Venture on a private week-long tour that takes you through the history of Slovenia between the Venetian & the Hapsburg Empires.

  • Departure: By request
  • Price: From 1625 € per person

Begin with a sightseeing tour of Venice. Drive to Trieste, the old Habsburg port and continue to Piran, a little gem on the Slovenian coastline. Explore the attractions of the Slovenian coast, meet he saltmaking traditions, and off the beaten track attractions. Continue to Postojna cave, the most visited attraction in Slovenia, and visit Predjama castle, the only preserved cave-castle in the world. Finish the day in Ljubljana, the vibrant capital of Slovenia. Explore Ljubljana on a walking tour of the city, relax, or take an evening food tour. Take a half-day tour to lake Bled, one of the most charming lakes in the world, meet its rowing tradition while visiting Bled island and its history presented at the Bled castle museum, which also offers remarkable views of the picture-perfect lake. Head east to explore the Roman and medieval heritage towns of Celje and Ptuj. Discover the wealth of traditions and culture, from festivals to beers and wines. Visit Ptuj castle and head to Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia and the European capital of culture in 2012. Taste some of the exquisite wine of the Styria wine region. On the way towards Vienna stop in Graz, the second largest city in Austria and a very important city for Slovenes, and explore one of the best preserved old towns in Europe. Continue to Vienna, where you finish the tour with a sightseeing of this imperial historic capital.

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.

Piran

Piran is a tourist highlight of the Slovenian coast, strongly influenced by the old Venetian Republic. Walk through its narrow medieval streets wedged between beautiful houses, churches and squares and enjoy the breeze that blows from the sea.

The main square is named after Giuseppe Tartini, a famous violinist and a composer who was born in Piran. On the hill above the square you can see the signature Church of Saint George, who is also the patron saint of the town. The small town is still partially surrounded by a typically Venetian wall which used to serve as protection of this marine and salt trade hub in the Bay of Piran.

Maribor - European capital of culture 2012

Maribor is a cosmopolitan city on the banks of the river Drava, full of tourist attractions. Although you can easily visit it as a day trip from Ljubljana, Maribor has become a popular city break or a weekend break destination. A visit to Maribor must be part of every tour to Slovenia.

Maribor is embraced by wine-growing hills on all sides. Its Historic town centre is marked by the Austrian influence, and we will admire the lively and colourful squares - Grajski trg (Castle square), Slomškov trg (Slomšek square) and Glavni trg (Main square), and in Lent, the old river port. It is possible to cover all these attractions on a walking tour of Maribor.

The pinnacle of Maribor culture has been the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2012.

Ptuj - the oldest slovenian town

The oldest and quite possibly the prettiest city in Slovenia is built upon huge wine cellars on the banks of the river Drava. Lying by the Drava river, Ptuj was an important station on the prehistoric Baltic – Mediterranean amber trading route. Historically, it is one of the most important places in the country, and its 2000-year history can be felt as you walk through the town. You will admire the elegant city squares and townhouses, rich in architectural details and incorporated archaeological pieces. A view from the castle above the city is simply breath-taking.

Celje

Slovenia’s third largest city has been an important place since Celtic and Roman times, and reached its peak in the Middle Ages. Celje was established as the Celtic town of Keleia. It was known for the minting of Celtic coins of the Kingdom of Norik. After the Romans took over the area of Slovenia, the city was renamed Celeia. It became one of the most successful Roman colonies and its Temple of Mars was known throughout the Roman Empire. Celje reached its peak in the Middle Ages, under the Counts of Celje, when it developed into a market town, supported by its own local crafts and manufacturing, a tradition which is still present in Celje today.

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.

Trieste (Italy)

Trieste is a port city of rich cosmopolitan history with traces of different cultures - the Romans, the Venetians, to its beginnings as the most important port in the Austrian Empire. Marked by wars and changing borders, it is still a melting pot of different peoples and its old town a beautiful display of these mixes in the architecture, as well as the languages you can hear being spoken on the streets.

Venice (Italy)

Walking through the cobbled streets and across the small bridges of this famous Italian town is akin to walking through a fairytale. There is something both familiar and unique about Venice, with its canals, its Gothic architecture and its cafe-riddled waterfronts. Capture the romance of Italian artists by taking a ride on a gondola, experience Venice’s history by visiting its many museums, and enjoy Italian cuisine and fine wines in one of its restaurants.

Graz (Austria)

Wandering through this Romantic city, you can admire Renaissance courtyards, charming squares and ancient churches, before taking a walk up the wooded Schlossberg hill. Graz is the second largest city in Austria and the capital of Styria (Steiermark), the region promoted as “The Green Heart of Austria.” The locals are proud of their cuisine, a mix of German, Mediterranean and Eastern food, often prepared with fresh, organically grown ingredients.

Vienna (Austria)

Wedged between Eastern and Western Europe, the cosmopolitan capital of Austria is a paradise for lovers of art and history. The seat of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, Vienna is full of imperial palaces and other monumental buildings, often surrounded by glorious parks. The ghosts of Freud, Mozart and Maria Theresia still roam the maze of narrow streets and remind you of the city’s glorious past. Museums and art galleries will boggle your mind, but you can relax in the Prater, one of the most famous amusements parks in the world.

MAPS & AREA

Map view for Venice to Vienna in a week

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Tour details
  • DAY 1: Meeting up in Venice or Venice aiport. Walking tour of Trieste. Overnight Piran
  • DAY 2: Piran walking tour, Sečovlje salt fields, Koper walking tour, Postojna cave, Predjama castle. Overnight Ljubljana
  • DAY 3: Ljubljana walking tour. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight Ljubljana
  • DAY 4: Bled and Bohinj lakes, Vintgar gorge, Pokljuka plateau. Overnight Ljubljana
  • DAY 5: Celje old town with castle, Ptuj old town with castle. Overnight Ptuj
  • DAY 6: Maribor walking tour, Styria region. Overnight Ptuj
  • DAY 7: Graz walking tour, Vienna departure.

We reserve the right to change the sequence of trips.

Price: from 1625 € per person
Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price per person 5375 € 3230 € 2520 € 2160 € 1950 € 1800 € 1700 € 1625 €

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: Piran museum, Sečovlje salt fields, Postojna cave, Predjama castle, Bled castle, traditional pletna boat ride to Bled island, Vintgar gorge (from April to October), Celje castle, Ptuj castle, wine tasting, Žiče charterhouse, local farm visit with winetasting, Kunsthaus or Armory in Graz

Optional extras:

  • Food and beverages