Slovenia & the Gulf of Trieste
- Explore Eastern Europe on this 7-night holiday to Slovenia & the Gulf of Trieste.
- Stay in Portoroz, a resort town on Slovenia’s coast known for its luxurious spas.
- Learn the history of Slovenia on a guided walking tour of the country’s capital, Ljubljana.
- Discover Slovenia’s most famous attraction, the stunning glacial Lake Bled and medieval Bled castle.
- Take in the beautiful Adriatic Sea by boat, on a half day guided excursion from Portorož to Izola.
- Venture into Italy on a day trip to the incredible seaside Miramare Castle & the medieval town of Trieste.
- Relax & unwind with plenty of free time in Portorož with recommendations from your expert guide
2024 itinerary differs slightly - please see day to day for details
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Slovenia & Trieste
Discover the astounding natural beauty and culture wealth of Slovenia with us on this 7-night holiday. From stunning coastal views, to charming cities and inspiring architecture, this Eastern European gem will take you by surprise. On this guided package holiday, we’ll discover Slovenia’s most famous and stunning sight – Lake Bled, enjoy a panoramic boat trip on the Slovenian coastline from Portorož to Izola, and take in the impressive historic buildings of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital. We’ll also venture into neighbouring Italy and enjoy a full day excursion to the city of Trieste. Based halfway between Piran and Portorož, charming resort towns on Slovenia’s coast, you’ll also have plenty of leisure time to explore the nearby towns, take a stroll along the beach or visit one of the many spas that use mud and brine from the nearby traditional salt pans.
Activity Level: Leisurely
Travel to Slovenia
Travel to Lucija-Portoroz
Fly to Venice airport in the morning, where you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in Lucija-Portoroz, a resort town on Slovenia's coast.
Boat Trip from Portoroz to Izola
After breakfast you will meet your guide who will accompany you on a half day's panoramic boat trip from Portoroz to Izola. Depart Portoroz port towards the picturesque coastal town of Piran, tucked between the sea and its impressive town walls. Continue along the peninsula of Piran and enjoy a spectacular view of the high cliffs of Strunjan Natural Park and the charming towns scattered along its coast. Marvel at the amazing backdrop of the Italian coastline as you reach Izola, an ancient fishing town. Take in Izola's white-washed bell towers, exclusive marina and fertile vineyards in the distance as you return to Portoroz. (Note that in the rare occurrence of unsuitable weather, this excursion may be re-scheduled to a different day).
Free Time at Leisure
The afternoon can be spent at your leisure. Your guide would be delighted to recommend some other hidden gems for you to discover.
Miramare Castle & Trieste
Full Day Excursion to Italy
After breakfast today you will set off for a full day excursion to the neighbouring country of Italy. After crossing the border, you will travel towards the city of Trieste, well known for its numerous cultural and historical monuments, palaces and churches. Start your tour at the beautiful Miramare Castle, a 19th century castle located on the Gulf of Trieste. Surrounded by a flourishing park, it offers a spectacular panoramic view from a cliff high above the sea.
We’ll continue to Trieste for a guided walking tour of its historic centre, where we’ll discover many wonders the city has to offer, such as a picturesque piazzas, sumptuous palazzo-museums, classic coffeehouses and delicious seafood restaurants.
At Leisure or Optional Wine Tour
Free Time in Portoroz or Optional excursion
Visit Portoroz Beach and explore its wide, sandy stretch with wooden piers. Take a dip in the beautiful Mediterranean Sea or discover the delightful cafes or restaurants nearby. Chat with your guide during the previous day's tours and pick up some tips and information on how to make the most of this fabulous location.
Optional half day wine tour to Slovenian Istria Hinterland
Why not immerse yourself in Slovenian culture and take part in a half day wine tour during your holiday? This pre-bookable excursion offers a unique and unforgettable experience for wine lovers and gourmands alike. Board the wine bus outside the hotel and enjoy 10KM of vineyards from Slovenian Istria whilst travelling along the hills to Marezige, where you will find the oldest vineyard in Europe. An experienced host will explain the wine production and show you around the winery, with opportunities for wine tasting. You will have a chance to pour your wine from the pipe of the fountain, keeping the glass as a souvenir. There is also a chance to try some local delicacies before returning to your hotel. Pick up and drop off at your hotel included. Please note that optional excursions are subject to minimum numbers.
Please note: All 2024 departures will visit Postojna Cave & Predjama castle on Day 4 in place of leisure day / optional excursion
After breakfast, embark on a morning guided excursion to the Postojna Caves to admire the spectacular 24km underground system of passages, tunnels, halls, and karst features. While there, enjoy a one-of-a-kind train ride on the unique cave railway, view the blackened entrance which was damaged by fire during World War II and the impressive Congress Hall, which is now used as a concert venue. From here, we will head to Predjama Castle (entrance included), a storybook castle wedged beneath a dramatic stone archway and against a cliff. Admire the unique Renaissance architecture of the castle located in south-central Slovenia, in the historical region of Inner Carniola
Lake Bled & Ljubljana
Discover Lake Bled
This morning, come with us to Lake Bled for a guided tour including a boat trip to Bled Island, which lies in the centre of the lake's glacial blue waters. The small island is home to St. Mary's church (entrance included) with it's famous wishing bell, a small museum and the historic South Staircase, a set of 99 steps built in 1655. Later, visit the medieval Bled Castle which overlooks the lake from its imposing clifftop perch. You will have free time for lunch in Lake Bled before continuing on to Ljubljana.
Please note: 2024 departures will not visit Bled castle and free time for lunch will be in Ljubljana instead of Lake Bled.
Walking tour of Ljubljana
We’ll continue to Ljubljana where we will enjoy a guided walking tour of the city's highlights, including the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River. Afterwards, you will have free time to further explore the city at your own pace or relax with a coffee along the river. Your local guide will be happy to offer suggestions of activities that suit your interests.
Explore Portoroz at Your Own Pace
Enjoy two free days to relax at your hotel and explore your enchanting surroundings at your own pace. Why not try therapeutic treatments based on the mud and brine from the nearby Secovlje Salina salt pans for further relaxation?
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for Venice airport for your flight home.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.