Croatia’s neighbour to the north, Slovenia offers pristine landscape with soaring mountain peaks, hills and dales straight out of a 19th century landscape painting with sparkling lakes and rivers that appear to be lit by emeralds.
Our Croatia and Slovenia tours take you through the beautiful, medieval and some what mysterious cobbled street towns and ports in Istria, into Slovenia known for its natural beauty with Lake Bled a prime example. Slovenians love the outdoors and if you enjoy mountain walks, horse riding or cycling or simply have a love for the outdoors, we highly recommend these Slovenia and Croatia tours.
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Ljubljana is one of Europe’s greenest capitals, the centre of which is restricted to traffic – making it an absolute pleasure for walkers and cyclists who are looking for an active city break in Slovenia. One of our favourite ways to explore is by walking the tree-lined banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city’s heart (and is a car free zone) or exploring both sides of the city – the medieval city on one bank and the modern capital on the other – via one of Jože Plečnik’s beautiful bridges.
Ljubljana’s architecture is a mix of Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau – all of which towers above rickety cobbled streets that are home to some wonderfully lively al fresco cafes, modern nightclubs, galleries and museums. The skyline’s main point of focus however is the Ljubljana Castle which sits regally atop Castle Hill and can be reached by a moderately alarming all-glass funicular.
There is no lake on earth as stunning and as poetic as Lake Bled. The deep emerald waters cling to forested shorelines and a stark skyline of snow-capped mountains encircles the entire lake – and there in the middle of the water is a small islet with its very own fairytale church plucked straight from the imagination of The Brothers Grimm. Lake Bled is one of the most enchanting places on earth.
Of course the lake is gorgeous all year too whether you visit in the summer when the water has a warming emerald tone and the surrounding nature is lush, or in winter when the water takes on the appearance of ice and the church is covered in snow – it is always beautiful. Bled is as perfect for hikers as it is for honeymooners, and as good for bikers as it is for boaters – it enchants everybody