Slovenia

Slovenia customer reviews

Read our customer reviews to get a sense of the kind of experience that you might have on a family trip to Slovenia with Stubborn Mule. We are very proud of the feedback that we get and are pleased to share reviews from past travellers. These are kept as up-to-date as possible.
Two boys preparing to zip line in Bovec, Slovenia, on an active Europe holiday

The Soca Valley is a hub for exciting outdoor activities – zip-lining, rafting, canyonning, kayaking and more…

Young Family (with children aged 7 & 12)

Travelled Summer 2023
Hi Liddy. We had an amazing holiday, thank you very much to you and your team for all your help in organising it and while we were there. The water there was absolutely stunning, the kids loved the SUP, canyoning, and rafting activities and all the jumping in, my 7-year-old even managed the 8m jump on the rafting trip! We loved everything about Slovenia and would definitely go back. Loved all the areas we visited, especially Logar Valley, and everyone was so friendly. It really is such a beautiful country. Piran was really lovely to visit too, and really lovely hotel. Really loved Galboka (and Nerezine) too. So glad we got to see all these places we would not have even thought of. 

Family H (with teenagers aged 15 & 18)

Travelled Summer 2023 – Slovenia & Croatia
The Logar Valley was very beautiful and the Pension was a great place to stay with wonderful hearty food and very kind hosts. The apartment we stayed in at Lake Bled was great, and the owner was very helpful, letting us have a late checkout the next day so that we could look around a bit. We went to the lake and the castle and generally enjoyed the town. The Julian Alps were really impressive and it was a very picturesque drive. We enjoyed the walk around Tolmin Gorges. It’s a very impressive spot. Piran was lovely. Just what we needed – a comfortable hotel with the warm, crystal clear sea just a few steps away. And a very pretty old town to wander around.

Then off to Veli Losinj in Croatia. We loved the hotel in Veli Losinj. The food was great, the hosts were friendly and we enjoyed the pool and the generally relaxed pace. Walking along the coastal path to quiet bays was lovely, and one day we took a boat to the three islands and enjoyed swimming off the side of it. This was our favourite place. I would happily have stayed for the rest of the summer!

The Skocjan caves were truly amazing! Incredibly huge and majestic. I highly recommend this visit to everyone who can manage it. (It does have a lot of steps so that’s worth bearing in mind.) Then we went to Predjama Castle, which was very interesting though absolutely jam-packed with people.

The hotel in Ljubljana was great – nice rooms, helpful staff, great breakfast and very well situated for all the sights. We took a ‘time machine’ guided tour of the castle with actors playing historical figures, which was a fun way of hearing about the history, and beyond that we wandered around looking at bridges and statues and eating at restaurants along the tree-lined river. It’s a beautiful city and we really enjoyed its relaxed atmosphere and excellent food.

Overall we really enjoyed both Slovenia and Croatia and would love to go back another time to explore more.

Wolfenfen Family (with children aged 12 & 14)

Travelled Summer 2023
Hi Sinead. Everything went very smoothly. The accommodation was all very good and we particularly liked the one in Bled, plus being so close to the lake but not having the traffic queues of Bled itself. All the activities booked worked really well, and you spaced them out well. The hotel in the city was great, very central, and had excellent staff. We loved the House of Illusions museum and the great cafe in the Museum of Modern Art. My only (minor) critique was having to travel down from the accommodation in Soca to Bovec every day to do activities – by day 3, we were getting a bit fed up with the road! May have been better to have been in Bovec itself, although Soca was very calming. Overall, however, a fab time!

Crease Family (with kids aged 9, 11 & 13)

Travelled Summer 2023
Hi Caroline. We had a fantastic time. Slovenia is so beautiful and we feel like we’ve had quite an adventure! It was very hot indeed and there were frequent tropical storms which added interest throughout! The Logar Valley was probably the grown-up’s favourite bit for the scenery and the more tranquil pace of life – actually not that many tourists around.  The Pension was fantastic, the perfect start, with really great and reasonably priced food and enough space for the kids to run around independently and amuse themselves with badminton and goats! 

Car hire pickup was very easy with a lovely guy on the desk and the car was great with an enormous boot, which was very useful.  A map would have been really handy though.  Atet didn’t offer any and the car had no Satnav. Although we used our phones, it’s a lot easier to have a view of the bigger picture on paper to aid navigation initially.

Lake Bled was beautiful and we had the best ice cream ever on the island there.  The kids loved the public lido on the lake which was a really great facility with a slide and diving board and inflatables, especially since the area was so busy that finding a spot elsewhere for free swimming was pretty impossible.  Lots of Brit/Irish end-of-termers, though! Summer tobogganing was also a hit.

The free tourist buses doing circuits in both Bled and Bohinj are really great and worth making people aware to look out for.  The self-catering apartments were great too, very modern and nicely done, close to the free bus stop and a very short walk to the farmhouse for a great breakfast.  The area was lovely and a very doable 15/20 min walk through lovely countryside to town when we didn’t want to drive.  Great beehive educational session/honey tasting there too.

