Customised Holiday in Slovenia

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Dubbed 'Europe in Miniature', 'The Sunny Side of the Alps' and 'The Green Piece of Europe’ Slovenia is truly a pint sized country but a complete European experience. From beaches, snow-capped mountains, hills awash in grapevines and wide plains blanketed in sunflowers, to Gothic churches, baroque palaces, historic castles and art nouveau civic buildings, Slovenia offers more diversity than countries many times its size.

Slovenia truly is one of the greenest countries in the world - and in recent years it has also become Europe's activities playground. The Julian alps where it snow even in summers offer snow based activities while the warm waters of the Mediterranean offer some great water sports. Bordering Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia makes access to Slovenia easy and this country can be dubbed with any other interesting European destinations, our favourite being Croatia.

The centrally located capital city with a dazzling hilltop castle as her crown and the emerald-green Ljubljanica River at her feet, Ljubljana is a princess in size (petite). But her pint size conceals a wealth of culture, sights, activities and good old-fashioned fun that would be the envy of a city twice her extent. And best of all, everything is within such easy reach – a mere stroll or cycle away. As the country’s political, economic and cultural capital, this is where virtually everything of national importance begins, ends or is taking place. Of course that might not be immediately apparent in spring and summer, when café tables spill into the narrow streets of the Old Town and street musicians and actors entertain passers-by. As a dragon for its guardian angel this city truly digs its claws in you till you just don’t want to leave. The many universities here give this city a great nightlife and most attractions Slovenia offers are within day-tripping distance. A perfect base to explore this perfect little country.

The Julian Alps
named in honour of Caesar himself – form Slovenia’s dramatic northwest frontier with Italy. Triglav National Park, established in 1924, includes almost all of the alps lying within Slovenia. The centrepiece of the park is, of course, Mt Triglav (2864m), Slovenia’s highest mountain. Lake Bled and Bohinj are the most popular gems often visited by tourists.

with its legendary island in the middle of the lake, overlooking castle, hot springs, and beneficial climate has attracted numerous cosmopolitan visitors for centuries. Organized swimming areas, hotels with pools, walking paths, tennis and golf courses, a casino, rowing regattas, a sports airport in Lesce, and the nearby natural and cultural sites provide plenty of reasons for a visit.

A larger and much less developed glacial lake 26km to the southwest, is a wonderful place to chill out after experiencing the tourist hordes at Bled in season. OK, it doesn’t have a romantic little island or a castle looming high on a rocky cliff. But it does have Triglav itself visible from the lake when the weather clears, and it lies entirely within the borders of Triglav National Park and has a wonderful naturalness that doesn’t exist at Bled. The Bohinj area’s handful of museums and historical churches will keep culture vultures busy during their visit, and for action types there are activities galore – from kayaking and mountain biking to scaling Triglav via one of the southern approaches.

Soca Valley
A haven for adventurers, the valley formed by the electric turquoise advance of the Soca -- one of Europe's loveliest rivers -- is scintillating. This part of the country is blessed with gorgeous mountain views, splendid towns, plenty of well-organized sports outfitters, and a people who are as charming as they are relaxed and it is likely to provide many of the defining moments of your visit to Slovenia. Kobarid is at the heart of the more exclusive and developed portion of the valley, offering its best accommodations, and two of the country's finest restaurants. Slightly north of Kobarid, Bovec is one of the prime adventure resorts in Slovenia; it's an excellent ski resort and ideal for access to the Soca River, which hosts a number of international rafting competitions. The valley is also great for biking, with extreme cycling races held around Bovec -- and given the enchanting topography, a wonderful place to observe from the air, making paragliding particularly popular.

The Krast Region
the Karst is planted with olive groves and vineyards, with peach orchards and cherry trees. Some of the most beautiful underground worlds of our planet lie below their roots. There are more than eight thousand karst caves and sinkholes in Slovenia, and twenty of these treasuries of limestone masterpieces created by disappearing karst rivers have been adapted and opened for tourists.

At the area of Karst and in the region usually called Notranjska there are the most famous caves in Slovenia: the Postojna Cave which is the most visited cave in Europe, the Škocjan Caves, listed in the world natural heritage at Unesco, the Križna jama Cave with its underground lakes, the oldest tourist cave Vilenica near Lokev and Cave under Predjama Castle and others. In Šempeter the Pekel Cave, which boasts the highest underground waterfall in Slovenia, surprises its visitors.

Krast is a natural phenomena caused by erosion of limestone deposits by rainwater and rivers causing stalagmites, stalactites, cavers etc. Because Slovenia’s was the first such area to be researched and described in the 19th century, it is called the Classic, Real, True or Original Karst and always spelled with an upper-case ‘K’. Other karst areas (from the Slovene word kras) around the world only get a lower-case ‘k’.

The Karst, with its olives, ruby-red Teran wine, pršut (air-dried ham), old stone churches and red-tiled roofs, is some people’s favourite region of Slovenia.

The coast
Every kilometer of the Slovene coast is a new surprise. Here is a natural reserve with a rich fund of marl and sandstone and the unique, eighty-meter Strunjan cliff, the highest flysch wall on the Adriatic coast. Here are the Sečovlje saltworks and the nearby is a sanctuary for more than 150 bird species. The towns of Piran, Izola, and Koper draw visitors with their medieval cores, while Portorož offers numerous modern hotels with congress halls, a fully equipped marina, a sport airport, thermal baths, a casino, and a varied offer of summer cultural, entertainment, and sport events.

Picturesque Piran (Pirano in Italian), sitting at the tip of a narrow peninsula, is everyone’s favourite town on the Slovenian coast. Its Old Town is a gem of Venetian Gothic architecture and full of narrow atmospheric streets, but it can be a mob scene at the height of summer. The old Mediterranean town of Izola lies on the south-west shore of the Gulf of Trieste, where the genuine traditions of fishing and winemaking, mysterious traces of the past, and the welcoming character of the locals merge together to form an unforgettable mosaic of experiences.

By far the largest town on the coast, Koper at first glance appears to be a workaday port city that scarcely gives tourism a second thought. It is much less crowded and more down to earth than its ritzy cousin Piran, 17km down the coast, but despite the industry, container ports and high-rise buildings, Koper has managed to preserve its compact medieval centre. Its recreational area, the seaside resort of Ankaran, is to the north across Koper Bay. The climax of the summer in Koper is the Yellow night festival with the largest and longest lasting fireworks, with the greatest number of events taking place in the open air, a family holiday, a real national festivity.
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