Slovenia·May 11 - 18 2025

Slovenia & Trieste, Italy

Wander through Slovenia's natural beauty and discover Trieste's vibrant culture

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Overview

Embark on an exciting journey to explore the cultural heritage and natural beauty of Slovenia and Trieste. This trip is a perfect blend of urban sophistication in Ljubljana, tranquil beauty at Lake Bled, and historical significance in Trieste. You will witness artisan workshops, historical tours, and exceptional dining experiences. Don't miss this unforgettable adventure across two of Europe's most fascinating regions. Start in Ljubljana with a relaxing river cruise, introducing you to the city's historical center. Journey to Lake Bled to visit its iconic island church and take in the panoramic views from the medieval Bled Castle. Discover the Postojna Cave, one of Europe's most extensive karst systems, aboard a private train. This geological wonder is lined with dramatic stalactites and stalagmites, forming a natural history museum. Continue on to neighboring Trieste, Italy, a city for centuries at the crossroads of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures. Walk through bustling piazzas, savor rich Italian coffee, and visit Miramare Castle. Built in the mid-19th century for Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and his wife, the castle offers insights into the region's Habsburg heritage and strategic maritime position. Each day combines historical insights with local cuisine, including dining experiences at Michelin-starred restaurants, showcasing the best Slovenian and Italian culinary traditions.

Highlights

Take a private train ride through through the magical Postojna Caves

Take a private train ride through through the magical Postojna Caves

Visit the romantic, historic Miramare Castle in Italy

Visit the romantic, historic Miramare Castle in Italy

Participate in a collage workshop inspired by Slovenian Alma Karlin

Participate in a collage workshop inspired by Slovenian Alma Karlin

Enjoy a rowing boat trip to the scenic island on Lake Bled

Enjoy a rowing boat trip to the scenic island on Lake Bled

Experience a live Baroque organ concert in a historic Ljubljana's church

Experience a live Baroque organ concert in a historic Ljubljana's church

Learn to bake traditional Slovenian Potica bread

Learn to bake traditional Slovenian Potica bread

Savor dining at several Michelin-starred restaurants

Savor dining at several Michelin-starred restaurants

Explore the historic and vibrant center of Ljubljana

Explore the historic and vibrant center of Ljubljana

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip.

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Ljubljana

Day 1: Sunday, May 11th, 2025

Welcome to the charming city of Ljubljana! A representative will be at the airport to take you to the Hotel Cubo, a stylish boutique retreat in the city's heart. This hotel promises an ideal base for our Slovenian adventure.

Later today, we'll meet in the hotel lobby to get to know each other better. 

Following our meet-and-greet, we'll take a leisurely ten-minute stroll to the pier, where a riverboat awaits. Step aboard for a relaxing cruise along the serene waters of the Ljubljanica River. Gliding through the city center, you'll be treated to stunning views of Ljubljana's picturesque landscapes and architectural marvels, sipping a welcome cocktail. 

As evening sets in, we'll disembark and head to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner. Here, we'll taste Slovenia's finest cuisine, an ideal introduction to the rich culinary traditions that await. After dinner, we'll return to our hotel and retire for the night.

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Dinner

Welcome drink

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Ljubljana

Day 2: Monday, May 12th, 2025

After breakfast, we'll take a guided walking tour of Ljubljana's city center. 

We recommend comfortable walking shoes as we'll wander through charming landmarks, like Preseren Square, Triple Bridge, and the open-air markets, tasting local flavors. 

Our stroll continues through the city's historical heart, visiting Congress Square, the quaint Old Town with its town hall, and the charming Cobblers' Bridge

Ending our city tour, we'll discover Republic Square and take in views of the Slovenian Parliament with our guide sharing insights that bring these landmarks to life.

Lunch awaits at a local inn restaurant, where traditional Slovenian dishes provide a hearty and authentic dining experience.

In the late afternoon, a cultural treat is in store at one of Ljubljana's main Baroque churches. Here, we'll learn more about the history of the Baroque era—the city's golden age and enjoy a live organ concert featuring classical music.

The evening concludes with a food tour of Ljubljana, followed by a dinner showcasing various local cuisines and culinary innovations. This 2.5-hour dining experience includes a meal and a journey through the flavors that define this region. 

Included

All Meals

Guided Walking & Food Tour

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Lake Bled

Day 3: Tuesday, May 13th, 2025

After breakfast, our day begins with a scenic drive to the enchanting Lake Bled, a jewel of the Julian Alps. Arriving at the lake, we'll take a rowing boat to visit the charming island in the center of Lake Bled. There, we'll explore the island’s church and ring the wishing bell, a local tradition that is said to make wishes come true. 

