Day 1: Airport - Ljubljana. Ljubljana, is the capital of Slovenia and a very charming small city, nestled between the Castle hill and the river of the same name. It is of Roman origin, but most of the buildings are from baroque and art deco era. It is a vivid place and also boasts the biggest shopping mall in Central Europe.
Day 2: Ljubljana - Lake Bled - Lake Bohinj - Ljubljana. Lake Bled is a true Alpine pearl. The lake with a castle atop the cliff and an island with a church, famous for its wish-fulfilling bell is a perfect setup for those who want to enjoy some tranquility. Nearby Lake Bohinj is even more pristine as it is already a part of the National park.
Day 3: Ljubljana - Postojna Cave - Stanjel - Piran - Portoroz. Postojna cave is the most visited cave in the world and the only one where a train takes you in. It is also the site where a very unusual amphibian called »human fish« lives. Stanjel or Stone town is where the Karst region starts (this is the original Karst, after which all similar types of terrain around the world got its name – here in a small area of Slovenia there are over 10.000 caves). A walk through the Venetian looking town of Piran is a must and nearby Portoroz (Port of Roses) is a touristic village. We will sleep in the hotel at the coast where you will be able to enjoy the most comprehensive spa and wellness facilities in Europe.
Day 4: Portoroz - Miramare Castle - Lipica Stud Ljubljana. Just a stone-throw away from Portorose is Italian port of Trieste. Here we will admire the Miramare castle, an expression of love constructed by Austro-hungarian prince. Back in Slovenia we will enjoy the performance of high dressage techniques in Lipica, a 430 year old stud farm, which is the original stud farm of lipizzaner horses (these are the horses that perform in a Spanish Dressage school in Vienna). Overnight in Ljubljana.
Day 5: Ljubljana - Abbey Zice - Maribor - Balaton Lake (Hungary). Drive to Maribor, the second biggest town of Slovenia (Maribor has the oldest wine tree in the world, over 400 years old and still producing grapes). En route stop at Zice abbey where next to it is supposedly the oldest inn (restaurant) in Europe. Let's try the elixir of life, a typical medieval lunch. The day will finish in Hungary, at the Lake of Balaton.
Day 6: Lake Balaton - Budapest. Visit to Heviz, the biggest natural spa resort in the world. Walk around Tihany peninsula and then continuation towards Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
Day 7: Budapest. Sightseeing tour of Budapest with the visit to the Castle, St. Matthias church. Cruise on the Danube river. Free for shoppping or optional a visit to the famous Hungarian bath. In the evening a traditional evening in a czarda is a good idea.
Day 8: Budapest. Drive to the airport (possibly some time for shopping) and farewell from Europe.
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