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Natural Wonders of Slovenia

Mala Osojnica Viewpoint, Lake Bled, Slovenia
Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia
Postojna Cave, Slovenia
Piran, Slovenia
Triple Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Bled Castle, Slovenia
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £1249 £1099
7 days

Holiday highlights

  • 7 Days in stunning Slovenia. Click here for more information about Slovenia.
  • Stay on the shores of the iconic Lake Bled in the shadow of the Julian Alps.
  • Follow the wooden walkways of Vintgar Gorge & visit Lake Bohinj.
  • Explore Predjama Castle and enter the enormous caverns of Postojna Cave.
  • Unwind on the Slovene Riviera in the relaxing spa town of Portorož.
  • Wander the cobbled streets of the Venetian town of Piran on the Adriatic.
  • Take in the culture and history of the green capital Ljubljana.

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  • Fly from the UK to Ljubljana. On arrival you are met at the airport for a 30 minute transfer to your hotel in Bled, located north of the capital.

  • Start the day with a short transfer to Vintgar, where you follow the meandering wooden walkways through the gorge in this area of natural beauty. After descending down to Šum Waterfall, climb up to the top of the valley into the alpine village of Blejska Dobrava with the impressive Julian Alps making the backdrop, then looping back round to the entrance. The hike takes approximately 90 minutes. The trails can be wet so please bring appropriate footwear, there are handrails for support.

    Return to Lake Bled for a visit to the medieval Bled Castle, strikingly located on top of a cliff that looks out over the iconic lake. Explore the lower and upper courtyards, the printing press room, chapel, wine cellar and of course, gaze down on the remarkable glistening Lake Bled below.

    Descend back down into the town and board a traditional Pletna style (gondola-like) boat to the small Lake Bled Island where the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary is situated. Don’t forget to ring the bell of wishes inside the baroque-style church dating back to 1534. Return to Bled, where you have the afternoon free. Perhaps walk the loop around the lake, or relax in a café with a hot chocolate and traditional Bled cream cake.

    Included Activities: Guided tour of Vintgar Gorge, Bled Castle, Pletna boat ride to Bled Island and Assumption of Maria Church.

    Included Meals: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Spend the day exploring more of Lake Bled at your own leisure or take our optional Lake Bohinj Hike excursion. Take a 30-minute transfer to the shores of Lake Bohinj to the start of the 12km hike around the entire lake. This is the largest glacial lake in all of Slovenia and is typically much quieter than the more popular Lake Bled, however, still offers equally spectacular scenery. The walk takes approximately 4 hours and is moderate in difficulty along forest trails and some rocky terrain so we recommend wearing appropriate and comfortable footwear. Take in the beautiful lakeside views of Bohinj in the heart of Triglav National Park, surrounded by rich fauna and wonderful nature. The route begins in Ribčev Laz and meanders along the south shore and through the dense forest. The view of both the lake and the mountains opens up along the trail. Descend to Ukanc on the west side of the lake and cross the emerald Savica River to the northern lake shore. A stone road leads to the Church of St John the Baptist, and you then end the hike at a local restaurant where you have lunch. There will be some free time at leisure to wander round the pretty village or for a fresh swim in the lake.

    Return back to Lake Bled, for your final evening on the shores of one of Europe’s most remarkable settings.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch included at a restaurant on the Lake Bohinj Hike excursion.

  • Take a 90 minute morning drive to Predjama Castle, a castle built into a cliff cave that has been standing for more than 800 years. Take a guided tour of the remarkable medieval structure steeped in history, with a network of secret tunnels and a cave which is home to a colony of bats.

    Just a short drive away is the nearby Postojna Cave, where you take a 3.7km train ride into the underground cave system and then explore the wonders within on foot. See miraculous cave formations in the form of stalagmites and stalactites, spot the “baby dragons” that live in the cave’s darkness, follow the winding trails that take you through huge subterranean halls where concerts take place. Temperatures drop to a cool 10°C inside the caves so remember to bring a coat to keep you warm for the hour you spend inside.

    After lunch, continue for an hour to Portorož, situated on the Adriatic Sea on Slovenia’s beautiful coastline.

    Included Activities: Guided tour of Predjama Castle and Postojna Cave.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included after visiting Postojna Cave.

