One week in Slovenia will provide you with enough time to discover some of the most famous attractions, stunning lakes, picturesque medieval towns, a castle, a turquoise river, caves, vineyards, and the Slovenian coast! This is a small country which makes it easy to explore two or three destinations on the same day. So witness the main natural, cultural and historical attractions in Slovenia with this Europe vacation package 2019.
(Day 1): Exploring Ljubljana
(Day 2): Spending a Quite Relaxing Day at Seaside
(Day 3): A Visit to Postojna Cave, and Lake Bled
(Day 4): A Hiking Tour of The Soča Valley
(Day 5): Heading to Planica and Škofja Loka
(Day 6): Exploring Celje and Maribor
(Day 7): Visiting The Oldest Town in Slovenia, Ptuj
Ljubljana, Postojna Cave, Lake Bled, Soča Valley, Planica, Škofja Loka, Celje, Maribor, Ptuj
Begin your Slovenia journey by discovering the capital city, Ljubljana. You can either join a walking tour of the city or explore the most popular attractions on your own. The Prešeren Monument which is dedicated to Slovenia’s most renowned poet is a superb starting point. From there, make your way across the Triple Bridge, over Ljubljanica River, towards the old part of Ljubljana where the narrow streets exhibit the architecture and glamour of the medieval era.
Make your stop at the Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Robba Fountain, and the Town House. Head back to the river and take a halt feeling the local vibe at one of the cafés on the river bank. After the coffee break, make your way to one of Ljubljana’s many museums and galleries. Complete your today’s journey in the capital by going to a concert at the Metelkova Art Centre or by attending an event at the outdoor venue Križanke.
Spend your time today on Slovenia’s beaches. Begin your day in Koper. Wander to Tito Square, where buildings display the Venetian influence on the town’s history. Make your way to the City Tower, Foresteria, Praetorian Palace, and Armeria, and the bridge-shaped Fountain de Ponte. Later, enjoy a cup of coffee with a sea view at one of the many local cafés.
Your next stop will be Piran, which is the most beautiful of Slovenia’s seaside towns. Head to Tartini Square and explore the classic narrow streets of Istrian towns. Venture to the Church of St. George, from where the view stretches all the way to Croatia on a sunny day. The last stop will be Portorož, which is the liveliest of the three towns. Checking in one of the many shops and relishing a traditional Istrian dinner at a local restaurant will make for the perfect end to your day.
This morning, make your way to Lipica, which is one of the oldest stud farms in Europe. This farm, since the 16th century, has been breeding the beautiful Lipizzaner horses. Get familiar with the history of the breed on this farm tour, visit the horse’s stables, and watch a display by the Classical riding school.
Continue your journey towards Postojna, to visit Postojna Cave. The astonishing Karst creations inside the cave have charmed many million people and is one of the most-visited attractions in Slovenia. From the underworld, visit Lake Bled. Embark on a Pletna boat ride to the lake’s island and make a wish while ringing the church bell. On getting back on shore, complete your true Bled experience by relishing the traditional pastry Kremšnita.
Today, the town of Bovec is going to be your starting point for the exploration of the So?a Valley, which is named after the emerald green river that runs through it. Embark on a 25km hike on the So?a Trail which will let you explore the most beautiful parts of the Valley. Witness the source of the So?a river, the great So?a Gorge, fairytale-like hanging bridges, and much more.
In case hiking is not what you are looking for, head out on one of the cycling trails, or can also get your adrenaline pumping by going for white water rafting, kayaking, or canoeing on the river.
On your way back to Ljubljana from Bovec, drive over Vrši?, which is the highest mountain pass in Slovenia. Soon after you arrive at the peak, make a halt at the Russian chapel, which is a monument honoring the Russian prisoners who died while building the pass.
Your next destination for today is Planica Nordic Centre, where you will get your adrenaline pumping again! A zip line at the center replicates a ski jump and is the steepest zip line in the globe. Before returning to Ljubljana, your next stop is Škofja Loka, which is the best-preserved medieval town in Slovenia. Meander through the old part of the town and stop by the statue of Mother Mary, Granary, the Hofman House, and take a photo of the amazing 600-year-old stone bridge. After reaching back to the capital, enjoy a nightcap at one of the many bars in downtown Ljubljana.
Today, make your way to Celje and the popular Celje Castle, which was a permanent residence of the counts of Celje, the most authoritative dynasty in Slovenia. After visiting the castle, explore downtown Celje and make your way to the Princely Palace, where you can learn more about the counts and even witness their skulls.
Relish a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and then visit Maribor. Learn about the history of the second largest city in Slovenia by making a visit to the Maribor Regional Museum or the National Liberation Museum Maribor. En route downtown, stop at Rudolf Maister Statue, Old City Hall, Maribor Cathedral, the Plague Column and head out to Lent. Situated on the bank of Drava River, Lent is home to the world’s oldest vineyard. Venture to Old Vine house and have an opportunity to end your amazing day with a glass of wine by this wonderful plant that has been producing grapes for more than 400 years.
Visit Ptuj, which is the oldest Slovenian town and make Ptuj Castle as your first stop. The castle hosts a number of exhibitions including the musical instrument exhibition, the rifle exhibition, and the colorful traditional Pust (carnival) masks exhibition. Head out to the old part of town, where you can witness the City Tower, the Orpheus Monument, Minorite Monastery and the City Hall.
The rest of the day is entirely yours for relaxation. Play a round of golf at the Ptuj Golf Course, situated just outside the town or get yourself pampered at the Roman-themed spa and wellness at Terme Ptuj.
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