Slovenia – Balkan Tours by Local Guides

Take the Slovenia Balkan Tour of Your Dreams

Are you looking for a hidden Balkan gem worth exploring? Slovenia is an appealing tourist destination not only because of its historic and natural landmarks but also because of its affordability. It is also among the safest and cleanest countries in the world due to recent rankings. Here are some of the most essential facts worth learning about Slovenia before starting your trip.

Population: 2,120,937
Capital: Ljubljana
Local Currency: Euro (EUR)
Visa Requirements: No Visa Needed for US citizens
Language: Slovenian
Religion: 77.8% Christianity; 18,3% No Religion; 3.9% Other
Activities: Hiking, skiing, cycling, sightseeing, swimming and water sports.
When to visit: All year round, but especially in Summer, Spring and Autumn

Perhaps you wish to visit a destination full of breathtaking landscapes, panoramic views, cultural heritage and, at the same time, incredibly affordable. If so, consider booking your Slovenia Balkan tour ASAP. This country is small but offers picturesque natural landscapes, such as the coastline of the Adriatic Sea, multiple caves, national parks, and other alluring spots. 

To tour Slovenia, you don’t need much – the accommodations are clean and affordable, the distances are short and very suitable for a car drive, the people are hospitable, and the food is simply delicious. Book your Balkan trip with a Private Guide, grab your passport, pack your bags and off you go!

Environment conservation is a top priority of the Slovenian people. Therefore, multiple parks and conservation centres can be visited on your tour, including the renowned Triglav National Park, named after the country’s highest peak. The culture of Slovenia is a perfect mix of the centuries-old Balkan traditions and modern Central European values. The country hosts multiple colourful festivals and has a rich folk music tradition.

Whether you wish to tour Postojna cave from Ljubljana or hike to some of the most alluring cave sights in the Balkan Peninsula, we’ve got you covered! Please do your research, choose the places you wish to visit and the duration of your dream tour and let’s get started. If you want to entrust this decision to our team and let us plan your Slovenia tour, drop a message with the dates and number of travellers, and we will get it all sorted. 

As experienced travellers, we believe it is crucial for people to get to know the country they are visiting before their trip and therefore, we have prepared info regarding the biggest Slovenian cities, the places worth visiting and the activities that can be done as part of your tour.

Tours including Slovenia:

Croatia – Slovenia
Slovenia – Croatia – Montenegro
Slovenia – Croatia – Montenegro – Bosnia
Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia
Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Montenegro
Slovenia – Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia – Montenegro – Croatia – Slovenia – Hungary
Serbia – Croatia – Slovenia – Bosnia – Montenegro – Albania

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Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia and, therefore, a mandatory stop on your tour. It is known for its panoramic views, beautiful natural landscapes and fascinating culture. The architecture of Ljublijana is heavily influenced by the Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau eras. Two of the most beloved tourist attractions are the Ljubljana castle and the riverside of the Ljubljanica River. You can take multiple Instagram-worthy shots in both places that will capture the moment forever. Overall, Ljubljana is a fantastic Balkan destination worth visiting.


Lake Bled
Bled is another famous Slovenian city, which is a recommended stop you should include in the itinerary of your Balkan tour. Bled is located in the Julian Alps and has multiple breathtaking natural landscapes. One of the most renowned places to visit in this town is Lake Bled - a stunning alpine lake with crystal-clear waters and a fantastic panoramic view. The other popular Bled destination is the island, which lies in the centre of Lake Bled. There resides the fairytale-like church known as the Church of Assumption.

Postojna cave

Postojna Cave is located in southwestern Slovenia and is considered one of the most extensive cave systems in the world. Some of the most distinctive formations include the stalactites and stalagmites and the mineral-rich water from the cave ceiling. You can take a tour of Postojna cave from Ljubljana in a day. If you are an adventure enthusiast, bear in mind that you can take a tour of the 24-kilometre-long cave system with an underground train. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure oppurtinity, and you should be certain that you won't forget it.

Predjama castle

Predjama castle
In the same region of Postojna there is another landmark worth visiting - the Predjama castle. The castle is situated on a cliff, making it an architectural wonder. The castle was built with a pinch of Gothic and Renaissance styles and has a dungeon and a hidden cave passage leading to the surface. It is home to a colony of bats and consists of a network of secret tunnels. The castle is situated on a 123-metre-high cliff and is more than 800 years old. It is a definite must-see attraction when visiting the area.

Lake Bled

Lake Bled
Lake Bled, Slovenia is one of the most popular and iconic destinations in the country. The lake is 2, 210 m long and 1, 380 m wide and has a maximum depth of 29, 5 m. It is surrounded by mountains and forests of the Julian Alps and has a small island within. Bled Island is located within the lake and is also quite a sight for sore eyes. When speaking of Slovenia, Ljubljana and Lake Bled are the two most iconic landmarks, and you should, by all means, visit them. The serenity and peace of mind you will gather from a trip to Lake Bled is unmatched. Don't forget to include Lake Bled in your tour itinerary.

