Slovenia in 5 days
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Inspired by Robyn and Rod from Australia.
A multi-day tour with personal touch offers us enough room for improvisation and free will.
Some places in the itinerary are decided on the base of experience. Some are left to the moment. Some are still a surprise.
Feel the Slovenian identity, passionately embroidered to the travel experience.
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Program (5 days)
Start of our journey at the agreed location and departure towards the northeast of Slovenia.
Maribor is the second-largest Slovenian city.
The symbol of the city is the oldest vine in the world, over 400 years old indigenous Žametna Črnina variety.
By visiting the Old Vine Center we step into the world of winemaking, one of Slovenia's oldest traditions.
With its rich wine bank, it is the right place where to have a wine tasting in Slovenia.
The walk around the old town reveals the charm of one town of artisans and trades by the Drava River.
Timber-rafting was one of the main town businesses for centuries.
A nice road up the Ljutomer and Ormož wine-growing hills takes us to Jeruzalem.
Legend has it, that the exhausted crusaders on their way to the real Jerusalem stopped here for refreshment.
Kind hosts offered them wine and food.
The knights were so amazed that they didn't move on and decided this is the destination they wanted to reach.
Amazing photo stops with a possibility to enter one of the wine cellars on the way.
The nearby town of Ptuj is somehow a town of records.
It is reportedly the oldest town in Slovenia where you can find plenty of artifacts and remains from Roman times as well as the best-preserved medieval old town.
The biggest museum collection in Slovenia is kept in the Ptuj Castle.
Weapons, tapestry, pottery, paintings, stoves, musical instruments, and other items are explaining the medieval history of Ptuj.
The town hosts several musical and art festivals from the Spring to the Autumn time.
If you come in the time of Ptuj Carnival, you will attend one of the main world's carnivals with over 60.000 visitors.
Ptuj, together with Maribor and Jeruzalem, makes part of the Podravje wine-growing region.
Some of its districts are considered among the 4% world's best terroirs.
Enough reasons to have an overnight in the region.
Suggested overnight in Ptuj or surroundings.
In the morning we depart towards Rogatec.
The village at the border with Croatia is home to Rogaška Slatina thermal spa, where the most known Slovenian mineral water is coming from.
Every Slovenian house has a bottle of this water as it has a very high content of Magnesium so it's considered a remedy.
A stone throw from the village center the 15th-century Strmol Manor is keeping the secrets of the past.
Next to it, the Rogatec open-air museum.
The biggest ethnological park in Slovenia invites to have a look at the local vernacular architecture and the heritage through the renovated farmhouses, barns, sheds, granary, farming tools and other items from the farming life in the past.
The road to the southeast exposes the devotion to the land.
The wine tasting areas of Kozjansko and Bizeljsko with vineyards, pastures, and fields around the green rolling hills offer a step into a rural, but carefully kept and well-maintained part of Slovenia.
Especially Bizeljsko is known about its unusual Repnice underground cellars you can't see anywhere else.
Dug into the quartz sand served as the storages for vegetables.
Recently these peculiar places became perfect storages for excellent local wines.
In Kostanjevica na Krki we stroll the tiny town on an artificial island in the middle of Krka River.
The biggest gallery in Slovenia is located nearby, close to the Cisterian Monastery.
The surrounding hills, known for its 'zidanice' or wine cottages, are known as brilliant spots where you can have local delicacies and wine tasting.
Our way to Lake Bled will be enriched with a few more panoramic stops.
Suggested overnight in the Lake Bled area.
Lake Bled is a pearl at the gateway to the Alps.
It seems to be taken from a fairy tale, with the castle perched upon the rock above it and the island in the middle of that mesmerizing blue water.
Options to visit and things to do around Lake Bled are various.
You can take a summer bob-slide ride on the Straža slope, do a panoramic 6 km (about 3,7 mi) walk around the lake, take a look of the boutiques, do a Pletna Boat to the Bled Island or visit the Bled Castle.
