You’ll experience the magnificent natural beauty and warm, friendly culture of this captivating country on our creative itinerary, enjoying highlights from the orange roofs of Bled Castle— resplendent atop dramatic white-stone cliffs—to the Venetian-Gothic alleyways of seaside Piran. In Triglav National Park, marvel at the majestic Julian Alps as you walk beside the glacial, blue-green Lake Bohinj, passing through pine forest and fields of Alpine flowers such as Turk’s cap lilies and gentian. Follow the emerald waters of a rushing river on your walk through the Soca Valley, and stay at an inn where you savor the cuisine of 2017’s “World’s Best Female Chef.” Near the hilltop town of Medana, terraced vineyards hint at the region’s Venetian influences; enjoy its finest vintages during a tasting at a family-run winery. Throughout your journey, revel in the refreshing outlook of a country that greatly values conservation, local cuisine, and outdoor adventure.
Hiša Franko has had a long and storied history over the past century, transforming from roadside inn to village mill to World War I hospital. It is also rumored to be the place of Ernest Hemingway’s convalescence when he was injured on the Isonzo Front. In its current incarnation, the property is a warm and welcoming home away from home for travelers. You’ll find a gracious estate with a large flower, herb, and vegetable garden and a lively creek. Rooms are modern and comfortable, and massages are available to ease your tired muscles.
The Hotel Piran is a modern hotel that commands a majestic location overlooking the Adriatic on one side and the medieval town on the other. Your sea-facing room offers a balcony to take in the breathtaking view, and the room itself is comfortable and well appointed.
There are myriad vantage points of the beautiful lake from the Hotel Triglav. Cheerful fabrics complement the antique furniture, bringing charm and life to this 110-year old hotel. An indoor pool and sauna offer a sanctuary to relax after your day’s adventures.
Vander Urbani Resort
A chic boutique hotel in the heart of Ljubljana, Vander Urbani Resort Hotel consists of four tastefully updated adjacent townhouses, all gracefully accented with contemporary design flourishes. Since opening its doors in 2012, it has become known for its ideal location in the pedestrian-only center of the city, its gracious rooftop lounge with plunge pool, and farm-to-table restaurant. With only 20 rooms and a knowledgeable staff, it’s the perfect peaceful retreat after a day exploring Ljubljana.
Pre-Tour Extension - Ljubljana
2 Nights From $348
per person, double occupancy
ion: Overnight Flight from USA to Ljubljana, Slovenia
Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.
: Arrive in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Upon your arrival at Ljubljana’s Jože Pucnik Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to the Vander Urbani Resort, approximately 30 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).
: Full day in Ljubljana
Today, find out what one of Prague Castle’s designers, Jože Plecnik, dreamed up when he was given the freedom to design an entire city, from alabaster bridges to street-side pyramids. From your centrally-located boutique hotel, you can explore all corners of this pedestrian friendly metropolis—Poet Prešeren Square (a pedestrian central square), the architecturally compelling Triple Bridge, Central Market (an open-air market), and the green-domed Baroque Ljubljana Cathedral.
: Full day in Ljubljana
After breakfast, take time today to tour the city’s most prominent attraction: Ljubljana Castle, a medieval fortress perched atop a hill and offering gorgeous views of the city. Don’t miss out on Ljubljana’s cuisine, a delightful mélange of Mediterranean, Austrian, and Hungarian influences bolstered by strong farm-to-table values and exceptional local wine.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Two expert, local guides (for groups of 8 or more), with you 24/7|
|All meals included except one lunch and one dinner. Local wine and/or beer included with dinner.|
|All accommodations while on tour|
|Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Destination information (weather, visa requirements, etc.) and other travel assistance available 24/7 provided by One Call International|
|The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff|
|Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)|
|Small-group airport and hotel transfers|
|Two nights at the Vander Urbani Resort Hotel in Ljubljana|
|7-day/6-night Slovenia: Julian Alps to the Adriatic guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Since his early teens, Domen Bancic has been fueled by challenging adventures and endless curiosity-driven exploration—from hitchhiking and bicycle touring across most of Europe to jungle trekking and discovering ancient ruins in Central America and Southeast Asia. With a Bachelor’s degree in Russian studies and Master’s degree in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology plus his years of experience as a Scout leader, his guiding skills span from bush craft to humanities and social sciences. Be it walking, mountaineering, or simply discussing the different facets of various cultural phenomena, Domen is the perfect companion for an exploration of the Adriatic region.
Like a mountain goat, Anze Princic’s natural habitat is the quiet and beautiful mountain environment. As a proponent of tourism development, he is eager to develop innovative ideas about regional tourism, with no preference for season as he is both a winter explorer and a summer hiker. He remains a scout at heart and you can often find him teaching survival skills to the next generation. His life principal is learning by doing and he is always expanding his knowledge by accepting new challenges which makes him a dedicated and passionate guide.
After more than six years of travelling and guiding tours through Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, the Balkans remain Jan Zoric’s favorite corner of the world. At university Jan focused on history and political science, but he also studies all manner of the great outdoors and he loves old cars (plus, there isn’t a soup he hasn’t tasted!). Now settled in Europe, he splits his time between guiding tours in Slovenia and Croatia and exploring the Balkans in his creaky (but reliable) vintage Mercedes.
Primoz Kadunc holds a degree in organizational management which he has put into practice while guiding and on his journeys worldwide. Thanks to a legendary road trip to India, his extensive travels throughout South and Central America, and the time he spent completing his education in Portugal and Spain, he’s fluent in multiple languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, and Serbo-Croatian. When not guiding, Primoz enjoys sailing (in fact, he has sailed across the Atlantic!), scuba diving, climbing, and exploring new Alpine trails.
Thanks to a successful career in a multinational company, Joze Ricnik gained significant experience in the fields of management and organization so his tours always run smoothly! Deciding he needed a new challenge in his life, Joze started traveling and then guiding both in his native Slovenia and throughout the world, including in the wild lands of Patagonia and the nearby Balkans. A keen photographer, hiker, and mountain biker, he also has a passion for cooking and enjoying good wine and food with friends and family.
A passion for traveling was instilled in Irena Silic at a young age thanks to her intrepid parents taking Irena with them on their adventures throughout her native Slovenia and her father’s native Croatia as well as other parts of the world. With a degree in Culture Studies, Irena has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia and speaks five languages. When she’s not inspiring our guests with her passion for the nature, history, and culture of her native region, you can find her skiing, camping, biking, or kayaking.