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From Bovec: Rafting on Soča River / Photo Package Available

1. From Bovec: Rafting on Soča River / Photo Package Available

Get a real white water experience on the Soča river. Witness the serene beauty of Soča Valley as you brave the rapids, waves, slaloms, and leap from the Penguin Rock or the Manhattan. After registration, meet your guides and suit up. Drive 10 minutes to the rafting base and listen to a briefing from your guides on paddle techniques and safety. Then hit the rapids for an action-packed outdoor adventure. As you tackle the waves, your guides will capture photos for you to keep and cherish your experience.

Slovenia: Half-Day Rafting Tour on Soča River

2. Slovenia: Half-Day Rafting Tour on Soča River

Start your day of outdoor adventure by meeting your guide/driver at the pre-arranged meeting destination in the Bovec. At this location you will meet and get to know your rafting team. After a short introduction you will be given your white water equipment (wetsuits, shoes, helmet, life jacket), ensuring you have everything you need for the day ahead. Once you have been familiarised with your gear you will take a brief, scenic drive to the starting point at Soča River. Once you arrive at the scenic destination your guide will fill you in on all the information you need regarding safety and how to use the raft. After everyone has been informed it is time for the group to head into the crystal clear water and start. Jump into the Soča river with your rafts and begin paddling through the rapids. Along your journey you will stop a few times in order to have swimming breaks in the emerald pools and enjoy the waves for roughly 1.5-hours.  Once you reach the finish point, your drivers will be waiting with the dry clothes. After everyone changes, you will return to Bovec with a 20-minute drive to head home for an evening's rest after a day of adventure.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

3. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

Explore the city of Ljubljana and the iconic Lake Bled on a guided sightseeing tour from Zagreb. Marvel at the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, hop on a boat on the lake and soak in the panoramic views of the surroundings before driving back to Zagreb. Depart Zagreb in the morning and head to the capital city of Slovenia to take a guided tour of the old city center of Ljubljana. See some of the finest works by the architect Jože Plečnik before experiencing the local vibe and discovering where the residents buy their food. Hear why Napoleon was one of the city's most popular politicians, why Slovenia lives with love in its name, and how the iconic Triple Bridge got its name. Have free time to explore the hidden spots on your own. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled and go to the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake. Take in the spectacular views of the surroundings from the terraces and then board a traditional boat to reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the fortune bell and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air before being dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip

4. From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip

Enjoy Bled, or the “Image of Paradise,” which has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The calm and inviting waters of its lake spurred the tradition of making the typical ‘pletna’ boats back in the 12th century.  Optionally you can board one of these wooden beauties to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell. Sightseeing in Bled continues with a visit to the impressive castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Step back time in its museum and enjoy the unforgettable view of the surroundings. Surrounded by alluring summits, the Bohinj Valley charms visitors with its inspiring scenery, crystal lake waters, and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of the Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn), enjoy a stunning view over Mount Triglav, and try the hearty local cuisine. 

Soča: Kayaking on the Soča River Experience

5. Soča: Kayaking on the Soča River Experience

After meeting at the office with your kayaking team, you will receive your whitewater equipment (neoprene suits and shoes, helmet and a life jacket) before driving for 10 minutes to the starting point besides the Soča River. Before you begin your journey, the guides will tell you all the necessary information about whitewater safety and about the kayaking itself. Then, you will sit on your kayak and row your paddle through the crystal clear water through easily navigated parts of the Soča river. Using sit-on-top kayaks, which are very stable and easy to manoeuvre, will allow you to enjoy the whitewater rapids without any previous kayaking knowledge required. You will stop on the way for jumping and swimming in the emerald pools, and have a lot of fun on the waves for about 1.5 hours. The river is easy and calm, so your guides will add some kayaking challenges and games to the trip. Once you reach the finishing point, the drivers will be waiting with your dry clothes, and after everyone changes you will return to Bovec for a tour farewell in the office.

Bovec: Panoramic Zipline Tour

6. Bovec: Panoramic Zipline Tour

The meeting point is at the agency's office on the main square of Bovec. There you will be guided through the formalities and provided with necessary equipment, such as harness, helmet, and gloves. Afterwards, there is an approximately 20-minute panoramic and bumpy ride to Krnica Valley on Kanin Mountain. Once there, the guides will provide you with all information regarding safety. You will then have to try the small zipline polygon first and after that - the true adventure begins. You will fly on 5 wires, together more than 3 kilometers long. Your heart rate will be the fastest on the highest wire, when you will fly 200 meters above the ground. During the zipline descents you will reach speeds of up to 60 km/h and will be blessed with panoramic views over Bovec Valley. When the trip is complete, the driver will be already waiting for you at the bottom of the last wire. You will be dropped off in front of the office on the main square of Bovec city.

From Ljubljana: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

7. From Ljubljana: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

Lake Bled is often mentioned as the pearl of the Slovenian Alpine region due to its emerald-green waters, picture-perfect postcard church on the island, medieval castle on the rocky cliff, and some of the highest peaks of the Slovenian Alps as the background. Take a short walk along the lakeshore as the beauty of the surrounding mountains reflects off the lake surface. No matter the season, you'll enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the lake and the fresh mountain air.  Perched atop a steep cliff more than 100 meters above the lake, Bled Castle is the iconic image of a medieval fortress, with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering magnificent views. The castle houses a unique treasure - a reconstruction of Gutenberg's wooden printing press, on which the master printer will demonstrate old printing techniques using hand-made paper. Take the Pletna boat, a traditional boat known only to this region, to the tiny tear-shaped island on the lake. Upon returning from the island, stop at the local patisserie and taste Bled’s famous cream cake, kremšnita. In the last 60 years they have sold as many as 12 million of these cakes - they are definitely a can't-miss and a perfect way to top off your day.