On the Bled Island, there is a bell of wishes with a legend of a rich widow, who could not change her dark past.
Her wish remained sacrificed so you one can become true.
Bled Castle is perched upon the rock above the Bled Lake.
If you will enter you could visit the two-floors museum, an observation tower with a multimedia presentation of the Triglav National Park and Lake Bled area, an open-air bar, a restaurant, shops and finally the panoramic plateau with a breathtaking view to the Bled Island and its story.
Nearby Vintgar Gorge is another place not to miss.
Our way takes us up the mountains, to the Triglav National Park.
We pass the lonely farms and forests of Pokljuka Plateau, a cross-country hotspot which in the summertime turns to a popular hiking and mountain biking destination.
Descending back down, we arrive in the area of Studor village, the capital of hayracks.
Hayracks are one of the most traditional features of the Slovenian Alps.
Roofed wooden structures with vertical rack lines are used to dry the hay.
In a relaxing tempo, with some more stops in the random spots on the way, we arrive in the Lake Bohinj area.
Lake Bohinj is the biggest Alpine glacial lake in Slovenia.
We also have seasonal karstic ones, see Inner Carniola Journey.
The crystal clear lake is positioned in the middle of the mountain peaks, so it is the best starting point for the hiking trips to the Triglav National Park.
Suggested to visit are also the Savica Waterfall, which is about an hour of semi-difficult walk.
For less active the option is a cable-car ride up to Mt Vogel, which is a popular ski resort in the wintertime.
In the summertime, it turns to an Alpine summer resort with plenty of outdoor activities and adrenaline parks.
Suggested overnight in the Lake Bled area.
Steep, serpentined road takes us over one of the panoramic mountain passes (Vršič or Predil), towards the mighty Soča Valley.
In Trenta village, below the passes, we start our experience of the Soča Valley.
In the Trenta village, we can stop for a hike to the Soča River spring, have a look at the Alpine Garden with some of the endangered Alpine flowers (opened from May to September), or try the tasteful cheese, made of milk by indigenous Bovec sheep.
Bovec is the hub of the upper section of Soča Valley, being also the adrenaline capital of Slovenia.
Rugged terrain made this district perfect for all kinds of extreme sports and outdoor activities, such as rafting, kayaking, canyoning, hydrospeed, zip line, mountain biking, hiking, horseriding and much more.
Kobarid is the destination where we take a bit longer break.
With the visit to the Kobarid Museum, you can pay tribute to the ones who sacrificed their health and lives in World War I for a better world today.
Crossing the nearby Napoleon Bridge we can head on either to the Kozjak Waterfall or the village of Drežnica below Mt Krn, one of the paragliding hotspots of Europe.
Tolmin is the administrative hub of the middle section of the Soča Valley.
It is home to some of the biggest European musical festivals, taking place on an outstanding location at the confluence of the Soča and Tolminka rivers.
Closeby, in the village of Zatolmin, you can start a 1,5-hour hike to the marvelous Tolmin Gorges, the lowest point of the Triglav National Park.
Consider the hike semi-difficult, with some steep ups and downs.
This impressive day ends in the Brda Wine Region.
Enjoying a pleasant Mediterranean climate between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, Brda is becoming the wine hotspot of Europe with Rebula variety as a parade indigenous wine.
I can give you a tip for nice fine dining in one of the Brda villages, accompanied by some of the top world wines and a soul-caressing view to the surroundings, full of vineyards, olive trees, and fruit orchards.
Suggested overnight in the Brda Wine Region.
In the morning we refresh our minds with a relaxing walk around Smartno village, a cultural monument with medieval walls.
Beautiful views of the villages and vineyards continue on our way through Vipava Valley and Karst Plateau.
We pass the area of the underground wonders Postojna Cave and Škocjan Caves, where we can stop for a visit.
Škocjan Caves are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage.
It impresses with the size of the main hall and the 50 m (about 165 ft) bridge of the Reka River.
About 2 hours hike is semi-difficult.
