The Best Guide To Slovenia in 5 Days – Your Complete 5 Days in Slovenia Itinerary

The old saying goes that ‘good things come in small packages‘, that’s certainly true for Slovenia. As one of the region’s most charming destinations, what it lacks in size, it sure makes up for in terms of fascinating culture and towns oozing with history, phenomenally beautiful landscapes and well as a booming adventure sports scene.

Naturally, you’d probably want to stay longer here, however, because of its compact size, you’ll be able to see the best of Slovenia in 5 days.

This 5 days in Slovenia itinerary covers everything you’ll need to know about planning your perfect trip., including what to see in Slovenia, how to get around (even without a car), and loads of insider tips and know-how to see the best of Slovenia in a short space of time.

If you’re planning a short vacation in Slovenia or visiting as part of a longer trip around the region, this information-packed Slovenia itinerary is a great place to start. Whatever your travel style, one thing you’ll quickly learn is why the phrase #sLOVEnia crops up everywhere. After my trip, I could firmly say that I love Slovenia, and I’m sure you will too!

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Slovenia in 5 Days – How to use this guide

This 5 days in Slovenia itinerary is divided into sections. The first section is designed to be used as a quick glance, it gives an overview of the top things to do in Slovenia as well as a summary for each day.

The second section of this article breaks down each day in detail. The final section is filled with answers to FAQs and covers things like when to visit Slovenia, where to stay and information about getting around and of course useful travel tips.

5 days in Slovenia – At a Glance

If you haven’t got time to read the whole article, but are curious about what’s included in this 5 day Slovenia itinerary, then this section is for you.

Here’s the low-down of what’s included in this article, starting with the top things to see in Slovenia and then an overview for each of the days. You can also download this quick reference guide with a location map and checklist straight to your inbox.

15 Best Things To See In Slovenia

      • Lake Bled
      • The Julian Alps
      • Vršič Pass
      • Ljubljana Old Town
      • Ljubljana Castle
      • Metelkova Mesto
      • Postojna Caves
      • Predjama Castle
      • Piran Old Harbour
      • Vintgar Gorge
      • Soča river
      • The Boka & Kozjak waterfalls
      • Jasna Lake
      • Bohinj Town
      • Ride the Auto Train

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Before you set off on your awesome trip to Slovenia, make sure you’ve booked your travel insurance. 

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5 Days Slovenia Itinerary – Day By Day Overview

Day 1 – Immerse yourself in history as you explore the historical city center of Ljubljana. Enjoy delicious locally produced food from a local farmer’s market before climbing up the hill for panoramic views of the city from Ljubljana Castle. Immerse yourself in the quirky culture of the autonomous district of Metelkova Mesto. 

Day 2 – Visit Europe’s largest cave system at the Postojna Caves, travel deep inside on the old train and try to spot the ‘baby dragons’. Then marvel at Predjama Castle, the world’s largest castle built inside a cave.

Day 3 – Head towards the picturesque coastal town of Piran on the Adriatic coast. Spend the day wandering about and getting lost in the pretty streets surrounding the old harbour, admiring the opulent Venetian architecture on what is arguably one of the most photogenic towns along the Adriatic coast.

Day 4 – Explore the area surrounding the chocolate-box perfect town of Bled. Climb up to Bled Castle to admire the views over the iconic Lake Bled. Take a boat ride on the lake to visit the island before visiting the beautiful Vintgar Gorge.

Day 5 – Take a stunning road trip (or tour) around the mighty Julian Alps to take in the breathtaking views of Jasna lake, the Vršič Pass, the Soča river, and the Boka & Kozjak waterfalls. Take a ride on the fabulous Auto Train and visit the pretty town of Bohinj.

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Your Complete 5 Days in Slovenia Itinerary

This itinerary starts in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. Although doable using public transport, this itinerary is easier done as a 5-day road trip. If you’re flying into Ljubljana, then there are plenty of options for car hire. Because of the compact size of the county, most places listed in this guide are under two hours’ drive from Ljubljana. An alternative way of seeing everything I mention in this article, is by basing yourself in Ljubljana and then doing day trips, find out more here.

Day 1 - Ljubljana

Morning

Ljubljana Old Town – This Slovenia trip itinerary starts in the nations’ capital of Ljubljana. I know I struggled with the pronunciation with this at first, but think of it like lube-li-ana. 

Visually, Ljubljana is an incredibly green city, trees line the streets as well as grassy river banks and parks. Running through the city is a turquoise river of the Ljubljanica. The pedestrian-friendly city means that it’s easy to explore on foot (or bike).

Despite being the capital of Slovenia, compared to the bustle of other European cities; like London or Paris, Ljubljana feels more like a town. It’s incredibly tranquil in contrast. The best way to orientate yourself with the city, is on a walking tour of Ljubljana.