  • Located on Slovenia’s Adriatic Coast, Portorož, is known for its natural spa treatments, stone sculpture garden for views of the bay and beautiful waterfront.

    Portorož is a resort town lined with many fine seafood restaurants, where you can enjoy a leisurely meal overlooking the Adriatic coast. Be sure to stroll along the shorelines with striking sunsets, and the perfect opportunity to unwind on the Slovenian Riviera with spa facilities and wellness centres.

    Have a free day exploring the seaside town or visit the nearby medieval town of Piran. A bus runs the 10-minute route to the edge of the pedestrianised zone, or you can take a very pleasant hour-long stroll along the coastline.

    Navigate the narrow cobbled streets and charming squares that make up Piran’s old town center. The town played a vital role in the Venetian Republic for a number of centuries. Stroll through Tartini Central Square, with a statue of the famous composer Giuseppe Tartini then wander up to St. George’s Parish Church that sits atop the town looking down on the former walled city.   

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • After breakfast at your hotel, take a 90 minute road transfer to Ljubljana. Slovenia’s calm capital is one of Europe’s greenest cities with the historic city centre closed to car traffic, electric modes of transport readily available and its recent recycling efforts and zero waste policies. The capital boasts a castle overlooking the cobbled streets, art nouveau architecture and a growing gastronomic scene. Check in to your hotel before an afternoon tour that takes in the city’s highlights.

    Strolling through the old town takes you to Prešeren Square where locals like to socialise. Admire the architectural triumphs of Jože Plečnik in the Triple & Cobblers Bridges that connect the modern part of the city to the historical medieval town which offer photo opportunities up and down the flowing River Ljubljanica, formerly part of a major trade route through central Europe. Step inside the grand Town Hall which boasts the city’s recent green city status and has local art exhibitions.

    After exploring the Medieval Town, ride the funicular train up to the fortress of Ljubljana Castle which offers beautiful panoramic views of the city. Then descend the funicular, finishing the city tour by paying a visit to the lively central market home to local produce and street food before returning to your hotel.

    Other activities include exploring the luscious Tivoli Park, admiring the Renaissance and Baroque-era architecture that adorn the streets, as well as works by Jože Plečnik known as the Slovenian father of design. As a heavily-populated student city, a new wave of artistic expression is coming through, particularly in the Metelkova area, with extravagant street art, open art studios, wall mosaics and sculptures. On Fridays, there is the open Odprta Kunha street market, where the best chefs and city eateries come together with stalls open for the public to choose from. National dishes include kranjska klobasa, a pork dish with mustard and fresh bread roll, and pogača, a local variation on focaccia that are traditionally made with buckwheat.

    Included Activities: Guided Tour of Ljubljana Old Town and Ljubljana Castle.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Depending on your flight time, you have more time to explore this delightful city at your leisure. Take a 30 minute transfer to Ljubljana airport for your return flight to the UK. Evening arrival into London Heathrow.

    Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Lake Bled

Hotel Park

Included

Standard hotel: The Hotel Park is right on the shores of Lake Bled in a recently renovated building with 218 spacious and comfortable rooms. The hotel has a spa park which includes a swimming pool, sauna and gym facilities all with panoramic views over the lake. There is a hotel restaurant and bar in the lobby open throughout the day.

Why stay here: The hotel's location is the perfect base for exploring the town of Bled. You are walking distance from the promenade with restaurant, bar & cafe options as well as pathways around the lake. The hotel has a very contemporary feel to the building with themes of water & forest implemented into the design. Be sure to try the famous Bled cream cake that is made at the hotel’s restaurant.

Hotel facilities

  • There is a heated indoor rooftop pool, sauna, gym, restaurant and bar. 

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service. 

  • Wifi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, a private balcony, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer and safe boxes.

Room types available

Standard room

Lake view room (extra cost)

*Depending on your departure date, you may be in the Rikli Balance Hotel

Rikli Balance Hotel

Included

Standard hotel: The Rikli Balance Hotel is located on the edge of the town of Bled with fabulous views of the lake. It combines comfort with a modern design throughout the building with 150 well-appointed rooms and many facilities throughout the hotel. The Wellness Centre has an indoor & outdoor pool, spa facilities as well as spacious lobby, bar and restaurant area.

