Luxury Slovenia Tours & Holidays
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While it may often be overlooked, Slovenia is one of Europe’s most enchanting destinations. Located at an intersection of Italian, German and Slavic worlds, it’s an exciting blend of cultures while offering a diverse and stunning landscape from the coast to the soaring Julian Alps. A nature lover’s paradise of jewel-like lakes and aquamarine rivers that flow through rugged canyons, jagged snow-capped peaks and idyllic beaches, there’s a host of outdoor adventure that can be enjoyed too.
The opportunities for active pursuits are nearly endless, including hiking and biking in the mountains, canyoning, river rafting, horseback riding and caving. Of course, one could always simply soak up the sun along the Adriatic.
There are plenty of cultural and architectural treasures to discover as well, from Gothic churches in the Julian Alps to baroque buildings in Ljubljana and rustic Hungarian-style farmhouses in Prekmurje. You’ll find storybook castles like the 15th-century Ljubljana Castle and the Renaissance Predjama Castle, built within the mouth of a cave.
In between look forward to plenty of tasty food and drink. Slovenian cooking borrows something from Hungarian, Austrian, Italian and Balkan fare, creating inventive dishes with unique tastes on more traditional cuisine. It’s a place where it’s easy to find farm-to-table meals with almost every restaurant using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients.
The signature Slovenian dish is struklji, rolled dumplings enjoyed here since the 16th-century, often followed by gibanica for dessert. The country produces some outstanding wines too, including regional reds and whites that perfectly complement local specialities.
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Trips to Slovenia
Zagreb, Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik14 NightsFrom £5,105 PPThis luxurious 14-night holiday will bring you through both Slovenia and Croatia, with upscale accommodation included.
Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Bovec, Goriška Brda, Piran6 NightsFrom £1,920 PPDiscover breathtaking Alpine beauty, magnificent castles and fascinating history, enjoying tasty Slovenia cuisine in between on this 6-night highlight tour.
Ljubljana, Postojna Caves, Vintgar Gorge, Bled5 NightsFrom £1,990 PPExplore beautiful Slovenia, including its storybook capital city, stunning Lake Blend and Europe’s largest show caves on this five-night highlight tour.
Where to visit in Slovenia
Our travel experts have collated their top recommendations of where to visit in Slovenia.
Tucked within an alpine valley along the Ljubljanica River, Slovenia’s capital city is one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful It has a romantic storybook feel with cobbled streets and a hilltop castle that includes an interactive museum focused on Slovenian history and a tower providing awe-inspiring views. There’s a fun modern side too, with art galleries, trendy cafes and hip bars, as well as a wide range of restaurants from cheap and tasty traditional eats to fine dining fare served with outstanding Slovenian wines.
The postcard-perfect seaside town of Piran is often compared to Venice. It sits on a gorgeous peninsula between the Bay of Strunjan and the Gulf of Piran, with an old port that looks like an open-air museum, filled with colorful medieval buildings. Its Church of St. George which has a separate baptistry and bell tower is very similar to St. Mark’s campanile in Venice. One of the best ways to enjoy its lovely atmosphere other than a stroll is to relax in Tartini Square while sipping wine and people watching.
Only a 10-minute drive from Lake Blend, Vintgar Gorge is one of the most enchanting places in Slovenia. It’s carved through the Hom and Borst Hills, with the Radovna River coursing through in stunning shades of aquamarine and emerald. It can easily be explored on a leisurely stroll along a scenic path that brings views of the vibrantly colored water from many vantage points. Along the route you’ll see the picturesque arched Bohinj Railway Bridge, and below one of the many magnificent falls dotted throughout. It ends at Sum waterfall, Slovenia’s tallest, cascading more than 82 feet.
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Things to do in Slovenia
One of the most charming capitals in Europe, Ljubljana is a delight to wander through, especially the medieval Old Town with its colorfully painted homes, cobblestone streets and hilltop castle where from the tower, one can enjoy breathtaking views of the city and beyond, all the way to the Julian Alps. Enjoy riverside cafes, numerous art galleries and trendy bars too.