From Trieste: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour

8. From Trieste: Lake Bled and Ljubljana Tour

Depart Trieste and journey to the capital of Slovenia to take a guided tour of Ljubljana. Learn more about its cultural, economic and political history as you explore the ancient and modern architecture of the old town center. Discover monuments by the architect Jože Plečnik and hear how he played an important part in Ljubljana’s most famous bridges, town squares and parks. Admire attractions such as the Town Hall, stone lamps of the Triple Bridge and the Cobblers’ Bridge that connects 2 parts of the city's medieval heart. Marvel at Ljubljana Cathedral, the Baroque Robba Fountain and buildings of the central Prešeren Square.  Continue to the Alpine town of Bled and get back to nature on the lake that surrounds Bled Island. See the Gothic church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and go for a walk around the lake. Gaze in awe at Bled Castle, built on a precipice above the lake, and enjoy a delicious vanilla and custard cream cake called kremšnita.

Ljubljana: Slovenia Day Tour to Bled, Postojna, and Predjama

9. Ljubljana: Slovenia Day Tour to Bled, Postojna, and Predjama

You will start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel and depart for Lake Bled in an air-conditioned minivan.  On the 1-hour journey, you can admire rural Slovenia, the glacier-formed lake, and the legends surrounding Bled Island, the church-topped islet in its center. On arrival, you can drink in the views of the lake and towering mountains and gaze up at medieval Bled Castle, the fortress perched high on a cliff above the water. Then, you will ride a two-oared pletna to the island and enjoy free time to explore. Visit the Church of the Assumption of Mary or sample some scrumptious potica at the island cafe.  Next, you will be driven up to Bled Castle and can delve inside the red-turreted fortress. Absorb the bird's-eye views of the lakes from the walls and visit the museum to chart the castle's story from its roots in the 11th century. You will then return to the lakeside for free time to walk around. If you wish, sample a local specialty, kremšnita vanilla cream cake. Then, after a break for lunch, travel onward to your next stop, Predjama Castle. You can marvel at this remarkable cliffside castle and hear how it was extended through the centuries after being built in 1202. Then, you can choose to explore its stairways and chambers on your own or with a guide.  Lastly, you will continue near Postojna Cave, Slovenia's most-visited tourist attraction. Ride the mini-train into the depths of this underground network and then follow a guide through its eerie caverns. Admire the bizarre stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations. Hear the tales about the cave's creation and the rare amphibians that live in its underground rivers — the blind salamanders known as 'human fish.'  Then, return to the minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana with a drop-off at your hotel.

Škocjan UNESCO Caves and Piran

10. Škocjan UNESCO Caves and Piran

Start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel, and depart to explore the Škocjan UNESCO caves and the charming coastal town of Piran, in an air-conditioned minivan. During your roughly 1-hour journey, admire rural Slovenia and enjoy interesting stories about Škocjan UNESCO caves that your guide describes. Take a 2-hour guided tour of the caves and explore multi-colored stalactites and stalagmites. The exceptional volume of the underground canyon is what distinguishes the Škocjan Caves from other caves and places and is easily placed among the most famous underground features in the world. The visit continues to Socerb Castle that offers breathtaking views of the Slovenian coast and Gulf of Trieste. The castle ruin is placed high up above the coastline at the very edge of the Karst Plateau and has been dominating that cliff since the Illyrian times. Continue to explore the coast of Slovenia and the most charming coastal town of Piran. You will soon realize that Piran is a town that is almost impossible not to fall in love with on your first visit. Walk through its narrow medieval streets wedged between beautiful houses, churches and squares, and enjoy the breeze that blows from the sea. Your guide will tell you about the historical part of the town and show you the marvelous Venetian architecture. Take your time to enjoy a cup of coffee, gelato, or some good fresh food. After a well spent day, you will end the tour in Ljubljana, with a drop-off at your hotel.

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4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Anyone coming to Ljubljana needs to do this tour! It was amazing! Our guide was fantastic, punctual, informative and flexible. The caves are terrific and the tour through is spectacular- even has a train! Then onto predjama castle - again our guide took us through professionally and explain the exhibit. Then we drove easily to Lake Bled and we’re explained the options for the boat trip to the island and church. He helped us the whole way. Then we saw the castle on the hill, tried cream cakes and went finally to Radovljica to finish tour with more great information. Van for transport is comfortable and everything is do easy and effortless.

Truly wonderful guide who drove only myself, a young lady from Israel and a man from Italy. The guide discussed the history of the country, the countryside, all about the area and the castle, etc. Very knowledgeable and pleasant. The river and whitewater was beautiful to trek along and the forested area refreshing. The castle was a great historic site and the view was breathtaking. The young lady took a swim in Lake Bled while our guide took us to the boats for a ride to the island. Afterwards we all had a delicious lunch at a lake side restaurant. Wonderful overall!

We absolutely loved this tour!! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and being a small group of only 4 of us meant there was flexibility for people to do their own thing. The caves and castle are absolutely incredible and worth paying the extra money to visit (entry fee not included in tour). Then we set off to Bled and caught a pretna boat to the island, again ticket not included but worth the experience. Bled castle was interesting but very different to Predjama!

Memorable experience. It is really worth visiting this picrurisque scenery.

Very convenient. Time helped. Transport and safe driving. I recommend.