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Updated: Apr 23, 2023

Best things to do in Slovenia: eating bled cake, white water rafting, caves and castles, Adriatic seafood and a walking tour of the capital

Things to do in advance

  1. Book flights to Ljubljana, direct flights from London only. Flights from most other major UK airports with 1 or 2 stops 

  2. Book accommodation, we suggest Airbnb

  3. Book any excursions you don’t want to miss out on 

  4. Book Bled Castle for dinner

Lake Bled 

Day 1

  • 10am-11am - Breakfast overlooking the Lake at Vila Preseren 

  • 11am-12pm - Walk to Velika Osojnica view point (20 minutes)

  • 12pm-2pm - Visit the Vintgar Gorge

  • 2pm-3pm - Grab some lunch at Public Bar & Vegan Kitchen Bled 

  • 3pm-5pm - Rent a boat or jump on a Pletna and head to Bled Island, visit the church and explore the island 

  • 5pm-6pm - Relax 

  • 6pm-7pm - Visit Bled Castle 

  • 7pm onwards - Dinner at Grasjka Plaza 

Day 2

  • 7:30am-9am Drive to Soca River 

  • 9:30am-12:30pm - White water rafting at the Soca River 

  • 12:30pm-1:30pm - Lunch at Kamp Lazar 

  • 1:30pm-2:30pm - Visit Slap Kozjak 

  • 2:30pm-3:30pm - Visit Slap Boka 

  • 3:30pm-4pm - Visit Bovec 

  • 4pm-5pm - Begin the climb up the Vrsic Pass, stop at hairpin 19 and the Russian Chapel 

  • 5pm-6pm - Lake Jasna and Kranjska Gora 

  • 6pm-7:30pm - Drive back to Bled 

  • 7:30pm-8:30pm - Relax 

  • 8:30pm - Dinner at Bled Castle

Lake Bohinj 

Day 3

  • 5:30am-10am- Hot air balloon ride over Lake Bled 

  • 10am-11am - Check out 

  • 11am-12pm - Drive to Lake Bohinj

  • 12pm-1pm - Check in 

  • 1pm-2pm - Have a Picnic by Lake Bohinj 

  • 2pm-4pm - Visit the Savica Waterfall in Ukanc 

  • 4pm-5pm - Take the Vogel Cable Car in Ukanc 

  • 5pm-6pm - Relax 

  • 6pm onwards - Dinner at Strud 


Day 4

  • 7:30am-9:30am - Have a jog around Lake Bohinj (Walk will take 4-5 hours)

  • 9:30am-11am - Coffee at Hideout Cafe 

  • 11am-11:30am - Check out 

  • 11:30am-1:30pm - Drive to Predjama Castle 

  • 1:30pm-3:30pm - Visit the Postojna Caves 

  • 3:30pm-4:30pm - Drive from Postojna Caves to Piran 

  • 4:30pm-5pm - Check in 

  • 5pm-6:30pm - Explore Piran’s coastline, Tartini Square, Zvonik Campanile Bell Tower 

  • 6:30pm-7:30pm - Happy hour at Cafinho Piran 

  • 7:30pm-9:30pm - Dinner at Pirat 

  • 9:30pm onwards - Ice Cream at Caffe Gelaria and drinks by the sea 


Day 5

  • 9am-10am - Walk to Portoroz 

  • 10am-11:30am - Breakfast at Kavarna Cacao 

  • 11:30am-12:30pm - Explore Portoroz

  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm - Walk back to Piran 

  • 1:30am-2:30pm Drive from Piran to Ljubljana 

  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm - Check into hotel/apartment 

  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm Explore Ljubljana and grab an ice cream from Cacao

  • 5:30pm - 7pm - Drinks at Dvorni bar by the river 

  • 7pm onwards - Dinner at Pop’s Place

Day 6

  • 10am-11am - Breakfast at Kavarna Zvezda 

  • 11am-1pm - Ljubljana Walking Tour 

  • 1pm-2:30pm - Lunch at Druga Violina (may need to book in advance)

  • 2:30pm-5pm - Revisit points of interest from the walking tour -  Plecnik’s market, Ljubljana cathedral, dragon bridge, triple bridge, Ljubljana castle 

  • 5pm-6pm - Relax

  • 6pm-7pm - Pre dinner drinks at Neboticnik Rooftop Cafe 

  • 7pm-9pm - Dinner at 5-6kg 

  • 9pm onwards - Drinks by the river at Wine bar Suklje 

Day 7

  • 10am-10:30am - Check out 

  • 10:30am-11:30am - Breakfast/brunch at Slovenska Hisa 

  • 11:30am-2pm - Last chance to sight see, shop, do the Union brewery tour

  • 2pm-3pm - Local bus to Ljubljana airport (around 4-5 euros pp)

  • 3pm onwards - Flight back to UK

Other recommendations

Vila Preseren This is a boutique hotel where you will find a stylish cafe and restaurant with the most beautiful views of Lake Bled. Visit the cafe and lounge area for a light breakfast or a midday cup of coffee and the up-market restaurant for lunch and dinner. You can enjoy traditional Slovenian dishes on the terrace overlooking the lake or even on a pletna boat on the pier facing the hotel. A perfect venue for a special occasion.  Location: Veslaška promenada 14 4260 Bled Public Bar & Vegan Kitchen Bled A hipster bar serving delicious lunch options including burgers, wedges and salads. With reasonable pricing and clean fresh ingredients this cafe will fill you up ready for an afternoon of exploring.  Location: Ljubljanska cesta 4, 4260 Bled, Slovenia  Strud Trust the general public and the high ratings for this restaurant. Strud offers traditional Slovenian dishes with a European flare. The menu includes sausages, strudels and stews and the restaurant resembles a mountain lodge. A great lunch or dinner spot.  Location: Triglavska cesta 23, 4264 Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia Hideout Cafe  Enjoy the tranquility of this understated cafe. Selling both hot and iced drinks this cafe is perfect for all weather.  Location: Ribcev Laz 45, Bohinjsko Jezero 4265, Slovenia

Next post: 3 Days in Bled


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