MAJESTIC SLOVENIA 12 DAYS
The most common feedback we received from our guests in the past was »It's beautiful here – we wish we could stay longer...«. Now you can – we have prepared a new programme that offers the complete experience of 'The Country on The Sunny Side of The Alps' - from the gorgeous mountains and lakes of Northern Slovenia to the rolling hills of Dolenjska, from the hedonist wine region of Štajerska to the flatlands of Prekmurje, from the scenic coastal towns of Piran and Portorož to the historical capital of Ljubljana with its bridges and picturesque Old Town. This is the programme that will show you Slovenia in all its diversity, through natural beauty, culinary delights and a wealth of museums and cultural attractions.
Departure: daily | Min. size of group: 2 persons | Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Day 1: Ljubljana
Upon arrival in Ljubljana, transfer to your hotel. Start your experience of the city with a walk along the gently flowing Ljubljanica River. Discover the small streets of the Old Town, have a coffee at one of the numerous riverside cafés, visit the Central market for your fresh selection of fruits, vegetables and fish. In the evening, treat yourself to a delightful meal in one of the many restaurants.
Day 2: Ljubljana
After breakfast start your day with a half-day walking tour of Ljubljana. Walk through the Old Town and learn more about the history of the city. Visit the main city park – Tivoli, take the funicular to the castle of Ljubljana and view the city from its highest point. The castle hosts several quality restaurants with an exquisite selection of gourmet meals and snacks, while enjoying the unsurpassed view of the city below. In the afternoon visit one of the several city museums and galleries. You prefer shopping? There are several department stores in the city centre, as well as small boutiques that offer traditional and modern handicraft, clothes and jewellery.
Day 3: Ljubljana–Postojna half day tour
This morning we suggest a trip to Postojna, only 30 minutes driving from Ljubljana. The town is world-famous for its cave, Postojnska Jama, which is one of the longest cave systems in the world and the only one with a double track railway. If you are lucky, you will also have a chance to see the fantastic and unique cave dweller – proteus, also called 'Human Fish'. Next stop will be the magnificent castle of Predjama, which reigns over the surrounding area, perched high up in a vertical cliff. In the afternoon, return back to Ljubljana. In the evening, visit one of the traditional taverns with local food and music.
Day 4: Ljubljana–Novo Mesto–Mokrice Castle
Enjoy your breakfast, after which you will start your tour towards the Dolenjska region. The road will take you along the valley of Krka river, surrounded by green meadows and fields on one side and rolling hillsides with vineyards on the other. A short stop in Novo mesto, then onward along Krka River to the small village of Otočec, named after a small island on which stands a picturesque Gothic castle. In the afternoon continue your way towards Pleterje monastery and visit the impressive Gothic church. Then past Kostanjevica na Krki towards Mokrice, where you can catch an afternoon game of golf before relaxing in your castle room.
Day 5: Mokrice Castle–Zagreb–Ptuj
This morning after breakfast you will continue across the border to Croatia to visit the capital, Zagreb. Upper Town is one of the best-maintained medieval cities in Europe with museums, monuments, antique and souvenir shops. In 'Lower Town' the main square of Jelačić is one of the city highlights. In the afternoon continue north, crossing the border back to Slovenia and stopping in Ptuj, known as the oldest city in Slovenia. It combines medieval buildings and modern houses in a perfect symbiosis.
Day 6: Ptuj–Maribor–Murska Sobota
In the morning, ascend the town hill and visit the Ptuj Castle with exhibitions of medieval feudal culture and arms. After the visit continue toward the second biggest city in Slovenia, Maribor. Walk along the main square, through the Three Ponds park and do not forget to visit the riverside part called Lent, bursting with lively cafés and restaurants. Nearby, you can see the oldest documented grape vine, over 400 years old. In the afternoon continue your way towards Murska Sobota. Visit the nearby pottery workshop in Filovci and learn more about this traditional craft. Overnight in a nearby hotel.
Day 7: Murska Sobota–Bled
You will begin your day with a sumptuous breakfast, followed by a visit to the picturesque village of Ižakovci, famous for its »Island Of Love«. Prepare your own bread and spice it with local herbs and delicacies. Witness the unique floating mill on the River Mura. Find out the secret of the love potion, known to unlock the heart's secret desires... You will continue your tip toward Northern Slovenia and we suggest a stop in Radovljica before your evening arrival in Bled. The world-famous town by the lake with an island and a church is probably the most known image of Slovenia.
