The Association of Regional Guides of Slovenia, abbreviated ARGOS, was established in 2016, and our headquarters are in Ljubljana. Our logo represents the Slovenian national flower - red carnation which is made of 5 locals signs/ petals.
ARGOS Association Logo, © ARGOS
Our primary goal is:
Study tour for members, May 2020 ©ARGOS Archive
In Slovenia, a tourist guide can hold two types of licence: regional and national.
The national licence is awarded by Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and the regional ones by local authorities.
The procedures to get the licence are also different:
For the national licence, there is no training course, you only need to pass the written and the practical exam.
For the regional licence, you need to attend a training course before taking part in the examination process (written and/or practical exams).
Happy guides, happy visitors! ©ARGOS Archive
The Association of Regional Guides of Slovenia - ARGOS is very aware of the continuous professional development of our members. We hold a wide range of different educational and professional programmes in different Slovenian regions every year.
Every region has it own official badge and you can check some of them in Feg page: https://www.feg-touristguides.com/ids.php#17.
Hiking tour in Slovenia Istria with licenced local guide ©ARGOS Archive
The Association of Regional Guides of Slovenia - ARGOS has a membership of around 100 tourist guides. Our members come from different backgrounds but as they are all locals they possess a wide range of local knowledge. They can offer a first-hand experience of Slovenian history, culture and everyday life in more than 15 languages all over Slovenia. Some of them also offer specialised tours ( e.g. gastronomy, wine, cycling tours) and they are also very keen on showing our visitors’ hidden treasures, off the beaten path sites and charming small villages.
Exploring Ljubljana on a walking tour ©ARGOS Archive
The Association of Regional Guides of Slovenia organizes and delivers: specialised tours based on most important tourist sites and local experiences of that region, webinars on a wide range of topics:
In the year 2020, we offered:
LIVE WORKSHOPS - in January and February
ZOOM-INARS every Tuesday- a kind of an »association's night«
Generally we meet every first Tuesday at 6 pm in Ljubljana for “ a coffee” – which is organized by the Ljubljana tourist guide section, the biggest section. Topics for September, October and beyond are:
From April to the end of May, and starting again in October, we have been preparing youtube films in different languages about the treasures from Slovenia:
We are very active in organizing and carrying out study tours all around Slovenia. Our members very much enjoy these study tours, held by colleagues and other local experts, experiencing different guiding styles, innovative tours, superb local gastronomy and of course also socializing with other colleagues. We did one every month, except when we were in lockdown and travelling was impossible.
Off the beaten path with licenced tourist guides ©ARGOS Archive
5 reasons why hiring a Qualified Tourist Guide in Slovenia is a must:
Qualified tourist guides will take you to unspoiled nature ©ARGOS Archive
Slovenia offers the modern traveller great possibilities for a wide variety of experiences, for larger groups of visitors as well as for smaller boutique groups and friends.
The top 8 Slovenian destinations are: Bled Lake, Piran and salt pans, Postojna Cave, Lipica, Soča Valley, UNESCO World Heritage sites, Velika planina, Logar Valley and World's Oldest Vine.
Many of our members also prepare and carry out very diverse thematic guided tours, where with their local knowledge they enable you to experience places and people in an authentic way, and get to know traditional cultural habits and customs. They will be happy to introduce you to smaller Slovenian places with a long and interesting history, take you to taste authentic Slovenian dishes and meet friendly locals on their tourist farms and inns, and arrange for you to stay in exclusive accommodation "under the stars" or beautiful nostalgic boutique hotels. Check Slovenia’s regions and find your regional/ local guide here.
Ljubljana, the picturesque Slovenian capital, is always on the bucket list ©ARGOS Archive
If you are planning to visit Slovenia from April to October, to ensure you get the best holiday experience we advise you to book accommodation in your preferred hotels, local guides, restaurants and bus transport as early as possible. Of course we will help you in arrangements for “ last minute holidays” as well but, given the small size of our country, many travel service providers are booked about 1 year in advance, even local guides, especially if they speak one of the foreign languages most required by visitors.
We definitely advise you to stay in a certain region for about 2 days and explore it in detail; some tips for guided tours can be found on our website.
Check what kind of tours our members are offering and book your guide well in advance :) - Slovenian Regional Guides.
ARGOS guides are licenced, professional and dedicated ©ARGOS Archive
Visit our website www.localguides-slovenia.com/en/ and when looking for a qualified guide in Slovenia check https://www.localguides-slovenia.com/en/regional-tourist-guides/.
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Study trips are an excellent way for connecting the guides and acquiring new knowledge ©ARGOS Archive