Bike hire at Kranska Gora was good – we cycled to Italy, had pizza and cycled back!  It’s fun to say now, but it was so hot I thought I would die!  None of us had any experience with electric bikes but as it turned out for the length of ride, it was a good thing, and I think electric bikes for all could be the way forward if we did it again. Why strain yourself on holiday?!

White water rafting was the kid’s favourite activity and the hotel was so handy for the rafting centre, only 500m away. We had a great guide and really enjoyed it.

Piran was a big hit with everyone – it’s such a beautiful little historic harbour town, and our hotel was the perfect place to stay.  It’s a lovely old hotel (no laundry option on the weekend though – frustrating) right on the esplanade and we spent the 2 days alternating between ambling through the streets of the town and swimming off the esplanade. We were in the sea 3 times a day and it was so convenient, stepping straight out of the lobby onto the esplanade and into the sea. 

We had beautiful interconnecting sea view rooms with a lovely balcony from one room and the most comfortable beds ever – perfect! There was a lovely atmosphere at night with live music in the harbour and a fabulous/controversial Russian yacht anchored in the bay for interest. The kids also enjoyed the breakfast buffet which featured puddings and cakes heavily! (?!)  We could easily have stayed longer in Piran, not least because I’d have liked to go to the spa at the salt pans, and the kids loved the sea swimming. 

Ljubljana was lovely, such a pretty city. The hotel was good. It was quite well located, not too far a walk from the old town, so we were happy with that.  We spent the time mainly just wandering around – we went to the castle, took a river cruise and we also went to a ‘museum of experiments’ which the kids saw advertised which was quite fun. Lots of science type experiments to do and we spent about an hour and a half there. There were also food markets on Friday and some kind of food festival with loads of street food stands which was good.  We could maybe have had an extra night there, but I think we managed to get a good feel for the place in the time.

Other general observations for info – laundry is tricky to do!  There were very few launderettes (only in Bled but we’d have had to camp in there all day to get a machine) and the only places to offer laundry in-house were Boka (success), Piran (but weekdays only) and Vespera). The food in Slovenia was outstanding everywhere – very fresh and local, but quite pricey – more than the UK for sure. 

Thanks for all your help.

Woodhall Family

Travelled Summer 2023
Hi Sinead. We had a great time thanks!  It worked out really well having the extra time at Bohinj as it gave us a slower start to the holiday and a bit of time to unwind and not rush doing things. The hotel at Bohinj was especially good – highly recommend. All other hotels were very good too. Our only feedback is that it is worth letting people know that they need to pre-book the caves and castle. The Skocjan caves were fully booked so we went to the Predjama caves instead which were excellent. Thanks!

Foulkes Family (with kids aged 9, 11 & 13)

Travelled Summer 2022 – Slovenia & Croatia
Dear Caroline. We had an absolutely brilliant time in Slovenia and Croatia. The whole holiday went very smoothly and we are so grateful to you and your team for having organised it all. We particularly enjoyed Lake Bohinj and the Soca Valley, and the evening we had in Rovinj in Croatia was a lovely addition and I would add to all itineraries (the hotel in Rovinj was amazing too). We also took a detour to Pula from Rovinj (on the way to Losing) to see the Roman amphitheatre which was really worthwhile. The children loved jumping off jetties and piers, and the views in Slovenia were quite spectacular. We are so thrilled to have got them all hiking at last! Huge thanks to you all! 

Bryan Family (with kids aged a 10,13 & 15)

Travelled Summer 2022
Thanks to everyone at Stubborn Mule for organising our holiday to Slovenia. We had an amazing time travelling around this beautiful country. It’s an incredible place full of phenomenal scenery and with a huge range of fun things to do as a family – it’s definitely going to get more popular in the coming years! The itinerary that Helene and team put together for us was perfect, including kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, white water rafting, and a city tour of Ljubljana along with lots of time to relax. All the logistics of hotels, cars & activities were perfectly organised and went super smoothly.

Joset Family (with teenager aged 18)

Travelled Summer 2022
Hi Caroline. We are very well and still buzzing from our trip in Slovenia. I am so happy that you recommended Slovenia to us: we had a fantastic time. From start to finish, the trip was perfect. All the hotels were amazing and the places that we visited were all beautiful and perfect for outdoor activities. The climb to Triglav was fantastic and Igor our guide was excellent. I had complete trust in him and we felt really safe. I don’t have a single negative comment about this trip, it was our first holiday abroad after 2 years of pandemic and it couldn’t have been a better way to start travelling again. Thank you so much for this trip.

