Slovenia Grand Tour

Itinerary

Visit Slovenia on a private guided tour. This complete itinerary takes you to all most important tourist attractions of this little country and beyond. It introduces the European destinations of excellence such are Soča and Logar Valley, as well as the always-popular capital Ljubljana, the amazing Cave of Postojna and of course the picturesque village of Bled, the pearl of the Alps.


Day 1: AIRPORT – LJUBLJANA

Start your visit of Slovenia by arriving to the airport of Ljubljana or any other airport in the region if it is more convenient to you. Transfer to a hotel in Ljubljana. Accommodation in Ljubljana.

Day 2: LJUBLJANA

After breakfast your private guide will take you on a tour of Ljubljana. You will take a walk along the banks of the lovely Ljubljanica River and cross its numerus bridges, including the Triple Bridge by Ljubljana’s most famous architect Jože Plečnik and the elegant Dragon Bridge, which has become a symbol of the city. Among the many notable buildings, you will pass on your stroll through the historic center of Ljubljana, are the city’s University on the vivid Congress SquareNacional Library (built exclusively from the local materials), the baroque Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the pinkish Franciscan Church of the Annunciation located on Ljubljana’s central square named after the nation’s greatest poet, France Prešeren. To summit all up, you can climb up the city’s most strategic point – the Ljubljana Castle sitting on a hill above the old historic center – and enjoy the wonderful views of Ljubljana and high Alps in the background.

Free afternoon to explore Ljubljana by yourself, have a coffee in one of the many bars along the river, enjoy the numerous street performances and try delicious local dishes. Accommodation in Ljubljana.

Visit Slovenia: Ljubljana

Day 3: LJUBLJANA – VELIKA PLANINA – KAMNIK – LJUBLJANA

Breakfast. Meeting with the guide and transfer to Velika planina plateau. Depending on your preferences and physical fitness you can choose to take a cable car or hike up to the picturesque shepherds’ village full of pretty wooden houses. Some of the them offer fresh products, such as sour milk or local cheese called trnič. In the afternoon we will descent to Kamnik for a stroll through the old historic center of one of the most important medieval towns in Slovenia. Return to Ljubljana. Accommodation in Ljubljana.

This day is quite active, sportswear is recommended.

Day 4: LJUBLJANA – MARIBOR – PTUJ – CELJE

Breakfast and departure north-west towards Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia, located between vast vineyards, Drava River and Pohorje Mountains. On a stroll through the city’s center, you will pass its characteristic Franciscan church and the cathedral of St. John the Baptist dating back to the 13th century. Later continue your tour with a walk along the banks of the Drava River known as Lent where you can visit the old Wine House and learn all about the oldest vine in the world.

The tour continues with a visit of nearby Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia. One of the most popular images of Ptuj is its historic castle which stands high above the Drava River and offers wonderful panoramic views of the town and the vast fields in the background. In the afternoon transfer to Celje. Night in Celje.

Visit Slovenia: Bled

Day 5: CELJE – LOGARSKA VALLEY – BLED

After breakfast it’s time to get to know Celje, notable for the biggest fortress in Slovenia. It was home of the influential late medieval noble dynasty (Counts of Celje) which for a long period of time rivaled Habsburgs themselves.

Later, transfer to Logarska Valley, without a doubt one of the most beautiful valleys in the Alps. You will not be surprised to learn that Logarska Valley received the prestigious European destination of excellence award in 2009. At the very end of this gorgeous valley, you can visit the Rinka, a spectacular waterfall with a drop of 105 meters. Later, take a scenic roundtrip over Palič pass and Jezersko towards Bled, the most beautiful town in the Alps and a must-see for all who visit Slovenia. Night in Bled.

Day 6: BLED – BOHINJ – KRANJSKA GORA

After breakfast visit the fairy-tale Bled Castle which offers breathtaking views over Lake Bled with the island in the middle and the peaks of the Julian Alps in the background. Later you can take the traditional boat called “pletna” to the island and ring the bells of the baroque Saint Mary’s church. In the afternoon, continue to Bohinj with the largest lake in Slovenia, located in the heart of Triglav National Park. Enter the picturesque church on the banks of Lake Bohinj or visit the impressive Savica Waterfall on the other side. If the weather conditions allow, you are welcome to take a swim in the lake or rent a canoe. On your way to Kranjska Gora you can optionally visit the magnificent Vintgar Gorge. Night in Kranjska Gora.

