Slovenia highlights holiday, self drive

“Enjoy a self-drive holiday around Slovenia, following a tried-and-tested route to see highlights including Lake Bled and Triglav National Park.”

Highlights

Slovenia self-drive holiday | All inclusive car hire | Ljubljana | Julian Alps | Kranj | Lake Bled | Triglav National Park | Postojna | Isola | Piran | Slovenia coast |

Description of Slovenia highlights holiday, self drive

A full tour of Slovenia's "best bits" including the capital, Ljubljana, its beautiful coastline, incredible caves, lakes and historic towns. This self drive holiday is designed as a circuit starting and finishing in Ljubljana so you can travel to Lake Bled, the Triglav national park, the Adriatic coast and Postojna caves in any sensible order.

The Highlights of Slovenia is based on an 8 day duration but we can, of course, tailor-make the overall holiday to suit your requirements. We recommend small, independent or family-run, properties and to take the stress out of arriving and departing we offer a private airport transfer service and will deliver your hire car to your hotel in Ljubljana at no extra cost. All our vehicles have a/c and come with a full tank of fuel, we provide driving directions, maps and parking information for all accommodation.

This holiday has a tried and trusted recommended route with our personal suggestions for sightseeing included with your final travel documents but you are free to explore or relax as much as you like within the overall structure of the itinerary. Driving conditions are excellent with the new highway from the capital to the coast cutting down on travel times but also freeing up space on minor roads so drivers can choose between peaceful scenic routes or speedier alternatives to make the most of time away from home.

All accommodation on this Slovenia driving holiday has been hand-picked to show off what the country does best: hospitality; with smaller, more authentic, family-run hotels and guesthouses providing a unique look at the culture and the lifestyles of everyday local life.

Of course, once you’ve finished your tour of Slovenia, the world awaits with Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula easily within reach if you’ve got the time for further travels. All you have to do is ask.

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Responsible tourism

Slovenia highlights holiday, self drive

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We have chosen to include places to stay where public transport is more than adequate for sightseeing so that the car is not used with towns or national parks; the use of such a variety of transport enables you to interact more fully with the locals, to practice your language and to minimise your carbon footprint somewhat. By including the opportunity to visit the National Parks on this holiday you choose to contribute to the excellent record of conservation in recent years through the entrance fees.

We encourage travellers to be responsible with water use particularly on islands and in high season but also careful regarding water waste which can affect fragile ecosystems. The same applies, of course, to packaging and litter waste, buying local produce such as from small stores and markets will usually be packaging-free; recycle or reuse as much as possible - your example may well encourage others to be equally responsible and avoid negative consequences at all levels and in all ecosystems.

As a company we employ responsible policies such as recycling paper, ink cartridges, glass and cardboard; we minimise the use of electricity and conducting the vast majority of our correspondence and promotion via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities. We also compost waste in our company garden.

Community

Accommodation on this holiday is in, primarily, family run, small hotels. The food in the hotels is primarily sourced locally and a large number of dishes on the menus are home made. We encourage you to engage local guides in places where their expertise and local knowledge will enhance your experience and understanding of the historical context and on the environmental impact of your visit. This is particularly true in the Triglav National Park where in some places tourism income is a major supporter of the local economy - we encourage customers to book activities with local guides and providers who contribute both to the current economy but who also look to the future by training local young people and committing to projects that maintain the quality of the environment and its biodiversity.

As well as supporting the local community and economy directly our holidays also encourage support indirectly. The latter because more interaction with local people and local tourist service providers engenders greater understanding and respect which almost always leads to larger and more careful spending by visitors.

7 Reviews of Slovenia highlights holiday, self drive

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Reviewed on 23 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The hiking up the gorge by lake Bohinj

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Beautiful country

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our stay in Pisan, Slovenia. Just lovely. The whole country is beautiful, very clean, the people are friendly and helpful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It definitely benefited local people, tourism is very important for such a small country and they are very conscious of their environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 14 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The mixture of medieval cities, green landscape, huge caves, snow covered mountains, clean country, friendly people,reasonable prices

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Feel free to choose your individual trip. The local partner of Responsible Travel will give you full support.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local car rental, mostly small hotels with local connection.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We (4 people) had a wonderful week, good hotels, fine dining, best sightseeings, walks in beautiful landscape …. For us, it was really memorable.

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Predjama grad lived up to expectation. Spectacular.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't rely on the car rental firm. They were late to drop the car off and forgot to collect to car at the drop off. The car itself was excellent. Modern and well maintained.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


While I did not stay at large corporate hotels, neither were they small family run boutique. The option of hiring an electric vehicle might be an option worth exploring.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

1. The UK interface of the company was exemplary and I would recommend the firm based on this. Andy, who I dealt with was fantastic and was a credit to the company.

2. The price is reasonable.

3. Local suppliers were generally well chosen. The hotels I stayed in were pleasant. The AC at Marina Hotel did not work, but this was a minor issue. Possibly, given I wanted to drop the car off at Trieste airport, a larger car rental for with a depot at the airport may have proved easier. The failure of car pick up proved quite stressful,.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Damon, I am so glad that you enjoyed your trip to Slovenia. I was however concerned to read about your experience with the hire car drop off arrangements which sounded quite out of character for our local supplier. I checked with them and they explained that the representative sent to meet you and collect the car had been stuck on the motorway in a traffic jam due to an accident that happened on the section from Postojna to Koper. I am told that they contacted you and provided exact information for you to park the car and leave the keys and documents at the Airport Information Desk. The car was collected a few hours later and I can tell you that everything was OK (i.e. no problems). In light of the stress caused they have agreed to refund one day's rental as a gesture of goodwill.

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We both loved Lake Bled, so scenic and beautiful. Shame the weather wasn’t any good!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you leave plenty of time when leaving Izola for the airport. It took us nearly 4 hours due to road works & a car accident.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We thought that the country was quite affluent. We went to some castles & caves and everything was very clean & well appointed.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Everything went smoothly and as planned. Just the road closures & delays on the highway coming back to the airport which was not so good.

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The amazing number of trees in Slovenia. It is a very beautiful and varied country. We loved walking in the mountains in the north, around the lakes and then along the Adriatic coast. We were blessed with great weather - we took too many jumpers and too few t-shirts - which was a surprise for mid September.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Having a satnav could be a help. We just had a road map, but really only got lost once. We learned that their road numbers are on little signs at the road side
and the main direction signs do not include road numbers. Also stick to main roads. The small village roads (shown as white on our map) soon disappeared
into gravel tracks pirouetting over the mountain.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Tourism is a major industry and we did our bit. Although it was a fly-drive holiday, we only drove between resorts: once there we walked.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A wonderful experience - we enjoyed every bit.

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Lake Bled. The many medieval villages. The island of brijuni for its Roman remains Llubjiana.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Slovenia and Croatia are must visit destinations

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not especially

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

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