Slovenia, Istria, Trieste Triple Delignt!
Slovenia | May 3 - May 15, 2024

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Brian L.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on May 17, 2024

Nikola, our local specialist, was the very best! We did a self-drive 2 week tour around Slovenia, Istria and Trieste. Flawless execution in planning the trip, an amazing App to follow during the trip of directions, sites, hotel and restaurant reservations, etc, with outstanding daily follow through to ensure that each day's activities and reservations were correctly handled and in place. Nikola was always pleasant every step of the way. We would recommend him without question for trip planning in Slovenia and Croatia and Trieste! Thanks for a memorable holiday!!

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Heritage
Ljubljana

Great location. Very friendly staff. outstanding breakfast. A historic hotel in the center of town. Only feedback from us: the room was a bit small and cramped, including bathroom

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The very center of the old city
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Hotel Plesnik
Solčava

What a view of the Julian Alps and the Logar Valley from our room! Room was spacious and lovely. Staff were pleasant and helpful. Our dinner there as more "traditional' and 'fussy' in Slovenian cuisine. Though tasty, we do prefer more modern cuisine. That is a personal preference.

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Penzion Berc
Bled

Lovely large room and bathroom. Walking distance within minutes to Lake Bled and its surroundings. Had a nice 'Alpine' charm to it. The restaurant which we dined in once was delicious -- all very well prepared. Great and varied breakfast too. Very pleasant staff at reception, in restaurant and the owners.

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Hotel Dobra Vila
Bovec

A beautiful boutique hotel in a beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. The room was lovely with views from all windows. We were disappointed in the bathroom. It contained a claw foot tub with a hand held shower, but did not contain either stand up in the tub for showering or a stand alone shower. As tall people who are used to showers, this was a disappointment. Their breakfast was amazing in how it was beautifully displayed and the quality and the choices. Staff were lovely!

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Location
The nicest place in Bovic, in our opinion!
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The Melegran
Rovinj

The best location in the Old Town on a quiet street. Very atmospheric to be in old quarters with its rooms in several separate entrances around the reception. Staff were wonderful. A bit difficult to find the distant parking area, but the staff were outstanding in picking us up with electric cart to take us into the Old Town and to the hotel (one cannot drive into the Old Town), as well as o n departure taking us with luggage back to car. Our first room had issues in that the hotel key to turn on lights resulted in dimming out to nothing after a few minutes! While this could not be repaired, there was a similar room next door that we were able to move into and that worked well. Room was charming and adequate size (not spacious); the bathroom was a bit small for two adults.

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Activity Reviews
Visit Lipica Stud Farm
Visit Lipica Stud Farm
Slovenia

Who knew this existed in Slovenia?!?!? We were certainly aware of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna from past European trips. Very interesting tour! We appreciated the private tour as we saw lots of group tours while were there that appeared to be crowded. Our guide was very informative. She told us about the show and offered us the opportunity to attend it for an additional 7 euro per person (above what had been paid for the private tour) We were lucky enough to have our tour on a Friday afternoon, right before the horse show which is only offered then (or perhaps at one other time in the week?). This was most enjoyable!!!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Private Walking Tour of Ljubljana
Private Walking Tour of Ljubljana
Slovenia

Our guide (?Ekelena? -- pardon the spelling!!) was terrific -- knowledgeable, nice, informative and did cover all the highlights in the given time. We would certainly recommend her for others!

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Ljubliana is a wonderful strolling town
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Discover Bled Town and Enjoy Pletna Boat Ride
Discover Bled Town and Enjoy Pletna Boat Ride
Bled

Our guide (also ?Ekelena? by name!! -- excuse the spelling!) was terrific. Very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the history of Slovenia, Croatia and the former Yugoslavia (and of Tito). Not sure there is much in Bled itself for a guide to expound upon (unlike eg Ljublijana or Trieste) , but she filled the time with teaching us about other things. The Pletna boat ride is a bit touristy but the only way to get to the very interesting island and church. We enjoyed sitting down there in cafe and having coffee and traditonal cake with her.

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Private Walking Tour of Trieste
Private Walking Tour of Trieste
Trieste

Demian (?spelling) was an outstanding guide. We learned so much about the history of Trieste and Istria in a well balance way of understanding its complex history. He spent a bit more time than the allotted time to show us as much as possible. Friendly, intelligent and with good humor, Demian (as a Slovenian with a personal history for Istria and Trieste going back to his grandparents, etc) made this beautiful city come to life for us . This was our favorite tour of the entire trip for sure!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Nikola Vojvodić