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Ljubljana Marathon and Classical Slovenia

$2900 per person

Registered in IAAF calendar, the Ljubljana Marathon, organized at the end of October, is the biggest running event in Slovenia. The first marathon was held in 1996, and there were only 673 runners (mostly from Slovenia) participating. With enthusiastic desire to develop a big event, the marathon was growing, and in 2006 there were around 7,000 runners from Slovenia and other European countries. After two decades, there are more than 20,000 participants every year from different countries around the world.

For those who don’t want to run the whole marathon, options include competing in a half-marathon, a 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) recreational run or a 3.5-kilometer (2 miles) FUN RUN with or without a costume.

  • Run a full or half-marathon through the streets of Ljubljana, or volunteer at the event
  • Visit four regions: the Alps, the Karst, Styria, and the coast
  • Visit historical monuments and go back in time
  • Sample authentic food and wine


  • Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital
  • Lake Bled
  • Piran, a pearl of the Mediterranean
  • Postojna Cave
  • Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town


Running highlights
  • Compete in the Ljubljana Marathon or assist as a volunteer
  • Jog around the lake with locals


Quick itinerary video
  • [Day One, Ljubljana:] Welcome dinner at one of Ljubljana’s downtown restaurants
  • [Day Two, Ljubljana:] Transportation, admission to Ljubljana Castle, lunch and dinner
  • [Day Three, Lake Bled:] Transportation, admission, lunch and dinner
  • [Day Four, Postojna Cave and Piran:] Transportation, admission, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Five, Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town:] Transportation, lunch, and snack
  • [Day Six, Explore: Free time and:] Explore on your own, volunteer at the event, pasta party
  • [Day Seven, Marathon:] VW Ljubljana Marathon and farewell dinner


  • Departure
    Ljubljana airport/Ljubljana airport
  • Departure Time
    October, 24, 2022 in the afternoon
  • Return Time
    October, 31, 2022 after breakfast
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.
Day 1: Ljubljana and its Dragons
We will pick you up at the Ljubljana Airport in the afternoon on the day of your arrival and take you to your hotel. In the evening, we will have dinner with typical Slovenian food in Ljubljana's downtown.
Day 2: Second day in Ljubljana
A tourist guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning of your second day and take you on a short walking tour and visit some of the historic sights of Slovenia’s capital city. Dragons are a symbol of Ljubljana: Legend goes that one was killed by the mythological Greek hero Jason and his Argonauts who also founded the city. Today, dragons are portrayed in statues, the city coat of arms, and there is even a Dragon Bridge! Let’s see how many we can spot during this tour of the Slovenian capital. The tour will take us through Ljubljana’s Old Town and will include a visit to the Ljubljana Castle. In the evening, we will have lunch with typical Slovenian food.
Day 3: Lake Bled
Lake Bled is one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in Slovenia; we will walk along its shores on the third day of our stay. There will be time to explore on your own, perhaps take a quick trip by boat to visit the iconic island and ring the wish bell, or simply enjoy the view lakeside. In the afternoon, we will join a local running group for a jog around the lake. In the evening, we will have dinner in Bled before returning to Ljubljana for the night.
Day 4: Postojna Cave and Piran
In the morning, we will visit the Postojna Cave. The cave is a world-famous attraction that takes visitors beneath the surface of the Earth for a three-mile tour (one by foot, two by train) of what is otherwise a fifteen-mile (24 km) karst cave system. In the afternoon, we will visit Piran, a fascinating old Mediterranean harbor which was historically part of the Republic of Venice. Nested in the narrow streets are churches, galleries, and cultural institutions such as the birthplace of Baroque composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini. After a “fish experience” dinner, we will go back to Ljubljana.
Day 5: Trip to Ptuj
On day 5, we will visit Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest city. This city was settled in the Stone Age and has an extremely rich history during which it was part of the Roman Empire, Frankish Empire, and was occupied during World War II. Our tour will take us from the old city center to the Ptuj Castle from the 12th century.
Day 6: Running Fair or Rest
To become more familiar with Ljubljana, explore the city on your own, or watch the first day of this running event featuring children and student races. Close to downtown (15 minutes’ walk) you can pick up your bib and participant’s kit at the Ljubljana Marathon Running Fair. (In alternative, we can pick up the bib and kit for you.) In the evening, you can join the pasta party organized by the race hosts to load up on carbohydrates on the eve of the big race!
Day 7: Marathon
It’s race day! Depending on the location of your stay, we will coordinate transportation or a chaperone from your hotel to the starting line or the working station for volunteers who will assist in the event.
Day 8: Moving on
Our trip has come to an end, but we are happy to help coordinate the next steps of your trip. If you plan on wrapping up your vacation in Europe, Ljubljana Brnik and Venice Marco Polo are the most convenient airports to fly out of. However, if you can extend your stay in Slovenia or elsewhere in Europe, we are happy to help you reach your next destination!


Value For Money

Included in the price of the itinerary
  • Transportation from/to Ljubljana airport
  • Accommodations with breakfast for seven days in Ljubljana hotels
  • Welcome dinner on your first day in Ljubljana
  • Admission to Ljubljana Castle, lunch and dinner on your second day
  • Transportation, lunch, and dinner on your third day in Bled
  • Transportation to Postojna cave and Piran, and fish dinner on your fourth day
  • Transportation to Ptuj, lunch and snack on your fifth day
  • Dinner on your sixth and seventh days in Ljubljana
  • English-speaking guide in Ljubljana, Ptuj, Postojna Caves, and Piran
  • Entry fee for race day
  • Official T-shirt and food for volunteers
  • Services of Mateja Travel staff
Food and accommodations
  • Seven nights in one of Ljubljana’s ****hotels
  • Buffet breakfasts each day
  • Six dinners and four lunches in the most authentic local restaurants, plus tasty nutritious snacks.
Not included in the price of the itinerary
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional trips
  • Food and beverages if not defined otherwise
  • Alcoholic beverages over provided meals if not defined otherwise
  • Optional gratuities to tour guides
  • Items of a personal nature
Consider as you sign up
  • Airline tickets Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number (5) of participants required to operate.
  • Travel insurance To protect your travel investment, we recommend the purchase of travel insurance.
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