Through the eyes of Drava timber rafters

Through the eyes of Drava timber rafters

We invite you for a one-day experience of the Maribor-Pohorje destination, which will take you to the world of botanists, sheep’s wool and Maribor rafters (flosarji), while enjoying excellent local dishes that you can wash down with the vintage wine of the Štajerska wine-growing region.

Arrival at the University of Maribor Botanical Garden in the morning, which is located in Pivoli, in the area of the former castle park. During the guided relaxing walk through the park, we will admire the numerous types of trees, bushes and flowers, as well as old varieties of apple and pear trees.

After the tour, we will drive to Malečnik to the Protner Excursion Farm, which produces grapes and wine, fruit and vegetables using an integrated approach. They will serve us a snack – a plate of homemade delicacies that might include meat from minced lard, cured meat, cooked sausage, homemade bread, gibanica and house wine.

After the refreshments, we will take a panoramic ride through the Maribor city centre, admiring numerous buildings, churches, streets and squares as well as the Drava River, which runs through the city and gives it a special charm.

In Selnica ob Dravi we will be welcomed by the Soven company, which has manufactured products from sheep’s wool for over 20 years using environmentally-friendly ecological procedures. They will demonstrate approaches to sheep-herding and sheep’s wool both in the past and today. You will have an opportunity to purchase products after the tour.

Full of new knowledge, we will head out to new adventures. In the Koblarjev Zaliv bay, the Maribor rafters (flosarji) will await us with an aperitif and invite us to ride with a raft (flos), up to Lent in Maribor (duration 1.5 h). During the ride, we will learn about the meaning of the Drava River for people’s lives and the effects of rafting, which held great economic importance in the past.

After disembarking at Lent, we ride to the Lešnik Motel at Pobrežje, where the kind personnel will serve us delicious dinner accompanied by local wines. Concluding the programme in the evening hours.

Price includes: guided tour of the Pivola Botanical Garden, snack at the Protner Excursion Farm (homemade spirits, cured meats spread, homemade bread), Soven production tour, dinner at the Lešnik Motel (3-course menu), guidance and trip organisation, VAT.

Additional payment: riding a flos to Koblarjev Zaliv – Lent (incl. aperitif and drinks) EUR 52 (10–14 persons), EUR 36 (15–19 persons), EUR 32 (20 persons).

Additional payment: organised transportation by bus for 10 to 50 people. Price upon agreement, depending on the distance.

Programme implementation: From May to October

Programme language: Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian, German, English, Italian, Russian.