If you book a guided tour then the knowledgeable guides will give you the lowdown on the city, show you the all the best things to see in Ljubljana, including some famous Slovenian landmarks, give you an abundance of insight into the history of the country and into the Slovenia way of life. Most tours will also include a sample of the local schnapps; the blueberry one was delicious! 

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Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana

Best things to see in Ljubljana

If you’re not interested in a tour but are wondering what to see in Ljubljana, then be sure to visit these places;

      • Preseren Square – This is seen as the centre of Ljubljana, and often the meeting point for tours. To one side of the square, you’ll the pink Franciscan church, opposite the church is the triple bridge (Tromostovje). This bridge connects the historical and medieval old town to the modern city centre.
      • Ljubljana Cathedral – On the opposite side of the river from Preseren Square is the Cathedral of Ljubljana. Although it’s difficult to see from the ground, the green dome is an iconic landmark on Ljubljana’s skyline – you’ll get a better view of it when you climb the hill to visit the castle later. The inside is ornately decorated and it’s free to go inside.
      • Central Market –Not far from the cathedral you’ll find the market. Although you can buy things like clothing and knick-knacks here, the main focus is on food. Farmers sell all manner of fresh produce, including fruit and vegetables, as well as loaves of bread and cheeses. This is a great place to pick up lunch.
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Preseren Square, the pink Franciscan church and the triple bridge (Tromostovje)
      • Plečnik’s Arcades – Built by the famous Slovenia architect and situated next to the open-air central market are Plečnik’s Arcades. Although it features Renaissance-style architecture, this building was built between 1940 and 1942. One side overlooks the river, with the other side exiting onto the square. It’s filled with restaurants and bars. 
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      • Dragon Bridge – This is one of the most famous landmarks in Slovenia and a must-do on your Ljubljana itinerary. This bridge is so-called, because of the large dragon statues that stand at each end of the bridge. There are four in total, two on each side. The dragon is the symbol of the city, if you look, you’ll see them crop up all over the place. They represent power and courage as well as wisdom. 
      • Trivoli Park – If you’re visiting in the peak of summer away from the bustle of the city, then find your way to Trivoli Park. This is the largest park in the city, just a stones-throw from the centre. There are numerous cool and shaded places to sit and relax here.
      • Mestni Square – The curved plaza just next to the triple bridge in the centre of the commercial area. On one side of the square, you’ll find the old Town Hall. There are also shops & restaurants and bars residing in the pretty Baroque buildings. Here is also where you’ll find the marble and limestone Robba Fountain, which dates back to the 1700s fountain.

Day 1 – Afternoon

Ljubljana Castle – After exploring the old town, and eating your body weight in Slovenia’s mouth-watering cuisine from the markets, it’s time to head up to Ljubljana castle. There are two ways to get up here – either walking or by taking the funicular railway. I opted to walk to justify everything I ate for lunch. If you’re opting to walk up, then you’ll find the start of the footpath is at Študentovska ulica.

Ljubljana castle is a medieval fortress that was constructed in the 11th century. It’s visible from pretty much everywhere in the city, so it’s a no brainer that up here you’re going to be blessed with amazing panoramic views of Ljubljana and the surrounding area. 

This is also a great spot to come to if you want to watch the sunset.

Most of the are inside the castle grounds are free to enter. You’ll find a mix of exhibitions, museums and towers to climb. It’s certainly one of the top things to do in Ljubljana.

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Ljubljana Castle
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Funicular Railway to Ljubljana Castle

Metelkova Mesto – After visiting the castle, I highly recommend heading over and discovering what became one of my favourite areas of Ljubljana; the autonomous district of Metelkova Mesto. It’s located just outside (but still within walking distance) of the old town. If you’re looking for cool things to do in Slovenia, then exploring the streets near here won’t disappoint. 

Historically, these were the military headquarters and barracks of the Austro-Hungarian Empire army and then later, the Yugoslav National Arms until the declaration of independence of Slovenia and Croatia. After its abandonment in 1993, it became a squat for the city’s youth and artists. At times, there was talk of bulldozing the whole area and developing it with apartments and shops. Protests stopped this happening, and the area gained its status as an autonomous district within the city of Ljubljana.

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Colourful Buildings in Metelkova Mesto
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Upcycled Sculptures in Metelkova Mesto

Thankfully today, this underbelly of the city is now recognised as an important part of Ljubljana culture and a hub for everything slightly offbeat. Metelkova, Slovenia is one of THE most colourful places I’ve ever visited. Street art dons every imaginable surface, sculptures created out of reclaimed artefacts sit in the public areas. One thing to be mindful of is that this is a residential area with people going about their daily lives – so don’t be that obnoxious tourist.

