WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?
From pretty seaside towns to remote mountain cabins and glacial lakes, Slovenia offers the perfect outdoor getaway.
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Mountain towns, the incredibly picturesque Lake Bled and the enchanting capital of Ljubljana. Yes, it’s safe to say the scenery is most definitely a highlight of the hidden gem that is Slovenia.
With Ljubljana's castle perched above the colourful buildings of the town centre, stretched along the winding river, Slovenia's capital is certainly one of the country's highlights. It also has some lovely bars and restaurants.
Slovenia is an outdoor country, lush green fields against a backdrop of mountain peaks and filled with fresh air. So get out and enjoy all the outdoor activities on offer such as white water rafting, kayaking, hiking, sight seeing.
Food & Wine
Slovenia’s culinary offerings take their influences from a number of countries which makes for not only very tasty local fare but some really original flavours so don’t be shy in being a little more adventurous when ordering.
“Without doubt the best part of the trip was the guide and of course the stunning scenery of such a beautiful country. Our guide looked after us all day long and nothing was too much trouble. He made the holiday completely relaxing, interesting and enjoyable. Well done Jure Čulić! Well done Untravelled Paths!”
NEED TO KNOW
|SEASON||July 26 2019 - August 2 2019|
|GROUP SIZE||16 people|
|FLIGHTS||For more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.|
|VISA||UK, EU & US not required|
Arrival in Ljubljana followed by an airport transfer to your boutique accommodation in the heart of the old town. After your welcome meeting, spend the rest of the day as you choose, perhaps visiting Ljubljana’s Castle perched high up on a hill, enjoying the stunning panoramic views of the city or simply strolling through the cobbled streets of the incredibly charming old district.
After a leisurely morning you’ll have a late morning transfer towards the stunning remote rural mountain setting of Velika Planina. You’ll be dropped off at the bottom of the mountain where you’ll travel first by cable car and then by chair lift to the Velika Planina with its 360 degree panoramic views. Enjoy a picnic lunch and an afternoon to explore the area before enjoying dinner in this beautiful mountain setting.
Morning departure from the mountain via chair lift and cable car before travelling on to Slovenia’s most famous attraction, the stunningly picturesque Lake Bled. Once you arrive you’ll take a boat to Bled’s island and the Church of the Assumption. After your boat excursion you’ll have lunch and visit Bled Castle. Then you’ll drive through the stunning mountains of the Triglav National Park.
Activity, culture or leisure day. Choose between the array of adventure activities such as white water rafting, kayaking, hiking or explore the nearby mountain churches and waterfalls or simply find a quiet spot and get stuck into a good book.
Transfer to the quaint coastal town of Piran, stopping on route for lunch before enjoying some of Slovenia’s finest wines in a tour of the winery. Once you arrive in Piran you’ll have time relax and enjoy the picturesque setting of the town.
Day at your leisure to explore the sights on Piran from the pretty Tartini Square great for people watching to climbing the bell tower and the fortress walls which offer fabulous views of both the city and the sea. There are optional excursions such as boat trips, walking tours, shell museums or a visit to the Lipica stud farm for those who would prefer to keep themselves busy.
Transfer from Piran to the Church of the Holy Trinity which is famed for its frescoes and in particular the unique “Dance of Death”. Afterwards you will travel on to the lesser visited Skocjan Caves before enjoying a traditional lunch. Once you arrive back in Ljubljana you’ll have the rest of the day at your leisure. Should you wish to visit Prostojna Castle and Predjama Castle, this can be organised for you.
Transfer to Ljubljana airport for return flight
A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.
You'll be staying a stone's throw from the heart of the quaint old town which will allow you to easily explore the sights, restaurants and bars on foot.
Typical Accommodation: Hotel Mrak, Hotel Park or similar
The mountain huts on Velika Planina offer fabulous views and the perfect opportunity to be at one with nature. Comfortable and well equipped.
Typical Accommodation: Mountain Huts
Just on the outskirts of Triglav National Park, Bovec is the perfect base to make the very most of all the activities available in the area.
Typical Accommodation: Hotel Mangart, Hotel Alp or similar
You'll be relaxing in the picturesque coastal town of Piran. Soak in the atmosphere of Slovenia’s only major seaside town and its stunning sunsets.
Typical Accommodation: Art Hotel Tartini, Hotel Piran and similar
WHERE YOU'RE GOING
Slovenia is an unexpectedly wild, beautiful land and home to the famed Lake Bled, arguably the cutest capital in Europe and some very tasty food and wine. Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, perfectly mixes baroque facades with the 20th-century native architecture. Its iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) spans the tightly curving Ljubljanica River which snakes around the old town with cobbled streets and colourful houses. Outside of the capital, the incredibly friendly locals, incredible scenery and vast mountains peaks are sure to take your breath away.
