Day 1 Ljubljana
Included transfers from Ljubljana or Trieste airport to your Ljubljana hotel followed by late afternoon orientational walk, welcome drink and welcome dinner. Our hotel for two nights is located in the center of the town and just minutes walking from the old town of Ljubljana.Welcome dinner in local restaurant.
Day 2 Ljubljana-Postojna Caves-Predjama Castle-Ljubljana
One of the highlights of the tour is the sparkling capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Ljubljana has the most beautiful historic center, contained within a sprawling pedestrian zone that flanks both sides of the willow-lined Ljubljanica River, with animated cafés and restaurants, magnificent Baroque buildings and bridges. Our local guide will walk us through the old town, highlighted by the works of Slovenia’s greatest architect, Joze Plecnik, the outdoor markets and historic palaces. Plenty of free time also to enjoy and explore Ljubljana on your own.
In the afternoon we drive to see one of the world most famous attractions the, Postojna caves. If there is something not to be missed in Slovenia definitely those are the Postojna caves. Enter the best known cave in the world with numerous tunnels, passages, galieries, stalactite or stalagmite formations that offer a unique experience of the underground world and with an adveturous train ride its easy and fun. The visit of the cave starts with a train ride, continues with a walking guided tour in English and after viewing the ¨human fish¨, the train takes you back to the surface.Viewing time in the cave is one hour and thirty minutes at a temperature of 10°C/45F, so we recommend walking shoes and a jacket. A few miles away you can find one of the most scenic castles in the world the Predjama castle. Nesting on a vertical cliff it enjoys a striking setting and with numerous legends linked with the castle it makes a perfect photo stop.
Day 3 Ljubljana-Lake Bled-Radovljica
After breakfast departure for Lake Bled where we spend two nights in the central area. Lake Bled is surrounded by high mountains, a dramatically placed 11th century cliffside castle and its tiny island with 99 steps leading up to the exquisite Church of the Assumption, the lake presents a fairy tale setting like no other. Our tour of lake Bled area starts first with a castle visit and pletna boat ride to the island. Late afternoon visit of the Bee museum in Radovljica and dinner at the restaurant Lectar.
Day 4 Bled-Vintgar Gorge-Lake Bohinj
After breakfast we explore more of Lake Bled and Bohinj lake area. We experience first the most intact nature of Bled in the first touristically arranged gorge in Slovenia, the Vintgar gorge. The 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills and is graced by the Radovna with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The educational trail leads you over wooden bridges and Žumr’s galleries, and ends with a bridge overlooking the mighty 13 m high Šum waterfall.
The Vintgar gorge also includes two man-made sights. The single-arch stone bridge of the Bohinj railway, constructed in 1906, which crosses the gorge 33.5 m above the trail, and the dam from which the water is routed to the small Vintgar hydroelectric power plant under the Šum waterfall.
Next stop is lake Bohinj a nature lovers paradise. Lake Bohinj is the largest natural lake in Slovenia. Nested in the heart of the Julian Alps, this jewel is a precious natural resource and at the same time offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities. We first take a cable car to a Vogel mountain. Mount Vogel at 1800m is one of Slovenia’s premier ski resorts in winter. It is also one of ‘the’ best places to check out amazing views over the Alps and Lake Bohinj. We will complete the visit of Lake Bohinj with a visit of the Savica Falls. Free evening in Bled.
Day 5 Bled-Vršič Pass-Kobarid -Brda Wine Region
One of the highlights of the tour will be crossing the Julian Alps and reaching slovenianhighest mountain pass Vršič. Once on the top you will be rewarded by one of the best and most breathtaking scenery in the Alps.
We’ll continue our day with a picturesque drive down the famous valley of the Soča river and have a stop at Kobarid to see first world war museum. Kobarid Museum displays exhibits on the events that occurred during World War I on the Soška fronta – Isonzo Front. It covers two and a half years of static fighting and portrays in detail the 12th Isonzo battle, also known as the Caporetto breakthrough. The latter is one of the major battles in the history of mankind having taken place in hilly terrain. The described events are related to the adventures and memories of celebrities, among whom are Ernest Hemingway and Erwin Rommel. Kobarid Museum has received the highest national award, was proclaimed Best European Museum, and won the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 1993.
A fairy tale landscape, nested halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, with abundance of beauties, attractions and experiences. This idyllic landscape of slovenian region of Brda is where we spend one night in panoramic hotel situated incharming village of Šmartno. Brda region are known for excelent wines and hospitality of the people. Tonight enjoy wine tasting of slovenian premium wines and traditional dinner.
Day 6 Brda-Štanjel-Lipica Stud Farm- Piran
The morning stop on a Karst plateau is a hill-top village of Štanjel. Štanjel stands on the top of the hill overlooking the Vipava Valley and offers views of the surrounding countryside. In Štanjel series of stone houses are arranged in terraces on the slope and narrow streets end on small squares with stone wells standing out in the middle. In the Middle Ages the settlement was a trading settlement which was secured with walls during Turkish invasions.
The Slovenian Karst region is a limestone plateau rich with potential for exploration. The region is known for its wine production, caves, proximity to the Sea and opportunities for discovering the country’s attractions and culture.
We continue our tour with a visit of Lipica stud farm to admire white horses. The Lipica Stud Farm was established in 1580 and is a unique attraction for horse lovers. It is here that the famous white Lipizzaner stallions are bred and trained. These aristocratic steeds have been serving royalty for centuries. Enjoy Lipica Stud farm with an included guided tour and lipizzaner horse show. Late in the afternoon arrival to Slovenian coastal area – Piran. Among coastal towns Piran certainly holds a special place. It is also called a pearl of Mediterranean coast. The town is considered to be one of the most beautiful and also the oldest of Slovenian towns, the architecture of which reminds one of Venice, which is not surprising if one knows that the Venetians were its masters for several centuries. The settlement began to develop in the 7th century, when Piran was mentioned in historical sources for the first time. Its masters changed throughout the centuries, with the increasing influence of Venice. In 1283 Piran accepted the authority of Venice, which lasted until the decline of the Venetian Republic in 1797. Our lodging is centraly located. We end the day with a sightseeing and a farewell dinner in a local fish restaurant.
Day 7 Piran
After breakfast transfer to Ljubljana or Trieste airport.
Price in 4* or 5* hotels:
2 pax: 7 days from 2850 euro per person.
4 pax: 7 days from 2550 euro per person.
6 pax: 7 days from 2350 euro per person.
8 pax: 7 days from 2100 euro per person.
Single room suppliment 400 euro
Price in 3* or 4* hotels:
2 pax: 7 days from 2500 euro per person.
4 pax: 7 days from 2350 euro per person.
6 pax: 7 days from 2150 euro per person.
8 pax: 7 days from 1950 euro per person.
Single room suppliment 350 euro
Land transportation through the whole tour.
Transfers from Trieste or Ljubljana airport to Ljubljana city center. (other airports transfer available for extra fee)
6 nights in 4 star hotel accomodation.
Full time professional English speaking tour manager/driver on the tour.
All breakfasts,4 dinners,1 wine-tasting,…
Entrance fees to Bled castle, Vingar gorge, Bee museum in Radovljica, Savica waterfall in Bohinj, cable car up to Vogel mountain, funicular to Ljubljana castle, Postojnska jama cave, Lipica stud farm and horse show.
Highlights: Julian Alps scenic drive, Lake Bled and Vintgar gorge hike, Ljubljana old town tour, Lipica stud farm, Brda wine-tasting, Kobarid war museum, Piran’s Tartini square, Karst visit, Brda scenic drive, Vogel mountain …