SPIRIT OF SLOVENIA 8 DAYS
A week-long tour that takes you across all the main attractions of Slovenia, while appreciating its culture, landscape and culinary delights.
Departure: daily | Min. size of group: 2 persons | Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Day 1: Ljubljana Airport–Ljubljana City Centre
Upon arrival in Ljubljana, transfer to city centre and accommodation (rooms ready after 2pm). Start your exploration with Old Town, the market and Three Bridges. For lunch, you'll be spoilt for options along the riverside and in the narrow streets of the Old town. In the afternoon take a funicular ride up towards Ljubljana Castle, offering you magnificent views of the whole city. In the evening you will have a chance to soak up the summer atmosphere of the capital, when streets, bars and cafés fill up and every corner offers a different musical and culinary experience.
Day 2: Ljubljana | breakfast
After breakfast we suggest you visit the Ethnographical Museum of Slovenia. There you will have a chance to experience Slovenian cultural heritage through several exhibitions, positioned into contemporary space and design while not losing the centuries old feeling of tradition. In the afternoon take a boat ride along Ljubljanica River experiencing the city from another perspective, while enjoying a glass of wine. In the evening, we suggest you visit one of the old town restaurants, known for great food prepared following traditional recipes.
Day 3: Ljubljana–Bled | breakfast
After breakfast you will pick up your car from the city office. Start your morning drive towards the majestic panorama of the Alps in the foreground, as you head towards Bled. This little gem is probably the most known part of Slovenia, due to its picturesque lake, topped by a church. Surrounded by mountains and Bled Castle overlooking the lake. It is truly a fairytale setting. In the afternoon we suggest you visit Bled Castle and finish your day with a nice dinner overlooking the lake. Do not forget to sample »Bled cream cake«, a traditional delicacy that is »a must« for all visitors to Bled.
Day 4: Bled–Bohinj–Bled | breakfast, dinner
After breakfast we suggest you drive along the scenic Sava Bohinjka towards another scenic lake - Bohinj. On a hot day it is quite refreshing to plunge into the crystal waters, while surrounded by unspoilt nature. Park your car near the lake and take the cable car to a viewpoint on Vogel Mountain. On a clear day, the view from the top can stretch out to over 20 km. Continue towards nearby Savica waterfall for another set of great photos. In the afternoon return to Bled and take a traditional »pletna« boat to visit the famous 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!
Day 5: Bled–Kranjska Gora–Vršič–Bovec | breakfast
After breakfast it is time to leave the fairytale setting of Bled and start exploring the rural countryside of Northern Slovenia. Continue towards Jesenice and onward to Kranjska Gora. Upon arrival take the road towards the nearby giant ski jump complex of Planica (until recently holder of over 10 world records for longest ski jumps).
The idyllic setting is supplemented by the flow of nearby Sava Dolinka River. We suggest you stop your car by the road, and treat yourself to a nice picnic by the river. Continue towards the mountain pass of Vršič. Stop at the top to take in the majestic views. From Vršič descend towards Trenta Valley and onward to Bovec, one of the settings for the Hollywood movie "Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia". Here we suggest a stop and perhaps late lunch at the restaurant of Hotel Dobra Vila. Spend the afternoon exploring wonderful Trenta Valley.
Day 6: Bovec–Kobarid–Soča Valley–Nova Gorica–Portorož | breakfast
Start your morning with a visit to Kobarid museum, which holds an excellent exhibition on the 1st World War, as one of the main war fronts was through these regions. Continue along the Soča Valley, famous for its emerald colour and delicious native trout. Stop at the nearby town of Most na Soči for a photo of its scenic bridge, and then continue towards Nova Gorica. As this will probably be time for lunch, we suggest you visit the nearby castle of Kromberk, today an excellent slow-food restaurant. Late afternoon you will arrive at the seaside town of Portorož. Check in to the hotel, drop off your car at the town depot and enjoy an evening walk by the sea. Should you prefer to have a cocktail on the terrace of your hotel that is a great option as well.
Day 7: Portorož–Piran–Portorož | breakfast
After breakfast we suggest you take a nice walk along the seaside towards the nearby town of Piran. Boasting a very Venetian feel, this nice little town is best experienced on foot, loosing yourself in its narrow streets, enjoying its small squares and nice seaside restaurants with excellent seafood (our suggestion: Pavel or Pavel 2). For the best view of the town, ascend the hill to reach the St. George's Church. In the afternoon, take the bus (or walk, if you prefer) back towards the complex of Bernardin and take the lift to the café, which opens out to the terrace with 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 8: Portorož–Airport
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Programme rate per person from:
- Standard Option: €690
- Deluxe Option: €1,220
The rate includes: accommodation with breakfast in double room (Standard - hotel 3-4*, Deluxe - hotel 4-5*), 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.