Why stay here: This hotel has excellent facilities, attentive customer service and very comfortable rooms. The design of the building combines contemporary design with comfort for a relaxed stay minutes away from Lake Bled itself. A highlight is the Živa Wellness Centre with multiple swimming pools, a jacuzzi and saunas available. Its elevated position offers great views of the Lake, particularly in the restaurant where you can enjoy international and local cuisine.

Hotel facilities

  • There is a Wellness Centre with swimming pools & spa facilities, a restaurant and a bar. 

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service. 

  • Wifi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, a private balcony, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer and safe boxes.

Room types available

Standard room

Lake view room (extra cost)

*Depending on your departure date, you may be in the Hotel Park

Accommodation in Portorož

Boutique Hotel Portorose

Included

Standard hotel: The Boutique Hotel Portorose has 89 recently renovated rooms in total, located in the resort town of Portorož. This is a comfortable hotel with outdoor pool facilities as well as an international restaurant and bar in the lobby. Its location is perfect for exploring the coast and nearby medieval town of Piran.  

Why stay here: This boutique hotel is in a great location for your time on the Adriatic Coast. There are many seafood restaurants in Portorož and transport can be organised to visit the nearby medieval town of Piran. The outdoor swimming pool and sauna facilities are prefect for unwinding on the coast and the hotel’s restaurant international cuisine can be enjoyed on the outside terrace.

Hotel facilities

  • There is an outside swimming pool, sauna facilities, a restaurant and a bar. 

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service. 

  • Free Wifi is available throughout the hotel.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, a private balcony, air conditioning, a TV, a minibar, ensuite bathrooms, a hairdryer and a safe.

Room types available

Standard room

Sea view room (extra cost)

Accommodation in Ljubljana

Hotel Lev

Included

Standard hotel: The Hotel Lev is comfortable hotel and the perfect base for your time in Ljubljana. This hotel has 173 well-appointed rooms, and is situated close to the city’s center. Its facilities include a bistro-style restaurant and bar area as well as a gym.

Why stay here: Ljubljana's Hotel Lev is a 10 minute walk to both the central Prešeren Square in the heart of the pedestrianised city center as well as the beautiful Tivoli Park. The rooms are spacious, clean and the hotel’s location is ideal for exploring the highlights of this green capital.

Hotel facilities

  • There is a restaurant and bar lounge, with free Wifi throughout the hotel.

  • There is a Fitness Centre with a gym.

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, baggage storage and a wake-up call service. 

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, a hairdryer and a safe.

Excursions

Lake Bohinj Hike

£110

This excursion takes you to the shores of Lake Bohinj, located 30 minutes from Bled, and the start of a 12km hike around the entirety of the largest glacial lake in Slovenia. Lake Bohinj attracts much smaller crowds than Lake Bled and with its striking blue-green waters, dense forest trails and spectacular surrounding Triglav National Park landscapes, which make it a must see for your time in Slovenia.

After arriving in Bohinj, the route begins in Ribčev Laz and meanders along the south shore and through the luscious forest with rich fauna. Take in the beautiful lakeside views before the mountain views open up along the trail before descending to Ukanc on the west side of the lake and cross the emerald Savica River to the northern lake shore. A stone road will lead you to the Church of St John the Baptist, beautifully located on the edge of the crystal clear lake waters, where the hike will end with lunch at a local restaurant. The walk takes approximately 4 hours and is moderate in difficulty along forest trails and some rocky terrain so we recommend wearing comfortable hiking footwear. There will be some free time at leisure to wander round the village or perhaps for a fresh swim in the lake.

Return back to Lake Bled, for your final evening on the tranquil shores of one of Europe’s most remarkable settings.

2022

Prices include

Return flights from the UK; any internal flights; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers; service of guides and local reps, UK airport taxes.

Prices do not include

Any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

Holidays without international flights

The above prices include return international flights from the UK. If you wish to arrange your own flights, we will reduce our prices accordingly. The reduction depends on when you travel, please call us for details.

Departure Airport

Flights are scheduled to be from London. Other airports may be possible, although a supplement sometimes applies.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About Your Holiday

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

  • In many cases, the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will normally operate this just for you.

