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Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Ljubljana & Central Slovenia
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Discover the green places of Slovenia with Liberty Adriatic DMC.

9 days / 8 nights

  • Discover Slovenia's gem, Lake Bled, located in the heart of the Julian Alps
  • Enjoy the charming capital Ljubljana
  • Explore the beauty of Soca Valley which overwhelmed even Ernest Hemingway
  • Visit the Slovenian countryside; a contact with genuine folk culture and unspoilt nature and visit its nearby
  • Go underground to the best-known cave in the world, Postojna cave
  • Learn how to prepare traditional Slovenian dishes
  • And much more…

SLOVENIA – Green, diverse, unique, boutique

Slovenia, a green and diverse country between the Alps and the Mediterranean, boasts all the beauties of the old world. When you want to experience Europe in one stroke, come to Slovenia. In just 20,000 square kilometres you can find snow-covered mountains, lakes, narrow canyons and white-water rivers. When you explore further you get to the Adriatic coast, beautiful karst caves, thermal springs and the only primaeval forest in Europe. All over the country, there are quaint villages, medieval cities, antique castles and modern entertainment. For wine lovers, there are countless vineyards with top quality wines. In this small and easily accessible area, where hundreds of birds migrating south make a brief stop and where dozens of unique indigenous plants find their home, more diverse experiences await you all year round.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 - CULINARY EXPERIENCE TASTE SLOVENIA

Jezersek manor house is where treasures of Slovenian cuisine are offered in a modern way, yet the culinary heritage of the ancestors is fully preserved. You will be greeted by the chef and while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine you will be briefed about the activity. We are offering you a complete experience to taste a bit of all the gastronomic regions of Slovenia and a chance to try individual dishes or styles of dish made by yourself. Without doubt, you will have a memorable culinary experience and you will get to know Slovenian cuisine in the best possible way. Duration of the workshop is 3h.

DAY2 - VELIKA PLANINA – Where herdsmen still roam

The herdsmen’s settlement is known as one of few settlements of such size in Europe and attracts many visitors throughout the year. It is characterised by its typical architecture which symbolises Velika Planina. The roofs are covered with pine shingles, which extend rather low. The name of the cottage in the Kamnik part of Velika Planina is “a herdsman hut” or “a shepherd’s home”. The settlement is revived every June when herdsmen return to the settlement and tend to their cattle until September. They are delighted to invite you to taste their dairy products or try a typical herdsmen’s lunch, sour milk and hard-boiled corn mush.

DAY 3

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Hiking to the best spots of Logar valley
  • Lunch box
  • Return to hotel
  • Free for dinner
  • Overnight in Logar valley

DAY 4 - BLED – Crown jewel of the Alps

The picture-postcard alpine town of Bled was once the preferred choice for the Austro-Hungarian empire’s elite. Its many charms include a medieval castle, perched high on a rocky cliff, a scenic lake studded by a tiny wooded island and the alpine splendour of the nearby Triglav National Park. A natural wonderland of glacial valleys, glittering peaks, limestone canyons, ice-cold tarns, flowered meadows, alpine forests, pretty hamlets and cascading waterfalls. It is a tourist place, surrounded by the wreaths of the Julian Alps and Karavanke Alps, placed in a dish-shaped basin of a glacial lake, the warmest in Europe.

VISIT A BEEKEEPER

You will visit an organic beekeeper that has a very long honey tradition in the region. Beekeeping occupies a special place in Slovenia's economy as one of its oldest traditional crafts. According to the statistics, Slovenians are a genuine beekeeping nation, as a relatively significant four out of every thousand of its residents are engaged in this activity. You will see all the phases of honey production and over 60-year-old apiary. You will also do some honey tasting.

VRSIC MOUNTAIN PASS – A scenic drive

The road across the pass was built for military purposes, to supply the Isonzo front of World War I. Opened in late 1915, it was originally named after archduke Eugen of Austria-Hungary. It is currently known as Ruska cesta (Russian Road), so renamed in July 2006 to honour the Russian prisoners of war who had been forced to build it. The upper elevations of the road are rendered impassable by heavy snowfall during much of winter. Vrsic is the highest pass in Slovenia, as well as the highest in the Eastern Julian Alps. It connects Upper Carniola with the Trenta Valley, rising from Kranjska Gora in a series of 50 hairpin bends and traversing the high mountains on the Slovenian-Italian-Austrian border before descending into the Soca (Isonzo) Valley.

BOVEC – An adventurer’s paradise

Bovec is the centre of the Upper Soca valley and it attracts a wide array of sports activities for adrenaline junkies and those who just want to relax in nature. If you are seeking something for yourself, your soul and body, you will find it in and around Bovec. There is plenty of all that you secretly wish, well-preserved and wild nature, mountains, the emerald river with its tributaries, a gentle and unique combination of Alpine and Mediterranean climates, centuries of preserved tradition, genuine people, their excellent hospitality and diverse services.

