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Slovenia in One Day: Small-Group Day Trip to Lake Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Ljubljana

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Slovenia in One Day: Small-Group Day Trip to Lake Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Ljubljana

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icon10 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Discover Slovenia’s three most visited sights including Lake Bled, Predjama Castle, and Postojna Cave during a memorable small-group day trip departing from Ljubljana. Experience the serenity of Lake Bled as you cross to Bled Island on a two-oar pletna boat. Visit Bled Castle which rises high atop a cliff where amazing views can be captured and enjoy some free time. Explore the winding stairways of Predjama Castle and then observe bizarre rock formations in Postojna Cave—the second-longest cave network in the country.
  • Day trip to Lake Bled, Predjama Castle, and Postojna Cave from Ljubljana
  • Experience gorgeous Lake Bled, Bled Island, and the Julian Alps
  • Ride a pletna to Bled Island to explore and try potica cake (own expense)
  • Discover medieval Bled Castle and make the most of ample free time
  • Visit Predjama Castle, a medieval fortress built high into a cliff
  • Explore spectacular Postojna Cave to see its stalactites, stalagmites, and vast halls
  • Enjoy personalized attention from a guide on a small-group tour limited to eight people
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Central Ljubljana pickup and drop-off
Comfortable transport by air-conditioned minivan 
Professional English speaking guide 
Admission fees, meals and personal expenses.
Admission options:
Bled castle: 13 € per person
Pletna boat ride: 15 € per person
Postojna Cave & Predjama Castle combined ticket: 35-40 € per person

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8:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Adora Hotel // pedestrian zone, pick up place is Levstik square Levstikov trg 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Allegro Hotel // Pedestrian zone, pick up place is Levstik square Levstikov trg 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa // Pedestrian zone, pick up place is French revolution square Trg francoske revolucije 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Atticus B&B // Pickup place: STIC (Slovenian Tourist Information Center), Krekov trg 10 Poljanska cesta 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Celica hostel Metelkova ulica 8, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Galleria Hotel // Pedestrian zone, pickup place is Levstik square (Levstikov trg) Levstikov trg 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Grand Hotel Union // Pedestrian zone, pickup is in front of uHotel Tavčarjeva ulica 8a, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Lesar Hotel // Pedestrian zone, pickup place is Levstik square Gornji trg 7, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Levstik square Levstikov trg 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Meksiko Hotel Njegoševa cesta 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Mrak Hotel Rimska cesta 4, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Slon Best Western Premier Hotel // Limited access with vehicles, pickup place is uHotel Miklošičeva cesta 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . STIC (Slovenian Tourist Information Center), Krekov trg 10 Krekov trg 10, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia . Trg Francoske revolucije, at the obelisk Trg francoske revolucije 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia .
Meet your guide at your central Ljubljana hotel for a small-group tour of Lake Bled, Postojna Cave, and Predjama Castle. Buckle up as your air-conditioned minivan sets off for Lake Bled nestled in Slovenia’s Julian Alps.

Appreciate Slovenia’s green countryside during the drive and learn about the mixed glacial and tectonic formations of Lake Bled. Hear about Bled Island’s iconic 17th-century pilgrimage church decorated with Gothic frescos. As you wind into town through majestic peaks, notice the 11th-century Bled Castle rising high atop a stony bluff.

Next, hop aboard a wooden pletna and enjoy crystal clear waters on your cruise to the Island. Disembark and spend time roaming the Church of the Assumption of Mary (own expense) or sample local Slovenian treats at the island cafe.

After returning from the island, head up to Bled Castle to explore its restored buildings and historic walls. Enter the museum and delve into the castle’s history as you see its artifacts, armor, and weaponry. Then grab stunning panoramic views of the lakes from atop the cliff.

Enjoy more time on your own and stroll the lake stopping for lunch (own expense). Perhaps try some tasty potica, a Slovenian nut roll pastry (own expense). Then meet back up with your group for a drive to Slovenia’s most popular site—Postojna Cave. Wind along a mini-train through the second-longest cave network in the country. Then follow your guide into the creepy natural chambers and witness strange stalactites, stalagmites, and rock formations. Learn about the blind salamanders referred to as ‘human fish’ which live in the subsurface rivers.

Finally, move on to Predjama Castle. Arrive at this eerie Renaissance-era castle tucked away in the rocky cliffs of south-central Slovenia. Discover the legend of Erazem Predjama as you weave through many dark staircases into mysterious rooms.