Day 8: Bled–Bohinj–Bled
This morning you will have your breakfast while enjoying the marvellous views of Bled Lake and its surroundings. After breakfast we suggest a drive along the scenic Sava Bohinjka Valley towards the nearby lake of Bohinj. We suggest you take your swimsuit with you, as on a hot day it is quite refreshing to plunge into the crystal waters of Bohinj Lake. Take a cable car to a viewpoint on Vogel Mountain. On a clear day, the view from the top can reach more than 20 km, overlooking Bohinj Lake and the surrounding forests and mountains. Continue towards nearby Savica waterfall for another set of great photos. Have a lunch in Ukanc where Sava Bohinjka flows into the lake. After lunch take a leisure walk by the Bohinj Lake before returning to Bled. There we suggest you visit the Park restaurant and try the traditional Bled cream cake – the signature sweet of Slovenia.
Day 9: Bled–Kranjska Gora
After breakfast take a traditional 'pletna' boat to visit the Bled island with its church. Ringing the island church bell while making a wish is known to make the wish come true – you will have to try it! Leaving Bled you will continue toward another village between the mountains – Kranjska Gora. During summer months it is a great base for hiking and bicycle tours, while in the winter months it becomes one of the skiing centres of Slovenia. Walk along Pišnica River towards Jasna Lake with its statue of an ibex. In the afternoon visit the Planica ski jump centre, home to (once it's finished) the largest ski jump in the world.
Day 10: Kranjska Gora–Vršič–Trenta-Tolmin–Nova Gorica–Portorož
Make sure your cameras have enough memory and power today, as you are in for a day of amazing scenery and breathtaking vistas. First, take the winding road toward the mountain pass of Vršič. Stop at the top to take in the majestic views and walk to a nearby viewpoint. From there you will start descending towards Trenta Valley and onward to Bovec – one of the settings for the Hollywood movie »Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia«. Continue towards Kobarid and visit a museum with an awarded exhibition of the 1st World War. Continue the drive along Soča River, also called »The Emerald River« because of its clear and pristine green colour. In Nova Gorica take a detour through the scenic Karst region, land of smoked ham and delicious red wine called teran. Stop at one of the local taverns for an afternoon snack before continuing your trip towards the seaside town of Portorož.
Day 11: Portorož–Piran–Portorož
You will be awakened by the sound of the waves and the gentle breeze coming from the coast. Portorož is a famous seaside resort with a laid-back atmosphere, great hotels and restaurants and a sandy beach with cafés and bars. Nearby, the centre of Bernardin is known for its beach resorts, wellness and business tourism. Take a morning walk to the nearby town of Piran. Boasting a very Venetian feel, this nice little town is best experienced on foot, losing yourself in its narrow streets, enjoying its small squares and nice seaside restaurants with excellent seafood. For the best view of the town, ascend the hill to reach St. George's Church. In the afternoon, visit the terrace Of Grand Hotel Bernardin offering unparalleled views of the Slovenian coastline. Finish your day with dinner at your hotel or one of the nice nearby restaurants. A visit to the Marina and dinner there is also a great option.
Day 12: Portorož–Ljubljana
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
As an alternative, you can choose from one of the following options:
- Italy: Portorož is a great staring point to visit Italy with less than 2 hours to Venice, Aquila, Trieste, Verona and several other historical cities.
- Croatia: from Portorož you can easily access Rovinj, the heritage town on Croatian coast, and then continue your way to Plitvice, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik (as per programme Highlights of Croatia)
- Cruise: the nearby port of Koper is popular with cruise ships (Silversea, NCL, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean), so you can continue your experience on the Adriatic and Mediterranean coast by the sea.
Programme rate per person from:
- Standard option: €995
- Deluxe option: €1,960
The rate includes: accommodation with breakfast in double room (Standard - hotel 3-4*; Deluxe - hotel 4-5*), 2 x dinner in Bled, car hire (Standard - EBMA, type Opel Astra automatic or similar; Deluxe - IDMA, type VW Passat automatic or similar), travel documentation with maps and suggested activities.
Optional extras: personal driver|guide, entrances, meals, shows and other activities.