Slovenia Vacation Packages & Tours

While it’s often overlooked, Slovenia is one of the most charming destinations in Europe, with fairytale good looks in medieval towns, the stunning snow-capped Julian Alps, turquoise rivers, sapphire lakes, and plenty of historic sites. With over half of its surface covered in forest, it’s one of the greenest countries in more ways than one. Plus, outdoor adventure abounds with opportunities to hike, bike, kayak, raft, explore on horseback, or ski, while providing a fascinating mix of Slavic, Italian, and German cultures that can be tasted in the mouthwatering cuisine.

Sampling a variety of Slovenian fare you’ll discover people here have an obsession for dishes that use fresh, locally sourced ingredients, perfect for fueling your exploits Think rolled dumplings, a popular side dish to meats, sausages with turnip stew, and salads drizzled with pumpkin seed oil followed by gibanica, a decadent dessert.

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Where to Stay in Slovenia

While there are many fabulous destinations in Slovenia, the most popular places to stay are Ljubljana, Bled, Piran, Bohinj, and Bovec. The capital city is a vibrant town that makes a great base to spend a couple of nights before heading to the mountains. Bled is home to the famous Lake Bled and provides easy access to other attractions as well. To escape the crowds and enjoy the tranquil beauty, nearby Lake Bohinj is an excellent choice, while Bovec is close to the Italian border, ideal for those who want to explore that country too while being surrounded by mountains and emerald rivers.

 

Things to do in Slovenia

  • Tromostovje Arch bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Discover beautiful Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia

    Ljubljana is known for its delightful green spaces. The curving Ljubljanica River lined by outdoor cafes divides the city’s old town from its commercial hub. It has many museums, including the renowned National Museum of Slovenia and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures. Europe’s green capital is a laid-back charmer of a city. Easily walkable, it boasts striking architecture and a vibrant outdoor eating and drinking culture. The city oozes charm, a delightful confection of Baroque and Habsburg inspired-architecture, richly painted churches, abundant greenery, and engaging riverside cafes. It’s close to a couple of hours away from anywhere, be it the imperious limestone mountains and glacial lakes, the Julian Alps, the magical subterranean world of the Karst region, or the lush vineyards in its hinterland.

  • Lake Bled, Slovenia

    Visit the beautiful Lake Bled

    With its bluish-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff, and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke as backdrops, Bled draws everyone from honeymooners lured by the romantic setting to adventurers, who come for the hiking, biking, watersports, and canyoning possibilities. The lake is large and it takes around 2 hours to walk around. You can take a refreshing swim, rent a kayak or a surfboard, and paddle on the lake. On the island, there is the Church of the Assumption, dating back to the 17th century. It gives the lake a medieval atmosphere just like in a fairy-tale.

  • Postojna Cave, Slovenia

    Explore Postojna the gorgeous cave of Slovenia

    Postojna Cave is the largest Karst cave in Slovenia with as many as 16 miles of underground tunnels. Today it is one of the most visited natural landmarks in Slovenia. You can drive into the cave by a little train and then proceed on foot with a guide. The stalactites, stalagmites, underground halls, and other rock formations are truly amazing. The cave itself is peaceful but around 100 animal species live in the cave! The main attraction is the proteus, which was at first mistaken for a baby dragon! A modern aquarium is located inside the cave where you can view the proteus and there is also an area called the Vivarium Proteus, where you can experience a multimedia presentation on the creation of the caves and the animal life inside.

 

When to visit Slovenia

Summer is by far the most popular time to visit Slovenia although it won’t be as crowded as compared to many other Mediterranean destinations. This is a lovely season to enjoy Ljubljana with its outdoor cafes and picnics along the Ljubljanica River. It’s also ideal for swimming in Lake Bled and rafting the Soca River, with temperatures in the region that can climb to the upper 80s. That said, the foliage in autumn rivals even that of New England while the air is crisp and cool. Early fall is a wonderful time for hiking in the mountains and sightseeing.

 

Slovenia FAQ

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How many days do you need in Slovenia?

While it’s possible to fit the two most popular destinations, Ljubljana and Lake Bled into a 2-day trip, you really need at least four days to discover the highlights, including classic spots like Predjama Castle and Triglav National Park. A week will give you time to explore them all at a pace that isn’t as rushed. You can visit the capital as well as Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj before making your way to the Soca Valley to zip-line through canyons or raft the Soca River. The Brda wine region, caves, castles, and even the coast can be visited too.

What is the best time to visit Lake Bled?

While Bled is magical year-round, it may be at its most breathtaking in the fall when the emerald waters of Lake Bled will be framed by brilliant foliage all set against a backdrop of the soaring Alps. This is a fabulous time for hiking and capturing photos without the crowds. If you visit the lake at sunrise you’ll be able to capture spectacular reflection photos as the first rays of the sun break through the morning sky.

 

What are the essential sites to see in Slovenia?

While the mountains and other natural attractions are a must, you won’t want to miss the sites in Ljubljana like Ljubljana Castle which has stood atop Castle Hill for over 900 years overlooking the city. Lake Bled is another top spot, including the islet at its heart that’s topped by Our Lady of the Lake Church – rent a rowboat to explore it. Predjama Castle, uniquely set within the mouth of a cave midway up a cliff, and the Skocjan Caves are two of the other not-to-be-missed highlights.

 

Is Slovenia worth visiting?

Despite being an under-the-radar destination, and perhaps partly because of that, Slovenia provides an unforgettable escape with great diversity. It may be small, but it has an incredible range of landscapes from stunning coast and flat plains to deep caves and the high peaks of the Alps. Visitors rave about its glacial lakes, charming medieval towns, vineyard-covered hills, and storybook castles too. From exploring history to taking part in thrilling activities like zip-lining, it offers something for everyone.

 

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