This itinerary will make your travel to Slovenia complete. It will introduce you the European destinations of excellence such are Soča and Logar Valley. You will get the chance to fully experience all pearls of this beautiful country: from its capital Ljubljana, to the amazing Cave of Postojna and picturesque Bled, the pearl of the Alps.
Day 1: AIRPORT – LJUBLJANA
Visit Slovenia on a private guided tour. Start your trip 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 Square, Nacional 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.
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.
Day 5: CELJE –
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 Lagarska 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, transfer to Bled, the most beautiful city in the Alps. 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.
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.
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Day 8: SOČA VALLEY – IDRIJA – POSTOJNA – PREDJAMA
Breakfast and departure to the town of Idrija, established after the discovery of mercury in the 15th century. The became the site of the second largest mercury mine in the world (after the Almadén in Spain). Although it is no longer exploited, the mine continues to operate as tourist attraction taking the visitors as deep as 96 meters below ground. In 2012, the mining complex along with the castle of Idrija were declared the UNESCO World Heritage.
Later visit the famous Postojna Cave, the largest cave in Europe open to the public. A part of the visit of the cave is done by electric train because if not, you would walk more than an hour to get to the most spectacular part. Afterwards, you will visit the magic Predjama Castle, located about 9 kilometres from Postojna. The medieval castle is famous for its incredible location, located under a rock, connected with caves and hiding places. Accommodation in Postojna.
Day 9: POSTOJNA – SLOVENIAN COAST – LJUBLJANA
Breakfast. Transfer from Postojna, you will visit Slovenia ‘s coast. Firstly you will visit the city of Koper, the most important city of the coast. Strolling through the streets of the city you will see Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque constructions. Most of Koper’s most interesting 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 the cathedral, the Loggia Palace and the Praetor Palace. You will continue your journey to Piran which is a city of special value. It is the best-preserved urban cultural monument in Slovenian Istria. You have to get close to see and experience the architecture of the city, with the strong influence especially of the Republic of Venice, which has also characterized other cities of Istria. In the afternoon, transfer to Ljubljana. Accommodation in Ljubljana.
Day 10: LJUBLJANA – END OF TRIP
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your return flight. The tour of Slovenia can be adjusted if you also wish to visit Croatia or another Balkan country. End of trip.