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Introducing Slovenia

Nestled between Italy, Austria, and Croatia, Slovenia features unique scenery, interesting folk culture, and an impeccable food scene that utilizes fresh, local ingredients and borrows techniques and flavors from its neighboring countries.

When is the best time to visit?
May through September is the best season to take advantage of the many opportunities for outdoor recreation in Slovenia, while skiers and winter enthusiasts are drawn to this area during the colder months. Read more

Where to go in Slovenia?
Visitors relish opportunities to hike, raft, ski and cycle at premier travel destinations like the Adriatic Coast, Postojna, and the Škocjan Caves, the Julian Alps, and Lake Bled. The Venetian harbor towns, the Hungarian style farmhouses of Prekmurje, Ljubljana with its art nouveau aesthetic, and the Gothic cathedrals of Gorenjska all offer contrasting architectures that are sure to delight visitors throughout their visit. Read more about Slovenia's best places to visit.

How many days do I need?
Spend at least 5 days to several weeks in this scenic, fun, and flavorful country, although shorter visits still allow travelers to experience the highlights of this compact country on the sunny side of the Alps. More details here

Getting around
Slovenia is a perfect self-drive destination due to its compact size, modern road network, and scenic nature. Shared shuttles are a good option, too. Read more

Slovenia Tours & Itineraries

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Medieval architecture against a stunning backdrop in Lake Bled
Map of Highlights of Slovenia - 7 Days
Highlights of Slovenia - 7 Days

Journey through the Slovenian countryside at your own pace with this road trip itinerary. Starting from the laidback riverside cafés of Ljubljana, you'll visit lovely Lake Bled, the Julian Alps, and the Goriška Brda wine region. See castles, caves, and the Adriatic coast as you wind through the country, enjoying a full week of Slovenia's best views and outdoor activities.

The idyllic town of Piran on Slovenia's Adriatic coast
Map of Highlights of Slovenia - 5 Days
Highlights of Slovenia - 5 Days

With just five days, this scenic road-trip itinerary allows just enough time to explore Slovenia's countryside while not feeling too rushed. Starting from the laid-back riverside cafés of Ljubljana, you'll drive to the scenic shores of Lake Bled, the rocky passes of the Julian Alps, and the rolling hills of Goriška Brda wine region before finishing along the Adriatic coast. Sample the views and outdoor activities Slovenia has to offer, not to mention castles, caves, and history dating back to the Middle Ages.

Drive to the old town of Rovinj on the Istrian peninsula
Map of Slovenia & Croatia Scenic Road Trip - 11 Days
Slovenia & Croatia Scenic Road Trip - 11 Days

Experience the best of Slovenia and Croatia on this 11-day road trip. You'll start in Ljubljana, circuiting through Slovenia's lakes and rivers to the cypress hills of wine country. From there, approach the Istrian peninsula for one of the best-known culinary scenes on the Adriatic—and a dip in its waters.

A sunrise view in Lake Bled
Map of Highlights of Slovenia - 4 Days
Highlights of Slovenia - 4 Days

Four days is just enough time to check out Slovenia's unbelievably scenic countryside. This 4-day road trip begins in the lively riverside town of Ljubljana, then heads to the scenic shores of Lake Bled before finishing in the medieval coastal town of Piran. With lakes, mountains, and the Adriatic sea along the route, you'll sample some of the best views and outdoor activities Slovenia has to offer in a short amount of time.

Best Walks in Slovenia: Lake Bled, Bohinj, & More - 8 Days
Map of Best Walks in Slovenia: Lake Bled, Bohinj, & More - 8 Days
Best Walks in Slovenia: Lake Bled, Bohinj, & More - 8 Days

Ideal for anyone who loves nature and leisurely walks, this itinerary takes you through the beautiful Slovenian landscape while tackling trails of low technical difficulty. Visit stunning viewpoints of the Julian Alps, meander along turquoise rivers, and marvel at the mysterious underworld of Karst before relaxing along the Adriatic coast. There's no better way discover Slovenia’s natural treasures.

Finish the trip on Slovenia's Adriatic coast
Map of Highlights of Slovenia - 6 Days
Highlights of Slovenia - 6 Days

Experience the best of Slovenia in less than a week on this 6-day road trip. The adventure starts in the leafy capital Ljubljana, from where you'll journey to the shores of Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj. Continue driving to the rocky passes of the Julian Alps and Goriška Brda wine region before heading to the medieval port of Piran. With castles, caves, and the Adriatic coast along the route, take in all the views and outdoor activities Slovenia has to offer, along with plenty of time to pull over for the perfect photo.

