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Experience Slovenia

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TRIP SUMMARY

Slovenia is beautiful. There's no better way to describe it. It's the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. The changing landscape is constantly surprising, time and again. You can have one eye on the sea, then look in the other direction and be surrounded by high mountains. Heading up into the forests, you can see the green plains below you. From upland meadows your view stretches into river gorges. This proximity of opposites and contrasts is a hallmark of the country.  This trip to the capital Ljubljana allows you to sample the local wines as well as the option to visit beautiful Lake Bled and the stunning scenery that surrounds.

time difference

TIME DIFFERENCE

1 hours ahead of the UK

flight time

FLIGHT TIME

2 hours direct from UK

Day 1

Ljubljana

Arrive into Ljubljana. Private transfer to your hotel where you'll have free time to yourself.

Ljubljana's unique character is mainly due to the felicitous mixture of two very different but complementary features: on one hand, the city is famed for its historical heritage and traditions; on the other, it is a relatively young city with a modern lifestyle (the average age of its residents is only slightly above 30).

In the afternoon you'll experience Slovenian wine tasting.

Wine Tasting - Slovenia has 3 major wine regions. Ljubljana is a great place to experience a private wine tasting experience at local boutique winemaker. We have chosen some of Slovenia's best wine producers and the choice of red, white or sparkling wine is yours. Wine tastings will take place in a wine cellar or tasting room and are led by a professional sommelier, winemaker or both. The winemaker will share his story of how he makes wine and the history of the vineyard. Cheers - Na zdravje!

Free time for dinner and overnight in Ljubljana.

Recommended Accommodation:
Standard: Hotel Slon

Superior: Cubo Hotel
Deluxe: Vander Urbani Hotel

Images below from Vander Urbani Hotel.

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Day 2

After breakfast the day is yours to explore. You may want to choose to take our optional tour.

Best of Ljubljana Old Town Tour with Private Guide
During the tour you will see Ljubljana's main sights. The guide will explain to you Ljubljana's history and show you some of the nicest corners of Slovenia's capital: The Town Hall, a walking tour of Plečnik's architectural masterpieces, Križanke open-air theatre, the Napoleon monument, Central Food market, Prešern square, Congress Square, Three Bridges, Dragon bridge and all the other prominent bridges in the old part of Ljubljana. The old city centre of Ljubljana is remarkable for its unique architecture and owes its appearance to Baroque and Art Nouveau masters and, most of all, the architect Jože Plečnik.

Ljubljana Old Town Walking Tour - During the tour you will see Ljubljana's main sights. Your guide will explain to you the history of the city and show you some of the nicest corners of Slovenia's capital: The Town Hall, Plečnik's architectural masterpieces, Križanke open-air theatre, the Napoleon monument, Central Food market, Prešern square, Congress Square, Three Bridges and Dragon Bridge.

Ljubljana Castle - You will access the castle by funicular. Ljubljana's most famous landmark is Ljubljana Castle, which has undergone numerous changes over its rich and dynamic history. In the company of a guide, you will visit the Outlook Tower and the castle's prison and can view the exhibition on Slovenian History. Your guide will also take you around other parts of the castle and show you an early 19th century well with a wooden treadwheel crane for hoisting water, which is still operational today. This is a wonderful opportunity for photo enthusiasts, as it offers magnificent panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.

Food market - The Central market, built by the architect Jože Plečnik between 1931 and 1939, was conceived as a two-story range of riverside market halls following the curve ofthe river. The market building stretches between the Triple Bridge and the Dragon Bridge, on the right side of the curve of the Ljubljanica River. On the side overlooking the river, the market halls were furnished with large semi-circular windows, and on the side overlooking the street adorned with a colonnade. The whole complex, reflecting Renaissance influences, was covered with a roof of massive concrete tiles. You'll find farmers and producers from different parts of Slovenia selling their goods here for an authentic taste of the local delicacies.

River 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 gliding on 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.

A gourmet dinner is provided for you tonight at the lovely As Aperitivo restaurant in the heart of Ljubljana.

The restaurant is perhaps the trendiest place in town, the place to be and the place to be seen. Since the end of the nineties has been a pillar of Ljubljana’s culinary scene. Its unique dishes and outstanding wine list continually remind guests that some things in life are there to be truly relished. You'll enjoy your meal at the a-la-carte restaurant or on the roof terrace

Recommended Accommodation:
Standard: Hotel Slon
Superior: Cubo Hotel
Deluxe: Vander Urbani Hotel

Images below from Cubo Hotel.

