Tour ideas for Slovenia

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A simple yet exhilarating tour to see the two major highlights of Slovenia. Enjoy the lovely capital, Ljubljana before travelling to the incredibly picturesque lakeside town of Bled.

Day 1 UK to Ljubljana

Fly to Ljubljana. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Park Hotel (Standard Room) for three nights.

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia since its independence in 1991. The city is compact and has some fine examples of Austro-Hungarian architecture. As an important trading centre between the Venetian Adriatic ports and the Danube region, Ljubljana became wealthy and saw frequent changes of control between the regional powers.

Day 2 Ljubljana

Full day city sightseeing tour. The city is surrounded by low hills upon one of which is medieval Ljubljana Castle. Decorative Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture surround central Prešeren Square and more recent buildings are represented by Nebotičnik, a 13-storey, Art-Deco, residential and business block from the 1930s. As in most of Slovenia, parks and green spaces abound and the winding Ljubljanica River is crossed by many pretty bridges.

Day 3 Ljubljana to Bled – by bus

This morning take the bus north to Bled. Afternoon at leisure. Stay three nights at the Astoria Hotel (Standard Room).

This lakeside town in the Upper Carniolan region of Slovenia enjoys incredibly picturesque views of the surrounding mountains, an ancient castle perched on a steep rock and a serene island in the middle of Lake Bled.

Day 4 Bled

Morning sightseeing. It is possible to take a boat to the island and climb the 99 steps to St Mary's Church to ring its bell for luck. The town developed as a health spa resort for the European elite and is perfect for walking in the surrounding forests and hills, boating on the lake or skiing in winter. Bled is known throughout Slovenia for kremšnita, a vanilla and cream pastry.

Afternoon at leisure.

Day 5 Bled

Day at leisure. You may wish to catch a bus to stunning Lake Bohinj and spend a day walking or cycling around the lake.

Day 6 Bled

At leisure. You may wish to take a local bus to visit Vintgar Gorge.

Day 7 Bled to Ljubljana airport Ljubljana to UK

In the morning take the bus back to Ljubljana airport and fly to UK.

A comprehensive trip to visit Slovenia’s top destinations. Fly to the charming capital city of Ljubljana, the journey north to the pretty town of Bled. Continue south to the Adriatic coast and the Venetian town of Piran.

11 days from £2,640 per person

Day 1 London to Ljubljana

Fly to Ljubljana. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Adora Hotel (Studio) / Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa (Deluxe Suite) for three nights.

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia since its independence in 1991. The city is compact and has some fine examples of Austro-Hungarian architecture. As an important trading centre between the Venetian Adriatic ports and the Danube region, Ljubljana became wealthy and saw frequent changes of control between the regional powers.

Day 2 Ljubljana

Full day city sightseeing tour. The city is surrounded by low hills upon one of which is medieval Ljubljana Castle. Decorative Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture surround central Prešeren Square and more recent buildings are represented by Nebotičnik, a 13-storey, Art-Deco, residential and business block from the 1930s. As in most of Slovenia, parks and green spaces abound and the winding Ljubljanica River is crossed by many pretty bridges.

Day 3 Ljubljana

At leisure.

Day 4 Ljubljana to Bled – 54 kms

Morning drive north to Bled. Afternoon at leisure. Stay three nights at the Hotel Triglav (Lake View Room) / Grand Hotel Toplice (Standard Room).

This lakeside town in the Upper Carniolan region of Slovenia enjoys incredibly picturesque views of the surrounding mountains, an ancient castle perched on a steep rock and a serene island in the middle of Lake Bled.

Day 5 Bled

Morning sightseeing. It is possible to take a boat to the island and climb the 99 steps to St Mary's Church to ring its bell for luck. The town developed as a health spa resort for the European elite and is perfect for walking in the surrounding forests and hills, boating on the lake or skiing in winter. Bled is known throughout Slovenia for kremšnita, a vanilla and cream pastry.

Afternoon at leisure.

