BACK TO NATURE “EXPLORE SLOVENIA” 9-DAY PROGRAM

Visit five regions: The Alps, The Pannonian Plain, Styria, The Karst Plateau and the Mediterranean coast Dine on delicious regional food and wine   Highlights: Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj Kamnik or optional trip to The Big Pasture Plateau Spa and optional rafting trip to the Mura River or Ptuj, the […]

  • Visit five regions: The Alps, The Pannonian Plain, Styria, The Karst Plateau and the Mediterranean coast
  • Dine on delicious regional food and wine

 

Highlights:

  • Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital
  • Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
  • Kamnik or optional trip to The Big Pasture Plateau
  • Spa and optional rafting trip to the Mura River or Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town
  • Visit a castle with 365 chambers; one for each night of the year
  • Štanjel with Ferrari Garden
  • Prosciutto tour
  • Seafood experience
  • Piran, the small Venice
  • Saltpans

 

Activities

Exploring, hiking, rafting and more

 

Accommodations

  • Three nights at a tourism farm in Jezersko
  • Three nights at a tourism farm in the Pannonia Plain
  • Two nights at tourism farm on the Slovenian Coast

 

Included in the price of the itinerary

  • All meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner (including one non-alcoholic beverage)
  • All accommodation taxes
  • English speaking tourist guides for Ljubljana, Kamnik, and Piran
  • English speaking guide, who will be with you every day
  • Admission to the Ljubljana Castle, boat trip to Lake Bled’s island and chees-producing facility
  • Admission to the spa center, castle tour, and winery tour
  • Tour of the prosciutto-producing facility, admission to the Lepa Vida Thalasso Spa center
  • Services of Mateja Travel staff

 

Optional trips

  • The Big Pasture Plateau
  • Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town or rafting on Mura River and visit Island of Love

 

BACK TO NATURE “EXPLORE SLOVENIA” – Itinerary

UPPER CARNIOLA

Day 1
Šenk’s Farm, Jezersko

 

We will start our journey in Jezersko with a dinner at a tourism farm in Jezersko where we will overnight.

Day 2
Ljubljana and its Dragons

 

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 in our tour of the Slovenian capital. In the morning, we will tour Ljubljana’s Old Town and visit the Ljubljana Castle. In the afternoon, we will explore the Slovenian capital on our own.

Day 3
Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj in the heart of Julian Alps

 

Lake Bled is one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in Slovenia; we will walk along its shores on the second day of our stay. There will be time to explore on your own, take a trip by boat to visit the iconic island and ring the wish bell. Around 1 pm we will continue our trip towards Lake Bohinj, where we will have lunch, see how people make chees at home and simply enjoy the view lakeside. In the evening, we will have dinner in a local restaurant before returning to Jezersko for the night.

 

KAMNIK–SAVINJA ALPS

Day 4
Pasteur Plateau

 

To enjoy another picturesque destination, there will be an optional trip to the Big Pasture Plateau (Velika planina) or you can explore a small old town of Kamnik, a 30-minute ride from Ljubljana. A 90-minute hike (or short ride by lift chair) to the Big Pasteur Plateau will take you to a gorgeous shepherd mountain in Slovenia. Humans have inhabited this mountain since prehistoric times, and the area is now home to over one hundred distinctive Alpine pasture huts. In the evening we will continue our trip to Goričko.

 

STYRIA, GORIČKO, AND THE PANNONIAN PLAIN

Day 5
Leisurely rest

 

After an exhausting four days, we will spend this morning paying a reinvigorating visit to a spa center. After lunch, we will visit Grad Castle, the largest Slovenian castle with a total 365 rooms—you guessed it, one for each night of the year! The tour of the castle and of the adjacent beehive will be followed by dinner back to our home.

Day 6
Rafting to the Island of Love or Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town

 

After breakfast, there will be an optional trip to the Mura River where we will board rafts and head downstream to the Ižakovci village. Here, we will visit a water mill which is still used to grind flour in a traditional fashion. Then, we will walk to the Island of Love – a floating mill on the Mura River – and later take a ferry to take us to the opposite river bank.

