Itinerary #1: Highlights of Slovenia
This ten-day self-driving tour is the perfect way to discover all of the highlights of Slovenia in a single trip. Start on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled, then make your way through the Julian Alps and down to the Adriatic Coast, through Goriška Brda, "Slovenia's Tuscany," and even into the depths of the Škocjan Caves.
|Day 1||Arrive in Ljubljana, Transfer to Lake Bled||Lake Bled|
|Day 2||Explore Lake Bled||Lake Bled|
|Day 3||Lake Bohinj Day Trip||Lake Bled|
|Day 4||Drive from Lake Bled to Bovec||Bovec|
|Day 5||Free Day in Soča Valley||Bovec|
|Day 6||Drive from Bovec to Goriška Brda||Goriška Brda|
|Day 7||Drive from Goriška Brda to Škocjan Caves & Piran||Piran|
|Day 8||Free Day in Piran||Piran|
|Day 9||Drive from Piran to Ljubljana||Ljubljana|
|Day 10||Depart Ljubljana|
When you land in Ljubljana, transfer directly to Lake Bled to begin your adventure. Explore the area by climbing up to Bled Castle, hiking around the lake, and visiting nearby Lake Bohinj, where you can canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard on the water.
Next, drive to Bovec in the Soča Valley. Make sure to try a local beer at one of the town's many microbreweries. Spend the following day exploring along the Soča River. You can go rafting, ziplining, or canyoning near Bovec. Or, visit the town of Kobarid to see its WWI Museum and learn more about the area's history.
From Bovec, continue on to Goriška Brda, Slovenia's wine region. Here you'll see lots of family vineyard estates, tiny churches, and cypress trees. Visit a local winemaker (or several) to taste some fine local wines. The following morning, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Škocjan Caves, which have one of the world's largest known underground caverns.
Finally, drive to Piran, a charming town on the Adriatic Coast. Sample some fresh seafood and visit the salt pans of Sečovlje Salina Nature Park. Spend your last few days in Slovenia exploring Ljubljana before catching your flight home. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Slovenia & Croatia Road Trip
This ten-day road trip includes some of the most scenic spots in Slovenia and Croatia. Explore Ljubljana, hike around the foothills of the Julian Alps and Lake Bled, go rafting or kayaking in the Soča Valley, and hop over the border into Croatia to go truffle hunting in Rovinj and explore the Istrian Peninsula.
|Day 1||Arrive in Ljubljana||Ljubljana|
|Day 2||Explore Ljubljana||Ljubljana|
|Day 3||Drive from Ljubljana to Lake Bled||Bled|
|Day 4||Lake Bohinj (Day Trip from Lake Bled)||Bled|
|Day 5||Drive from Lake Bled to Bovec||Bovec|
|Day 6||Free Day in Soča Valley||Bovec|
|Day 7||Drive from Soča Valley to Goriška Brda||Goriška Brda|
|Day 8||Goriška Brda to Rovinj, Stopping at Lipica & Škocjan Caves||Rovinj|
|Day 9||Explore the Istrian Peninsula||Rovinj|
|Day 10||Drive from Rovinj to Ljubljana, Depart!|
Start off in Ljubljana, and spend a day exploring the city before continuing on to Lake Bled. Visit nearby Vintgar Gorge, hike along the lakeshore, or sail to the island at the center of the lake. Then head to nearby Lake Bohinj—Lake Bled's less-famous but equally-scenic neighbor—for a day of hiking, kayaking, or canoeing. In the evening, head up to Bled Castle for a royal dinner experience with an unbeatable view.
On day five, drive through Vršič Pass into the heart of the Julian Alps until you reach Bovec, in the Soča Valley. Bovec is Slovenia's outdoor adrenaline sports capital and is a great place to go rafting, ziplining, paragliding, or even sky diving. If you'd prefer something less physically intense, you can also visit nearby Kobarid and its WWI Museum to learn more about the region's history.
Leave the Soča Valley behind to enter the rolling hills and family vineyards of Goriška Brda, Slovenia's wine country. Here you can bike through the hills, climb a village tower for great views of the area, and of course visit local winemakers to taste this year's vintage.
