Exploring the Breathtaking Solcava Panoramic Road in Slovenia

Exploring the Breathtaking Solcava Panoramic Road in Slovenia

Our one week in Slovenia started with the exploring Upper Savinja region, located almost on the border with Austria. While the stunning Logar Valley is considered to be the most attractive location to visit in the region, there are many others attraction worth discovering. The breathtaking Solcava Panoramic Road is certainly one of them.

Solcava Panoramic Road is a unique way of discovering the most significant natural and cultural heritage points in Solcava region, along with admiring the breathtaking views of the Alpine peaks and astonishing valleys beneath them. 

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Where to stay in Solcava?

The road starts and ends in a picturesque village of Solcava, which we chose to be our base as long as we explored the region. We booked a room in a traditional tourist farm Štiftar in the outskirts of the village and we enjoyed every moment! 

The hosts were working mornings and they were not able to prepare the breakfast, so we got upgraded to the apartment with a small kitchen. It was a lovely gesture which allowed us to have a healthy, proper breakfast and ensure we had enough energy for all day hiking.

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Discover Solcava Panoramic Road

In the center of Solcava village, there is a crossroad with a sign for the Panoramic Road. If you observe well, you will notice a panel decorated with dragons right before you turn. The dragons are the symbol of the road so as long you are seeing them, you are on the right way. 

The road is passing by the highland farms producing everything on their own. You can stop by and try the whole variety of authentic and organic produce like milk, cheese, and jams.

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Along the trail, you are following the story of Kristof, the shepherd boy from Solcava who is trying to find his lost sheep, asking the good people along the road for their help, as well as the young dragon Lintver. I’m not going to tell you the story about young Kristof and Lintver, but you should know it is a story about the relationship between men and nature. It teaches us about the mutual respect, living in unity with nature and how mysterious and uncontrollable nature can be.

Along twenty unforgettable stops (click here for the map), you will discover a big part of this beautiful region, like the Logar Valley, Robanov kot, Matkov kot and Podolseva, many highland tourist farms and breathtaking viewpoints. As it is visible from the map, there are three trails – green, orange and blue, to which are connected several hiking trails (dotted on the map).

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The most attractive is the basic green trail which starts and ends in the village of Solcava and passes by many points worth visiting. We actually took this trail twice. The first time we went for a ride right after the hike in Logar Valley and, even we enjoyed the beautiful and sunny day in the valley, the surrounding mountains were completely covered with fog, clouds, and rain. Which we discovered, of course, only once we climbed up.

When you see the following photos, you will completely understand why we came back the following morning. The first two photos below are taken during our first (rainy) visit, while the third one shows the exact same location the day after. What a difference, right?

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If you are visiting during the summer, you can easily organize your visit to some of the farms along the trail. We came out of the season and in the middle of the week, so there was not much going on. The 21-kilometre long Solcava panoramic road itself it was stunning enough to keep us entertained. It is easy to drive and in a great condition. Not the whole road is paved, but we had no problems driving even when it rained.

The most beautiful views you can experience from the Macesnik farm stop (number 3 on the map) – you can admire the alpine peaks right across you as well as incredible green valleys underneath and the lookout point at Klemensek farm (number 7) – the Logar valley is located right underneath.

The first day we continued the trail and completed the blue part as well. If you have some extra time, we definitely recommend visiting that part too. However, if you are in the hurry, you will not miss much because the green trail is incomparably more attractive. 

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Solcava Panoramic Road is a must do in this region! There are so many “wooow” views that you will just need to stop more than few times. More than once you are going to feel like you are in the middle of a postcard, and you know what – it is like you are! Sustainable tourism in combination with such a marvelous nature is a true gem.

Which one is your favorite panoramic road you took?

 

Read more about our trip to Slovenia:

One week in Slovenia: The budget and itinerary for perfect holidays

8 great places to stay in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person

Logar Valley, Slovenian hidden gem for active holidays

Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners

 

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Logar Valley, Slovenian hidden gem for active holidays

Logar Valley, Slovenian hidden gem for active holidays

You know the feeling of falling in love at the first sight? That’s exactly what happened with us and the Logar Valley. Browsing around, we noticed the photo of this Slovenian hidden gem and instantly we knew we need to pay the visit.

