7 Days in Slovenia

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Duration: 7 days

INTRODUCTION: Formed in 1991 after the disbanding of Yugoslavia, the country of Slovenia is a place of natural beauty and wondrous landscapes. It is an outdoor enthusiast's dream, with deep caverns, limestone mountains, tumbling waterfalls, and sapphire rivers. Slovenia is a small country which makes it perfect to explore over a 7-day itinerary. Many of the country’s best sites can be visited during this time. Two-thirds of the country is covered in woodland and there are at least 10,000 caves – and those are only the one’s that have been named! There are many lakes to explore and the Triglav National Park is a highlight of the natural beauty. It is located in the north western corner of the country and rubs shoulders with the magnificent Julian Alps. Many of these spots can be explored on foot and the hiking opportunities are endless. Most travellers fly to the capital city of Ljubljana where they are charmed by its close-knit streets and a Art Nouveau architecture before they head out into the surrounding areas to explore the rest of the country. TRANSPORT: Ljubljana international airport takes flights from all across Europe and trans-continent. Some choose to arrive via train, particularly those making the most of the interrail routes that stretch across Europe. The Italian cultural marvel of Venice is only 2.5 hours by train; the valleys of Austria are 2 hours by train; and the Croatian capital of Zagreb is 2 hours by train. It's worth hiring a car to give you the most freedom exploring Slovenia as you will be driving to a number of different locations around the country. There are smaller side-trips to waterfalls and nature areas which will be much easier to visit with a car. If you wish to use public transport, there are bus links between many of the locations discussed in this itinerary. Tour operators such as Alpetour bus, Flixbus, and Nomadgo offer a good range of transport links. BONUS LOCATION: Although not included in this itinerary, you may want to spend a day or two visiting the Slovenian coast. There is one small section of the country that touches the Adriatic sea: the Slovenian Istria. It is 47 km long with 3 towns on the coastline, Piran being the most charming. The Piran Salt Pans are famous for harvesting salt and fleur de sel. The town is drenched with Italian-style architecture as it was part of the Venetian Empire for five centuries. Driving up the coast to the Strunjan Nature Reserve and Moon Bay is a wonderful excursion. Alternatively, stroll around the medieval city walls that were constructed to protect from Ottoman raiding parties. Visit Tartini Square and the Bell Tower viewpoint. Enjoy the azure ocean stretching out before you. Photos: Ales Krivec - Unsplash Erich Platzer - Unsplash Frantisek Duris - Unsplash Jaka Škrlep - Unsplash

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Day 1

Ljubljana

Today you arrive in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana! Ideally, you will have a morning flight which gives you the rest of the day to explore. Check in at your accommodation and head out to the city for a wander around. It is a small city and easily accessible with its pedestrian-only centre. Enjoy the Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture of the buildings you pass along the way. If you're staying on the north side of the river, begin your walk by crossing over the Dragon's Bridge. Stop to grab some food from the Central Market if you're hungry, then head to the Lower Funicular at the edge of the market. Ride up Castle Hill and spend a couple of hours walking around Ljubljana Castle before either descending on the funicular or walking down yourself. Discover the streets along the town square and explore the old town before crossing over the Triple Bridge, past Prešeren Square and back to your accommodation. Finish the day by bar hopping or watching a live gig in the exciting Metelkova Mesto district.
11:00 - 11:30
Dragon Bridge
Dragon Bridge, Resljeva cesta 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dragons are a common theme in Ljubljana and you'll likely see statues, carvings, and inscriptions of them scattered throughout the city. So much so that Ljubljana is now nicknamed “dragon city”. The dragons are related to an ancient Greek myth. Legend suggests that this was the city where Jason and his Argonauts killed a dragon to steal the coveted golden fleece. The Art Nouveau bridge pays homage to this with four copper dragons. The pedestrian bridge crosses the Ljubljanica River and is northeast of Vodnik Square. On the south bank of the bridge is Ljubljana Central Market. It's a lively street market selling tasty food. It's open every day except Sunday. The main produce sold are fish, fruit, baked goods, dairy products, and meat. Picture: Eugene Kuznetsov - Unsplash
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12:00 - 14:00
Ljubljana Castle
Grajska planota 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Set atop Castle Hill (375 m), rising above downtown Ljubljana, is one of the city's most famous sites: Ljubljana Castle. The foundations stretch back to the 12th century but most buildings were erected in the 16th century. Walking around the castle grounds is free, but you’ll have to pay to enter the Watchtower and the Chapel of St George. There's a Slovenian History Exhibition which is well worth visiting too. The hill is leafy green and packed with trees, displaying wonderful views over the red roof-tops of the city. You can either take the funicular to the castle or walk from the town to the gates. The funicular tickets can be bought with your castle tickets for a three euro surcharge. Photo: Greenvalley Picture - Unsplash
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Standard 10.00 EUR
Group 24.00 EUR
Students 7.00 EUR
Kids 0.00 EUR Under 18
Seniors 7.00 EUR

