Slovenia is a picture perfect country with culturally sophisticated cities and charmingly rustic villages. The influence of neighbouring Italy, Austria and Hungary is clear – in the architecture, the cuisine and the locals’ enthusiastic attitude to life – making Slovenia a truly remarkable holiday destination.
The countryside is remote and beautiful. Scenic beech, fir and oak forests thickly cover the mountainous terrain, with a number of stunning glacial lakes settling in the pristine valleys. Unsurprisingly, the alpine regions become immensely popular during winter, as the thick snow creates perfect skiing and winter sport conditions.
Albatross Tours’ exciting Slovenia tours are held over Christmas, when the snow-covered scenery is picture perfect and the towns have a special festive air.
Christmas in the Slovenian Alps
- Leisurely 2 and 4 night stays
- Breakfast daily and 9 dinners
- Small group size - just 10 to 28
- Character hotels in superb locations
Slovenia Tour Highlights
- Ljubljana: Slovenia’s largest city and capital, Ljubljana is a stunning city with elegant historic buildings and a modern approach to easy living. The tree-lined Ljubljana River winds through the city, its natural beauty giving the historic streets an even more sophisticated atmosphere. Many of the elegant buildings in Ljubljana can actually be attributed to one man - Jože Plečnik, an early master of minimalist design. The city has an incomparable festive atmosphere around Christmas – the city centre is decked with lights and Christmas-themed markets are held under the boughs of a massive, bejewelled fir tree.
- Kranjska Gora: Situated in the country’s northwest, near the borders of Italy and Austria, Kranjska Gora is a small, cosmopolitan town that offers some of the best winter sports opportunities in the entire country. Other towns might sleep when the blanketing snow sets in, but Kranjska Gora comes alive when snow falls, with tourists and locals carving up the alpine slopes, powering down the ski jumps and enjoying the awe-inspiring views from the iconic cable cars.
- Lake Bohinj: Hidden among the Julian Alps in north-western Slovenia, Lake Bohinj is one of Slovenia’s impressive and beautiful glacial lakes. During summer, the lake is a popular destination for swimming and fishing for the many trout, burbot and chub that inhabit the crystal clear waters. Although Bohinj freezes over during winter, the resulting vistas are so stunning that there is little drop off in tourism. Dotted around the lake are small, old-world villages where most of the inhabitants make their living through traditional dairy herding and farming practices.