Itinerary #1: Highlights of Slovenia
Road trip around the Slovenian countryside on this well-rounded week-long itinerary that includes stops in Ljubljana, Lake Bled, the Julian Alps, the Goriška Brda wine region (known as "Slovenian Tuscany") and the Adriatic coast.
|Day 1||Arrive in Ljubljana||Ljubljana|
|Day 2||Drive from Ljubljana to Lake Bled||Bled|
|Day 3||Day Trip to Lake Bohinj||Bled|
|Day 4||Drive from Lake Bled to Bovec||Bovec|
|Day 5||Drive from Bovec to Goriška Brda||Goriška Brda|
|Day 6||Explore Skocjan caves and the Adriatic Coast||Piran|
|Day 7||Drive from Piran to Ljubljana, Depart|
Begin in Ljubljana, where you'll pick up a rental car and spend the day exploring the churches, castle, museums, and parks of one of Europe's greenest cities. You'll drive to Lake Bled the following day, enjoying a relaxing hike with photogenic views of the lake and its tiny island. Day-trip to Lake Bohinj for more fresh air and walking on the following day, touring Bled Castle in the afternoon.
Hit the road across Slovenia's highest pass, Vršič Pass, in the central Julian Alps. After a lunch break in the mountains, drive to the Soča Valley and the charming mountain town of Bovec, where you'll stay the night. Continue onto Goriška Brda wine country the next day to visit family-owned vineyards and taste regional wines. Finish up the trip with a memorable visit to Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the historic walled city of Piran, known for its Venetian architecture and fresh seafood. Learn more
Have 24 hours in Ljubljana? Check out this guide to the city.
Itinerary #2: Slovenia Ultimate Outdoor Adventure
Hike, bike, drive, and raft across Slovenia's diverse landscapes on this active trip plan. Highlights of the journey include a boat ride to Lake Bled, trekking in the Julian Alps, rafting in the Soča River, and cycling in the Soča Valley.
|Day 1||Arrive in Ljubljana, Transfer to Lake Bled||Bled|
|Day 2||Transfer to Kranjska Gora, Hike the Vršič Pass||Moutain Hut|
|Day 3||Hike from Vršič to the Soča Valley||Soča Valley|
|Day 4||Hike and Bike in Soča Valley, Overnight in Bovec||Bovec|
|Day 5||River Rafting, Transfer to Goriška Brda||Goriška Brda|
|Day 6||Explore Goriška Brda Wine Country||Goriška Brda|
|Day 7||Depart Slovenia|
The trip begins in the village of Bled, gateway to Lake Bled, one of the country's most popular attractions. Hike, tour the castle, and sip local wine before moving onto Kranjska Gora ski resort and the central Julian Alps, where you'll cross Vršič Pass and settle in for the night in a cozy Alpine hut. Hike through native forest for an impressive 360-degree view of the mountains the following morning, then descend to the Soča River, nicknamed the Emerald River for its bright green hue.
You'll cycle and hike on day four, exploring the gorges and villages of the Soča Valley before relaxing over a cold beer in the mountain town of Bovec. You'll raft a section of the river the next day before transferring to Goriška Brda wine region. Discover local wineries the next day, whether on foot or on a bicycle, and stop in the museum at Dobrovo Castle. On your last night in Slovenia, dine on local cured meats and cheeses, washed down with—you guessed it—locally produced wine. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Istria & Adriatic Cycling Tour
During this week-long cycling tour, you'll pedal through medieval towns and coastal villages, crossing the border into Croatia and Italy and sampling regional cuisines along the way.
|Day 1||Meeting and Briefing in Muggia||Muggia|
|Day 2||Coastal Ride from Italy to the Slovenian Town of Piran||Piran|
|Day 3||From the Salina Landscape Park to the Town of Artists||Grožnjan|
|Day 4||In the Land of Truffles (Grožnjan - Motovun)||Motovun|
|Day 5||Back to the Coast (Motovun - Poreč)||Poreč|
|Day 6||The West Coast of Istria (Poreč - Umag)||Umag|
|Day 7||Back to Slovenia (Umag - Piran)||Piran|
On this trip plan, you'll spend each night in a different place. The trip begins in Muggia, Italy, near Trieste. Explore the port city on day one before pedaling on a coastal road across the border to Slovenia, where you'll spend the night in the walled city of Piran. Continue onto Grožnjan, Croatia, the "Town of Artists," riding through the 13th-century Sečovlje Salina Landscape Park.
