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Escape to a magical winter wonderland and explore the quaint capital of Slovenia and its picture-perfect surroundings.

You’ll be based in Ljubljana for five nights, enjoying privately guided tours of the old town and its magnificent castle. You’ll also weave your way through the city by boat with a cruise along the Ljubljanica River.

Surrounded by the snowcapped Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a fairytale landscape that looks particularly beautiful in winter as the frost on the trees sparkles in the light. You’ll also explore Slovenia’s untouched wilderness with a snowshoe hike, visit an igloo village and have a go at building your own.

There is plenty of time to wander the cobbles streets of Ljubljana, visit museums and galleries and pick up stocking fillers at the Christmas markets, all while enjoying a warming mug of gluhwein.

 

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Days 1-5

Ljubljana

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Five days exploring magical Ljubljana Five days exploring magical 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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Ljubljana airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Ljubljana

Hotels in Ljubljana

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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.

Under the bridges river boat cruise Under the bridges river boat cruise

No trip to Ljubljana is complete without taking a water- based tour, and the handmade wooden boat operated by the young team at Laker Craft is easily the most attractive of all the crafts plying the waters of the Ljubljanica. A ride lasts just under an hour, and offers views of most of the Old Town's major sights from a unique vantage point.

Welcome dinner at AS Aperitivo Welcome dinner at AS Aperitivo

Enjoy a meal at AS Aperitivo which has a menu bursting with everything from tapas and pasta dishes to grilled meats and fish.

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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.

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Christmas spirit walking tour Christmas spirit walking tour

Ljubljana is a magical city at Christmas, with twinkling lights, festive decorations and if you're lucky, a dusting of snow. Explore this winter wonderland on foot, visiting the Christmas markets and stopping to recharge and warm up with a steaming mug of gluhwein.

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Explore an igloo village Explore an igloo village

Igloo villages are built from scratch every year and while from the outside they look like huge piles of snow, inside they are an intricate network of tunnels.You'll head to the beautiful Triglav National Park to explore one of the lesser known villages, where you'll enjoy a tour through this little snowy settlement, have a go at building your own igloo and sit down to a delicious local dinner.

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Snowshoeing experience Snowshoeing experience

Hike through the sparkling winter wonderland on snow shoes that let you cross the snowy landscape.

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.

Lunch at Strelec Castle Restaurant Lunch at 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.

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Free time to explore Ljubljana Free time to explore Ljubljana

Explore the charming Slovenian capital at your own pace. Wander along its cobbled streets, explore the boutique shops and Christmas markets and discover attractions such as the Museum of Illusions. This is a fun and interactive museum whose exhibitions, optical illusions and holograms will challenge your perceptions of space and everything you think you know about it.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Ljubljana airport

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