In Slovenia beekeeping is considered to be the poetry of agriculture. It is not merely keeping bees for their honey, but much more. It is a way of life, and its diversity has ensured that Slovenia is a paradise for bees, and made beekeeping a central element of Slovenian culture.
Slovenia is home to the Carniolan bee and it’s a place where internationally respected pioneers of apiculture were born or worked. It’s the cradle of modern apitherapy and a land of more than 12,500 bee houses.
Developed in cooperation with Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association this tour is an interactive, educational and inspiring.
Whether you just started beekeeping or you are an experience apiarist, this tour will immerse you in Slovenian bee culture and history while you explore this beautiful green land. Learn about their apiculture, good practices, apitherapy in an interactive tour to beekeepers all over Slovenia.
* Tour and presentation at the facilities of the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association, learn about their initiatives and their research
* Presentation by the president of the Ljubljana Urban Beekeepers' Association
* Visit to the Slovenian Museum of Apiculture
* Visit to the brand new House of the Carniolan Bee in Višnja Gora
* Visit to pumpkin seed oil producer (known as black gold in Slovenia)
Here are the different specialties of the beekeepers you will meet:
* Queen breeder
* Mountain beekeeping
* Innovator of honey extraction machine
* Unique approach to transportation and royal jelly production
* Medicinal products
* Apitherapy specialist
* Biodynamic beekeeping
Tour arrangements are made with a specialist apitour operator in Slovenia. They were at the forefront of apitourism in Slovenia in 2007 when they approached the Slovenian Beekeeper’s Association with a concept - to educate and train beekeepers in hospitality and tourism so that they could share their apiculture, skills and experience with visitors. They have taken on the challenge and responsibility to initiate, encourage, connect, coordinate and manage apitour activities and programs. They are also involved in the Apitourism Working Group of Apimondia with the goal of helping beekeepers all over the world share their love of bees and apiculture with visitors.
Minimum group size for this price is 25 travelers. The tour can operate with 15 travelers, but it will be a little more expensive. (11/22/21 - waiting for final pricing)
The deposit will be refunded only if the minimum group size is not reached or if Slovenian or US governments prohibit travel due to Covid. Covid vaccination is required for all travelers. Please purchase travel insurance to protect your investment.
The tour starts and ends in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Airfare is not included.
This is the cost per person for two people sharing a room. The deposit non-refundable, unless international Covid-related closures require rescheduling. Deposits can be rolled into future departures.
There is a $220 supplement for a single room. The deposit non-refundable, unless international Covid-related closures require rescheduling. Deposits can be rolled into future departures.
Upon arrival in Ljubljana, you will meet your guide and be transferred to the hotel for check in. Enjoy a gentle walking tour of the old town center, across Plečnik’s well-known Triple Bridge, down to the cathedral, past Francesco Robba’s fountain and the town hall. Take a tour of several urban apiaries around Ljubljana with the president of the Ljubljana Urban Beekeeper's Association. Sit down to a welcome dinner where you will get to know each other and go over the itinerary. PLEASE NOTE: To arrive in Ljubljana, on day 1 you must depart from the US the day before.