Visit Serene Bled
The sight of the stunning white Church of the Assumption, which sits on a tiny islet in the middle of sapphire Lake Bled with a backdrop of soaring mountains draws countless visitors to Slovenia every year. One of the most popular things to do is to row a boat and climb the 99 steps of the 15th-century pilgrimage church.
Sample the Famous Cream Cake
Bled is famous for its cream cake, which nearly every restaurant and café in town serves, although it was first created at Hotel Park. While you may want to sample the original, one of the best places for a decadent slice is Café Belvedere, nestled in the forest above the lake, its islet and church, providing spectacular views with every bite.
Just minutes from Lake Bled, Radovljica is mostly missed but it has a lovely colorful main square with homes from the 16th- and 17th-centuries, a baroque palace, and many museums, like the Beekeeping Museum. It tells the story of Slovenia’s long tradition of beekeeping and includes a remarkable collection of historic illustrated beehive panels and live beehive one can watch in action.
Hike the Vintgar Gorge
Also close to Lake Bled is Vintgar Gorge, a stunning gorge with massive limestone walls and a river in shades of emerald and turquoise running through. A short and easy hike allow narrow wooden pathways bring gorgeous views of the rushing river below and a number of cascading waterfalls, ending at beautiful Sum waterfall, Slovenia’s highest, spilling 82 feet.
Untouched Lake Bohinj
While Lake Bled may be more famous, Lake Bohinj is at least as spectacular and offers a more tranquil experience with fewer crowds. Its dazzling emerald waters meet up with steep mountain slopes, less than a 30-minute drive away. The largest lake in Slovenia, it’s nestled in the Julian Alps and is an ideal spot for canoeing, kayaking and standup paddle boarding.
Take the Cable Car up the Vogel Mountain
One of the must-dos at Lake Bohinj is to ride the cable car up Vogel Mountain. On a clear day you’ll not only be able to gaze down at the stunning water below but the high peaks of some of Slovenia’s most breathtaking mountain peaks. Once on the mountain, the temperatures will be cooler, ideal for hiking the alpine trails.
Get Active in Bovec
Bove is one of the top destinations for outdoor adventure seekers with a long list of things to do and incredible views of the mountains. Hike through magnificent Sorca Gorge, visit a cascading waterfall with a serene pool below for refreshing dips, or embark on a wild ride by whitewater rafting along the Soca River with its many brilliant shades of green.
Go Wine Tasting in Goriska Brda
Tucked along the Italian border, Goriska Brda is one of the top wine regions in Slovenia. If you want to sample some of the country’s best, you can easily spend a day or more here touring wine estates, often meeting the winemakers themselves, tasting and learning about the process while surrounded by Tuscan-like scenery with rolling hills and farmhouses.
Picture Perfect Piran
Seaside Piran is lovely to wander through, filled with Venetian architecture, having been ruled by the Venetian empire between the late 13th-century to the late 18th-century – it was part of Italy for nearly 30 years between 1918 and 1947. It even has a church, the Church of St. George which has a bell tower and baptistry similar to St. Mark’s in Venice.
Explore the Postojna Cave
Postojna Cave first is one of Europe’s largest show caves, home to magnificent stalactites and stalagmites, with a two-million-year-old cave system of halls, chambers and passages, as well as diverse fauna. It’s inhabited by a rare endangered salamander species called the olm, which can be seen following the underground train ride that travels through the belly of this subterranean paradise.
See Predjama Castle
Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave can both be visited as part of one tour, located less than six miles apart. The castle is one of the world’s most unique, tucked inside the mouth of a cave. A medieval marvel, it’s been perched here in an over 400-foot-high cliff for 800+ years, as one of the most remarkable sights in Slovenia.
Get Lost in Maribor
The second largest city in Slovenia, Maribor sits among vine-covered hills along the Drava River and is well worth getting lost in. Founded in the 12th-century, there are interesting monuments and sights around every corner. The main square in the Old Town is home to 15th-century Maribor Castle which has a beautiful frescoed Knights’ Hall and the Regional Museum of Maribor.
Slovenia Key Facts
- GMT+1 | ET+6
- Jun - Aug
- Ljubljana, Lake Bled
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