The Logar Valley (Logarska dolina in Slovenian) was the first station of our one week-long trip to Slovenia. Located in the Upper Savinja Valley, on the very border with Austria, this magnificent valley was catching lots of tourists attention. More or less every tourist who visited the region came because of this natural treasure and we did it too. We planned to visit many other locations, but the valley was indeed the main reason to come.

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On the arrival, we decided to explore Logar Valley’s little brother, Robanov kot, first. The neighboring valley is much less popular and less frequented. If you are visiting during the summer, you could be overwhelmed by a number of tourists in Logar Valley and decide to head straight to, nothing less beautiful, the valley of Robanov kot. Pretty tourist farms, dramatic alpine peaks, cute picnic spots and the tranquillity create a perfect ambiance for the sunny afternoon.

Read more about our visit to Robanov kot: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners

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Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners | Mexatia

The following day we drove easy ten minutes to the Logar Valley’s entrance. When I first found out about the valley, I wasn’t completely sure what it is. Was it just an open valley, a national park, a nature park, I was not sure what’s the deal. It took a little bit of research to find out this beautiful place was declared to be a landscape park back in 1987 and all the revenue from entrance tickets go back to the park’s maintenance.  

In many guides, we read there is a free parking in front, but we did not notice any and Jaime automatically pulled at the ticket’s office. Since we entered the park by car, we needed to pay 7€ – only vehicles pay the entrance, if you enter by foot, you can visit free of charge. We parked close to the entrance, as we wanted to explore the complete trail.

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Logar Valley, Slovenian hidden gem for active holidays | Mexatia

They say Logar Valley is the most stunning glacial valley in the whole Europe, and they are not wrong! Imagine the green fields full of dandelions, cute tourist farms serving delicious local food and dramatic alpine peaks rising above them. Splendid scenery, don’t you think so?

Once in the park, you can choose if you want to walk up the road or take a trail in the woods. We opted for the second option, as we wanted to explore the most we could. Next 8 kilometers of ascent were full of interesting springs, wooden huts, statues and wild animals. 

The trail was excellent, very visible and well-marked. The only doubt if we should continue appeared when we stumbled upon the fence in the middle of our trail. The fence itself was not a problem, but there were two ponies and a donkey behind it. Since I am a big animal lover, I did not even think they might not love us back… As a crossed the fence, Lota started to bark (she is an animal lover too, mhm) and they became kinda unfriendly. They began to stomp and came close. I managed to run away, but they did not let Jaime and Lota pass. They needed to hide and go all around in order not to get hit by the horse.

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Logar Valley, Slovenian hidden gem for active holidays | Mexatia

Besides that, the trail was great, we changed direction and crossed the road several times. After 8 km we finally reached our goal, Rinka waterfall, one of the highest ones in whole Slovenia. I must admit I was already quite tired and the final ten minutes were very steep, so I almost gave up! Lota and I had a seat next to the ice cold creek and waited for Jaime to come back.

He returned back all excited, saying I need to continue because the scenery was amazing, so I did. Together, we climbed up to the waterfall and admired the power and creativity of nature – just for the moment, before we started the decline. On our way down, we walked down the road. For the first few kilometers, we were in the woods, before we came out on the most beautiful meadow we have ever seen. 

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Logar Valley, Slovenian hidden gem for active holidays | Mexatia

The mountains were behind us, but the view was still equally magnificent. Even it was late September, the fields were still full of the dandelions. There was a small tourist farm right in the middle of that beautiful scenery. Suddenly, we became aware we missed some spectacular scenes on our way up and we realized it was a great idea to take a different path down.

The whole Logar Valley hike was relatively easy, but long. Sixteen kilometers later, we finally reached the car and drove ourselves back to the Ojstrica tourist farm in the middle of the valley. Tired as we were (as well as Lota), we did not want to walk after the lunch and, hey, we already paid the entrance.

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Logar Valley, Slovenian hidden gem for active holidays | Mexatia

 It was chilly, but we still sat outside. We ordered our all time favorite appetizer – the cold platter with local meat and cheese produce. I don’t know if it was the view our the platter was the most fantastic one we ever had! The homemade sausages, hams, and cheese in combination with grapes and fresh bread were perfect to satisfy our hunger after a long hike. For the main dish, Jaime chose Wiener schnitzel with french fries and I enjoyed tasty mushroom soup with buckwheat polenta. It was a great dish for the chilly afternoon, enjoying the view of the surrounding mountains. 

