8 nights / 9 days tour
April - September Apr - Sep
8 Meals Included
3* & more hotels
If you are looking to discover the best attractions of the Green Heart of Europe, then this nine-day Slovenia highlights tour is the one for you. From the vibrant streets of Ljubljana capital, the pristine alpine lakes Bled and Bohinj, the mysterious Karst underworld, and the coastline town Piran —Slovenia will amaze you with its natural beauty, tasty cuisine, and rich history.
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 stay 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.
In the morning we will depart from Ljubljana and visit one of the most remarkable regions of Slovenia. 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. A trip to Slovenian Karst is not complete without a visit to the famous Lipica stud farm, where the magnificent white Lipizzaner horses have been bred since 1580. After an eventful day, our group will depart for the beautiful seaside where you’ll have some free time in the evening to explore.
Overnight at 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 of 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 at the Slovenian Coast.
After one last breakfast with a view of the dreamy Adriatic, we will visit the Vipava Valley wine region. One of the oldest settlements in Karst is Štanjel, from where we will enjoy the panoramic views that can make anyone a professional photographer. For all the wine lovers we will arrange a visit to winemakers in both Goriška Brda and Vipava Valley, taking a peek in their wine cellars and enjoying the fruits of their labor. In good spirits, we will arrive at our stay in Goriška Brda where you can reward yourself with a glass of local wine and try the famous Karst prosciutto or simply enjoy the stunning views over countless vineyards and hilltop villages.
Overnight in Goriška Brda.
In the morning, a scenic bus ride will take us to the mountain town Bovec, surrounded by the mighty peaks of the Julian Alps. In this pristine alpine valley, we will explore the beautiful Tolmin Gorge and hike a magical trail alongside the Soča river to the scenic Kozjak Waterfall near Kobarid. At the end of the trail there is a small wooden viewing platform where you can take some amazing photos. The area of Kobarid is also famous for its history, which you will get to know more about after a visit to the famous Kobarid WW1 museum. In the afternoon you can enjoy some free time in Bovec, relax and get ready for the next day.
Overnight stay in Bovec.
After a tasty breakfast, you can choose to explore Bovec on your own or get in touch with the adventurer in you. If you choose the latter you will be taken for an exciting adventure of white water rafting down the Soča River which is the best way to really experience this alpine jewel. After we depart from the adrenaline capital of Slovenia, we will drive up the spectacular road leading over the Vršič Pass, and 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 Vršič pass we will arrive at the alpine resort Kranjska Gora and take a short break at Jasna Lake before arriving at our accommodation in Bled.
Overnight stay in Bled.
After a good night’s sleep, we will experience the best that Bled has to offer. We will take a tour of the Bled Castle, and go for a relaxing ride with the traditional Pletna boat to Bled Island. For a bit of healthy exercise, we will hike along the stunning natural attraction of Vintgar Gorge. We will also visit the less crowded but just as beautiful Lake Bohinj located in the heart of Triglav National Park. You can also take a cable car to Vogel Mountain, rising above the lake and offering some of the best views in the country, before returning back to Bled.
Overnight in Bled.
Unfortunately, every good thing must come to an end. On the final day of your holiday, you will be free to explore Bled on your own. To make your last day 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.
8 nights 3* (or more) accommodation with breakfast
Balkan&more is a brand of Tour Operator L.L.C. – one of the region’s leading Destination Management Companies, specialized in travel to the Balkans and Southeast Europe. Balkan&more provides extraordinary private and small group experiences, combining the very gems of the region into scheduled or tailor-made tours.