Slovenia is a small country, and one you may not know a lot about. It is well-known in Europe and abroad for its varied geography, breathtaking scenery, and gorgeous views. Since there is so many beautiful areas of the country to see, you should explore some by hiking, walking, or enjoying other fun outdoor activities. Slovenia`s history is in plain view, even as it looks ahead to tomorrow; its history can be seen everywhere from the historic towns like Ptuj and Piran to its many marvelous cathedrals and castles. Slovenia had so many castles at one time that the country was referred to as `the country of castles`! Be sure to enjoy lots of delicious Slovenian food and drink while you`re here, ranging from Carnolian sausage and prosciutto (pršut) to Karst wines and Laško beer.
You should definitely visit the beautiful capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, and Lake Bled, nestled in the Julian Alps. From there, you can venture west to the Slovenian Riviera, with such famous beach towns as Piran and Portoroz; or you can venture east to Styria, where Maribor is the largest city, and the Savinja River Valley, home to Laško and Celje.
Most of the country can be enjoyed from late spring through mid-to-late autumn. Many people assume that the summer would be the best time to visit, and it is a good time, but it is also a time that many Slovenians take their vacations, so many tourist attractions end up crowded not just with international tourists but domestic visitors as well. The shoulder seasons of April-May and September-October are great times to visit because crowds are thinner, prices are a tad lower than in the summer, and temperatures are more mild. For more information, visit Best Time to Visit Slovenia.
We recommend approximately 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in Ljubljana, Lake Bled, and the Slovenian Riviera and 2 nights in other regions of the country.
We recommend seeing Slovenia by car or by train.
By Car: Slovenia`s motorways are modern and of top quality. There are no border controls if you are arriving from Italy, Austria, or Hungary, but there are border controls as you leave Slovenia to drive to Croatia. There are six major motorways (avtocestni) that connect all parts of the country most frequented by tourists. E-vignettes are used for toll roads and you must have one to drive on motorways in Slovenia. For more information, visit Driving in Slovenia.
By Train: Slovenian Railways administers rail service in Slovenia, which is fast, efficient, clean, and modern. Main train lines reach all corners of the country while smaller lines reach the countryside. The trains run all the way to the Slovenian Riviera where there is a train station in Koper. International services run from Slovenia to Klagenfurt and Vienna in Austria; Budapest in Hungary; Udine, Venice and Trieste in Italy; and Pula, Rijeka, and Varazdin in Croatia.
The currency of Slovenia is the Euro. U.S. dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for euros upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at many locations throughout the country. For more information, visit Tipping in Slovenia.
The Slovenians are perhaps some of the most multilingual people in Europe. Many Slovenians can speak and understand English, Russian, Italian, and German in addition to Slovene, although English is by far the most popular foreign language. Melania Trump, First Lady of the United States, is said to speak five languages fluently. This may sound impressive to Americans, but this is typical of many Slovenians. You should be understood just fine if you speak English to someone. It is still courteous to learn some phrases in Slovene, such as yes/no (da, ne), the numbers from 1-10, please (prosim), thank you (hvala vam), greetings like `Good morning/Good day` (Dobro jutro/Dober dan), and `Do you speak English?` (Govoris anglesko?)