After a brief uphill walk, we will reach Lake Bled Castle. The castle is perched atop a cliff, offering panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. We'll explore centuries of Slovenian history inside while enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

For lunch, we'll dine at the elegant Rose Restaurant. Afterward, we'll enjoy a Slovenian delicacy—a kremšnita custard slice—with afternoon tea or coffee, ending our lakeside adventure on a sweet note.  

In the evening, we'll visit Ljubljana Castle, accessible by a funicular ride and offering another stunning city view. Tonight, we'll dine at the renowned Strelec Restaurant in the castle's 16th-century tower. Here, medieval charm meets modern cuisine which has been awarded one Michelin star. Get ready for a treat!

Included

All meals

Coffee or tea with Kremšnita

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Ljubljana- Domžale-Celje

Day 4: Wednesday, May 14th, 2025

Begin the day with breakfast before checking out of the hotel. Then, we'll depart for Domžale, a small town renowned for its straw hat museum. Here, we'll discover the art of traditional and fashionable straw hat-making with a guided tour and presentation. We'll meet one of the designers at the museum. Choose a handmade hat to take home as a unique souvenir.

Continuing our journey, we'll drive to Celje, an important archaeological site and historical seat of the Counts of Celje. We'll have lunch at a local restaurant and then visit the Regional Museum of Celje, where we'll learn more about the fascinating life and travels of Alma Karlin and the famous Celje ceiling. 

After our visit, we'll drive for one hour and a half to the Grad Otočec Castle Hotel, a luxurious retreat where history blends with modern elegance. Situated on the banks of the Krka River, this hotel is our home for the next few days.

Included

All meals

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Krka river

Day 5: Thursday, May 15th, 2025

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll drive to Kostanjevica, a charming village on an island in the Krka River. The village is known for its flourishing art scene, supported by the legacy of the annual Forma Viva artists' colonies.

During our visit to Kostanjevica, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the Božidar Jakac Art Museum in a former Cistercian monastery. We'll learn more about the various modern art pieces that reflect the region's cultural heritage.

Then, we'll experience an inspirational collage workshop led by a renowned female artist. The workshop will focus on adventurous travel themes, reflecting on Alma Karlin's incredible journeys and our own travel experiences. This will be a time for creative expression and personal connection, enriching our understanding of Slovenian culture and travel aspirations.

We'll then have lunch at a local restaurant in Kostanjevica that offers traditional Slovenian fare in a cozy setting. In the afternoon, we’ll immerse ourselves in a hands-on baking workshop at a local Kostanjevica home, where we'll learn to make Potica, a traditional Slovenian festive bread

We’ll conclude our day with dinner back at our hotel.

Included

All meals

Collage workshop

Traditional bread making workshop

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Trieste

Day 6: Friday, May 16th, 2025

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll depart for a day filled with natural wonder and culinary experiences. 

Today, we'll explore the renowned Postojna Cave, a highlight among karst formations. We'll take a private electric train deep into the heart of the cave, gliding past awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites.

Following our cave exploration, we'll have lunch at Zemono Manor, a Michelin-starred and Gault & Millau-recognized restaurant. This extraordinary culinary experience will last about three hours. 

If time allows, we’ll visit the Lipica Stud Farm. This visit to the historic home of the Lipizzan horses is a delightful interlude, time permitting.

In the late afternoon, we'll arrive in Trieste, the enchanting city by the sea. We'll check into the hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace. Depending on the cultural events available, we may attend an opera or classical music concert in the evening, immersing ourselves in Trieste’s vibrant cultural scene.

We’ll enjoy a selection of exquisite seafood dishes for a dinner celebrating rich Adriatic flavors.

Included

All meals

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Trieste

Day 7: Saturday, May 17th, 2025

We'll start our day with breakfast, preparing for a fascinating city tour. Trieste’s unique charm lies in its varied history as a bustling Habsburg seaport, which has left an indelible mark on the city’s architecture and culture. Our walking and bus tour will take us through the main square, Piazza Unita, and past the beautiful Greek Orthodox Church.

We'll also visit one of the largest Eastern European synagogues and have coffee at an old Austrian-style café, experiencing the cultural blend that defines Trieste.

We'll have lunch at a local restaurant, enjoying dishes that reflect the city’s diverse culinary influences.

