Western Slovenia is a synonym for 'dolce vita'. Not only because of its wines and gastronomy, but also thanks to the overwhelming natural beauty of this region at the crossroads of the Alps and the Adriatic.
Get to know the famous, crystal-clear Lake Bled and its imposing castle. The place of choice for nature lovers and hikers. Hike through the impressive Triglav National Park to one of the most beautiful valleys in the Alps. Visit the centuries-old stud farm of the world-famous Lipizzaners and explore one of Slovenia's more pristine wine regions.
Finish in the beautiful university city of Ljubljana with plenty of sights, bars, top restaurants and a lovely shopping centre.
Day 1: Departure to Bled or Ljubljana
Your trip starts in Bled; how you get there is up to you. You can take the car and drive to Bled, or take the plane to Ljubljana. Do you choose the latter option? Then pick up your rental car before the adventure can begin. Your first two nights in the Slovenian Alps will be spent in a Caractère hotel. We will be happy to map out the best route for you together!
Day 2: Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
Day 2 introduces you to the famous Lake Bled, with its imposing castle and its islet with the baroque Assumption of Virgin Mary Church. Thanks to the mild climate and hot springs, the water here is already around 23°C in June and it is possible to swim in the lake until early October. The 4-kilometre-long crystal-clear Lake Bohinj is the place to be for nature lovers and hikers, unspoilt and surrounded by steep mountains of over 2,000 metres.
Day 3: The Triglav National Park and the Soča Valley
Next, hike through the impressive Triglav National Park, via the Vršič Pass and the pleasant village of Bovec to one of the Alps' most beautiful valleys, the Soča Valley. A visit to the Museum of Kobarid gives a great insight into the 'greatest mountain battle of all time' on the Isonzo Front, described by Ernest Hemingway in 'A Farewell to Arms'. To fully explore this beautiful region, stay four nights at one of our hotels.
Day 4: The Tuscany Of Slovenia
The Brda region is one of Slovenia's most untouched wine regions and is renowned for 'sweet living', not only for its cherries and gastronomy, but especially for its excellent wines. As a result, the region is also known as the Tuscany of Slovenia. For those interested in history, you can visit the strategic sites from WWI. Other fun attractions include the pretty towns on the other side of the border with Italy such as Cividale del Friuli, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 5: Lipica and Trieste
Continue your journey with a visit to the stud farm of the famous Lipizzaners, a beautiful and strong breed of horses. Then explore the captivating port city of Trieste, birthplace of Illy coffee and shopping paradise for former Yugoslavs, with its 'Piazza dell' Unità' - one of Italy's largest squares by the sea - and the upper 'Piazza del Cattedrale'. Make sure to take a break in one of the many historic coffee houses where you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.
Day 6: Beautiful Piran and its salt pans
Portorož is a popular seaside resort, but it is mainly the charming Piran that will enchant you. Next, visit the Secovlje salt pans, where the 'fleur de sel' is world-famous.
Day 7: The caves of Postonje
The adventure continues through the 20-kilometre-long caves of Postojnska. You can partially traverse these by train. For those who can't get enough of this beautiful natural phenomenon, there are also the less crowded and more rugged caves of Škocjanske Jama. Continue your journey to Ljubljana, where you will stay for two nights.
Day 8: Beautiful Ljubljana
End your trip with a relaxing day in beautiful Ljubljana and explore this university town with its numerous bars and top restaurants. Don't forget to visit the lovely shopping centre.
Day 9: Going home
Your trip is unfortunately over. After returning your rental car, if applicable, you fly or drive back home with a suitcase full of wonderful memories. Don't feel like returning home yet? Caractère is happy to arrange a few more nights for you to stay.
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