Tired, full bellies and happy, we sat in the car and drove back to Solčava. An attractive village of Solčava was a perfect base for this trip. Our apartment in the tourist farm was cozy and sweet, there was a nice local restaurant only five minutes walk away, and Logar Valley was 10 minutes drive away.

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A great thing about Logar Valley is you can drive almost to the end of it and climb only to the waterfall if you wish. If you are more adventurous, you can continue hike to Okrešalj. This place is suitable for everyone and pet-friendly, if you are looking for one not so popular place to visit in Slovenia – that’s the one.

 

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Ultimate Guide For Hiking In Slovenia For Total Beginners

Ultimate Guide For Hiking In Slovenia For Total Beginners

Our late summer vacations were coming closer and we were still unsure what we wanted to do or where should we go. Since we have chosen to visit Slovenia over Croatian coast, we knew we would not spend this vacation in the city. The idea was to spend active holidays with Lota the dog, but we had no idea where to start

How to organize a hike in a foreign country, in the area which you are visiting for a very first time, without getting lost? We started to look for the blog posts about desired areas, recommendations, and routes, but we did not find much.

Suddenly, I stumbled upon the Slovenia Walking site and you can imagine my happiness when I noticed they published a book of a very promising title, as well. Walking in Slovenia book was just we were looking for (click here to check it out on Amazon)!

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Thanks to its help we managed to plan our trip perfectly. The book is divided into the three sections: car rides, walks, and picnic spots. They covered more or less the whole Slovenia, with the emphasis on the Julian Alps. Between six car rides, 41 walking tours, and various picnic spots, for sure you will find the perfect hiking route for yourself.

While we were planning the trip, we searched the book in order to find shorter and easier walks, perfect for beginners. In one moment we did not know where to start and, in the other one, we had plenty of options. Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners (what would be us) just became so easy!

Over the seven days, we completed 6 walking routes from the book and we can absolutely recommend it. It is written in a simple and easy manner (click to see the example of the walking route), with plenty of descriptions – so in every moment, you know where you need to go, where you can park or find a perfect spot for a picnic.

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One week in Slovenia: The itinerary and budget for perfect holidays | Mexatia

1) ROBANOV KOT – ROBANOVA PLANINA

Our first stop was the valley of Robanov kot, located in the Upper Savinja Valley, right next to much more famous Logar Valley. The tourists are more eager to reach the neighboring valley and they often skip Robanov kot. Right because this peaceful valley is a perfect place to enjoy the nature without crowds and admire the views to the high alpine peaks.

It took around 2 hours of medium tempo walking (9 km) to reach the last house in Robanova planina and come back to the car. We passed next to the pretty tourist farms in Robanov kot and started the walk. Following target marks along the paved road was simple and, even it was a quite foggy afternoon, we enjoyed every moment. The views were dominated by alpine peaks, with impressive Ojstrica being the highest.

Somewhere in a halfway to Robanova planina we found nice picnic tables and decided to have a quick lunch before continuing. The moment when you exit the little forest and enter Robanova planina is dramatic and fulfilling, just wow! From there you can decide to return or to continue climbing the alpine trails if you feel ready for it. We returned and grabbed a quick coffee at one of the farms before to continuing to our accommodation in Solčava. In total, the trek was very easy and pet-friendly, just perfect for beginners.

Read more: 8 great places to stay in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person

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Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners | Mexatia

Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners | Mexatia

2) LOGAR VALLEY – RINKA WATERFALL

Logar Valley (Slovenian Logarska dolina) was our main reason to visit this region, we fell in love as soon as we saw the first photos and we knew we need to see it in person. People say Logar Valley is the most beautiful glacial valley in the whole Europe. The green meadows, fields of dandelions, alpine peaks and woods make a perfect and almost surreal scene. 

You can decide to park the car at the entrance (even though we did not spot parking spaces, all the guides say that) and enter for free. If you wish to enter with a car, the entrance will cost you 7€ per vehicle. The Logar Valley was declared a landscape park in 1987 and all the revenue goes back to the park’s maintenance.

We paid the entrance fee and parked relatively close to the entrance, as we wanted to explore the whole trail on foot. You can choose to walk on the road or a wood trail, which we opted for. We discovered interesting springs, statues, and huts on our way up. It was around 8 km hike until we finally reached the famous Rinka waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Slovenia.

