There are just not enough words to desribe the beauty of Slovenia. Its breathtaking natural beauty; its architecture, the people, the food, the wine, the energy that exudes from all corners of this small but surprising country. Despite is diminuitive size, it packs quite a lot into a small space. Every country boasts its must see locations, and rightly so; Slovenia is no different. It prides itself on being a destination that doesn't disappoint. Whilst there are numerous tours and day trips available for you to see the amazing sights; we have listed below what we believe to be the best tours and day trips for you to experience a taste of Slovenia; a taste that will leave you wanting more!
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SLOVENIA HIGHLIGHTS IN ONE DAY TOUR
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** Starting points in Ljubljana, Koper, Maribor, other spa resorts
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Guide, transport, entrance fees (boat to Bled Island, Bled Castle, Predjama Castle, Postojna Cave
First stop on the tour is a visit to Postojna jame, the second longest cave system in Slovenia and home to the Olm (the largest trogloditic amphibian in the world). The first section of this cave is traversed by train and then by foot, exploring the main section of the cave and once again returning to the entrance by train. From Postojna jame its on to Predjama Castle, former home of the would be robber-baron Erasmus; the most spectacular castle in Slovenia. Next stop is Lake Bled, arguably one of the most beautiful glacial lakes in the world. Here, there is a visit to an interesting museum inside of Bled Castle; perched on a hill overlooking the lake. Then a short stroll along the lake shore, or a coffee and the most famous dessert in Slovenia, "Kremšnita". At €115, the tour includes your guide, transport and entrance fees to Postojna jame, Prejama Castle and Bled Castle.
This 1 day hike, starting at 8am, takes you on a journey to discover the wonder of Triglav National Park, right into the heart of the Julian Alps. With pick ups available from your hotel in Ljubljana, Bled or Kranjska Gora, every Monday from May - November (tours outside of this can be arranged on demand). You will experience the stunning natural beauty of what is the only National Park in Slovenia. Whilst mostly flat, the path ascends some 400 metres during the course of the walk. A reasonable level of fitness will ensure a more enjoyable experience. Marvel at the majestic north face of Slovenia's highest peak, Mt Triglav. Feel the gentle spray from the 52m drop of Peričnik Waterfall, as you walk behind its cascading flow. A delicious Slovenian lunch, though not included, is available at a local restaurant after the hike. The cost for the hike is €75 / person and includes your transport and guide for the day.
In this fantastic 1 day trip, you will discover some of the most beautiful hidden places around Triglav National Park. The adventure starts in Bled following a circular route around Triglav National Park. Stopping at Kranjska Gora then over the Vršič pass (Slovenia's most beautiful mountain road) followed by Bovec, where there is an option to go rafting on Slovenia's best rafting river - the Soča. The route then follows the beautiful Soča Valley south via pretty Kobarid to Most na Soči with its wondeful lake. From Most na Soči you take an unforgettable ride on a car-train along the wild Baska Grapa Valley and through the mountain to Bohinjska Bistrica and on to Bled. The trip starts at around 8 am and finishes at approx 7 pm. There are up to 8 people in each group. At €65, this tour includes transport, entertainment, free drinks & snacks, free CD with photos, parking fees and car-train tickets. There is an additional cost of €35 for the optional Soča River rafting.
Starting early, with pickups from your hotel in Ljubljana, Bled and Kranjska Gora we drive towards the upper section of the Soča Valley where we begin our amazing adventure. Exploring hidden waterfalls, we swim in their cold pools, all the while being amazed at natures crafted hands at work. From here we move along the emerald Soča River visiting Great Soča Gorge before we break for lunch in a meadow beside the river. After lunch we head to the source of this crystal clear masterpiece. Onwards then to the highest road pass in Slovenia where we ascend a 2000m peak to soak up the evening colours and stunning view. Our journey home takes us past more amazing waterfalls and mountains. The cost of this tour is €75 / person and includes pick up from your hotel and your guide. Lunch is an additional cost.
Our journey begins on the shores of Lake Bled before a gradual climb to the hilltop of scenic St Katarina. From here we follow a single track down hill towards stunning Vintgar Gorge. Here we leave our bikes for a bit as we walk the length of the gorge and witness firsthand the power of nature, where water carved its way through the rock, leaving in its wake this masterpiece of beauty. Next we return to our bikes and head towards the foothills of the Karavanke mountain chain. Passing by a picturesque lake we visit a sweet surpirse, the Carniolan queen bee rearing station before ascending to a breathtaking viewing position to soakup the stunning vista of the Julian Alps and Lake Bled. Continuing downhill we pass landmarks around Bled, stopping off at the ruins of Castle Kamen before heading towards the medieval township of Radovljica and our lunch stop. The return journey takes us swimming in Šobec Lake or onwards to Bled to end off the day swimming in the World famous Lake . A sure remedy to sooth, after a day in the saddle. The cost of this tour is €50 / person and includes, your guide and pick up from your hotel in Bled and Radovljica, an additional surcharge applies for pickup from Ljubljana. Additonal costs include bike rental, lunch and entrance to Vintgar Gorge.
