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The Best of Slovenia

From the Alps to the Adriatic
 
This self-guided, cultural journey by train reveals Slovenia's astonishingly diverse and compelling scenery. From the Julian Alps, take in iconic Lake Bled and sample wines in Goriška Brda – Slovenia's 'secret Tuscany' – then travel south via lively Ljubljana to picturesque Piran on the Adriatic coast.
The Best of Slovenia. 7 nights
The Best of Slovenia. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

Journey through Slovenia by rail

Cosseted on all sides by its bigger and better-known neighbours, Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Italy, Slovenia's small but perfectly formed landscapes lie hidden in full view, their beauty and drama matched only by their astonishing diversity.

This relaxing journey by train showcases the very best of that contrast, spanning Alpine, urban and Mediterranean landscapes. Beginning amid the iridescent peaks of the Julian Alps, in the Triglav National Park, you visit the iconic glacial lakes of Bled and Bohinj, and take a day trip by rail to Slovenia's 'hidden Tuscany', Goriška Brda, to enjoy lunch and a wine-tasting in the hills above Italy.
Travelling onwards, you journey south by rail to the charismatic capital, Ljubljana, with its friendly vibe and buzzing riverside restaurant scene. Another southbound train then transports you to the glittering Gulf of Venice – home to glorious sunsets and pocket-sized Piran. This pretty little town is the ideal place to conclude a journey that has revealed some of Slovenia’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Bohinjska Bistrica
    Night 1: at Sunrose 7 (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Bohinjska
    Take a local train (10 minutes) or bus* (30 minutes) to seductive Lake Bled, considered by many to be Slovenia's top beauty spot. Stroll along its shoreline, take a traditional pletna boat across to its island or enjoy a slice of its famous cream cake in one of the lakeside cafés. Alternatively (or, if time permits, additionally), take the local bus* (15 minutes) to less visited Bohinj, Slovenia's largest natural lake set at the foot of the Julian Alps.

    *Pay locally for all buses.
    Bohinjska Bistrica
    Explore Bohinj
  • Wine-tasting in Slovenia's 'Secret Tuscany'
    Jump on a local train (1 hour) to the rolling hillsides of olive groves, vineyards and cherry orchards in Goriška Brda – situated between the Soča valley and the Italian border, this area is often referred to as Slovenia's Tuscany. Enjoy an included lunch and wine-tasting in the restaurant of a charismatic boutique hotel before strolling the medieval streets of the captivating village of Šmartno, where art galleries and artisan shops sit cheek by jowl with traditional houses. Climb the 144 steps of Gonjače tower (probably best done before the wine tasting!) for views that extend from the Julian Alps in the north to the Gulf of Trieste in the south.
    Enjoy a wine-tasting in the captivating village of Smartno
  • Bohinjska Bistrica to Ljubljana: 3hrs by rail
    You first travel north to Jesenice, near the border with Austria, before changing trains and heading south through landscapes that morph from mountains to meadows, to Ljubljana, where you spend two nights in the heart of the city.
  • Explore Ljubljana
    It's hard to know which of Ljubljana's charms will bewitch you most. It might be the bustling bars and restaurants that line the banks of the River Ljubljanica, casting their fairy lights onto the water's still surface after dark; or the myriad stalls of the Central Market groaning under the weight of fresh produce and artisan delicacies; or maybe the intriguing bridges, narrating the city's history through their names and their art. Our city walk guides you through the best of this charismatic capital, allowing ample time to soak up its lively vibe and friendly welcome.
    Stop at one of Ljubljana's many restaurants for lunch
    Wander through the vibrant market
  • Ljubljana to Piran: 2.5hrs by rail & taxi
    Leaving the urban landscape of neatly tended allotments, you travel south to Slovenian Istria through hypnotic landscapes that transform from green valleys and hillsides speckled with hay racks and brightly painted beehives, to Mediterranean fruit trees, vines and olives. After disembarking the train at Koper, a short, included transfer takes you to your final destination, the delightful coastal resort of Piran, for two nights at its eponymous hotel.
  • Explore Piran
    Crammed into a narrow peninsula on Slovenia's pint-sized coastline, the elegant white Venetian façades of Piran's central square are surrounded by labyrinthine cobbled streets whose restaurants, shops and fishermen's cottages vie for space and your camera's attention as you amble from lighthouse to glistening marina. Known for its flamboyant sunsets that linger over their nightly performance, Piran provides a warm, romantic adieu to Slovenia's charms.
    Explore Piran's marina
    Try the delicious seafood
 

