Day 1: ARRIVAL TO LJUBLJANA
Arrival to Ljubljana Airport and transfer to the hotel. Free time o explore the city on your own. Accommodation in Ljubljana.
Day 2: LJUBLJANA – BLED – LJUBLJANA
After breakfast, guided tour of Ljubljana. In 2016 this pretty little town was proclaimed the first European Green Capital. Your guide will take you on a stroll through the picturesque city centre which is fully adapted for pedestrians and cyclists. Among other sights you will pass the famous congress building, the elegant national library, the baroque cathedral, the main square called “Prešernov trg”, the Triple Bridge and of course the Dragon Bridge – the symbol of the city.
After the guided tour of Ljubljana, you will visit the beautiful alpine city of Bled and its fabulous Bled Castle that rises on a cliff above the lake and offers spectacular views of the surrounding Alps Mountains and the island of Bled. You will continue the visit with the traditional boat ride called “pletna” to the island of Lake Bled, where the baroque church of St. Mary is located. Optionally you can also enter the church and ring the wishing bell.
Return to Ljubljana and free time to explore the capital on your own. We recommend you to climb to the castle of Ljubljana, whether on foot or by funicular and from there enjoy the views over Ljubljana and the mountains that are seen in the distance. At nights the lively streets will invite you to experience the flavours of Ljubljana or enjoy the music that plays on almost every corner. Accommodation in Ljubljana.
Day 3: LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA CAVE – PIRAN – LJUBLJANA
Breakfast. Transfer to Postojna to visit the Postojna Cave, one of the biggest attractions of Slovenia and the underground world. Postojna cave is famous for being the largest cave in Europe open for sightseeing. The visit is done on foot and by electric train. Later you will make a photo stop by the photogenic Predjama Castle, located under a rock and connected to the caves.
Transfer to the Slovenian coast and the Venetian town of Piran. With its narrow medieval alleys and high city walls Piran is the best preserved urban cultural monument in the Slovenian Istria also known for its long tradition of salt production. In the afternoon, return to the capital and accommodation in Ljubljana.
Day 4: LJUBLJANA – PTUJ – CELJE – LJUBLJANA
Breakfast. Departure to the eastern part of Slovenia to visit the country’s oldest town – Ptuj, dating all the way back to the roman times. After the stroll through its ancient streets we will move to another historically significant town – Celje, also called city of the Counts. There we will visit the castle of Celje – the largest fortress in Slovenia and learn about the history of Slovenia’s most famous love tragedy and the origin of the three stars on the Slovenian shield. Upon returning to Ljubljana we will make a quick stop in Žalec, famous for its beer fountain. Night in Ljubljana.
Day 5: LJUBLJANA – VELIKA PLANINA – KRANJSKA GORA
After breakfast, we will escape the noisy capital once again and visit Velika Planina, the largest Alpine pasture population in Europe. We will take a lightly walk through this unique village, appreciate its traditional architecture and learn about lives in mountain pastures. You will have the opportunity to try or even buy typical local cheese called trnič. Later we will continue our journey to the north of Triglav National Park, to the alpine village of Kranjska Gora, one of the best known sports centres in Slovenia. Night in Kranjska Gora.
Day 6: KRANJSKA GORA – SOČA VALLEY – KRANJSKA GORA
After breakfast the route will take us along the panoramic road over the dramatic Vrsic pass among the high peaks of the Julian Alps. On the way we will stop by the Russian chapel – a monument dedicated to the Russian soldiers who built this road during the First World War and died in a snow avalanche. On the other side of Vrsic pass we will enter the valley of the beautiful emerald river Soča and follow the stream all the way to the historical town of Kobarid. During WWI soldiers of different nations were fighting, suffering and dying on the infamous Isonzo Front which was passing through this area. History buffs wills have the optionally visit the renowned museum dedicated to this era. Return to Kranjska Gora for dinner and accommodation.
Day 7: KRANJSKA GORA – VINTGAR GORGE – SKOFJA LOKA – LJUBLJANA
After breakfast we will make one last stop before leaving Triglav National Park and taking a walk through the impressive alpine gorge of Vintgar. Its walls were excavated by the Radovna River and measure from 50 to to 100 meters. The 1.6 km long pathway passes several natural pools and leads to 13 m high waterfall, called Šum. In the afternoon we will stroll the alleys of Škofja Loka – the best preserved medieval town full of interesting stories. Accommodation in Ljubljana.
Day 8: LJUBLJANA – END OF TRIP
Breakfast. Transfer to Ljubljana airport. End of trip.
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