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This small nation, independent for only the last two decades, has much of what draws visitors to Europe, but without the crowds. A baroque capital, vineyards, mountains, skiing, castles, forests, beaches, island resorts and traditional culture round out Slovenia, an easy, friendly place to visit that’s still off the beaten track.

Highlights

  1. Lake Bled

    When visiting Slovenia, be sure to travel to one of the most picturesque spots in the country: Lake Bled. This large glacial lake, located in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, was formed over a tectonic basic, which is why the water has thermal properties. Sitting in the middle of this magical lake is Bled Island, and visitors can reach this remote landmark by renting kayaks or hopping on a boat with a group. Hiking trails, beautiful views and secluded swimming areas surround Lake Bled, giving its visitors an array of activities to enjoy.
  2. Postojna Caves

    Slovenia is home to Postojna Cave, one of the largest underground cave systems in all of Europe. This system of caves, dating back over a million years ago, was carved out by the flowing Pivka River, and became a staple tourist attraction in the early 1800s. Since then, Postojna Cave has been visited by over 39 million visitors from all over the world! The underground world is very similar to that above ground, full of mountains, rivers, tunnels and subterranean spaces. Enjoy sightseeing within this spectacular world via a train ride, marveling at the naturally-created sculptures. Keep your eye out for baby dragons, or olms. Hundreds of years ago, the local people thought there was a dragon living inside Postojna Cave, and that these small olms were in fact baby dragons. 
  3. Bled Castle

    Perched high above the city on a cliff sits a medieval castle that charms visitors from around the world. Bled Castle offers travelers incredible views of the city, sparkling Bled Lake, and the mountains that surround it. If you're lucky enough to visit on a clear day, you may get the chance to see the highest mountain in Slovenia, Mount Triglav. The original castle was built way back in 1011, and additions were slowly added on in the late middle ages, such as towers and improved fortifications. After suffering from an earthquake in the early 1500s, the castle was restored to what still stands today. Bled Castle is home to a courtyard that features a historic museum showcasing the fascinating ancient history of Bled. This castle has sat proudly upon these towering cliffs for over 1,000 years, and will remain a popular tourist destination for the years to come.
  4. Predjama Castle

    Located in the small village of Predjama in south-central Slovenia, Predjama Castle is surely a sight to see. This is one of the most famous castles in all of Slovenia, attracting thousands of tourists each year to marvel at the unique architecture. What makes this castle different from others is that it's built directly within the mouth of a cave. Standing 5 stories high and containing 15 rooms, Predjama Castle has been rebuilt twice in history: after war and after an earthquake. This masterpiece boasts Gothic style architecture throughout, and was once inhabited by the legendary robber baron, Erazem Lueger. In addition to the stunning view, this castle also has a secret network of tunnels within the caves below for visitors to explore.

Fast Facts

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Overview

Capital: Ljubljana
Population:  2.065 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Languages: Slovenian
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: CET (UTC +1)

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least 90 days after your return date, though we strongly recommend at least six months. U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Slovenia for stays up to 90 days. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, please see the entry requirements.

More information about passport, visa & entry requirements.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Immunizations are not currently required for travel to Slovenia.  Please consult your doctor regarding any concerns or recommendations prior to departure. 

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

The best months to visit Slovenia are between mid April to the end of October with average temps between 60-80° F during the day and 40-50° F at night. The summer months are an ideal time to visit with good chances of pleasant weather. Bring a sweater and a jacket for evenings all year-round. 

What to wear

Since weather can be unpredictable and to be sure you are comfortable during your trip and prepared for all types of weather possibilities, we suggest that you carry a small folding umbrella and take with you a light jacket or sweater.  If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken in, not brand new) walking shoes, by all means, take both pairs.  Packing to dress in layers is a great way to prepare for a variety of weather conditions.  Finally, remember that comfort and convenience should dictate your wardrobe for the tour, and casual clothes are in order for most every occasion as you travel.

Money & Credit Cards

The official currency in Slovenia is the Euro. The hotels, some stores and some restaurants will be able to accept major credit cards.  However, smaller stores, souvenir places and some art galleries will accept cash only in local currency, Euro or U.S. dollars. ATMs are available in most major cities. We highly recommend that you bring enough cash to cover incidental expenses as well as tips to the guides and drivers. 

Credit cards are the most convenient way to pay for items you purchase as you travel. Be sure to call your credit card providers to let them know you will be traveling abroad, the places you’ll be visiting, and the dates of your trip. This is important for your own protection.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.

Shopping

You will certainly have time for shopping, and the countries on this tour offer a great variety of goods to satisfy different tastes and price ranges. It is always a good idea to comparison-shop, and exercise the “buyer-beware” rule, just as you do at home. Be sure to inspect the merchandise before you leave the store. Most stores will not allow you to return or exchange purchased items.

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Standard plug F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Photography

Cameras and video recorders are allowed almost everywhere in the countries visited on this tour, and in fact, you will want to take plenty of pictures of the magnificent panoramas you’ll encounter as you travel. Photography is generally permitted everywhere except at airports and military installations. Memory cards for digital cameras will also be readily available, especially in major cities.

Did you know?
  • There are over 10,000 caves in Slovenia, with Postonja cave being the most famous of them all.
  • Wine is very popular amongst the Slovenes. In fact, there is one winery or vineyard for every 75 people in Slovenia
  • The linden tree, which stands as a symbol for the Slovenian people, can survive centuries and represents love, friendship, and loyalty in Slovenia.
  • The name "Ljubljana", Slovenia's capital city, translates to “the loved one”.
  • Slovenia is similar in size as Massachusetts, with over 60% of the total land covered in forest.

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