This is truly a fascinating area of the city and well worth a visit. During the daytime, the vibe here is fairly relaxed, although there are frequently pop-up street markets at the weekend. After hours, Metelkova Mesto transforms itself into one of the liveliest nightspots and is a great place to hang out if you’re looking for vibrant bars

Alternative Itinerary – If you’re not interested in street art and visiting the district of Metelkova Mesto, then opt  to take a boat ride, kayak or SUP along the Ljubljanica River . This is a great way to see the city from a different perspective. The river runs right the way through the centre, so you’ll have great views of all the main attractions.

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Ljubljanica River

Insider Tip: At some point during your five days in Slovenia, make sure you try the locally produced orange wine. Contrary to what the name suggests, it’s not actually made from oranges. It gets its name from the colour of the drink. The winemakers leave the skins on the grapes, giving it an orangey tinge.

Where to stay in Ljubljana

Comfort

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Janez Rooms

  • Central location
  • Homestay
  • Free breakfast
  • Terrace
  • Top Rated by guests

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Boutique

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Holiday Home Pri Kamnu

  • Central location
  • Entire apartment
  • Mountain View
  • Terrace
  • Car Parking

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Luxury

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Tromostovje Apartments

  • Central location
  • 5 star property
  • Entire apartment
  • Parking available
  • Optional breakfast

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Day 2 - Postonja Cave & Predjama Castle

Morning

If you’re planning to do a road trip in Slovenia, then today is when you want to pick up your rental car as you start to head down south to visit two of the most impressive landmarks in Slovenia.

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Postojna Cave – Your Slovenia in 5 days’ itinerary starts early, as you leave Ljubljana. If you don’t have a car, no problem. The Slovenia public transport system is pretty efficient. There is a public bus that takes just over two hours to go to the caves. Alternatively, if you don’t’ want to go by bus, then the easiest option, is to book a day tour from Ljubljana to Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle.  

The Postojna Cave system is the largest ‘show-cave’ in Europe. It’s a whopping 24 kilometres long and was carved out by the Pivka River. Although it’s a little gimmicky, there’s a train that takes you inside for the first 5km of the cave system at the start of your 90-minute tour of the caves. 

In fairness, as gimmicky as it is, it’s still a lot of fun to ride the world’s first railway into an underground cave. The original railway here opened here in 1872 although thankfully, it’s been modernised. If you’re interested in weird train facts, the railway’s new claim to fame is that it’s now the world’s only double-track cave railway. The train ride takes you about 5km into the cave system and you walk back out.

During the summer months, expect long delays to enter the caves. This is one of Slovenias’ top attractions, so expect it to be busy. You are allocated a time slot to enter the caves, so if you arrive and haven’t booked your tickets in advance, then you might have a long wait until the next available time slot.

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Postojna Cave System, Slovenia
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An olm, or 'baby dragon' found only in the Postojna Caves

One of the cute residents of the caves is what they have dubbed ‘baby dragons’; the olms! These are adorable nearly translucent skinned creatures that have fluffy red external gills and no eyes, they are actually blind salamanders that reside in this cave system. 

They got their name back in the 17th Century, locals wrote about dragons living in the cave and that the olms were the offspring. It was flooding to the caves that flushed out several of these little creatures and had nothing to do with dragons. 

Fast forward a few hundred years and scientists have discovered that olms are endemic to the region, they live nowhere else but here. Astonishingly, and I love this fact, an olm can go without food for up to 12 years! And they can have a lifespan of up to 100 years. These are pretty epic little creatures!

The Postojna Caves have a constant chilly temperature of between 8-10°C. Even in the peak of summer, it’s cold so pack something warm when you visit. 

Day 2 - Afternoon

Predjama Castle – Not far from Postojna Cave, is Predjama Castle. If you love fairy-tale castles, then no doubt this will tick all your boxes; this is plucked straight from a Disney movie. The Renaissance Predjama Castle has perched off the 123-metre-high cliff edge for over 800 years. The castle was deemed unconquerable. The bit you can see from the path, poking out of the cliff face, is just a small part of the castle complex. 

Behind the facade you see, it is a network of hidden and secret tunnels. Like the Postojna Caves, the castle has a claim to fame. It’s also the world’s largest Castle Cave. 

If you’re visiting Slovenia in the summer months, then be sure to take the tour of the caves at Postojna Castle. The cave is located under the castle and is home to a colony of bats. If you’re here towards dusk, you’ll see them flitting about. Even if you don’t get to see the bats, you’ll certainly be able to smell them. Although the castle is open all year round, the best time to go to Slovenia if you want to see the bats is between June to August, the caves are closed to the public outside of this time due to the bats hibernating. 

After spending the day exploring Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, continue south towards the coast to one of the most beautiful cities in Slovenia, Piran.  

