Christmas Time In Slovenia
Duration: 3 nights
Prices include: Flights Transfers
Holiday At A Glance
- Based on 3 nights
- Includes flights
- Includes transfers
- Includes Christmas experiences
Discover the magic of Christmas on a fairy-tale break to Slovenia
Admire this colourful treasure trove of architecture that Ljubljana offers, and stroll along the cobbled alleys of the Old Town, oozing in Christmas spirit and good vibes. Add in a pinch of crispness in the air and a myriad of free, open-air concerts and other events in Ljubljana’s main public squares, and you’ve got yourself a fairytale!
The charm is in full swing on December 1st already, when all the lights are switched on simultaneously, and the Festive Fair made up of Christmas stalls decked with goodies and other surprises are fully operating.
On arrival at the airport, you will see snow sprinkled on the chocolate box pretty mountains. You may be lucky enough to have snowfall in Ljublijana or if not when you visit Lake Bled you will most certainly get a chance to see snow on the mountains. That lacing of snow makes all the difference and you will feel like you are walking around inside a Christmas card rather than just sending them and dreaming of distant snow.
Embrace Slovenian tradition and attend Saint Nicolas Fair (Dec. 3rd – Dec. 6th) and witness Saint Nicolas Procession (Dec. 5th) where he and his assembly of devils and angels will be gifting children with fruit, biscuits and sweets. Fun and traditional for young and for the young at heart.
December also sees a tempting array of festive treats appear on menus and at food stalls. The sweet-toothed will love the rolled dough potica cake, a seasonal gem found in all 24 of Slovenia’s gastronomic regions with everyone doing their own take. Tasty cakes and bountiful biscuits overflow from the Christmas market stalls too. Pork is popular as a festive dish throughout the country, again served in myriad ways, from slow-cooked roasts to chunky sausages.
We can also offer an itinerary without the added extras if you want to do your own exploring, just ask our team of travel experts.
Meet & Greet at the Ljubljana Airport (LJU)
Your private driver will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the Airport with your name board.Check in at your Hotel for your overnight stay in the hotel.
Start your day with a great breakfast.
Meet Your Guide at the Hotel Lobby for a day of private tours including:
The Best of Ljubljana Old Town Walk
During the tour you will see most of Ljubljana's main attractions. The guide will explain you Ljubljana's history and show you some of the nicest corners of Slovenia's capital: The Town Hall, a walking tour of Plečnik's architectural masterpieces, Križanke open-air theatre, the Napoleon monument, Central Food market, Prešeren square, Congress Square, the Triple Bridge, the Dragon Bridge and other. The old city centre of Ljubljana is remarkable for its unique architecture designed by Baroque and Art Nouveau masters and, above all, the architect Jože Plečnik.
Visit to Ljubljana Castle
You will take the funicular ride and ascend to the castle. Ljubljana's most prominent landmark is Ljubljana Castle, which has undergone numerous changes over its rich and dynamic history. In the company of a guide, you can take a virtual tour called Virtual Castle, visit the Outlook Tower and the castle's prison, and can view the exhibition Slovenian History. Your guide will also take you around other parts of the castle and show you an early 19th century well with a wooden treadwheel crane for hoisting water, which is still operational today. This is a wonderful opportunity for photo enthusiasts, as it offers magnificent panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.
Lunch at Ljubljana Castle Restaurant
Ljubljana castle's new restaurants overlooks the city from a grand position. A combination of the Roman Emona, Medieval and modern in terms of both cuisine and ambiance; the menu was created with the help of top ethnology professor Dr. Janez Bogataj.
Historically reminiscent dishes of slick gourmet modernity are crafted with ingredients from Ljubljana's famed market.
Free Time for Leisure
Boat Ride on Ljubljanica River - 30 min Christmas time ride when the lights are on
No trip to Ljubljana is complete without taking a water-based tour, and the handmade wooden boat operated by the young team at Laker Craft is definitely the most inviting of all the crafts plying the waters of Ljubljanica river. A ride lasts just under an hour and covers the majority of the old town's major sights from a unique vantage point. The 10m flat-bottomed vessel is constructed of solid larch and oak wood and can host up to 50 people at a time.
Ljubljana Christmas Tour
Ecstatic about Christmas markets, architecture that blends in and stands out, and the sweet winter scents that bring back childhood memories? If so, Ljubljana combines all these into a remarkable Christmas experience. Dolled up with twinkling lights and charming wooden chalets filled with souvenirs, ornaments, hot mulled wine and sweets, Ljubljana transforms into one of the most enchanting and festive cities for the entire month of December.
• Feel the Christmas spirit in lively Ljubljana
• Get acquainted with traditional holidays and customs
• Attend a free open-air festival or any other event
• Taste delicious sweets and mulled wine
• Buy hand-made souvenirs
Free Evening for Leisure
Meet Your Guide at the Hotel Lobby for a Private Transfer to Lake Bohinj.
Bohinj is a part of the breathtaking Julian Alps and lies in Triglav National Park. On one side, it is enclosed by the Lower Bohinj Mountains, which rise to 2.000 meters, and on the other by the Triglav mountain range with Mount Triglav as Slovenia`s highest mountain (2864 m). Bohinj is divided into two parts – the Upper and the Lower Bohinj valley. There are twenty-four villages in these two valleys. It is an ideal starting point for daytime adventures, such as mountaineering and climbing tours and walks on the winding trails that run throughout the valley. It offers great options and opportunities for rest and relaxation in all seasons. In winter, the valley becomes a winter sports center, while during summer, the most beautiful pearl of the valley, Lake Bohinj along with Sava Bohinjka, invite outdoorsmen to spend an active day in nature.
Vogel Mountain Cable Car Ride with Homemade Lunch
Vogel lies within the Triglav National Park, at the head of Bohinj Valley. The Vogel cable car will take you to the upper cable car station at a height of more than 1,500 meters above sea level. Enjoy the harmonious colours, the picture- postcard views and the abundance of opportunities for active holidays in the mountains. Favourable snow conditions make Vogel the perfect destination for skiing on natural snow, sometimes for as long as six months – from November to May. And in other seasons, Vogel offers scenic rides and convenient starting points for mountain hiking tours.
Private Transfer to Lake Bled
The stunning location of Lake Bled, surrounded by the Alps, has attracted visitors throughout the centuries.
Taste the Famous Bled Cream Cake
The original Bled cream cake is a recognisable feature of Bled that you simply must try when you come here. Despite being 60 years old, this sweet lady remains eternally fresh and youthful in its flavour.
Private “Pletna” Boat Ride to Bled Island
Take a trip across the lake in the traditional Pletna boat and breathe in the atmosphere. You will experience a private boat ride to the island of Bled. Just you, the oarsman and tranquility all around.
Visit to Bled Castle – Bled Castle
The mighty Bled Castle offers the finest views of Bled island, the town of Bled and the wider countryside of Upper Carniola region. If you want to get a glimpse Bled's history, culture and people, visit the Bled Castle Museum. Get familiar with the traditional manual technological procedures of printing in the castle’s printing shop.
Why not order a small bottle of wine in the castle’s cellar? Restore your health with natural products from the herbal gallery and recover your strength in the castle’s restaurant and then visit the multi vision museum. In the summer months, the castle’s atmosphere is enlivened by the count’s visit and an archery tournament.
Private Transfer to Ljubljana
It's time to hit the road and discover the European Green Capital 2016, Ljubljana!
Free Evening for Leisure
Overnight in the Hotel
Start your day with a great breakfast.
Free Time for Leisure and Christmas shopping.
Private Transfer to Ljubljana (LJU) Airport for your flight home.
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