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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.

Ljubljana: City Highlights Walking Tour and River Cruise

2. Ljubljana: City Highlights Walking Tour and River Cruise

Take a cruise along the Ljubljanica river and walk around the historical city center and get to know the most important sight of the city. The tour, beginning in front of the Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre, takes you on a tourist boat ride on the river Ljubljanica, giving you the opportunity to experience the old city center's picturesque bridges, façades, and embankments from a completely different perspective. After the boat ride, you will take a walking tour of the historical city centre, whose unique architecture is the legacy of the Baroque and Art Nouveau periods. Explore the works of the famous 20th-century architect Jože Plečnik.

3.5-Hour Ljubljana Food & Wine Tour

3. 3.5-Hour Ljubljana Food & Wine Tour

This Ljubljana food tour will take you through the old Ljubljana town. During a 3-4 hour guided slowly paced walk you will learn about the city, stories of the people, architecture, the history of Slovenian nation and of course - local and national gastronomy. 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 society of Slovenia and 4 sorts of wine.You will also familiarize yourself with historical Ljubljana and hearing 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 then some of the fellow citizens. 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: House of Illusions Entrance Ticket

4. 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.

From Ljubljana: Lake Bled and Bohinj Trip with Vintgar Gorge

5. 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.

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.'

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

7. 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.

Ljubljana: 3–Hour Bike Cruise

8. Ljubljana: 3–Hour Bike Cruise

Hop onto a comfortable, fat-tire, stylish beach cruiser bicycle and enjoy Ljubljana from a different perspective. Meet your group in front of Hotel Cubo and pick up your bike. Explore the lively capital on two wheels to see interesting places outside of the pedestrian city center, such as the beautiful Ljubljanica River embankments, abandoned military objects and beautifully arranged lush green park areas. Enjoy cycling on the easy and smooth Ljubljana flat terrains. Cruise through the city’s hidden narrow streets, stop to see the major attractions, explore the Roman remains and architectural wonders scattered all over the city. Visit some of the most interesting districts of Ljubljana and have fun discovering different vibes as you wander the paths that only locals know about. For the cherry on top of your tour, head out for a drink in the center to soak up Ljubljana’s vibrant atmosphere at the end of your tour.

Ljubljana: Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Performance

9. 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: Trip to Lake Bled and Bled Castle

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 621 reviews

This was our intro to Ljubljana and Slovenia. We had been in the country less than two hours before we joined Jasmina on a Food & Wine Tour. She gave great information about the history and geography of the country, as well as wonderful commentary on the food and wine. The restaurants selected really gave us a nice variety of local offerings. Our only complaint was that the group was a bit too large and being indoors post-Covid with that many people was a bit uncomfortable,

This tour was absolutely worth it and one of our favorite day trips during our time in Slovenia. Great value for the money! The cave system is fascinating and nothing like we've ever seen before. The medieval castle in the cliff is impressive. Fun fact: Jackie Chan's movie Armour of God (1986) was filmed here as well as scenes of the next season of The Witcher.

I was travelling to the lakes with Vasja. He was so kind, polite, fun and hospitable. On top of that the places themselves are just stunning and fascinating. I would definitely recommend this tour and exactly with Vasja-he would make the adventure even more memorable!

Don’t miss this fun activity in Ljubljana. You’ll walk away with new perspectives and some cool pictures. Great for families with kids and anyone who’s interested in graphic design or psychology. Friendly and helpful staff!

Very well organized. Guide was knowledgeable and very articulate.