15:00 - 16:00
Ljubljana Old Town
Mestni trg, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
A visit to Ljubljana wouldn't be complete without a walk through the buildings of the old town. Stari trg is a cobbled avenue that runs right through the heart of the old town. On one side is Ljubljana castle, and on the other Ljubljanica. You will walk past sites such as the Mestni trg - the Town Square. This is the main section of the plaza and is lined with many shops, restaurants, and pastel-coloured buildings. Other notable features are the Robba fountain - a marble and limestone fountain with a great obelisk - and the Town Hall. Make sure you visit the Cathedral of St. Nicholas . It was originally built in Gothic style but later renovated with Baroque architecture. Famous for its mint-green dome and dual towers. It stands alongside the Town Hall near the Central Market and Butcher's Bridge. Photo: Yogendra Negi - Unsplash
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16:00 - 16:30
Triple Bridge
Triple Bridge, Adamič-Lundrovo nabrežje 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
A collection of three bridges that link the modern city with the old town. The bridges are built from concrete and limestone on the foundations of a much older wooden bridge dating back to 1280. The bridge crosses the Ljubljianica River. The Ljubljianica is 41 km in length and is one of many rivers to flow from the Karst plateau and its underground cave systems. Be sure to explore the area around the bridge. On the northern side of the bridge is Prešeren Square - a vibrant hub and pedestrian zone. It is used for markets and festivals including the Ljubljana carnival. Photo: Bram van Geerenstein - Unsplash
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19:00 - 21:00
Metelkova Mesto
Metelkova ulica 10, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Also called "Metelkova City Autonomous Cultural Centre" (AKC). Metelkova Mesto is an autonomous social and cultural hub - similar to the Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark. This site was previously the headquarters of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The area is now a location of art, graffiti, and cultural expression. It holds live music events, exhibitions, and festivals with bars and restaurants in the surrounding area too. Picture: Bianka Csenki - Unsplash
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Day 2

Lake Bled

A 45 minute drive from Ljubljana takes you to one of the most coveted locations in all of Slovenia. Lake Bled is in the Upper Carniolan region of Slovenia. Picturesque would be an understatement to describe this place. In the middle of the lake is a fairy tale island and up on a ridge overlooking the lake is Bled Castle. The lake is surrounded by the gently hazed backdrop of the Julian Alps. This is a great place to spend a couple of days with there being a number of hotels and eateries in the town. Make sure you try one of the famous cream cakes (kremnitsa) while you're in Bled. They are sold in bakeries throughout the town. Consider hiring bikes to cycle around the 6 km lakeside path if you wish to see the lake on two wheels. Alternatively, walk the lake loop as this itinerary suggests.
09:00 - 11:00
Bled Island
Bled Island, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
At the centre of Lake Bled is a sublime island that gives the lake a magical feel. On the island is a 17th-century Church of the Assumption of Mary, a pilgrimage site. It is enriched with beautiful Gothic frescoes from 1470. There is a 52 metre tower and an old Baroque stairway with 99 steps leading up to it. The castle can be reached by swimming (although it's not advised). The best way to see it is by rowing boat. Pletna are a traditional type of rowing boat that have been in use for hundreds of years. They are similar to a Venetian gondola. It is free to walk around the island but the boats must be hired. There are half a dozen places to hire boats from around the lake. A small self-row boat costs about 20 euros an hour to hire. Rowing to the island takes close to 20 minutes one way, with time spent on the island to make the most of the views, 2 hours for the trip should suffice. Photo: Maria Clara Cavallini - Unsplash
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Notes

The island gets busy as the day wears on. By afternoon there might not be any boats left to hire! If you arrive early in the morning when the boat hire opens, you can row out into the lake in the cool of the morning when everything is at its most serene.

