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Hidden Beauties of Slovenia

From £1951 pp

Slovenia

8 Days / 7 Nights

Private Tour

Hidden Beauties of Slovenia

From £1951 pp

What You'll Do

This 8 day trip in Slovenia will take you to all of the hidden havens in this beautiful country, whilst allowing you to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and delicious cuisine.

Explore Ljubljana at your leisure, walking through the medieval Old Town and see the main attractions such as the Triple Bridge, St. Nicholas Cathedral, and more.

Create your own Slovenian souvenir. You will be making a majolike, a traditional cermic used for wine. This is sure to be an amazing and hands on experience!

Relax on a river boat ride whilst tasting some of Slovenia’s finest wines, watching the sun set over the glistening river. This unique yet luxurious evening will prove to be a true highlight.

Visit the gorgeous Lake Cerknica and hike through the Rakov Skocjan Valley. These two locations are remarkable, allowing you to admire the beauty of nature here in Slovenia like never before.

Explore Bled like never before, visiting the iconic Lake Bled and historical Bled Castle. Whilst here, you will have the chance to visit the Castle Museum, learning about the deeply interesting history surrounding this attraction.

Dine on many of Slovenia’s beloved delicacies, from olive oil to wine and even pastries! This is sure to boost your energy after a day of adventures.

Visit the famous Triglav National Park by the beautiful Bohinj Lake. This picturesque location allows you to look down upon the vibrant natural world below you, making it a truly spectacular sight.

Admire the beauty all around Soca Vally, such as the remarkably stunninf river known as the “Emerald”. Whilst here, explore the Kozjak waterfall like never before, displaying Slovenia’s unforgettable scenery.

Enjoy a great experience of real truffle hunting and tasting in traditional Istrian village. Take a look in the world of professional truffle hunter Dejan and his dog. This off the beaten track experience is sure to leave you in awe!

Experience
Highlights

Explore the gorgeous Soca Valley

Admire the natural landscape from the top of Mount Vogel

Immerse yourself in Slovenia's delicious cuisine and vibrant culture

Your Local Host:

Mojca

Since I have started studying tourism, I knew that I wanted to plan trips in our part of the world. After years of travelling, experiencing new activities and getting to know the people who were willing to share their knowledge and stories, it was only natural that I jumped at the first opportunity and decided to open a tour operator agency with my friend Tomaz, with whom we've known since our studying years. It took a great deal of work and exploring, but we are proud that today we can offer such a high-quality service for all our clients. Their encouraging words and words of gratitude are what drives us forward. Still, every single trip I plan, I plan with the same enthusiasm as at the start and I think this is worth a lot!

Experience Itinerary

Arrival Day

After arriving in Ljubljana Airport, you will be privately transferred to yout hotel in Ljubljana (transfer from Venice airport is available for a supplement). You adventures in Slovenia will begin here!

You will have the chance to explore Ljubljana on your own. Walk through the medieval Old Town and see the main attractions such as the Triple Bridge, St. Nicholas Cathedral, and more.

When you arrive to Dragon Bridge, you can ascend to the top of the hill by cable car where mighty Ljubljana Castle stands.

Visit the city’s bustling central market and discover boutique shops and charming restaurants.

In the afternoon you will be creating your own Slovenian Souvenir. There are two studios where you can create majolike, traditional ceramics used for wine. This active immersion into the culture in Slovenia is both fun and teaches you a lot!

Complete your day with Ljubljanica river boat ride and wine tasting. Enjoy in style while you drive by boat through main river of Ljubljana, passing by the major attractions of Ljubljana while enjoying the taste of the top selected Slovenian wines.

Return to your accommodation for the rest of the evening.

Accommodation

The Best Western Premier Hotel Slon, in Ljubljana.

Set in the heart of Ljubljana, the Best Western Premier Hotel Slon offers bright and colourful rooms, a spa area, an elegant restaurant and a well-known pastry shop. An extensive buffet breakfast with Italian Espresso Coffee is served in the stylish breakfast room.

The 4-star superior rooms feature lavishly decorated interiors and luxurious bed linen. Each room is air conditioned and fitted with modern amenities. The hotel’s Spa & Fitness features a state-of-the art fitness centre open 24/7, equipped with Technogym machines providing all the latest cardiovascular and weight training facilities, as well as relaxing saunas with tropical rain showers.

Explore Lake Cerknica and Rakov Skocjan Valley

Following breakfast at your accommodation, you will depart towards the Notranjska region.

Here you will visit Lake Cerknica, one of the largest intermittent lakes in Europe. It appears every year on the karst polje (plain), caught between the Javorniki hills and the Bloke plateau on one side, and Mount Slivnica on the other. During the dry season, the lake disappears, which enables paddling, fishing, hiking or grass mowing in the same area in just one year.

Next, you will be enjoying a hike through Rakov Skocjan Valley. A visit to this picturesque karst valley, formed by the sinking and collapsing of a cave ceiling, will not leave you disappointed.

