- 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
|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|
Day 1: Arrive in Ljubljana
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
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
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
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
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.