Slovenia Self Drive no.1

Highlights of Slovenia

Summary

A tour of Slovenia's best bits including the capital (Ljubljana), incredible caves, mountains, lakes, historic towns and its beautiful coastline.

START / FINISH - Ljubljana

Activity code: SLFD01

Duration: 8 Days

Experience Slovenia's "best bits" on a week-long self-drive holiday. Starting in the capital, Ljubljana, your journey will include stunning National Parks, historic towns (large & small), beautiful coastal resorts and much more. The route is designed to be a complete circuit from Ljubljana so you may begin your travels via Lake Bled and come back directly from the coast or vice versa. This holiday can be easily extended by adding nights in some or all locations or, of course, introducing new places such as the incredible Logar Valley, Bovec (on the Soca River) or the Goriska Brda wine region in the west.

All our holidays have tried and trusted driving routes with our personal suggestions for sightseeing included with your final travel documents but you are free to explore or relax as much as you like within the overall structure of the itinerary. Driving conditions are excellent, in fact the highways* cut down on travel times but also free up space on minor roads so drivers can choose between peaceful scenic routes or speedier alternatives to make the most of time away from home.

Begin your holiday with some relaxing sightseeing in Ljubljana, a city which is a delight to wander around both daytime and evening; it is compact and very friendly with some excellent viewpoints and historic architecture. After the capital it is only a short drive north to the stunning Lake Bled and the Triglav National Park, where you can choose to stay in one or more of Bled, Bohinj and Kranjska Gora to make the most of the outdoor activities and the plentiful fresh air on offer. En route to your next location, Postojna and its fabulous caves you have a full day to meander through the mountain villages on the smaller roads, maybe packing a picnic. Your final destination is Isola (or Piran) on Slovenia's small but beautiful Adriatic shoreline. From here you are ideally placed for a short trip into Croatia or Italy prior to heading back on the highway to Ljubljana and your flight home.

Important Information

Flights available to book with us through a range of airlines, from various UK airports to Ljubljana. If we book your flights this means that your holiday will also be fully ATOL protected.

Our hire cars include Slovenia's Vignette (or highway tax disc).

Prices shown are a guideline "from" (in UK Pounds) and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. Single supplements may need to be applied to the twin/double price and discounts for children (under 12yrs) and/or a 3rd adult sharing a room are available upon request. Quoted prices for individual enquiries will depend upon your chosen accommodation, room availability and dates of travel. We always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money. Discounts will apply if there are 3 or more people in your travelling party as fixed costs such as transportation and guides will be shared equally between the group.

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Based upon 2 persons travelling.

Prices from £618 per person

What's included in your Fly-Drive holiday?

  • Private airport transfer.
  • 7 nights accommodation on B&B.
  • 6 days fully-inclusive car hire
  • Fully detailed itinerary with driving directions and sighteeing ideas
  • FREE travel app with all your documents, maps, weather & much more
  • All taxes
  • Full 24hr representative services.

Highlights

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Ljubljana you will be met and taken by private transfer directly to your city centre hotel. Balance of the day to explore Ljubaljana on foot.

Today will be your sightseeing and exploration day!

Visit the castle using one of the many footpaths up the hill or by taking a ride in the funicular. You may like to consider a boat trip on the river or hiring a bicycle to explore this compact city, including the huge Tivoli Park not far from the centre. Ljubljana has some great food and wine to sample, a fabulous market, a zoo, a museum of illusions and many different types of tour, e.g. Segway, Moustache Tour.

Your hire car will be delivered in the morning to your hotel (or to the nearest safe parking place). Drive north to Lake Bled and the Julian Alps. Possible detours en route include the small town of Kranj, the historic village of Radovljica and maybe even Kamnik and the Velika Planina.

A full day to explore the lake, including the island by Pletna Boat, and the castle; you can walk or cycle around the full shoreline of the lake and explore further on trails in and around the Triglav National Park. On the shore of the lake there is a summer toboggan run, a zip line and mini-golf; nearby is Lake Bohinj and the Vogel cable car to the west and to the north is the Vintgar Gorge.

At this point on your holiday you could choose to extend your stay in Lake Bled to explore the area more fully or even to take a day trip into the mountains by train. The possible alternatives would be to consider a couple of nights in Kranjska Gora or Bovec via the incredible Vrsic Pass or even the equally stunning Logar Valley thereby extending your holiday to around 10 days or more.

Today we suggest taking a scenic route through the mountains via Bohinj, Most na Soci and Idrija to Postojna; a picnic may be a great idea to enjoy along the way. A possible detour would be to Lake Bohinj and/or the Vogel mountain cable car.

If you stay an extra night in Postojna you will have time to visit Predjama Castle and maybe also the Skocjan Caves and the home of the Lipizzaner Horses - all within a very easy drive of Postojna.

Recommended places to stay

Day 6 - visit the Postojna show caves first thing in the morning (they are just a short walk from both hotels and tickets can be pre-booked online), you then have time to enjoy the general surroundings away from the main crowds. Afterwards, head south to the Adriatic coast and the charming resort of Isola (or a little further to the historic town of Piran).

Day 7 - enjoy some relaxation time on the Slovenian coast at your choice of resort. Natural beauty abounds in this region, such as the 80m Strunjan Cliff and the historic Secovlje salt-pans (on the border with Croatia) which are a sanctuary for over 100 bird species. The Parenzana - a route of the former railway has been cleared and is suitable for hikers and cyclists, along the trails there are numerous resting places and sightseeing spots.

Recommended places to stay

Your final day in Slovenia; take the highway back to Ljubljana for your flight home and drop off the car at the airport.

If you have an early flight departure then we can arrange a hotel in Kranj which is near to the airport, e.g. Hotel Actum - OR you may wish to consider reversing your itinerary and stay in Ljubljana at the end instead of at the beginning.

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  • We believe passionately that no two holidays should be the same.
  • With our flexible tailor-made holiday options you can travel at your own pace.
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  • Detailed driving directions, parking info, suggested routes & sightseeing ideas.
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