With 13 days in Slovenia, you'll have plenty of time to explore the country. If you want to see a bit of everything, opt for a self-guided itinerary that covers Slovenia from the Alps to the Adriatic, or choose a trip that covers Slovenia and Croatia from Lake Bled to Dubrovnik. If you are looking for more of a physical challenge, consider an alpine adventure with a point-to-point hike through the Julian Alps or a hiking and mountain biking combo that takes you from the country's highest peaks all the way down to the coast.
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This 13-day adventure takes you from Ljubljana and Lake Bled, across Slovenia, and into the beautiful Croatian islands, before ending with a few days in Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." It's a perfect itinerary for travelers who have a bit more time to explore and want to get to know both countries in a single trip.
This self-guided hiking and mountain biking tour will take you from Ljubljana to the beautiful meadows in the Karawanke Alps, over the rolling hills of Goriška Brda, and all the way to Piran, on the Adriatic Coast. With its combination of hiking and mountain biking, this itinerary is perfect for active travelers who want to see a bit of everything that Slovenia has to offer.
With 12 days to spend in Slovenia, you'll have plenty of time to explore this small but beautiful country. Choose an itinerary that combines Slovenia's highlights with Croatian Istria, explore the country on a hiking trip that goes from the Alps to the Adriatic, or combine fly-fishing and other outdoor sports in the Julian Alps. Check out the following unique itinerary ideas.
This 13-day itinerary is perfect for first-time visitors who want to see a little bit of everything: it covers Slovenia's best spots from the Alps to the Adriatic, before finishing with a few days in Croatian Istria. Hike along the beautiful emerald waters of the Soča River, relax and sip wine in the Goriška Brda wine hills, take a dip in the Adriatic Sea near Rovinj, and lots more with this self-driving itinerary filled with tons of activities.
The Green Slovenia cycling tour travels south from alpine peaks to the Mediterranean over seven days, connecting destinations that have been awarded the Slovenia Green certificate by developing their tourism in a sustainable manner. Starting in the mountain resort of Kranjska Gora, you’ll pass Lakes Bled and Bohinj before hopping aboard one of the world’s most scenic railways. Arrive at the river gorges of Most na Soči, where your ride continues along the Soča River. Enter Goriška Brda, a land of orchards and secluded villages, and pass through the Karst region to the Adriatic coast. Daily rides are not technically demanding, and you can choose a guided or self-guided tour.
Hiking & Fly-Fishing in Slovenia: Ljubljana, Lake Bled, the Soča Valley, Goriška Brda & Piran - 12 Days
This 12-day itinerary includes some of the best fly-fishing and hiking in Slovenia. Start in the rugged landscapes of the Slovenian Alps, then head to Goriška Brda for some world-class wine. End the trip with a visit to the Škocjan Caves and a day on the Adriatic Coast. We'll provide everything you need, from detailed hiking maps to fly-fishing equipment to restaurant recommendations.
This romantic itinerary is perfect for honeymooners looking to enjoy Slovenia and Croatia's Istrian peninsula, with a mix of outdoor sports, wine tasting, and enjoying the Adriatic Coast. Start with a few days of hiking and biking and rafting in the Julian Alps before relaxing in Goriška Brda, the "Slovenian Tuscany," and heading to the Istrian Peninsula for some fresh seafood on the Adriatic Coast.
Hiking from the Alps to the Adriatic: Ljubljana, Lake Bled, the Julian Alps, Goriška Brda & Piran - 12 Days
This 12-day hiking adventure is the perfect chance to create unforgettable memories and explore the most beautiful scenery Slovenia has to offer. Start your trip in Ljubljana before continuing on to Lake Bled and northwestern Slovenia, an area known for its rugged alpine landscapes, crystal-clear lakes, and colorful rivers. Then, discover Slovenia's wine region before ending your trip with a swim in the Adriatic Sea.
This 12-day self-driving tour is a great option for travelers visiting Slovenia and Istria for the first time. Discover all of the country's highlights, including Lake Bled, the Julian Alps, and a detour into Croatian Istria, before finishing up in Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital. Self-driving tours are great for travelers who want to explore on their own and also make sure they don't miss any must-see sights on the way.