Taking a break in the shades of century-old oak trees, enjoying the view of the splendid Big Natural Bridge (Veliki naravni most), travelling back in time at the ruins of the church of St. Cantianus,
breathing in the fresh cave air under the slender arch of the Little Natural Bridge (Mali naravni most), or strolling along the soft and maintained trail by the tall-grown firs is an unforgettable experience for anyone.

On an afternoon walk, one can observe millions of years of geological processes which shaped this little karst valley. Therefore, it is not at all surprising that it was nominated to be included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

After a day of admiring the beauty of nature here in Slovenia, you will return to your hotel for the evening to be spent at your leisure.

Accommodation

The Best Western Premier Hotel Slon, in Ljubljana.

Adventure in Bled

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will begin your drive to Apline pearl, Bled.

Check in at your hotel and drop off your luggage, before meeting your local guide at the reception desk, ready to begin your adventures in Bled.

You will embark on a guided tour of Bled, visiting Lake Bled and Bled Castle. The castle stands on a rock approximately 100 yards above the lake with wonderful views of the town, lake and surrounding countryside. Enjoy this picturesque view of the landscape.

Next you will be visiting the Castle Museum here in Bled. The Castle Musueum has a large collection of armour and weapons from the 16th to 18th centuries.

After this castle visit, it is time to try some of Slovenia’s world famous delicacies, taking a break to regain your energy.

Afterwards, board a famous pletna boat to the lake island on Lake Bled, entering the iconic church. Here, you will have the chance to ring the wish bell yourself!

In the afternoon you will visit Vintgar Gorge. This is one of the
best half-day trips from Bled. The highlight is a 1600m wooden walkway through the gorge, built in 1893 and continually rebuilt since.

This walkway crisscrosses the swirling Radovna River four times over rapids, waterfalls and pools before reaching 16m-high Šum Waterfall.

The entire walk is spectacular, proving to be a real highlight of Slovenia. There are little snack bars at the beginning and the end of the walkway to ensure you don’t run out of energy!

Draw the day to a close by returning to Bled to stay at your new accommodation for the evening.

 

Accommodation

The Hotel Park Bled, in Bled.

Overlooking Lake Bled and the Julian Alps, Park Hotel – Sava Hotels & Resorts features a wellness centre with a large indoor pool and a gym. Free WiFi access is available in the lobby and a terrace is provided as well. Rooms here come with a private balcony, a safe, a minibar and satellite TV. The private bathrooms are fitted with a bath or a shower. The rooms provide a view of the lake or the surrounding park.

Visit Triglav National Park by Bohinj Lake

After breakfast, set off with your private driver to the heart of Triglav National Park, Bohinj Lake.

Ascend to the top of Mount Vogel where you can admire a fantastic view of Triglav National Park, Bohinj Lake and Mount Triglav.

On the top there are some great dining options, allowing you to reward yourself with an exquisite local lunch.

The mountain hut at Zadnji Vogel offers the homemade traditional Slovenian dish koruzni žganci, an Alpine dairyman’s cold platter, homemade schnapps, whey and cottage cheese strudel. Mountain Inn Merjasec offer wide variety of traditional meals, providing an insight into Slovenian cuisine.

The trail from the upper Vogel cable car station to the mountain
pasture is well marked, partially winding its way up and down the ski slope. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes.

Combine your visit of Vogel plateau with hiking on cheesemakers trail around Bohinj pastures with a local guide. Behind the forest ridge that spreads above the Bohinj Lake, there is a world away from the overcrowded places.

At the base of the mountain world, larch trees welcome rare hikers and lonely pastures tell stories of the past.

The majority of the pastures are abandoned today, but some are still awakened in the summer time as dairy farms. There, you can taste or buy homemade milk products.

Afterwards, enjoy some free time to relax by the lake before returning to Bled for the night.

Accommodation

The Hotel Park Bled, in Bled.

Explore Soca Valley

After breakfast you will be departing to Soca Valley for the day, one of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia.

Embark on a guided tour of Soca Valley, Bovec and other key attractions. The “Emerald” Soča is a remarkably beautiful river valley.

Go sightseeing in Bovec, a charming little place with lots of good
restaurants, bars and places to stay and opportunities for adventure sports.

Continue with a visit to Kobarid, a small but beautiful town boasting some of Slovenia’s finest restaurants. Here you will visit the Kobarid Museum of WWI.

The Kobarid Museum of WWI is the centre of the heritage of the Isonzo Front on Slovenian, European and on a global scale. Unique demonstrations of fights and the life during the war, the exhibits, the rich photo material and the multivision projection tell the touching story of hard and bloody days next to the River Soča, which were also remembered by the famous Ernest Hemingway.

After, you will be visiting the beautiful Kozjak waterfall. The picturesque Kozjak waterfall is caught in a stony amphitheater not far away from Kobarid. It can be reached by an easy walking path by the riverbed of the emerald Soča River.

