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From Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Tour

1. From Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle Tour

Admire the stalagmites inside Postojna Cave! Meet your guide in central Ljubljana and settle into your ride as you set out for two of Slovenia’s most enchanting wonders, Predjama Castle and the Postojna Caves. First, go with your guide to the Postojna Caves and uncovers the fascinating world of an unusual amphibian known as the blind salamanders or referred to locally as “human fish”. Explore this enthralling underground world, while your guide explains the geologic forces that created them. Next, head to the Predjama Castle, a storybook castle wedged beneath a dramatic stone archway and against a cliff. Admire the unique Renaissance architecture of the castle located in south-central Slovenia, in the historical region of Inner Carniola. From the castle, enjoy views of lush, rural Slovenia. After that, sit back and relax on your ride back to Ljubljana.

From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip with Vintgar Gorge

2. From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip with Vintgar Gorge

Enjoy Bled, or the “Image of Paradise,” which has been attracting visitors with its breathtaking beauty for centuries. The calm and inviting waters of its lake spurred the tradition of making the typical ‘pletna’ boats back in the 12th century.  Optionally you can board one of these wooden beauties to reach the island, with its romantic church and mysterious wishing bell. Sightseeing in Bled continues with a visit to the impressive castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Guides will roll back time in its museum, and enjoy the unforgettable view of the surroundings. Surrounded by alluring summits, the Bohinj Valley charms visitors with its inspiring scenery, crystal lake waters and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature. The picturesque lakeside boasts the frescoes of the Church of St. John the Baptist. You will have time to discover the legend of Zlatorog (Goldhorn), enjoy a stunning view over Mount Triglav and try the hearty local cuisine.  To experience a bit of trekking, you'll end the day with an enjoyable 20-minute hike to the beautiful Savica Waterfall, thundering from a high rocky cliff, and enjoy a rewarding view of the Lake.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

3. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

Depart Zagreb in the morning and head to the capital city of Slovenia to take a guided tour of the old city center of Ljubljana. Marvel at the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings and see some of the finest works by the architect Jože Plečnik. Experience the local vibe and discover where the residents buy their food. Hear why Napoleon was one of the city's most popular politicians, why Slovenia lives with love in its name, and how the iconic Triple Bridge got its name. Have free time to explore the hidden spots on your own. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled and go to the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake. Take in the spectacular views of the surroundings from the terraces and then board a traditional boat to reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the fortune bell and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air before driving back to Zagreb to get dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

3.5-Hour Ljubljana Food & Wine Tour

4. 3.5-Hour Ljubljana Food & Wine Tour

This guided food tour will take you on a walk through the old Ljubljana town. Learn about the city, stories of the people, architecture, the history of the Slovenian nation, and of course - local and national cuisine. This is much more than a food tour and definitely not your usual city tour. During the food tour, you will be served 9 traditional dishes from a variety of different cuisines from all parts and circles of Slovenia's society along with 4 kinds of wine. You will also familiarize yourself with historical Ljubljana and hear an overview of the history of Slovenes. At the end of the tour, your tummy will be full, your thirst will be gone, and you will know more about the history of Slovenes than some locals do. You will also be in the know about the old town and know where to go next, what to do next, and what to eat next. It's a perfect way to start your stay in the beautiful and tasty capital city.

Ljubljana: Slovenia Day Tour to Bled, Postojna, and Predjama

5. Ljubljana: Slovenia Day Tour to Bled, Postojna, and Predjama

You will start your small-group tour with a pickup from your central Ljubljana hotel and depart for Lake Bled in an air-conditioned minivan.  On the 1-hour journey, you can admire rural Slovenia, the glacier-formed lake, and the legends surrounding Bled Island, the church-topped islet in its center. On arrival, you can drink in the views of the lake and towering mountains and gaze up at medieval Bled Castle, the fortress perched high on a cliff above the water. Then, you will ride a two-oared pletna to the island and enjoy free time to explore. Visit the Church of the Assumption of Mary or sample some scrumptious potica at the island cafe.  Next, you will be driven up to Bled Castle and can delve inside the red-turreted fortress. Absorb the bird's-eye views of the lakes from the walls and visit the museum to chart the castle's story from its roots in the 11th century. You will then return to the lakeside for free time to walk around. If you wish, sample a local specialty, kremšnita vanilla cream cake. Then, after a break for lunch, travel onward to your next stop, Predjama Castle. You can marvel at this remarkable cliffside castle and hear how it was extended through the centuries after being built in 1202. Then, you can choose to explore its stairways and chambers on your own or with a guide.  Lastly, you will continue near Postojna Cave, Slovenia's most-visited tourist attraction. Ride the mini-train into the depths of this underground network and then follow a guide through its eerie caverns. Admire the bizarre stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations. Hear the tales about the cave's creation and the rare amphibians that live in its underground rivers — the blind salamanders known as 'human fish.'  Then, return to the minivan and end your tour in Ljubljana with a drop-off at your hotel.

Ljubljana: Guided Walk & Funicular Ride to Ljubljana Castle

6. Ljubljana: Guided Walk & Funicular Ride to Ljubljana Castle

You cannot go wrong if you choose this guided walk around the historical city center combined with a visit to Ljubljana Castle. It includes all of Ljubljana's major sights and offers an insight into numerous interesting stories about life in Ljubljana from the past and present. The tour begins in front of the Town Hall, a building with a rich history now used as the seat of the City Municipality of Ljubljana. From the Town Hall and the Robba Fountain in front of it you will go on a walk around the historical city center during which you will learn about the history of all the city's major sights. The walk will take you across the Cobblers' Bridge and past the National and University Library and the Križanke Summer Theater to the Kongresni trg Square from where you will continue to Prešernov trg Square dominated by the Franciscan Church and connected to the Triple Bridge. Then, head further on to Plečnik's Market and the cathedral. Just a short walk from there is the bottom station of Ljubljana's funicular railway, which wil whisk you up 70 vertical meters in just a minute and bring you to Ljubljana Castle, the city's most prominent sight. The castle's outlook tower offers the most beautiful views of the city, while its interior houses several museum displays and other exhibitions including, among others, 'Slovenian History,' 'The Prison' and 'Virtual Castle.'

