Slovenia, a tiny gem of a country in central Europe, is best explored by car. Whether it's your main destination—or if you're combining with a trip to neighboring Italy, Austria, or Croatia—allow yourself extra days on the road to explore the Julian Alps, visit medieval seaside villages, and sample some of Europe's best wines.
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This quick excursion is perfect for nature lovers, photographers, or anyone who is looking to spend some time in the great outdoors. You'll spend three days in southeastern Slovenia in the heart of bear country, exploring the forests, lakes, and underground cave systems of this unique region—and of course, observe wild bears in their natural habitat on this off-the-beaten-path adventure.
This cycling tour of Slovenia is a thrilling mix of great riding, luxury boutique hotels, and exquisite local food. Explore Ljubljana's old town, explore the fairytale-like landscapes of the Soca River Valley, and ride through the idyllic countryside of the Slovenian Alps. End your trip on the Adriatic coast, where world-class wines, a Mediterranean vibe, and exceptional farm-to-table cuisine await.
Discover the Istrian Coast in this relaxed weeklong tour. Cycle easy country roads through vineyards and endless olive groves, enjoy afternoon coffee in medieval town squares and soak in the casual coastal atmosphere. Warm sunshine and cool ocean breezes, fresh local food, and historic coastal villages—it's hard to imagine a better way to spend your holiday.
Slovenia remains one of Europe's best-kept secrets, hidden between Italy, Croatia, Austria, and Hungary—and our local specialists will help tailor the perfect trip based on what activities and places interest you the most.
Afternoon naps in luxury treehouses. Leisurely wine tastings in some of Europe's oldest vineyards. Days spent shopping and dining in Slovenia's well-kept capital city. Get ready to be wowed by the surprisingly luxe experiences in this tiny, mountainous, off-the-beaten-track country.
Discover Slovenia's diverse natural beauty on this thrilling week-long cycling trip from the Julian Alps to wine country to the seaside. Take in unforgettable views on this challenging ride through stunning terrain. You'll climb up mountain passes and follow emerald green rivers in Triglav National Park, go wine tasting in the vineyards of Goriška Brda, and swim in the Adriatic Sea in historic Piran.
Pedal through the vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields of Istria's rolling landscape on this week-long cycling tour. Reminiscent of Tuscany, this part of Croatia offers a slower pace of life with its medieval hilltop villages, charming seaside towns, and rich, flavorful food. You'll sample wines and olive oils, visit ancient Roman ruins, and bask on sunny pebble beaches between tranquil rides through the countryside.
This adventurous itinerary brings you on a thrilling gastronomic and cultural journey through Slovenia's top regions. Explore Ljubljana's old town, see Lake Bled's 11th-century castle, and explore the fairytale-like landscapes of the Soca River Valley. End your trip in Slovenia's Goriska Brda region, where world-class wines, a Mediterranean vibe, and exceptional farm-to-table cuisine await.
Slovenia may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think "family vacation," but that might be the best reason to visit. With its under-the-radar status, your family will discover a more authentic European experience that's less overwhelming than London or Paris. And with its medieval history and ecotourism experiences, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities year round.
Climb (nearly) every mountain of Slovenia on this active 10-day tour. You'll start the trip on the romantic streets of Ljubljana, then visit the shores of Lake Bled before you traverse some of the country's highest peaks during four days of hiking. Soak your muscles in the deep blue waters of the Adriatic when you reach the seaside town of Piran at your journey's end.
Combine a storied history with rugged alpine scenery on this relaxed five-day itinerary. This guided tour starts and ends on the cobblestone streets of colorful Ljubljana, completing a loop that includes the serene Lake Bled, rolling hills of wine country, and prehistoric Škocjan Caves—a UNESCO-listed site surrounded by diverse flora and fauna. You'll even meet some four-legged equestrian friends along the way.
Cross Slovenia's Julian Alps on two wheels and your own two feet with this active weeklong itinerary. Starting in the romantic capital of Ljubljana, you'll make your way to Lake Bled to begin four days of trekking and biking through forested mountain scenery. Enjoy views of the national emblem Mount Triglav and its equally scenic neighbors before you descend back to the rushing blue-green river of the Soča Valley to end the adventure.
This outdoorsy 8-day road trip allows you to travel through Slovenia's gorgeous countryside at your own pace. Starting from the laidback riverside cafés of Ljubljana, you'll explore the fairytale shores of Lake Bled, rocky passes of the Julian Alps, rushing waters of Soça River, and rolling hills of Goriška Brda wine region. Enjoy alfresco activities that this small country is known for—i.e. hiking, biking, swimming, and river rafting—along with caves, castles, and centuries of history.
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.
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.
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.
Experience the best of Slovenia's Alpine region on this epic 13-day trip. Start with two nights in the resort town of Lake Bled and then begin five days of hiking through the Julian Alps. From here, take a self-guided drive through Soča River Valley, continuing to the Goriška Brda wine country, and ending in the romantic riverside capital of Ljubljana.
Active travelers can cover the Slovenian countryside in all manners of transportation with this weeklong itinerary. You'll spend seven days hiking, biking, and rafting across varying terrain, sleeping in traditional Alpine huts, vineyards, and farms along the way. Top it off with a toast in the Goriška Brda wine country—you'll have earned it.
Towering Mount Triglav is a symbol of Slovenian national pride and the site of some of the country's most stunning hikes. With this weeklong adventure, you'll climb through the Julian Alps and make your way to Triglav's three peaks staying in local mountain huts along the way. Start and end the adventure on the relaxing banks of Bohinj—arguably the prettiest lake in Slovenia—for swimming, boating, biking, and great restaurants.
