You may not think of Slovenia as a top vacation destination, but this little country in the heart of Europe offers a range of activities and attractions ideal for short yet rewarding visits. Plus, it’s close to Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, and Montenegro, so you can easily create a trip that lets you visit all five countries in less than a week. Where to begin? Start by making your perfect vacation using Inspirock’s free Slovenia trip planner, and browse the provided sample itineraries to get your creative juices going.
The “Historic Ljubljana” Slovenia Itinerary
Slovenia is such a small country, you’ll almost inevitably end up staying in or at least passing through Ljubljana no matter where else you choose to go. But if you simply drive, walk, or cycle through, you’ll miss out on the really great thing about this thriving and graceful European capital—its amazing history and culture. If you don’t have a lot of time for this part of the continent, take five days to discover Ljubljana’s blend of German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian heritage. The focal point of your visit is sure to be Ljubljana Old Town, where 19th-century buildings share narrow cobbled streets with modern shops, cafes and restaurants. Make the most of one of the greenest cities in Europe and visit Tivoli Park and Arboretum Volcji Potok. If you choose Ljubljana as a base for a longer visit—and we think you should—you can stay affordably at Hostel Celica.
For more info on what to do in Ljubljana and where to go for interesting side trips, take a look at this Slovenia itinerary:
The Bled And Bohinj Slovenia Itinerary
If you’ve seen pictures of Slovenia, chances are, you’ve seen pictures of Bled. This is the country’s most popular resort, featuring a stunning lake and a thousand-year-old castle. The phrase “picturesque views” really means something here. Tourists flock to Bled to hike, bike, golf, and horseback ride in a setting that features breathtaking mountains as a backdrop. A half-hour’s drive from Bled you can visit Bohinj, the country’s largest glacial lake. This area gets fewer tourists, which makes it ideal for anyone looking for a bit of peace and quiet. The region is also home to Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain and the tallest peak of the towering Julian Alps.
More lakeside fun awaits on this 7-day Slovenia itinerary:
The Istrian Coast Slovenia Itinerary
This itinerary takes you to one of the least-explored stretches of the Mediterranean, known interchangeably as the Slovenian Riviera or Slovenian Istria. Here, you’ll hear both Slovene and Italian—after all, Venice is just a boat trip away. The Slovenian coast is less than 50 km (30 mi) long, yet it boasts a string of pretty towns that seem like time capsules from another historical period. You’ll definitely want to visit the medieval Portoroz and Piran, where the legacy of the Venetian Republic remains extremely strong. And if you’re arriving from Ljubljana, be sure to stop at Postojna Caves, a fascinating underground world and home to the “human fish,” a blind amphibian creature capable of surviving for up to a century.
Find out what else you can do in Istria on this coastal Slovenia itinerary:
The Castles of Slovenia Itinerary
Slovenia boasts dozens of historic castles, many of which serve as hotels or museums. Bled Castle is one of the country’s most popular attractions, and boasts arguably the best views of the Julian Alps. Predjama Castle has been pressed against the side of rocky cliff for over 700 years—with its network of underground caverns, it remains unique among Europe’s medieval structures. You probably won’t need a whole week to see Slovenia’s top castles, but seven days lets you add in plenty of other sightseeing and activities.
Check out the castles and other attractions on this history-steeped Slovenia itinerary:
The Best of Both Worlds
A lovechild of the Alps and the Mediterranean, Slovenia boasts soaring mountains and a pretty coastline backed by towns that are both architecturally grand and extremely comfortable to live in. Perfect in every season, the country draws skiers in the winter, hikers and cyclists in the summer, and casual tourists year-round. Regardless of your travel tastes, you can create an ideal vacation by using our free Slovenia travel planner, designed to help maximize the joy and minimize the stress of visiting a new country.