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Predjama Castle, Slovenia

Insider Tip: If you don’t have a car, you can catch the shuttle from Postojna Caves up to Predjma Castle - it's worth noting that it only runs in the peak season (June - August). If you visit outside of these times, and you're not on an organised tour, you’ll be able to get a taxi for the short journey. From the Caves to the Castle, it’s 9 kilometres distance. If you have your own car, during the peak summer months, it might be quicker to take the shuttle bus, than to tackle the busy roads and find parking.

Ljubljana to Postojna Caves using public transport

There are two options. The first is by arriving by train. The train from Ljubljana takes you to the town of Postojna. From the town, it’s a 25-minute walk to the Postojna Cave Park.

The other option is by bus. There are two options here, one of them drops off at the bus stop in the car park of Postojna Cave. The second, and the more regular option is the hourly bus service between Ljubjana and the town of Postojna.

If you’re basing yourself in Ljubljana and doing a day trip to the caves and castle,  then take a look at these two great options below. 

Day 3 - Piran

Morning

Piran – Slovenia isn’t blessed with miles of coastline, unlike neighbouring Croatia, however, what it lacks in quantity, it certainly makes up for in charm. If you arrived in Piran the previous night, you’ve probably already had a quick wander about the car-free town (note that if you have a car, you’ll have to park outside the town).  

Slovenia, despite the abundance of stunning natural landscapes it has, is mostly landlocked, save for this little slither of coastline. Located on the Adriatic coast the charming medieval seaside town of Piran is located right between Italy and Croatia – you’ll see plenty of influences from both.

Piran boasts some of the most beautiful architecture in the region. With Italy being just a short boat ride away, you can visually see the Italian influence in this city, with Venetian architecture dominating the building style. For example, the central area of Tartini Square is lined with buildings of this style. This is because for 500 years Piran was part of the Republic of Venice.

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View of Piran

Best things to see in Piran

Spend the day relaxing in one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia. The city is compact, so one day in Piran is enough time to be able to see all the highlights in half a day, allowing you to spend the afternoon relaxing. If you’re interested in learning about the history of the town, then a guided tour of Piran is a great option. If you’re happy just wandering about by yourself, then these are the top things to see in Piran. 

      • The Old Town – Piran is an incredibly photogenic town, so spend the morning exploring the cobbled streets and stunning architecture. The old town is like a maze, with a myriad of streets going off in all directions, passing colourful houses as you go. Part of the excitement is spending time getting lost in this area and exploring these little alleyways. Although you might lose your bearings at times, you’d be hard pushed to get lost here. Nearly all the lanes end up either at a beach or Tartini Square. 
      • Church of St. George – Walk up the hill to the Church of St. George. This church here in Piran is based on St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. It’s located right on the water’s edge so it’s a great spot to watch the sailing boats and yachts come and go from the harbour. If it’s a clear day you can also see the coastline of Italy and Croatia!
      • Tartini Square & the Bell Tower – This is the image you’ll get if you type ‘Piran, Slovenia’ into any search engine; the iconic image of Tartini Square from above. To get this shot, you’ll need to climb up 146 steps of the bell tower. It’s a good leg workout, but the views are worth it. 
      • Walk the city walls – If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve probably read that I have a thing for ancient cities. If you’re after another walled city along this coast, then I highly recommend adding Dubrovnik in Croatia to your travel bucket list. Piran is surrounded by the remnants of its 15th-century walls. These once circled the city, protecting it from Turkish invaders. Today, you can take a walk along with them for another great vantage point to view the sea and the town below.
      • Relax on the beaches – After spending the morning exploring the town, spend the afternoon relaxing on the beaches. It’s worth noting that the beaches in Piran aren’t wide golden sandy beaches. They are more like a narrow stretch of shingle and rock, however, you can rent sunbeds are available to rent.
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Tartini Square viewed from the Bell Tower

Where to stay in Piran

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Guest House PachaMama

  • Central location
  • Homestay
  • Garden view
  • Optional breakfast
  • Top Rated by guests

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Boutique

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Old Town Rooms

  • Central location
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Close to beach
  • Modern decor
  • Top rated by guests

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Luxury

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Casa Al Porto Antico

  • 5 star rating
  • Located in the historical port
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Guests love the decor

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Postojna Caves to Piran using public transport

The public bus between Postonja town and Piran takes between 2-3 hours. It depart from station in the town of Postonja (which is about 25 minutes walk from the caves) and arrives at Postonja bus station.

Day 4 - Lake Bled

Morning

Lake Bled – We’re onto day 4 on your Slovenia trip. From the coastal town of Piran, you’re going to be heading back inland and towards Lake Bled. Base yourself in this pretty town for two nights, as you’ll be exploring quite a bit in this region. If you’re wondering where one of the best lakes in Slovenia is, it’s here and with places to swim, canoes, SUPs or sunbathe there’s no shortage of leisure activities. 

