This brief but intense itinerary takes you through some of Slovenia's most postcard-worthy scenery. Start off in the capital before going lakeside at Bled, then spend a day hiking in Bohinj before heading up to through the mountains of the Julian Alps to visit Vršič Pass,  Soča Valley, and Bovec.

Highlights

  • Hike through Bohinj's beautiful scenery
  • Cross through the Alps at Vršič Pass
  • Breakfast on the banks of the colorful Soča River
  • Explore the charming city of Ljubljana and its cobblestoned streets

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 2 Explore Ljubljana, Transfer to Lake Bled Lake Bled
Day 3 Hiking in Bohinj Lake Bled
Day 4 Guided Tour of Vršič Pass and Soča Valley, Overnight in Bovec Bovec
Day 5 Explore the Soča Valley, Transfer to Ljubljana, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ljubljana

Ljubljana castle
Ljubljana castle

Welcome to Slovenia! Once you land at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, a driver will pick you up to take you to your accommodation. Get settled with a welcome drink before heading out to explore Ljubljana's lively city center.

First, stroll down the main street along the banks of the Ljubljanica River, which is lined with lots of small boutiques, outdoor cafés, and wine bars. Ljubljana is one of the greenest cities in Europe and is just the right size to explore on foot or by bicycle. You'll have the chance to see Ljubljana Castle, churches, parks, and more. As you explore the city, you'll notice the work of modern architect Jože Plečnik all around the city, including the National Library, Central Market, Triple Bridge, and Plečnik's own home-turned-museum, all of which sit under the watchful eyes of the city's many signature dragons.

When you get hungry, head to the Central Market to sample local cuisine at one of the many stalls.

Day 2: Explore Ljubljana, Transfer to Lake Bled

Lake Bled and surroundings
Lake Bled from above

Spend the morning exploring Ljubljana on your own. If you want to learn more about the history and culture of the city, join a guided walking or biking tour. For lunch, try one of the many set menus that restaurants offer, or head to the Central Market and its food stalls. 

Next, it's time to catch your transfer to the scenic shores of Lake Bled. Head out for a warm-up hike around the lake to take in the picturesque scenery or climb up to the castle to tour its smithy, wine cellar, and printing press before enjoying a traditional Slovenian meal at the restaurant. 

If you feel like spending time on the water, you can also row or paddleboard across the lake to reach the island at the center. Once you're there, climb the church's 99 steps—legend has it that the ringing of the bell can grant wishes. 

Other options include cycling on the back roads through the Slovenian countryside, or simply sunbathing by the lake and enjoying a slice of the famous Bled cream cake.

Day 3: Hiking in Bohinj

Lake Bohinj in the fall
Lake Bohinj in the fall

Today, take the bus to Lake Bohinj, whose pretty waterfront views give Lake Bled some serious competition. Your loop hike will take you up to a viewpoint over the water and through the surrounding mountains. Then, you'll enter a dramatic gorge and walk along the smooth shores of the lake. Don't forget to pay a visit to the statue of the Zlatorog, or Golden Horn—a mythical stag believed to live in the mountains—before you get back on the bus to Bled. 

If you haven't visited Bled Castle yet, consider splurging on a royal dinner at its restaurant and enjoy the spectacular view.

Day 4: Guided Tour of Vršič Pass and Soča Valley, Overnight in Bovec

Casual roadside views
Beautiful scenery near Bovec

After breakfast, a driver will pick you up and take you through Vršič Pass, Slovenia's highest pass through the central Julian Alps. You'll be able to admire the limestone mountains as you make your way up the winding road. The tour includes several optional hikes of various lengths, including a walk on paths built by Russian prisoners of war, where you'll learn more about this dark slice of history. 

After you've worked up an appetite, enjoy a coffee and a traditional Alpine lunch in a cozy hut with a scenic view of the mountains. In the afternoon, you'll drive to the Soča Valley to explore the many little-known sights in the area, including WWI forts, river gorges, and mountain town of Bovec, where you'll spend the night.

Celebrate your trip at a local microbrewery or try some seasonal traditional fare at one of Bovec's best restaurants. 

Day 5: Explore the Soča Valley, Transfer to Ljubljana, Depart

Colors of the  Soča Valley
Colors of the Soča Valley

You'll start the day off with breakfast on the banks of the Soča River, which is sometimes called the Emerald River for its bright colors. Soča River is a famous outdoor adventure destination with lots of rafting, canyoning, kayaking, and zip-lining available. Your guide will design a hiking or biking itinerary that hits all the area's highlights.

Once you've had a chance to explore, it's time to say farewell to Slovenia! Your driver will take you to the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport for your flight home.

Map

Map of Slovenia's Great Outdoors: Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Bovec - 5 Days
Map of Slovenia's Great Outdoors: Ljubljana, Lake Bled & Bovec - 5 Days