About Slovenia Self Drive no.1
A tour of Slovenia's best bits including the capital (Ljubljana), incredible caves, mountain lakes, historic towns and a beautiful coastline.
Activity code: SLFD01
Duration: 8 Days
START / FINISH - Ljubljana
This itinerary is our recommended fly-drive holiday for a week long tour of Slovenia. Starting in the capital, Ljubljana, you will visit stunning National Parks, historic towns (large & small), beautiful coastal resorts and much more. The route is designed to be a circuit from Ljubljana so you can 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 highway* from the capital to the coast cuts down on travel times but also frees 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.
* NB. our hire cars include Slovenia's Vignette (or highway tax disc).
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 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 pack a picnic. The 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 (e.g. Porec) or Italy (e.g. Trieste) prior to heading back on the highway to Ljubljana and your flight home.
We can tailor-make a holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - departure airport, budget, hotel type/size, overall duration, pre-booked activities, etc.
Accommodation: the hotels in this fly-drive itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in this fascinating country (in the list below we have included our recommended hotels plus suggestions for upgrades to "boutique" hotels and deluxe properties but please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).
Transport: to take the stress out of arriving and departing we offer a private airport transfer service; we can deliver and collect your hire car from your hotel at no extra cost. All our vehicles have a/c and come with a full tank of fuel, we provide driving directions and parking information for all accommodation.
Extra Information: all our holidays have a recommended route with suggestions for sightseeing; we can also book activities and specialist sightseeing - such as cycling, sea kayaking, rafting and hiking guides, etc.
NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.
Arrive in Ljubljana; private transfer to your hotel in city centre. Balance of day sightseeing.
Full day for sightseeing in Ljubljana on foot and by public transport. Visit the castle using one of the many footpaths up the hill or by taking a ride in the funicular, consider a boat trip on the river or hiring bicycles 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.
We will deliver your hire car 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.
NB. 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 (e.g. Hotel Skipass) or Bovec via the incredible Vrsic Pass (e.g. Hotel Sanje Ob Soci) or even the equally stunning Logar Valley (e.g. Hotel Plesnik) thereby extending your holiday to around 10 days or more.
We suggest taking a scenic route through mountains via Bohinj, Most na Soci and Idrija to Postojna; a picnic may be a great idea to have along the way. A possible detour would be to Lake Bohinj and/or the Vogel mountain cable car.
If you stay an extra night here 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.
Visit the 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). Enjoy some relaxation time on the Slovenian coast at your choice of resort.
A final day in Slovenia; take the highway back to Ljubljana for your flight home and drop off 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.
Prices shown are 'per person' in UK Pounds and are based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. A single supplement needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required.
Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen accommodation, room availability as well as time of travel. Please take this into consideration when comparing prices; we always aim to match a high quality experience with exceptional value for money. Please note that discounts will apply if there are 4 or more people in your travelling party as fixed costs such as transportation and guides will be shared equally between the group.
NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.
"A lovely holiday the hotels all excellent. The car hire car had very noisy brakes. The App Vamoos was excellent"
D Wilson, UK, September, 2019
"Our stay in Piran was just lovely. The whole country is beautiful, very clean, the people are friendly and helpful."
V Spalter, UK, August, 2019
"Thanks for a well organised tour."
D Town, UK, June, 2019
"We had a wonderful week, good hotels, fine dining, best sightseeings, walks in beautiful landscape, clean country, friendly people, reasonable prices - for us really memorable."
W Kaegi, May 2019
"A wonderful holiday. Slovenia is beautiful and the driving was easy. All the directions you gave us worked although we did get lost getting through Kamnic on the way to the Logar Valley. Finding Pension Mayer in Bled was also a little challenge. Another day in Ljubljana would have been nice, but we did only have eleven days overall. All the hotels were very good - Pension Mayer, where the staff were wonderful and we left as friends - is worth a mention. The upgrade to a sea view room in Piran was well worth it and this is a superb hotel. Postojna town was a disappointment, but we did enjoy Predjama castle."
G Edwards, UK, Oct 2018
"Excellent tour of a beautiful country. Great info on Vamoos. Good info provided. Very pleased overall. Thank you."
T Gough, UK, Sept 2018
"The trip was most enjoyable and the arrangements went like clockwork. We were blessed with wonderful weather too. It is a most attractive country with lovely scenery and excellent tourist infrastructure. The hotels in the capital and Piran were beyond reproach. Your agent Amathus was most helpful when needed. It whets the appetitie for Montenegro next year with you."
B Ackerman, South Africa, Sept 2018
"Overall loved the itinerary and great hotels and Slovenia is definitely worth a visit. Thank you!"
H Murphy, Australia, Sept 2018
"A big thank you for a most enjoyable time in Slovenia. We had no problems at all with any of the bookings. All four of us were very appreciative of the quality of the hotels, and the clear travel directions...Our eight night stay in Slovenia has left us with a great feeling for the place and we will be recommending Slovenia and your company to our friends and family. We felt the organisation of the whole trip was outstanding and very good value and would like to choose another venue with you in the future, providing old age doesn't prevent us from travelling the long journey from Australia. Many thanks once again."
D & G Macfie, Australia, June 2018