Postojna Cave was the first to be opened for visitors, back in 1819.
The visit is divided into the electric train rides at the beginning and the end (about 15 minutes each way), and an hour of walking in between.
Consider the walk easy, you can also do just the train ride.
The last part of our Slovenia in 5 days tour is reserved for the coast and its jewel Piran.
Strolling the narrow alleyways with medieval houses, salty breeze, Venetian architecture transfer us to some other dimension.
The baroque church of St George is reigning the town on the hill with a unique panoramic view.
Standing in Slovenia you can see Italy and Croatia, if the day is nice you can see even up to the Austrian Alps.
Piran is a great spot to try seafood, another stone in the culinary diversity mosaic of Slovenia.
A relaxing transfer to your final destination concludes our Slovenia in 5 days' experience.
Overnights are not arranged by Loopy Slovenia.
You can extend your stay in any of the destinations to have a day or more at leisure with no additional costs.
For information and suggestion please send an email.
Lake BledLake Bled, with the island in the middle and fairytale castle towering above it, is one of the most visited destinations in Slovenia.
The Bled golf course is among the fifty best golf courses in Europe.
Bohinj is the perfect spot where to start exploring the Triglav National Park.
Soča ValleyNamed after incredibly emerald Soča River the valley connects the Julian Alps with the Adriatic Sea.
Brda Wine Region
A new European wine hotspot.
Vineyards, olive groves, and fruit orchards are a signature of this region.
Škocjan Caves or Postojna Cave
Škocjan Caves are the UNESCO site of World Heritage.
Postojna Caves were the first to be opened for visitors back in 1819.
Piran is the jewel of the entire Adriatic Coast.
Once a Venetian salt-trade hub is now a popular holiday destination.
Second-biggest Slovenia's city with the oldest vine in the world on the riverbank of Drava River.
Ptuj is reportedly the oldest town in Slovenia with the richest country's museum collection, kept in the Ptuj Castle.
JeruzalemA wonderful village in the middle of the green rolling hills, home to some of the best Slovenian white wines.
The region with peculiar underground Repnice underground cellars, dug into the quartz sand.
Kostanjevica na Krki
Kostanjevica na Krki is a quaint little town on an artificial island in the middle of the Krka River.
What is included in this tour?
- Pick up and drop off at your hotel
- Parking fees, local taxes, insurance
- Professional tour guiding
- Travelling in comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
- Bottled water on the way
By email exchange from Australia with Jernej, who was to be our guide and driver, we put together a private multi day custom tour of eastern Slovenia.
Collecting us, two people, from our hotel in Zagreb we were driven to Kostanjevica na Krki and Ljubljana. Then to Lake Bled via Vintgar Gorge.
Our tour took to Vrsic Mountain Pass, Soca River Valley, Brda wine region where we stayed in Smartno, Predjama Castle, Skocjan Caves, Lipica Studfarm, Piran and finally transferring to Rovinj, Croatia, via Istrian hills towns.
In all our travels Jernej selected toutes that showcased the wonderful landscapes and small villages in Slovenia.
Most of the roads were through the rural farming areas with little road traffic. This enhanced our experience and appreciation of Slovenia.
Jernej, with many connections gave us some wonderful insights into everyday life in Slovenia that a tourist is rarely afforded.
His extensive knowledge and experience stimulated many interesting discussions. In addition we were treated to an impromptu lunch and wine tastin in the wonderful winery in Kostanjevica na Krki, another lunch and farm tour with friend Viljem and his family, and even a brief visit to his mother's 80th birthday party.
And we can't help but mention our off road forest experience. This was a real bonus.
The multiday tour arrangements went seamlessly. Both the transport and accomodation were excellent.
The tour was very well organized and efficient.
Jernej's personal approach was very engaging and stimulating throughout our tour exhibiting his extensive knowledge and experience of Slovenia and his great sense of humor.
For us this delivered a wonderful and memorable experience of Slovenia.
We would highly recommend this company led by the remarkable manager Jernej Zakelj.