The town of Bled is located in the Julian Alps and is home to probably the most photographed lake in Europe, Lake Bled. Nominated as one of the seven new wonders of the world, Lake Bled is certainly postcard perfect, the blue waters of the lake, with a pretty church in the middle, surrounded by the rolling mountains. It’s no secret this is Slovenia’s biggest tourist destination and no trip to Slovenia would be complete, without visiting it. However, because Bled is a small town, it can feel very overcrowded in the summer. If possible aim to visit in the shoulder season for a more relaxed trip.

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Lake Bled

Best things to see in Bled

There are numerous things to do in Lake Bled, so spend the day ticking these things off your Slovenia to-do list. It’s best to start early, particularly during the peak summer months. Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s most visited attractions, so be prepared for crowds.
      • Bled Castle – On a hill overlooking the town of Bled you’ll find the 12th Century Bled Castle. You can walk up from the town, it will take about 15-20 minutes. From the castle, you’ll be greeted with some of the loveliest views of the lake below all against the backdrop of the mountains. Inside the castle is a fairly comprehensive and well-curated museum, displaying artefacts, paintings and memorabilia about the history of Bled and Slovenia.
      • Walk (or Cycle) around Lake Bled – You can walk the whole circuit of Lake Bled, on a mixture of footpaths, wooden promenades and regular pavements. In total, it’s about 6 kilometres (3 miles) to complete the circuit. This is one of the best things to do in Slovenia. If you walk at a decent pace and don’t stop you could do this within an hour. However, allow for more time, as you’ll no doubt want to stop regularly to take photos and admire the view. If you don’t fancy walking, then there are you can also rent out bikes. The terrain is flat so it’s a very enjoyable cycle ride if you want to get around it quickly.
      • Take a boat ride on Lake Bled – You’d be hard-pressed to miss the little island in the middle of Lake Bled. If you want to visit the island, then you’ll have to get a boat. Although there are tourist motorboats, in my opinion, they are so noisy and spoil the tranquillity of the area.  

Instead, opt for one of the traditional wooden Pletna rowing boats to Bled island and row across to the island. There are two options, one is to get a ride on a boat (and let someone else do the rowing) alternatively if you want to paddle yourself. There are various hire shops for rowing boats and paddleboards all around the lake. If you’re feeling ambitious, I even saw one person swim over to the island! It’s free to set foot on the island. 

      • Ring the bell of the Assumption of Mary Church – During your walk around Lake Bled, you’ve probably heard the bell of the church. When you arrive on the island, climb up the 99 stone steps. At the top, you’ll find the Assumption of Mary Church. Legend says if you ring the bell of the church, your wishes will come true.
      • Eat Lake Bled Cake – Lake Bled has its own cake; the Lake Bled Cream Cake. This sweet and sickly cake is sold in cafes all around the town of Bled. This was an ‘eyes bigger than belly’ moment as I chowed down on a whole slice myself of this custard and cream layered cake.
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View of Lake Bled from Ojstrica

Insider Tip: One of my favourite lookout points in Lake Bled was a trail going up through the woodland at the boating club end of the lake. Look for a small signpost pointing into the woods, or ask directions to Ojstrica. It goes past an old crumbling building at first and then leads up quite steeply through the woods. Eventually, Mala Osojnica comes out to a clearing at the top where you’ll find one of the most phenomenal views of Lake Bled against the backdrop of the Julian Alps.

Day 4 - Afternoon

Visit Vintgar Gorge – After exploring the area around Lake Bled, head out to Vintgar Gorge which is located in Triglav National Park. Wooden bridges and viewing platforms have been constructed along this gorge to view the stunningly clear and blue Radovna River that flows below it.

The gorge is 1.6km long and you’ll see cascades, rapids and pools. The finale of the trail is the 13metre high Šum Waterfall. The pretty stone bridge of the Bohinj Railway crosses the gulley. If you wait long enough you’ll see the train pass overhead. You could easily spend a couple of hours at the Vintgar Gorge, if you visit Slovenia in summer, this is a great place to come if you’re looking for somewhere cool to escape the heat.

Vintgar Gorge is located about 5km from Bled. If you’re a keen walker, then this is easily doable (I did the round trip on foot). The alternate way to get there is by the shuttle bus, which takes just 10 minutes.

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Vintgar Gorge

Where to stay in Lake Bled

Comfort

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Vila Lipa

  • Central location
  • Car parking facilities
  • Garden view
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Top Rated by guests

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Boutique

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Pr Klaudiji Guest House

  • Central location
  • Breakfast included
  • Dinner included
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Mountain view

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Luxury

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Adora Luxury Hotel

  • Previously know as Vila Istra
  • Located on the banks of Lake Bled.
  • Balcony view

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Another very popular place to stay if these aren’t available is Old Bled House.