Approximately 250m lower, the water falls again. Here, the waterfall carved an underground hall. Its bottom is covered by a vast blue and green pool, and its walls are reminiscent of those in the Karst caves. A 15m high white water column offers its visitors an unforgettable scenery.

Continue to Goriska Brda, one of the best wine regions in Slovenia, known also as Slovenian Tuscany. Here you will check in at your hotel and unwind for the evening.

Accommodation

The Hotel Gredic, in Goriska Brda.

Enjoy our exclusive service in an idyllic wine region at the crossroads of Alpine and Mediterranean influences. Gredič is a high-standard 4* hotel based in the castle from 16th Century, combining rich history and modern influences empowered by its young team.

This hidden treasure of Goriška Brda is characterised by the highest levels of service and its spectacular location, where you will find relaxation and privacy in a unique setting.

Wine Tasting in Goriska Brda

Breakfast will be provided by your hotel at no extra cost, ensuring you have an energising start to the day.

Today you will be enjoying a guided tour of Goriska Brda, also known as Slovene Tuscany. This is the centre of top quality Slovenian wines and world awarded olive oil. You will have a chance to try both of these exquisite products!

Next you will be visiting the picturesque, small village Smartno. This is the centre of cultural life in wider area of this part of Slovenia.

Here, you will learn the secrets of success from one of the best Slovenian wine maker with many interantional wine awards, Edi Simčič and Prinčič wineris.

Enjoy two wine tastings in Goriska Brda, embracing the local culture and tasting its most beloved wines.

You will also have the chance to visit a lavender production site with outstanding products of lavender. Following this you can enjoy a great lunch in this spectacular wine region.

As you continue to Prian, you will stop for a visit of UNESCO Skocjan Caves. Due to their exceptional significance, the Škocjan Caves were entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986.

International scientific circles have thus acknowledged the importance of the Caves as one of the natural treasures of planet
Earth. Ranking among the most important caves in the world, the Škocjan Caves represent the most significant underground phenomena in both the Karst region and Slovenia.

After arriving in Piran, check in to your new hotel and enjoy the rest of the day in this charming little seaside town. You will be spending the afternoon exploring Piran alone.

Piran is a picturesque medieval town, known as the pearl of the Slovenian Adriatic Sea, with strong Venetian influence and unusually open square to the sea.

Here, you can visit the Maritime museum or ascend on the top of the hill where St. George’s cathedral overlooks Piran with one of the best panoramic views to all Slovenian coast.

Unwind in the comfort of your hotel before settling down for a well deserved sleep.

Accommodation

Second Life in Piran – Hotel Zala, in Piran.

Set in the heart of Piran Old Town just steps away from the seaside promenade, Second Life in Piran – Hotel Zala offers free WiFi access. A variety of dining options can be found all around the property.

All rooms have a private bathroom with a bath or a shower. A flatscreen TV and air conditioning is included in all units. Laundry service is available.

A continental buffet breakfast is served at the property. Guests can easily explore picturesque narrow streets packed with charming shops and restaurant. Tartini Square is 280m away.

Truffle Hunting in the Slovenian Coast

After breakfast in the haven that is your hotel, you will embark on an extremely authentic experience, truffle hunting!

Enjoy a great experience of real truffle hunting and tasting in traditional Istrian village. Truffle is a king in the culinary world. Slovenian Istria has numerous spots where this precious specialty is growing.

Now you have a chance to take a look in the world of professional truffle hunter Dejan and his dog. Real truffle hunting and truffle tasting will prove to be a really special refreshment on your
trip.

After this amazing experience visit Secovlje Salt pans. This is one of biggest saltpans on Adriatic coast.

Visit the Salt Museum and see traditional way of salt production which has been a strong part of Slovenian culture for centuries.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, making the most of your last afternoon in Slovenia.

Accommodation

Second Life in Piran – Hotel Zala, in Piran.

Departure Day

After breakfast in your hotel, you will be privately transferred to Ljubljana Airport (or Venice Airport if needed). This is approximately a 1.5 hour drive. This will mark the end of your off the beaten track holiday in Slovenia!

Location Information

You will be picked up from Ljubljana or Venice airport and taken to your hotel in Ljubljana. The beloved capital city of Slovenia contains an expansive natural life and a buzzing atmosphere!

Next, you will be taken to your new accommodation in Bled. Bled is famous for its blue-green alpine lake, the picturesque church on its own island, the medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke as backdrops.

You will then be staying in Goriska Brda, known as the best wine region you’ve never heard of!

Lastly, you will end your trip in Piran. This city lies on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast, and is known for its long pier and Venetian architecture.

  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts at your accommodation
  • Transportation for all trips in the itinerary
  • Local guides for all trips in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for all trips in the itinerary
  • Organisation of your trip
  • VAT for your trip

FAQs

You will have a local guide present for all excursions included in this trip. This will ensure you have the best experience possible, based on personal knowledge. For the times when you can explore at your leisure, you will not have a guide present.

Yes, all activities and sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary is included in the cost and will be paid for by your host. You will not need to worry about that at all as it is all taken care of!