In the afternoon, we'll visit the romantic and wonderful Miramare Castle. It's perched on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea. The castle, surrounded by a lush garden and with a dramatic love story, is a testament to the architectural and historical grandeur of the Habsburg dynasty.

We'll end our day with a special farewell dinner that promises delightful cuisine and a chance to reminisce over our shared experiences.

Included

All meals

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Trieste

Day 8: Sunday, May 18th, 2025

After enjoying our final breakfast at the hotel, we'll prepare for our departure. We have individual transfer services available for those wanting to get to Ljubljana Airport. 

Alternatively, we can arrange transfers to other nearby airports for an additional charge. Our concierge will be happy to help you with this. 

This marks the end of our unforgettable journey through Slovenia and Trieste. We hope you enjoyed the cultural insights, historical explorations, culinary delights, and new friendships you gained along the way!

Included

Breakfast

You'll Be Staying Here

Hotel Cubo

Hotel Cubo

The Hotel Cubo in Ljubljana is a boutique hotel known for its modern, stylish design and exceptional service. Located in the heart of Ljubljana, it offers convenient access to the city’s major attractions.

Hotel Grad Otočec, Relais & Chateaux, Otočec

Hotel Grad Otočec, Relais & Chateaux, Otočec

Hotel Grad Otočec, a prestigious Relais & Chateaux association member, is set on an island in the middle of the Krka River. This castle hotel is renowned for its stunning setting and historical architecture, dating back to the medieval period. 

Savoia Excelsior Palace

Savoia Excelsior Palace

Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste is a historic 4-star hotel that offers spectacular views of the Gulf of Trieste. It is located on the waterfront, steps away from the city center in a 19th century palace.

Hosts

Doni Belau

Doni Belau

Doni Belau is the creator and founder of Girls' Guide to the World. She is an inveterate traveler, having been to nearly 80 countries (and counting). She loves to help other women experience this sensation as she truly feels it helps us see a larger world of possibilities within ourselves. 

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Price

Private room

Private room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$9,995

Shared room

Shared room

Share a room with a friend or family member!

FROM$9,095

Add Ons

Stay and Extra Night Trieste

Stay and Extra Night Trieste

Includes one night and breakfast at the Savoia Excelsior Palace

PRICE$325.00

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Arrive one day early in  Ljubljana

Arrive one day early in Ljubljana

Includes one night and breakfast at Hotel Cubo

PRICE$315.00

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Explore the Captivating Charm of Slovenia and Trieste

Slovenia & Trieste

Experience the magical combination of natural beauty and rich history in Slovenia and Trieste. From the majestic Slovenian Alps to Ljubljana's vibrant, historic streets, every moment captures a piece of the past. In Trieste, you'll experience a unique blend of Italian charm and Central European flair. Wander through bustling piazzas, enjoy world-class Illy coffee, and marvel at the stunning sea views from Miramare Castle. Slovenia and Trieste offer an enchanting journey through breathtaking landscapes and vibrant cultural experiences.

Slovenia & Trieste

What's Included

What's Included

A small group experience

All in-country transport except where indicated

All activity entry fees

Expert Guides and Trip Leaders

Food tour dinner

Accommodations at unique, 4-star or better hotels

A festive Slovenian bread Potica baking hands-on workshop

Visit to a spectacular Postojna cave with a private electric train

2 unforgettable Michelin star experience meals: 1 dinner and 1 lunch

River cruise with a glass of sparkling wine

Private transfer from Trieste hotel to Ljubljana airport

Transfer from Ljubljana airport to hotel in Ljubljana

Everything stated in itinerary above including all meals except where indicated plus wine or beer with dinner

International airfare

Additional wine, beer, and/or spirits beyond what’s offered at meals

All personal souvenirs

Laundry services

Travel and medical insurance (required)

Any spa treatment desired

FAQs

The trip officially starts in the afternoon of May 11th. If you don't want to rush or prefer to enjoy Ljubljana for an extra day, I suggest flying in a day early. If you do decide to arrive, book an extra night on our website, and we will take care of the booking arrangements for you. 

Fly into the Ljubljana Airport. The airport is about 25 minutes north of the city center and offers convenient access to the capital.

In May, the average daily temperature in Slovenia ranges from 54°F to 72°F (12°C to 22°C). The coastal areas enjoy slightly warmer weather, around 68°F (20°C). In contrast, the mountainous regions may experience cooler temperatures, especially at higher altitudes.

We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website we love that will help you with packing and travel trips. 

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Slovenia & Trieste, Italy

Slovenia· May 11 - 18 2025· 7 nights

FROM$9,995/pp