April 14 - 21, 2024
May 5 - 12, 2024
May 26 - June 2, 2024
Memorial Day Trip - likely to sell out
June 9 - 16, 2024
June 30 - July 7, 2024
July 4th trip - likely to sell out
sept 1 - 8, 2024
Labor Day Trip - likely to sell out
sept 22 - 29, 2024
Oct 20 - 27, 2024
8 days/7 nights
starting at $3,599 USD
Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our small group trip to Slovenia caters to travelers in their 20s and 30s looking for natural beauty in Lake Bled, old-town magic in Ljubljana, and wine-country fun without the crowds.
Nestled off the northeast of the Adriatic, this central European stunner remains far from the well-trodden tourist trail, and we couldn't be happier. With miles of open countryside, hundreds of medieval castles, and views of the towering Alps, it's a staggering region that delivers an unparalleled balance of adventure and tranquility.
Culturally rich and influenced by the natural world at every turn, Slovenia stands alone in authenticity and charm. So, if you’re in love with the less-visited and ready for the real, this is the one for you.
For the love of
LAKE BLED CRUISING
OLD COUNTRY BREWS
7 nights accommodations in a shared room with one other person (single upgrade available)
7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Private transfer from Ljubljana to Bled at start of trip
Lake Bled boat ride
Hike through Vintgar Gorge
Guided walking tour of Maribor
Wine tasting + tour
Traditional Farm Lunch Experience
Foraging hike + cooking class
Guided Ljubljana city walking tour and Ljubljanica River cruise
Trip Leader throughout
*Please note that all activities are weather-dependent.
Flights to and from Slovenia
Mandatory trip insurance
Meals not mentioned (budget around $300)
Private rooms available for additional costs
DAY BY DAY
Itinerary is indicative and is subject to change*
Day 1 - Bled
Dobrodošli v Sloveniji
Welcome to spellbinding Slovenia! After you arrive in Ljubljana, we'll take a private transfer to the base of the Julian Alps and nestle right into oh-so-beautiful Bled. The journey should take around an hour, but the views along the way are worth the voyage and then some.
Settle into your hotel before we meet up for a traditional Slovenian welcome dinner at a local joint nearby. If you taste hints of something familiar, you’ve got the right idea. Slovenian cuisine tends to borrow the best of the best from nearby Italy, Austria, and Hungary.
So, eat up and share some laughs; you’ve made it to one of Europe’s most beautiful, off-the-beaten-track destinations.
Day 2 - Bled
After grabbing a bite, it's time to soak up the sights of one of Europe's iconic natural beauties.
Meet up with the rest of the crew before we head to the lake for a cruise over to Bled Island. With the Alps as your mammoth green backdrop, we'll hop ashore for a bit of exploration as we check out the famous Church of the Mother of God.
Then, your afternoon is free; we highly recommend trekking up to Bled Castle, the red-roofed medieval manor that hangs out on a rocky precipice over the lake. Grab a coffee with one epic view and bask in this 11th-century stronghold. After a day of lake-loving, the evening's free for you to unwind with friends.
Day 3 - Bled / Maribor
Lace-up those sneaks early; we’ve got a bit of adventure in store for ya today—we’re twisting our way through nearby Vintgar Gorge in Triglav National Park.
Chiseled by the Radovna River, this 250-meter-deep crevice of fun is one wild ride. Hike along the elevated wooden pathway that hugs the craggy rock walls of this Slovenian showstopper and peer down to roaring blue-green rapids and waterfalls.
From there, we’ll grab a coffee, and then we’re rolling on to the ancient riverside charmer, Maribor. Of course, before we get there, we’ll need a bite, so it only makes sense to stop off at a family-run farm for a little local flavor. That evening, we’ll wind into Slovenia’s second city.
Day 4 - Maribor
Grab a bite in the hotel; you’ll need the fuel and the base layer. We’ve got some wandering with wine to do.
Kick off your adventure with a guided walking tour through the old town as you learn about the area’s history, from the prominent 15th-century Baroque castle to the Gothic town hall. Finish the walk with a trip down into a subterranean stone cellar for a taste of local wine before we head out for a tasting lunch.