On day four, you'll see the famous hilltop town of Motuvun on the horizon. Feast on traditional dishes made with truffles from the surrounding Forest of Motovun. The following day, you'll pedal back toward the coast and the 2,000-year-old town of Poreč. The cycling journey continues onward to Umag, a summer getaway for the ancient Romans, before you cross the border once more on the last day of the trip, finishing your adventure in Piran. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Hiking & Biking in Slovenia's Julian Alps
On this trip plan designed for outdoor adventurers, you'll cycle across the Julian Alps, visit Lake Bled, take in sweeping views of Mount Triglav, sleep in a mountain hut, and finish on the banks of the Soča River valley.
|Day 1||Arrive in Ljubljana||Ljubljana|
|Day 2||Transfer to Lake Bled, Hike to Pokljuka Plateau||Mountain hut|
|Day 3||Hike to Mount Triglav||Mountain hut|
|Day 4||Hike from Mount Triglav to Mount Kanjavec||Mountain hut|
|Day 5||Hike and Bike from Mount Kanjavec to Soča Valley||Bovec|
|Day 6||Free Day in Soča Valley||Bovec|
|Day 7||Transfer from Bovec to Ljubljana, Depart|
The trip begins in Ljubljana. After a day of sightseeing, you'll head to Lake Bled for hiking and swimming, spending the night in a hut in Triglav National Park. You'll hike to the summit of Mount Triglav on day three. It's important to rest overnight, as you'll be trekking to another peak, Mount Kanjavec, on day four. Overnight in picturesque Seven Lakes Valley.
In the last days of the trip, hike and bike in the Soča Valley and enjoy the laidback dining and drinking scene in the mountain town of Bovec, where you'll spend the night. You'll have a free day in the valley at the end of the itinerary: spend it rafting, hiking, cycling, or just taking it easy and enjoying the scenery before you head back to Ljubljana. Learn more
Find out more about the Slovenian Alps here.
Itinerary #5: Mount Triglav Hut-to-Hut Hike
Fresh air, turquoise water, and mountain views are just a few of the natural highlights on this hiking itinerary that includes a trip to the summit of Mount Triglav, stays in local mountain huts, and plenty of chances for boating, biking, and fine dining.
|Day 1||Arrive in Slovenia, Transfer to Lake Bohinj||Bojinj|
|Day 2||Transfer to Triglav National Park, Hike the Pokljuka Plateau||Mountain hut|
|Day 3||Hike from Pokljuka Plateau to Mount Triglav||Mountain hut|
|Day 4||Hike Mount Triglav||Mountain hut|
|Day 5||Hike from Mount Triglav to Lake Bohinj||Bohinj|
|Day 6||Free Day in Lake Bohinj||Bohinj|
|Day 7||Transfer to Trieste, Depart|
Start this trekking adventure on the shores of one of Slovenia's loveliest lakes, Lake Bohinj. On day two, move onto Triglav National Park and a hike through the spruce forests of the Pokljuka Plateau. You'll get as close to the summit of Mount Triglav the following day, spending the night in a mountain hut before completing the trek to the top—via a ferrata, a type of protected, anchored climbing route—on day four. Take in views of the Adriatic Sea, Italian Dolomites, and glaciers of East Tyrol on the way back down.
You'll descend to Lake Bohinj the next day, relaxing over a traditional meal at one of the family-run inns in Bohinjska Bistrica. Choose your own adventure on the last full day of the trip, when you'll have free time on or around the lake for swimming, cycling, kayaking, or paragliding. Then head back to Ljubljana to catch a flight home. Learn more
Planning a trip with kids in tow? Find out more here about family-friendly travel in Slovenia.