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jmf314159 May 13th, 2008 08:13 AM

How should one spend 2 weeks in Slovenia?
My wife and I are in our early 60's. We're not much on night life but love quaint cities, good food, natural beauty, and pristine beaches. We just returned from an outstanding 2-week vacation in the Netherlands and I am now (perhaps a bit prematurely) pondering our next vacation. Permit me a couple of questions:

- What might be a good 2-week itinerary?

- Is Slovenia a safe destination for a Jewish couple?


tcreath May 13th, 2008 09:22 AM

We loved Slovenia! I unfortunately can't help you with an itinerary as we only spent 2 nights there as an extention to our Croatia trip, but it's a lovely country and I would love to spend more time there.

Ljubljana is the charming capital, and although small a couple of nights there would be ideal. The castle is interesting and on a clear day you can see the Julien Alps.

Bled is a beautiful resort town on Lake Bled, and it's incredibly picturesque. It was too chilly to take the boat ride on the lake when we were there, but there is a little island with a church in the middle of the lake. I think a boat ride would be a great experience.

We spent our nights in Novo Mesto, which is a smallish city that has an interesting historic walled center. There is a small, pretty castle called Otocec that was fun to visit. It's now a hotel and I don't think the prices are too high if I recall correctly.

I heard great things about Piran, the coastal city. We unfortunately didn't get a chance to visit but it's on my wish list!

Hopefully SloJan will see this. I believe she lives in Slovenia and will be able to give you lots of advice. You may want to do a search for her name. There are also some other good Slovenia experts on here. Have y ou tried entering "Slovenia" into the search field?

Two weeks is quite a bit of time, and Slovenia is fairly small. If you have time you may want to consider side trips to neighboring countries such as Venice, northern Croatia or southern Austria as well.

Best wishes,

global_guy May 13th, 2008 10:49 AM

Slovenia has nature in abundance but not so many beaches, though Croatia's beaches can easily be reached in a half day drive from most of Slovenia.

In Slovenia I would recommend visiting Bled, Lake Bohinj, Piran, Ljubliana, the Skocjan caves (They're a World Heritage Site and shouldn't be missed), and Putj which is a small but charming town with a popular hotspring / spa.

This link to the Slovenian Tourism Board will give you some more ideas. If you are driving yourselves hrough Slovenia, the Slovene tourism board can provdie you with some good theme itineraries. Under "experience" click "theme trails" for an idea. Those theme trails are in a brochure that you can request.

If you travel at a leisurely pace, 2 weeks would probably allow you enough time to see all of the things that you'd want to. If you are particularly active, you could spend a lifetime hiking and paddling your way around. Also, keep in mind that you could very easily tack on a visit to Istrian Croatia, or you could take a overnight/weekend trip to Venice since the train runs from Ljubliana to Venice in a fairly short amount of time.

Finally, Slovenia is as safe for Jews as it is for anyone else...which is to say very safe. Is there a reason you thought it might not be?

global_guy May 13th, 2008 10:51 AM

Oops, I forgot to post that website

Strad May 13th, 2008 11:37 AM

We spent 2 weeks in Slovenia in 2005. It's a wonderful vacation destination, with a great unspoiled and undiscovered feeling to it. A few suggestions:

Make sure that you rent a car. Public transportation there is not as comprehensive as in neighboring countries. Slovenia is very small and driving is easy.

The most famous and well-visited sights are in the western half of the country, such as Lake Bled, the Julian Alps, Ljubljana, the caves and the Adriatic coast. But the area east of Ljubljana going toward the Hungarian border is also interesting and worth a visit. We spent a few days at the thermal spa in Ptuj and found it a fascinating old city. If you haven't been to a thermal spa in Europe, Slovenia is a great place to try one-- you'll find descriptions of several on the Slovenian Tourist board website.

If you're on the Adriatic coast in Piran or Isola you can take a ferry across to Venice for the day-- leave in the morning and return in the early evening. If the weather's nice it's a glorious way to spend a day, and a little faster than taking the train.

The Lonely Planet guide to Slovenia is a great resource, and as far as I know the only guidebook entirely devoted to Slovenia. You can order it from I highly recommend it.

Happy travels!

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