Looking for the best day tours from Ljubljana? I’ve got some fantastic options for you – keep reading!
If you’re visiting Ljubljana, Slovenia’s charming capital city, you absolutely must take a few days to leave the city and visit some of Slovenia’s incredible towns and nature locations nearby.
And while you can rent a car and do a road trip through Slovenia, the good news is that Slovenia is small enough, and Ljubljana is almost exactly in the center of the country, that it is extremely easy to just base yourself out of Ljubljana and do a series of day tours and have a fantastic experience.
In this post, we’re sharing the very best day tours from Ljubljana. No need for a rental car, no need to deal with parking or logistics. Just hop on a guided tour and immerse yourself in Slovenia’s charm.
All of these tours are small group and highly rated, and take you to some of my absolute favorite places in Slovenia, as well as some bucket list spots in nearby countries.
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My Top 3 Picks: Day Tours from Ljubljana
11 Best Day Tours from Ljubljana
⭐ Ratings: 4.85 of 5 stars | ⏳ Tour Time: 12 hours
Triglav National Park has many of Slovenia’s most stunning landscapes, waterfalls, and mountains, and this small group, full-day tour takes you to some of the very best spots.
You’ll stop by Lake Bled to admire the views, then visit the Pericnik and Kozjak waterfalls (two of my favorite waterfalls in all of Slovenia), see the gorgeous Soca River and the Great Soca Gorge. You also have the option to add on a white water rafting excursion on the emerald-green Soca River, which you definitely need to do!
You’ll also drive up the 25 switchbacks of the Vrsic Mountain pass (see cover photo for this post), see the Russian Chapel, stop at the peaceful and picturesque Zelenci Nature Preserve, and finally visit the alpine Lake Jasna, surrounded by mountain peaks.
Truly, these are some of my favorite destinations in Slovenia, all combined into an unforgettable day tour from Ljubljana.
⭐ Ratings: 4.81 of 5 stars | ⏳ Tour Time: 9 hours 30 minutes
Lake Bled is an absolutely fairytale location, and is truly a must-do day trip from Ljubljana. This gorgeous blue lake has a small island with a church in the center of it, and several things to see and do around the lake.
On this tour, you’ll start at the Bled Castle, an interesting medieval castle that overlooks the lake from a cliff. You’ll go out on a traditional pletna boat on the lake to visit the island, where you’ll have some time to explore and visit the church, and thereafter some free time in Bled.
You’ll also visit the Vintgar Gorge, a magical canyon with tall walls, a river running down the middle, and a boardwalk through the gorge where visitors can walk through. The Vintgar Gorge is a top highlight for anyone visiting the Lake Bled area.
You’ll finish the day at nearby Lake Bohinj, the largest lake in Slovenia, surrounded by tall mountains, before heading back to Ljubljana. Lake Bled is just 45 minutes from Ljubljana.
⭐ Ratings: 4.80 of 5 stars | ⏳ Tour Time: 6 hours
A visit to the Slovenian cave systems is one of the most popular day tours from Ljubljana! This small group tour is led by a knowledgeable and engaging Slovenian local who shares stories and information about the country as you drive from Ljubljana out to the caves in the countryside.
You’ll first visit Postojna Cave, where you’ll take an open-air train ride deep into the cave system. A guide takes you along the route, sharing stories and pointing out notable features.
You’ll walk through the series of beautiful grand caverns filled with really fun features – stalactites and stalagmites of all shapes and sizes on various levels throughout the room, bridges, and tunnels.
Postojna Cave is also famous for their cave dragons – albino amphibians (like a salamander) that live solely in the waters of the cave. You’ll be able to observe 5-6 of these dragons that live in an aquarium at the end of the tour.
After Postojna Cave, you’ll drive 10 minutes to nearby Predjama Castle, which has some cave features and is built into the side of a cliff! You get to explore the castle and learn its history, and even visit some of the caverns in the rock behind and adjacent to the castle.
These caves are about 1 hour from Ljubljana, you get to skip the line, and all entrance fees are included in the price, making it a really good value.
4. Skocjan Cave
⭐ Ratings: 4.87 of 5 stars | ⏳ Tour Time: 10 hours
An alternative to visiting Postojna + Predjama is instead to visit Skocjan Cave, This 8-person tour from Ljubljana takes you out on a full-day adventure to visit Škocjan caves.
Skocjan Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is very different from Postojna Caves, as there are fewer stalagmites and stalactites and cave formations. Instead, you get to walk on a cliffside path in a massive cavern with towering walls and a river rushing down below. You’ll cross a bridge spanning the gorge, and it all gives big Lord of the Rings vibes.
After the cave, you’ll continue on to the coast to enjoy a blissful afternoon by the sea in Piran. Note that admission fees are not included in the tour price.
⭐ Ratings: 5 of 5 stars | ⏳ Tour Time: 7 hours
The western region of Slovenia south of Triglav National Park is known as “Slovenia’s Tuscany,” and is filled with vineyard after vineyard after vineyard. The area is incredibly rural and not highly trafficked at all, and tiny villages are perched at the top of rolling hills, with rows of vines spread out in the hills and valleys beneath. It’s a breathtaking, idyllic part of the country… that also happens to make extremely good wine.
