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From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj Day Trip

1. From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj Day Trip

An ‘Image of Paradise’, as it is often described, Bled has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The calm and inviting waters of its lake spurred the tradition of making the typical ‘pletna’ boats back in the 12th century. Optionally you can board one of these wooden beauties to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell. Sightseeing in Bled continues with a visit to the impressive castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Guides will roll back time in its museum, and enjoy the unforgettable view of the surroundings. Surrounded by alluring summits, the Bohinj Valley charms visitors with its inspiring scenery, crystal lake waters and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn), enjoy a stunning view over Mount Triglav and try the hearty local cuisine. To experience a bit of trekking, you'll end the day with an enjoyable 20-minute hike to the beautiful Savica Waterfall, thundering from a high rocky cliff, and enjoy a rewarding view of the Lake.

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Bled or Ljubljana: Karst & Coast Full-Day Trip

2. Bled or Ljubljana: Karst & Coast Full-Day Trip

Discover the Slovenian coast and the Karst region on this full-day trip. Your first stop is the Skocjan Caves, one of the largest and most fascinating Karstic sites in Europe, where the Reka River runs 200 meters below the surface. Next, stop at a local tavern and taste the famous Karst air-dried prosciutto. It is easy to see why locals believe it to be the best prosciutto in the world, especially when accompanied by a local Teran wine. Head on to Lipica, which is the homeland of the white Lipizzaner – the breed of horse made famous by the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Continue through the coastal towns of Koper, Izola and Portoroz to reach everyone’s favorite spot on the Slovenian coast – Piran. Lose yourself in its narrow, medieval streets and enjoy some free time over an exquisite seafood meal in one of the many local restaurants or cafes. One last stop at Predjama Castle on the way to Ljubljana. Discover the secrets of the largest cave castle (Guinness World Records!), located on a 123-meter high cliff and learn about the local Robin Hood, the legendary knight Erazem.

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Bled and Bohinj Alpine Lakes Tour from Ljubljana

3. Bled and Bohinj Alpine Lakes Tour from Ljubljana

Start your small-group tour with a pick up from your central Ljubljana hotel, and depart for Lake Bled in Slovenia’s Julian Alps in an air-conditioned minivan. Admire rural Slovenia and listen as your guide describes the glacier-formed lake and the legends that surround Bled Island, as well as the church-topped islet in its center. Drink in the views of the lake and towering mountains, and gaze up at medieval Bled Castle, the fortress perched high on a cliff above the water. Then, ride a two-oared pletna to the island and enjoy free time to explore. Visit the Church of the Assumption of Mary or sample some scrumptious potica at the cafe. Next, drive up to Bled Castle and visit the museum to chart the castle’s story from its roots in the 11th century. Return to the lakeside for free time to walk around, and if you wish, sample a local specialty, kremšnita vanilla cream cake. After a break for lunch, visit Vintgar Gorge, and be amazed by its rapids as you walk along a 1.6 km path of wooden bridges above the water. Admire Pokljuka plateau, covered with coniferous forest and famous for its Biathlon Centre, where some of the best Slovenian athletes train in the winter time. Continue to Lake Bohinj, the largest and most beautiful Alpine lake in Slovenia.  Discover alpine villages such as Ribčev Laz and Ukanc and take a short hike to picturesque Savica waterfall. Then, return to your minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana, with a drop off at your hotel.

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Skocjan Caves, Piran & Predjama Castle: Self Drive Trip

4. Skocjan Caves, Piran & Predjama Castle: Self Drive Trip

Enjoy the freedom of a self drive tour. Visit the UNESCO Skocjan Caves, the most important natural heritage site in Slovenia. Take a short drive to Lipica stud farm, a world-famous cradle of the dancing white horses. Get the opportunity to sample the protected air-cured ham “pršut” and teran wine, along with other local delicacies. Travel along the Adriatic coast, to the charming town of Piran. Make a stop at the Predjama castle, a world-famous monument to human ingenuity and resistance. Marvel at the majestic underground canyon system on a 2-hour guided walking tour, that takes you deep into the bosom of Karst to admire the strength of running water. Get additional options in the itinerary, with a wide range of sites and activities in the area. Visit the oldest European Stud Farm, before heading to the idyllic village of Predjama to discover a castle, perched in the middle of a high cliff for over 800 years, famous for its dramatic appearance and setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a hillside. Go through a maze of stairs, halls, chambers, and other constructional marvels of medieval craftsmanship. Discover an old town built on salt, sitting on a scenic peninsula. Wander through its medieval web of narrow streets and tiny romantic squares.