On your way back to your hotel in Ljubljana, enjoy sharing your memorable day in Slovenia.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lake Bled
A trip to Bled, the charming Alpine resort at the very edge of the Julian Alps, must be a part of any visit to Slovenia.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bled Island
Dive in the lake tradition and ride by pletna boat to the island. Following the boat ride, you get some time to explore the little island and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding area. Optionally, you can enter the Church of the Assumption and even ring the wishing bell, which has been ringing over Lake Bled since 1534.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Bled Castle (Blejski Grad)
Visit Bled castle, perched on a sheer cliff high above Lake Bled. Visit the Bled castle museum, which gives you an insight into the history of the entire area, and admire the views of Lake Bled from several viewpoints at the castle.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Postojna Cave
Postojna Cave is the best-known cave in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world's largest Karst monuments.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Predjama Castle
The Predjama Castle reigns over the surrounding area, perched high up in a vertical cliff, not far from the Postojna cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. It is an interesting and romantic sight throughout the year: in the spring and summer its surroundings are abundant with blossoms and flowers, in the autumn it is clad in the colours of surrounding forests and it is at its most enchanting in the winter when the surrounding area is covered in snow.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.    
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Please keep in mind that there are quite a few stairs at the Bled island, Bled castle, and Predjama castle, but you would do that in a fairly slow pace.
  • Small group tour - up to 8 people per van. 
  • Warm and comfortable clothes and footwear are essential to visit the Postojna cave (temperature in the cave is 9°C / 48 Fahrenheit).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Slovenia Explorer
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Slovenia in One Day: Small-Group Day Trip to Lake Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Ljubljana?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Slovenia in One Day: Small-Group Day Trip to Lake Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Ljubljana.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Slovenia in One Day: Small-Group Day Trip to Lake Bled, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle from Ljubljana?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Also the caves are very cold so take a jumper/ coat." See review
  • "It's a long day but it's certainly worth it if you have only a weekend or so in the area around Ljubljana." See review
  • "While this trip is a long day, it is a great way to see some very different and interesting locations in Slovenia." See review

