12 nights / 13 days tour
April - October Apr - Sep
12 Meals Included
3* & more hotels
Discover all of the country’s best attractions, cultural destinations, and hidden gems, on this grand thirteen-day Slovenian holiday in the Heart of Europe.
Get settled in Ljubljana, known as Europe’s Green Capital for its sustainable initiatives like the car-free city center. You’ll have the entire day to yourself to take in the magnificent views, stroll around and get a feel for the place. Make sure to also get some rest for all of the adventures that lay ahead.
Overnight in Ljubljana.
After a hearty breakfast, we will hit the streets of the lively capital. We will explore the city’s main sights and attractions on a walking tour through the old town and enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the Ljubljanica River, to see the city from a different perspective. We will also be visiting Ljubljana Castle, a mighty fort overlooking the city, which offers a breathtaking view not only of Ljubljana but also of the Alps in the north. Ljubljana is also known as a mecca for foodies, so we recommend trying some traditional cuisine in your free time.
Overnight in Ljubljana.
Often overlooked by tourists visiting Slovenia, Dolenjska is a hidden paradise waiting to be discovered. In the morning we will depart from Ljubljana and take a walk through the captivating old town center of Novo Mesto, before continuing our journey to the fairytale Castle Otočec, which is the only water castle in Slovenia.You will be glued to your windows when we drive through Bizeljsko, the scenic wine region, and Kozjansko, famous for its many apple orchards. Get ready for a very special visit to the third oldest monastic pharmacy in Europe located in, wait for it, the castle tower of Olimje monastery. We will also stop by the lively Podsreda Castle before we arrive at our accommodation in Podčetrtek.
Overnight stay in Podčetrtek.
Rogaška Slatina is a wondrous place, full of legends. One of them speaks about the mythical winged horse Pegasus that struck the ground with its hoof and discovered Donat, the richest in magnesium natural mineral water in the world. We will all try the “miracle mineral water” before heading off to Ptuj, the oldest town in Slovenia. There we will take a short guided tour of the historic town and admire the view from the very well preserved Ptuj Castle. In the late afternoon, we will arrive in Maribor where you will be free to explore the city on your own.
Overnight stay in Maribor.
In the morning we will take a walking tour around Maribor, which is the second largest city in Slovenia, known for its rich archaeological, ethnological and cultural heritage. Later we will take a trip to charterhouse Žiče, famous for being the first charterhouse in Central Europe outside of France and Italy. Although today the charterhouse is partially ruined, its mystical appearance and calming presence often leave visitors speechless. Our journey will continue at Celje Castle where we will hear one of the most passionate and tragic stories in this country’s history. Later we will drive to Logar Valley where you can relax and enjoy a dramatic sunset over the high mountains.
Overnight stay in Logar Valley.
Wake up to the beautiful scenery of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in one of the most beautiful places in the country, Logar Valley. We will spend the day embraced by mountains and visit the mighty Rinka Waterfall. Today’s ride will be very special as we will drive a panoramic road with plenty of side stops and interesting stories about the surrounding places. The windy road will take us to Jezersko where you can explore the beautiful paths or just take it easy and relax.
Overnight stay in Jezersko.
After a hearty breakfast, we will experience the best that Bled has to offer. We will take a tour of the magnificent Bled Castle, and go for a relaxing ride with the traditional Pletna boat to Bled Island. For a bit of healthy exercise, we will take a hike along with the stunning natural attraction of Vintgar Gorge. Later in the afternoon you can enjoy some free time and try the famous Kremšnita desert.
Overnight stay in Bled.
A short drive from Bled lies the less crowded but just as beautiful Lake Bohinj located in the heart of Triglav National Park. We will admire the vastness of the beautiful glacier lake and take a cable car to Vogel Mountain, rising above the lake and offering some of the best views in the country. If you want to admire the natural beauty of Triglav National Park you can opt for a scenic hike to Mostnica Gorge and Savica Waterfall. Our day will once again finish in Bled, where you can catch one last sunset disappearing over the Julian Alps.
Overnight stay in Bled.
After a good night’s sleep, we will drive to the alpine resort Kranjska Gora where we will stop and marvel at the beautiful Jasna Lake. Our journey continues up the spectacular road leading over the Vršič Pass where we will take numerous photo stops to capture attractions like the stone face of the “Pagan Girl” and the wooden Russian Chapel. On the other side of the mountain, we will arrive at the emerald Soča River Valley and admire the great Soča Gorge. In the afternoon you can enjoy some free time in Bovec, relax and get ready for the next day.
Overnight in Bovec.
In the morning a short bus ride will take us to the mountain town Kobarid, surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Julian Alps. The area of Kobarid is also famous for its WWI history, which you will get to know more about after a visit to the famous Kobarid museum. After seeing the exhibitions, we will explore the Tolmin Gorge, known as the most beautiful entry point into the Triglav National Park, the Tolmin Gorge. You can spend the rest of the day by going on an optional local wine tasting in Goriška Brda or you can settle in early at our accommodation and explore the land of the thousand hills on your own.
Overnight stay in Goriška Brda.
Our first destination of the day will be the beautiful old town Štanjel. It is one of the oldest settlements in Karst and a paradise for all the romantics with spots like the Ferrari Garden, known as one of the most desirable wedding venues in Slovenia. When Cupid will let go of us, our bus will take us to Škocjan, where we will dive deep into the astonishing Škocjan caves, listed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, where we will explore the biggest underground canyon in the world. After an eventful day, our group will depart for the seaside where you’ll have some free time to feel the atmosphere of the dreamy Adriatic coast.
Overnight stay on the Slovenian Coast.
Make sure to put on some sunscreen and grab your sunglasses when visiting the sunny and warm Slovenian Coast. The famous old town Piran will charm you with its well-preserved ancient town walls and the narrow streets with countless stories to tell. Prepare to be amazed when visiting the Sečovlje salt pans, which are one of the last remaining salt pans in the Mediterranean that still maintain the 700-year-old tradition of producing salt by hand. In the evening you can catch a romantic sunset on the beach or try some fresh seafood in one of the many restaurants on the coast.
Overnight stay on the Slovenian Coast.
Don’t believe a fearsome dragon was living in the Karst underworld? After a scenic drive to Postojna, you will see with your own eyes that the stories are true when you meet the “baby dragons” living in Postojna cave. If you are brave enough, step into the fairytale world of knights at Predjama Castle, which is the largest cave castle in the world, before we depart to the capital city Ljubljana. Unfortunately, every good thing must come to an end, but to make your departure home as care-free as possible we can arrange a transfer to Ljubljana Airport from where you will leave Slovenia with memories that will last a lifetime.
Not enough? Why not spend a few more days here! Extend your holidays with a pre- or post-holiday extension. Accommodation, sightseeing, and activities can be arranged. Add as many extra days to your holiday as you wish.
12 nights 3* (or more) accommodation with breakfast
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