Manson Family (with children 8,11 & 14)

Travelled Summer 2022 – Slovenia and Croatia
Hi Charlotte. Highlights of the trip include Lubjliana – a beautiful city, we all really enjoyed the castle and the amazing views, and also just pottering around enjoying the Dragon Bridge, and theme which was all over the city. Lots of lovely restaurants and cafes to stop off at, by the river too. We loved the Logar Valley – The hike up to the Strelovec Ridge was quite steep, but the boys enjoyed it and the views at the end were really stunning. It wasn’t too busy, with lots of butterflies and wildflowers still out. Child-friendly options at the Klemenci Jami hut were a little limited, but they provided us with some bread and butter and the magic marmite pot that goes everywhere comes in handy. The boys couldn’t believe their luck when they spotted swings and skittles at the mountain hut and was a lovely rest break for them. 

We loved the hotel in the Logarska Valleyone of our favourite places. We could almost have had an extra day just to relax and enjoy the stunning natural pool, with the most amazing views of the mountains in the background! 

Lake Bled was lovely, although incredibly busy!

The Zipline was in everyone’s top five activities – the company were really good and altered the timing so we could enjoy a beautiful sunset (as opposed to torrential rain at our scheduled time). The boys all loved it and would have done it again and again. Stunning views over rivers, and mountains – truly magical. 

We were a little unlucky with the weather for paddleboarding, as there was quite a bit of wind and the water was a little choppy, but nevertheless, it was a beautiful setting and with different conditions, I think the boys would have loved it. 

The hotel in Bovec was another favourite. The pool and views were lovely. Rafting down the river Soca was brilliant and we all enjoyed jumping in and having a swim at the end.

I think the kayaking was in everybody’s top three! Such stunning clear, blue water, beautiful views all around, and a mostly gentle journey down the river with a welcome challenge of a few rapids. We all had a kayak each and the boys had a real sense of achievement at the end. I must say that the company boss did take one look at O and was a little nervous about taking him as he’s only 8. Luckily the guide was confident he could support him, but I think it helped that we were able to say that O had done some kayaking before. 

We were quite awed by the Postojna Caves – it was incredibly busy when we arrived for our slot, and luckily Anja was able to explain to us to go to the fast queue to collect our tickets. However, the tour was well paced and the crowds didn’t take away from our experience.

A day with the bears was everybody’s top activity. The guided tour in the afternoon was really well informed, interesting and intimate. Probably quite long for the younger children, but it was definitely worthwhile. We were provided with a delicious tea ahead of our time in the hide, and luckily bread and apple fritters were also provided to cater for fussy children.

We made the best of the opportunity to train the littlest and chattiest child to practice being quiet for two hours on various days in the run-up to the hide! It was comfortable to sit in, and we enjoyed the boys having to be quiet for a couple of hours. We were incredibly lucky to see a male bear, 3 years old, and a mother with three cubs appear for us. The look on O’s face when the bear cubs turned up was quite a picture. A memory that will hopefully stay with us all. 

Croatia was wonderful and relaxing, we loved the hotel and the beach and it was great to have a couple of days of doing relatively nothing. A couple of learning points, however… 1) some borders are for EU citizens only! Our Sat Nav took us on the quickest route across the border.. only to discover that since leaving the EU we were not allowed to cross here.. and had to travel an extra 45 mins to the appropriate border crossing! We had left plenty of time to catch the ferry and so our crossing was not affected.

Finally – Anja was brilliant.. really helpful and responsive on the multiple times we contacted her with queries. 

Kitchen Family (with children aged 8 & 9)

Travelled Summer 2022
Hi Caroline. Slovenia was absolutely amazing. I can’t tell you how ideal it was for us!!! D was such a help for advice and restaurant ideas and apart from the border (which won’t be an issue from January 2023) it was such a smooth, easy and wonderful trip. We wouldn’t change a thing about our trip. Our fave accommodation was in the Logar Valley. So welcoming and the view was astounding. We didn’t go and see the horses, instead, we went for pasta and gelato in Trieste which was fab. I have recommended you guys to so many people so hopefully, you’ll get some more bookings!!!

Miller Family (with children aged 9, 13 & 16)

Travelled Summer 2020
Slovenia totally exceeded our expectations. We had expected lovely mountains, but hadn’t been prepared for quite how beautiful it would be. So varied in different parts of the country but always always stunning. Our favourite area was the Soca River Valley. The kids loved the white-water rafting and the older two also went canyoning with P whilst J and I went for ice-cream. We all had a great day then!

However, my favourite activity here was the hike we did on the Soca Trail, crossing over the footbridges and with such amazing views of the river and the mountains. Honestly, it was incredible. (The trail was easy to follow too, which was a bonus!). Our farmstay here was lovely. The kids really enjoyed being able to go off on their own and explore and the location is beautiful.

We also really like Ljubljana. There’s not a huge amount to see, but it’s just a lovely place to wander around. We found an amazing restaurant here with loads of Slovenian specialties – the kids loved it as they had enormous mountain sausages on the menu, and P enjoyed the craft beer. I just enjoyed it all. Thank for you all your help and suggestions.

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