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Discover the natural, historical and culinary wonders of Slovenia on this wonderful six-day trip.

Begin with three nights based in its capital, Ljubljana, a little city whose Old Town is strung along a river overlooked by a castle. You’ll get some time to explore on your own after arriving before a welcome dinner at a trendy restaurant and a river cruise under its famous bridges.

The next day you’ll discover even more on a privately walking tour with a local as your guide, finding out why the natives refer to the city as their Ljubljena, meaning beloved, ending in the hilltop castle where you’ll learn about Slovenia’s fascinating history before a fabulous meal high up in the old archer’s tower.

On day three, drive north into the mountains and the stunning lakes of Bohinj and Bled. Take a cable car up to marvel at alpine views stretching into Austria and take a boat across to the famous church in the middle of Bled, ringing the Pope’s bell for good luck.

Head east out of the capital on your fourth day, stopping off to venture underground at the sublime Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle, then arrive amid the rolling green hills and endless vineyards of the Goriska Brda Wine region.

Spend your last full day in Slovenia touring the area, visiting medieval villages, enjoying an exclusive private tasting with one of the country’s most celebrated wine makers and ending with more wine and a gourmet dinner at a castle on the Italian border.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-4

Ljubljana

Meet and greet at Ljubljana airport Meet and greet at Ljubljana airport
Flights & Transfers

Transfer

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Accommodation in Ljubljana

Three nights in Ljubljana Three nights in Ljubljana

Slovenia’s largest city and capital since independence 1991, Ljubljana is the country’s cultural, educational, economic and political hub. Emblematic for Slovenia as a whole, it is an extremely pretty and easily manageable place with many wonderful attractions either in the historic centre or within easy reach by road.

With no world famous attractions to tick off, Ljubljana is perfectly for semi aimless wanderings, soaking up the city’s rich history and vibrant cosmopolitan vibe. People watch with a glass of crisp local wines by the Ljubljana, duck into an offbeat gallery, see the opera or head to Metelkova City, a converted military barracks that has become the creative centre of Slovene counterculture. Above all, Ljubljana is a place to be explored.

Restaurant reservation Restaurant reservation

Spend your first afternoon at leisure in central Ljubljana getting to know the pedestrianized Old Town at your own pace before a welcome dinner at AS Apertivo.

Under the bridges river boat cruise by night Under the bridges river boat cruise by night

No trip to Ljubljana is complete without taking to the waters of the Ljubljanica. Pass under the city's famous bridges and enjoy views of most of the Old Town's major sights from a unique vantage point, by night, with a glass of bubbly in hand.

Ljubljana walking tour Ljubljana walking tour

Meet your local guide for private guided walking tour of Ljubljana city. Ljubljana is one of those central European cities that grabs you with the eternal charm of its classic architecture, beautiful bridges, friendly locals and great food and wine. The architecture of Ljubljana is strongly influenced by the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and its beauty is omnipresent. Some of the famous sights are the Magistrat (Town Hall), the Baroque town mansion, the 18th-century cathedral, the Shoemaker Bridge and the Jewish quarter.

Ljubljana Castle tour Ljubljana Castle tour

Take a funicular ride up to the city's most prominent landmark, Ljubljana Castle, which encapsulates the story of Ljubljana over its rich and dynamic history. In the company of a guide, visit the Outlook Tower, the castle's prison, an exhibition Slovenian History and an early 19th century well, with a wooden tread wheel crane for hoisting water, which is still operational today. This is a wonderful opportunity for photo enthusiasts, as the castle commands magnificent panoramic views of the area.

Strelec Castle Restaurant Strelec Castle Restaurant

Perched high up in the archer's tower, Ljubljana castle's new restaurant overlooks the city from a grand position. Chef Igor Jagodic, one of the top chefs in Slovenia, and ethnology professor Dr. Janez Bogataj have created an inventive menu of historic dishes made modern.

Lake Bohinj Tour Lake Bohinj Tour

Bohinj is one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the Julian Alps and in Triglav National Park. Bohinj Lake has numerous inflows, the most important one is the Savica. Enjoy a walk around the lake's shores and a boat trip on its waters before taking a cable car to Vogel panoramic plateau. The upper Vogel cable car station, located at 1,535 meters (5,036 feet), greets visitors with spectacular panoramic views of Komna, the Triglav mountains and all the way to the Kamnik and Savinja Alps. Triglav (meaning three peaks) is the highest peak in Slovenia and is represented in the coat of arms of Slovenia.

