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3-Day Lake Bled and Bohinj Slovenia Adventure Break from Istria

Slovenia Adventure Tour: Experience the best of Slovenia on a 3-day trip from Istria

Short on time but want to see Slovenia’s highlights? We’ve got you covered! This 3-day tour will take you from Croatia’s Istrian peninsula to Slovenia’s karst plateau and the Julian Alps.

First, we explore one of the country’s largest cave systems and most breathtaking castles at Postojna and Predjama. Next, we travel to Triglav National Park to get a taste of Slovenian mountain culture in the kingdom of Zlatorog, a mythical mountain goat central to Slovenian folklore. After descending back down to the valley in a cable car, we explore magical alpine lakes in Bled and Bohinj, with time for swimming, SUP, kayaking, and biking on your own. 

This 3-day Slovenia adventure tour is perfect for travelers in Istria, Croatia, who are looking for a short trip to some of the most beautiful areas in Slovenia.

 

DayActivitiesLocationLodgingMeals Included
1Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle & Lake BohinjPostojna, BohinjBohinjDinner
2Hiking Julian Alps & Savica WaterfallLake BohinjBohinjBreakfast, Dinner
3Lake Bled Hiking & Boat RideLake BledBreakfast
DAY 1
Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle & Lake Bohinj

We depart from Istria in the morning and head towards Slovenia’s fascinating karst landscape. The first stop on our Slovenia adventure tour is Postojna Cave, a 24 km-long cave system that was carved by the Pivka River over millions of years. We’ll take an underground train ride and explore around 5 km of the cave, taking in the awe-inspiring galleries, chambers, stalactites, and stalagmites. You’ll learn about the karst features and have the chance to see the cave’s unique fauna, including the “baby dragon” or olm. The temperature in the cave remains around 10 degrees C year-round. Bring appropriate layers so that you can dress warmly during the cave visit, and wear sneakers or other close-toed footwear. 

After the cave visit, you’ll have time to get lunch, a snack, or coffee on your own. Next, we’ll make our way to Predjama Castle – the largest cave castle in the world. Through an audio guide and walking tour, we’ll learn about the castle’s history and its former inhabitants as we explore the rooms and underground tunnels. 

In the afternoon, we have a 2-hour drive to one of Slovenia’s most picturesque alpine lakes – Lake Bohinj. We’ll settle into our hotel and then have some free time before dinner. You can go for a swim in the lake, rent a kayak or stand up paddle board, or rent a bike to explore some of the local trails before we meet for a group dinner. 

Lodging: Lake Bohinj area. Included Meals: Dinner. Included Activities: Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave entry tickets.

DAY 2
Hiking Julian Alps & Savica Waterfall

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll take a cable car up to the Vogel ski area for one of the most stunning views over Lake Bohinj. The cable car quickly takes us up the mountain to dizzying heights, with breathtaking views of the Julian Alps and Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak. You’ll have time to enjoy the mountain scenery and take a short walk in the Land of Zlatorog, the legendary Alpine Ibex. Depending on the weather, we can also take a ski lift up to a higher mountain hut for a quick lunch, drink, or snack. 

We’ll take the cable car back down to the valley and head towards Savica Waterfall for a short hike (about 1 hour). The gorgeous waterfall is 78 meters tall and plunges into an emerald green pool. After the hike, we’ll head back to the shores of Lake Bohinj, where you’ll have free time until dinner. You can relax by the lake, go for a swim, rent a kayak or SUP, or rent a bike to explore the numerous trails in the valley. Your guide will be able to provide you with recommendations and a map. 

In the evening, we’ll meet for dinner as a group and discuss the plans for tomorrow. 

Lodging: Lake Bohinj area. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. Included Activities: Vogel cable car, Savica Waterfall entry ticket, guided hikes/walks.

DAY 3
Lake Bled Hiking

Today takes us to one of Slovenia’s most iconic destinations – Lake Bled. The clear blue lake surrounded by alpine peaks looks like something out of a fairytale. We’ll start by taking a boat ride to the island in a pletna, a traditional wooden boat. You’ll have time to explore the island on foot, visit St. Mary’s church, and learn about the island’s history. 

After we get back to shore, we’ll walk around the lake and hike up Ojstrica mountain for an unforgettable view of Lake Bled and Bled Castle. You’ll then have free time on your own to go for a swim, have lunch, try the region’s famous cream cake, or rent a kayak or stand up paddle board. If you’d like, you can even visit Bled Castle. We’ll meet back up around 4pm and drive to Istria, with arrival expected around 7pm. 

Lodging: n/a. Included Meals: Breakfast. Included Activities: Lake Bled boat ride, guided hikes/walks.

3-Day Tour
Adult (double room)€690
Single€840

 

All prices are per person, with a minimum of 4 people per group. We can do the tour for groups of fewer than 4, but the price for each person will be higher. Private tours are also available – contact us for more details.

This 3-day trip is possible to begin on any day of the week. Please send us an inquiry with your requested travel dates, and we will get back to you with our availability.

3-day trip price includes:

  • 2-nights accommodation
  • 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts
  • 3 days of organized activities
  • entrance fees to Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle, boat trip on Lake Bled, cable car ride to Vogel ski area, entrance to Savica Waterfall
  • local taxes
  • skilled English-speaking guide and assistance
  • ground transportation from Istria
  • basic insurance

Not Included:

  • international airfare to/from Croatia
  • items of a personal nature
  • optional gratuities for your guide(s)
  • beverages and meals not stated in the itinerary
  • airport transfers (may be available for an additional charge, please inquire when booking)

Payment:

A deposit equal to 50% of the price of the trip is due at the time of booking in order to reserve your dates. The remaining balance is to be paid at least 14 days before the departure date. We accept payment via bank transfer – details will be provided to you upon booking.

Cancellation policy:

If you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, you will be subject to the following cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation 60 days or more before the departure date: the deposit is fully refundable, minus the cost of any fees charged by your bank.
  • Cancellation 30-59 days before the departure date: the deposit is partially refundable – you will receive half of your deposit back, minus the cost of any fees charged by your bank.
  • Cancellation 15-29 days before the departure date: the deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancellation within 14 days of departure date: full cost of the trip is non-refundable.

We recommend purchasing travel insurance in order to protect your investment from unforeseen circumstances.

Custom and private itineraries may have different cancellation, deposit, and refund policies. You will be sent the terms and conditions prior to confirming your booking.

Trip confirmation for small-group departures:

We reserve the right to cancel trips with an insufficient number of participants (minimum 4 people, unless otherwise stated). In that case, all money paid to Terra Magica Adventures will be refunded, minus the cost of any fees charged by your bank. 

Do not book any non-refundable air travel until you receive notification that your trip is confirmed. The latest we will confirm a trip is 2 months before the departure date.

 

How to book: please email us at info@terramagicacroatia.com or call +385 91 764 1300

Maximum number of participants: Maximum number of participants: 8 guests per group. Larger groups on request.

Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).

Single-use rooms are available upon request with a surcharge of 150 euros (1.130,18 HRK) per person. Sharing a twin room with another person is possible.

Activities: Walking, hiking, sightseeing, boating. Additional optional activities: SUP, kayaking, biking

Activity level: Easy

Accommodation: 2 nights in a small hotel in the Lake Bohinj area

Meals and dietary requirements: All arrangements regarding dietary requirements can be made upon request. We can provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals. You will be able to buy lunch and snacks from local shops.

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