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From Koper: Day Trip to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

5. From Koper: Day Trip to Lake Bled & Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the capital and largest city in Slovenia, is the cultural, educational, economic, political and administrative center of the country. It is renowned for its rich history, reflected in its wonderful architectural heritage. Its old town center is embraced by Ljubljana Castle and the River Ljubljanica, where the feeling of the city is strongest. On this trip, you will encounter ancient and modern architecture. You will visit the old town center where you'll admire the works of the Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, who took an important part in designing Ljubljana’s most famous bridges, town squares and parks. In little more than 3 decades, Jože Plečnik transformed Ljubljana from a provincial city to the capital of the Slovene nation, and re-shaped the urban part of the city. His influence can be felt everywhere, but mostly along the river Ljubljanica. On this trip, you will visit some of the most interesting buildings and monuments, such as the Ljubljana Town Hall, the Triple Bridge, the Shoemakers’ Bridge, Ljubljana Cathedral, the Robba Fountain, Prešeren Square, Congress Square and other attractions. The symbol of the city is the Ljubljana Dragon, depicted on the top of the tower of Ljubljana Castle and on the Ljubljanica – crossing Dragon Bridge. It symbolizes power, courage and greatness. Bled is an Alpine town which represents one of the oldest and most beautiful tourist destinations in Slovenia. Its main attraction is the lake which surrounds Bled Island. The island has several buildings, the main one being the Gothic church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary. The church has a make-a-wish bell, and is frequently visited by newlyweds and other guests. Lake Bled will certainly leave you speechless, since it offers various sport activities and represents a place where you can spend the most romantic moments of your life.  Take a walk around the lake enjoying the fresh alpine air and watch swans and ducks at play. Admire Bled Castle built on a precipice above the glacial lake, which according to written sources is the oldest Slovene castle. At the end, you will pass by some other local monuments and refresh yourself with a delicious vanilla and custard cream cake called cremeschnitte (kremšnita). You will also have a chance to take some beautiful photos of the lake, island, castle and the nearby Alps.

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From Koper: Half-Day Villages and Traditions Tour

6. From Koper: Half-Day Villages and Traditions Tour

Your trip begins with a visit to Socerb Castle. Learn about the castle's importance during the Middle Ages as you take in the beautiful view of the Gulf of Trieste. Hear about legends of a local cave and its underground shrine. After your castle visit, move on to the Mediterranean village of Hrastovlje.   Best known for its Church of the Holy Trinity, spend time in Hrastovlje and visit its UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the church's intricate frescos of bible stories and Glagolitic inscriptions. Learn about the church's extensive history extending to the 13th-century and the discovery of Janez of Kastav's part in painting the church.    From Hrastovlje, drive to the village of Marezige and see where the first wine fountain of Slovenia is located. Continue on with a visit to a renowned olive oil farm. Replenish yourself with tastings of excellent olive oil, wine, and food. Throughout the tour admire scenes of unspoiled nature and stunning vistas.