DAY 5 - SOCA VALLEY – The emerald beauty

Soca Valley is dominated by one of Europe's most beautiful rivers. Soca's stunning turquoise hue flows for about 100 kilometres against a backdrop of imposing limestone mountains, cloaked in dense forests, lush meadows, rich in wildflowers and a clutch of small towns and villages, including Tolmin, Kobarid and Bovec. Scared by history, it was part of the first world war and consequential Isonzo front, which resulted in the bloodiest mountain battles ever known. The valley is now a hiking, kayaking, and fly-fishing haven with much of the area set aside as part of the Triglav National Park.

KOBARID – Between war and peace

One of the most renowned historical places in Slovenia was already inhabited in the Late Bronze Age and prospered in the Roman period. The town is mainly known for the famous Battle of Caporetto in October 1917, where the Italian retreat was documented by Ernest Hemingway in his novel A Farewell to Arms. The battle is well documented in the town museum. During the second world war, it was the centre of the liberated territory, called the Kobarid Republic. The town museum presents the story of these historical events and in 1993 it received the Council of Europe Museum Award. Kobarid is also the culinary capital of the Primorska region since it boasts many excellent restaurants.

DAY 6 -TOLMIN GORGE – The power of water

Tolmin gorge is a gorge-ous natural attraction in Slovenia. It is the lowest and southern most point of Triglav National Park based at the confluence of Tolminka and Zadlascica river. Tolmin Gorge is 200 metres long, about 60 meters deep and between 5 to 10 meters wide gorge and definitely one of the most popular tourist spots in Soca valley. Tolmin Gorge Trail offers varied hiking opportunities and spectacular views of the turquoise water, glacier-fed streams, natural pools, canyons, cascades and the gorge itself.

GORISKA BRDA – A wine region like no other

This fairy tale landscape is nested on the very western corner of Slovenia, halfway between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, with an abundance of beauties, attractions and experiences. It stretches on 72 square kilometres and extends through the state border with Italy. Brda is mostly cultivated with vineyards and orchards. This hilly landscape is speckled with villages, some clustered like birds’ nests, some elongated and dispersed, with houses spread along the ridges, but all of them surrounded by the greenery of vineyards and orchards with paths winding among them.

DAY 7 - POSTOJNA CAVE – A masterpiece of nature

The Postojna cave system is the largest known cave system in Slovenia. A visit to a cave such as Postojna deserves full attention due to the diversity of shapes, expansive cave areas, stalactite and stalagmite formations and water characteristics. Admire its unique Karst underground world of beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites. You can also see an unusual and rare underground animal Proteus Anguinus, the so-called “human fish”. A visit to Postojna cave is a special experience, as an electric train takes visitors to their hour and a half-circle visit of the cave. From the train station inside the cave, guides accompany visitors as they walk amongst magnificent creations of nature.

LJUBLJANA – The city of dragons

Ljubljana is a lively green city combining the charm of a small capital and the self-confidence of large European cities. It is the green capital of a green country. It is called the city of dragons because they can be found all over the city.

Ljubljana lies at the very heart of Slovenia and boasts a diverse history that traces 3,000 years of Roman, Medieval and Austrian influences. A friendly and cosmopolitan city, it offers a broad selection of things to do. Enjoy a calming walk along the slow-moving Ljubljanica river, one of the cities numerous parks or a more cultural walk along the century’s old buildings in the old quarter. There is also a lively café society to be enjoyed in addition to plenty of atmospheric bars, a broad range of regional restaurants and a host of cultural events.

DAY 8 - CITY TOUR OF LJUBLJANA

Take a short walk to Preseren Square followed by relaxed walking tour around the old quarter. First you will cross the Three Bridges and the farmer’s market and take cable car to visit Ljubljana Castle. Climb the vieweing tower from where you can admire the Ljubljana basin surrounded by marshes, hills and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. After your descent discover it’s Renaissance and Baroque facades, decorated portals and vaulted atriums, squeezed between the castle hill and the Ljubljanica river.

LJUBLJANA CASTLE

Perched on top of Castle Hill and dominating the city skyline to the south, Ljubljana’s magnificent castle stands on the site of several former defensive buildings in a hilly area of land stretching away to the south of the Old Town. The castle was built in the second half of the 15th century. The fortress was used to defend against increasing incursions of the Ottoman Army.

DAY 9

  • Breakfast in the hotel and check-out
  • Transfer to Ljubljana airport for your departure flight
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