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Day 3

After breakfast at your hotel, the day is yours to explore or take one of our optional tours. We highly recommend visiting Lake Bled.

Lake Bled with romantic dinner
The postcard-perfect Lake Bled, surrounded by the Alps, is Slovenia's most popular attraction. You will join your guide for a visit to the castle that is located above the lake. The oldest and one of the most visited castles - you will have a guided tour of the medieval castle. Next you will visit island of lake Bled. You will board a "pletna" boat and cross to the island with a church, wish bell and view tower. After your visit return to Bled for lunch and try the famous local Kremsnita cream cake.

Bled Castle - Bled Castle offers the finest view of the Bled island, the town of Bled and of the wider countryside of the Gorenjska region. Experience the picturesque architecture of the castle and the museum collection, representing the historical development of Bled, its culture and its population. Get familiar with the traditional manual technological procedures of printing in the castle printing shop, order a small bottle of wine and seal it with sealing wax in the castle cellar. Allow yourself to be healthy, feel better and delight yourself with natural products from the herbal gallery before recovering your strength in the castle restaurant

Bled Island - The most recognisable symbol of the lake is island and the Church of the Assumption with its long and diverse history, however the lush greenery also hides other interesting island buildings, like the bell-tower, church, chaplain's house, provost's house, small hermitage and some mysterious legends. In case you visit the island in just the right time, make time to witness a wedding in the romantic environment. As far as the wishing bell is concerned. Don't just watch it. Ring it.

Pletna boat ride - Take a trip across the lake in the traditional Pletna boat and relax in the atmosphere. You will experience a private boat ride with Pletna to the Island of Bled. Just you in the boat alone with a oarsman. What is the Pletna boat? It is a traditional boat made by locals which is only known at Bled – the Pletna boat. The origins of the Pletna boat go back to 1590. The Pletna boat is a wooden flat-bottom boat with a pointed bow and the stern widened with a step to enable passengers to enter. The Pletna boat is operated by the Pletna oarsman. This profession is very respected as it cannot be performed just by anyone. The title of the Pletna oarsman was handed down from generation to generation. This is a must-try.

Dinner by the lake - Take a trip across the lake in the traditional Pletna boat and relax in the atmosphere. You will experience a private boat ride with Pletna to the Island of Bled. Just you in the boat alone with a oarsman. What is the Pletna boat? It is a traditional boat made by locals which is only known at Bled – the Pletna boat. The origins of the Pletna boat go back to 1590. The Pletna boat is a wooden flat-bottom boat with a pointed bow and the stern widened with a step to enable passengers to enter.The Pletna boat is operated by the Pletna oarsman. This profession is very respected as it cannot be performed just by anyone. The title of the Pletna oarsman was handed down from generation to generation. This is a must-try.

The Caves and Riviera Tour
Postojna Cave - 
This morning, you will travel to the Karst region of Slovenia which is renowned for its caves. You will visit one of the most well known, Postojna Cave. For 140 years, the Postojna Cave, is the only cave in the world to offer a unique and adventurous ride on board a special train, which will take you into the cave, under spectacular underground arches, which are embellished with chandelier look-alike stalactites, through a beautiful subterranean world full of playful limestone sculptures. Continue your journey south towards the Adriatic Sea to the coastal town of Piran. Formerly under Venetian rule, Piran old town has retained much of its medieval character, including Venetian inspired architecture and beautiful small churches.

Slovene Riviera - Yellow is the colour of the sun that strokes the picturesque Mediterranean towns on the Adriatic coast. Every kilometer of the Slovene coast is a new surprise. Here is a natural reserve with an abundance of marble and sandstone and the unique, eighty-metre Strunjan cliff. Here are the Sečovlje saltworks, first mentioned in the 13th century, and nearby is a sanctuary for more than 150 bird species. Here the towns of Piran, Izola, and Koper draw visitors with their medieval cores, while Portorož, though mentioned as early as 1251, offers numerous modern hotels with congress halls, a fully equipped marina, a sport airport, thermal baths, a casino, and a varied offer of summer cultural, entertainment, and sport events. Not far from the coast, the beauties of Slovene Istria with its picturesque villages await for you. Among them, for example, is Hrastovlje with its Holy Trinity church decorated with narrative late Gothic frescoes including a marvelously preserved Danse Macabre.

Overnight in Ljubljana.

Recommended Accommodation:
Standard: Hotel Slon
Superior: Cubo Hotel
Deluxe: Vander Urbani Hotel

Images below from Hotel Slon.

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Day 4

After breakfast we'll arrange a private transfer to take you back to the airport for your onward flight.













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