Explore some of the best destinations in Slovenia with this 7-day self-drive highlights of Slovenia itinerary. Enjoy charming Ljubljana, fairy tale Bled, the Julian Alps, castles and caves. Continue through the hit the brakes scenery of the Soca valley. Then marvel at beautiful Lipizzaner horses and enjoy the splendour of the Adriatic coast.
Begin in the capital city of Ljubljana before picking up the car and driving to Slovenia’s most well-known sight, Lake Bled. Visit the less known but equally as beautiful Lake Bohinj before driving through the Julian Alps down to the out of this world Soca Valley. Experience the landscape, while you sit in your car on the motorail. Continue your discoveries as you explore the underground world of the Postjama caves. Before chilling at the Adriatic coast. Head back to Ljubljana and stop off to visit Lipica, home of the famous Lipizzaner horses before making your way back to the city for one last night of Slovenia.
The wonder of Slovenia is it offers so much but all within a short driving distance. This itinerary is just a small example of what you can experience. Everything can be personalised to your needs, whether you have more or less time, a specific place in mind or just want to be surprised. Give our Slovenia specialist a call or email at email@example.com and let her customised your perfect Slovenian experience.
Welcome to Slovenia and Europes greenest capital Ljubljana! Discover this charming city as you wander from your perfectly located central hotel. Join a walking tour or explore by yourself Ljubljana castle, outdoor markets and stunning architecture. You’ll notice the legacy of modern architect Jože Plečnik around the city at worthwhile stops such as the National Library, Central Market, Triple Bridge, and Plečnik’s own home turned museum, all under the watchful eyes of the city’s many signature dragons.
After breakfast in the capital, visit any sites you missed then you’ll pick your rental car and drive to the magical lake Bled. Visit the fairytale island at the lake’s centre, climb up the church’s 99 steps, where legend has it the ringing of the bell can grant your wishes. View the picture-postcard lake from the medieval castle and tour its smithy, wine cellar, and printing press before enjoying a traditional meal in the restaurant. For the more active you can choose between a plethora of shorter hikes through gorges or to scenic viewpoints. The craggy walkways and waterfalls of the popular Vintgar Gorge are just 2.5 miles from town. Don’t forget to have a slice of the famous Bled cake.
Driving time: 45 min / 1 hour
Begin with visiting the lesser-known but equally as beautiful Lake Bohinj, before driving high up into the Julian Alps, through the jaw-dropping Vrisic Pass. Admire the nearby limestone walls as you make your way up the winding road with potential detours to several view-filled walks of varying lengths.
Stop off for lunch in the charming town of Bovec, afterwards follow the emerald Soca river, crisscrossing over bridges as you drive through the valley. Visit the Tolmin Gorge for a magical walk through rocks. Take a break from driving by loading your car on the motorail. Sit back, relax and enjoy the countryside flying by for the forty-minute journey from the comfort of the car. The train delivers you back to Bohinj where you can have dinner in the town or head back to your hotel in Lake Bled.
Make sure to factor in extra time to for all the photo stops you’ll have to take.
Driving time 5 hours – spread over the day.
During winter the Vrisic Pass is closed. An alternative route will be provided.
After breakfast, you’ll check out of your hotel and get back on the road. Today you’ll make your way down to Slovenias tiny but charming Adriatic coast. But first stop off at Postojna, to visit Postojna Cave, one of the most-visited attractions in Slovenia. A 90-minute guided tour takes visitors through caverns, halls, and passages. Before you leave the area, check out Predjama Castle. The famous medieval castle built into a rock.
Afterwards, take a short drive to Koper or Izola on the coast to sample some traditional Istrian fare for lunch. Then leisurely make your way down to Portoroz, where you will spend the next two nights. Dubbed the “Austrian Riviera”, Portoroz was the place to see and be seen for royals, aristocrats, politicians, artists and actors in the early 20th century. It now offers itself as a charming resort town, where you can relax on the beach and enjoy some Slovenian Wine as you watch an unforgettable sunset.
Driving time – 2.5 hours
No need for the car today. Only 3 km away, Piran is the perfect place to spend the day. offers an intoxicating mix of Venetian vibes and Slovenian flair. This incredibly walkable city makes for a relaxing day. Stroll around the main plaza, Tartini Square, where you’ll find souvenirs, entertainment, and prime people watching. Bask in the Mediterranean sun as you swim by the promenade. Walk along the coastal path to the Strunjan Nature Park, or climb up to the city walls for mesmerizing sea views. Wander the charming alleyways and dine al fresco by the waterfront.
Enjoy your last morning at the seaside before travelling back to Ljubljana. On the way visit Lipica, one of the oldest stud farms in Europe. Since the 16th century, this farm has been breeding the beautiful Lipizzaner horses. On the farm tour, you will get familiar with the history of the breed, visit the horse’s stables, and depending on the day you may be able to watch a display by the Classical riding school.
Back in Ljubljana, Enjoy your last night strolling around the old town. Enjoy a drink in one of the many bars and cafes along the river while you take in the romantic atmosphere.
Driving time 2 hours.
It’s time to say farewell to Slovenia! Enjoy your last moments in this beautiful country before heading to the airport.
This programme costs from £750 per person based on two adults sharing in four star hotels.
The price dose not include international flights or transfers. Flights from London to Ljubljana tend to cost between £100 – £300 return – do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.