The tiny country of Slovenia, half the size of Switzerland and with a population of less than Manchester, is easily traversed west to east in a few hours by car. Within the compact confines of this stunningly beautiful country, however, is a wealth of history, culture and natural wonders waiting to be explored. From karstic lakes around Bled and Bohinj with their beautiful green colouring to historic Ljubljana, the vineyards of Gorsika Brda and the Venetian riviera of Piran, Slovenia offers a rich variety of incredible experiences in one of the greenest countries in the world, easily accessible from the UK.
This 7-Day / 6-Night self-drive itinerary visits the spa region to the east of Ljubljana before heading to the vineyards of the Gorsika Brda region, known as the Slovenian Tuscany. From the hills of Brda the itinerary then heads to Venetian Piran and the Unesco-recognised Skocjan caves before finishing with Lake Bled and Ljubljana.
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Fly from London Stanstead to Ljubljana International airport with easyJet. On arrival you will be met and taken to your vehicle. Drive east to Otocec where you will stay overnight at the Otocec Castle Hotel. This evening, enjoy a four-course dinner at the hotel. (D)
After breakfast, depart and drive west past Ljubljana to the Goriska Brda region, known for its vineyards and orchards located on the border with Italy. Later today, explore this beautiful region on a private tour including visits to Sabotin, scene of one of the most important and bloodiest battles of the first world war, the fortified village of Smartno and Dobrovo castle. Stay overnight at Hotel Gredic. (B, L)
Today, drive south to the Adriatic coast to the beautiful Venetian town of Piran and historic spa town of Portoroz, known as a health resort from the 13th century. Stay 2 nights at the Kempinski Palace Portoroz. (B)
Day at leisure. (B)
This morning, depart Portoroz and drive back to Ljubljana. If you so choose, visit the Skocjan caves, a fairy tale world located deep under the karst countryside. Entry is payable locally. On arrival into Ljubljana, check into the centrally located Best Western Premier Hotel Slon. Later today depart on a private guided walking tour of the city, including visits to the Napoleon monument, Preseren Square, named after the country's most famous poet, the triple bridges and the castle. Then, take a cruise along the Lubljanica river. Lunch will be at the award-winning Strelec restaurant located in one of the castles towers. (B, L)
After breakfast today, depart on a private tour full-day tour of Lake Bled and Bohinj, including a boat trip to the Church of the Assumption in the middle of Lake Bled, a guided tour of Bled Castle and a visit to Lake Bohinj, the largest glacial lake in Slovenia. (B, L)
Today, transfer to Ljubljana International airport for your flight back to London. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Your car hire ends on arrival in Ljubljana.
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The Best Western Premier Hotel Slon is located close to the centre of the city, a few minutes' walk from the iconic three bridges. The name Slon, meaning 'elephant' in Slovene, dates back to 1552 when Maximillian II Archduke of Austria passed through Ljubljana on his way back from Spain. Accompanying him was an elephant, which impressed the local population so much that they named the hotel after the animal. The property offers 168 bright and colourful rooms featuring modern decor and equipped with modern amenities. The hotel's award-winning restaurant serves modern Slovene and Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by a selection of fine wines. There is also a coffee shop serving a variety of pastries and sweets throughout the day. Other facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre and spa offering a range of...
Located within the stunning landscape of the Goriska Brda region, Hotel Gredic lies 250 metres from the Italian border and is set in a 16th-century castle once owned by the Codelli family. The boutique property offers 7 individually decorated luxury rooms featuring contemporary decor and equipped with modern amenities including state-of-the-art audio equipment, Wi-Fi and wine coolers. The hotel has an excellent restaurant serving a seasonal menu of Slovenian and Mediterranean specialities using locally sourced produce, either in the restaurant or, weather permitting, up on the terrace. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and...
Located overlooking the waters of the Adriatic, the historical Kempinski Palace Portoroz was originally opened in 1910 during the time of the Austro-Hungarian empire and hosted many important guests, including Archduke Franz Ferdinand himself. The ballroom of the hotel is said to have been the location for one of the duke's last public speeches before he travelled to Sarajevo and was assassinated. The property offers 181 luxury rooms, spread across the original building and recently finished extension, featuring modern amenities and views of the sea, park or town.
Features: 181 luxury rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 bar and 1 cafe, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa and fully equipped gym.
Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, minibar, safe and Wi-Fi...
Located on a small island in the middle of the Krka river, Otocec Castle Hotel dates back to the middle ages, although the facade is from the Renaissance period. Once owned by Baron Ivan Lenkovic, chief commander of the Croatia-Slavonia march, which was a separate autonomous region of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the castle's stunning location and tranquil surroundings lie close to the historic town of Novo Mesto. A Relais and Chateaux property, the hotel offers spacious, luxurious rooms featuring elegant design details and smart modern decor.
Features: 16 luxury rooms, restaurant, garden terrace and tennis court.
Room amenities: Satellite television, safe, air conditioning and...
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