Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

Church in Lake Bled
Lake Bohinj in Triglav National Park
Ljubljana
Port town of Izola
Kayaks on Lake Bohinj
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Slovenia is one of the most beautiful countries in the Balkans with its glistening glacial lakes, steep mountain cliffs and grassy meadows.

Slovenia is one of the most attractive countries in the Balkans with its glistening glacial lakes, steep mountain cliffs, rambling caves and grassy meadows. Explore the laid-back capital city of Ljubljana and the countryside including, Lake Bled. Lake Bled - Probably the most photographed place in the country and its beauty won't disappoint Triglav National Park - Discover the alpine scenery on walks in the Julian Alps from tranquil Lake Bohinj Ljubljana - Explore the majestic Baroque capital city on the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River.

Highlights
Lake Bled - Picturesque town with an attractive lake and islet
Triglav National Park - Walks in the Julian Alps from tranquil Lake Bohinj and the chance to participate in mountain biking or whitewater rafting
Ljubljana - Majestic baroque capital city
Skofja Loka - One of the most beautiful small towns in Slovenia
Bohinjska Bistrica to Nova Gorcia - One of the most scenic train journeys in Slovenia
Skocjan Caves - Spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site
Piran - Venetian Gothic architecture of this old Adriatic town
Why Book this Tour
Discover Slovenia and all its astounding nature from beautiful lakes to breath-taking mountains. This 8 day trip is a great mix of fantastic scenery and gothic architecture.
Meals – Breakfast Only
Breakfast: 7 Dinner: 2
Destinations
  • Julian Alps
  • Ljubljana Castle
  • Triglav
  • Slovenia
  • Ljubljana
  • Piran
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Birdwatching
  • Sightseeing
  • Trekking
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • Flowers and Gardens
  • Foodie
  • History
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Scenic
  • Small Group
  • 50 plus
  • Couples
  • Singles
Day 1: Join trip in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia
Arrive Ljubljana and check into hotel.There may be time this afternoon to explore the centre of the city and take in the vibrant cafe lifestyle along the banks of the river.

Day 2: Visit Medieval Skofja Loka and free time at Lake Bled
This morning we drive to Skofja Loka, one of the oldest and most beautiful small towns in Slovenia, dominated by its castle. We will soak up the atmosphere of this medieval town which is now protected both historically and culturally. Later we continue to the picturesque resort town of Bled situated on a tranquil lake. Widely acclaimed as one of the most fashionable European resorts in the early 20th century, this was the home of the Yugoslavian Royal Family and also the summer residence of President Tito. You may like to visit the island by travelling across in a traditional gondola known as a pletne (optional). On the island is the baroque Church of the Assumption and perched on a steep cliff above the lake is the 11th century Bled Castle with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace. You may also wish to walk the 6 kms around the lake past linden, chestnut and willow trees, swans and water lilies on the water. There are also rowing boats for hire (optional), or you can swim in the lake. Later, we continue to Lake Bohinj. En route if the weather is clear, we may see Triglav, the highest Alpine peak at 2864m. The name means 'Three Heads' and pagan Slovenes believed the mountain was the home of a three-headed deity who ruled the Sky, the Earth and the Underworld. It is a sacred mountain and according to tradition every Slovene should climb it at least once in his or her life. The peak was first climbed in 1778 by an Austrian and three Slovenes, and the mountain features prominently on the Slovene national flag. Lake Bohinj is a naturally preserved glacial lake enclosed by steep mountain cliffs on the southern edge of Triglav National Park - an ideal base from which to explore these magnificent mountains.

Day 3: Walk to Savica Waterfall in the beautiful Triglav National Park
The Triglav National Park nestles in the Slovene Julian and Kamnik Alps. Founded in 1924, it is one of the oldest Alpine nature reserves covering an area of 82,000 hectares. The Julian Alps is the first of the mountain barriers separating the Mediterranean Sea from continental Central Europe. On our first day we plan to walk to the Savica Waterfall, the source of Slovenia's longest and mightiest river, the Sava. The breathtaking cascade of water tumbles into a pool 60m below. We then take the cable car up Mount Vogel to the ski station at a height of 1535m from where impressive views extend over the lake and the Julian Alps. After exploring the area we take the cable car back down, although you could walk back if you choose. Once back at the lake you may choose to take an easy walk around Lake Bohinj (6.4kms) or hire a mountain bike and cycle quiet country roads.

Day 4: Free day at Lake Bohinj; option to go walking or join other activities
There are several optional walks to choose from on our second day, which could take us through deep-carved glacial valleys, across rolling hills and past springs, waterfalls, rivers and lakes or you can hire a kayak (optional) to explore the lake itself. The park is rich in flora and fauna (keep an eye open for chamois), and the ground is covered with a rich abundance of flowers; more than 10 species are endemic such as the Zois bellflower, Frolich gentian and Carniola cowslip. Throughout the countryside we will see 'kozolec', a special kind of rack for drying hay that is unique to Slovene regions. Also known as mountain harps, there are over 30 different types. There is also the opportunity to do some river rafting on the Sava Bohinjka river (optional), or horseriding (optional) in the surrounding countryside.

Day 5: Scenic train ride to Nova Gorica and visit to Skocjan Caves
We take the train from Bohinjska Bistrica to Nova Gorica. This journey is one of the most scenic in Slovenia with a back-drop of the Julian Alps. We pass through the Vipava Valley, a wine-growing region, onto one of the highlights of Slovenia, the amazing underground caverns at Skocjan, which have been protected by UNESCO since 1986. These 5km long caves descend 250m into a gigantic hollow into which a river disappears. Prehistoric people once sheltered in these caves and used them to make sacrifices to the gods of the underworld. After a guided tour, we continue to Piran, situated on the Slovenian Adriatic Sea. There are two distinct regions separated by a long shelf of steep cliffs extending down to the Istrian peninsular. In the past, this natural divide has been used as a border between kingdoms: the Venetian coastal lands and the inland domains of the Hapsburgs. Olive and tangerine trees grow in abundance along the 40km of coastline. On arrival, your Explore Leader will take you on a brief orientation tour.

Day 6: Free day in Piran to explore and enjoy the nearby beaches
The day is left free for personal exploration. You may like to spend today exploring Piran, a beautiful town full of narrow streets, vaulted passages, arcaded courtyards and Venetian Gothic architecture. Alternatively you could relax and take a swim off the rocks along the coast. Piran is one of the best preserved historical towns anywhere on the Adriatic and is entirely protected as a cultural monument. From the remains of the 15th century walls, there are some great views over the town and the sea. The ancient central square is surrounded by beautiful patrician villas and there is a monument dedicated to the local composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini.

Day 7: Visit to Predjama Castle en route to Ljubljana
Today we make our way back to Ljubljana with a visit to Predjama Castle, built into a dramatic 123m craggy cliff en route. This four storey castle dates back to the 16th century and has all the features a castle should have such as a drawbridge, holes in the entrance ceiling for pouring boiling oil on intruders, a dark and dingy dungeon and a 16th century treasure chest. We drive on to Ljubljana, a small, majestic baroque city where we can visit Ljubljana Castle (optional). The original dates back to Celtic times, but the present one was mostly built after the 16th century. After climbing the 150 steps up to the tower, you can walk along the ramparts where there are some great views over the Old Town.

Day 8: Trip ends in Ljubljana
The trip ends today in Ljubljana.

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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