Church on island in Lake Bled, Slovenia
Private tour of Lake Bled Private tour of Lake Bled

Set amidst the snowcapped Julian Alps less than an hour from Ljubljana, the mirror emerald lake is small enough to walk around on foot. The beautiful Church of the Assumption, sitting on an islet, dates from 1698. According to local tradition, one who can ring the bell loudly enough will be granted a wish and a husband who can carry his new bride the 99 steps up from the dock into the church will be ensured a happy marriage. With the waters off limits of motorized craft, the island is reached on pletna boat - a huge gondola type vessel - or by rowboat.

Watching over the lake is the imperious Bled Castle. The oldest part of the medieval castle is the Romanesque tower while other buildings were constructed in the Renaissance style during the the 17th century. If you want to get a glimpse of Bled's history, culture and people, visit the castle's museum.

Postojna Cave tour Postojna Cave tour

Take a tour into Postojna Cave, one of the most spectacular cave formations in the world with huge stalactites and stalagmites forming extraordinary shapes in massive, cathedral-like caves.

Predjama Castle tour Predjama Castle tour

Visit Predjama Castle , one of the most picturesque buildings in the whole of Slovenia. The fortification reigns over the surrounding area, perched high up in a vertical cliff overlooking the idyllic village of Predjama. It was referred to in writing for the first time in 1202. The most famous of all the castle's inhabitants was the knight Erazem of Predjama, who rebelled against the imperial autocracy in the 15th century. Nowadays Erazem is the main protagonist of numerous legends, which on the one hand glorify him as a passionate, handsome, noble knight, while on the other hand he is described as a bandit and a robber baron.

Days 4-6

Goriska Brda Wine Region

Accommodation in Goriska Brda Wine Region

Goriska Brda Wine Region, Slovenia
Two nights in the Goriska Brda Wine Region Two nights in the Goriska Brda Wine Region

The Goriška Brda Wine Region is a pastoral wonderland in the far east of Slovenia bordering Italy, patches of vineyards stretch across a verdant countryside, farmhouses reflecting a traditional architectural design that has many calling it the Tuscany of Slovenia. Upon the rolling hills are rows of fruit orchards, here and there cypress trees dispersed among small, charming villages.

Here you can bask beneath blue skies in the shade of garden trees and enjoy a wine tasting or two in one of the many boutique wineries that dot the area while feasting on seasonal dishes made from the finest local produce.

Sabotin and Gonjace tour Sabotin and Gonjace tour

Start your private tour on the highest hill in the region, Sabotin on the Italian border, from which you can see the Adriatic Sea and the other Julian Alps, the villages and vineyards between, and the bright blue Soca river below. This hill was the site of many battles during the First World War and you can visit the open air museum here. The tour will continue for another great view from the top of to the view tower of Gonjače, a 23m high lookout with 144 stairs built in 1961 and representing the central point of Brda.

Dobrovo tour Dobrovo tour

Explore the small town of Dobrovo, centred around a grand 17th century castle. It is an almost perfect square in plan with square turrets on each corner and houses an art gallery and museum.

Private tour of Smartno Private tour of Smartno

Smartno is a picturesque walled village with five preserved towers, perched on a panoramic hill like an eagle's nest overlooking miles of vineyards that can be seen from every corner of Brda. The settlement that was probably built on Roman foundations used to be a fortification on the strategic Venetian-Austrian border. Today it is an architectural jewel, a cultural monument, unique as a whole and in numerous details. The village derives its name from the church of St. Martin, the largest church in Brda, with a bell tower which was once a fortification tower.

Edi Simčič private wine tasting Edi Simčič private wine tasting

Enjoy a privately guided tour of the cellars beneath the Simčič household, a family owned winery in the small village of Vipolže. Run by father-son duo Edi and Aleks, this initially unassuming winery is heralded by many as the finest and most forward thinking in Slovenia with its selection of whites and reds grown on small vineyards around the country. Learning about their work which is reinvigorating wine growing traditions and grapes of pre-Socialist Republic Slovenia while pushing forward into more experimental areas, you'll taste a number of their vintages accompanied by local cheeses and olive oils.

Wine tasting and dinner at Gredic Castle Wine tasting and dinner at Gredic Castle

Enjoy a private Slovenian wine degustation followed by gourmet dinner at the amazing Gredic Castle.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer to Ljubljana airport

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