    In some cases, we operate more traditional tours, with the same Llama Travel group travelling together for the majority of the holiday, which allows land travel from one location to another. This is particularly the case for our European tours, and in this case we may have a minimum number of travellers required to operate the group.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. These will usually be in English, although in some places, especially on wildlife excursions, the excursions may be operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

Booking Conditions

How To Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

Before You Go

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in destination will give you final details for hotel and excursions when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • Cards are widely accepted in most hotel and restaurants, and cash machines are common in most destinations. However, when travelling to remote areas, it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. Travellers cheques are no longer widely used, so it may be inconvenient to take these.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    More information on the situation regarding money, budgeting and tipping in specific countries is in the country information below.

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy, but good medical insurance should cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are going to be taking part in any activity, please ensure your policy covers you for this, especially if this involves high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail.

  • To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Latin America

    Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel Latin American destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Peru (020 7838 9223); Ecuador (020 7451 0040); Argentina (020 7318 1340); Chile (020 7222 2361); Brazil (020 7747 4500); Colombia (020 7589 5037); Bolivia (020 7235 4248); Costa Rica (020 7706 8844); Guatemala (020 7351 3042); Mexico (020 7499 8586), Panama (020 7409 2255).

    If you are flying via another country, especially the US, you need to comply with the appropriate immigration requirements. Please ask us for details.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    There is an entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US, Canada and some other countries which must be paid upon arrival. There is also an entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina, which must be paid in advance online.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    Africa

    British nationals can enter South Africa, Namibia and Botswana for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: South Africa (020 7451 7299); Namibia (020 7636 6244); Botswana (020 7499 0031). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For South Africa, you need a passport with two blank pages.

    For Zimbabwe, British nationals will be granted with a KAZA Univisa (valid for travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia and day trips into Botswana) visa, for a fee (US$ 50 per person, paid in cash). This is easiest to obtain upon arrival at the airport or border post, rather than via an agency in the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask Zimbabwe consulate (020 7836 7755). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK.

    For Kenya, British nationals require a visa, which must be obtained online in advance. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission. Children aged 16 and below do not require a visa to enter Kenya. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Kenya consulate (020 7636 2371). You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate. In South Africa and Namibia, children under 18 must also carry an unabridged birth certificate.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Europe

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities, either through Llama Travel or through Llama Travel. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance.

  • Some countries have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

    Countries in Africa have particularly strict requirements regarding children travelling, and in both South Africa and Namibia, children need to carry an unabridged birth certificate. Additionally, in Namibia, adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel.

    Such requirements do change from time to time, and although we try to keep abreast of such changes and update this information, if you are travelling with children, we suggest you check current requirements carefully.

When Your Are Travelling

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK.

    In Latin America and Europe, attitudes can sometimes be more conservative than in the UK, but there are not usually problems.

    In some African countries, including Zimbabwe and Kenya, same sex relationships are illegal and conservative attitudes prevail. However, hotels and lodges do not discriminate and LGBT couples can share rooms. In much of Africa, public displays of affection may attract negative attention, especially with LGBT couples, although the majority of people are friendly to visitors, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation. In South Africa, the authorities have introduced legislation which bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    The UK Foreign Office has information LGBT travel on their travel advice for individual countries, found at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • For all wildlife excursions, please always follow the instructions of your guide, both for the animals’ welfare and for your safety. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, excursions involving exposure to wild animals will always carry some risk.

    If you take a safari in Africa, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. All of the game drives run according to schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen. For any excursions taken on foot, there will be a safety briefing to inform you of the possible dangers.

Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. Advice for travellers is available at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

    When travelling, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you suffer from a disability or condition and are worried whether this will affect the enjoyment of a holiday, please call us. We will do our best to help. We recommend that you bring any medicines you require from the UK.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

    Outside of major cities, medical facilities can be basic, meaning a lengthy transfer if hospital attention is required.

    Latin America

    Yellow fever and / or malaria precautions are recommended for visiting the jungle, Iguazu Falls and some parts of Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Yellow Fever certificates are sometimes required if you have recently visited a country with an infected area. Children under 6 require proof of vaccination against polio to enter Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about zika. Please seek medical advice before you travel.