Day 6 Bled

Day excursion to Triglav National Park. The truly beautiful Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps is Slovenia’s only National Park, established in 1981. Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain at 2,863 metres is the centre of the park with forested valleys and lakes descending from the mountain. Extensive cycling, walking and trekking facilities exist within the park and several large lakes provide opportunities for sailing, swimming, kayaking and rowing. The towns of Bled and Bohinj provide accommodation and access to the park from the east and Soča Valley in the west offers rafting and adventure. To the north of the park, Kranjska Gora is a charming town with skiing facilities in the winter.

Day 7 Bled to Piran – 176 kms

Drive south to Piran via Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle.

The Postojna Cave system is 24 kms long, the second longest in the country, created by the action of the Pivka River against the predominantly limestone surroundings. To aid visitors to the extensive caves, a train was introduced within the caves in 1872 and electric lights a few years later. A large ‘Concert’ Hall area has been used by symphony orchestras and other musical performances. The caves are home to the Olm, a large aquatic salamander that is blind and often referred to locally as the ‘human-fish’, due to the colour of its skin. A tour includes an aquarium with live examples of Olms.

The dramatic Predjama castle fortress set in the mouth of a huge cave was once the lair of Erazem Lueger, a 15th century robber chief, who defended the castle against besieging Austrian forces, throwing fresh cherries at them as evidence of his abundant supplies, smuggled into the castle from a secret passage. The castle contains wonderful quirky elements such as a roof-top hiding place, a scary dungeon and chutes for pouring boiling oil. Predjama Castle is only 9 kms from Postojna Caves and the cave system behind the building extends over 14 kms into the hills.

Stay three nights at the Hotel Tartini (Double Room) / Hotel Piran (Double Room).

Day 8 Piran

Morning sightseeing. The ancient port city of Piran developed as part of the Venetian Republic and still retains the atmosphere of a busy Italian town. Later as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire Piran flourished as a market town and spa. After the First World war, the town became part of Italy and after the second World war a part of Yugoslavia. Since 1991, it belongs to the independent Slovenia and is one of the four resorts of its 47 kms Mediterranean coastline. During the summer, Piran’s narrow streets, impressive central Tartini Square and coastal boulevards are packed with cafes, pubs and seafood restaurants, often with lovely sunset views.

Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9 Piran

At leisure.

Day 10 Piran to Ljubljana – 146 kms

Drive back to Ljubljana via Škocjan Caves.

The 6km long series of limestone caves at Škocjan is one of the natural highlights of Slovenia. The cave system was created by the action of the Reka River, flowing below ground towards Italy. There is a two-hour guided tour through the caves, exploring a series of passages and halls. In the massive open halls, there are immense stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones and natural stone bridges over the underground river. Eventually a funicular railway brings you back to the surface. There is also a pleasant walk around the local villages.

Stay one night at the Adora Hotel (Studio) / Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa (Deluxe Suite).

Day 11 Ljubljana to London

Morning fly back to London

An interesting option to explore more of Slovenia, covering the second-largest city of Maribor, the fascinating caves of Postojna and the beautiful white horses of Lipica. Finish the journey in charming Piran on the Adriatic coast.

Day 1 London to Graz
Graz to Maribor – 62 kms

Fly to Graz in Austria. On arrival, you will be met and then driven to Maribor. Stay two nights at the Hotel City (Superior Room) / Hotel Maribor (One-Bedroom Apartment).

Wine, sports and food are the enticements to visit Maribor, the capital of the Štajerska region and the nation’s second largest city.

Day 2 Maribor

Sightseeing tour. A 400-year old vine sits in the centre of the historic waterfront district, Lent and still produces grapes. A Renaissance style town hall and an impressive plague pillar lie on Glavni Trg square, the old marketplace. For students of local history, Maribor Regional Museum has a superb collection of artefacts, housed in a 15th castle. Every Friday in summer, local foods are cooked and sold on the streets and in winter people head to the Pohorje area for skiing and other winter sports.

Day 3 Maribor to Postojna – 178 kms

Drive to Postojna. Stay one night at Hotel Kras (Double Room) / Hotel Jama (Superior Double Room).

