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Workshop Venue

Lanthieri Mansion, Vipava, Slovenia [1]

Address: [2]

University of Nova Gorica,

Glavni trg 8,



Vipava is a small town in western Slovenia. It is approximately 80 kilometers west from the capital Ljubljana.

The valley of Vipava river is known for its natural beauty and wine production. There are many hiking possibilities in the near by hills and it is a home to some of the most beautiful caves (e.g. Postojna, Skocjan) in the region.

New York Times article about the region.

Lonely Planet put Vipava valley as one of the 10 essential destinations in Europe this year.

Travel Information

The workshop will take place at Lanthieri Mansion in Vipava, Slovenia.

Traveling to Slovenia:

By Air

The closest airports that we recommend:

  • Ljubljana LJU: Slovenian airport, is connected to most major cities over Europe.

The best way to travel from your chosen airport to any given address is GoOpti, which we highly recommend.

GoOpti company offers shared and private rides connecting all the airports to the address of your choosing. This service can only be booked through their website. We urge you to book it as soon as possible, since it will be cheaper this way.

Upon filling in your chosen destinations and time of the departure you will then have an opportunity to choose between given pick-up times. You will receive conformation about booking immediately on your email and then a massage at least a day before the departure with the exact hour of departure.

It might also be a good idea to rent a car once arrived at the airport for those who like being more independent. Keep in mind that Vipava is 1-2 hour car drive away from all mentioned airports.

It is also possible (but less convenient) to use a train+bus to get from the airport to Vipava:

Train schedule for Italian trains (connecting Venice - Trieste - Gorizia can be found here: train schedule)

For getting from Trieste airport to Trieste central station there are two options:

Connecting the Trieste (central station) and Vipava there is a bus, once per day Trieste - Vipava (14:45 Trieste - 16:19 Vipava and 05:36 Vipava - 7:13 Trieste).

By Train

Ljubljana can be reached by trains from some cities around Europe. More information about this can be found here Slovenske Železnice

Vipava doesn't have a train station, so the easiest way to come to Vipava from Ljubljana is either with a bus or again one can use GoOpti.

There is a bus connection from Ljubljana to Vipava. All the informations can be found here: (the relevant bus stations are LJUBLJANA AVTOBUSNA POSTAJA, Nova Gorica, Ajdovščina and Vipava)

By Bus

Flixbus connects all major European cities with Ljubljana.

There is a bus connection from Ljubljana to Vipava. All the informations can be found here: (the relevant bus stations are LJUBLJANA AVTOBUSNA POSTAJA, Nova Gorica, Ajdovščina and Vipava)


We recommend that you choose from one of the following accommodations:

  1. GOLD CLUB Ajdovščina (25 rooms on hold for workshop participants until Aug 10th, 2018, single: 40 Eu/night, double: 75 Eu/night for 2 persons, including breakfast)
  2. Na hribu (10 rooms, single: 25Eu/night, double: 34 Eu/night for 2 persons, minimum stay 2 nights)
  3. Majerija (4 rooms, single room 73 Eu/night, double 98 Eu/night for 2 persons, including breakfast)
  4. The Youth Hostel Ajdovščina (three 4-beds rooms, one 6-beds, one 8-beds and one 24 beds room, 18-21 Eu/night)
  5. David Koren apartments (4 apartments, 3 rooms, in Vipava)
  6. Apartment Thomas (1 apartment, in Vipava)

We urge you to book the accommodation as soon as possible due to a small number of available rooms. Please consider also sharing a room with a colleague.

If you decide to stay in one of the above places, please mention at the time of booking that you are attending an astronomical “Gaia workshop” organised by the University of Nova Gorica.

In case there are no more available rooms in above accommodations, please, contact us and we will try to find other options.

During the workshop there will be daily bus transfer organized between accommodations numbered 1-4 to the workshop venue (Lanthieri mansion, Vipava). 

Accommodation 5. and 6. are a walking distance from the workshop venue (Lanthieri mansion, Vipava).

An alternative is also AirBnB

Social Program

For those arriving over the weekend before the workshop, we plan to organize a trip to Postojna Cave on Sun, Oct 7th in the afternoon.

We plan to have:

  • a welcome reception in the Lanthieri Mansion on Sun, Oct 7th evening,
  • a local food+wine tasting in one of the local wineries on Mon, Oct 8th evening,
  • workshop dinner on Tue, Oct 9th .