Gastronomes can explore Slovenia's beautiful landscapes and culinary scene with this 8-day summer adventure. You'll start by perusing the open-air markets of Ljubljana, the capital city, before you move on to the country's natural wonders, with foodie highlights along the way from Alpine dairy farms to trout plucked straight from the Soča River. Wrap up your journey in wine country where you'll get a chance to sample pours from some of the country's best vineyards.
Experience the Julian Alps on this intermediate mountain bike tour. You'll swim in Slovenia's famous lakes and hike through Triglav National Park and the Soča Valley, biking the area's roads and trails throughout. Meet friendly locals, sample Slovenian cuisine, and jump into waterfalls: there are adventures waiting around every (mountain) bend.
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.
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.
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Whether you're excited to ice climb a frozen waterfall or visiting a nativity scene in an underground cave, Slovenia is a perfect destination to explore in the winter. Here are five only-in-Slovenia options to choose from when the temperature drops.
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 spend days exploring the city's neighborhoods, museums, and cultural sites, here's how to experience the best Ljubljana has to offer in just 24 hours.
Ljubljana embodies an enchanting mix of medieval history and modern hospitality, and this blend of old and new is reflected best in the city's excellent boutique hotels. In Old Town and beyond, you'll find options ranging from simple to luxurious that match the city's unique charm—here are seven of the best.
With its soaring alpine landscape, iconic Lake Bled, and stunning wine country, Slovenia is perfect for an unconventional honeymoon stay. From castles and caves to world-class cuisine, let Slovenia be the fairytale ending to your nuptial celebrations.
As a country still off-the-beaten-path for many travelers, one could say Slovenia itself is a place most people miss, but shouldn't. With its rich history and stunning topography, it's an undisturbed fairytale land come to life. Whether you're into beer, architecture, or adventure, you'll find an unexpected must-visit spot in this roundup.
Slovenians know their country is something special—and with its supremely walkable capital city, centuries-old wine culture, and countless ways to get outside, travelers are beginning to understand why. So how do locals take advantage of all their country has to offer? Here are five authentic experiences you can have on your own trip to Slovenia.
When Jerry Kobiske decided to visit Slovenia, he actually didn't know much about it—but the decision to book on a whim opened his eyes to a beautiful, friendly country that he's now glad to have on his radar. Learn why he calls Slovenia a "hidden gem," the perks of having a local guide, and where he's going next in this traveler interview.
Slovenia remains one of Europe's best-kept secrets, rewarding travelers with all the charm and beauty of its neighboring countries and significantly fewer crowds. Enhance your trip with unique accommodations: choose a treehouse overlooking sparkling Lake Bled, a classic mountain chalet in the Soča Valley, or a number of other properties that will make your stay in Slovenia exceptionally memorable.
Discover hiking and fly fishing in the Slovenian Alps. Travel independently with a rental car, starting in Ljubljana and heading north and north-west. Experience rugged alpine landscapes and crystal clear rivers and lakes, before continuing south to the fertile wine hills. Visit the magical Skocjan caves and the charming coastal town of Piran.
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 with Slovenia's stunning landscape and wealth of outdoor activities on offer, and there's no shortage of cultural pursuits either with the country's rich history and booming wine scene.
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 charming architecture are a feast for the eyes. Here's our rundown of places not to be missed on your next trip.
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 there's so much more to see and do in this small yet versatile country, and much is weather dependent. Whether you're craving sun and sea, powdery snow, or a peaceful, crowd-free getaway, each traveler will find their own perfect time to visit Slovenia.
What Slovenia lacks in size, it makes up for in natural beauty and must-see attractions. Whether you've just got the weekend or as much as a couple weeks, you'll have plenty to see and do—read on to find out which itinerary is best for you.
Set off on an amazing trip covering the highlights of the Slovenian Alps. Partake in hiking and biking options as you venture from northwestern Slovenia with its rugged alpine landscape and crystal clear rivers to the fertile wine hills and coastal towns of the south.
Experience the diversity of the Slovenian Alps in this ultimate nature lovers tour. Take on a mix of serious hiking, white water rafting, kayaking and even canyoning. Explore the vibrant city of Ljubljana and savor authentic Slovenian food and wine on an adventure you won't soon forget.
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.
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 winter ice climbing lesson, or bask in the perfect temperatures and solitude of the shoulder seasons - whichever you choose, you'll find that Slovenia truly offers something for everyone.
Best to be prepared whenever venturing off into the mountains. Weather and trail conditions are extremely variable in the mountains, not to mention the dangers that come along with technical climbs. Here are few thoughts to keep you safe as you head off to explore the Slovenian Alps.
The Slovenian Alps are divided into three ranges — the Julian Alps, the Kamnik Alps, and the Karawanks — each with its own unique character. Bordering Austria and Italy, the Slovenian Alps are the most eastern part of the Alps, just as beautiful yet without the crowds, making it all the more appealing to explore!
The Slovenian Alps are a playground for climbers and hikers alike. You'll have access to convenient mountain huts and a variety of terrain to help find the right climb for you. Below, we've listed a few of our favorite routes for you to choose from.
The Slovenian Alps has a great selection of beautiful short hikes that can be extended into full-day adventures. Here's a list of our favorite routes to do during the summer when the trails are at their best.
Slovenia is often referred to as Europe's playground for adventure. Offering countless outdoor opportunities, there are few adventures that stand out from the rest. The variety of options highlights the diversity that Slovenia has in store for the avid adventurer. Below, we've put together our 5 favorite outdoor adventures in Slovenia.