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How to Spend 3 Days in Ljubljana

How to Spend 3 Days in Ljubljana

Ljubljana is ideally situated for exploring further afield in Slovenia and with three days, there’s time to take in all highlights, immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine, and enjoy a day trip out of the city. Here are some ideas for how to spend three days in Slovenia.   

Day 1: Sightseeing in the City

Ljubljana is a city best explored on foot, so start your trip with a walking tour of the Old Town. Walking tours focus on a myriad of themes, allowing you to choose one that suits your interests; you can  admire Art Nouveau architecture by local architect Jože Plečnik; taste Slovenian specialties on a food tour; or customize a personalized itinerary on a private tour.

Must-see landmarks include the Dragon Bridge, the Cathedral of St Nicholas, and the Central Market, where you can sample Slovene specialties such asstruklji pastries, regional cheeses, and wines. After lunch, ride the funicular up to Ljubljana Castle to visit the Museum of Slovene History and admire the city from above. Book your tickets in advance to avoid the lines.  

Spend the evening on a sightseeing cruise of the Ljubljanica River or opt for a traditional Slovenian show and dinner.

Day 2: Castles and Countryside

Swap the city for the Slovenian countryside on a day trip from Ljubljana. To maximize your time, choose one that visits multiple destinations in one day and includes hotel pickup for a hassle-free experience.

A visit to the mountain town of Bled, popular for its fairy-tale castle and boat cruises around Lake Bled, can be combined with a hike through the Vintgar Gorge or Triglav National Park. ` Day trips often couple a tour of the clifftop Predjama Castle with an underground train ride through the Postojna Caves. Nearby, the UNESCO-listed Škocjan caves are one of the country’s most impressive natural wonders; tours tend to combine this with a visit to the seaside town of Piran, located on the Adriatic coast. For a complete change of pace, you could even hop over the border and spend the day in Venice. 

Day 3: Parks and Museums

Spend the morning checking out some of Ljubljana’s many museums, which include the Slovene Ethnographic Museum and the Slovene Museum of Natural History. The Jože Plečnik exhibition at the Architecture Museum of Ljubljana showcases the works of the celebrated architect while the National Gallery has an array of works by distinguished local artists. For a fun alternative, the Museum of Illusions is a favorite with kids and provides plenty of Instagram-worthy photo ops; book your tickets in advance to save time. 

Devote the afternoon to Tivoli Park, where you can check out the grand Tivoli Mansion and visit Ljubljana Zoo. Walkers can enjoy a network of short trails but the best way to get around is by hiring a bike. 

Toast your final evening in Ljubljana by checking out the city’s nightlife on a pub crawl, which introduces you to the best bars, pubs, and nightclubs.

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Bled Lake Adventure Day Trip from Ljubljana

Bled Lake Adventure Day Trip from Ljubljana

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Surround yourself with the natural landscape of Slovenia on this 6-hour trip to Lake Bled. Visit the Church of the Assumption, Bled Island, and Vintgar Gorge. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Ljubljana, entrance fees, and boat rental fee included. Travel with a small group of just eight people, which ensures personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere.
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  • 6 hours
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Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle Tour from Ljubljana

Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle Tour from Ljubljana

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Explore the fascinating network of subsurface caves during a guided tour of the Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle, leaving from Ljubljana. As you enter the two-million-year-old caves aboard a mini-train, learn about why this is one of Slovenia’s most popular attractions. Walk with your guide and witness bizarre stalactites, stalagmites, and other rock formations that make up the 13-mile-long (21 km) system of underground caves. Also venture to the enchanting Predjama Castle, a famous castle that still clings to Slovenia’s limestone cliffs.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Top Ljubljana Foods culinary walking - small group - trip

Top Ljubljana Foods culinary walking - small group - trip

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Taste your way through Slovenia’s savory capital on this small-group food tour through Ljubljana. Taste nine national specialties as you explore the city on foot with your expert guide. No traditional meal would be complete without trying some Slovenian wine, so you try plenty of that as well. Between bites, learn about Ljubljana’s fascinating architectural and cultural history. Groups are no more than 15 people, to ensure a personalized experience.
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  • 4 hours
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Venice full day - small group - trip from Ljubljana

Venice full day - small group - trip from Ljubljana

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Journey from Slovenia to Venice on this small-group, full-day trip departing from Ljubljana. After arriving by shuttle, explore Venice’s enchanting mazes and hidden gems. Linger in front of quaint storefronts and iconic plazas as you soak up the enchanting sites. People watch at St. Mark’s Square, stroll through charming side streets, and discover why Venice is one of Europe’s most-loved cities. The group is limited to 15 people to ensure a quality experience.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Show

Traditional Slovenian Dinner and Show

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Experience the delightful culture of Ljubljana during a traditional supper and folk dance event. The capital of Slovenia is the country's epicenter of culture and it shows. Sit back and enjoy an expressive folk dance show original to the region. Indulge in customary foods, savor local wine and play traditional games. After filling up on Slovenian folklore, you will receive a memorable gift as you depart.
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  • 2 hours
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Skocjan Caves and Piran Private Day Trip from Ljubljana

Skocjan Caves and Piran Private Day Trip from Ljubljana

Experience a day in Slovenia you’ll never forget with this private full-day tour of the Skocjan Caves and Piran from Ljubljana. Your expert local guide will pick you up from your total and take you to the world-famous Skocjan caves, which are UNESCO-listed and form the base of the Reka river. You’ll spend two hours wandering through the caves with a professional guide before continuing on to the seaside town of Piran, the oldest seaport in the country. Wander through the town’s narrow streets and enjoy a cup of cappuccino. You’ll make a short stop in Portorož before returning to Ljubljana.
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  • 8 hours
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Best of Ljubljana, Classical walking tour of Capital city

Best of Ljubljana, Classical walking tour of Capital city

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Go on an in-depth exploration of Ljubljana with a guide on this walking tour. Set out with your small group and stroll the city’s scenic streets. As you walk, learn about Ljubljana’s history from your guide. Visit the Dragon Bridge, the Triple Bridge, Ljubljana Open Market, the Cathedral, and more.
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  • 2 hours
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Ljubljana Winter Christmas Market Tour with Mulled Wine

Ljubljana Winter Christmas Market Tour with Mulled Wine

Ljubljana is at its most magical at Christmas time, when colorful lights, dusty snow, and the aroma of mulled wine abounds. Take an enchanting journey through Ljubljana’s Old Town and Christmas markets, stopping to sample mulled wine and local delicacies. Tick off must-see sights such as Preseren Square, Triple Bridge, and Ljubljana Castle, and learn about Slovenia’s history from your guide. On this small-group tour, limited to 12 people, drinks and snacks are included.
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  • 3 hours
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