Ljubljana: Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Performance

7. Ljubljana: Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Performance

Indulge in customary foods, savor local wine and play traditional games at a centrally-located restaurant in Ljubljana. Upon arrival at the restaurant, enjoy a tasting of "šklojce" (dried fruit) and traditional Slovenian schnapps. Then, immerse yourself in the best of the Slovenian's culture with a night of traditional food and folk dancing. After regaining your composure from the schnapps, get ready for 3 courses of traditional food accompanied by a glass of local wine. The show will begin as you enjoy your homemade starter. Witness three lively dance performances that will have you jumping in your seat and wanting to try the dance yourself. Next, fill up with a peasant-style chicken, pork fillet with chef’s sauce, potatoes and salad. Now it's your turn to hop onto the dance floor to learn the Polka. Finish your evening with desert and traditional Slovenian games such as pouštertanc, which translates as 'the cushion dance.' Finally, after a night of fun and games, receive a special homemade souvenir as you leave the restaurant.

From Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Lake Bled Trip with Tickets

8. From Ljubljana: Postojna Cave & Lake Bled Trip with Tickets

Discover 2 of Slovenia's best natural attractions with a guide. Visit the charming town of Bled with its stunning lake and marvel at the stalagmites inside Postojna Cave. Meet your guide at your hotel in central Ljubljana and settle into your ride as you set out for 2 of Slovenia’s most enchanting natural wonders, Lake Bled and Postojna Cave. First, visit the charming resort town of Bled with its breathtaking lake. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the best sites with your guide.  Take a trip on the emerald green waters of Lake Bled in one of the traditional 'Pletna' boats to discover Slovenia's only island and see if ringing the church bell grants your wishes.  Then, enjoy a pleasant stroll around the lake, climb up to the mysterious Bled Castle, or treat yourself to a piece (or 2) of delicious Bled cream cake. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading to the second natural wonder, Postojna Cave. Enter a mysterious world of underground passages, caverns, and great halls, decorated with dripstones, translucent curtains, and pillars in fascinating shapes and colors.  Return into the daylight and discover the astonishing Predjama Castle, the seat of the robber knight Erasmus. Learn about its history from your guide and admire views of lush, rural Slovenia. After that, sit back and relax on your ride back to Ljubljana.

From Ljubljana: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

9. From Ljubljana: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

Lake Bled is often mentioned as the pearl of the Slovenian Alpine region due to its emerald-green waters, picture-perfect postcard church on the island, medieval castle on the rocky cliff, and some of the highest peaks of the Slovenian Alps as the background. Take a short walk along the lakeshore as the beauty of the surrounding mountains reflects off the lake surface. No matter the season, you'll enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the lake and the fresh mountain air.  Perched atop a steep cliff more than 100 meters above the lake, Bled Castle is the iconic image of a medieval fortress, with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering magnificent views. The castle houses a unique treasure - a reconstruction of Gutenberg's wooden printing press, on which the master printer will demonstrate old printing techniques using hand-made paper. Take the Pletna boat, a traditional boat known only to this region, to the tiny tear-shaped island on the lake. Upon returning from the island, stop at the local patisserie and taste Bled’s famous cream cake, kremšnita. In the last 60 years they have sold as many as 12 million of these cakes - they are definitely a can't-miss and a perfect way to top off your day.

Ljubljana: House of Illusions Entrance Ticket

10. Ljubljana: House of Illusions Entrance Ticket

Ljubljana, the main place of illusions. The House of Illusions brings you a space suitable both for social and entertaining tours into the world of illusions which has delighted all generations. It’s a perfect place for new experiences and fun with friends and family and it’s unique in this part of Europe. Be brave enough to jump in an illusion created by the vortex tunnel, the first of such in this part of Europe! Vortex will drive you crazy and make you believe you’re heavily struggling just to make a step forward through a rotating cylinder – on a surface so stable and flat! Deform the image of yourself in a mirror room, set yourself free in an Infinity room, resist the laws of gravity and size ratio, and take pictures of yourself in every possible pose.

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4.6 / 5

based on 621 reviews

We visited places that we can confidently recommend to everyone. The beautiful Postojna Cave, but also the Predjama Castle, after which we did not expect too much, and surprised us very positively. A beautifully told story with an audioguide. In addition, our guide Vladimir really "made" us the whole trip. He was very nice, willing to talk about Slovenia, and with a good sense of humor. It was great to listen to. Thank you!

One of the most well run tours I’ve been on. While you pack a lot into one day, you never feel rushed. The van is premium and such a plus to be in a small group…8 max plus the guide. Our guide was savvy at crossing the boarder and helped to get little to no wait. Time of year helped with that too. Our guide was fabulous. He gave us a wonder history as we drove and had impeccable recommends for free time.

This was a great tour!! Vasja(I think that’s how you spell his name) made the day fun and memorable!! He went above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing experience!! Lake Bled, Vintgar gorge and Bohinj region are places that can’t be missed if you are visiting Ljubljana. You won’t be sorry if you take this tour and Get Your Guide has a very easy process when booking your own tour!!

I had a private tour with Milos and it was absolutely lovely! A lot of knowledge shared, history of the city, and a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Definitely recommended.

Everything was really good, our guide was helpful and really nice!