Day 1 LJUBLJANA
Day of your group arrival in Ljubljana. You will be accommodated in our partner hotel**** in Ljubljana.
You will take a guided group tour of Ljubljana.
Did you know that the oldest wooden wheel in the world was found in Ljubljana? Did you know that Ljubljana was founded by the old Romans 2000 years ago with the name Emona? Did you know that two strong earthquakes have influenced the visual image of the city of today? Did you know that there is a beautiful medieval castle standing above the city? Did you know that Ljubljana was a capital of Dutchy of Carniola for centuries? Did you know that Ljubljana is demographicaly one of the youngest capitals in Europe with 60.000 students? Did you know that the cleanest river running through any world capital runs through Ljubljana? Did you know that Ljubljana was declared the European Green Capital for 2016? Embrace 5000 years of city history with a guide.
Day 2 BLED - BOHINJ - VINTGAR GORGE
After breakfast we departure from Ljubljana on Gorenjska highway towards the "jewel of Slovenian Alps", the city of Bled.
After arrival we take a short drive around lake Bled and take a guided walk up to the castle above Bled. After the castle tour we will head down to the lake and take a ride with a Pletna, which is a typical boat in Bled and take a look at the island in the middle of the lake with a church on it.
The tour continues to the biggest glacier lake in the heart of the Julian Alps, lake Bohinj. After a twenty minute long walk, we will arrive at the spring of the river Sava Bohinjka, then we can take a stroll around the lake.
After the walk, lunch break follows at one of the local inns.
After lunch, we head off to Vintgar, couple of kilometers away from Bled, where we will take a walk along 1,6 kilometer-long beautiful river valley, which was shaped by the river Radovna.
Our group tour ends at the waterfall Šum (Noise).
Gathering at the bus and drive back to Ljubljana.
Day 3 ŠKOCJAN CAVES - LIPICA - ŠTANJEL CASTLE
After breakfast we departure from Ljubljana towards Divača on the highway to the protected park Škocjan Cave park, where the local guide takes us into the underground world of the majestic Škocjan caves, which are listed as a Unesco world heritage site.
With the size of their halls and underground streams, Škocjan caves hold a special place among seven thousand of Slovenia’s caves. The structure of Škocjan caves consists of eleven caves, sinks, natural bridges and cuttings.
When we reach the surface, the tour continues to Lipica, a place well known for the unique breed of horses, namely Lipizzaners. In Lipica, we’ll take a peak in the breed house, admire the noble stallions and watch them in their elegant performance.
We will visit a wine cellar in the vicinity of Štanjel castle. Our visit includes: a tour of the vine cellar with
tasting of liquer, white wine and cheese and Parmesan, a restaurant visit including prosciutto, bacon, cheese spread, melon and 1dcl of Teran wine
Our road leads to the old city of Štanjel, situated at the top of Turn hill. Štanjel is an ancient medieval city with the city walls still intact.
A walk around the small town will be perfect to end the trip, as Štanjel is full of romantic narrow streets, the old castle above and the church of Saint Daniel.
Day 4 - POSTOJNA CAVE, PIRAN, PORTOROŽ
Breakfast in the hotel. Afterwards, we head off to Postojna cave and Predjama Castle.
Postojna Cave is the best-known cave in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world's largest karst monuments.
WHY you ask?
For 140 years, the Postojna Cave, as the only cave in the world, offers a unique and adventurous ride with a special train, which will take you into the cave, under spectacular underground arches, which are embellished with chandellier look-alike stalactites, through a beautiful subterranean world full of playful limestone sculptures.
Maybe you will meet a dragon downthere...
Just 10 kilometres from Postojna Cave stands one of the most picturesque wonders of human history: Predjama Castle. For more than 700 years it has perched proudly on its 123-metre cliff: powerful, defiant and impregnable – the perfect hideout for the bold, headstrong and rebellious knight Erazem of Predjama, a “robber baron” who is the subject of a romantic and beautiful legend.
Afterwards we continue towards the oldest Slovenian seaside town Piran, where we admire beautiful Tartini Square and town church, take a walk around the town and then have a lunch break at one of the local restaurants.
We will take a tour of Sečovlje Salines. At Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, the past and present still walk hand in hand. The ancient method of salt-making, learnt ages ago by the Piran salt-workers from their teachers, the salters from Pag Island, is still something special, even in the entire Mediterranean.
After lunch we depart towards Portorož, the most popular Slovenian coastal destination, where you will be able to take a walk along the main promenade and take some time for coffee at one of the numerous cafes and bars by the sea.
In the late afternoon our group departures back to Ljubljana.
Day 5 - PTUJ and MARIBOR
Departure from Ljubljana and drive towards the oldest city in Slovenia, Ptuj.
Upon arrival at Ptuj we take a walk through the old and narrow city streets where the visitor can really feel the spirit of the city. When we reach the castle hill we ascent upon it to the Ptuj castle where we take a look at the exhibition at the castle’s museum.
Visitors can really admire a splendid view from the castle on the city below and the river Drava. We take time off for lunch at one of the local restaurants.
After lunch our group departs towards the second largest city, Maribor. In Maribor we take a walk through the city center and observe the main attractions (Lent, Slomšek Square, the University).
Gathering at the bus and drive back to Ljubljana.
Day 6 LJUBLJANA
Breakfast in the hotel. Afterwards you can explore Ljubljana (if there is time) and prepare for the trip back home.
The group tour includes:
- B&B arrangement in Hotel 4* in Ljubljana,
- all entrance fees (if not specifically noted as optional),
- guide in your language,
- transport fees, road taxes
- transfer from the airport
- lunch per programme
- 15 EUR perday for halfboard
- 25 EUR per day for a single room
Further reading: Slovenia