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Slovenia Short Break including Ljubljana & Lake Bled
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Slovenia Short Break including Ljubljana & Lake Bled

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Situated in the heart of Eastern Europe between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, Slovenia is a country of astounding natural beauty and cultural wealth. On this 5-night short break, experience the very best of Slovenia, from city to coast and countryside.

From your base in the charming and compact capital of Ljubljana, visit the incredible Postojna Caves in the country’s expansive Karst region, travel to the small stretch of Slovenian coastline on the Mediterranean to visit the picturesque towns of Piran and Koper, and head up into the breathtaking scenery of the Slovenian Alps to the country’s largest lake, Lake Bohinj, as well as its most famous, Bled.

You’ll also have time to discover Ljubljiana’s green and leafy streets, historic buildings, trendy cafés and markets at your own pace, as well as taking in some of its most popular sites on a half day guided walking tour.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Slovenia: Euro (€)

Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU members do not need a visa, however non-EU members should check with their local embassy. 
Airport
Venice Marco Polo Airport is located on the mainland 4.3 miles north of the city in Tessera. The journey to your hotel in Lido di Jesolo will take approximately 40 minutes. The return transfer from Poreč will take approximately three hours.
Climate

Temperatures will be cooler in the mountain areas of Slovenia.

Food & Drink

Slovenian food is simple and hearty, with many cream based dishes such as mushroom soup, pork sour soup and Chicken Paprika. 

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

April’s Fools Day by Josip Novakovich

The Sound of Blue by Holly Payne

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

 

Holiday highlights

Ljubljana

A city of only 280,000 people, Slovenia’s capital is easy to explore by foot, taking in its charming, leafy streets and historic buildings. The Ljubljanica River is the heart of the city, with its beautiful bridges and trendy cafés along its banks. Dominating the city’s skyline, a visit to Ljubljana Castle is a must for history buffs. Accessible by funicular from the Old Town, the castle now houses a museum, restaurant and gallery.

Postojna Cave

Stretching on for an impressive 24,340m through Slovenia’s karst region, Postojna Cave is the second-longest cave system in the country. Forged by the Pivka River, the caves have been a popular tourist attraction for decades, with a cave railway transporting visitors through the limestone tunnels and passages for the past 140 years. Uniquely, a large open part of the cave known as Congress Hall, is now used as a venue for music and theatre performances, conferences and even weddings!

Slovenian Coast

Slovenia’s only coastline occupies a 46.6km stretch of the Istrian peninsula. Located between Italy and Croatia, this Mediterranean coast is home to several picturesque seaside towns. The largest of these is the port city of Koper, with its medieval old town and Venetian-style landmarks. Arguably the most beautiful is Piran, a medieval walled town surrounded by sea.

Lake Bled

Located in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is Slovenia’s most iconic destination, and for good reason. Surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, the lake is home to Bled Island, perfectly picturesque with its church steeple peeking above the treetops. Adding to the breathtaking beauty of this extraordinary place is Bled Castle, which overlooks the entire area from the top of a cliff on the lakeside.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Slovenia: Euro (€)

Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU members do not need a visa, however non-EU members should check with their local embassy. 
Airport
Venice Marco Polo Airport is located on the mainland 4.3 miles north of the city in Tessera. The journey to your hotel in Lido di Jesolo will take approximately 40 minutes. The return transfer from Poreč will take approximately three hours.
Climate

Temperatures will be cooler in the mountain areas of Slovenia.

Food & Drink

Slovenian food is simple and hearty, with many cream based dishes such as mushroom soup, pork sour soup and Chicken Paprika. 

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.45
  • Beer: €4.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €12.00
  • Soft Drink: €2.00
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

April’s Fools Day by Josip Novakovich

The Sound of Blue by Holly Payne

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Slovenia

Afternoon

Travel to Slovenia

Fly to Venice Treviso airport in the afternoon, where you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s bustling capital.

Day 2 – Walking Tour of Ljubljana

Morning

Walking Tour of Ljubljana

This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of the city’s highlights, including Ljubljana Castle and the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Spend the afternoon at leisure in Ljubljana. Your local guide will be happy to offer suggestions of activities to suit your interests.

Day 3 – Postojna Caves & Slovenian Coast

Morning

Postojna Caves

After breakfast, embark on a morning guided excursion to the Postojna Caves to admire the network of tunnels, halls and karst features. Here you will see the unique cave railway, the blackened entrance which was damaged by fire during World War II, and the impressive Congress Hall, which is now used as a concert venue.

Afternoon

Slovenian Coast

In the afternoon, continue to the picturesque town of Piran located in Slovenia’s Adriatic coast for a guided walking tour of the old town followed by free time for lunch (at your own expense). Afterwards, continue to the coastal town of Koper for a visit to a local wine cellar with wine tasting included.

Day 4 – Lake Bohinj & Lake Bled

Morning

Lake Bohinj

Today, depart your hotel for a guided excursion to Lake Bohinj, the largest lake in Slovenia. Less well known, but just as beautiful as Bled, Lake Bohinj is a popular spot for fishing, swimming and hill walking. Take a cable car trip up to Mount Vogel to marvel at the striking views before enjoying a panoramic drive around the lake.

Afternoon

Lake Bled

Continue your journey to Lake Bled for a guided tour including a boat trip to Bled Island, which lies in the centre of the lake’s glacial blue waters. The small island is home to a church, small museum and the historic South Staircase, a set of 99 steps built in 1655. Later, visit the medieval Bled Castle which overlooks the lake from its imposing clifftop perch.

Day 5 – At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

The final day of your holiday will be free to spend as you wish. Relax in your hotel, or visit Ljubljana city centre to pick up some souvenirs or local Slovenian treats to take home.

Day 6 – Return Home

Afternoon

Return Home

After a morning at leisure, check out of your hotel and depart for Venice Treviso airport for your flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel Park 3

Hotel Park is located just a 10-15 minutes’ walk from Ljubljana city centre and its numerous tourist attractions. This hotel offers comfortably equipped rooms and is surrounded by green parkland making it a perfect base to explore as well as relax.... read more read more read more

Hotel Park is located just a 10-15 minutes’ walk from Ljubljana city centre and its numerous tourist attractions. This hotel offers comfortably equipped rooms and is surrounded by green parkland making it a perfect base to explore as well as relax.

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Hotel Park
Tabor 9
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
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City Hotel Ljubljana 3

Located just 500 meters from Ljubljana’s historic old town, this hotel is an ideal base for exploring the city and its surrounding attractions. The hotel has a modern design and its guest rooms are comfortable and well equipped.... read more read more read more

Located just 500 meters from Ljubljana’s historic old town, this hotel is an ideal base for exploring the city and its surrounding attractions. The hotel has a modern design and its guest rooms are comfortable and well equipped.

Hotel address
City Hotel Ljubljana
Dalmatinova ulica 15
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
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