Whether you're visiting Slovenia for a few days or several weeks, the capital city Ljubljana makes for a great base to start your travels. With great connections from Ljubljana bus station, you'll be able to reach all the attractions mentioned below.
Day 1: Explore Slovenia's capital city, Ljubljana.
Top picks for a day in Ljubljana:
Join a free tour (approx 2 hours) | departs daily at 11 am/ 3 pm outside the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation in Preseren Square - learn more about the city including the legend of Ljubljana and its links to the mythological hero Jason and the Golden Fleece, architect Joze Plecnik and hidden story city-secrets.
Visit Joze Plecnik House | free admission to the exhibition rooms but €6 to enter the house - a guided tour through Plecnik's house worth the visit if you wish to learn more about his life and work.
Explore the Metelkova Mesto art district - a 15-minute walk from Preseren Square for a different side of Ljubljana.
Walk up to Ljubljana Castle | free to walk around the grounds but must purchase a ticket to enter the exhibition rooms including the Puppet Museum - the views alone are worth the hike up.
Day 2: Visit Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle.
Purchase your tickets in advance from the official Park Postojnska Jama website to avoid disappointment on the day. The park offers a double-attraction combined experience ticket for approximately €38.50 which includes both the Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle.
Postojna Caves - experience the caves with two electric train rides and further exploration of passages on foot.
Predjama Castle | free shuttle bus to the castle from the caves - explore the castle which sits off a cliff.
Bus ticket from Ljubljana: €11 (return).
Duration one way: 1 hour.
* make sure to book the bus which drops you outside the caves and not Postojna Town.
Day 3: Relax with a coast day in Piran.
Top picks for a day in Piran:
Swim or snorkel along the coast.
Explore Tartini Square and surroundings.
Head up to Punta Lighthouse and Church of St Clement.
Enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants by the water.
Bus ticket from Ljubljana: €25 (return).
Duration one way: 2 hours 20 minutes.
Day 4: Live the fairytale dream in Lake Bled.
Top picks for a day in Lake Bled:
Walk the circumference of Lake Bled for incredible views of the island, church and castle - this will take approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on how fast you walk and how many stops you make.
Experience Straza Bled summer tobogganing | €9 for one ride including chairlift - the views are well worth the wait to ride.
Try a traditional Bled cream cake.
If you have the time, head over to the Vintjar Gorge boardwalk - book your transfers to and from the gorge at the bus station in Bled or Ljubljana.
Bus ticket from Ljubljana: €13 (return).
Duration: approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Day 5: Venture further into the Julian Alps with a trip to Vogel and Lake Bohinj.
Top picks for a day in Vogel:
Catch a gondola up to the top of Vogel mountain | €19 (return) - views of Lake Bohinj as you reach 1535m.
Explore Vogel | free cable car dependent on weather conditions - once you reach the top, you'll find an information centre. Collect a map for multiple walking routes and approximate distances and times. You can also ask about the free cable car and weather conditions for the day. Weather can be unpredictable this high up so its always a good idea to double check, especially if you wish to walk more than 2-3 hours. There are a few cafes and restaurants dotted around the area to grab some snacks or lunch beforehand or after.
Bus ticket from Ljubljana: €15 (return).
Duration: approximately 2 hours.