9-days in Western Slovenia (Karst and Alps tour)

The Alps & Soča valley, Coast & Karst

Explore the Alpine & Karst regions of the Western Slovenia in this combination of private and scheduled tours.

  • Departure: By request
  • Price: From 1780 per person

Enjoy Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, while relaxing or during a private sightseeing walking tour. Take a half-day trip to lake Bled, go to Bled island by a traditional pletna boat, and explore Bled castle. Stay in Bled. Visit Bled’s Vintgar gorge, drive across the Pokljuka plateau to lake Bohinj on a private tour that meanders through parts of the Triglav National Park. Drive through the alpine valleys, such as Radovna, and take a hike in the Alps to visit some remarkable waterfalls. Drive across the Vršič mountain pass and through the Soča river valley, marked by the spectacular Soča river and WWI heritage. Finish the day in the Goriška Brda wine region. Spend a day exploring Goriška Brda, its little villages, and visit some of the wine cellars that boast with some of the finest wines in the country. Visit the town of Tolmin and the nearby gorge and the UNESCO-listed Idrija, a town of lace and mercury heritage. Visit Postojna cave, the top tourist attraction in Slovenia, and the Predjama castle, a marvel of medieval architecture, on the way to the airport.

Tour highlights

Lake Bled

A trip to Bled, one of Slovenia's top attractions, must be a part of any visit to Slovenia. We visit Lake Bled, the/a world-famous Alpine lake renowned for a medieval castle perched on a cliff above the lake. We visit the museum at Bled castle and enjoy the bird’s eye view of the lake and its island with the Church of the Assumption.

We take a traditional pletna boat to Bled island. Time permitting, we go for a short stroll along the lake or have a coffee and “kremšnita” (vanilla cream cake, the most famous dessert in Slovenia)

Postojna cave & Predjama castle

This day trip stirs your imagination with millions of years of natural history, and stories of knights and dragons. Join numerous visitors that have marvelled at the beauty of Postojna cave, an indisputable tourist highlight of Slovenia, on a 5 kilometre visit that includes an exciting underground train ride. Postojna cave is also a home to a peculiar animal of many names, a cave salamander. In Slovene, we call it 'the human fish', otherwise known as an olm or a proteus. Some like to call it a baby dragon.

We also take you to the nearby Predjama, which boasts a castle built into a rock cliff, and share the legends that surround it.

Bohinj lake

The glacial lake Bohinj is considered the most beautiful place in Slovenia. It is the country’s centre of eco tourism and outdoor adventures.

It is the largest and most beautiful Alpine lake in Slovenia. Being part of the Triglav national park, Bohinj will impress you with its natural beauty and its serene peacefulness and you will surely vow to return.

Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia is one of its top 3 attractions, and it is a perfect base to enjoy any day trips in Slovenia. Explore its medieval old town and the old Roman ruins, admire the river banks and bridges of the Ljubljanica river, and take the funicular up to Ljubljana castle for great views of the city and the Alps. Relax in Tivoli park and in the numerous restaurants and cafés where people of all ages meet. Marvel in the architectural beauties, marked by influences of neighbouring Italian and Viennese styles of the previous centuries.

Pokljuka plateau

Pokljuka is a high-elevation karst plateau that goes as high as 1,400 meters above the town of Bled and is already a part of the Triglav National Park, the only national park in Slovenia. You will be able to admire the thick spruce forests that are only broken by scant roads and swamps. Pokljuka is also famous for its Biathlon Centre, where some of our best athletes train in the winter time.

Idrija - UNESCO heritage

In the Idrija region you can admire Klavže, a river engineering phenomenon called “Slovenia’s pyramids”, look into the bottomless Wild lake and walk along Slovenia’s shortest river, visit Idrija castle and its interesting museum, and descend into the depths of the disused mercury mine, transformed into a world-class attraction protected by UNESCO.

Goriška brda region

Forget Provence and Tuscany; Slovenia’s region of Goriška Brda is Europe’s next hidden gem, waiting to be explored.

This is a land of gently rolling hills, covered with orchards and vineyards and dotted with small, forgotten villages.The gentle climate assures ideal growing conditions for grapes and Mediterranean fruits: cherries, peaches and apricots.

There is no mass production here, but the wine growers of Goriška Brda are world famous for the quality of their wine, and wine connoisseurs will recognise many of the names as we travel through Goriška Brda.

Soča river valley

The Soča river valley is an enchantingly scenic part of Slovenia and even though it is located on the other side of the Julian Alps it can be easily reached in a day trip from Ljubljana.

The Soča river has one of the most amazing colours you will ever see and you can follow its lively rapids from the source to the spectacular carved gorges, all the way down to where it slows down and becomes deeper and more secretive. The river is not the only spectacular sight in the valley since you are accompanied by eminent mountain peaks and wondrous waterfalls for most of the way. The whole area is also pervaded by memories of the battles that were fought in this valley during WWI, which can be traced in the war cemeteries and memorials.

MAPS & AREA

Map view for 9-days in Western Slovenia (Karst and Alps tour)

Tour details
  • DAY 1: Arrival, airport transfer. Overnight Ljubljana
  • DAY 2: Walking tour of Ljubljana. Overnight Bled
  • DAY 3: Bled with surroundings, including Vintgar gorge (from April to October). Overnight Kranjska gora
  • DAY 4: Pokljuka plateau, lake Bohinj. Overnight Kranjska gora
  • DAY 5: Alpine valleys, Triglav national park. Overnight Kranjska gora
  • DAY 6: Soča river valley, Kobarid. Overnight Goriška Brda
  • DAY 7: Goriška Brda region. Overnight Goriška Brda
  • DAY 8: Tolmin, Idrija. Overnight Idrija
  • DAY 9: Postojna cave, Predjama castle, airport transfer, departure

We reserve the right to change the sequence of trips.

Price: from 1780 € per person
Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price per person 5750 € 3480 € 2730 € 2350 € 2120 € 1970 € 1860 € 1780 €

Prices vary on the number of passengers in the party and the type of accommodation (available: hostel, B & B, farmstay, hotel 3-/4-/5-star, boutique & luxury). These prices are calculated with 4* hotel accommodation based on maximum 8 people sharing. They are subjected to the accommodation availability and prices. For groups of more than 8 people, the price changes with bus prices.

Price includes:

  • Private driver/guide
  • Private transport
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees: local farm in Bled area, Bled castle, traditional pletna boat ride to Bled island, Vintgar gorge (from April to October), Savica waterfall, Mostnica gorge, Slovenian Alpine Museum, Planica nordic center, Kobarid WWI museum, wine tastings in Goriška Brda region, Dobrovo castle, Tolmin gorge, Idrija Mercury mine, Idrija castle, Postojna cave, Predjama castle

Optional extras:

  • Food and beverages