The Great Tour of Slovenia
The green Heart of Europe any way you like
- Fly to Venice, the starting point and the end of your trip round Slovenia
- Two nights' accommodation on the Adriatic Coast so you can enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere
- We include two nights in Ljubljana so you can enjoy the capital without haste
- One night in Maribor with the best scenery in Slovenia
- And enjoy the last two nights in the natural setting of Bled or in Triglav National Park
- Enjoy the trip in your own way, with the hire car included in the price of the journey
- 7 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 7 days car rental
- In Maribor, you can visit the world's oldest vineyard, the Old Vine House.
- Discover Slovenian gastronomy: try the "burek", a very typical kind of pie.
- Very close to Triglav National Park is Skofja Loka, with the country's best conserved historical district.
- When driving around Slovenia, it is an absolute necessity to buy a “vignette” toll sticker, which allows you to travel on motorways and expressways.
- Visit the web page of the Slovenian Tourist Office: www.slovenia.info
Day 1Flight to Venice.
You must be at your departure airport ninety minutes before take-off time so as to deal with check-in and embarkation for your flight to Venice. On arrival, pick up you hire car and begin your trip which will show you the unknown Slovenia. Drive to the Gulf of Trieste, at the northern end of the Adriatic. Choose where you will spend the first two nights. You have the option of sleeping in Trieste and looking at this Italian city or alternatively you can cross the frontier and stay in Piran, a pretty village on the Adriatic or Portoroz, the liveliest town in the coastal area of Slovenia. Accommodation in your selected hotel on the Adriatic Coast. (Total route approximately 200 km).
Day 2Adriatic Coast.
On the Adriatic Coast, there are some very interesting places to visit, including Piran, without a doubt the jewel in the crown. Walk around this picturesque town, the most unspoilt in Slovenian Istria. To its enchanting medieval historical quarter (the most photographed image of the town) must be added the architecture inherited from the past Venetian dominion. Wander round its narrow streets and enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere in its busy squares. Portoroz, very close to Piran, is a tourist area with many hotels and restaurants where you can also enjoy a pleasant walk along the seafront and even, if the weather is good, have a dip. You can also visit Koper, where the historical quarter with its cobbled streets stands out together with the Venetian architecture which bears witness to the past, very closely linked to Italy. Finally, we also recommend that you visit Izola, very close to Koper, where it is a good idea to arrive at sunset so you can enjoy an unequalled landscape from its saltworks. Spend the night in your selected accommodation on the Adriatic coast.
Day 3Adriatic Coast - Caves of Skocjan - Ljubljana.
Departure towards the karst region, famous for its impressive caves. The caves of Skocjan, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, where the River Reka goes underground forming the world's largest subterranean canyon, stand out, after which Postojna, which you can visit on a small train. Very nearby is Predjama Castle, built in the mouth of a cave, at a height of 125 metres: it will leave you breathless. Go on to Ljubljana, the next stage of your trip to Slovenia. Spend the night in your accommodation in Ljubljana. (Total route approximately 130 km).
Day 4to the architectural elegance of its buildings.
This is a very pleasant city to get to know on foot: discover the architecture of Jože Plečnik, in modernist style, which gives the city the charm of so many other central European cities; wander through the narrow streets of the historical quarter and along the banks of the river which runs through Ljubljana; cross the bridges, among which the Triple Bridge, one of the most typical images of the city, is outstanding. And, if the weather is good, enjoy the busy ambience of the cafés and terraces, both by day and night. Spend the night in Ljubljana.
Day 5Ljubljana – Ptuj – Maribor.
Set off in the early hours of the morning for Maribor, the second largest city in this small country, which borders on Austria. You can stop in Celje to see its impressive castle. And devote some time to wandering round Ptuj, only 30 kms from Maribor, the oldest village in Slovenia with a very special charm. Maribor is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of the Pohorje Mountains, the extensive vineyards and the river Drava, which runs through the city. Discover it by strolling around its historical quarter where the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Maribor Castle, Trg Stuklja Square and the busy Postna Ulica Street are to be found. This is a city of great wine-growing tradition, where it is almost obligatory to visit a winery and try the wines. Spend the night in Maribor. (Total route approximately 130 km).
Day 6Maribor – Bled.
If there is still something to see in Maribor, you can spend the first few hours of the morning on another visit. Then head off for Bled, a picturesque island in the middle of an alpine lake. This is one of the most international symbols of the country. You can walk partially round the lake on foot and take a thousand photos or alternatively get on board one of the ferries that go to the island. You also have to visit Bled Castle, where you can find some of the best panoramic views of the area. Spend the night in the area of Bled or in Bohinj, in Triglav National Park. (Total route approximately 200 km).
Day 7Triglav National Park.
Devote the day to getting to know this impressive natural setting. The options are endless: you can go on excursions around the area of Bohinj Lake and visit the upper lakes and the marvelous waterfalls. You can also drive through Vrsic Pass, which crosses Triglav National Park as far as the Soca Valley, known as the valley of the green river and the setting for such films as the Chronicles of Narnia. And Kobarid, where one of the most important battles of the First World War took place. Spend the night in your hotel in Bled or Bohinj.
Day 8Return flight.
In the morning, head for Venice Airport (approx. 300 km). If your flight is in the late afternoon or evening, you can take advantage to visit one or two charming villages in Slovenia or alternatively, in Italy, you might even take a stroll round Venice. Be sure to leave sufficient time at the airport to deal with the return of your hire car, check-in and embarkation for your return flight. Arrival and end of the trip.
Our prices include return flight tickets and all the supplement taxes such as airpot taxes, fuel surcharge and credit card processing fees.
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