This wonderful day trip, also suitable for children, has a bit of everything; discovering hidden secrets, swimming in magnificent Lake Bohinj, tasting fresh dairy products in a fairytale meadow, marvelling at the view of the magestic mountains and of course, hiking. With pick ups from your hotel in Ljubljana or Bled we begin with a gentle 3 hour hike to empty our stomachs and fill our lungs. This serves perfectly to prepare us for our arrival at a fairytale meadow, and to taste fresh dairy products. From here we drive towards Bohinj, stopping for photos at one of the nicest view points on Lake Bohinj before jumping into its invigorating waters. There is the option to stay at the Lake to swim or hire a kayak, or continue on for a hike along the Mostnica Gorge. Some caution is required when visiting the gorge. Here we will find a hidden waterfall and a small local pub serving home-made food. A great way to complete the hike. The cost of the tour is 50 EUR / person and includes your transport and guide. Lunch and any kayak hire is an additional cost.
After your pickup we have an easy start to the day as we take a shuttle up to the Pokljuka Plateau. Once there our ride begins, as we cycle through the dense spruce forests and past unspoiled mountain pastures until we reach the Rudno Polje Biathlon Centre, to finish off the early part of our day. Before indudging in a well deserved lunch at Uskovnica mountain pasture, we take a short break at the stunning Zajamniki mountain pasture and catch our first glimpse of Lake Bohinj; with clear skies Mt Triglav will be on show in all its splendor. After a hearty lunch we begin the long descent to the Upper Bohinj Valley, which lies between us and a refreshing swim in the lake. An optional ending to the day will take us either in the direction of Savica Waterfalls or Mostnica Gorge, with it's hidden waterfall at the end of the valley. From the Lake we are transported back to Bled. For those interested, there is the option to take the cable car up to Vogel Ski Resort above Lake Bled. The cost of the tour is 50 EUR / person and includes your guide, transfers from Bled - Pokljuka and Bohinj to Bled. The cost of bike rental and lunch are additional, as is the cable car to Vogel..
A vast plateau, Velika Planina is at the doorstep of the Kamniške Savinjske Alps. Our walk starts with exploring the plateau and wandering amongst the incredible wooden herdsmens cottages that dot the landscape. Numerous photo opportunities are abound, as is the chance to sample some fresh dairy products during the summer months. Here we will spend time exploring the plateau, find some hidden trails, visit the small wooden chapel of Snow Mary and marvel at the amazing views. In the afternoon a short drive takes us to a hidden gorge, which we will explore with the assistance of experienced mountain guides. It is here that you can ride a 120m zipline (included in the price) and/or descend into the depths
to the narrow passages on a 72m zipline (an additional cost); an experience not to be missed. We end off the day near Kamnik, with a delicious meal prepared in the black kitchen of a 200 year old house. The cost of this adventure is €65 / person and includes your transport, guide and 120m zipline experience. Additional costs include lunch, the rappel and 72m zipline into the gorge and dinner at the end of the day. Pickups are available from your hotel in Ljubljana and Kamnik.
Starting in the capital Ljubljana, this tour first takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Škocjan Caves. Located in Slovenia's Karst region the caves rank amongst the most important caves in the world. Local guides take you into the incredible subterranean world of these magnificent caves. You will see and hear the roar of the Reka River as it passes under you, behold nature and the ages that have crafted imposing pillars from above and below, be in awe of the beauty that has since prehistoric times been home to man. From Škocjan the next stop is Lipica, home to the world famous Lipizzaner horses. Here you will take a look at these majestic horses performing. Stopping next at the stunning medieval village of Štanjel; perched atop the Karst plateau overlooking the Vipava Valley. Full of narrow streets a walk around the town will be a fitting end to your trip. Priced from €60 the tour is organised on demand.
Winestronaut offers 3 different kind of wine tours in the Primorska Wine Region.
Tour 1 “Slovenian Tuscany and Slovenian California”
Tour 2 “The home of the Bora wind and Terra Rossa”
Tour 3 “Discover Slovenia’s hidden wine gems with us!”
Tours 1 and 2 offer discovering and driving around in picturesque landscape in two of the wine regions – Goriška Brda & Vipava valley or Vipava valley & Karst region.
Tour 3 is an unforgettable wine & food experience where you will taste some of the unique wine products as well as local tapas and immerse yourself in the local culture of the Vipava valley.
The tours’ programs are agreed between you and the Winestonauts team. All tour are personalized according to your specific requirements, depending on your time and interest.
Note that the pickup location can be anywhere in Slovenia, but comes at a fee (depending on the pickup location) to be agreed with Winestronauts.