With two weeks to spend in Slovenia, you'll have plenty of time to visit several different regions and to really get to know the country in detail. Go on a road trip to see the sights from the Alps to the Adriatic, or add a stop in Rovinj to see more of Istria. If you want an active vacation, opt for a hiking and biking tour of the country to visit Ljubljana, the Julian Alps, Piran, and more, or pick a tour of Slovenia and Istria that includes all that plus sailing, canyoning, and rafting.
This intense and rewarding two-week hiking adventure through Slovenia's Alpine countryside is perfect for hiking aficionados who want an active vacation. This trip includes a three-day hut-to-hut trek, the beautiful scenery around Lake Bohinj, a hike along the border between Slovenia and Austria, and a few days in the Soča Valley filled with history and adventure.
This hiking and biking adventure is a great way to explore Slovenia on foot, by bike, on land, and on water. The tour starts in Ljubljana, before continuing on to the shores of Lake Bled, a good place to start your exploration of north-western Slovenia's rugged alpine landscape, crystal clear rivers, and lakes. After hiking through the Alps, drive south to the fertile wines of Goriška Brda, then continue on to the Adriatic Coast. Have a final free day in Piran before heading back to Ljubljana.
Eleven days in Slovenia is enough time to go beyond the highlights and enjoy an in-depth journey through the country. Road-trip through the Julian Alps, dive into the emerald-green waters of the Soča River, and head to the Adriatic Coast to see the charming cobblestoned streets of Piran and feast on fresh seafood. In this amount of time, you can also easily combine Slovenia with a visit to Croatia and explore the Istrian Peninsula around Rovinj. Learn more below.
This is a great route for travelers visiting Slovenia for the first time. You'll experience the main highlights, starting from Lake Bled and through the Julian Alps, with a stop in Croatian Istria and the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park, before you explore the Slovenian capital. Self-driving tours are best suited for those seeking a little adventure and who like exploring on their own, getting off the main routes and highways.
Spend 2 weeks exploring Slovenia and the Istrian Peninsula with this active 14-day adventure. Start by touring Ljubljana, bike around Lake Bled, go hiking in Velika Planina and much more on this outdoorsy itinerary that includes canyoning, ziplining, rafting, sailing and more through some of Slovenia's most beautiful countrysides.
This eleven-day self-driving itinerary is a great introduction to the best Slovenia has to offer, from the heights of Vršič Pass to the shores of the Adriatic Sea and the depths of the Škocjan Caves. Feast on fresh seafood in Piran, raft down the river near Bovec and hike through the hills surrounding Lake Bled with this complete itinerary perfect for first-time travelers to Slovenia.
This active eleven-day itinerary takes you from the Alps to the Adriatic, through some of Slovenia's most beautiful scenery. Bike from the bucolic shores of Lake Bled to the Alpine town of Kranjska Gora. Hike through Vršič Pass and into the Soča Valley, and finally cross the rolling hills of Goriška Brda to reach Piran on the Adriatic Coast.
With ten days in Slovenia, you'll have time to discover much of what this beautiful country has to offer, including postcard-perfect lakes, emerald rivers, vast underground caverns, and rolling hills covered in vineyards. Choose a hiking itinerary to explore from the mountains to the coast, or road trip through Slovenia and into Croatia along the Istrian Peninsula. Get inspired by these following unique itinerary ideas.
With six days to spend in Slovenia, you'll have just enough time to see the country's highlights. Opt for a hut-to-hut hiking tour through the Slovenian Alps, bike all the way to the Adriatic Sea, or go on a self-guided road trip around the country to Ljubljana, Lake Bled, the Goriška Brda wine region, and more. Check out the following itineraries to help plan your Slovenian adventure.
With nine days to spend in Slovenia, you'll have plenty of time to explore the country, from the Alps to the Adriatic, with lots in between. Head deep underground at the UNESCO-listed Škocjan Caves, sample fresh seafood in Piran and hike through the most beautiful scenery the Julian Alps have to offer with these unique itinerary ideas.
Slovenia & Croatia Scenic Road Trip: Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Soča Valley & the Istrian Peninsula - 10 Days
Experience Slovenia and Croatia's coastal and culinary scenes with this ten-day road trip that goes from sprawling vineyards to seaside towns. You'll start and end in Ljubljana, doing a circuit through the Slovenian rivers and lakes to the cypress hills of wine country. From there, approach the Istrian peninsula for both a taste of one of the best-known culinary scenes on the Adriatic and a dip into its waters.