We walked on the road on our way down and we found out we missed some spectacular views while taking the wood trail – it was a great idea to explore the both trails.  The hike was relatively easy but long. Lota got very tired and so did we. After four hours of walking, we finally reached the car and drove ourselves back to the Ojstrica farm to grab the lunch with the most spectacular view of the valley and the mountain peaks above it. 

Read our whole post about a visit to Logar Valley. The beautiful Solčava panoramic road is very close as well.

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Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners | Mexatia

Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners | Mexatia

3) AROUND THE LAKE BLED

The walk around Bled lake is one of the easiest, but the most beautiful walks you can take in Slovenia and every visitor should do it. Easy two hours around the most famous Slovenian lake can be full of the activities. We started at the casino in the town center and went clockwise. Thirty minutes later we found a nice restaurant for lunch and decided to have a nice meal before continuing.

Even the walk is very popular, this September afternoon was quite empty. We wanted to take a pletna (a boat) to go to the island, but we needed to wait for the boat to fill up. We were almost in the half when we noticed an old man renting the rowing boats. 10€ later, we were on the way to the island!

Besides the island, you can check out luxurious villas, rowing center, campsites, eat cream cakes or even swim. This walk is a definite must do when in Bled.

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4) VINTGAR GORGE

I’ve been to Bled several times already, but, obviously, I did not do the research well since I had no idea such a stunning place as Vintgar gorge exists in the area! This time we needed to correct this big mistake and pay a visit. The Vintgar gorge is only 5 km away from the lake and you can hike there as well. Since we had few other walks planned for the day, we went by car and parked just in front.

To be completely honest, I am scared of heights and unfenced spaces. I did not expect the gorge will cause that amount of fear. I spent the whole hour terrified, shaking and imagining myself falling down and drowning. If you have any similar fears, think twice.

Besides my irrational fears, Vintgar is even more beautiful than in photos. Marked trails lead you along the river rapids, revealing beautiful and different scenes with every turn. I would love to say how long it takes to finish the trail, but because of my problems, it took us a full hour. If you take many photos and enjoy the beauty, you would probably finish in 45 minutes – then you can choose to come back the same way or take another hike. 

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Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners | Mexatia

Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners | Mexatia

5) RIBČEV LAZ – UKANC

The day in Bohinj area would not be complete without the walk around the lake Bohinj. You would need around 3 hours for the full circle, but we decided to walk only half and return by the touristic boat since we wanted to experience them both.

The trail next to the road is away from the lake and full of bikers, so we opted for the other, less frequented side. Starting in Ribčev Laz, we went counter clockwise and discovered beautiful trails, cute lake bays, and animals. During almost two hours walk, only a dozen people passed next to us. After a busy day in Bled area, we enjoyed the tranquillity of Bohinj. We were lucky to catch the boat back almost immediately after we arrived in Ukanc, the little village on the other side of the lake. It took only 20 minutes of a peaceful sail to arrive back to Ribčev Laz.

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Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners | Mexatia

Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners | Mexatia

6) VOGEL

Alpine peaks around Vogel lake are calling you! Vogel is the one you can easily reach by the cable car located in Ukanc, five minutes walk from the lake. Ten minutes later you can be high in the Alps and choose a hike suitable to your physical condition.

We had only a couple of hours, so we decided to take a short circular trail around Vogel (30 minutes) and grab a lunch at the ski center restaurant. The food was delicious and the views absolutely unbeatable. After the lunch, have a sit in front and admire the views of Triglav and Julian Alps. If you feel more adventurous, you can visit Planina Zadnji Vogel or Šija.

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Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners | Mexatia

Passion for nature: Hiking in Slovenia for total beginners | Mexatia

The book highlights 35 other hikes you can take in Slovenia and it was a great investment. We loved the descriptions and all the walks we chose were the perfect fit for our active, pet-friendly holidays. And the most importantly – we did not get lost! 🙂

You can buy the paper version of the book on Amazon or directly from their site if you prefer a PDF. If you are not into books, you can plan your hike using some hiking apps as well.

Which hike would you take?

 

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8 great places to stay in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person

8 great places to stay in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person

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Slovenia has one great secret – it is so small everything is close! At first, I was trying to find an accommodation close to every destination we planned to visit, but eventually, I just gave up. I found the studio I absolutely loved in Visoko near Kranj and that was when I started to check up the distances a little bit more.