The following morning, visit the Lipica Equestrian Park, home of the graceful Lipizzan horses before you cross the border to Rovinj, on the coast. Use Rovinj as your base to explore the Istrian Peninsula, where you can kayak on the coast, go truffle hunting in the interior, visit the Roman amphitheater in Pula, and much more. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Slovenian Alps to Coast Hiking Adventure
This ten-day hiking adventure takes you from the Alps to the coast and allows you to climb (nearly) every mountain in the country. Hike the ridge between Austria and Slovenia, cross Vršič Pass, bike along the Soča River to Bovec, and soak in the sea near Piran on this itinerary designed for outdoor adventurers and hiking aficionados.
|Day 1||Arrive in Ljubljana||Ljubljana|
|Day 2||Explore Ljubljana||Ljubljana|
|Day 3||Transfer from Ljubljana to Lake Bled||Lake Bled|
|Day 4||Hike the Ridge between Austria and Slovenia||Kranjska Gora|
|Day 5||Hike from Kranjska Gora to Vršič Pass||Mountain hut|
|Day 6||Hike from Vršič Pass to the Soča Valley||Haybarn|
|Day 7||Hike and Bike the Soča River to Bovec||Bovec|
|Day 8||Guided Tour from Bovec to Piran||Piran|
|Day 9||Free Day in Piran||Piran|
|Day 10||Transfer from Piran to Trieste, Depart|
Start your hiking adventure with a walking tour of Ljubljana, and explore this charming capital city. Then, travel to Lake Bled to see this fairytale lake and its island. You can choose from several short hikes in the area or sail to the lake's island to visit its church.
The following day, you'll hike along the ridge between Austria and Slovenia, and end your day in the ski town of Kranjska Gora. Then, you'll hike up to Vršič Pass, Slovenia's highest mountain pass, and get beautiful views of the surrounding Julian Alps.
On day six, hike down into the Soča Valley and walk along the emerald waters of the Soča River. Spend the night in the hay barn of a local farm. Then, continue on to Bovec, where you can go rafting or take a break at one of the town's many microbreweries. Then, a guide will take you through Slovenia's wine country, down into the depths of the Škocjan Caves, and finally on to Piran, a town on the Adriatic coast known for its spas, fresh seafood, and fleur de sel salts. Spend your last few days enjoying Piran and its surroundings before heading home. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Alps to the Adriatic: Inn-to-Inn Walking Adventure
This ten-day inn-to-inn walking itinerary is perfect for hiking enthusiasts who want to explore Slovenia's many trails, see cold crashing waterfalls, swim in crystal-clear lakes, and taste local cheese in Tolmin, and sleep in cozy mountain huts and local farms.
|Day 1||Lake Bled||Lake Bled|
|Day 2||Start of the hike||Kranjska Gora|
|Day 3||The Vršič Pass||Julian Alps|
|Day 4||To the Soča Valley||Soča Valley|
|Day 5||Following the river||Bovec|
|Day 6||Waterfalls and WWI sites||Drežnica|
|Day 7||Shrovetide Masks and the Tolmin cheese||Tolmin|
|Day 8||Kolovrat Mountain Range||Kolovrat Mountain Range|
|Day 9||Roman Forum Iulii||Cividale del Friuli|
|Day 10||Back to Slovenia and Departure|
Start off on the peaceful shores of Lake Bled, in the foothills of the Julian Alps. Spend a day enjoying the area, before a driver picks you up and takes you to the start of your hike in the Karawanken Alps. Walk along the ridge that marks the border between Slovenia and Austria, then head back down into the valley until you reach Kranjska Gora.
The following day, continue through the Julian Alps to the Vršič Moutain Pass and take in some truly spectacular views along the way. Then, spend the night in a cozy, rustic mountain hut. On day four, descend into the Soča Valley through beautiful beech, spruce and larch forests and follow the river downstream. You can visit waterfalls, crystal pools, and the small villages of Kobarid and Drežnica (where you'll be sleeping).
Next, hike past alpine meadows towards Krn Mountain, then descend into the valley to spend the night in Tolmin. Spend your final full day of hiking on the Kolovrat Mountain Range, and cross into Italy to visit the town of Cividale del Friuli, where your trip ends. Learn more