Piran to Bled using public transport

Using public transport, it takes about three hours to make the bus journey from Piran to Bled. There is a connection in Ljubljana (so technically it’s two bus journeys). When you arrive at Ljubljana bus station you’ll have to buy a second bus ticket to get to Bled.

There are numerous things to do in Lake Bled, so spend the day ticking these things off your Slovenia to-do list. It’s best to start early, particularly during the peak summer months. Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s most visited attractions, so be prepared for crowds.

Day 5 - Julian Alps & Soča Valley

This is the final day of your Slovenia in 5 days itinerary where you’re going to explore the beautiful alpine region. If you don’t have the use of a car, then to make the most of this area I 100% recommend booking a tour to take you to at least some of these sites.  The locations I’ve listed below are known locally as the Emerald Tour. Public transport isn’t an option here – although there is a public bus to Bovec, the adventure sport hub.

Slovenia adventure travel and hiking is a big thing in this region, and the Julian Alps are a perfect destination if you love your adventure sports I highly recommend partaking in some while you’re visiting Slovenia. If you’re intending on doing any sort of adventure sport here, I recommend booking this at least the day before – even further in advance at peak season. 

I can highly vouch for the white water rafting in Slovenia or if you’re an avid hiker, then head to Triglav National Park, to explore the region on foot.

If you don’t have your own transport, then like I previously mentioned, you could book one of the mini-van tours in Bled town that will take you to some of these top destinations in Slovenia. If you do have your own car, then be sure to add these places to your Slovenia road trip itinerary.

      • Jasna Lake – Start by heading out of Bled towards the Kranjska Gora Alpine Region. Here you’ll find the picturesque Jasna Lake. The whole of today is a scenic drive through the stunning countryside and mountain regions, so you’re probably going to want to stop regularly to take in the view and photograph everything! In winter this is one of the Ski Resort regions. 

At Jasna lake, stroll around the clear turquoise (and very cold!) water before posing with the Slovenian Zlatorog mountain goat. If you aren’t bothered by the cold and are up for some ‘ice water therapy’ Slovenian style, then there is a trail that follows around the lake that takes you around the lake. Apparently, the cold water has so many health benefits, you go in, sit for a while, and then come out and walk on the sharp stones. It didn’t sound like my idea of fun, so I limited myself to just dipping in my toes, which sent a shudder up my leg. That was enough.

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Jasna Lake, Slovenia
      • Vršič Pass – From Jasna Lake head towards the Vršič Pass. This road was built by Russian prisoners of war during WW1. It’s the highest mountain pass in the Eastern Julian Alps. It was a notorious job with a high death rate. Along the meandering pass, you’ll see the small Russian Chapel which was built to honour the victims and casualties of the war.
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The Vršič Pass is one of the most iconic roads in Europe, with no less than 50 hairpin turns snaking its way upward towards the highest part of the Soča valley. At the top, you’ll find some phenomenal views overlooking the valley.

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Vršič Pass, Slovenia
      • Soča River – Take the Trenta Pass on the way back down, there’s a spot to pull over and see the source of the Soča river. It’s a short walk from the parking area, past a cute cottage and a scramble along the rocks to the top.

If you’re nervous about heights, I don’t recommend going to the top. You have to traverse your way along the jagged cliff face with just a bit of rope or metal tightrope wire to hold on to. There is no safety net, you’re not in a harness, nor are you wearing a safety helmet. All that’s below you is a 15-metre drop onto the sharp rocks. Don’t let go of the ropes!

Eventually, you’ll get to what looks like a little cave, with a pool of clear sapphire coloured water inside. It really is beautiful. This is the source of the Soča River.

Head back to your car, and keep travelling down the mountain. You’ll start to see the bright blue Soča river as you drive. Stop off to take lots of photos. There are various places just off to the side of the road where you can go for a paddle.

You know what I said about Jasna lake being ice cold, this is just the same. I braved going in with both of my feet, to stand in the river. I never knew my feet could get an ice-cream headache. As quickly as I got in, I was straight out. It’s cold!

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Climbing up to see the source of the Soča river
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Soča river, Slovenia
      • Bovec – Stop off for lunch in the pretty mountain town of Bovec. Bovec itself is fairly small, however, if you’re looking to do an adventure sport such as kayaking, canyoning, white water rafting or zip-lining this is the hub for it.
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White Rafting Route on the Soča river, Slovenia
      • Boka and Kozjak waterfall – The Boka waterfall is 18 meters wide and 106 meters high and is the biggest in Slovenia. Like all the Slovenia water I’ve felt so far, it’s also VERY cold!

Another notable waterfall in the area is the Kozjak waterfall, which has carved out a dark chamber in the rock. The ceiling of the chamber has caved in, so the light shines down into the turquoise waters.