    Parts of South America are at high altitude. Most visitors do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart or lung condition, or think that you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

    Africa

    Malaria precautions are highly recommended when visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the north of Namibia, including Etosha, Botswana and Kenya. Yellow Fever vaccination is highly recommended for Kenya. Travellers entering many African countries, including South Africa and Kenya Africa, coming from a yellow fever zone must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

Getting There

  • A holiday in Latin America or Africa inevitably means long haul flights, and usually at least one overnight sector. Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Many airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Prices start from £199 each way for Premium Economy and £699 each way for Business Class, although sometimes airlines have special offers and prices may be lower. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy

    Some airlines offer Premium Economy cabins, which provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    Other airlines offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost.

    Business Class

    Many airlines have long haul business class cabins with seats which convert into full flat beds and often have a privacy screen.

    Business Class within Europe is often similar to economy class seating, but with better meals and middle seats are often left empty.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, we will advise you in advance. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    There may be additional luggage restrictions for specific countries. In this case, details of this will be in the country information below.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For internal flights, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

                        

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot guarantee specific seats.

  • Depending on the route and the airline, if you would like to break your journey to or from your final destination, and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible. Please ask us for information.

  • If you are interested in arranging your own international flights, this is sometimes possible. Please ask us for details of this and any discount we can arrange for removing international flights. Please do not book your flights until we have reconfirmed all services with our suppliers and you have checked the confirmation invoice.

  • All people transiting in a third country need to make sure they comply with any immigration requirements for that country.

    This is especially the case when in transit in the UK when flying to Latin America. In this case, you must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the US and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the US. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    If your flight to Latin America involves a stop in the US, you will be subject to US immigration control upon entry to the US. If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are a UK citizen and have a UK passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page. It must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.

    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at: http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp3.html

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    Details of the ESTA Visa Waiver Program can be found on the US State Department website at

    https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

    In addition to the Visa Waiver Programme, the US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight.

Travelling in Slovenia

  • Slovenia has a continental climate with pleasant springs, warm summers and cool autumns.

    Temperatures in Lake Bled are warmest in July with average highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. In May and September temperatures hover around a high of 20°C with a low of 8°C.

    In Ljubljana temperatures begin to increase in May with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. The summer months typically enjoy a range from 14-28°C, whilst in September-October temperatures fall a little to between 8-22°C

    In Portorož and Piran along the Adriatic Coast, there is a Mediterranean climate. Temperatures can reach 26°C in July with lows of 19°C. In May there are highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C, while in September you can expect pleasant temperatures ranging from 16°C to 19°C.

    Due to the variations in weather, we recommend taking a variety of clothing, suitable for warm and cooler weather. The temperature in Postojna Cave is a constant 10°C, so warm clothing is essential. Rain is possible throughout the year, so waterproofs are also recommended.

    There are opportunities to swim in the lakes and along the coast, so bring swimwear. Water temperatures can be cool in the spring and autumn months.

    Electricity in Albania is 230V, and plugs are of the round two-pin type.

    We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

  • The currency in Slovenia is the Euro (approximate exchange rate £1 = €1.20). Credit and debit cards can be used in hotels, shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals on your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    All hotels include breakfast, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We recommend budgeting approximately £20-30 for a three-course meal, £5 for a good local bottle of wine, £2 for a beer or soft drink and 50p for a big bottle of water.

    Throughout Slovenia there are opportunities to shop for souvenirs and we advise setting aside some of your budget for this purpose.

    If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. It is standard to tip 5-10% for table service in restaurants.

  • Slovenian cuisine is influenced by the diversity of its landscape and its surrounding neighbours. Pasta and pastries are reminiscent of Italy, strudels from Austria and hearty stews and dumplings from the Balkan nations. With a slither of coastline along the Adriatic, the seafood is also excellent.

    One of the most popular traditional local dishes is dumplings, bite-sized buckwheat pockets often stuffed with cheese, veal, pork or potato. Kremna Rezina is the Slovenian dessert originating in the Hotel Park in Lake Bled and features layers of custard, cream and puff pastry. It has protected designation of local origin status and, therefore, can only be made in Lake Bled bakeries. Bograč is a warming Hungarian inspired stew consisting of three meats, typically pork, beef and game with various vegetables and sweet paprika. A popular meal in the traditional Slovenian sausage Kranjska klobasa served with mustard and sauerkraut and can be found throughout the country.

    In the main cities, the price for a two-course meal and a drink in a restaurant is approximately £20. There are very good selection of restaurant options in each location