In the afternoon, we’ll head into the hills to try more of Slovenia’s grapey goods exquisitely paired with a backdrop of rolling countryside. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure, so go out and explore the cuisine and nightlife.
Day 5 - Maribor, Ljubljana
We’ll say goodbye to Maribor in the morning, and then it’s off to the big city… well, the biggest city in Slovenia, that is. Ljubljana may not be Europe’s largest capital, but we assure you, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in atmosphere and character.
After dropping your stuff, we’re off on a cruise of the Ljubljanica River and a walking tour to take it all in. With romantic stone bridges and nature that seeps into the city at every corner, it’s easy to fall hard for lovely Ljubljana.
Soak it all up, and then head out to explore on your own or grab a local bite with the rest of the crew.
Day 6 - Ljubljana
You’ll be getting a taste of the local, the natural, the wild, and the delicious as you head out into Slovenia’s captivating countryside today.
We’ll meet up with our very own outdoorsman extraordinaire, and then we’ll wander into the wilderness for a midday hike to forage wild herbs. It’s all part of our culinary quest—after hitting the woods, we’ll head to the kitchen to learn how to whip up a meal from our bounty under the watchful eye of our adventurous chef.
In the afternoon, head back to town, wander the capital’s Renaissance-infused streets, and grab dinner and drinks with friends.
Day 7 - Ljubljana
Grab an early breakfast or catch up on some rest; today's a free day all about taking in the last moments of Slovenia however suits you best.
If you're in the market for souvenirs for friends and family back home, stroll down to Plečnik's Market between the Triple and Dragon bridges. Or, consider a day trip to the karst wonderland of Postojna Cave and the impressive stone 16th-century Predjama Castle.
Get back to the capital by the evening before we all head out for one final bite of Slovenia and a few more bottles of wine as we bid this beautiful country farewell.
Day 8 - Ljubljana
It's time to say goodbye to the crew, so grab one more laugh with breakfast before you roll out. This trip may be in the books, but all that means is that it's the perfect time to start planning your next adventure.
If you've got extra time in Europe, consider popping over to the Basque Country for some of our favorite eats in the entire world, down to Crete for epic seaside views, or to the Tuscan hills for more wine in paradise.
Thanks for coming, and keep on exploring—there's always more of the world to see.
“As you travel around Slovenia, think of the tales the hills could tell you. Share the awe of natural wonder; tread the trails, but as you wander honor the age-old endeavors to be literate, informed, democratic and free.”
- Jacqueline Widmar Stewart
Just for fun
There are only 2.6 million people in Slovenia, but there are 46 (!) dialects spoken.
Slovenians love wine. By some estimations, there’s a vineyard for every 70 people.
More than 53% of land is protected in Slovenia. That’s the second most in the entire world!
While we can’t guarantee private rooms, you should book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.
Summer in Slovenia can be quite warm and sunny, so pack accordingly.
This trip includes a private transfer on day 1 from Ljubljana to Bled. If you miss the private transfer, there is a 1 hour bus from Ljubljana Station that costs around 5 EUR or you could take a taxi from Ljubljana airport for 50 -65 EUR.
On European trips, we stay as close to historic city centers as possible. This means your accommodations will often be on the small side, quirky, and unique (we love this!).
We offer a first run experience discount of $300 on our inaugural trip (the price listed for the first trip on this page).
More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here.
A small central European nation, Slovenia remains largely undiscovered by tourists and in turn provides those who do visit with the unique opportunity to experience an authentic and unspoiled destination in the heart of Europe. From the massive peaks of the Julian Alps to the rolling hills of wine country, this is a nature lover's paradise, where the great outdoors has out outsized impact on daily life.
GOOD TO KNOW
Slovenian is the official language of the Republic of Slovenia.
The currency in Slovenia is the euro.
While tipping is not mandatory, 10% is appreciated for good service.
Fly into Ljubljana (LJU)
You'll need to be in Ljubljana by 2pm on Day 1; however, with recent flight delays, we recommend planning to arrive a day early just to be safe. Upon arrival, you can take a taxi or the airport bus to Ljubljana bus station, where we will get our transfer to Maribor at 4pm.
Fly out of Ljubljana (LJU)
We recommend flying out of Ljubljana or extending your trip and enjoying a few more days in Slovenia.
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