Slovenia Vacation

October 2nd - 13th, 2024
10-nights, great hotels, daily breakfast and air from LAX - Just $3,450

If you've been on one of our trips the past few years you may have heard me talking about what a great trip this is. And when people ask me what is your favorite country, which I get a lot, Slovenia is always in my top 5. This will be our 3rd time to Slovenia and I can't wait to get back.

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 Bled in the north to visit the Julian alps for 4-nights then the center of Slovenia to visit the capital of Ljubljana for 3-nights and then finally to the coast to Portoroz for 3-nights giving us a nice, fairly complete tour of this amazing country.

We'll start off with Lake Bled, home of the Julian Alps. This is my photo taken with my drone and that's our group in the balloon! Bled is located on a beautiful lake. 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.

From Bled we head south to the town of Bovec for the day in route to Ljubijana. 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 Soca Archaeologists have discovered Iron Age graves, making it one of the more important prehistoric sites in Europe.

Next stop is the capital city of Ljubljana. It's located along a river on which the mythological Argonauts carried the Golden Fleece. This is 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. Its Renaissance, Baroque, and especially Art Nouveau facade 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 have hired Diana, the same tour guide that we've had on our last 2 trips. You will love her!

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 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 tour 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 chosen with 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. As always, early signups will qualify for any potential room upgrades

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!

Click to see the optional tours from 2018 which we plan to repeat

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (your own room otherwise we pair you up with a roommate): $975

DEPOSIT TO SIGN UP - $200

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Cost Includes

  • Air from LAX
  • 10-nights lodging double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast
  • All ground transfers

 Cost does not Include

  • Optional tours
  • Gratuities


OUR GROUP AIR: Deduct $1,100 with your own air

LH 0457 October 2nd
3:00 pm LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL APT (LAX)
10:40 am FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL APT (FRA)
Layover in FRANKFURT 1 h 30 min

LH 1462
12:10 pm FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL APT (FRA)
1:20 pm LJUBLJANA JOZE PUCNIK (LJU) (arrives on the 3rd)

LH 1459 October 13th
11:00 am LJUBLJANA JOZE PUCNIK (LJU)
12:25 pm FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL APT (FRA)
Layover in FRANKFURT 1 h 20 min

LH 0450
1:45 pm FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL APT (FRA)
4:55 pm LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL APT (LAX)


OUR HOTELS:

Bled

Bled Rose ****

Website      Tripadvisor reviews

Let the Bled Rose Hotel become your oasis of comfort for an unforgettable romantic, business or active vacation in Bled. In 2019, the former Hotel Jelovica was thoroughly renovated and turned into a 4-star hotel that offers experiences worth a few more stars. Enjoy one of our rooms or suites, which are given their special character by a combination of modern elegance and a charming retro touch. Thoughtfully furnished environments and luxurious materials will ensure your comfort, and the professional staff will make you feel welcome in every corner of the hotel. Experience the relaxed atmosphere and comfort of a 4-star hotel on the unique location by the shore of Lake Bled, just behind a park. Bled Rose is a boutique designer hotel that impresses with its aesthetically perfect ambience, quality materials and playful range of colours that you simply must visit. With a unique location, aesthetically perfect ambience with unique interior, modern conference rooms, capacities and a varied culinary offerat the same time, it is an ideal venue for various events and the perfect hotel for a relaxing getaway.Just like the environment, the hotel's interior is luxurious and soothing, sprinkled with the good energy of nature surrounding it. Visit us and create new memories.

 

Ljubljana

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

Website                    #12 on Tripadvisor!


Built in 1905, Grand Hotel Union Eurostars is an iconic establishment that’s part of the living history of both Ljubljana and Slovenia. This beautiful, striking building is a prime example of the Vienna Secession style, part of the Art Nouveau movement, and has hosted many personalities from the world of politics, film, music and even royalty over the years, including Queen Elizabeth II.

The hotel’s elegant facilities are decorated with care and attention to detail while its spacious bedrooms ensure a comfortable, relaxing stay. There are also plenty of dining options at the Grand Union Café, Atelje Restaurant and Union Restaurant, where guests can enjoy the best Slovenian dishes together with delicious local wines.

A wellness centre, gym, swimming pool with views of Ljubljana Castle, shopping arcade, and the city’s largest conference centre complete the hotel's facilities.

  • 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


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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