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SLOVENIA ‘ An unspoiled piece of Europe’ 8 days / 7 nights

Slovenia is an undiscovered gem in the middle of Europe.
Even though it’s a small country half the size of Switzerland, it has a lot to offer.
You will be amazed of the diversity, cleanliness, nature and kind people.
Slovenia’s relative obscurity owes much to its history.
From Roman Times to nearly the present day, Slovenian territory was incorporated into
far-larger empires, relegating Slovenia through the ages to the role of rustic,
though charming, hinterland.


Program

Day 1 Ljubljana – Postojna
Arrival in Ljubljana. Our touringcar and guide are awaiting you at the airport and will drive to the center of the Slovenian capital. The city is not that big, but very versatile. We first take our lunch and start our visit with the ascent to the Ljubljanski Grad, which dominates the city. We descend to the Preseren Square, the most important square, with in the middle the statue of the national poet France Preseren. We visit the cathedral and the central market and walk over the Triple Bridge. After our discovery in this surprising city, we move on to our residence hotel in Postojna. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 2 Postojna
In the morning we visit the caves of Postojna. We enter the wonderful world inside the underground caves, hidden lakes and jagged rock formations. With an electronic train we descend into the cave network of about 20 kilometers long. After lunch we stay in Postojna to visit the castle Predjamski Grad. It is the only remaining cave castle in Europe and is situated against a 123 meter high cliff for around 800 years already. We close our day with a wine tasting. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 3 Postojna – Trieste – Lipica - Postojna
After breakfast we visit the Italian coast and the harbor city Trieste. The walk through the city takes us to the Roman theatre, one of the biggest synagogues of Europe and the Arco di Riccardo, a Roman gate situated in the small streets of the old city. After lunch we continue to the Slovenian Lipica for a show with the famous Lipizzaner. A breed of horse that has been bred since the 16th century. During a presentation we can admire tricks and gracious steps from these impressive horses. We visit the breeding farm and get to see the white horses running free in their natural habitat. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4 Postojna - Bled – Bohinj - Postojna
After breakfast we drive to Bled, situated at a wonderful lake and famous since the beginning of the 20th century as the most beautiful spa resort from the former Austrian empire. Bled is the absolute number one postcard destination in Slovenia, thanks to the surrounding fairytale landscape and the scenic lake. We make a boat trip to the island. In the afternoon we drive to the Bohinj Valley, divided into a high and a low valley. The biggest lake of Slovenia can be found here and it’s certainly the pearl of this valley. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 5 Postojna – Piran - Izola – Koper – Postojna
Today we discover the Slovenian coast. Our first stop is Piran. This ancient port city underwent several cultural influences. The Roman, German and Venetian rulers each left their marks on this port. We walk through the narrow streets that end up in charming squares with churches and enchanting palaces. Further on to the former island Izola. The Roman architecture bears witness of the city’s rich past. In the 19th century the ramparts where demolished and thrown into the sea. That way the island was attached to the mainland for good. We end our day in Koper, known as one of the most picturesque places of the Slovenian coast. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 Postojna – Skofja Loka – Idrija - Postojna
After breakfast the touring car will take us to Skofja Loka, the best preserved city of the middle ages. We visit the Capuchin bridge, the old city center, the castle and the Church of St. Jacob. We continue to Idrija. This village is UNESCO World Heritage and is generally known for its mercury mines. The discovery of mercury in 1490 was followed by a rush for mercury. In 1500 the first mine opened and it eventually grew up to seven. In the 18th century Idrija was good for 13% of the world production in mercury. In the seventies of last century mercury mining was diminishing. The last mercury mine was closed in 2007. We visit the village with more than 750 km empty mineshafts that partly run underneath the city. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7 Postojna – Opatija – Lovran - Postojna
After breakfast buffet we drive to the Croatian coast. Opatija is also known as the Riviera of Istria. We walk alongside the boardwalk full of flowers and tropical plants and we enjoy the numerous wonderful palaces. After lunch we go to Lovran. Outside the old center we find a lot of late 19th and early 20th century mansions from the time that Lovran was still part of Austria-Hungary and the nobility enjoyed their holidays at the beach. Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8 Postojna - Ljubjana
After breakfast we leave Postojna and head back to the capital city of Slovenia. We continue the visit we started at day 1. Despite the fact that Ljubljana can be categorized under the medium sized European capital cities, it uses the friendliness of a small city and at the same time it possesses every character of a metropolitan city. In the early evening we leave to the airport for our flight back. End of our services.


Above rate include :

  • Accommodation at superior 4 star hotel
  • Services based on FB – breakfast lunch and dinner. Program starts with dinner on day 1 and ends with breakfast on day 8
  • 1 free tourleader in a single room
  • Professional guide during the whole stay
  • All sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Local transfers and transportation by modern air conditioned car
  • All service fees and VAT taxes


Not included in this price:

  • Flights to/from Ljubljana
  • Personal Insurance
  • Customary tips to guides and crew
  • Items of personal nature, such as drinks, mini bar, telephone calls etc