FRIDAY | We will meet our leader at 6.30 p.m. for our direct Air Malta flight to Ljubljana departing at 8.35 p.m. On arrival at 10.40 p.m., we proceed to our 3 star central Hotel Krim in Bled and check into our rooms.
SATURDAY | This morning we go on an optional full day excursion to visit Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. This friendly city has a baroque section of the old town, with narrow cobbled streets nestled between the castle slopes and the river Ljubljanica. Particular highlights of the old town include the Cathedral of St Nikolai, the city hall, the three bridges and the open market. After the guided tour, we will take a boat ride (included) on the River Ljubljanica to admire the city from the river banks.
SUNDAY | An enjoyable full day optional excursion is planned to visit Kranjska Gora. Set near the borders with Austria and Italy, this winter and summer tourist resort touches Triglav National Park. The picturesque village still retains its identity and it is fun to make use of the cable chairs up on the mountain (extra).
MONDAY | We start with an optional full day excursion to explore the town of Bled, known as the pearl of the Slovenian Alpine region due to its emerald-green lake, with the small church on the island of the lake and the medieval castle on a cliff above the lake. We visit Bled Castle (extra) and then proceed to Bohinj, the largest glacier lake in Slovenia, situated in the region of the Julian Alps. We will take a cable car (extra) up to Mount Vogel and admire the stupendous view till we reach the summit. After this experience we will have time to relax by the side of the peaceful Bohinj Lake.
TUESDAY | On our full day optional excursion we cross over to Italy driving towards the medieval village of beautiful Venzone in the Friulian region. This village is synonymous for its lavender. Venzone was almost completely destroyed in the seventies due to an earthquake and it was reconstructed stone by stone. We then proceed to the foot of Monte Lussari where we can take a cable car (extra – weather permitting). Monte Lussari is famous with pilgrims due to the tradition related to the discovery of a statue of Mary with Baby Jesus.
WEDNESDAY | We board our coach for a full day optional excursion and cross over to Austria visiting two beautiful towns - Villach, a small town with roots going back to Roman times, and Klagenfurt, one of Austria’s prettiest old towns. Klagenfurt was awarded the prestigious Europa Nostra Diploma for its restored arcaded Renaissance courtyards. The Neuer Platz is dominated by the Lindwurm, a winged dragon which is the emblem of the city and was modelled on the dragon of legend, said to have resided in a swamp here long ago.
THURSDAY | Today we will go on an optional full day excursion in the area of Novo Mesto visiting a traditional farm famous for its Cvicek wine as well as a peaceful ride on the Krka river on a large traditional raft. The farm is a 150 years old country house which was restored and refurbished in the traditional way. We will be welcomed with a tasting of home-made bread, salami sausage and local wine. The rafting experience, meandering under four main bridges takes us to the main sights around this beautiful river while being entertained with live music on board! We will also have free time in Novo Mesto village to do some personal sight-seeing.
FRIDAY | Our last full day optional excursion takes us to Postojna and Predjama. Postojna caves (entrance extra) are amongst the largest in the world. There are 22 kilometres of amazing stalactite and stalagmite structures. An electric train will take us into the caves and then a guide will walk us through the most dramatic parts of the caves. We will also visit Predjama Castle (entrance extra), a unique structure in Gothic style built right in the mountains under a natural rocky arch. We will return to our hotel. Check out of rooms is at noon. Dinner will be served at 6.00 p.m. followed by departure to Ljubljana Airport for our Air Malta flight departing at 11.25 p.m. and arriving in Malta at 01.30 a.m., early Saturday morning.