Arrive and transfer to your first hotel to begin your journey through Slovenia to discover a landscape born of the Alps and the Adriatic.
Today, discover why Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular sights. With its emerald waters, church-dotted islet and views of the Julien Alps, you won't be short of picture-perfect views. Start the day at the fairytale Bled Castle which offers one of the finest views of the island. Journey through time on traditional modes of transport, from fijakers (open carriages) to a Pletna boat, which will take you to Bled Island where you will visit the Church of the Assumption. Be sure to try the famous Bled cream cake during your travels.
This morning explore Zelenci Nature Reserve and Triglav National Park. As you explore the park, you’ll encounter crystal rivers, glacier-carved valleys, alpine lakes, high-altitude pastures, roaming ibex, stunning peaks, and hidden gorges. The focal point of the park is Mount Triglav, at 2,864 metres it is Slovenia’s highest mountain. Later, you can hike around Planica, renowned for its rich heritage in ski jumping and alpine sports.
Today, explore the treasures that make up Slovenian gastronomy. Enjoy a chocolate experience sampling truffles to crafted pralines. During a visit to Lečtarski Museum and Workshop learn how local bakeries have made honey-infused dough into cookies for centuries. Located in a building that’s been making lectarstvo since 1766, this living museum is where you can witness the craft and buy some gingerbread hearts. Lunch is a real treat as you will be dining with a local chef who will share her grandmother's ‘secret’ recipes.
After breakfast enjoy a day exploring Brdo pri Kranju, a historic sanctuary. The estate reveals a 500-year legacy, showcasing the Renaissance Brdo Castle, a treasure trove of noble history since the 15th century. Here you can ride Slovenian’s famous white horse; the Lipizzaner, renowned for their elegance and power. From here transfer to Ljubljana. Before dinner enjoy a short river cruise on a handmade wooden boat.
Discover the many charms of Slovenia's capital city during a walking tour with a private guide. Stroll over the picturesque bridges, looking at the beautiful Baroque churches and palaces. Take in Tivoli Park, a green oasis in the city, and sample the local food in the markets. Visit Ljubljana Castle, and then experience Ljubljana from another perspective as you embark on a ride on the funicular railway before visiting a vineyard.
Today, explore the charming region of Bela Krajina located in the far south-east of Slovenia. It is nestled against the Kolpa River, which forms the natural border with Croatia. It is renowned for the colour white from the birch forests to traditional costumes of its locals. Immerse yourself in the gastronomy of the region with a Belokranjska Pogača (flatbread) workshop. This afternoon you can hire e-bikes to explore the vineyards or many honey producers.
After breakfast visit Volčji Potok Arboretum, the most visited botanical park in Slovenia. The vast gardens feature 3,500 plants from all over the world. Streams and lakes, offering habitats to water plants and animals, bring a special dynamic to the park. Walk the marked paths leading through beneficial energy points and stop for coffee in the summer café.
Today transfer to Portorož, located along the Istrian coastline in Piran Bay. It has been a renowned health resort since the 13th century. Its mud and saltwater baths gained fame in the 19th century, making it one of central Europe's grandest seaside resorts, alongside destinations like Opatija, Abbazia, Lido, and Grado, all part of the Austrian Littoral. Enjoy your sundowner tonight during a short sailing trip.
Enjoy a private afternoon tour of the Škocjan Caves. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is found in the Karst region. The system of caves consists of 3.8 miles of underground passages, waterfalls, and rapids, and the enormous Martel Chamber— one of the largest underground chambers in the world. Afterwards visit Nona Mima for an interactive workshop and culinary experience known as Osmica which is the sale of wine and other produce. Taste typical dried meats and freshly baked bread.
Today travel to the coastal city of Trieste, often referred to as ‘Italy's gateway to Central Europe’. It is located on a narrow strip of Italian territory lying between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia. As you wander through the charming streets, you'll find yourself immersed in the remnants of the Habsburg spirit and the rich Austro-Hungarian past that have left an indelible mark on the city. For lunch enjoy a wine safari picnic.
Discover more about truffle hunting in the Croatian part of Istria. This family-run venture is your gateway to an unforgettable experience, enriched by the beauty of the Schengen system, which allows seamless exploration between Slovenia and Croatia. Accompanied by their expert team and dogs, you'll embark on a truffle-hunting expedition in their private family woods, a mere two-minute stroll from their residence. Also experience a visit to the Fonda Fish Garden- the only region of the Slovenian sea where free-living fish can be found in abundance.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to the UK. Please ask your consultant about extending your stay in Croatia.