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Overview

Slovenia is a tiny country, about half the size of Switzerland, blessed with natural beauty, rich culture, a picturesque coastline and plenty of adventure in its national parks. Situated in the heart of Europe, it's perfectly placed between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. A little green gem, with half its surface area covered in ancient forests, it's home to abundant wildlife and is a mecca for adventurous travellers.

There are more than 11,000 karst caves to explore, emerald green rivers and lakes for swimming and kayaking, the majestic Julian Alps to climb and plenty of opportunity to spot bears in the forests. Slovenia is also a fantastic foodie place to visit as well as the first country in the world to be declared a green destination based on the Green Destinations Criteria. 

Lake Bled is the jewel of the Julian Alps, home to the country's only island with its legendary tales and tiny baroque church. Reach the island on a traditional wooden boat, called a pletna, then climb 99 stone steps to reach the church - listen to the bell and ring it yourself - legend has it this will make your wishes come true. One of the most stunning views of the lake, its island and the surrounding peaks is from the 12th century castle perched on the lake-side cliffs.

For up close and personal sighting of bears head to the forests in the Notranjska and Koevska Regions. These forests are home to over 400 bears that are also part of a much wider European Dinaric population. This area has protected status under Natura 2000 and is in close proximity to the Notranjska Regional Park and Risnjak National Park. These forests are also home to lynx, wolf, Ural owls and the three-toed woodpecker.

Ljubljana, Slovenia's compact and sophisticated capital, is full of incredible Baroque and Habsburg buildings and is a great place to visit before or after a safari trip. Stay a couple of extra nights to explore the old city, visit the concert halls or take a guided food tour.

 

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Quick Facts - Slovenia

Travel Seasons

  • Jun - Aug - High Season. It's the middle of the summer season, mostly sunny with some occasional rain. Crowds flock to Ljubljana and the coast so pre-booking is essential. There's a great summer, party atmosphere throughout the country. 
  • Apr - May, Sep - Oct - Shoulder Season. The weather is sunny and dry, prices are reduced in many hotels, its the best time for hiking - September is ideal for climbing Mt Triglav - and rafting is great by late May.
  • Nov - Mar - Low Season. The ski season runs from mid-December to March/April. Smaller towns and attractions shut down or have limited hours. Christmas to New Year can be a busy period. 


General Info

  • Currency - Euro
  • Languages - Slovenian, English
  • Population - 2,065,895 (2017 estimate)
  • Slovenia covers an area of 20 273 sq kms – about half the size of Switzerland


Health and Safety

  • Travel insurance is essential for all international travel. Click below to find out more:



  • The CDC recommends the following vaccinations for Slovenia: hepatitis A. Check with your doctor which other vaccinations you might need and make sure your routine vaccinations are all up-to-date .


Tourist Information

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Wildlife including bears
  • Spectacular landscapes
  • Architectural treasures
  • Europe's best kept secret - fewer tourists

 Cons

  • Not your typical safari experience
  • Pre-booking during peak summer (and Christmas) is essential in popular areas 

Travel Info

Arriving in Slovenia

  • Slovenia’s main international airport is Ljubljana Joze Punik Airport, 27km north of Ljubljana

Getting Around

  • There are good bus and train links around the country and connecting to neighbouring countries
  • Most itineraries will include all transport

Visas

  • Visas are generally not required for stays up to 90 days. Some nationalities will need a valid EU Schengen visa - check before you travel - Slovenia Visas >>

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