This is a Slovenia itinerary to help you enjoy an unforgettable week in Slovenia and make sure you see the highlights.
Slovenia’s size may cause one to imagine it has nothing to offer tourists, but that’s far from the truth. The tiny country has diverse beauty, especially in the countryside, making it the perfect destination for a road trip. If you love the outdoors, get ready to explore charming towns, lush forests, and glassy lakes spread across the European country.
Slovenia Itinerary Day 1: Start in Ljubljana
Arrive at Jože Pučnik Airport in Ljubljana and make your way to your hotel by taxi or rental car. Also, known as “dragon city”, Ljubljana is a whimsical town with a romantic river that makes it interesting to explore.
The main street in the city runs alongside the Ljubljana River, which is a great place to stroll while gazing at the different buildings spread all over the town. You can stop by boutiques, cafes, castles, and churches accessible on foot. Some notable sights in Ljubljana include the Triple Bridge and the National Library.
To enjoy the fresh air, pass by the many parks in the city and the Central Market filled with fruit stalls and food carts selling local cuisine. Stop by the food stalls and sample local dishes prepared in the Slovenian way.
Day 2: Make your way to Lake Bled
After exploring Ljubljana, the next stop is Lake Bled which is forty-five minutes (55km) away by car. The lake has an island which makes it picturesque and showcases some of its beautiful features.
You can explore the surrounding areas by hiking to the many scenic viewpoints and gorges around the lake. Make your way to the island at the center of the lake and get to the top of the church by climbing its ninety-nine steps.
Bled Castle, whose medieval architecture makes it stand out, is worth touring through wine cellars and a printing press. The castle also hosts a restaurant within its walls, offering traditional meals to visitors.
Later, you can cycle through the countryside using the many side roads spread across the area. About 2.5 miles from the town is Vintgar Gorge, filled with spectacular waterfalls and rugged walkways perfect for outdoor lovers looking to explore further.
Day 3: Drive to Lake Kreda in Radovna Valley
Lake Kreda, made from chalk, is a must-stop on your Slovenia Itinerary and is less than half an hour (15 km) from Lake Bled. Kreda, which means “chalk” came about because of the mining of chalk until 1985. The mining resulted in a basin that filled with water, resulting in a lake. The man-made lake is a popular recreational site that attracts local and international visitors.
Kreda Lake is a great place to relax and occasionally dig chalk from its sides. If you prefer to take in the calm hues at the lake, taking a stroll on its banks will be the perfect place to do so.
Day 4: Plan a day out to Lake Bohinj
Lake Bohinj is a stop that deserves a spot on your Slovenia itinerary because it requires ample time to explore. The forty-seven minutes (35 km) it takes to get to the lake from Lake Kreda is worth it because of its beautiful waterfront views that visitors can view by joining a walking tour. Tours are available according to a person’s ability so that you can get the best experience at the lake. If you feel adventurous, consider rock climbing as your means of exploring the lake surroundings. Indulge in more fun activities on the lake, such as kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding before moving on to your next stop.
Besides the amazing landscape at the lake, make sure you view statues of mythical stags such as the Golden Horn that are believed to reside in the nearby mountains.
Day 5: Drive from Lake Bohinj to Bovec
Getting to Bovec from Lake Bohinj guarantees visitors two hours of scenic roads that pass through the Vršič Pass. The winding road is the highest point of the Julian Alps, with limestone walls running alongside it and several detours with stunning views.
Don’t forget to stop by the many lookout points on the 113km drive to Bovec and take in the stunning scenery the region offers. Also, stretch your legs at one of the coffee shops at the viewpoints as you take in magnificent views of the typical alpine.
Although driving to Bovec is a few hours, you can choose to spend the entire day exploring the many trails on your way to the mountainous town for an overnight stay.
Day 6: Check out Soca Valley
At the end of Vršič Pass is Soca Valley which is the next stop on the Slovenia itinerary. Pockets of pristine nature reward the hour-long drive (57 km) from Bovec spread all over the valley. The valley has several natural wonders worth exploring for outdoor lovers seeking to enjoy a paradise away from home. From the Great Soca Gorge, Boka waterfall, and Triglav National parks, the green valley has a lot to showcase.
If you are an adrenaline junkie, hiking, kayaking, or rafting on the Soca River is the best place to start. Other activities worth trying out are canoeing and zip-lining for groups and solo travelers.
Day 7: Drive to Piran
Piran is a charming town along the Adriatic coast and is 118 km away from Soca Valley. The drive to Piran is approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes and worth it when you arrive at the tiny town filled with Venetian architecture.
Its narrow and winding alleyways lead to several streets and squares filled with lots of history. Stroll the old city walls and beaches at the pier while sampling dishes or snacks from several seafood restaurants in the area. Don’t forget to enjoy spectacular sunset views from the Bell Tower.
Finally, make your way back to Ljubljana from Piran for your flight back home. The drive is about one and a half hours, giving you a chance to enjoy the scenery on the journey back to Ljubljana. If you arrive early, you can explore sights on your Slovenia itinerary that you might have missed on the first day.