Slovenia Travel Essentials

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Slovenia's Lake Bled
Best Time of Year to Visit Slovenia

Slovenia is quickly emerging as a European gem with fun activities and cultural excursions for every season. Ljubljana and Lake Bled are worth a visit any time of year - but...

Jasna Lake at Kranjska Gora
Top Highlights of Slovenia

Slovenia might be small, but it offers an endless array of stunning sights. From magical alpine forests to fairytale villages and emerald green lakes, Slovenia's landscapes and...

Lake Bohinj
Best Things To Do in Slovenia

Nestled between Italy, Croatia, Austria, and Hungary, Slovenia has managed to remain an undiscovered gem compared to its neighbors. Those seeking nature are sure to fall in love...

Slovenia Travel Advice

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24 Hours in Ljubljana
24 Hours in Ljubljana

Ljubljana means “of lovely appearance,” and with a winding river, medieval castle, and plenty of historic charm, the tiny Slovenian capital delivers on its name. While you could...

Best Time To Visit The Slovenian Alps
Best Time To Visit The Slovenian Alps

Still considered one of Europe's best-hidden gems, the Slovenian Alps are an ideal destination no matter what time of year you go. Enjoy high altitude hiking in summer, take a...

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Lake Bled
Highlights of Slovenia: Bled, Bovec, Ljubljana, & More - 10 Days

Get introduced to Slovenia on this self-drive trip that takes you through some of its most popular spots. After starting on the shores of Lake Bled, you'll make your way independently through the Julian Alps down to the Adriatic coast and back to the capital of Ljubljana, exploring from mountaintops down to the shores and underground along the way.

Lake Bled, Slovenia
From Slovenia's Alps to the Adriatic: Lake Bled, Soča Valley, Piran - 14 Days

Ideal for travelers looking for a natural getaway packed with outdoor recreation, this exploration of Slovenia's rugged western region combines picturesque lake vistas with high-alpine mountain huts in Triglav National Park, cave spelunking, and sunsets on the coast. The trip begins in Ljubljana, a European Green Capital, and continues north to the unforgettable scenery of lakes Bled and Bohinj and the Julian Alps. You'll then travel south through the emerald waters of the Soča River Valley and lush hillsides of Goriška Brda wine region, ending your adventure with a dip into the waters of the Adriatic Sea.

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Best Outdoor Adventures in Slovenia: Kayaking, Caving, Hiking, & More

Slovenia often gets overlooked in favor of its higher-profile neighbors Italy and Croatia. For travelers, this can be a good thing, as a journey here abounds with possibilities for great adventures without the chaos of mass tourism. Because Slovenia is a predominantly rural nation, many of these adventures are of the outdoor variety, and we list the best options below.

Slovenia Travel Maps

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Top Regions of Slovenia: Where & How to Go
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How Many Days Should You Spend in Slovenia?
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Highlights of Slovenia - 7 Days - 7-day itinerary
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Slovenia
Travel specialist Nico Piccoletti
active 2 days ago

Nico Piccoletti

I am travel travel specialist for JayWay Travel and my region of specialty is Italy. I have lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe and believe the best way to experience Europe is by...

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Travel specialist Katja Rogelj
active 7 hours ago

Katja Rogelj

I am a true Slovenian, not just by birth certificate or nationality, but also by being helplessly in love with this charming country. Since a little girl, I dreamed of adventures in nature and...

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Travel specialist Robert Pinčević
active 13 mins ago

Robert Pinčević

I always say, do not consider me only as your guide, but as your friend, who is trying to make your trip more comfortable for you! At the end, it all about you, and if you are happy, I am happy! I...

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Travel specialist Miha Gantar
active 6 hours ago

Miha Gantar

Born and raised in Slovenia! The lovely country on the sunny side of the Alps. Went to Germany to study civil engineering, met my Spanish wife, travelled in Asia for a year and decided engineering...

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Trip Reviews for Slovenia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Anniversary adventure-bike, hike, and paddle, Slovenia - Sep 9 - Sep 20, 2019

Traveler: Danielle C. - Local specialist: Katja Rogelj

We recently visited Slovenia to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We wanted a trip that was active but one that would also highlight the history and beauty of Slovenia. Katja helped to plan an adventure that exceeded all of our expectations. Every last detail was well thought out; we were able to explore the immense beauty of the country by foot, bike, and boat almost completely independently with the preset arrangements of gps directions and luggage transfers. After big days of adventure... read more

We recently visited Slovenia to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We wanted a trip that was active but one that would also highlight the history and beauty of Slovenia. Katja helped to plan an adventure that exceeded all of our expectations. Every last detail was well thought out; we were able to explore the immense beauty of the country by foot, bike, and boat almost completely independently with the preset arrangements of gps directions and luggage transfers. After big days of adventure we were able to rest comfortably at night in wonderful accommodations. We would recommend Slotrips to everyone. We certainly fell in love with sLOVEnia and hope to work with Katja again in the future to plan an adventure for our whole family!