Half an hour to Bled? Half an hour to Ljubljana? An hour away from Logar Valley? You got it. You can book a wonderful room or apartment in a countryside and pay much less than you would pay in the city or right next to the lake. If you are traveling in a couple, in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person per night you can enjoy tastefully decorated rooms in small and intimate guesthouses or even have a whole studio or apartment for yourself. Just as an added value, many of this accommodations are pet-friendly, if you wish to bring your furry friend along!

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Staying around Logar Valley

If you are planning to visit a wonderful Logar Valley, there are several towns and villages close by – like Luče, Solčava or Robanov kot. We booked a room in Solčava and it was a great choice. Farmhouse Štiftar had everything we were looking for. The rooms were cute, surroundings stunning and parking was free. Also, the town of Solčava looked so peaceful, with beautiful nature around it. 

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8 great places to stay in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person | Mexatia

8 great places to stay in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person | Mexatia

If you wish to stay in the other town, Luče, you should definitely check out Guesthouse S. Here you can use free bikes, park your car or just enjoy the small town center. Being comfortably situated in the warmth of your room, you can admire the mountains from your window.

If you want to be right at the center of Logar Valley, you can book in Tourist farm Ojstrica. Nothing can beat this location – they are right in the heart of the valley and a perfect spot to start your hike. They also have a great restaurant (try the cold meats and cheese platter!). You can dine enjoying the superb views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

Read more: Hiking in Slovenia for beginners

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8 great places to stay in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person | Mexatia

8 great places to stay in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person | Mexatia

Staying around Kranj and Kamnik

Kranj and Kamnik are charming cities themselves, but also a great base to explore nearby mountains like Velika Planina, Kamniška Bistrica or even Jezersko region. If you wish to ride a bit more (around 30 minutes only) you can even pay a visit to Bled or Ljubljana from here.

We fell in love and instantly booked the most beautiful and modern studio at PR’ FIK Apartments in Visoko near Kranj. I am not exaggerating when I say it was the best-designed budget accommodation I’ve ever seen! We had a nice-sized studio with the prettiest bathroom ever seen, huge windows and the biggest yard. The river was literally 30 meters away and we were like in heaven. Being only 10 minutes drive from Kranj and 30 minutes from Bled, we had it all. (YES, we adored this place, if you did not notice.)

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8 great places to stay in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person | Mexatia

If you wish to stay bit closer to the mountains,  you could book Guest house Repnik or Apartment nr. 16 in Kamnik. We paid a brief visit to this cute city, my grandmother’s hometown, and we noticed it was great for relaxation and hiking.

Staying around Bled and Bohinj

Of all places we visited in Slovenia, Bled and Bohinj were by the far most expensive locations. The prices of accommodation are, of course, in the direct correlation. We were struggling to find an affordable and nicely decorated pet-friendly places, what was not a case in other parts of the country.

In the end, we booked a studio in Apartments Mlin in Jereka near Bohinj. The apartment and the host were great, everything was clean and bed was very comfy. We especially loved chilling out on the terrace, while watching the sunset, drinking wine and enjoying the dessert our host made for us. But be aware, Mlin is good 20 minutes ride away from the lake and you would definitely need a car. 

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8 great places to stay in Slovenia for less than 30€ per person | Mexatia

If you are looking forward staying in Bled, you could  book Bled Apartments in the city of Bled. Their prices are often higher, but in autumn or spring you can find a studio under 60€. Staying here, you  will be only 15 minutes walking distance from the lake. For an awesome price, right?

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One Week In Slovenia: The Itinerary & Budget For Perfect Holidays

One Week In Slovenia: The Itinerary & Budget For Perfect Holidays

Our one week in Slovenia passed fast! The trip was amazing and we really loved the combination of hiking in nature, road tripping and discovering charming small towns of Slovenia. Also, we are amazed how pet-friendly is Slovenia and we cannot recommend it enough if you travel with a pet!

Honestly, we were planning to visit Croatian coast and spend some days soaking in Adriatic and exploring islands Dugi otok and Pag. But it was mid-September already and, even though the weather was excellent by then, the forecast was not so promising for the following week. Not willing to risk water would not be warm enough for swimming, we opted for Slovenia. I also became a little bit nostalgic and wanted Jaime to get to know the homeland of my dear grandmother.

