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 Insights
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.
Get here while it's still hot—August is the last full month of Slovenia's busy (and relatively pricy) high season. With that comes sunny weather, a sporty vibe from tourists and locals who spend as much time outdoors as possible, and loads of fun cultural and musical events. Read on to learn more about visiting Slovenia in August.
July is high season in Slovenia, and with mostly sunny, hot weather, it's a perfect month for getting outdoors to bike, hike, and play in the water. The whole country comes alive to take advantage of the fine weather and the slew of festivals that take place throughout the month. Let this monthly guide help you find the best places to visit and things to do.
Slightly ahead of the peak summer crowds, June offers relaxed sightseeing, long days of bright-green scenery, and waterbodies inviting enough to swim in. This is also the month of Europe's oldest jazz festival hosted by Ljubljana every year. Read on to learn more about visiting Slovenia in June.
May is truly one of the best months to get outdoors and explore Slovenia, especially now that the rains have temporarily subsided. The sun is shining, the daytime temperatures are warm, and the Mountain wildflowers are blooming. Read on for more tips on where to go and what to expect in Slovenia this month.
Travelers to Slovenia in March will catch the earliest glimpses of spring, and with that, longer daylight hours, and slightly warmer weather. This is a great month to hit the slopes, explore the cities, and experience uncrowded popular attractions. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
Slovenia's first true month of spring brings warming temperatures, melting snow, and budding blossoms—with the entire country coming out for Easter festivities. Tourist numbers are low and prices for flights and hotels remain affordable, making this a great time to get outdoors and experience all that Slovenia has to offer. Read on for more tips on where to go and what to expect in Slovenia this month.
February is the last full month of winter in Slovenia, offering plenty of snowy adventures and lively festivals—as well as fewer tourists and lower prices. Ski season is well underway in the mountains, the resorts and their respective slopes bustling with activity. Meanwhile, the rest of the country celebrates the coming of spring with Lent and Mardi Gras celebrations.
January in Slovenia is a true winter wonderland with excellent skiing conditions, fewer crowds, and lower costs than other times of the year. The snow and ice add an additional enchanting quality to already captivating popular attractions like Lake Bled, the Alps, and Triglav National Park. Read this monthly guide for more.
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.
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.
Not sure when to visit Slovenia? Curious about the Julian Alps? You've got questions and we've got answers. Explore our FAQ below.
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.