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Katja Rogelj, local specialist, responded to this review:

Danielle,

Thank you so much for such a nice and overall overview of your anniversary adventure trip experience in Slovenia with Slotrips and me! More, your recommendation to others, to travel with us in Slovenia is priceless!
It was an absolute pleasure planning and making this trip with you. Moreso, because you expressed your interests and your prefered level of engagement for each activity, which helped me select suggestions, the most suitable experiences, logistics around it and to have... read more

Danielle,

Thank you so much for such a nice and overall overview of your anniversary adventure trip experience in Slovenia with Slotrips and me! More, your recommendation to others, to travel with us in Slovenia is priceless!
It was an absolute pleasure planning and making this trip with you. Moreso, because you expressed your interests and your prefered level of engagement for each activity, which helped me select suggestions, the most suitable experiences, logistics around it and to have the chance to treat yourself after a big day. It's great to see you found following the navigation easy.
A smile draws all over my face seeing, that I managed to pass my love for Slovenia on to you and that I'll have the opportunity to enjoy your companionship again (perhaps the next anniversary trip :)) and get to know your children soon!
Until then, I wish you all to have a reason to smile every day! :)
Katja Rogelj

sydney

Slovenian alps to cvoast hiking adventure - 10 days, Slovenia - Sep 12 - Sep 20, 2019

Traveler: sydney l. - Local specialist: Domen Strle

I traveled through Slovenia for 8 days on a mostly hiking and occasionally biking itinerary. Domen, our local trip specialist from Ljubljana, did an excellent job planning even more activities than we had time to enjoy, so each day there were options. He responded to our many questions and concern with patience and in detail.

Slovenia offers stunning geography, wonderful food, and warm hospitality. Hiking through the Julian Alps and along the Soca River can be challenging with some... read more

I traveled through Slovenia for 8 days on a mostly hiking and occasionally biking itinerary. Domen, our local trip specialist from Ljubljana, did an excellent job planning even more activities than we had time to enjoy, so each day there were options. He responded to our many questions and concern with patience and in detail.

Slovenia offers stunning geography, wonderful food, and warm hospitality. Hiking through the Julian Alps and along the Soca River can be challenging with some steep inclines and miles of uneven surfaces to navigate. You need to be fit and wear good boots- all worthwhile when you’re immersed in the natural beauty.

We were provided with with a local phone and a detailed itinerary with maps and navigation for each segment of the trip. We had problems with the Android phone, but found that we could download the maps and itinerary details into our iPhones which worked better for us.

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Domen Strle, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sydney, thank you so much for a great review!
I'm glad you have enjoyed your hiking adventure and loved the country. :) Please send my warmest regards to the girls and thank you for exploring Slovenia with us!

Trip to slovenia, Slovenia - Aug 28 - Sep 14, 2019

Traveler: Neil S. - Local specialist: Jared Reisman

We started in Prague and first meet with Sasha our contact. Sasha reviewed our trip and had several suggestions. Our guides in Prague were all outstanding, being willing to answer all our questions. In all cases our transfers to the next city was seamless, thank you so much.
Budapest was the same, a great experience.
In Ljubljana we met Lidija who again reviewed our plans and made suggestions. We are so glad that we followed through with suggestions given to us throughout this trip. ... read more

We started in Prague and first meet with Sasha our contact. Sasha reviewed our trip and had several suggestions. Our guides in Prague were all outstanding, being willing to answer all our questions. In all cases our transfers to the next city was seamless, thank you so much.
Budapest was the same, a great experience.
In Ljubljana we met Lidija who again reviewed our plans and made suggestions. We are so glad that we followed through with suggestions given to us throughout this trip. Guides were great and travel connections were seamless.
If we have to put a negative into this section, the only thing is the five day walk around the three lakes. This is so minor but here we go. Day two had us walking through very muddy trails which really were unsuitable, we should have returned to our hotel by the way we came. Day four had us walking along a path covered by fallen trees which really needed clearing. At times we thought we would have to turn back.
Thanks for a great experience in Central Europe.