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.
Best of Ljubljana
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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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.