      • The Auto Train – This was one of my highlights of the day, mostly because of the novelty value of sitting in the van, on the back of the train, trundling through the Slovenian countryside. The railway was built in 1906 to connect Most na Soči and Bohinjska Bistrica. The railway also goes through Slovenia’s longest tunnel, all 6327 meters of it.

The cars are loaded onto the trailer of the train, there’s not much room for error so be careful of your wing mirrors. You’re then free to wander about the top of the trailer or sit with your car doors and windows open feeling the air whizz past. As a note, this is a coal-powered train, so close your windows and doors when you go through the tunnels unless you want your face and lungs full of soot! 

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The Auto Train
      • Bohinj – The beautiful town of Bohinj, is similar to Bled in that it’s situated around a lake. However, the lake here is a lot larger and the town itself is so much calmer, less touristy and more authentic than its glossy sister. If you’re wanting to stay at a tranquil alternative to Bled, then this is the place. If you do plan to stay here a little longer, then things to add to your Lake Bohinj itinerary include paddleboarding, canoeing as well as rock sports and enjoying the Slovenia white water rafting scene. Or if you’re feeling super energetic, then plan a Triglav national park itinerary with some epic hikes. 
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Lake Bohinj is the largest lake in Slovenia, so if you do want to spend longer here to enjoy it, and you don’t have your own car, you’ll be pleased to know that Bohinj and Bled are well connected by a 30 minutes local bus ride. 

 

If you are on the Emerald tour and getting around Slovenia without a car, your day will end back in Bled. You could then catch the public bus from Beld bus station back to Ljublijana to continue your journey. If you do have more time to enjoy Slovenia, you could stay in the region a little longer or head straight back to Ljubljana from Bohinj.

Bled to Ljubljana using public transport

Buses depart frequently from the bus station in Bled to the main bus station in Ljubljana. Buy your bus ticket at the ticket office. The journey takes about an hour.

Slovenia in 5 Days – Alternative Way of Doing This Itinerary

An alternative way to spend 5 days in Slovenia, without a car, STILL see everything I’ve mentioned in this itinerary and not have to rely on public transport is to base yourself in Ljubljana.

Because Slovenia is a small country, with its capital pretty much in the middle, it means it is possible to see everything I’ve mentioned in this Slovenia itinerary by using day tours instead. Everything mentioned here is within two hours of Ljubljana. Using the capital as a base and just sticking to doing day tours is also a great option if you’re not keen on the idea of packing, unpacking and checking in and out of accommodation every day.

Take a look at these great Ljubljana day trips and day trips around Slovenia

FAQ & Slovenia Travel Tips

Where is Slovenia? and is Slovenia worth visiting?

Slovenia is a relatively small country in Europe with an area of just over 20000 sq. km. It is nestled between Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Croatia. When you visit Slovenia, you’ll find influences from all of these countries. From the delicious food and wine, the cute medieval towns, to the stunning mountain ranges.

If you’re still asking the question, is Slovenia a good place to visit? Then rest assured. There are so many great reasons to visit Slovenia. I do wonder if the Slovenians have been keeping their fabulous and beautiful little country a secret as it so often gets overlooked as an amazing European destination.

How do I get from the Slovenia Airport to Ljubljana?

Slovenia only has one major international airport, located just under 30km away from the capital, Ljubljana. Getting from the airport to Ljubljana is straightforward. If you have a car, then to drive, it will take around 25 minutes.

If you’re visiting Slovenia without a car then there are several options to get from Ljubljana airport to the centre. One of the most efficient is by taking the public bus number 28 route. This journey takes about 45 minutes. It drops off at the bus station in Ljubljana, where you can either walk or get a local taxi to your hotel.

Alternatively, you can book your airport transfer directly to your hotel in advance using a meet and greet private transfer service.

When is the best time to visit Slovenia?

This depends on what you want to do. If you’re an avid skier, then Slovenia has some great ski resorts in the Julian Alps. However, if you want to make the most of this itinerary, then the best time of year to visit Slovenia is in the summer months. If you’re into skiing then the best times for this is from December up to February.

For the optimum weather, like most places in Europe, the best time to visit Slovenia is anytime between late May to October. The warmest months are July and August. This also coincides with the peak time for crowds. Along with the crowds, come the peak prices.

As I mentioned in this article, Lake Bled gets insanely busy during July and August. This also coincides with the warmest months. However, if possible, opt for the shoulder season. The weather from May to June and then September to October are still warm, but with the bonus that it’s outside of the European school holidays, so there are fewer crowds and often cheaper accommodation prices.

It’s worth noting that It can rain throughout the year in Slovenia (this is Europe after all!) so whatever time of the year you visit remember to take a rainproof jacket and jumper for chilly evenings.