At the beginning, it was hard to choose places to visit because, as always, we wanted to visit ALL! After a little bit of research, we decided to go for Logar Valley, Bled and Bohinj Lakes, Ljubljana and several small cities like Ptuj, Kranj, Kamnik or Radovljica. 

Read more: Hiking in Slovenia for beginners

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One week in Slovenia – where to and for how much?

DAY 1. Zagreb – Ptuj – Robanov kot – Solčava

Our starting point was Zagreb, Croatia and we traveled by car. All places we visited must be pet-friendly because our lovely Lota joined us on the trip. So, we loaded up gas, bought a one week vignette for Slovenia (carefully! every car entering the highway in Slovenia must have valid vignette sticker) and we were ready to go. Our first stop was Ptuj, a cute town close to Maribor, after which we took a local road to Robanov kot and enjoyed our first hike. Already tired, in the afternoon we arrived in Solčava, a beautiful village located on the food of the mountain Raduha.

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One week in Slovenia: The itinerary and budget for perfect holidays | Mexatia

The first day we did not have many expenses, besides travel cost and accommodation. For lunch, we found a wonderful place during our hike and had a picnic in the meadow, enjoying homemade food and scenery at the same time. In the evening we stopped by the local restaurant (and the only restaurant) in Solčava and shared a pizza and pancakes, together with some beers for Jaime and puddingish hot chocolate for me. It was cheap and surprisingly delicious! Total spend for the day was 136,96€.

  • Full tank of gas 53,30€
  • One week vignette 15€
  • Sodas for the trip 2,26€
  • Toll for Croatian highway 6,4€
  • Apartment in Solčava 43€
  • Dinner in Solčava 17,70€

DAY 2. LOGAR VALLEY

The second day of the trip, we headed to the beautiful Logar valley. Even though we discussed parking in front and skipping paying the entrance fee, Jaime ended up entering with a car. In the end, that was cool because we picked up the car and drove ourselves to lunch in the middle of the valley, in Ojstrica restaurant. After 15 km hike, we were not in the mood for walking with full bellies. We were not really hungry in the evening, but I loved the pancakes in the local restaurant so much, we decided to visit them again. Total spend for the day was 85,30€.

  • Entrance fee to Logar Valley 7€
  • Lunch in Ojstrica restaurant in Logar Valley 27,80€
  • Dinner in local restaurant in Solčava 7,5€

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DAY 3. SOLČAVA PANORAMIC ROAD – JEZERSKO – KRANJ – VISOKO

Day three came fast and we were packing our bags for Visoko near Kranj. I discovered some interesting roads like Solčava panoramic road and the road through Austria and Jezersko region, so we decided to drive a bit more. The ride was great, as well as the views we enjoyed around the town of Jezersko. Around noon we reached Kranj, grabbed a lunch and strolled around the city, before heading to our apartment in Visoko, only 10 minutes ride away. We made dinner at home, our traditional soup and pasta dinners while traveling. This day we spent the least money. Total spend for the day was 74,30€.

  • Coffee in Jezersko 2,60€
  • Lunch in Kranj 14,70€
  • Ice cream in Kranj 4€
  • Apartment in Visoko 53€

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Solčava Panoramic Road

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Jezersko, lake Plašnar

One week in Slovenia: The itinerary and budget for perfect holidays | Mexatia

Kranj city center

DAY 4. VINTGAR GORGE – BLED

Our day trip to Bled turned out to be quite expensive! It was only half an hour drive from Visoko, but we had some problems with our vignette so we needed to buy a new one, or risk getting a fee. Also, Lota’s eyes got infected so our first stop was a veterinarian in Lesce. I found a wonderful vet with big, professional ambulance and we were amazed by service and care they took of Lota! 

Before the noon we already discovered Vintgar George and Bled Castle. Soon we discovered all the parking around the lake is chargeable, but we managed to find one parking where we can stay the whole day. Good choice, because we had so much around the lake that stayed more than 6 hours! After a nice lunch, we bought few postcards and souvenirs, walked around the lake and we even rented a boat to visit an island. The cream cakes in hotel Park were a great way to end our day in Bled before we headed back to our comfortable apartment in Visoko. Total spend for the day was 182,30€.

