5 days in The Balkans Itinerary

5 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Ljubljana
— 1 night
Drive
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Ptuj
— 1 night
Drive
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Piran
— 1 night
Drive
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Bled
— 1 night
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Ljubljana

— 1 night
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the views from Dragon Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River, and then step into the grandiose world of Ljubljana Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas, take in the views from Triple Bridge, wander the streets of Ljubljana Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, and finally walk around Tivoli Park.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ljubljana journey planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Ljubljana is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Ljubljana due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in December, with highs in Ljubljana at 5°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ptuj.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
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Ptuj

— 1 night
A tour of Ptuj reveals an old town filled with new experiences.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. George, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Marija - Ptujskogorska Mother of God, make a trip to Prešernova Street, then appreciate the history behind Orpheus Monument, then don't miss a visit to Ptuj City Tower, and finally appreciate the history behind Sveti Florijan Statue.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ptuj road trip tool.

Drive from Ljubljana to Ptuj in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Ptuj, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Piran.

Things to do in Ptuj

Historic Sites
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Piran

— 1 night
Considered one of the prettiest cities on the country's coast, Piran owes much of its development to salt.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): look for gifts at Lisjak - Premium extra virgin olive oil from Slovenian Istria, admire the striking features of Benečanka Venetian House, get curious at Mediadom Pyrhani, then get curious at Magical World of Shells Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Fish Spa Piran, and finally don't miss a visit to Tartini Square.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Piran tour builder.

Traveling by car from Ptuj to Piran takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ptuj in December, with highs in Piran at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Piran

Spas · Childrens Museums · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Bled

— 1 night
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 2nd (Sat), duck into Galerija Mikame, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Parish Church, then explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle, and finally stroll through Bled Island.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bled travel planner.

Getting from Piran to Bled by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Piran in January; daily highs in Bled reach 4°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bled

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Slovenian Istria travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Churches