On this small, 8-person tour, you’ll travel with a sommelier guide, visiting two unique wineries and cellars in the Vipava region. You’ll learn about wine-making, walk through vineyards, and of course, sample a lot of wine varieties, with charcuterie snacks to go with it.
This is an excellent, top-rated tour with a lot of attention to giving you the best experience.
⭐ Ratings: 4.70 of 5 stars | ⏳ Tour Time: 9 hours 30 minutes
Piran is Slovenia’s beautiful coastal, pedestrian-only city on the Adriatic Sea. It is filled with Venetian architecture, a charming harbor, waterfront walkways next to clear water, colorful buildings, and narrow winding streets.
On this tour, you’ll go on a sightseeing tour with your guide through the adorable city, seeing the top sites and learning about the history of the town. You’ll visit the Church of St George + Bell Tower (for incredible views), walk along the old city walls, and stop in Tartini Square, the expansive main square in town.
After the guided tour, free time is given to explore the rest of the city, stop by the beach, walk along the seafront promenade, take in the sights of the harbor, and see the Piran lighthouse. I recommend grabbing a bite to eat some traditional food at one of the restaurants along the promenade!
At the end of the day, you’ll stop by the Lipica Stud Farm, where highly bred Lipizzaner white horses are kept and trained.
Piran is just 1.5 hours from Ljubljana.
7. Logar Valley
⏳ Tour Time: 7 hours
The Logar Valley is part of an oft-overlooked mountain range in north-central Slovenia, that has long, narrow valleys filled with meadows and forests that end in tall, towering mountains.
The Rinka waterfall is a must-see attraction here, and there are several scenic hikes through the valleys, or more intense hikes up into the mountains. Biking through the hills and valleys is also a popular activity here, or you can always just relax and enjoy the views.
This tour is a private tour, meaning you can customize your day in Logar exactly how you want.
⭐ Ratings: 4.60 of 5 stars | ⏳ Tour Time: 9 hours 30 minutes
Maribor is Slovenia’s second-largest city, located on the eastern edge of the country, and Ptuj is a small town just 30 minutes from Maribor. Both cities are incredibly charming, and you’ll see a lot of really pretty architecture from when Slovenia was part of the Austrian Empire.
In Maribor you can visit the Glavni Trg Square and Slomskov Trg Square, the Stari Most Bridge for views over Old Town, and the Lent riverside neighborhood. There’s also the Maribor Castle Museum, and the oldest vine in the world (which is over 400 years old and gated off on a street by the river)
Ptuj (pronounced p-too-ee) is *so* quaint and charming, and has beautiful, colorful buildings with decorations and ornamentations around the facades. Ptuj also has a cool castle on the hill above town that you can visit. You’ll also enjoy all the picturesque vineyards around Ptuj.
This tour is definitely in the region of Slovenia that most people don’t visit, so you’ll be with very few other tourists in these cities. Maribor is 1.5 hours from Ljubljana.
⭐ Ratings: 5 of 5 stars | ⏳ Tour Time: 12 hours
The romantic city of Venice is on just about everyone’s bucket list, and Venice is only 2.5 hours from Ljubljana – who can pass that up?
The private (only you and your group) tour to Venice includes transportation to the city, and a guided tour of some of the main sites, such as St Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, and Rialto Bridge.
You will also have free time to explore on your own, but since it’s a private tour, the exact itinerary is up to you. You’ll have about 7 hours total to explore Venice, walking the narrow alleyways and crossing bridges, finding charming viewpoints of the canal, and going on a gondola ride.
10. Trieste, Italy
⏳ Tour Time: 10 hours 30 minutes
Trieste, Italy is a coastal city just across the border of Slovenia, just north of Piran, and only 1 hour from Ljubljana. This Italian city was actually part of Slovenia until 1918, at the end of World War I, but it definitely has an Italian vibe – with Roman statues around the main square and, grand, colorful buildings throughout the city.
This private tour (that includes only your group), takes you on a guided tour around the main attractions of the city, including the Piazza Unita Square and Capitol Hill. Then, you’ll head about 15 minutes outside of the city to Miramare Castle, a gorgeous estate right on the water, filled with beautiful rooms, architecture, gardens, and seaside views.
⭐ Ratings: 5 of 5 stars | ⏳ Tour Time: 12 hours
Just south of Slovenia is the beautiful country of Croatia, which is home to the incredible Plitvice Lakes National Park. This park has an Upper Lakes and Lower Lakes section, with walking paths and trails, waterfalls galore, and rivers and streams throughout the park. In total, there are 16 lakes in the National Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your guide will provide transportation for your private group, and take you to all the best spots in the park, while providing interesting commentary of what you are experiencing. And of course, since this is a private tour, it’s flexible to what your needs and wishes are.
Plitvice Lake National Park is almost 3 hours from Ljubljana, so it’s a long day with a lot of time in the car, but you still have plenty of time to enjoy the park.
The last tours on this list offer different combos of the destinations listed above.
Tour to All 3 Caves: Skocjan + Postojna + Predjama: This private tour takes you from Ljubljana to Skocjan Caves and back, but since it’s a private excursion, you have the option to add on stops to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle as well, hitting up all three Slovenian caves in one day.
This excursion combines a few different types of experiences – stunning Lake Bled, and then the popular Postojna cave and Predjama Castle, giving you two very different experiences on one day tour.