DAY 1 LJUBLJANA – ARRIVAL
Welcome to Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana! After arrival at Ljubljana airport, transfer to your hotel and enjoy a free evening and an overnight stay.
DAY 2 LJUBLJANA WALKING TOUR – POSTOJNA CAVE – PREDJAMA CASTLE
Following breakfast, get a head start on Slovenia by exploring its capital in a guided city tour of Ljubljana. With a distinct small-town feel to it, this city of rich history still today showcases traces of the Roman Emona, mimics baroque on its facades, but claims its fame for a thriving Art Nouveau period. Round off your Ljubljana walk with some aerial vistas from the Ljubljana castle towering above the historic center. Then head out of the city to Postojna Cave. A small train will take you around this maze of swirling rock tunnels and fascinating cave chambers, all magical of stalactites and stalagmites and centuries of Earth’s evolution dripping down cave walls. Nearby, visit to the dramatic Predjama castle, built into a hundred-meters-tall vertical rock! Sort out your impressions over an evening on your own and spend the night in Ljubljana.
DAY 3 BLED AND TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, drive out to the fairy-tale like Bled. Surrounded in lushly forested Julian Alps, Bled graces the shores of the glacial lake Bled, an idyllic corner of the world accentuated by a graceful castle perched high up on the rocks and a serene island topped with a church steeple floating in the lake’s center. From sky to steeple, explore Bled with your guide, seeing both the castle and the island, and enjoying a ride on the traditional wooden gondolas locally known a pletna boats. After a piece of Bled cake called šampita continue to the larger but no less beautiful Lake Bohinj. Nestled in the Triglav National Park, this area of snow-capped mountains, alpine villages, dreamy meadows, clean-cut gorges and pure waters is completely intact by modern times. Learn of the alpine living in the Oplen House Museum and then take the cable car to the top of this world, Mount Vogel. Return to Ljubljana in the evening for an overnight stay.
DAY 4 GORIŠKA BRDA WINE COUNTRY
The amazement with the diversity of this small country is sure to set in after visiting its western bit. Goriška Brda, or the ‘Slovenian Tuscany’ as the region is affectionately referred to, is an area of rolling hills and scenic villages, orchards of apricots, peaches and cherries, and slopes covered in manicured vineyards. Throw in boutique wine production and a diverse culinary heritage, and it’s only the ambiance of undiscovered which separates Goriška Brda from its Italian counterpart. Visit the Renaissance castle Dobrovo, stroll through the medieval Šmaratno village, climb to Gonjače Tower for spectacular vistas, and taste wine and local snacks in one of the cellars. After returning to Ljubljana in the afternoon, choose an optional late night tour* instead of an evening on your own. Overnight in Ljubljana.
*late afternoon optional tours (joining small group of max 6pax)
DAY 5 LJUBLJANA – DEPARTURE
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel before a transfer to the airport. End of the tour.