to visit the Pavlin beekeeping farm with 60 years of experience in organic bee keeping and numerous acknowledgements for their work. Sampling of their products: in addition to honey and honey wine, mead from Bela krajina, home-made bread, honey sweets... Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: DEPARTURE

After breakfast a visit to the honey bee boutique Voglar who produces honey bee products of superior quality and design. At the end rafting on the river Krka, “honey bee lunch” and return home.

Price

CThe price includes: half board in a 3/4 **** hotel, four dinners, full programme, professional lecturers, rafting with dinner, guide, organization and VAT. Supplement for a single bedroom: €80/person