Visit Slovenia: Kozjak & Zelenci

Day 7: KRANJSKA GORA – SOČA VALLEY

After breakfast you will take a walk through Kranjska Gora, one of the best known sports centers in Slovenia surrounded by magnificent alpine peaks which offer numerus hiking and cycling opportunities of all levels. Later the tour continues along the panoramic road over the breathtaking Vršič Pass into the beautiful Soča Valley.On the way you can visit the picturesque Russian chapel dedicated to the Russian soldiers who built this curved road during WWI and died in an avalanche. Driving along the emerald green Soča River, one of the most praised river in this part of Europe, will get us to Bovec, another adventure sports center. Here we can organize outdoor activates such are rafting or zipline.

Later continue along Soča River to the historic town of Kobarid, notable for playing an important role during the so-called Isonzo Front in WWI. If you are interest in history you can enter the renown museum dedicated to this topic or visit the gorgeous Kozjak waterfall. Accommodation in Soča Valley.

 

Visit Slovenia – the green heart of Europe

 

Day 8: SOČA VALLEY – GORIŠKA BRDA – KARST – COAST

Breakfast and departure to towards the picturesque region of Goriška Brda, also know as “The Tuscany of Slovenia”. This gorgeous wine country squeezed between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea is the perfect road-trip destination, full of green hills and romantic villages. Enjoy a glass of local wine or taste the sweetest cherries in the world.

Later, transfer to the mysteries region of Karst, land of caves and other karstic phenomena. It was here that scientists first explained numerous karst features, that is why this region lent its name to all karst landscapes across the world. We recommend a stop at the picturesque village of Štanjel or a visit of the Lipica Stud Farm, the cradle of white horses known as Lipizzaners, who have been raised here since the 16th century. Before the day ends transfer to Slovenian coast.

Day 9: SLOVENIAN COAST

All tourists who visit Slovenia, also visit the gorgeous Venetian town of Piran, the best-preserved urban cultural monument on the Slovenian coast. You will not be left unimpressed by its cute narrow streets and red roofs. In the afternoon, visit Koper, the most important city in the region, full of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Most of Koper’s best tourist spots are concentrated around the City Tower, which is 36 m high and is visible from the distance. Among the most interesting points you will see are the cathedral, the Loggia Palace and the Praetor Palace. Night on the Slovenian coast.

Day 10: SLOVENIAN COAST – POSTOJNA – PREDJAMA – LJUBLJANA

After breakfast visit the famous Postojna Cave, the largest cave in Europe open to the public. Since it is so enormous, part of the visit must be done by electric train. On a two-hour visit you will see all of its most spectacular sections. Afterwards, you will visit the magic Predjama Castle, located about 9 kilometres from Postojna. This medieval castle is famous for its incredible location, built on a rock and connected with cave system in its background. Transfer back to Ljubljana as your trip slowly comes to an end.

Day 11: LJUBLJANA – END OF TRIP

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your return flight or continue your vacation towards Zagreb if you also wish to visit Croatia or another Balkan country.


 

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NEED TO KNOW

This is a private tailor-made trip. The itinerary is only an example based on our personal experiences and can be adapted according to your preferences, time and budget. Also, let us know if you want to include any special activities.

If you don’t have 11 day to do this tour, we have also prepared a shorter week-long itinerary Best of Slovenia. But remember – both itineraries can be further adjusted according to your wishes.

You can do this trip with a personal driver-guide or on your own as a fly & drive program.

If you prefer to do the tour of Slovenia in a group with other visitors, check out the dates and rates of our regular small group tour.

This itinerary can also be combined with the 8-day trip to Croatia or any other itinerary from our offer.

 

THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • English-speaking driver guide (or any other language if available)
  • Accommodation in hotels of selected category with breakfast
  • Hotel taxes
  • Entrances: Ljubljana Castle, Bled Castle, Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle
  • Transfers in a fitting modern vehicle according to the itinerary
  • Arrival and departure transfers (Ljubljana airport)

AVAILABLE AS A SUPPLEMENT:

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Flight tickets
  • Transfers from/to other airports

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