Day 4 Postojna to Lipica – 84 kms

Visit Postojna Caves. The Postojna Cave system is 24 kms long, the second longest in the country, created by the action of the Pivka River against the predominantly limestone surroundings. To aid visitors to the extensive caves, a train was introduced within the caves in 1872 and electric lights a few years later. A large ‘Concert’ Hall area has been used by symphony orchestras and other musical performances. The caves are home to the Olm, a large aquatic salamander that is blind and often referred to locally as the ‘human-fish’, due to the colour of its skin. A tour includes an aquarium with live examples of Olms.

Continue to Lipica via Snežnik castle.

Snežnik Castle was constructed around the 13th century. Originally owned by the Schneberg family, the castle had several owners over the years. In 1832 the castle was offered as a lottery prize to pay off debts. The winner, a Hungarian blacksmith, chose to take a cash equivalent. Prince Jurij Schoenburg-Waldenburg, inherited the castle in 1859 and altered it for use as a summer home and hunting lodge. In addition to external changes, he also richly furnished the interior and established an English-style park. During World War II the castle caretaker faithfully guarded the estate, therefore the interior furnishings survive intact. In 1983, the castle was opened to the public as a museum.

During the Hapsburg Empire, in 1580 Archduke Charles chose to build a stud farm on the Lipica site to breed horses brought from Spain. The soil and climate of this area is very similar to Spain and therefore considering suitable for this respected breed. In the 18th century the Lipizzaner breed was developed to supply horses to the Vienna riding school, which produced horses for ceremonial purposes. The herd was moved to Hungary during the Napoleonic wars and to Austria during the First and Second World Wars. On the site is an informative museum and a hotel. Tours of the stud farm and riding displays are offered and the pleasant grounds and elegant buildings make for an enjoyable stroll.

Stay one night at the Hotel Maestoso (Standard Room).

Day 5 Lipica to Piran – 58 kms

Morning visit the Lipica Stud Farm. In the afternoon drive on to Piran. Stay three nights at the Hotel Tartini (Double Room) / Hotel Piran (Double Room).

The ancient port city of Piran developed as part of the Venetian Republic and still retains the atmosphere of a busy Italian town. Later as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire Piran flourished as a market town and spa. After the First World war, the town became part of Italy and after the second World war a part of Yugoslavia. Since 1991, it belongs to the independent Slovenia and is one of the four resorts of its 47 kms Mediterranean coastline. During the summer, Piran’s narrow streets, impressive central Tartini Square and coastal boulevards are packed with cafes, pubs and seafood restaurants, often with lovely sunset views.

Day 6 Piran
To
Day 7

At leisure.

Day 8 Piran to Ljubljana – 121 kms

Drive north to Ljubljana. Stay two nights at the Adora Hotel (Studio) / Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa (Deluxe Suite).

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia since its independence in 1991. The city is compact and has some fine examples of Austro-Hungarian architecture. As an important trading centre between the Venetian Adriatic ports and the Danube region, Ljubljana became wealthy and saw frequent changes of control between the regional powers.

Day 9 Ljubljana

Sightseeing tour. The city is surrounded by low hills upon one of which is medieval Ljubljana Castle. Decorative Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture surround central Prešeren Square and more recent buildings are represented by Nebotičnik, a 13-storey, Art-Deco, residential and business block from the 1930s. As in most of Slovenia, parks and green spaces abound and the winding Ljubljanica River is crossed by many pretty bridges.

Day 10 Ljubljana to London

Fly back to London.

Make the most of two countries by combining a short visit to Slovenia with a drive along the Dalmatian coast enjoying historic Split and one of Croatia’s sun-kissed islands.

Day 1 London to Ljubljana
Ljubljana to Bled – 40 kms

Fly to Ljubljana. You will be met on arrival and then driven to Bled. Stay two nights at the Hotel Triglav (Lake View Room) / Grand Hotel Toplice (Standard Room).