This inn-to-inn walking itinerary gives you a chance to explore some of the most beautiful scenery in Slovenia independently. Start off on the fairytale shores of Lake Bled to explore the rugged alpine landscape and crystal clear lakes of northwestern Slovenia. Then, hike through Karawanks mountain range, on the border between Slovenia and Austria. Then, walk through Triglav National Park and follow the beautiful Soča River downstream to Tolmin, before crossing the border into Italy to visit Cividale del Friuli.
This nine-day road trip includes stops at all of Slovenia and Croatian Istria's best spots. Explore both countries with the help of a local guide who will take you to the best locations and introduce you to the local culture. Discover the rich history of Ljubljana, then head to the rugged alpine landscape of the country's northwest to see the Julian Alps, crystalline lakes, and high limestone peaks. Then, make your way to the underground depths of the Škocjan Caves and go truffle-hunting near Rovinj. Finish your tour at the historic Roman city of Pula.
This nine-day adventure includes the best walks and hikes around Slovenia, from the stunning views in the Julian Alps to peaceful strolls on beautiful lakefronts and down lush green valleys. Climb limestone mountains and sink to underground depths in the Škocjan Caves, then go wine tasting in the rolling hills of Goriška Brda before taking in a beautiful sunset on the Adriatic Coast on this nine-day walking itinerary.
This self-guided hiking tour explores Slovenia's most beautiful scenery, from the capital to the Julian Alps, the coast, and the wine country. Trek through Slovenia's highest pass, wind your way through the Soča Valley, explore the hidden depths of the UNESCO-protected Škocjan Caves and more on this nine-day tour.
Start your adventure in Ljubljana, then explore northern Slovenia's rugged alpine landscape and crystal clear lakes before continuing south to wine country for a dazzling culinary experience that includes wine fine dining and wine tasting. For a change of pace, visit the underground depths of the Škocjan Caves before finishing your trip in the coastal town of Piran.
Discover the highlights of Slovenia on this road trip that includes the country's most popular sights. Start off on the shores of Lake Bled, then drive through the Julian Alps and down to the Adriatic Coast, before heading to Ljubljana, the country's capital. From the heights of Vršič Pass to the depths of the Škocjan Caves, Slovenia has so much to offer visitors.
This self-guided six-day adventure covers Slovenia's highlights and gives you the chance to discover the country in a short time. Start at Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenian to see rugged alpine landscapes, crystal clear rivers, and peaceful lakes. Hike through Triglav National Park and sleep in a cozy mountain hut, then explore the emerald Soča River and the surrounding valley, before finishing up with a tour of Ljubljana, the country's capital.
Explore Slovenia by bicycle on this intense but rewarding six-day tour that takes you from the Alps to the Adriatic. Start off in Ljubljana, the country's capital, before popping over to Italy and down to the shores of Lake Bled, through the Julian Alps and into Goriška Brda, the country's wine region. Finish your tour in Piran, a charming city on the Adriatic Coast.
Explore the beautiful landscapes of the Slovenian Alps with this six-day hiking tour of the country that includes staying in cozy mountain huts, trekking through Triglav National Park, visiting famous Lake Bled and its less-famous but equally-dazzling neighbor, Lake Bohinj, discovering the Soča Valley, and lots more.
With five days in Slovenia, you'll have just enough time to see the highlights and discover the best parts of this beautiful, diverse country. From the Julian Alps to peaceful Lake Bled, from the underground wonder of Postojna Cave to the beautiful colors of the Soča River, the following unique itinerary ideas are the perfect inspiration for any kind of traveler.
With eight days in Slovenia, you'll have ample time to explore the country's beautiful scenery. Hit the highlights with a route that includes hiking in Lake Bled, biking in Bovec, and sipping wine in Goriška Brda, or sleep in a cozy mountain hut in the Julian Alps and explore the UNESCO Heritage-listed Skocjan Caves. Whether you're looking to spend time on the Adriatic Coast or the mountains—or both—the following unique itinerary ideas have something for everyone.
