DAYS 1 and 2: LJUBLJANA
Arrival at one of the airports in the region. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation in Ljubljana. The following morning, we will have a guided visit of Ljubljana, the city that is cultural, financial and industrial centre of Slovenia. There is also a beautiful medieval castle that we are going to visit. We will reach it with a short funicular ride.
From there you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city and the surrounding nature. We will see the old town with its medieval and baroque parts and the most important sights, such as Prešeren Square, Robba Fountain, City Hall, Dragon Bridge and the Cathedral. Walking along the banks of Ljubljanica river, we will reach the Congress Square (Kongresni trg) where we will see the exterior of the University and Slovenian Philharmonic buildings. We will enter the National and University Library – it is one of the works of the architect Jože Plečnik whose various urban projects have turned the city into a form of artwork.
Departure to the southeast of Slovenia for a visit of Postojna cave where its stalactites and stalagmites form a true underground paradise that was carved by the Pivka river. It impresses with its magnitude of 24 kilometres of connected caves. The visit takes place with the train and partly on foot. Afterwards we will visit the Predjama Castle, which is located and constructed on a 123-metre-high cliff and connected with a cave. It is one of the most beautiful and special sights in Central Europe. The castle is among the Guinness World Records as the largest cave castle. You will also learn about the legend of the knight Eramsus, the Slovenian Robin Hood. Accommodation.
DAY 3: MARIBOR - PTUJ
Breakfast and departure to Štajerska, the region famous for its wines and wineries. Our destination is Maribor, the second most important city in Slovenia that was the European Capital of Culture in 2012. We will visit the part of the city on the northern bank of Drava river, the Jewish Tower, Main Square, Jesuit complex, Slomšek Square and the oldest vine in the world that is more than 400 years old. We will continue to Ptuj, the oldest city in Slovenia. We will visit its majestic castle that offers a panoramic view of the Drava river. The day would not be complete without the visit of the Ptuj Winery where you may taste different regional wines. The highway will take us back to the city of Ljubljana. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 4: BLEJSKI VINTGAR (gorge) - BOHINJ
After breakfast departure to Bled, one of the most popular Slovenian tourist places. There we can enjoy the natural beauty and the splendour of its turquoise lake. Optionally you may visit the lake island with the traditional boat Pletna and climb the 99 stone steps to reach the Baroque style Church of the Assumption of Mary. There you can also ring the “wishing bell”. The visit of the Bled Castle will reward you with a marvellous panoramic view. This castle from the 12th century also houses the printing museum. It is also an important protocol site for meetings and weddings. We recommend tasting the famous local dessert, Bled cream cake called “kremšnita”.
If the weather conditions allow us, we may visit Blejski Vintgar, the gorge excavated by the Radovna river. The path allows us to explore the core of the gorge and to enjoy its unique nature. We will visit the typical alpine region of Bohinj and enter the Triglav national park in its southeast part. There we will see the biggest glacial lake of Slovenia surrounded by Julian Alps, beautiful forests and its two medieval churches. Accommodation.
DAY 5: KRANJSKA GORA - VRŠIČ - BOVEC
Breakfast and departure to the skiing centre of Kranjska Gora from where we will start climbing the Julian Alps on the meandering road that was built by the World War I prisoners of war. When we arrive at the Vršič Pass, we will have reached the altitude of 1,611 metres above the sea level. On that way you can visit the Russian Chapel, a monument dedicated to imprisoned Russian soldiers who lost their lives to an avalanche while building that road.
We will continue by descending to the beautiful valley of the Soča (Isonzo) river. We will visit Bovec, a superb place of sports with virtually endless offer of activities. You may dedicate a part of the day to some of activities that the region is offering: hiking, rafting, zip line… - or simply resting and enjoying the wonderful natural beauty of the valley. Accommodation.
DAY 6: KOBARID - IDRIJA - GORIŠKA BRDA
Breakfast. We will return to the road and make a short stop to visit the Kozjak waterfall. The journey continues to Kobarid, strategically important place during the Battles of Isonzo. There is also an excellent museum dedicated to the World War I. Departure to Idrija, city established after the discovery of mercury sources in 15th century. It became the second largest mercury mine in the world. We will visit part of the mine called Anthony's Shaft, which is not in its original use today. The mercury mining complex and the Idrija castle were declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2012. We continue towards Goriška Brda, a micro-region with a pleasant Mediterranean climate, formed by multiple hills, covered with vineyards and fruit orchards that compose a charming landscape.
The region is also known for its excellent wines. Here we can taste wines in one of the typical wineries. Accommodation in Nova Gorica.
DAYS 7 and 8: ŠKOCJAN - LIPICA - PIRAN - KOPER
After breakfast departure to Škocjan Caves, a World Heritage site. They are under protection of UNESCO. They are one of the largest and most fascinating karstic sites in the world. While walking on the footpath, we reach the deepest point that lies 212 metres below the surface.
Brief stop in Lipica, where we will see Lipicaner horses – they are related to Spain because they were crossed with the horses of Jerez in 1580 and are still part of the Spanish riding school in Vienna. Free time for visiting the restaurant with typical meals and wines of the region.
We continue our journey towards the Slovenian coast. Stop at the Socerb castle where you can see a remarkable panoramic view of the Gulf of Trieste.
We will pass through Izola and Portorož and then visit the city of Piran, former territory of the Republic of Venice, where the scent of the Adriatic gives a special charm to its streets and neighbourhoods.
We will conclude the day in the city of Koper with a tour of the historic centre of the city, which was once an island. Accommodation.
The last day will begin with the breakfast and, depending on the time of the return flight, there will be free time until the transfer to the airport for the return flight. End of the trip.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
Transfers between the airport and the hotel (the first and the last day of the tour).
Transfers in modern cars / vans / minibuses
Professional guide-driver service in English
Accommodation in 3 * or 4 * hotels with breakfast
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Lunches and dinners