Lower Savinja Valley (Spodnja Savinjska Dolina) – visit to the Valley of Green Gold

Let us take you to the Valley of Green Gold, where you can see the many attractions on offer, such as the Roman Necropolis, karst cave named Pekel (Hell Cave) and much more.


Why visit the Lower Savinja Valley?

Hop is the symbol of the Lower Savinja Valley – hence the name “Valley of Green Gold”. We welcome you to visit the Lower Savinja Valley with its interesting municipality of Žalec, where you can choose from a variety of excellent holiday accommodation, places to visit and pleasant people to meet.

Programme A

  • Train journey to Šempeter and back, where you meet your guide.
  • Tourist train tour – a train named Doberdanček (the one that wishes you a nice day) takes you around Šempeter.
  • Visit to the Roman Necropolis
  • Visit to Hell Cave
  • Lunch (prior agreement)
  • Visit to Žalec
  • Visit to New Celje, where you can see the castle and its restored chapel, the Church of St Nicholas and the birth house of the composer Risto Savin with his memory room, the painting salon, the Dore Klemenčič Maj Gallery...
  • Visit to the Church of Mary Mother of God in Petrovče (one of St Mary's basilicas in Slovenia)

Programme description

Travel by train to the town of Šempeter in the Savinja Valley. At your arrival to the Šempeter train station you will meet your guide and board the “Doberdanček” tourist train. This small train can accommodate up to 40 passengers. On your way towards the Roman Necropolis you can enjoy a leisurely ride through Šempeter. Your first stop will be the Roman Necropolis park, where you can see beautifully restored Roman tombs. You will learn about the way the Romans lived and worked.

After visiting the park, your tour will continue to Hell Cave. Containing outstanding karst features, this cave constitutes an integral part of the Ponikva Karst natural monument and boasts the highest underground waterfall in Slovenia. Given that the air temperature in the cave is constant at 10°C, it is recommended to wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Lunch is subject to prior agreement.

After lunch the train will take you to the centre of Žalec, where you can take a relaxed walk, see the remains of the defense wall (Turkish architecture), the Church of St Nicholas and the house where the composer Risto Savin was born. You will see composer’s memory room, the painting salon, Dore Klemenčič Maj Gallery and Oskar Kogoj Gallery.

The tour will continue to New Celje, where you can see the castle and its restored chapel. The end of the tour will include a visit to the Church of Mary Mother of God in Petrovče, which is one of St Mary's basilicas in Slovenia.

Departure is from the train station in Petrovče.

Programme duration

The programme lasts 5 hours.


The price depends on the selected programme and the distance from the departure train station to Šempeter.


Included in the price:

Programme A – Rail journey by standard train service from the station of departure to Šempeter, contents of your chosen programme, professionally guided tour.


Lunch (prior agreement)

Number of people:

min. 20

Target groups:

Groups of kindergarten, primary and secondary school children, groups of elders.


Throughout the year on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. (Lake Šmartinsko boat tours – from May to September).

Validity on trains:

Valid for travel in 2nd class carriages on all trains except InterCity Slovenia services (ICS).

Registration and payment:

Register at least 5 days prior to travelling. Groups larger than 50 people should register at least 8 days in advance.
You can register and pay for the excursion at the ticket counter on the station where your trip begins, or at our sales representatives in Ljubljana, Maribor and Celje.

Programme B: A relaxing bicycle journey around the Savinja Valley

  • Train journey to Žalec and back
  • Relaxing bicycle journey around the Savinja Valley (own arrangements)
  • Lunch (prior agreement)

Programme description

The Lower Savinja Valley is intertwined with seventeen cycle paths. The paths are well signposted and represent a true paradise for cycling enthusiasts. They will take you to the main points of interest the Lower Savinja Valley has to offer.

You arrive to Žalec by train and then continue by bike along the Savinja Valley on your own or with your own group.

Some trains allow you to board the ride to Žalec with your bike, but you must make prior arrangements. The excursion is suitable for individuals, families and organised groups. Larger groups can be catered for by prior arrangement.

At the Žalec train station you find a booklet entitled 'Biking along the Lower Savinja Valley' (S kolesom po Spodnji Savinjski dolini), which contains descriptions of the most interesting cycle routes. The paths are interconnected and use local as well as minor side roads.

At the end of your journey, you can restore your strengths by having lunch at the Žalec hotel.