Slovenia

Known as ‘Europe in Miniature’, tiny Slovenia has a huge heart and a wealth of diversity. The soaring Julian Alps capture a touch of Switzerland, the radiating coastline oozes Mediterranean charm and Bled’s sweet island church appears to have come straight out of a fairytale. There is plenty of action for adrenaline junkies, from cycling, hiking and skiing, to canyoning, caving and boating. For those who prefer a slower pace, just sit back and take in the postcard-perfect views.

Slovenia Tours & Travel

Top holiday deals in Slovenia

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Travel from scenic Split to beautiful Bled. Explore the lush green forests of Plitvice, try the famous cheese of Pag...
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Discover Central Europe from Germany to Italy. Travel from happening Berlin to ancient Prague, visit charismatic...
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Slovenia trip reviews

Our Slovenia trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.

Active in Slovenia , July 2016

Laura Schmitz

Active in Slovenia , July 2016

Holger Garden

Articles on Slovenia

Trendsetters: Europe tips from the UK’s top travel bloggers

Posted on Thu, 2 Jun 2016

There are 36 countries within a 3-hour flight of the UK. That’s pretty awesome, but it does make for some tough decisions. Time to call in the experts.

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4 European countries where the US travel dollar is strongest

Posted on Fri, 4 Mar 2016

One thing Europe hasn’t always had the best rep for: being a cheap vacation destination. That is, until now.

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10 reasons Slovenia should be your next big Eurotrip

Posted on Thu, 3 Mar 2016

Slovenia – the relatively quiet country that we’d known almost nothing about became one of our most memorable stops in Europe.

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Bird’s eye view of Bled

Posted on Thu, 23 Jun 2011

Sure, you can plod up a mountain path to get a great view, but Julie discovered that there is another way to get high in Slovenia...

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About Slovenia

At a glance

Capital city: Ljubljana (population 280,000)
Population: 2 million
Language: Slovene
Currency: EUR
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +386

Best time to visit Slovenia

Slovenia is a beautiful destination no matter what time of the year it is, and every season has its attractions. While the coast heats up over summer, the Julian Alps continue to experience more moderate temperatures. In winter, snow falls over the mountains and can get very cold, but the lowlands and coastal areas of the south enjoy much milder weather. Spring sees bursts of wildflowers through the alpine meadows and autumn brings gorgeous reds and oranges.

Slovenia weather chart

Geography and environment

Squeezed between Austria, Italy, Hungary and Croatia, Slovenia is covered in snow-dusted peaks, mountain meadows and alpine lakes. The Julian Alps dominate the landscape in the north. Further south the limestone Karst hides intricate networks of caves. Slovenia’s Adriatic coastline leads into Croatia.

Top Picks

Top 5 Active Adventures in Slovenia

1. Cycling

Get the legs pumping with a ride around Lake Bled, past 19th-century villas, grand hotels and the cliff-clinging castle. For some more two-wheeled adventures, head out to Vintgar Gorge.

2. Hiking

The Julian Alps beckon to be explored. Hike one of the numerous trails, or take a cable car to Mt Vogel for a bird’s-eye view of the lake below.

3. Canyoning

Slovenia is filled with underground and ‘between’ ground canyoning opportunities. So if you don’t mind small spaces, discover some of Slovenia’s most secret places on a canyoning adventure.

4. River Rafting

Try out some of Europe’s best white-water rafting. But be prepared to get wet.

5. Boating

Hire a traditional pletna and enjoy a boat ride across Lake Bled to its fairytale church. Ring the bell to have your wish granted.

FAQs on Slovenia

Tipping in restaurants is becoming more common in Slovenia - leave around 10 per cent.
Internet access is good in Slovenia. Internet cafes can be found all over the country.
Slovenia has excellent mobile phone coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
Slovenia has western-style flushable toilets. Keep loose change handy to pay for public toilets.
Coffee = 1.50 Euro
Can of soft drink = 2 Euro
Beer = 2.40 Euro
Short taxi ride = 2 Euro
Three-course meal = 15 Euro
Yes, tap water is considered safe to drink.
Credit cards are widely accepted in major towns and cities.
There's good access to ATMs in nearly all towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Feb 8 Preseren Day (Culture Day)
Apr 1 Easter Monday
Apr 27 Resistance Day
May 1 Labour Day
May 19 Pentecost
Jun 25 Statehood Day
Aug 15 Assumption
Aug 17 Slovenians Incorporated into the Mother Nation
Sep 15 Restoration day
Oct 31 Reformation Day
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Nov 23 Rudolf Maister Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Independence Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Slovenia/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Slovenia Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Slovenia

1. Be considerate of Slovenia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally-made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

8. Please refrain from drinking alcohol in public or on trains.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
The Golden Bird: Folk Tales from SloveniaVladimir Kavcic
A Farewell to ArmsErnest Hemingway
Forbidden BreadErica Johnson Debeljak