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Take a close-up look at a jewel of a country, lovely Slovenia. Slovenia has it all — coast, mountains, lakes, castles — and all within an hour or so of each other. On this in-depth exploration, range from the political and cultural capital, Ljubljana, through the countryside from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic Coast, admiring tidy villages and towns, grand mountain vistas, and aquamarine rivers and lakes. Visit a stud farm of the original Lipizzaner horse, attend a wine-tasting in the “Tuscany of Slovenia,” explore a cave system and a cave castle, and dine in an award-winning restaurant.

8 Day Trip

  • Flexible Essential
    Minimum of 2 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    Balkans, Slovenia
  • Essential Series
    Around Slovenia

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • People-watch at a charming Ljubljana café
    Indulge in a coffee and some people-watching in one of the delightful cafés that line the medieval streets of Ljubjljana’s Old Town at the base of Castle Hill...
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  • Board a traditional wooden pletna boat gliding across Lake Bled
    Board a traditional wooden pletna boat and glide across icy blue Lake Bled to lovely Bled Island, propelled by a gondolier with two long oars...
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  • Explore an underground world
    Explore Postojna Cave system, an underground world of caverns adorned with glittering stalactites and stalagmites...
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  • Sample wines from the “Tuscany of Slovenia”
    Enjoy a wine tasting in one of Slovenia’s most renowned private vineyards, in a region famed for its wines, particularly whites such as Chardonnay, Pinot grigio and Sauvignon blanc....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over two decades of Balkans travel experience
  • Many individuals and groups have chosen MIR to guide them to Slovenia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-2: Ljubljana

Since Slovenia’s entrance into the European Union in 2004, Ljubljana has come into its own as a capital city. Small by European standards with a population of 250,000 people, its 50,000-strong student population has ensured that the arts, culture, and nightlife of Ljubljana are constantly fresh and always flourishing. Explore the art nouveau neighborhoods, Ljubljana Castle, Triple Bridge, the Old Town, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the Church of the Annunciation, and Republic Square, where Slovenian independence was announced in 1991.

Highlights

  • Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia
  • Ljubljana Castle, high on a naturally fortified hill
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Days 3-4: Bled, Radovljica, Soca Valley, Kobarid

On beautiful Lake Bled, board a traditional wooden pletna boat and glide across the lake to Bled Island, propelled by a gondolier with two long oars. In Radovljica, visit the Museum of Apiculture, documenting the history of traditional Slovenian beekeeping from the days when hives were carved into hollow tree trunks to the modern era. Drive through the Julian Alps to visit Triglav National Park in the Soca Valley, and dine in an award-winning restaurant in Kobarid.

Highlights

  • Icy blue Lake Bled
  • Traditional pletna boat ride to Bled Island
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Days 5-6: Goriska Brda, Lipica, Piran, Portoroz

Before leaving Kobarid, take a private tour of its WWI Museum, documenting the tragic Battle of Caporetto, described in Ernest Hemingway’s novel, A Farewell to Arms. Stop for a wine tasting in Goriska Brda, known as the “Tuscany of Slovenia.” Discover the original stud farm of the Lipizzaner horse in Lipica, and admire the Venetian architecture of Piran. Continue to Portoroz; located on the southwest side of the Gulf of Trieste, Portoroz is Slovenia's largest resort town on the Adriatic.

Highlights

  • Private tour of WWI Museum
  • Kovlorat range to observe the battlefield from above
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Days 7-8 Postojna Caves, Predjama, Ljubljana

Ride a special train through the halls and tunnels of the Postojna Caves, adorned with glittering stalactites and stalagmites. Visit Predjama Castle, perched dramatically at the entrance to a cave high in an overhanging cliff. Continue back to the capital for free time to shop and pack before a celebratory farewell dinner.

Highlights

  • Postojna Cave system, an underground world of caverns
  • Predjama Castle, the only cave castle in Slovenia

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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 8 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $6,695
  • Single Supplement $1,195

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Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located superior tourist class hotels throughout the itinerary.
  • Breakfast daily, per the itinerary. Other lunches and dinners are left free to allow for independent exploration.
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides in each city.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers are available at additional cost.) MIR arranges for travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private van or car (type of vehicle depends on the size of your party). Note, one vehicle and driver will be used throughout the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in St. Petersburg, Moscow, or Eastern or Central Europe before or after your tour. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

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Is this Trip Right for You?

This trip is moderately active, and rated moderate to rigorous touring due to the daily walking involved and the overall shortcomings of the tourism infrastructure. To reap the full rewards of this adventure, travelers must be able to walk at least a mile a day, keeping up with fellow travelers. A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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