Day 2 Bled

Morning sightseeing. This lakeside town in the Upper Carniolan region of Slovenia enjoys incredibly picturesque views of the surrounding mountains, an ancient castle perched on a steep rock and a serene island in the middle of Lake Bled. It is possible to take a boat to the island and climb the 99 steps to St Mary's Church to ring its bell for luck. The town developed as a health spa resort for the European elite and is perfect for walking in the surrounding forests and hills, boating on the lake or skiing in winter. Bled is known throughout Slovenia for kremšnita, a vanilla and cream pastry. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 3 Bled to Ljubljana – 54 kms

Return to Ljubljana. Stay two nights at the Adora Hotel (Studio) / Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa (Deluxe Suite).

Day 4 Ljubljana

Full day city sightseeing tour. Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia since its independence in 1991. The city is compact and has some fine examples of Austro-Hungarian architecture. As an important trading centre between the Venetian Adriatic ports and the Danube region, Ljubljana became wealthy and saw frequent changes of control between the regional powers. The city is surrounded by low hills upon one of which is medieval Ljubljana Castle. Decorative Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture surround central Prešeren Square and more recent buildings are represented by Nebotičnik, a 13-storey, Art-Deco, residential and business block from the 1930s. As in most of Slovenia, parks and green spaces abound and the winding Ljubljanica River is crossed by many pretty bridges.

Day 5 Ljubljana to Opatija – 109 kms

Drive south visiting the incredible Postojna Caves before crossing the Slovenia / Croatia border to Opatija on the coast. Stay two nights at the Hotel Miramar (Deluxe Room) / Hotel Milenij (Superior Sea View Room).

Day 6 Opatija

At leisure. Elegant Opatija developed into one of the most popular seaside resorts during the heyday of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A rail link from Vienna increased the potential for visitors. Stylish villas line the coastal promenade and the town’s lovely location make it a pleasant place to relax for a few days. Impressive Villa Angiolina, one of the first villas, is now a museum of local history and is surrounded by beautiful gardens with exotic plants from around the world. With a mild climate, Opatija is both a summer and winter resort.

Day 7 Opatija to Split – 428 kms

A long day’s drive south to Split taking a short ferry ride to Pag Island and driving though the island’s rocky landscape and past enchanting views. Try the delicious Pag lamb and cheese. Stay two nights at the Antique Split Luxury Rooms (Deluxe Room) / Palace Judita Heritage Hotel (Deluxe Room with Balcony).

Day 8 Split

Full day city sightseeing tour. Split is the largest city on the Adriatic Coast and the second largest in Croatia. The Old Town is situated on a peninsula and its history of Roman, Venetian, Austrian, French, Italian and Yugoslav influence has left many well-preserved buildings and artefacts, including the stunning palace built for the Roman Emperor, Diocletian and the statue of medieval Croatian bishop Grgur Ninski (rubbing the toe brings good luck). With excellent restaurants and bars, Split serves as a destination alone or as a gateway to the Dalmatian Islands by ferry or flight. Split Archaeological Museum, created in 1820, is Croatia’s oldest and offers a comprehensive explanation of regional history and culture.

Day 9 Split to Hvar - by ferry

Take the ferry to Hvar Island. Stay three nights at the Hotel Podstine in Hvar town (Superior Exclusive King Room) / Heritage Villa Apolon in Stari Grad (Large Suite).

Day 10 Hvar
To
Day 11

At leisure. Hvar (from the Greek Pharos – lighthouse) was on the main trading route along the Mediterranean coast. The fertile inland area was prefect for growing grapes and herbs. Even now, the centre of the island abounds in the smells of lavender and rosemary. The coastline is sprinkled with hidden coves and beaches to enjoy Croatia’s warmest spot. The main towns are Hvar, a busy popular party town with lovely stone streets and elegant mansions and Stari Grad, the port of arrival from the mainland, site of many ancient cultural sights and the quieter of the two. Excursions depart frequently for the gorgeous Pakleni Islands.

Day 12 Hvar to Split – by ferry
Split to London

Morning take the ferry back to Split. You will be met and transferred to Split airport for the return flight to London.

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