Getting there

There are multiple places to hire boats. Most are 5 or 10 minutes walk from the lakeside town.

Travel time
0 hours 10 minutes
11:00 - 14:00
Mala Osojnica
4260 Bled, Slovenia
On the western side of the lake is a fantastic hilltop viewpoint. It rises 650 metres above the lake providing one of the best panoramas in the area. The hike takes about 45 minutes, longer if you stop to enjoy the views. This is a great place for lunch or a picnic if you don't mind carrying it up the hill with you! There are plenty of benches near the summit for you to relax on. Photo: Arnaud STECKLE - Unsplash
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Notes

After returning your boat, continue to walk around the lakeside loop trail. There are some cafes you pass along the way and a campsite on the western edge of the lake. Soon you will see a sign for the Mala Osojnica trailhead.

Getting there

The whole walk around Lake Bled shouldn't take more than 1.5 hours. Including the climb up to Mala Osojnica it will take 2-3 hours.

Travel time
0 hours 30 minutes
16:00 - 17:00
Bled Castle
Grajska cesta 61, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
Bled castle was originally built in the 11th century with the bulk of the medieval site erected in the 15th. Some sources claim it is the oldest castle in all of Slovenia. It is perched high on an outcrop above the lake. The castle contains a restaurant, wine cellar, and a museum of the lake’s history. It's a stunning place to watch the sunset over the Julian Alps. It can be reached either by a steep walk from the town up the hill, or by driving to the car park near the hill top. Photo: Yogendra Negi - Unsplash
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Standard 13.00 EUR
Students 8.50 EUR
Kids 5.00 EUR Under 14

Notes

Head up to Bled Castle at the end of the day to watch the sun lower in the sky. The museum closes at 5 but there is a restaurant which can be visited too.

Getting there

This has been an active day so it might be easier to drive or take a taxi to the top rather than walk up the steep hill.

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0 hours 15 minutes

Day 3

Lake Bohinj

Today you will go on a day trip to Lake Bohinj deeper into the Triglav National Park. You can book to stay the night here but it may be worth staying in Bled again as there is more choice for accommodation. Triglav is Slovenia's only National Park, containing the tallest mountain: Mount Triglav (2,864 metres). It forms the south-eastern section of the Alpine Massif. Lake Bohinj is the largest lake in Triglav and Slovenia overall, covering 318 hectares. It’s a glacial lake dammed by a moraine along one side, and circled by a mountain cairn. Some say it is even more pristine and stunning than Lake Bled. It is slightly less busy than Bled which certainly adds to its allure. There is a long hike you can do around the lake (about 4 hours). Alternatively, take the sightseeing boat across the lake and then drive between some of the other gorges and waterfalls that are set back into the Triglav National Park.
09:00 - 09:30
St. John the Baptist Church
Ribčev Laz 56, 4265 Bohinjsko jezero, Slovenia
A 700 year old church near the Stara Fužina stone bridge on the shores of Lake Bohinj. A mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture with the walls covered floor to ceiling in 15th and 16th century frescoes. If you enjoy this church there is another smaller church further west on the lake shores called Cerkev sv. Duha, Ribčev Laz. Photo: Žan Janžekovič - Unsplash
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Travel time
0 hours 30 minutes
09:30 - 11:00
Lake Bohinj Boat Trip
Lake Bohinj, 4265 Bohinjsko jezero, Slovenia
A panoramic boat ride across Lake Bohinj. There are two electric sightseeing boats that depart from right beside the Stara Fužina bridge. Get up close with the mountains and glide across the tranquil lake waters. Watch out for birds and fish darting through the water. The boats depart from the eastern shore and stop on the western shore giving you the opportunity to hike back to the car. Alternatively, you can book a round-trip ticket and take the boat back. Photo: Mathilde Rolando - Unsplash
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Standard 9.00 EUR
Group 7.50 EUR
Students 8.00 EUR
Kids 6.50 EUR Under 14
Seniors 8.00 EUR

