Slovenia Vacation

September 26th - October 7th
10-nights with air from LAX - Just $2,750

JFK air price - just $2,500

If you've been on one of our trips the past few years you may have heard me talking about what a greatt trip this was for us in 2014. And when people ask me what is your favorite country, which I get a lot, Slovenia is always in my top 5.

Some European countries have lots of beautiful cathedrals, piazzas, palaces - others have beautiful scenery such as our recent Scandinavia trip - and then you have adventure vacations like Costa Rica. Slovenia is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. The changing landscape is constantly surprising, time and again. You can have one eye on the sea, then look in the other direction and be surrounded by high mountains. Heading up into the forests, you can see the green plains below you. From upland meadows your view stretches into river gorges. This proximity of opposites and contrasts is a hallmark of the country. Slovenia has it all and this trip will deliver it.  You will be hearing more and more about Slovenia in the near future I'm sure of it.  Please check out the links and photos on this webpage and get ready for another wonderful Europe trip with unbelievable scenery, history and adventure tours. I'm very proud of this trip as it is a completely custom itinerary that will take us to the most scenic places in this beautiful country. 

Our trip will take us from the center of Slovenia to visit the capital of Ljubljana for 3-nights, to Bled in the north to visit the Julian alps for 4-nights then head west along the border of Italy for some adventure tours in Bovec (Soca Valley) and then finally to the coast of Portoroz for 3-nights giving us a nice, fairly complete tour of this amazing country.

Ljubljana is a city by the river on which the mythological Argonauts carried the Golden Fleece, a city by a moor where the crannog dwellers once lived, a city with the rich heritage of Roman Emona, a city that was once the capital of the Province of Carniola and the capital of Napoleon’s Illyrian Provinces, a city of Renaissance, Baroque, and especially Art Nouveau facades, a city that boasts the greatest exhibition of the architecture of the master Jože Plečnik—all this is Ljubljana.

We will set up optional day trips to some of the attractions in the area around Ljubljana that include Iški Vintgar, a gorge with picturesque pools that is reached by passing through the unique landscape of the Ljubljansko Barje wetland, a protected regional park. You can also visit the climatic health resort of Rakitna, a plateau with a lake and a marked circular walking trail, Borovnica and Pekel Gorge, with its waterfalls and rapids. Close by is Vrhnika, from where Napoleon's Avenue, lined by ancient lindens, leads to Logatec. We are communicating with a very nice tour guide here that is offering us his suggestions on how to spend our time here. More info on Ljubljana.

From here we head up north to Bled, home of the Julian Alps. Bled is located on a beautiful lake as well as our hotel there. Make sure you bring your best camera on this trip as the scenery here is breathtaking. The area of the Julian Alps is enclosed by two beautiful lakes. The resort town of Bled, with its legendary island in the middle of the lake and its clifftop castle, its hot springs and its pleasant climate, has been attracting cosmopolitan visitors for centuries. Bathing establishments, hotels with swimming pools, footpaths, tennis courts, golf courses, a casino, the sports airfield in Lesce and nearby sights of natural and cultural interest provide plenty more reasons for a visit. Not far from the lake is Blejski Vintgar, the remarkable natural gorge of the river Radovna. Bohinj, with its unspoilt Alpine lake, is popular with visitors not only for its beautiful natural setting and the ski centres of Vogel, Kobla and Soriška Planina, but also for its rich local cultural traditions and numerous cultural and religious monuments. Nearby Pokljuka is a paradise for hikers and mushroom pickers and a venue for important international biathlon competitions. We'll plan on offering a boat tour, a cycling tour, which was a highiight of our last trip, and some hiking. You can also go horseback riding, kayaking and much more. More info on Bled activities. Our stay here in Bled will also include dinner.

From Bled we head south to the town of Bovec for the day in route to the coastal town of Portoroz.. Known
especially as the emerald route and gateway to the Soca river we will have an optional river rafting tour. The wonders of the Goriška region include the beautiful Alpine peaks and valleys of the Triglav National Park, the enchanting wine winegrowing areas of Goriška Brda and the Vipava Valley, and the hills around Cerkno and Idrija. One of the most distinctive and recognizable sights of the region is the emerald river Soča. Here, numerous water sports are available, from kayaking and canoeing to rafting and canyoning. The Class 3-4 Soča River allows you to experience challenging rapids and some of Europe’s most breathtaking scenery.This river rafting was another highlight - the scenery is spectacular!  Slightly further to the south of the river Soča lie Tolmin and Most na Soči. In the latter of these two towns archaeologists have discovered Iron Age graves, making it one of the more important prehistoric sites in Europe.

