Slovenia Family Holiday with Teenagers

Slovenia Family Holiday with Teenagers

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Description

Discover the fairytale wonder of Slovenia on this thrilling family adventure, complete with sparkling emerald lakes, island churches and fascinating castles just waiting to be explored. Get to know the pretty town of Ljubljana before transfering to the lakeside town of Bohinj – your base for the rest of the trip. See the Savica Waterfall, then take a cable car ride up Mt Vogel to a fantastic view of the pristine alpine surrounds. Unwind in the pools, saunas and salt room of Bohinj Aquapark. Tour the extensive network of Postojna Caves and find a 16th-century chest full of treasure at Predjama Castle. Get active in Triglav National Park, hiking, swimming beneath waterfalls and chasing a thrill on an optional whitewater rafting adventure. This trip balances relaxation with adventure, and is bound to impress, both you and your teenagers.

Trip Name
Slovenia Family Holiday with Teenagers
Last Updated
2019-07-19
Days
8
Capacity
16
Highlights
  • Famous for its fairytale-like surrounds – including an emerald-green lake with a church in its middle and a cliff-top, medieval castle – Bled is a joy to explore. It also produces a delicious cream cake – make sure to try it.
  • Walk the Vintgar Gorge on trails that lead over wooden bridges, past impossibly beautiful blue-green pools. The scenery is breathtaking.
  • From the top of Mt Vogel, hike along lush trails, looking down to the valley where deep green forest meets the endless blue of the glacial Lake Bohinj.
  • Discover the incredible alpine scenery of Triglav National Park. An optional rafting adventure over the rapids, gates and pools of Soca River is bound to be a trip highlight.
  • Explore the wonderfully impressive cave network that makes up the Postojan Caves, then discover Predjama Castle – built into the mouth of a cavern halfway up a cliff wall – and its fascinating features. 

Itinerary

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.

Day 1 - Ljubljana
Located in the centre of Slovenia, Ljubljana is a city full of style and sophistication, history and monuments, churches and museums, any many great restaurants. Meet your tour leader and the other families in your travel group at a 5 pm welcome meeting. Continue the introductions over your first Slovenian dinner with your fellow family travellers (optional at your own expense). If you arrive with time to spare, you may want to get acquainted with this beautiful city on a stroll around its pedestrian-only city centre and the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River. Crowned the Green Capital of Europe by the European Commission, Ljubljana is also renowned for its beautiful bridges, architectural style and lamp-lit streets.
Day 2 - Bohinj
Start the day with an included breakfast, fuelling up for the long day of sightseeing and exploration. Let your leader show you around the city on an orientation walk, taking in the pedestrian have of the Old Town and its three squares. Stop at Preseren Square, dedicated to the Slovenian romantic poet, France Preseren. Flanked by a magnificent Franciscan church with a pink facade on one side and a bronze statue of Preseren on the other, with views of the Triple Bridge and Ljubljana Castle just beyond, you’ll feel like you’ve walked right into a scene from a postcard. Afterwards, travel by private minivan to Bled. With its mountainous backdrop, gorgeous lake and impressive cliff-top castle, Bled is the definition of scenic. Stretch your legs on an hour-long orientation walk. A visit to Bled isn’t complete without a visit to Bled Castle, so make the 15-minute walk to the castle set among the impossibly green pine and birch trees. Later, perhaps get your fill of culinary delights too with an optional lunch and tasting of Bled cream cake. Continue to Bohinj, stopping en route at the Blejski Vintgar Gorge, which is flanked by steep slopes overgrown with beech forests. Take a walk around the gorge on a trail that leads over wooden bridges and viewing galleries. Afterwards, continue to Bohinj, your base for the rest of the trip.
Day 3 - Bohinj
Spend the day among the gorgeous Slovenian woods in Triglav National Park, arriving by public transport and beginning with a 15-minute stroll to Savica Waterfall. See the frothy cascade that bursts from between moss-covered rock, flowing into a clear pool. After taking time to admire the pristine surrounds, continue to Mt Vogel, rising to lofty heights by cable car for incredible views over the valleys below. Have lunch at a typical Slovenian mountain cottage, enjoying a meal in rustic surrounds. Make the return descent by cable car and continue to Aquapark Bohinj, a water park with multiple pools, water slides, saunas and hot tubs. It’s the perfect place to while away the afternoon, with plenty to keep kids young and old entertained while you sit back and relax. Return to accommodation in Bohinj for a free evening. Perhaps ask your leader for recommendations on where to get hearty local fare for dinner – the area is known for its trout.
Day 4 - Bohinj
Your day is as clear as the alpine air, with plenty of optional activities on offer for families that want to stay active or sightsee. The lake that the Bohinj region is named for is famously beautiful – why not take in vistas of calm blue water flanked by forest and mountains on a boat ride around the water. After something to get the heart pumping? Nearby Bohinj Adrenaline Park offers guided high-ropes courses and a giant swing. Be aware children must be over 150 cm to participate in activities at the Adrenaline Park, and it is not appropriate for people with a fear of heights. There will also be the opportunity to make a day trip to Bled, so if you wish to spend some more time in this charming town with your family you can do so. Of course, there’s always the opportunity to simply explore the area around Bohinj at you own speed, with plenty of walking trails to choose from.
Day 5 - Bohinj
After an included breakfast, head to the Postojna Caves. This wonderfully impressive cave network is the second longest cave system in Slovenia and is without a doubt one of the most impressive cave systems in the world. It's 24 kilometres of passages, galleries and magnificent halls offers a unique view of the underground world. We explore this magnificent cave via train. The temperature in the caves is a cool 8 to 10 degrees Celsius so dress appropriately. Afterwards, continue to Predjama Castle. Built into the mouth of a cavern in the middle of a 123-metre (403-foot) cliff, Predjama is an engineering marvel and undoubtedly one of Europe’s most spectacular castles. It’s also filled with fascinating features that are bound to impress your teens, such holes in the ceiling of the entrance tower to pour boiling oil on intruders, secret passages and a 16th-century chest full of treasure.
Day 6 - Bohinj
Today you have a free day we suggest you spent the day in Bled for another active morning on the lake. Before arrival, your leader will discuss the optional activities on offer: stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking. or simply explore Bled as you please. Take a scenic 6-kilometre walk around the lake, passing some impressive villas, mostly from the beginning of the 19th-century, including the former residence of Josip Tito. Grajska Plaza (Castle Beach) is found directly underneath the castle, and provides an excellent starting point for your own exploration in the afternoon. If you didn’t previously, maybe head to the 100-metre (330-foot) high cliff-top castle. Dating from the 11th-century, the views from Old Bled Castle are nothing short of spectacular – take in the lake with the island and the southern foothills of the Alps. Even better views are to be had from Little Osojnica Hill. Or take a Pletna boat ride (a wooden, awning-covered boat rowed by a special oarsman) to the island on Lake Bled – climb up the 99 steps to St Mary's Church and ring the wishing bell.
Day 7 - Bohinj
After fuelling up at breakfast, the group will head out for a rafting adventure on the Sava  River. A nice river trip that is suitable for everyone. The rapids are II & II class rapids, which will be easy for first time rafters. You will spend 1-1.5hrs on the river to enjoy the fun and scenery. All equipment is included, just bring your swimsuits and let the fun begin!
Day 8 - Bohinj
Your Slovenian adventure comes to an end today after breakfast. There are no activities planned today. We can provide departure transfers for those wishing to head back to Ljubljana Airport (on request and for an additional cost).

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Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Transport

Minivan

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