The tours will start at the agreed pickup location and you will be welcomed with a friendly welcome drink. You will then experience the beautiful wine regions, exploring two wine cellars as well as meeting with their respective winemakers. The tasting of Slovenian wine and culinary delights at both cellars is next on the menu. If you wish, the tour can also include lunch or dinner at one of the local tourist farms, at an extra cost. Winestronauts guarantees a unique experience in a relaxed atmosphere in a good company while singing with a glass of excellent Slovenian wine.
Spanning just 46.6km the Slovenian coastline may be short but it makes up for it in rugged and picturesque beauty and some fascinating towns, resorts and things to see. Overlooking Koper and the Bay of Trieste is Socerb Castle, the first stop on this tour. Built on a rocky cliff above the village of Socerb it was a superb strategic location and stronghold during Illyrian times. From here the journey takes you through the Slovenian Istria to the Soline Regional Park and the Salt Flats, now one of the most importane heritage sites in Slovenia and home to the worlds smallest mammal the Etruscan Shrew. Stopping next at Portorož (Port of Roses) before moving on to Piran, one of the most attractive towns in Slovenia. Breaking for lunch the tour then moves on to Koper and its remarkable Venetian town centre. Historically Koper was the most important part on the Slovenian Coast. At €99, this tour includes your guide, transport and entrance fees.
Climb aboard for an un-forgettable day trip to Venice from Slovenia by boat or catamaran. Starting in May and running through until the end of September this waterborn journey is an amazing chance to avoid the busy summer highways. Departing from Piran most saturdays and sundays during the season. A shuttle service runs from Piran to Umag (Croatia) to join the vessel on the days that it sails from Umag. Priced from €65 for adults, €5 for kids up to 4 and €35 for kids between 4 and 14. The boat sails at 8am from Piran and Umag, returning at 5pm from Venice. There is a 30 min change to this time on the 20th July (Festival Redentore) when it departs at 7.30am.
Ptuj, the oldest and longest settled place in Slovenia is the starting point for this touring adventure. Resting on the banks of the Drava River, Ptuj was an important stop along the Amber route from the Baltic to the Mediterranean. With 2000 years of settlement it is one of the most historically important locations in the country. From Ptuj it is on to Maribor (European Capital of Culture 2012), also along the banks of the Drava. Maribor is home to the World's Oldest Grape vine at the (ripe) old age of 450 years. The vine is still harvested each year and produced into wine. The resulting exclusive wine is gifted to visiting dignataries. Maribor is also the venue for your wine tasting. At €89, this tour includes your guide, transport, entrance fees and wine tasting.
FREE! Yes that's right, a free walking tour of Ljubljana. This tour has been rated as Ljubljana's #1 tour for the forth consecutive year. United Europe Free Tours and their local guides will take you to the major sites and some of the hidden parts of this amazing city and there is no booking required. Tipping is on a voluntary basis. The meeting point for the tour is on the steps of the pink church (Church of the Annunciation) in Perešen Square. During summer, tours run twice a day, 7 days a week. During spring and autumn, tours run once a day, 7 days a week. In winter, three times a week.
Starting and ending in the heart of Ljubljana, Prešeren Square, this 5 hour, 35 km mountain biking tour soon has you in the midst of Ljubljana's largest green space. Travelling through Tivoli Park and across Rožnik Hill its hard to imagine you are in the middle of Slovenia's capital. Following several kilometres of surfaced side roads, then returning to gravel, we begin our ascent towards the highest point in our journey. The hilltop church of St Catherine affords us the chance to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere before we approach the single-track descent that lies ahead. Upon reaching the valley we quickly cross the surfaced road and find ourselves at the foot of a small climb. Another stretch of single-track prolongs the enjoyment before we again reach the outskirts of Ljubljana and back through Tivoli Park and on to Prešeren Square. We end the trip with a round of drinks on the banks of the Ljubljanica River. The cost of the tour is 50 EUR / person which covers the cost of guiding. Bike rental is an additional cost.
A visit to Ljubljana would not be complete without a walkaround what is an incredibly beautiful old city centre. What better way to do it then on a tour that not only takes you by foot around the city but also by boat along the Ljubljanica River. The once busy motoring streets have been replaced by pedestrianised walkways; a complete change in pace and in mood. Running from the beginning of April to the end of September this daily tour will take you past the major sites of the old centre. Departing from the square infront of the Town Hall (Mestna Hiša) at a cost of €10 for Adults and €5 for children under 5.
Ljubljana voted 5th most idyllic place to live in Europe
In a recent article published by Forbes Magazine, Ljubljana has been voted the 5th most idyllic place to live in Europe, described as a “little Paris” with hints of Art Nouveau - a melting pot of culture at the crossroads of the German, Latin and Slavic worlds.