Finally, we make our way south to the coast and to the town of Portoroz. This scenic town is just a few kilometers away from the Italian town of Trieste (which we fly in and out of) and also right next door to Croatia. There are more than eight thousand karst caves and sinkholes in Slovenia, and twenty of these treasuries of limestone masterpieces created by disappearing karst rivers have been adapted and opened for tourists. Here the towns of Piran, Izola, and Koper draw visitors with their medieval cores, while Portorož, though mentioned as early as 1251, offers numerous modern hotels withcongress halls, a fully equipped marina, a sport airport, thermal baths, a casino, and a varied offer of summer cultural, entertainment, and sport events. Not far from the coast, the beauties of Slovene Istria with its picturesque villages await for you. Behind the Slovene coast is the Karst region. In the cellars of the stone houses excellent wines are poured and sold. This gourmet paradise is also a heaven  for lovers of the beauties of the karst underworld. The Skocjan Caves, which are on UNESCO's list of natural and cultural world heritage sites, boast the 1400-meter long and 150-meter deep underground canyon of the Reka River. So we'll definitely be setting up optional tours to visit the caves but you will also enjoy some free time in this area too to visit either Italy or Croatia or just stroll along the Mediterranean coastline.

All of our hotels on this trip have been chosenwith care and will be certain to meet your expectations from Singles in Paradise. Plus this trip is a true bargain with a cost hundreds of dollars less than other Europe trips.

Have I sold you yet?  I hope you decide to join us on our next big Europe adventure.

Check out photos from our last Slovenia trip!

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (your own room otherwise we pair you up with a roommate): $800

DEPOSIT TO SIGN UP - $200

Cost Includes

  • Air from LAX - other gateways are also possible
  • 10-nights lodging double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast
  • Dinners in Bled
  • All ground transfers

 Cost does not Include

  • Departure tax of $369 (includes fuel surcharge - may increase up until ticketing)
  • Optional tours


OUR AIR:

LAX - Deduct $575 with your own air and you will not pay the departure tax
Flight:Alitalia 621 Departure: Los Angeles 26SEPT /415P Arrival:Rome Fiumicino 27/SEPT/110P
Flight:Alitalia 1365( OPERATED BY SUBSIDIARY/FRANCHISE ) Departure: Rome Fiumicino 27/SEPT /300P Arrival:Trieste 27/SEPT/410P
Flight:Alitalia 1356( OPERATED BY SUBSIDIARY/FRANCHISE ) Departure: Trieste 7/OCT /705A Arrival:Rome Fiumicino 7/OCT/810A
Flight:Alitalia 620 Departure: Rome Fiumicino 7/OCT /1010A Arrival:Los Angeles 7/0CT/215P


JFK - Deduct $330 with your own air and you will not pay the departure tax
Flight:Alitalia 611 Departure: New York Kennedy 26/SEPT /1005P Arrival:Rome Fiumicino 27/SEPT/1240P
Flight:Alitalia 1365( OPERATED BY SUBSIDIARY/FRANCHISE ) Departure: Rome Fiumicino 27/SEPT /300P Arrival:Trieste 27/SEPT/410P
Flight:Alitalia 1356( OPERATED BY SUBSIDIARY/FRANCHISE ) Departure: Trieste 7/OCT /705A Arrival:Rome Fiumicino 7/OCT 810A
Flight:Alitalia 608 Departure: Rome Fiumicino 7/OCT /1040A Arrival:New York Kennedy 7/OCT/225P


WANT TO SPEND TIME IN ROME? With our group air you can deviate and stay in Rome either before or after our trip for just $100 more (subject to same rate on date chosen)


OUR HOTELS:

Ljubljana

Grand Hotel Union **** 
First 20 people to sign up will get upgraded superior rooms!

Website                    #5 on Tripadvisor!


Wonderful hotel! The Grand Hotel Union is located in the heart of the Ljubljana city centre, just a few steps from old part of the city, business district, governmental areas and major sights of Ljubljana.

Accommodation includes:

  • luxury self service breakfast
  • free high speed internet access in the hotel room
  • free use of sauna, fitness centre and swimming pool
  • free use of the business centre

The rooms provide guests with a pleasant atmosphere, comfortable beds, large working surfaces and wide LCD screens


Bled

Garni hotel Savica ****

Website               Review on Tripadvisor is becoming 4 star in 2018



The Hotel Savica is a truly special family hotel. We are not only offering traditional family rooms, but also time that you can devote to the people who are closest to you and with whom you can enjoy the unparalleled views. At the Hotel Savica, we eat healthy, delicious food and take care of your well-being. This is the first family-friendly hotel and the only family hotel in Bled, providing all the comfort needed by children and their parents. The hotel entertainment team will help you create the best family memories. The biggest pool complex in this part of Slovenia is only a few steps away – in the Hotel Golf next door. At the Hotel Savica, we realise our responsibility to future generations and we are proud of the “daisy” eco-label. We are sending you family greetings from Bled!

Portoroz

Hotel Marko ****

Website      #5 on Tripadvisor

The new, family-run Hotel Marko is situated in the centre of Portorož. It is surrounded by pines and palm trees and is just meters from the sea. Portorož received its first guests in 19th century. Hotel Marko carries-on the tradition of hospitality that has developed over the years and offers its guests the most comfortable surrounding for rest or work.

The hotel is fully air-conditioned and has 48 double (and triple) bedrooms with balconies. The hotel has three floors accessible by elevator or stairs. Guest-rooms are furnished with stylish furniture and have a satellite television and an external telephone line. All rooms have minibar and in-room safe.

A view from hotel rooms extends over the magnificent Bay of Portorož, or rests on the pines and palm trees and flowers in the park. Sitting on the balcony, one can enjoy the evening breeze after a hot summer day or just relax under the sun during the winter period.

 

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