11:00 - 12:30
Savica Waterfall
4265 Ukanc, Slovenia
Savica is 78 metres high and is fed by the Savica karst spring. Its main source is the Black Lake which is 500 metres higher in the Triglav National Park. The waterfall is located on the western edge of Lake Bohinj. It is a magnificent feature of an already outstanding landscape. It is only a short 15 minutes walk from the car park. Near the waterfall is the Mount Vogel Cable Car. If you wish to ride up to the top for sensational views over the lake and the Julian Alps, this is the spot to do so. Photo: George Bakos - Unsplash
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Travel time
0 hours 15 minutes
14:00 - 15:00
Mostnica Gorge
Mostnica, 4265 Bohinjsko jezero, Slovenia
Mostnica is a 2 km gorge carved out by the Mostnica River. It’s in the Voje Valley, 2 km from Lake Bohinj. The water is green and flows through the basin of the gorge with tall white cliffs rising up on either side of you. It's a short drive to the town of Stara Fužina where there are car parks to start your walk from. Then, it's a simple case of following the boardwalks along the river and up into this magnificent gorge. Picture: Tiia Monto, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
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Travel time
0 hours 20 minutes

Day 4

Triglav National Park - Part 1

Check out of your hotel in Lake Bled before driving 10 minutes north to the Vintgar gorge. After spending an hour or two strolling along the magical boardwalks, make the 45-minute drive to Kranjska Gora where you will be spending the next night. On the way, there's the opportunity to stop off at the Pericnik waterfall where you can walk behind the tumbling falls. Kranjska Gora is a great spot to explore some of the nature and landscapes on the northern side of the Triglav National Park. The afternoon can be spent relaxing alongside Zelenci Spring and Lake Jasna with a fantastic mountain backdrop.
09:00 - 11:00
Vintgar Gorge
Zgornje Gorje 7a, 4247 Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia
North of Lake Bled is one of the most idyllic gorges in the entire country. The Vintgar gorge is 1.6 km long and situated on the edge of Triglav National Park. There are boardwalks that wind their way through the emerald waters of the Radova River. Rapids and pools curl their way to the Šum Waterfall (13 metres tall) near the end of the trail. Marvel at the steep rock walls of the Hom and Boršt hills that tower above the gorge. You can follow a circular route that takes you along the gorge, through a forest, and back round to you car. Alternatively, walk as far as you wish along the boardwalk before turning back to the car park. Photo: Dimitry Anikin - Unsplash
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Travel time
0 hours 10 minutes
11:30 - 12:15
Waterfall Pericnik
4281 Mojstrana, Slovenia
In the Vrata Valley there is a 52 metre waterfall that plummets down to the plunge pool below. This provides a great opportunity to walk round the back of the waterfall and stand in the river mist - something that is not especially common with waterfalls in Slovenia. In winter the falls ice over leaving a huge wall of icicles dangling from the rocks! The waterfall is conveniently located on the way between Lake Bled and Kranjska Gora and can be used as a stopping point along the way. It can be reached by a short 10-minute hike from the parking lot. Photo: Hasmik Ghazaryan Olson - Unsplash
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Travel time
0 hours 30 minutes
13:30 - 15:00
Zelenci Nature Reserve
Zelenci Nature Reserve, Podkoren 75, 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
Zelenci Spring is a nature reserve and swimming lake on the outskirts of Kranjska Gora. It is the source of the Sava Dolinka River, a tributary of the mighty Danube. The nature reserve is nestled up in the corner of Slovenia against Italy and Austria. It sits in the shadows of the limestone peaks of the Julian Alps and is a perfect spot to spend an afternoon relaxing in the glades and along the lake shore. There is a boardwalk that goes through the nature reserve, alongside the lake, and out through the marshes beyond. Photo: Žan Janžekovič - Unsplash
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Travel time
0 hours 5 minutes
15:00 - 17:00
Lake Jasna
Lake Jasna, 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
Surrounded by clustered mountain villages and towering peaks is the picturesque Lake Jasna. It is situated outside Kranjska Gora towards Triglav National Park. You can hire paddle-boards and go swimming in the cold but clear waters of the lake. Alternatively, stroll along the lake shore, stopping in at some of the cafes and bars along the way. Photo: Hasmik Ghazaryan Olson - Unsplash
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0 hours 5 minutes

