Our Slovenia Explorer electric fly-drive tour is the perfect holiday for those looking for an adrenaline fuelled adventure, but with an eco-friendly twist.
Start off on Slovenia's small stretch of coastline, taking time to explore the coastal roads by e-bike, before heading off to the Karst region where the incredible Skocjan Caves await. Go in search of the European brown bear on a bear watching excursion and take an exhilarating ride on the rapids of the River Soca. Finish off with lakeside walks in Bohinj and Bled and get your culture fix in Ljubljana.
Another advantage to this holiday is the inclusion of entrance fees and some exciting sightseeing tours, allowing you optimum time to really get the most out of this stunning country.
Arrive in Ljubljana. Collect your e-vehicle upon arrival and head straight for the coast and the resort of Portoroz (approx. 1hr 30 drive) for a 2 night stay. Relax and unwind with a spa treatment or head out to the beach.
The days exploration begins at Skocjan Caves; (approx. 50 min drive). The caves are on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural heritage sites and are an exceptional example of a limestone cave system, with one of the world’s largest known underground river canyons. Take a 2-hour walking tour of the caves. Afterwards, you may like to make the short drive on to the Lipica Stud Farm (entrance not included), the oldest stud farm in Europe where the famous Lipizzaner horses of the Spanish Riding School are bred. Alternatively, continue on to the hilltop village of Stanjel for marvellous views of the surrounding Karst plateau and the pretty Ferrari Garden. The highlight of the day takes place in the late afternoon when you will set off for a spot of bear watching in the Postojna region (approx. 40 min drive). With 60% forest coverage, Slovenia is home to one of the largest brown bear populations in Europe. An experienced guide will take you on a forest adventure to discover the habitat of the brown bear. An off-road vehicle will carry you deep into the forest to the observatory where you will spend the next 2-3 hours trying to catch a glimpse of these elusive animals. (We recommend you wear warm, noiseless clothing and no perfume.) After your adventure, return to Portoroz. (B)
In keeping with this holiday’s theme of ‘electric transportation’, take a self-guided E bike tour of the coastal area (approx. 3-4 hours). Ride along the coast to Sečovlje Salina Nature Park and through forested hills on to the lovely town of Strunjan and finally Piran, the Venetian gem of the Slovenian coastline. Return the bikes in Portoroz and perhaps stop for a seafood lunch before you collect your car for the drive on to Goriska Brda (approx. 1hr20 drive). Admire its hilltop villages, orchards, cypress trees and its rolling hillsides lined with vineyards. (B)
After breakfast, continue your trip to the picturesque world of the Julian Alps, Triglav National Park, and the emerald green River Soča! Make your first stop at the town of Kobarid (approx. 1 hr drive), which has a very interesting WW1 museum, before continuing to Bovec, the centre of outdoor activities in Slovenia. In the afternoon, take an exhilarating white water rafting trip on the river Soča. Spend the next 2-3 hours bouncing over gushing rapids on this 10km journey. No special skills are required for this ride, as you will be led by an experienced guide, but being able to swim is essential. Spend the rest of your day at leisure. (There is the option tonight of staying in a unique hanging tent amongst the trees- please ask for more details). (B)
Depart for the Upper Sava Valley along the scenic Vrsic Pass which at 1611m is the highest pass in the country (road open from Spring onwards). Look out for the Russian Orthodox chapel, built by Russian POWs (approx. 1hr15 drive). On the other side of the pass, you will find Kranjska Gora and Lake Jasna. Stop here to stretch the legs and for exquisite mountain views before reaching Lake Bohinj and the Mt Vogel cable car. Ride the cable car 1500m up into the Triglav National Park where further adrenaline filled activities await. You may fancy giving tandem paragliding a go or flying down the zipline (activities not included). Back down on the ground Lake Bohinj awaits; Slovenia's largest natural lake. Take a walk along the shore before checking in to your hotel. (B)
After a hearty breakfast, make the short 30 minute drive to the most famous of all Slovenia’s lakes; Bled. The circumference of the lake is 6km so you may opt to walk all the way round or amble leisurely before stopping for coffee and a deliciously indulgent Bled cream cake. After sufficient time spent here, return to Bohinj and hike to Savica Waterfall, which at 78m is one of Slovenia's finest falls. Ascend the 553 stone steps to the view point. Spend the rest of your day relaxing around Bohinj Lake. (B)
Embrace your final hiking opportunity at Vintgar Gorge this morning. The walk through the gorge is punctuated by rapids and small waterfalls and ends with the largest fluvial waterfall in Slovenia. En-route to Ljubljana, we recommend that you stop off at Vila Podvin in Radovljica. The restaurant has recently received a Michelin star and is lauded for its dishes using almost all local produce (contact us for booking). Arrive in Ljubljana and soak up the sites and sounds of this pocket-sized capital city. Take the funicular up to the castle for a bird’s eye view of the city, before a stroll around the town spotting buildings designed by Jože Plečnik as you go. (B)
Explore Ljubljana further before driving to the airport for your return flight. (B)