City Break Ljubljana
3 nights in Ljubljana; - EXCURSION TO LAKE BLED AND LAKE BOHINJ
You better have a good excuse if you have never been to Ljubljana, the city that reflects both the sophistication of a large metropolis and the charm of a small town, extra clean, organized, forward thinking city with fine architecture, rich history and great gastro offer.
Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. The name Ljubljana comes from the word “beloved”. After boasting a friendly cafe culture by day, and vibrant nightlife after the sunsets, you will find out why word beloved belongs to this city. Ljubljana is one of the greenest cities in Europe and in 2016 it was awarded the title of Green Capital of Europe. The city center is now mostly car free, public transport is low emissions and there’s a new cycling network. The Metelkova cultural zone has been turned into a popular place for hipsters and live music, as well as nightspots, bars and public art performances.
Ljubljana is one of Europe’s smallest capitals and as such you might be worried about running out of things to do during a couple of days but what will surprise you is how much it contains in such a small area. The castle, Roman ruins, art museums, Tivoli park and riverside walks should keep you occupied especially as you will naturally slow down into the infectiously lazy pace of the city. The local cuisine draws heavily on neighboring influences from Austria, Hungary, Italy and the Mediterranean, but you can find international and traditional cuisine that will undoubtedly satisfy all tastes.
There are literally a dozen or more great day trips to choose from Ljubljana. The most popular trip is to Lakes Bled and Bohinj. Take a look on Day 3, for more details.
Welcome to Ljubljana
Welcome to Slovenia. Your adventure begins with a welcome, upon arrival at Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport. Transfer to the hotel. (Check-in at selected accommodation). If your flight is earlier in the morning, we can arrange Day 1 with more activities.
After breakfast join your local guide and explore the best things to do in Ljubljana. Right by the river Ljubljanica, Preseren Square is the place where the city meets up and celebrate. If there’s an event going on in Ljubljana there’s a good chance it will happen in this space. Next to Preseren Square you can admire ‘’triple bridge’’ a group of three bridges decorated with stone balustrades and lanterns.
We will walk from Presernov trg to Krekov trg to board the funicular for Ljubljana Castle. At the main courtyard of Ljubljana Castle, you will find a cafe, nightclub, galleries, and a restaurant. Our ticket includes: Museum of Puppetry, Virtual Castle, exhibition of Slovenian History and returns ticket for the funicular railway. At the end, we will climb up the Viewing tower to admire a view over Ljubljana.
We continue to Ljubljanica river and Dragon Bridge and nearby colonnaded Central Market – where you can try homemade jams and honey.
For a quick lunch here’s your chance to try what many consider to be Slovenia’s national dish, Kranjska klobasa, a fatty sausage from the region around the northern city of Kranj.
Rest of the afternoon at leisure, with many options:
We suggest a visit Tivoli park, the largest and the most beautiful park in Lubljana. The park is just a few streets from the Ljubljanica river. Tivoli Park stands out with more than two centuries long and very diverse history as well as an equally long tradition of visiting and walking through it. It has a symbolic meaning for the city and is recognized throughout the country. Fronting Tivoli Park is Slovenia’s premier historical art museum, displaying works from medieval times to the 1900s.
Another great option is Trnovo, a neighborhood outside the city center, full of cafes and green scenery which makes it a popular choice for a coffee or evening drink among locals. If you want to see an alternative side of Ljubljana you should definitely visit Metelkova Mesto ex-army garrison – taken over by squatters in the 1990s and converted into a free-living commune – today home to several clubs, bars, and concert venues. The place generally comes to life after 10 pm daily in summer, and on Friday and Saturday during the rest of the year. Overnight.
Day at leisure or optional excursion to lakes Bled and Bohinj
Breakfast. Today we suggest a full day trip to visit the most beautiful Slovenian Lakes: Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj.
Optionally we can visit Vintgar George, carved by Radovna River, 4 kilometers north-west from Bled. The impressive canyon is highlighted by the Radovna River and its waterfalls, pools, and rapids. (3 km – 1.8 miles walking and 5,00 euro ticket pp)
Just 45 minutes north of Ljubljana, we will find magical lake Bled.
Bled has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. First stop is Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia built in the 11th century is a symbol of Slovenia.
We will climb the old castle located on top of a steep cliff above the lake and enjoy the spectacular view from the castle’s terraces. Later we will board a boat ride on a ‘Pletna’, a traditional boat made by locals to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell.
Return to the lakeside for free time to walk around or trying some local specialties, don’t miss a famous ‘kremšnita’ cake.
After a break for lunch, we will continue to Lake Bohinj, the largest and most beautiful Alpine lake in Slovenia. Located in the Triglav National Park this area offers numerous tracking and hiking options. We suggest a short hike to the picturesque Savica waterfall ( 25 minutes of moderate walk, 3 euro entrance fee) . Lake Bohinj is perfect for water activities all year round – from swimming, boat riding, windsurfing, kayaking or canoeing, fishing, and diving in warmer months. For the spectacular views take a cable-car up to the mountain Vogel, the famous ski-resort, and admire the views of surrounding valleys and the highest Slovenian mountain, Mt Triglav in all its beauty.
Included: English speaking guide, Boat (Pletna) ride Lake Bled; Bled Castle entrance
Optional: Mont Vogel cable car 13,50 €, Bled Island Church entrance fee 6,00 € (not really worth it); typical Slovenian alpine lunch – 15,00€, Savica waterfall (25 minutes of moderate walk, 3 €entrance fee); Vintgar Gorge – 3 km – 1.8 miles walking and 5,00 € ticket pp
Returning to Ljubljana around 7:00 PM. Evening at leisure. Overnight.
Ljubljana – Check out and transfer to the airport
Breakfast. Check out and transfer to airport. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time before 11:00
You may consider extending your stay by adding more days to this itinerary, no worries we will be happy to book additional services for you.
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What to Bring
Ljubljana and Lake Bled are worth visiting at any time of year, but in summer months you can still make better use of the charms of the city and the lakes.
Slovenian currency is Euro (EUR)
The average cost of food in Ljubljana is €13 per day.
Average prices in restaurants and bars:
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 EUR - 12,20 USD
- Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 EUR - 48,80 USD
- McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.90 EUR - 7,20 USD
- Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 2.70 EUR - 3,34 USD
- Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.50 EUR - 4,27 USD
- Cappuccino (regular) 1.62 EUR - 1,98 USD
- Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.27 EUR - 2,77 USD
- Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.60 EUR - 1,95 USD