"While it's always best to be prudent, in general, Slovenia is an incredibly safe country with a very low crime rate"
Jure - Untravelled Paths
In mountainous areas, the weather is unpredictable, you can have all the seasons in one day so please pack with with in mind. Waterproof jacket, warm jumper and hiking boots essential.
If possible, it's best to travel in Spring or Autumn as not only are the blossom and the fall very pretty but it's also far less crowded than is in the peak months of August and July.
Not all pasta is from Italy, "Bleki" is a style of pasta that’s unique to Slovenia. It’s made of small sheets of thin squares and is often cooked with pork. Delicious and well worth trying!
Undoubtably stunning but Postojna caves has become some what of a tourist trap and always crowded. However, should you still wish to visit we can organise as an optional extra.
As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Ljubljana with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.
In order to be fully covered on your trip should anything happen, we suggest getting an insurance before you travel. We recommend True Traveller, designed especially for adventure travel, who will be able to tailor an insurance package based on your needs. You can find out more here.
Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.
If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.
Book your trip in five easy steps.
Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.
BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS
We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.
Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.
PAY FOR YOUR TRIP
As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.
Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!
Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions. We highly suggest getting insurance before you travel to avoid any problems. Our personal recommendation is using True Traveller.
As a member of the European Union, Slovenia is in the Euro.
The easiest option is to head to a cash machine once you’ve landed in Slovenia to withdraw funds.
If you want to get hold of euros beforehand, head to an exchange bureau in the UK when the euro is readily available. You can also purchase currency online and collect it from your local post office or even have it delivered straight to your door. Ordering currency online with the Post Office is commission-free and available for next day delivery. Obviously the more you buy the better rate you’ll receive.
Most major credit and debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted throughout Slovenia’s main towns. Cash machines are widely available throughout the country, so withdrawing money should pose no problem. It is always advisable to inform your bank that you’re travelling abroad in order to avoid the frustration of having your card blocked.
As a general rule, you’ll be able to have a good lunch for around £10 a head and will pay around £15 a head for a nice evening meal. Naturally, the type of establishment you choose to eat in and what you order will dictate the cost of your meals. Be aware that ordering imported drinks can cause your bill to skyrocket so drinking local wines, beers or spirits is advisable. We reckon around £100 for lunch, drinks and snacks for two people is plenty. Please note that these are rough estimates and you can always choose to spend more or less depending on your budget and preferences.
Tipping in Slovenia is by no means compulsory, however it is polite to tip in restaurants and cafés about 10%. If the service has been poor please don’t feel obligated to leave a tip. It is also commonplace to round up fares in a taxi to the nearest euro.
Spring: Spring is typically a lovely time to visit Slovenia as it’s beautifully lush green with the flowers starting to bloom making it a great time to hike and enjoy the outdoors. Rafting is at its best in May due to the fast-flowing water from the snow melting in the mountains. Less crowded and largely sunny and dry with the occasional rain.
Summer: Naturally summer is the most reliable period for weather but it does bring the crowds. You can expect mostly sunny, blue skies which ensure you see this picturesque country at its very best. If you like socialising the crowds do bring a holiday atmosphere to the whole country.
Autumn: September is generally one of the driest months of the year and travelling outside of the school holidays means it is less crowded. Sunny, dry with occasional rain. Towards the end of October and November you can expect lower temperatures. It is also a very tranquil time to come and visit the country with only small crowds reserved for the likes of Lake Bled. Occasional rain but you can also expect some crisp days with blue skies.
You can always contact the UTP team on +44 207 101 4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Before you travel, you will also receive a personalised itinerary with the contact details of the local manager in Romania should there be any problems. Your guide will be on hand throughout the trip as well, so you're in safe hands.
Our digital booklet, which you will receive before travel, contains all the information you need about optional activities. Simply drop us an email letting us know what you'd like to do during your trip, and we'll take care of the rest. Please note that the payment for the optional activities will be taken locally in cash.
Alongside standard luggage, we recommend clients bring a smaller bag and transfer essential items into it for the overnight stay at Velika Planina, as it can be difficult carrying the bulky suitcases on the chair lift. The big suitcases will remain locked in the car overnight, so ensure you take any valuables with you up the mountain.
Tap water is safe to drink practically everywhere, but most people stick to bottled water to be on the safe side.