Densely forested and as densely packed with delights, Slovenia is a modern day fairy-tale. Enjoy sweeping views from the red-roofed Ptuj Castle. Wander the cafs and leafy riverbanks of compact Ljubljana. Cruise the sparkling Adriatic around Piran, a town awash with Venetian Gothic architecture. Climb upwards into the majestic Julian Alps to Kranjska Gora, an impossibly pretty mountain village. Theres free time to immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Triglav National Park too, with waterfalls and magical woodland paths at every turn.
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Day 1 UK – Ljubljana – Portoro
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Ljubljana. On arrival we transfer to the town of Portoro.
Day 2 Piran
Explore the Slovenian coast this morning from the bow of a boat. Our cruise takes in stunning views as we sail to Piran, one of the best preserved historical towns on the Adriatic, with its picturesque scenes of Venetian Gothic architecture and winding alleyways. This lived-in city sits on a narrow peninsula and youre never more than a few steps from the sea or a seafood restaurant. Returning to Portoro, you can either spend the rest of the day at leisure or join our optional excursion for a taste of the old Slovenian way of life. Well visit the salt fields and the museum, see how the best olive oil is produced and even sample from local wines and dried ham.
Day 3 Portoro
Spend your day exploring the Port of Roses, a modern town that has been a spa destination since the 13th century. Alternatively, take an optional visit to magnificent Postojna Cave, considered one of the worlds most beautiful and most visited cave systems. An electric train takes you into the caves for a guided walk through the most interesting sections, where the stalagmites and stalactites create beautiful naturally occurring patterns. On your return to Portoro, stop in Trieste, where you can stroll through streets for Italian treats and admire historic buildings including the remains of a Roman theatre, fort and statue of James Joyce, who completed Dubliners here.
Day 4 Stanjel – Bovec – Kranjska Gora
We leave the Slovenian coast behind as we head to Kranjska Gora. We travel through the Karst region, an intriguing limestone plateau, pausing at the beautiful stone village of Stanjel. We stop in the small town of Bovec, then into the Julian Alps, through the dramatic Trenta Valley and the breathtaking hairpin bends of the Predil Pass (some 1,611m above sea level). Youll need to catch your breath before we arrive in the pretty Alpine town of Kranjska Gora.
Day 5 Kranjska Gora – Planica – Triglav National Park
Surrounded by glacial lakes and verdant mountain town, Kranjska Gora is an unspoiled mountain village. Its location makes it a popular destination for summer hikes and winter sports. We visit the Alpine valley of Planica; and Zelenci Nature Reserve, considered the source of the River Sava. We continue through the village of Mojstana and into Vrata – one of the three Triglav valleys and entrance to the spectacular northern wall of the highest mountain in Slovenia, Mount Triglav (2,864m). Pericnik Waterfall, one of the best known waterfalls in Slovenia, is one of todays many highlights.
Day 6 Kranjska Gora
Today is free to relax in Kranjska Gora or find a walking trail into your wonderful surroundings. Nearby Triglav National Park is Slovenias only national park and one of the largest in Europe, full of magnificent sights of rocky mountains, river gorges, forests, lakes, waterfalls and endemic fauna. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to one of Slovenias icons – Lake Bled. This crystal blue, glacier-formed lake is best seen from the cliff-top castle, with a stunning backdrop of mountain scenery. After visiting this 11th-century fort and taking in views of famously picturesque Bled Island, youll head to a caf by the lake to taste the famous Bled Cream Cake. Later, visit Bohinj Lake, Slovenia’s largest natural lake. After a short journey through Bohinj Valley, you can either take a short climb for an impressive view of the 78m Savica Waterfall, or take a cable car to Mount Vogel, surrounded by the peaks of the Julian Alps.
Day 7 Ljubljana – Ptuj
Despite being one of the smallest and youngest capitals in Europe, Ljubljana is well known for its rich medieval heritage, as well as a wonderful selection of Renaissance, baroque and art nouveau buildings. We take a guided tour of the city and take time to explore independently. Endless cafs line the river, making an idyllic spot to rest before our journey continues to Ptuj in Slovenias eastern province of Styria.
Day 8 Ptuj
Ptuj is the oldest documented settlement in Slovenia, and equals the countrys capital for historical importance. This morning we take an included sightseeing tour of its beautiful historical core; a compact medieval quarter of monasteries, towers and the 5m-tall Orpheus Monument. Our tour includes Castle Hill, where a collection of red-roofed houses were assembled in the 14th-18th centuries on the remains of a Roman temple, to create the majestic Ptuj Castle. As you enter the courtyard you will see the red marble tombstone of Frederick IX, the last lord of Ptuj. The afternoon is free.
Day 9 Ptuj
Spend a day exploring Ptujs rich heritage at leisure, or choose an optional excursion to Maribor, Slovenias second largest city. This charming city is a jumble of medieval treasures; medieval towers, the remains of a city wall and, in the Lent district, the worlds oldest grapevine. This much celebrated vine has leant against the Old Vine House since the 1500s and still produces plump grapes. Beneath us lies one of central Europes oldest cellars, Vinag, with musty tunnels that stretch around two miles under the city.
Day 10 Ptuj – Ljubljana – UK
We transfer back to the airport for our return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.