9 Day Slovenian Countryside Explorer

09/24/2020 through 12/20/2021
01/27/2017 through 12/31/2021
Kensington Tours

9 Day Slovenian Countryside
The eye-popping scenery of Slovenia’s alpine forests and fertile river valleys rank among Europe’s most beautiful and least traveled. Tucked away at the edge of the mighty Alps, this relatively small nation is quickly emerging as a boutique travel giant among active explorers and leisure travelers alike, offering a perfect balance of outdoor adventure, fascinating urban life, and creature comforts. Come discover nature at its purest before word gets around.

After arriving in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, the tour kicks off near Kranj with an exploration of local cooking at a cozy 18th-century manor. Next, head up into the Alps to the shepherd’s oasis at Velika Planina for the chance to traditional herdsman’s lunch before traveling to the lush pastures of the Logar Valley for a full day spent leisurely trekking its fields and mountains with a private guide. Near Bled, once the preferred retreat of Habsburg aristocrats, you’ll visit the gorgeous clifftop castle and the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria, a church built on a small island in the middle of the lake before meeting a local beekeeper to learn about one of Slovenia’s premier exports: honey. The Soca Valley region is rich in both natural beauty (think turquoise waters, rolling meadows, and imposing limestone peaks) and savage history (the disastrous Battle of Caporetto, featured in Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, was fought here). Here, you’ll raft the river and hike the hills with a private guide before visiting the local war museum. Next, explore the Tolmin Gorge inside Triglav National Park en route to Brda, the heart of Slovenia’s wine country, for a tasting at a local winery and a visit to the incredible Postojna Cave complex. Finally, return to the capital and embark on a private half-day walking tour of charming Ljubljana, taking in its historic sites, including the open-air central market, elegant Ljubljana Castle, and the city’s network of bridges and public squares.

Go far beyond just glimpsing into everyday life in this tiny land as you blend in with the shepherds of Velika Planina for a day, visit authentic foresters’ cottages, sample with the vintners at a historic organic winery, taste authentic staple foods of herdsmen, pay a visit to the workshop of a local potter, raft on the Soca River, meet traditional folk artists, listen to Slovenian tales and music and discover the life of a beekeeper! While not interacting with the locals explore the country’s bucolic pastures, glacial valleys, flowered meadows and alpine forests on invigorating guided hikes. Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway through the Soca Valley, take in the ancient walled city of Ljubljana with a private guide, meet baby dragons in the depths of Postojna Cave, cruise Lake Bled, tour stunning castles, pilgrimage to WWI monuments and much more.

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Day 1 Welcome To Ljubljana To Slovenia To Kranj
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Day 2 Kranj To Logar Valley
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Day 3 Logar Valley
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Day 4 Logar Valley To Kobarid
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Day 5 Kobarid
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Day 6 Kobarid To Brda
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Day 7 Brda To Ljubljana
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Day 8 Ljubljana
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Day 9 Ljubljana
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