Ljubljana, Slovenia Kobaird, Slovenia

Soča Valley, Lake Bled & Ljubljana

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

The perfect introduction to Slovenia, Soča Valley, Lake Bled & Ljubljana is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the country, with the experience that only Exeter International can provide.

The Basics

  • Six nights in unique hotels and villas, inclusive of tax and breakfast
  • Private airport transportation to and from your hotel
  • Private Exeter Guide at your service as described in the program
  • Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program
  • 24-hour, English-speaking local assistance in case of emergency or changes

For custom luxury travel and tours to Slovenia, please contact one of our travel experts.

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ITINERARY

PRICING FROM

$4520 per person, based on two guests traveling together. Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability.

Day 1
Soča Valley | Soča Valley Nebesa Chalets

Arrival in Ljubljana. You will be met by your private driver, who will be waiting for you just outside of customs, after you pick up your luggage.

Your driver will transfer you to Nebesa chalets.

For today, relax and enjoy the stunning views and nature surrounding the chalet.

 

Exeter Services
Arrival Transfer
Hotel
Nebesa or Dobra Vila Bovec or Hiša Franko

 

 

Day 2
Soča Valley | Soča Valley Soca Valley, Slovenia

This morning, meet your guide for the day of exploring the beautiful Soča Valley. This is some of the most beautiful nature in all of Slovenia so a gentle hike with a picnic will be a perfect way to soak up all the views.

We recommend dinner at Hiša Franko. Chef Ana Roš put Slovenia on the gastronomic map after being voted The World’s Best Female Chef in 2017 and starring in her own episode of Netflix’s cult series, Chef’s Table. Pronounced Hi-sha Franko, the restaurant is in the stunning surrounds of the Soča Valley and has drawn visitors to Slovenia from all over the world.

Exeter Services
Guide (8 hours)
Hotel
Nebesa or Dobra Vila Bovec or Hiša Franko

Day 3
Kobarid | Kobarid

This morning, you will visit the Kobarid Museum. Kobarid is the culinary capital of Soča Valley and an important historical and archaeological site, due to its role as a crossroad of routes through the valley. The area was witness of one of the biggest periods of battles during WWI between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian forces, also known as the Isonzo Front. At least 12 battles took place between May 1915 and November 1917 with an estimated death toll of 300,000 soldiers. The last and most important one, the Battle of Caporetto, was documented by Ernest Hemingway in the novel “A Farewell to Arms”.

Kobarid’s museum features a permanent exhibition, unique on its personal approach to war. A private museum guide will walk you through the different rooms where photographs, letters and personal belongings are presented. Should you wish, your guide can also take you to see the Italian Charnel House, a memorial for the Italia soldiers fallen during the battles, and to walk on the Kobarid Historical Trail – a 3-mile-long trail combining historic depictions with natural sights. 

 After lunch, your driver will transfer you to Bled and to your luxury hotel.

Time allowing you will make a stop enroute in the beautiful Bohinj region, which is divided into the Upper and Lower Bohinj Valley. There are twenty-four typical Alpine villages in these two valleys. The journey continues with a cable car ride to the mountain Vogel (5,000 ft), from where there is a wonderful view of the lake and the surrounding parts of the Julian Alps. You will return to Bled and your hotel through the Lower Valley.

 

Exeter Services
Kobarid Museum Guide, Transfer to Bled
Hotel
Adora Luxury Hotel

Day 4
Lake Bled | Lake Bled

This morning, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel to take you on a sightseeing tour of the charming Alpine Lake town of Bled. This morning we suggest a visit to the lake and a boat ride to the church, which stands on the island in the middle. The lake was formed after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. After the last Ice Age, the Bohinj glacier deepened the natural tectonic hollow and gave into its present form.

Later today, you will also visit the beautiful and historic Bled Castle, which is also the oldest in the country. In 1004, the German Emperor Henrik II gave the Bled estate to the Austrian Bishop Albuin of Brixen as a gift. Today the castle is preserved as a museum, where you will be able to see various exhibits depicting the history of the region. Enjoy the sweeping views over the lake and the surrounding mountains.

We suggest that you also visit Radovlija for lunch.This charming town is now home to one of the best restaurants in Slovenia Hisa Linhart and we recommend reserving a table here for lunch. Radovlija is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the country, with houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. After strolling through the charming cobblestoned streets, you will stop at one of the oldest houses to visit the gingerbread store, where you will see how the region famous honey-bread cookies are made.

 

Exeter Services
Guide (4 hours), Full day vehicle & Driver

Hotel
Adora Luxury Hotel

Day 5
Bled- Ljubljana | Bled- Ljubljana

This morning, meet your driver for transfer to Ljubljana.

Ljubljana is a beautiful, compact, and romantic city, halfway between Vienna and Venice and influenced by centuries of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultural influences. Today, Ljubljana is a progressive green and environmentally aware city that is car-free in the center and therefore very pedestrian-friendly.

Slovenia is now renowned for being a foodie destination and Ljubljana brims with top chefs, both established and emerging, and high caliber restaurants whipping up fine locally influenced cuisine. Your guide will take you to the central market which is open daily and consists of an open-air market, located in the Vodnikov trg and Pogačarnev trg squares and a covered market situated in between the two squares. You will be there just in time for lunch.

Later your guide will take you on a walking tour of the old town which is filled with outstanding architecture in a variety of styles, from different periods in history, most notably the Baroque. Greatly influenced by the famous Ljubljana-born architect and urban planner Jože Plečnik, you will hear his name many times!

Your guide will point out significant sights and tell you why the dragon is the emblem of the city. You may walk (20 minutes) or take the funicular to reach the top of Castle Hill and the main sight of the city – Ljubljana Castle – which has 900 years of history. The castle offers great views over the city and the surrounding countryside.

 

Exeter Services
Transfer from Bled, Guide (6 hours)

Hotel
Zlata Ladjica Boutique Hotel

Day 6
Škocjan Caves or Foraging Experience | Škocjan Caves or Foraging Experience

Today, your driver will take you to the Škocjan Caves, where you will have a privately guided tour.

The Škocjan Caves were formed by the Reka River and have been on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites since 1986. You will begin your guided tour at the Visitors’ Center and walk to the man-made entry into the Globocak Collapse Doline. From there your guide will take you through the Silent Cave (Tiha jama), the massive cave where the Reka river flows and the Tominc Cave (Tominceva jama), before accessing the surface again. The little hike to the waterfall once you exit the caves is not to be missed!

Alternatively, today you will meet our forager and plant expert extraordinaire! She forages for some of Slovenia’s top chefs and restaurants, including Janez Bratovž‘s JB Restaurant, & Bine Volčič’s Monstera Bistro. Katja will take you to some of the green spaces in Ljubljana and explain the art of foraging and its place in Slovenian contemporary cuisine.

 

Exeter Services
Vehicle & Driver (4 hours)

Hotel
Zlata Ladjica Boutique Hotel

Day 7
Depart Ljubljana | Depart Ljubljana Ljubljana, Slovenia

Meet your driver for your transfer to the airport to meet your departing flight.

 

Exeter Services
Departure Transfer

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