This five-day adventure through Slovenia is perfect for ski aficionados who want to explore Slovenia's enchanting winter wonderland. Start with a day exploring Ljubljana's cobbled streets, then set out for a two-day ski adventure in Kranjska Gora. Ski down the eighteen available slopes, dabble in cross country skiing, climb the frozen waterfall in Gozd Martuljek, and sip on spicy mulled wine at the Alpine Village, a magical winter market. Finally, spend a day on the shores of Lake Bled and visit Bled Castle, perched on a cliff nearby.
This five-day route will take you north through Slovenia and Croatia and give you the chance to see many of each country's most iconic sights. Begin in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, before working your way down toward the Croatian coast and Kvarner Bay. Then make your way to Zagreb through the Plitvice Lakes National Park. You'll drive through beautiful Slovenian landscapes to reach the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.
This self-guided five-day tour through the Slovenian Alps is perfect for independent adventure-seekers who want to spend their vacation hiking and trekking through gorgeous mountain scenery. The itinerary starts in the lively capital of Ljubljana before taking you into the Alps to meet shepherds and cheesemakers—and of course, taste fresh dairy products while you're at it. Your trek will take you up the lonely summits and grassy slopes of the Slovenian Alps, and you'll spend each night at a small mountain cabin. Finish your trip on the lovely shores of Lake Bled, and don't forget to ring the wishing bell!
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.
Get a taste of Slovenia with this five-day itinerary that takes you through the streets of Ljubljana—where you'll learn how to make potica and visit Ljubljana Castle—and then to Lake Bled, where you'll get to watch the sunrise from above with a hot air balloon ride. On the way, you'll get to explore the underground landscapes of Postojna Cave and visit Predjama Castle, which was built right into a cliff. This short, action-packed itinerary really allows you to make the most of your five days in Slovenia.
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.
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.
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.
You've strolled the cobbled streets of Ljubljana's historic Old Town, toured its castle, and sipped wine at a patio café on the river. What's next? Well, if you want to get to the heart of Slovenia's capital you'll venture beyond the center and indulge in all the great food and unique locales that make this city one of the best-kept secrets in Europe.
There's no better time than now to discover Slovenia, as it just hitting its stride as a tourist destination. There are all kinds of little-known activities here that you can partake in, too. These include an evening out among counter-culture denizens, taking a local cooking class, or enjoying a hot-air-balloon ride over some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.
Featuring highlights of southern Slovenia's pristine wild beauty, you'll start in the eco-progressive capital and SUP beneath centuries-old bridges along the Ljubljanica River. Paddle and hike through the forested Kolpa Canyon, hunt wild mushrooms and track brown bears outside of Kočevje, and cruise emerald-green lakes in the underground Križna Cave network.
This quick active adventure showcases some of Slovenia's top highlights in four days. You'll tour vineyards in wine country and pedal through rural landscapes, explore a labyrinthian underground cave network, hike to stunning waterfalls, and paddleboard emerald-green rivers in nature and the capital, Ljubljana. Hike, bike, and paddle your way across the country and fall in love with Slovenia.
With a week in Slovenia, you can take in various highlights or spend your time exploring one region, like Mount Triglav or the Julian Alps, in greater depth. In these five one-of-a-kind itineraries, you'll hike between mountain huts in Triglav National Park, sample local wines in Goriška Brda, cycle through native forests on the Istrian peninsula, swim and kayak on Lake Bled, and hike through the picturesque gorges and villages of the Soča Valley.
October is one of the prettiest months to visit Slovenia. With few visitors, experience the changing foliage throughout the country, the Julian Alps being a great place to start. This is also when days get shorter, temperatures drop, and the rains fall.
Foggy and damp, November is best suited for urban and cultural exploration: museums and galleries, caves and castles. While this may be a less than ideal month to visit weather-wise, November ushers in wine season, with Martinovanje kicking off a host of awesome wine festivals throughout the country. Find out what to do and where to go with this month's guide.
Dark and chilly December brightens up in the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year's Eve, attracting visitors to Slovenia's festive villages and cities. This is a great month to hit the slopes, wander a holiday market, and ring in the new year with a fireworks display over Ljubljana Castle.
September is a fantastic month to experience Slovenia, as the crowds have lessened, the weather is more comfortable (though a little rainy) and the Adriatic and alpine lakes are still warm enough to enjoy. This is also a great month to experience the off-beat Cow Ball festival in Lake Bohinj. Read on to learn more.