Traveling in Slovenia with kids

What does responsible travel recommend?

Forget dull moments when traveling in Slovenia with kids. Active families can blitz through a host of adrenaline-buzz activities in magical settings, from relaxed Italianate seaside to the Soca Valley, a natural wonderland by the breathtaking Julian Alps. White water raft the emerald Soca River, bike or ride quiet trails, go canyoning or walk gorges, tackle high ropes or paraglide. Wonders extend beneath the earth among Europe's finest caves: think bats, jaw-dropping caverns and dazzling early human history. And what kid doesn't like a castle? Slovenia has dozens – plus a host of historic towns – straight out of fairytales.

Things to do in Slovenia with kids


Horsey heaven
Horse-mad kids will love riding a snow-white Lipizzaner – stars of Vienna's Spanish Riding School - in historic Lipica where they originated. Parents can kick-back with a carriage ride around majestic Lake Bled. Less experienced riders can head for equally gorgeous Lake Bohinj, to ride adorable pony-like Icelandic horses.
Speedy Slovenia! Satisfy even the most demanding adrenaline seekers with high-paced adventure activities throughout Slovenia's natural playground. Whizz down churning rapids on the Soca River, then tackle high ropes or go paragliding in the valleys of the stupendous Julian Alps. Tackle Slovenia's highest peak or mountain bike amazing alpine trails.
Fab forts
Spin unforgettable memories around colourful history exploring some of Europe's most atmospheric castles. The 1,000-year-old Bled Castle clings to a cliff above a magical lake, while Predjama's fortress offers witchcraft tales and amazing underground caverns. Check out medieval dance moves at lovely Celje Castle.

Tips for families

responsible travel asks the experts

Simon Clifford, from our supplier Exodus, explains how a host of activities makes traveling in Slovenia with kids an exciting possibility:
“Slovenia is great fun for families with active teenagers, who get bored just sitting on a beach and swimming in a pool. They do all the same activities that the adults do, including whitewater rafting, mountain biking and whizzing down one of Europe’s longest zip lines.”
Rebecca Scrase, from our supplier Imaginative Adventures, emphasises the bonus of tailor-made activities when it comes to traveling in Slovenia with kids:
“All our itineraries can be designed around the traveler, so Slovenia trips can build in elements like ziplining one of Europe's largest, longest and highest zip lines, kayaking, mountain biking and canyoning can all be arranged.”
Luka Esenko, from our supplier Luka Esenko Photography picks out flexible options for traveling in Slovenia with kids: “We have personalised tours for families, and we do our best so each family member will get what they like the most. Sometimes part of the family wants to do sightseeing or some sport activities and the other part does photography. Then they can join together for the rest of the day.”
Photo credits: [Top box: shadowgate] [Horsey heaven: meteo] [Speedy Slovenia: sylaf] [Fab forts: Gilad Rom] [Rebecca Scrase quote: neiljs]
Written by Norman Miller
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