You can choose a trip to the Old Town of Ptuj and visit the Ptuj Castle which dates back to the 12th century.

KARST PLATAU

Day 7
Prosciutto tasting and Štanjel

 

In the morning we will head towards Slovenian coast, visit Predjama castle (from outside), Štanjel village, the Ferrari Garden, and simply enjoy for two hours in this beautiful medieval village. After we will make a stop in the village of Kobjeglav, where we will visit a prosciutto-producing facility and enjoy lunch.

 

MEDITERRANEAN COAST

Day 8
Salt pans and a “seafood experience”

 

In the morning we will visit the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park where sea salt is still harvested using traditional procedures that have been surviving for centuries. The nature park is also home to Lepa Vida, the only outdoor spa center in Europe. In the afternoon, we will return to Piran for a fish and seafood dinner before enjoying the sunset in a seaside café.

Day 9
Moving on

 

Our itinerary has come to an end, but we are happy to help coordinate the next step of your trip. If you plan on wrapping up your vacation in Europe, Ljubljana Brnik and Venice Marco Polo are the most convenient international airports to fly out of. However, if you want to extend your stay in Slovenia or elsewhere in Europe, we are happy to help you reach your next destination!

 

Contact us

 

Not Included in the Price of the Itinerary

Round-trip airfare and baggage charges; travel insurance. Alcoholic beverages with meals. Trips and lunch on day 6 (rafting or Ptuj). Alcoholic beverages over provided meals. Trips to your next destination if it is outside Slovenia. Optional gratuities to your guides. Souvenirs and items of a personal nature.

 

Consider as you sign up

Airline tickets – Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure that the trip is confirmed with the minimum number (four) of participants required to operate.

Travel insurance – To protect your travel investment, we recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

 

Additional Information

Weather –The northwestern part of Slovenia has an Alpine climate and temperatures in the valleys are moderate. June through September are the prime visiting months. The Pannonian Plain experiences continental climate, while the Adriatic coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate; both are characterized by warm sunny days. Temperatures in these regions in this time of the year typically range from the lower 50s to the upper 70s. Expect overnight mountain temperatures (while staying in the Alpine huts) to drop considerably.

Dress code – Slovenians tend to dress somewhat more smartly than Americans, although more casual clothes are acceptable. Jeans, lighter weight pants, t-shirts or camisoles, and sundresses are popular options for casual wear. Lightweight jackets or sweaters are advisable for occasional cooler evenings. Slovenians generally walk more than Americans so comfortable walking footwear is advisable. Trips involving running, cycling, hiking, water sport or other outdoor activities will require specialist gear.

Slovenia is a member of the European Union and more than half of the population declares to be Roman Catholics. There are no discernible religious customs that would influence tourists’ dress code, though street clothes (rather than swimsuits) and sometimes over-the-knee pants and shirts are required in churches, museums and other institutions.

Find here (https://www.whattowearonvacation.com/ph/destinations/europe/slovenia/130-what-to-wear-in-slovenia.php) some additional useful tips on what to wear in Slovenia.

Language – The official language of Slovenia is Slovenian. Hungarian and Italian are co-official languages in small areas in the northeast and southwest of the country. Most people speak at least one foreign language, usually English. German and Croatian/Serbian languages are also spoken widely.

Security – Slovenia is generally a very safe country. Still, pickpockets operate everywhere so avoid leaving your belongings unattended and avoid carrying large sums of cash or valuables with you on daytrips. Women can walk alone in virtually all areas and cities even at night.

Injuries and illnesses are always possible, so we recommend inquiring about international medical insurance coverage with your health insurance provider.

Single Travelers –  Single rooms are not available in tourist farms.

General Information – This trip is subject to the booking information, policies, and provisions laid out in Mateja Travel’s Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and contact us if you have any questions. Additional trip information will be provided upon registering for the trip.