Triglav National park

Located in the Julian Alps of Slovenia, the Triglav National Park is definitely a place worth visiting when you tour Slovenia. It has rich biodiversity and a range of ecosystems, including wildflowers, brown bears, bird species and many more. It has endemic animal species, including wolves, chamois, and lynxes. The park is also perfect for year-round outdoor activities like hiking, mountaineering, cycling, kayaking, and skiing. If you enjoy nature and outdoor activities, this is the perfect destination for you.

Koper and Piran

Koper is the largest coastal town in Slovenia, with a history dating back to Roman times and a well-preserved Old Town. The Praetorian Palace and the Cathedral of the Assumption are notable landmarks of this town. The other popular coastal town in Slovenia, also known as the "miniature Venice", is Piran. This city's heart lies Tartini Square, surrounded by elegant buildings and picturesque outdoor cafes. The chill atmosphere of this little town will capture the hearts of the majority of tourists.

Soteska Vintgar

Soteska Vintgar
Soteska Vintgar is located near the town of Bled and is a stunning gorge, home to numerous breathtaking waterfalls, captivating cliffs, wooden walkways and much more. The stone bridge of the Bohinj Railway offers a throwback to history. The bridge was built in 1906 and is a familiar spot for photographers and tourists all year round. This place creates a serene and majestic atmosphere, and many return wishing for more. A definite must-visit location on your Balkan tour!

Skocjan Caves

Skojan caves
Slovenia is known for its cave systems, and the Skocjan Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage. Carved by the Reka River over millions of years, Škocjan Caves comprise a karst caves and passages network. The whole cave system is over 6 km long and hides countless tunnels and chambers, with Martel Chamber being the most prominent of them all. There is also an underground river canyon and diverse flora and fauna, making a trip to this natural heaven a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

When on your Slovenia tour, there are several activities we highly recommend you try. Of course, those are suggestions based on the predilections of the majority of tourists. If you have other preferences and wish to include different activities in your trip itinerary, there is no hassle. Simply contact us with your ideas, and we will create a sample Balkan tour itinerary tailored to your needs and desires. But, generally speaking, we believe the following activities are a must when vising Slovenia:

  • Explore Vintgar and Tolmin Gorges
  • Get the postcard view at Mala Osojnica
  • Hike Triglav National Park
  • Explore the Soča River Valley
    Climb the Ljubljana fortress
  • Walk around the Skocjan Caves
  • Visit the Predjama castle
  • Eat Goulash
  • Buy local souvenirs

1. What are the rules for traveling to Slovenia?
First of all, check if you need a visa to travel to Slovenia based on your nationality (EU citizens don’t have any restrictions). Secondly, a strong recommendation when visiting Slovenia is to make sure you are acquainted with the essential civil laws and be aware of their attitude towards environmental conservation - adhere to any guidelines they have for sustainable tourism.

2. How many days in Slovenia is enough?
Depends on the attractions you wish to visit and your manner of traveling, but usually 3-4 days should be enough. When on a Slovenia Balkan tour, you should be prepared to find multiple hidden gems along the way, which might prolong your trip a bit.

3. Why is Slovenia worth visiting?
Among the main reasons you should embark on a tour around Slovenia are the stunning natural landscapes, the variety of caves, Ljubljana and Lake Bled. Slovenia and Croatia are among the most highly visited countries in the Balkans and there is a reason for that.

4. What are 3 interesting facts about Slovenia?
The first interesting fact about Slovenia is that the city of Maribor is home to the world’s oldest grapevine, known as the Old Vine. The grape variety of the region is more than 400 years old and is recognized by the Guinness World Records. The second interesting fact about Slovenia is the diversity of the dialects it fosters. Despite its small size, Slovenia has an immense linguistic diversity with a high number of regional dialects. The last curious fact is that the highest mountain peak - Mount Trgilav is also the national symbol of Slovenia and is depicted on the country’s coat of arms and flag.

5. What is the best month to visit Slovenia?
The best month to visit Slovenia depends on the preferences for the activities and the type of experience you are seeking. Spring and Summer are the best months to visit for outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, sightseeing and outdoor festivals. If you wish to go skiing or engage in other winter sports, the best time to visit the Julian Alps would be January-March.


Other Destinations:

Here are some of our example Balkan tour itineraries including Slovenia:

A Legacy of Unity: A Tour Through the Former Yugoslav States
28 Days | 4 Weeks: Grand Balkan Tour
21 Days | 3 Weeks : Complete Balkan Tour
16 Days: Countless Memories: The Ultimate Balkan Tour
14 Days | 2 Weeks: Dream Fortnight Balkan Tour
10 Days: Balkan Adventure
8 Days | 1 Week: Soul of the Balkans

If you don’t find the Balkan itinerary which suits your travel plans drop us a mail and share your ideas with us. We will do our best to customize a program according to your preferences.

To simplify your decision about choosing Private Guide for your Balkan tour, we have outlined the main perks of any trip led by us. We have a long history of organizing all sorts of tours around the Balkans, and we are quite confident in our abilities. But to make it easier, have a look at the top advantages of a Private Guide tour:

A 100% unique experience designed for your needs and wishes.
Insights from friendly locals.
Seamless organization of your itinerary.
Carefully selected accommodations and dining places.
Licensed expertise in the entire Balkan region, including history, cuisine, traditions and many more.
Hassle-free transportation by car.

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