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From Koper: Half-Day Tour to Trieste & Miramare Castle

7. From Koper: Half-Day Tour to Trieste & Miramare Castle

Join a tour across the border to Trieste, the largest town in the area, and full of rich history. Explore the city center with its beautiful architecture and Italy's largest sea-facing piazza. Visit the fairytale-like castle of Miramare just outside of town by the Gulf of Trieste and walk around the seaside set castle grounds.  Discover the city center of Trieste with its numerous monuments and feel the historic atmosphere present. Pass by Piazza dell’ Unita d’Italia, a vast public space and also Italy’s largest sea-facing piazza. See Palazzo del Municipio, Trieste’s 19th- century city hall. On your way to the lively Ponterosso Canal, you will pass the impressive remains of the Roman amphitheater.  Then, leave the city and just a short drive away, find perched on a cliff above the sea the fairytale-like castle of Miramare that overlooks the Mediterranean from a large white rocky promontory. The castle grounds include an extensive cliff and seashore park of 54 acres. Enjoy free time to stroll around the amazing gardens and discover the residence of Maximilian, a member of the Habsburg imperial family.

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Piran: Half-Day Caves and Castles Tour from Portorož

8. Piran: Half-Day Caves and Castles Tour from Portorož

Start your tour at Postojna Cave, one of the best-known caves in the world, where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train. Meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant, the Proteus. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, and the astonishing diversity of karst features await. Move on to the Predjama Castle. This picturesque and impregnable castle has been perched on a 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep below the castle. The only preserved cave castle in Europe, Predjama offers a unique insight into the building techniques of the Middle Ages. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best known and most notorious owner, Erazem of Predjama. Learn about the incredible history of this castle, before you return.

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From Koper: Private Full-Day Tour to Lake Bled and Ljubljana

9. From Koper: Private Full-Day Tour to Lake Bled and Ljubljana

Embark on a full-day tour to the two most beautiful places in Slovenia, Lake Bled and Ljubljana. Visit the charming town of Bled and walk around the blue lake or rent a boat to get up close with the small island that houses a church. Explore the capital city of Ljublana and stroll around its old town admiring the art nouveau and baroque architecture.  Imagine a place with a big blue lake, an idyllic island, iconic church, and a domineering castle on a hilltop - welcome to Bled. Get on board on a traditional wooden Pletna boat and set sail towards the island in the middle of the lake. Go for a walk around the lake or head up to the castle for amazing views of the lake and the natural surroundings. Don't miss the opportunity to try the local delicacy Bled Cream Cake. Then, travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia also known as the green city. Discover the old town center with its medieval streets and interesting architecture. Walk alongside the river, lined with cute cafes and shops, and look up to the castle on the hill that sets the city landscape. Go up to the castle for great views of Ljubljana.

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From Koper: 5-Hour Tour to Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

10. From Koper: 5-Hour Tour to Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle

Enjoy a 5-hour guided tour to the incredible Postojna Cave with a photo stop at the largest cave castle in the world, Predjama Castle. Explore the extensive Postojna cave system with cave passages over 20 kilometers (12 miles) in length on an unforgettable underground train ride.  The Postojna Cave system is the largest known cave system in the country and the second-largest accessible to visitors in the world. Postojna Caves lie under the slopes of a broad karstic limestone plateau on the eastern fringes of the Postojna basin and offer a unique opportunity to spot some of the local wildlife that lives in the cave. Just ten minutes far away from Postojna caves is Predjama castle, another jewel of the Karst region. Predjama Castle pressed into a huge cavern hollowed out of the high, flat rock face, above the karstic swallow hole of the Lokva stream. The castle boasts as the largest cave castle in the world. It is a truly unique sight and will make for an unforgettable sight, not to mention a great photo opportunity.

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What people are saying about Slovene Littoral

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Highly recommended. Lakes Bled and Bohinj are both spectacular and well worth a visit. We were lucky enough to have great weather for our trip but it would have been lovely even in the rain. Our guide, Primoz, was fantastic - incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. He personalized the tour to our interests and made sure that we had a great time.

Primoz was an excellent guide. You could see his knowledge and passion about Slovenia. He took us to the waterfall even if it wasnt on the plan for the day, just because i asked him to!! I really appreciate that!

It was interesting and a bit disappointing at the caves as we not allowed to take pictures,but rules are rules. The tour guide was fantastic

Really great tour with only a small group. Our tour guide Eva was really nice and easy to talk to and gave a lot of very useful information.

Had a lovely time enjoying the natural beauty of Slovenia. Can heartily recommend to other travelers.