7 days/6 nights
Slovenia is a hidden gem of natural wonders and fantastic surprises. Nestled between the soaring Alps and the radiant Adriatic, it is home to cultural treasures and world-class culinary experiences that attest to this ancient land’s rich history. Slovenia truly offers something for everyone. On your private tour of Slovenia, you’ll spend less time travelling from place to place and more time soaking up the wonderful atmosphere of the Slovenian way of life.Less
Upon arrival in Ljubljana you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Slovenia has only one island but its uniqueness makes it more attractive than many an archipelago. Sheltered by picturesque mountains, the island reigns in the middle of an Alpine lake. Its charm has made it a symbol for centuries of a town to which guests from all over the world love to return. This town, which has already existed for a thousand years, is Bled. Overnight in Bled.
You won’t believe the amazing views of this pristine Alpine resort! We’ll take a “pletna” boat ride to St. Mary’s Island. And while there, we will admire the renowned church that was built into the rock impregnating this small island. Now get your walking shoes out! For our energetic guide will take you up ninety-nine steps to reach the lake’s highest point and to experience other spectacular views. If you still have energy remaining, do not forget to ring the church’s “wishing bell,” which is rumored to bring everyone good luck! Overnight in Bled. (B)
Goriška Brda lies near the border with Italy crowned with a generous scattering of quaint villages. These villages are, in turn, surrounded by a variety of fruit trees and vineyards. Cherries from this area have been widely sought after for centuries, and even nowadays, when in season, locals sell them by the roadside. The distinctive red soil to be found in Kras is rich in iron, giving a very rich, dark red color to the locally produced wine – Teran. Another local specialty in Kras is its dry-cured ham on the bone (pršut in Slovenian or prosciutto in Italian) which is air-dried locally and has a very distinctive flavor. Teran, accompanied by a piece of local bread and cheese provides the perfect snack to be enjoyed among the vineyards of Kras. Overnight in Portorož. (B)
In the picturesque village of Lipica, for more than 400 years, beautiful white horses called Lipizzaner have been bred. A local guide will take visitors on a guided tour through the stables, pointing out the different stages of breeding and training these noble animals. A special feature is a performance of star Lipizzaner studs showing the excellence of what they have learned in their training. In the area, known as Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, the symbiosis between man and nature is marked with centuries-old tradition of salt-making; from the Middle Ages till today it has created a unique “salty” landscape. Owing to its specific architectural and historical features as well as to the exceptional diversity of plants and animals (such as 270 species of birds), the 1600 acres large area of once thriving salt-pans is today protected as a cultural monument and nature park. Overnight in Portorož. (B)
We start today with another natural wonder, the underground world of the Postojna Caves. These caves are filled with spectacular limestone stalactites and stalagmites which form pillars and take on fantastic shapes and form. On a guided walking tour accompanied by the local expert, you can almost imagine yourself in another world. The culmination of this tour is small train ride that takes you to the heart of the underground fairyland.
Ljubljana is a home to one of the oldest Philharmonics in the world; and also to numerous theaters, museums and art galleries. Stroll through the Old Town district and again experience your private tour in the company of a local expert. Explore the baroque town building, the colorful farmer’s market, and discover the cathedral of St. Nicholas. Walk across Dragon Bridge, an Art Nouveau masterpiece adorned with dragons and symbol of Ljubljana. Then stroll beside the majestic Ljubljanica River, to the centrally located Prešernov Trg. Overnight in Ljubljana. (B)
The old city core of Novo Mesto, situated on a promontory in a bend of the Krka River, is enchanting with its aristocratic Glavni Trg square with arcades fronting the ground floors of rich townhouses and its characteristic City Hall. The Chapter Church, the Franciscan Church, the Dolenjska Regional Museum, and the Jakčev Dom Gallery are also worth visiting, and the view of the remarkable row of Na Bregu houses—the most picturesque part of the city core – reflected in the Krka River below has often been depicted by painters. We’ll continue to Maribor where its old town core will enrapture you with cultural-historical sights and the warm hospitality of the Mariborians. Take time and discover the most attractive corners of our city: wonderful city squares with notable buildings, Lent with the oldest grape vine in the world, the City park with three ponds and Piramida. In little streets there are numerous inviting coffeehouses and teahouses, where full of experiences you can conclude your sightseeing trip around the city and chat with locals. Overnight in Ljubljana. (B)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Ljubljana airport for your flight home.
Bled, Villa Bled, lake-view room, 2 nights, breakfast
Portorož, Hotel Kempinski, superior sea view, 2 nights, breakfast
Ljubljana, Hotel Cubo, double room, 2 nights, breakfast