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star-5
Excellent trip with a wonderful guide
Glenn_H
, Jun 2022
Excellent trip with a wonderful guide who looked after us with great commentary along the way. She offered us great options at each location. It's a long day, but it was made to be a comfortable and highly enjoyable one. Picked up and dropped off at hotel. Highly recommended!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
A great way to see Slovenia in one day, although it is expensive and can feel a bit rushed at times.
Samuel_F
, Jun 2022
This tour was overall fantastic and we were able to see three of Slovenia's major attractions in one day (Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, and Lake Bled). Our tour guide, Nina, was very nice and helpful in getting us around to the various sites. She also gave short descriptions of each place before we arrived there. Since I was travelling solo and I did not want to rent a car, this was one of my main options to see the caves and the castle (which are not easily accessible via public transportation). My only two complains are as follows: one, the tour does not include entry to any of the sites (as advertised beforehand, so I expected this). Thus, if you pay for all the entries as I did, the total cost including lunch and the tour adds up to almost 200 Euros for the day. Two, because the tour crams three sites into one day, it can feel a bit rushed at times, especially during lunch when I had to order, eat, and pay in about 30 min. We didn't get to spend much time at Lake Bled or Bled Castle before needing to head back to Ljubljana. If you wish to spend more time at Lake Bled/Bled Castle and have a relaxing day, I recommend either renting a car or using the bus to get there and spend the entire day there. I can also recommend to the tour operators to offer an option which only includes Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle as these are the hardest to access via public transport. (If they already offer this option, please ignore this recommendation).
star-5
Brilliant Day Trip
Andrew_H
, Jun 2022
Nina was brilliant and overall an excellent tour. You don't have to do everything but I'm so pleased we did
star-5
Memorable experience
Ayibatonye_I
, Jun 2022
The trip was memorable, especially the visit to the cave. We had a very knowledgeable guide and the logistics went off without a hitch.
star-5
Awesome experience!!
Daniel_G
, May 2022
We were so pleased with this tour and our tour guide Nina. She was very informative and made the trip memorable for us. She allowed us to spend enough time at each attraction and we were even able to grab lunch. I would highly recommend this trip and Nina as your guide.
star-5
Do it! Well worth it!
Carlos_L
, May 2022
Had a fantastic ‘all day tour’ highly recommended. Be prepared to do some walking, up and down steps, etc wear comfortable shoes. We were only 6 people. Nina, our guide was great! Very patient, knowledgeable and overall caring. Good asset to ‘Slovenia Explorer’ thank you Nina! Oh have some cash/cards available. Entry to the sites are not included!!! Plus add lunch/snacks etc
star-5
Slovenia at a glance
ElianaLambrou
, May 2022
Our guide Mattei was great! He didn’t rush us on anything, allowed us time to see and enjoy everything! Generally these places are worth visiting! The only downside is that nothing is included in the price so you will need around extra €70 if you want to do everything. At least for the castle and the cave, I would have preferred to have it included in the price and then for Bled, for people to have the choice of what to do. At the beginning I was a bit disappointed that these were not included but at the end of the trip I was overall very satisfied with our guide and the whole day, so not regretting going on this day trip!
star-5
One of most spectacular and informative
Santhosh_M
, May 2022
Guide was very knowledgeable explained about history and geography neatly. Gave ample tine to explore the all sites as per tour.Gave good tips. Will recommend slovenian explorer for future trips
star-5
Must go
jorge_n
, May 2022
Wonderful day.Nina,our guide was just amazing the whole day,providing all information and attendance to ensure we would have a unbelievable day.
star-5
Great one day highlights tour!
Sabrina_D
, May 2022
Nina was an amazing guide sharing wonderful knowledge about the history of Slovenia and the attractions. All the stops are worth the admission fee. The morning at the caves and castle and the afternoon at Lake Bled, the island and Bled castle was such a treat. So many amazing photos. Definitely a great way to see a lot in a day.
star-5
Amazing day trip to explore the beauty and history of Slovenia!!
Priti_J
, May 2022
Enjoyed exploring the beautiful countryside and learning the history of Slovenia. Nina is a guide and answered all the questions asked by the fellow travellers.
star-5
Excellent day
JOHN_R
, May 2022
Very enjoyable day. The caves were a good experience although we could have gone through quicker without the guide who wasn’t particularly informative. Predjama castle was fantastic-the history of it is fascinating and it is well preserved. Bled lake is beautiful-if we’d had more time we would have walked round it. The castle was great for the views but a little disappointing as there isn’t a lot there. Our guide Domaz was brilliant-gave us lots of information about our trip but also about Slovenia in general. We would definitely recommend this trip.
star-5
The entire trip was...
Hatim_K
, May 2022
The entire trip was perfect. Gorgeous places, excellent, polite, and professional guide. Very good recommendations for the food choices.
star-5
We were a bit weary of...
Rojina_D
, May 2022
We were a bit weary of this tour because of all the comments saying that it didn't feel like a real tour and that it was just paying 'for a driver'. However, we did not feel that way. Tina was amazing and explained a lot to us as we drove from one destination to another. You do have to pay seperately for each activity but we knew that when we booked so there are not any unexoected surprises. We had a great day and would recommend it. We felt like we had enough time at the cave and the castle at bled. Thank you!
star-5
Adventure, appreciation and fun in Slovenia with Thomas our wonderful guide.
Gregg_F
, May 2022