Day 5

Triglav National Park - Part 2

Today you will drive from Kranjska Gora to Bovec via the stunning and precipitous Vršič Pass. The drive itself will be something to enjoy as you follow mountain roads through the heart of Triglav National Park. You will then drive along the Soča Valley, a place of etherial beauty but with a dark history. This was the location of the Isonzo Front during World War I, the bloodiest mountain battle in history. The Soča River flows 86 miles through the Julian Alps and along the basin of the valley. It is one of the most beautiful in Europe. The Soča trout is a much desired fish and attracts fishermen from the world over. You will spend the night in Bovec, a hub for adventure sports and outdoor enthusiasts. There are a range of activities to undertake in this area including hiking, mountain biking, rafting, canyoning, fishing, and rock climbing.
09:00 - 10:00
Vršič Pass
Vršič Pass, 5232 Soča, Slovenia
This sweeping pass connects the Sava and Soča Valleys. When driving between Kranjska Gora and Bovec you will cross between the two. The road is a series of steep switchbacks that ascends up into the mountains but once you reach the top, the views are more than worth it. It is 1,611 metres tall and is an excellent place to stop and walk around the Julian Alps. It crosses the path of the Russian Road built in the 19th century for military purposes. Visit the wooden Russian Chapel along the roadside before the pass. Photo: Miha Rekar - Unsplash
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Travel time
0 hours 30 minutes
10:00 - 13:00
Julian Alps
Mala Mojstrovka, 4280 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
The Vršič Pass is an excellent spot to park your car and do some exploring of the Julian Alps. There are numerous trails to follow around the summits with many spectacular panoramas in this area. The Julian Alps is a UNESCO biosphere site. From this location there are stunning views of Austria and Italy. The mountain range forms a section of the Southern Limestone Alps. It covers 4,400km2 of land over Italy and Slovenia and is a large part of Triglav National Park. From the car park, there are a number of good trails. The 5 km there-and-back trail to Slemenova Špica (1,911 metres) is very popular, as is the 3 km loop trail around Vršič (1,737 metres). Photo: Ales Krivec - Unsplash
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13:30 - 15:00
Grand Canyon of Soca
5232 Soča, Slovenia
The Grand Canyon of Soca is one of the best places in the valley to stop and admire the views. There is a carpark and a number of walking trails to explore in the surrounding area. Follow the path along the gorge and down to the crystalline river waters. You can cross over a small wooden footbridge and explore the wooded river banks on the other side of the valley. There are campsites and lodges in this area if you wish to spend the night amongst this natural landscape. Photo: Daniel J. Schwarz - Unsplash
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Travel time
0 hours 30 minutes

