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Idrija Half Day Excursion: UNESCO Town including Castle and Mine Tour from Ljubljana

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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icon5 to 6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Learn about mercury mining and lacemaking in a castle on this guided tour. Depart from Ljubljana with your driver and make your way to a mercury mine in Idrija. Hear stories from your guide about the history of mercury mining as you descend into the mine. Continue to Gewerkenegg Castle and admire the large collection of Idrija lace.
  • Travel with a driver
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from Ljubljana
  • Learn about mercury mining from your guide
  • Admire Idrija lace at Gewerkenegg Castle

What's Included

Transport
English speaking chauffeur guide
Mercury mine guided tour
Idrija Castle Museum entrance fee
Gratuities
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Upper Carniola Region

Traveler pickup is offered
All tours:

1. Departure from CITY HOTEL, Dalmatinova 15, Ljubljana

2. Are offered complimentary pick up to all accommodation types (Hotel/Hostel/App) within Ljubljana ring or with post number 1000 Ljubljana

3. Clients with hotels within pedestrian zone will be redirected to the nearest possible pick up point.

4. Complimentary pick up is offered and will be executed only:

!If FULL ACCOMMODATION ADDRESS will be provided!

Departure point & exact hotel pick up will be reconfirmed to you within 24-48h before the tour with reconfirmation email.

Return Details

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Itinerary
Stop At:  
Quecksilberbergwerk Idrija
Small group approach with carefully planned time, where experienced local tour operator’s chauffeur guide will collect you at designated location for an informative hourly ride to inner part of Slovenia for your UNESCO experience. The history of mining in Idrija dates back to the 15th century when, according to a legend, a bucket maker working in a local spring spotted a small amount of liquid mercury. That happened in 1492, the year that Columbus set sail for the Americas. Only the Almadén mercury mine in Spain was bigger. Both towns were so famous that their names were used in North America for the mining towns of New Idria and New Almadén (both in California). Visitors decent into the mine with professional guide through Anthony's Shaft, dug back in 1500. They explore the underground world of the mine where they find hidden pockets of cinnabar ore and droplets of mercury, learn about the method of mining mercury, are introduced to life-size mannequins of workers over the ages and see the mid-18th century unique underground chapel Chapel of the Holy Trinity.
Duration: 90 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gewerkenegg Castle
The old town is dominated by the Gewerkenegg Castle which in German means mine castle. It was built in the period from 1522-1533. On display in the castle is an exhibition of the five hundred-year history of the mercury mine's operation and an impressive retrospective exhibition of Idrija lace. The castle courtyard is beautifully decorated. The craft of bobbin lace-making occupies a very important place in the history of Idrija for more than 300 years ago. Cloths and napkins, curtains and bed linen, clothes and ornaments for clothes, even earrings, necklaces and gloves are all products made of Idrija lace. After a nice half day experience we will return back to Ljubljana. Drop off will be at same location as pick up.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Hotel Pickup
This experience is eligible for hotel pickup. Once your purchase is complete, you’ll be able to coordinate pickup details directly with your operator.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children below 4 years are not allowed to participate a mine tour
  • At the time of booking please provide a full international mobile telephone number or accommodation telephone number where you can be reached before and on your travel date.
  • A minimum of 4 people per tour is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • We are communicating with our clients exclusively through the point of booking, in this case TripAdvisor Interface
  • Not recommended for travelers with clavstrophobia
  • Most travelers can participate
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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We had a great tour to Idrija with...
Thea S
, Aug 2017
We had a great tour to Idrija with Milan. He told us everything about the region. The visit of the mercury mine was highly interesting and Milan was also able to tell us a lot about the museum in the castle.
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Our guide, Milan, gave us a...
Jacqui T
, May 2017
Our guide, Milan, gave us a wonderful insight into Slovenian history and the Indigra mine and lace making. Going deep into the mine and the way it is set up gave you a real indication of what life was like for the miners. We also got to culinary experience of Indigra pasta ... Delicious. I can highly recommend this half day trip ... You will not be disappointed. A great experience.

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