We had only three nights in Slovenia (staying in Ljubljana) so this tour was ideal to experience these three amazing highlights in one long day, back by supper time. That left us another full day just to soak up the sights, food & culture of the capital city. First we were surprised that inside the Postojna Cave we travelled several km underground by train before starting to walk another 1.5 km with a guide. The lit-up limestone formations were magical, creating a fairy-like world.We we’re not expecting much from the visit to the castle because pictures that we had seen of the outside did not give us a hint of the fabulous audio-guided tour of this historical wonder. Finally Lake Bled with the church in the island was just as beautiful as we had imagined from photos and we relished the opportunity to relax and enjoy it from close-up, from another castle and from the boat. Thomas our guide was fun, knowledgeable and expert at answering our many questions. He ensured that our group that day got to know each other. It was a great day of adventure and fun.
star-4
Enjoyable day out
Lyndsey_J
, Apr 2022
The caves are definitely a sight to be seen, a great part of the trip. And Bled is beautiful to visit. Sanda was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable.
star-2
See these sights! Just book a different company
Kayla_G
, Apr 2022
The sites visited were magnificent and worth five stars… The reason for my poor rating was the tour company I was with: Slovenia Explorer. I paid more than $100 USD, pretty much for a driver. I knew that I’d have to pay for entry tickets to sites on my own along the way… not a problem; however, my frustration is that the trip is expensive for what happened, falsely advertised, and misleading in its description. The VIATOR website states, “Enjoy personalized attention from a guide.” And the Slovenia Explorers website for this tour states, “Our passionate and knowledgable guides can dedicate their time and attention to each traveller.” THIS WAS a self-guided tour. Now, my “guide” Sanda was perfectly nice and she tried to use some humour and shared some interesting facts on our drive down to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. But for example, the van was not well equipped for sightseeing, making it difficult to see or capture anything when she said, “and look to the right.” Secondly, she did not go into ANY site with us, stating that it’s self-guided and self-explanatory. If that’s your thing, then great! But I paid for GUIDED TOUR and this need has always been satisfied and met when booking with VIATOR. The Postojna caves were so unique and cool to stare at… would have loved to learn meaningful information along the way. There was a man working there in an orange jacket, shouting facts in English like six times along the way… info that was disjointed and if you weren’t close to him, there was no connection between what you were seeing and experiencing — again, I purposely planned to Be on a Tour, and this was anything but. The Predjama Castle was fascinating to walk through- they seemed to upgrade for tourists by having ear pieces in different languages, highlighting things as you walked through different rooms… but it was pretty bare bones basic. Again, it would have been beneficial to walk through with an actual guide. Another misleading element is that our group was informed half way through, that we’d be driving BACK into Ljubljana to drop off two people, and then pick up another two, before heading to Lake Bled. I get that the company may be trying to pack in as many visitors and trips as possible, but this put a dent in our time with more wasted driving and stopping and was not advertised. It also did not allow for group time to walk around Lake Bled… as in, the biggest reason to even go there (in my opinion). This is not the fault of any guest who booked a half or full day trip (and isn’t aware of behind the scenes), but instead, it’s a misguided choice by the company. By our last site visited, Lake Bled, I was so frustrated with the lack of attention or care for this tour, that I decided to forgo the Pletna Boat ride island (a waste of time and money, a decision I stand by!) and I personally walked around more than a quarter of Lake Bled, taking some of my best pictures… IT IS BEYOND ME that walking around the Lake wouldn’t be worked into such a long trip! Glad I listened to my gut. Lastly, I think the guide picked up on my frustration of time and her lack of presence, so she actually walked us up to the Bled Castle, and spent five minutes telling us what we should visit while up there. Every one was so exhausted as the trip had gone later at this point, that we all opted just to drive back to Ljubalana… a morning that started at 8am and ended just before 7pm. *I recommend getting the Bled Cream Cake (Cremschnitz) at the Bled castle! I have mostly loved and relied on booking with VIATOR and will continue to do so — but I WOULD NOT travel again with Slovenia Explorers… $107 USD is not worth it for just a driver, a lack of personalized guide time, and still having to pay for every entrance fee yourself — Check the company you end up picking, when you book! To end— visiting Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, and Lake Bleds are musts while traveling in this region; Make sure you walk around Lake Bled! -Kayla
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Was a good experience,...
Brandon_B
, Apr 2022
Was a good experience, guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and answered a lot of questions regarding a wide range of topics on Slovenia history, culture, etc; however, as stated it does not include the entrance to anything and you must pay separately.
star-5
Great day.
Stephanie_P
, Apr 2022
My son, who lives in Italy, had a few days off unexpectedly from work and decided to travel to Slovenia. I met him there and was able to join his tour. Communication was excellent through emails trying to coordinate being on the same tour and changing pick up location due to lodging change. It was a very rainy day, but it didn’t derail any plans. If anything, it added to the memories and the experience of visiting medieval castles and imagining the uncomfortable conditions of life. Nina was our guide and she was outstanding. She was kind, thorough, knowledgeable, personable and an excellent driver. She was always waiting with umbrellas and helping everyone get in as dry as possible. She’s an absolute professional.
star-5
A tour you should take if you want to visit the must-see places of Slovenia!
Melanie_P
, Jan 2022
We spent our day with our guide Nina and we enjoyed every minute!In just a day you can see the must-see places of Slovenia (opened in January) and learn everything not just for them but for all the history of Slovenia. We even had a tour in Ljubljiana the next day and most of the information given, we had already got it from Nina the day before. We definitely recommend this tour and the amazing Slovenia!!

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