Accommodation

Well located and stylish, your accommodation is as varied as your journey.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel in Ljubljana, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Whichever hotel you stay in, this delightfully compact capital city is worthy of fuller exploration, so extra nights here are highly recommended.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 May 2020 - 31 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 8 May 2020 £1045 £480
    9 May - 18 Jun 2020 £1130 £540
    19 Jun - 7 Sep 2020 £1195 £595
    8 - 28 Sep 2020 £1130 £540
    29 Sep - 24 Oct 2020 £1045 £480
    3rd & 4th person discount -£35
    Single traveller supplement £35

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: rail pass for up to 4 single journeys & taxi transfer Koper-Piran
    Pay locally for other taxis to and from the railway stations.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Sunrose 7, Bohinjska Bistrica
    'Chestnut Embrace': 01 May - 31 Oct 2020 £44
    'River Melodies': 01 May - 31 Oct 2020 £16
    'Royal Hug' Junior Suite: 01 May - 31 Oct 2020 £72
    Allegro Hotel, Ljubljana
    Superior: 01 May - 31 Oct 2020 £8
    Superior suite: 01 May - 31 Oct 2020 £50
    Hotel Piran, Piran
    Deluxe Suite double with sea view (no twins): 01 May - 14 May 2020 £55
    Deluxe Suite double with sea view (no twins): 15 May - 03 Oct 2020 £82
    Deluxe Suite double with sea view (no twins): 04 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £55
    Presidential Suite double with sea view & balcony (no twins): 01 May - 14 May 2020 £58
    Presidential Suite double with sea view & balcony (no twins): 15 May - 03 Oct 2020 £85
    Presidential Suite double with sea view & balcony (no twins): 04 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £58

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Sunrose 7, Bohinjska Bistrica (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 26 Jun 2020 £104 £204
    27 Jun - 28 Aug 2020 £120 £235
    29 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £104 £204
    Allegro Hotel, Ljubljana (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 30 Sep 2020 £78 £104
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £68 £90
    Hotel Piran, Piran (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 14 May 2020 £58 £94
    15 May - 24 Jun 2020 £90 £150
    25 Jun - 12 Sep 2020 £115 £195
    13 Sep - 03 Oct 2020 £90 £150
    04 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £58 £94
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Ljubljana on the outward leg; Ljubljana, Trieste or Venice Marco Polo on the homeward leg

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Venice or Ljubljana. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Return route Airline
    Venice - Birmingham (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Edinburgh easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Ljubljana easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Gatwick British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Ljubljana British Airways 
    Heathrow - Ljubljana (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Trieste - Heathrow (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Venice Marco Polo - Heathrow British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Ljubljana Wizz Air 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Luton easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Ljubljana easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Trieste - Stansted Ryanair 
    Venice Marco Polo - Stansted Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Ljubljana (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Manchester easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Ljubljana (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Return route Airline
    Venice Marco Polo - Newcastle (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Venice or Ljubljana. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Ljubljana

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Ljubljana airport to hotel (0h45) £50 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Ljubljana airport (1h30) £75 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Trieste

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    Trieste not recommended for outward travel
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Trieste airport (1h) £60 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Venice Marco Polo

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    Venice not recommended for outward travel
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Venice Marco Polo airport (2h) £120 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 1 lunch
    7 breakfasts
  • detailed cultural information
  • notes for city walking tours
  • wine-tasting excursion
  • flexible rail pass, to include travel Bohinjska Bistrica-Ljubljana-Koper
  • transfer Koper-Piran on day 5
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Slovenia, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is Slovene, although Italian is spoken by many people along the border with Italy. The currency is the Euro. Slovenian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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