  • New one week vignette 15€
  • Lota’s visit to the vet 21€
  • Entry ticket to Vintgar Gorge for two 8€
  • Entry ticket to Bled Castle for two 20€
  • Whole day parking in Bled 5€
  • Postcards and souvenirs 4,80€
  • Lunch in Mlini restaurant in Bled 35€
  • Renting a boat for one hour 10€
  • Cream cakes in Park hotel 10,50€
  • Apartment in Visoko 53€
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Vintgar Gorge

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Bled castle

One week in Slovenia: The itinerary and budget for perfect holidays | Mexatia

Bled lake

DAY 5. RADOVLJICA – BOHINJ – JEREKA

Our stay in Visoko came to its end! On the way to Bohinj lake, we stopped in an outdoor museum-town Radovljica where we bought organic cookies for our dogs and tried local cakes. It was a beautiful, sunny day and (after many foggy mornings) we decided to seize the day and go up to Vogel this afternoon. We stayed the night close to the lake, in a small village of Jereka and grabbed a pizza for dinner. Total spend for the day was 136,64€.

  • Papi organic dog snacks 4,60€
  • Coffee and cakes in Radovljica 11€
  • Vogel cable car for two with lunch 32€
  • Vogel cable car for Lota 4€
  • French fries at Vogel’s restaurant 3,5€
  • Apartment in Jereka 69,54€
  • Pizza for dinner 12€
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Radovljica

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Bohinj lake from Vogel cable car

One week in Slovenia: The itinerary and budget for perfect holidays | Mexatia

The Alps

DAY 6. BOHINJ – LJUBLJANA

The day at Bohinj was full of adventures and activities. We walked, rode in the boat, road the boat and enjoyed a nice lunch. We were also highly disappointed with parking solutions and paid way too much for 6-hour parking. Before heading to Ljubljana, the car needed some more gas and Maja needed an ice cream. The hotel in Ljubljana was free of charge through SPG reward points so we treated ourselves to a nicer dinner. Total spend for the day was 138,30€.

  • parking fee in Bohinj 10€
  • tourist boat one-way ticket for two 18€
  • postcard 1,40€
  • set menu for lunch 28,80€
  • renting a kayak for one hour 9€
  • gas 19,95€
  • ice cream 1,65€
  • dinner in Ljubljana 49,50€
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Lake Bohinj

One week in Slovenia: The itinerary and budget for perfect holidays | Mexatia

Lake Bohinj

One week in Slovenia: The itinerary and budget for perfect holidays | Mexatia

Ribčev Laz, Bohinj

DAY 7. LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB

Even our hotel was paid by points, we still needed to settle the city tax and surcharge for Lota (superhigh 20€!). Right after we headed to the city center and grabbed the breakfast from the bakery. We got some more souvenirs (honey and beer), strolled around the city and found a great pizzeria for lunch. It was already 3 pm and our free Ljubljana tour just started! Tour was great, but long and it already started to get dark. The trip has finished and it was time to go home. Total spend for the day was 84,14€.

  • hotel in Ljubljana 22,54€
  • buns for breakfast 3,50€
  • souvenirs 15,70€
  • lunch in Ljubljana 25€
  • ice cream in Vigo 6,60€
  • Ljubljana free tour tips 10€
  • the toll for Croatian highway 0,80€
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Tivoli park, Ljubljana

One week in Slovenia: The itinerary and budget for perfect holidays | Mexatia

Ljubljana city center

One week in Slovenia: The itinerary and budget for perfect holidays | Mexatia

Ljubljana city center

In a week, we visited seven different locations and in total spent 837,94€, including all accommodation and transportation fees. It makes it average of 119,70€ per day of travel for two persons and a dog, or 59,85€ per person each day.

Every day, except the last day, we had breakfast at home as well as I cooked few dinners. Other meals we ate in the restaurants of all categories – from fancy Julija restaurant in Ljubljana to set menu restaurant in Bohinj. 

The fact we traveled with a dog cost us 52€ because two accommodations charged additionally for cleaning after a pet, we needed to pay 4€ extra for the Vogel cable car and she got sick so veterinarian in Lesce saved us. If we chose accommodation with no extra charges for a pet, we would easily save 27€ (and we will next time). 

To sum up, one week in Slovenia was a great way to spend holidays and we will happily come back again very soon. 

 

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