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How many days do you need in Slovenia?

I left Slovenia desperately wishing I had longer. I know that doesn’t answer the question of how many days in Slovenia are needed. If you’re wondering how many days to spend in Slovenia, then the best thing is to weigh up what you want to do. This 5 day Slovenia guide covers all of the top landmarks, however, it is a full-on itinerary and may feel rushed for some. If you have the time, then extend everything I have mentioned here into a Slovenia 7-day itinerary instead.

Alternatively, if you’re not interested in Piran and seeing the seaside resort, then you could also cut that day of the guide to make this into 4 days in Slovenia trip. If you’re only passing through the country and have to see Slovenia in a day, then I’d recommend going straight to the areas around the Julian Alps.

If you’re in the position where you can be on an extended trip with no particular time limit, I don’t think you would ever be in a situation where you’re wondering what to do in Slovenia, especially if you enjoy outdoor pursuits – there’s A LOT to do here, especially if you base yourself near Bohinj.

I’m still not sure what to see in Slovenia?

If you’re still not sure what to see in Slovenia, then jump back up to this section here where I write a list of the top things to see, or you could download this checklist. Failing that, if you’re a fan of adrenalin sports, then you’ll be spoilt for choice here.

Is it easy to drive in Slovenia?

Yes, if you plan to do this guide is perfect to do as a road trip Slovenia has well signposted and well-maintained roads. If you don’t have your own car, then you can easily hire a car in Ljubljana.

One thing to note is that some roads in Slovenia are tolled roads. To use them, you will need to have a valid Slovenian Vignette card linked to your vehicle. 

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Can I visit Slovenia without a car?

If you don’t have your own set of wheels, then getting around Slovenia is going to be an important consideration. This 5 days in Slovenia trip is mostly doable using public transport. Slovenia has decent and affordable train and bus timetables. Because this is such a fully packed itinerary, just be aware of allowing enough time for travel between each of the destinations.

Ljubljana, Lake Bled and Piran are well connected. However, seeing all the destinations I mention in the Julian Alps region will prove tricky using public transport alone, so for this part of the itinerary, book a guided tour. You could also bypass using public transport in its entirty by basing yourself in Ljubljana and taking day trips.

What language do they speak in Slovenia?

The official language of Slovenia is Slovenian, which is a South Slavic language. However, English is widely spoken in tourist areas and attractions, and even in the slightly less visited places, the locals knew could speak English.

What currency do they use in Slovenia?

Slovenia uses the Euro, with cash and card is widely accepted.

Is Slovenia safe?

On the whole, Slovenia, like most of Europe, is an incredibly safe destination. However, as with all cities and tourist destinations, be careful of pickpockets in busy areas. In this 5 days in Slovenia guide, all the locations are central, so will have the most police presence. But like with any destination, use your common sense and unless essentail, leave any valuables in your accomodation, preferably in a safe.

Where can I find a map of landmarks in Slovenia?

Not sure where to find everything I’ve mentioned in this article? then check out this Slovenia. map. Click here to download it.

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Tips for Your Trip Slovenia 5 Days

      • Slovenia is a compact country and the main highlights are all easily accessible via public transport. Either by bus or train. Make the most of the efficient and affordable public transport system to get about if you aren’t hiring a car.
      • If you’re doing this itinerary as part of a road trip, Slovenia is super driver-friendly. The roads are well maintained and signposted. The roads are also quieter compared to other European destinations.
      • It’s a good idea to book-entry tickets and tours in advance. In particular, with Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. These can get insanely busy, especially at the peak of summer. Only a certain number of people can enter at a time, and you’re restricted to a time slot. If you try to purchase your ticket on the day, most likely you’ll have to wait until there is a time slot available.
      • If you don’t hire a car and don’t want to use public transport, then base yourself in Ljubljana and make the most of your time in Slovenia by opting for tours that offer transportation as part of the price.

Final Notes on 5 days in Slovenia

Hopefully, this Slovenia itinerary 5 days guide has answered everything you need to know. Whether you choose to do this as a part of a 5 day Slovenia road trip or base yourself in Ljubljana and do day trips. You’ll have plenty of ideas on what to do in Slovenia, getting around, where to stay as well as giving you some great insider tips to help you plan your Slovenia vacation.

You can download a quick reference guide to this article to keep for offline viewing. If there is anything I didn’t mention, then let me know in the comment section below and I’ll try to answer it.

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Becki from Meet Me In Departures

Adventure travel blogger with a big addiction to the World. An ex-rat-racer who was fed up with sleep-work-eat-repeat materialistic mentality that plagues modern living. I love anything to do with off-beat travel, abandoned places, temples & ruins, street art, wildlife in its natural habitat, adventure sport.....basically anything but the 9-5!

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