Slovenia

Highlights of Slovenia

This 11-day itinerary starts and finishes in Slovenia’s pretty capital, Ljubljana. You will have plenty of time to explore the Julian Alps, enjoying time in both the remote and little-visited Logar Valley, as well as the more well-known delights of Lake Bled and the Soča River Valley. We can include plenty of activities along the way (cycling, white-water rafting, SUPs, kayaking, zip-lining and so on) and you will also have a couple of days on the coast, in the attractive seaside town of Piran.

Highlights

  Lunch in a shepherd’s mountain hut
  Superb mountain hikes
  Swim and SUP in Lake Bled
  Cycle along Radovna Valley
  Canyoning or white-water rafting
  Visit Škocjan caves
  Wander around coastal Piran

11 days from £1,200 pp

Plus international flights form £200

An 11 day holiday in Slovenia for a family of four usually costs from £4,800 plus flights, depending on type of accommodation.

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Highlights of Slovenia day-by-day itinerary

Day 1, Ljublijana
When you arrive into Ljubljana Airport you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore.


Day 2, Ljubljana
You have a full day to explore Ljubljana, Slovenia’s impossibly pretty capital. Here the tree-lined streets weave between attractive squares that are lined with pavement cafes. Imposing baroque churches painted in pastel colours look out over handsome cobbled streets and the Ljubljianica River threads through the city, crossed by picturesque bridges.

This is a great place to wander. Perhaps start the day with a visit to Ljubljana castle, perched above the city with commanding views. Younger children might enjoy the scavenger hunt tour of the castle. From here we recommend spending the day exploring the city on foot, perhaps walking through Tivoli park and stopping for ice-cream in one of the many city squares.


Day 3, Ljubljana
This morning you will pick up your rental vehicle and will then head out of the city. Your destination is Logar Valley, in the north of Slovenia (around 1.5 hours). This extraordinarily beautiful glacial valley is situated in the heart of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. The bottom of the lush green valley is dotted with traditional farms and pastureland but on each side, the valley walls rise sharply and are backed by craggy and frequently snow-capped peaks.

Perhaps stop for a traditional Slovenian lunch at Logarski kot. This is a great little mountain restaurant in the middle of a meadow with dramatic views of the sheer rock face of Planjava. From here you might like to continue to Rinka waterfall, at the head of the valley.


Day 4, Logar Valley
You have a full day to explore. We highly recommend taking a hike into the mountains and there are many different options depending on how far you can persuade the children to walk! Our favourite route takes you up to Strelovec Ridge, which separates the Logar Valley from neighbouring Robanov Valley. This will take most of the day but the views from the top are incredible; if the children need some encouragement you can stop en route for a break at Klemenči Jami mountain hut. The views here are gorgeous and you can turn around at this point if you’ve had enough.


Day 5, Logar Valley – Lake Bled
This morning drive to Lake Bled, one of the most popular places to visit in Slovenia. The lake itself is wonderfully pretty, with crystal clear blue waters surrounded by mountains. You can spend the afternoon exploring; perhaps take a rowing boat out on the lake or head to one of the lake beaches and hire a SUP. There are lots of wooden jetties that jut out over the water and the kids will happily spend hours charging off the end of these, into the water.

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Day 6, Lake Bled – Lake Bohinj
You have a day to explore the area. Active families may enjoy hiring bikes and cycling into the Radovna Valley, in Triglav National Park. This is a great route, perfect for families as it is quite flat but extremely beautiful. The valley floor is wide and often covered in wildflowers, but with pine-clad mountains beyond.

Alternatively, you might like to visit Lake Bohinj, which is much quieter and less touristy than Lake Bled. Again you can hire a SUP for the day, follow the trail that skirts the lake (and enjoy a picnic lunch en route), or visit Savica Waterfall.

Another popular activity is the hike through Vintgar Gorge, but this can get extremely busy in the summer and we prefer the less touristy Tolmin Gorge that you can visit later in the trip.


Day 7, Lake Bled – Vršič Pass hike – Bovec
Today you have a spectacular drive deep into the Julian Alps. The journey takes you over the Vršič Pass and we recommend that you stop here for an incredible circular 5-mile hike. The route is stunning and because you are starting at the pass, it has the added bonus that a lot of the ascent has been done in the car! The path is easy to follow and takes you through flower-filled meadows and spruce forest with superb views over both Austria and Italy.

From here continue into the Soča river valley to Bovec. This river runs through the heart of the Julian Alps and is renowned for its startling turquoise colour. Bovec itself is a charming little town and a great base for the many adventure activities in the area.

There are a number of different accommodation options here depending on whether you want to stay in town or in a rural area.


Day 8, Bovec canyoning or rafting
Bovec is the centre of Slovenia’s adventure activities and there are plenty of options to choose from today. One of our favourite activities is canyoning (aged 9+) in which you follow the course of the Soča river, climbing over rocks, abseiling down waterfalls, squeezing down crevices and jumping off (low!) cliffs into beautiful emerald pools.

Another popular activity is white water rafting, perfect for a dose of adrenalin but in a particularly beautiful section of the river. There are different routes available depending on the ages of your children (minimum age is 5), with varying degrees of difficulty. Whichever you choose, there will be a mixture of rapids and quieter sections where you can jump off the raft and swim alongside.

This afternoon perhaps head down to the Soča River to one of the sandy beaches and have a relaxing few hours swimming and soaking up the views.


Day 9, Bovec – Piran
Today you will head out of the mountains to the coast. There are a number of places that you can stop en route. First is the Tolmin Gorge; this is a great alternative to the much more touristy Vintgar Gorge near Lake Bled. Here the beautiful clear waters of the Tolminka River have carved a deep gorge out of the cliffs. You can follow a raised wooden walkway through and across the gorge, stopping along the way to swim in one of the many pools.

Another stop you may like to consider are the Škocjan caves, a vast subterranean cave system that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here the Reka river has carved out huge caverns and tunnels, all featuring numerous stalactites and stalagmites in an otherworldly landscape.

Nearby is Predjama Castle, the largest ‘cave castle’ in the world, perched in an impossibly dramatic location in the middle of a 123m high cliff face.

You will end the day in Piran, on the Adriatic coast.


Day 10, Piran
You have a full day to explore Piran. This is a gorgeous little town, sitting at the end of a peninsula, with terracotta-roofed buildings, a bustling harbour and medieval walls. It’s rather like a mini-Dubrovnik, with all roads leading to the beautifully clear waters of the Adriatic.

Spend the day wandering around the cobbled streets, climb the Bell Tower for panoramic views or find one of the seafront restaurants and sample the seafood dishes for which the town is famous.


Day 11, Piran – Ljubljana
Drive back to the airport, where you will drop off the car before flying home.

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