Day 6

Predjama Castle & Postojna Caves

Today will unfortunately involve a few hours of driving, the most in the whole trip. You will depart Bovec and stop off at Tolmin gorge as your last destination in Triglav National Park. If you wish to see some more waterfalls along the way, you can visit Boka waterfall (144 metres tall) and the small but beautiful Kozjak Waterfall (15 metres high). Both waterfalls are only a short drive from Bovec. After leaving Tolmin there is a 1.5 hour drive south to Predjama Castle - a magnificent castle built inside a cliff. After a tour around the castle and its inner cavern, you will take a short drive to the Postojna Caves where a train takes you underground to explore the vast caverns beneath the earth. Then it's a 45-minute drive back to Ljubljana where you will spend the night before flying home the following day.
09:00 - 10:30
Tolmin Gorge
Tolmin Gorges, Zatolmin 66a, 5220 Tolmin, Slovenia
A 1 km gorge at the southernmost tip of Triglav National Park. Carved out by the Tolminka and Zadlascica rivers. There are many excellent walking trails in this area. The Bear’s Head gives you views from an outcrop in the gorge wall and on the Devil’s Bridge you can peer down into the river. There is also a thermal spring and a system of underground caverns to explore known as Dante's Caves. Photo: Niklas Weiss - Unsplash
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Travel time
0 hours 45 minutes
12:00 - 14:00
Predjama Castle
Predjama 1, 6230 Predjama, Slovenia
This is the largest castle that's built into a cave in the world. At one point, in the 14th century, the castle was besieged for a year and a day. It exhibits Renaissance architecture, and has been home to many interesting characters including Erazem Lueger – a famous knight and nobleman. The entrance to the castle is 120 metres from the valley floor and set deep into the rock. The romantic exterior is complemented by the idyllic river Lokva, which cuts underground beneath the castle. It is a magnificent piece of architecture and somewhere that should not be missed. Tours take about 1 hour and packages can be bought to include the Postojna Caves too. Photo: Chris Yang - Unsplash
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Standard 13.80 EUR
Students 11.00 EUR
Kids 8.30 EUR Under 15

Travel time
1 hour 30 minutes
14:15 - 16:30
Postojna Caves
Jamska cesta 30, 6230 Postojna, Slovenia
The Postojna Caves are cavernous, in the truest sense of the word. There are thousands of caves, 24 km in total. Carved out by the Pivka River. Some of the karst formations are millions of years old. There is an underground train that travels into the depths of the caves – the world’s first cave railway! The history of the caves are very interesting as the Germans stored 1,000 barrels of aircraft fuel here during World War II. Watch out for the loveška ribica ("baby dragon" / "human fish") - a blind salamder that lives in the murky waters of the Slovenian caves. The tour is fantastic and well worth doing. The train takes you 2 km into the Great Mountain. Here you depart and cross over the Russian Bridge to reach the caves. You will also see the most famous stalagmite in Postojna – the so-called "Brilliant". Picture: Benoît Vrins - Unsplash
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Students 20.60 EUR
Kids 15.50 EUR Under 15

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0 hours 15 minutes

Day 7

UNESCO Sites

Today is your final day in Slovenia. Depending on the time of your flight, you may wish to stay in Ljubljana and walk about the parks, eating in cafes, and relaxing by the river. If you have a later flight or don't mind doing a bit more driving, there are two UNESCO sites which are well worth visiting. One is the Škocjan Caves, in the southwest of Slovenia, and the other is the Idrija mercury mines to the west of Ljubljana. Pick and choose what you wish to do and enjoy your final day in Slovenia!
10:00 - 13:00
Škocjan Caves
Skocjan Caves, 1382 Begunje pri Cerknici, Slovenia
One of the largest underground cave systems in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tours take 2 hours and follow the Reka River underground into an enormous subterranean cavern. In total there are 3.8 miles of underground passages lined with limestone features and waterfalls. The main highlight is the Martel Chamber. Photo: Tine Ivanič - Unsplash
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Standard 20.00 EUR
Kids 10.00 EUR Under 16
Seniors 16.00 EUR

Travel time
1 hour 0 minutes
10:00 - 13:00
Idrija Mercury Mines
Kosovelova ulica 3, 5280 Idrija, Slovenia
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Idrija contains an incredible history of mercury mining, with the second largest mercury mine in the world. The mercury deposits were first found in 1490 but the mine has long since been decommissioned. There is an interesting and interactive museum where you can venture underground to see the conditions these Slovenian miners worked in. The museum contains mercury stores, miners’ living quarters and even a miners’ theatre. The main museum is on Anthony's Road but there is also an Hg smelting plant that can be included as an add on tour. Picture: David Jones from Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
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Standard 13.00 EUR
Students 10.00 EUR
Kids 6.00 EUR Under 15
Seniors 10.00 EUR

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1 hour 0 minutes
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