Featuring a mountainous hinterland, romantic castles, and sun-drenched villages, Slovenia is a land of unforgettable splendors.


  • Discover the captivating and trendy capital city, Ljubljana, visiting Congress Square, the bustling Central Market, and Prešeren Square–a cobblestone-paved main square named after Slovenia’s national poet, France Prešeren.
  • Board a pletna–a flat-bottomed boat–and take in stunning views of pristine Lake Bled, which boasts rugged mountains, a swan-filled lake, and an enchanting castle.
  • At Postojna Cave, ride a mini-train into a karst cavern lit with chandeliers, passing stalactites and learning about the cave’s fascinating ecosystem, which is home to more than 100 different species.
  • Admire the allure of the Adriatic coast in the resort town of Portorož–the “Port of Roses”– and in the pleasant fishing village of Piran.
  • Journey through a lush landscape to the glacial valley of Logarska Dolina, passing meadows bursting with color and the towering walls of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

Itinerary at a Glance

July 30Depart gateway city
July 31–August 1Ljubljana
August 2Lake Bled
August 3Postojna | Predjama
August 4Portorož | Piran | Lipica
August 5Logarska Dolina | Žiče
August 6Ljubljana
August 7Depart for U.S.

Trip Scholar

Nada Petković

Nada Petković is instructional professor of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the College. A native of Belgrade, Serbia, she joined the University of Chicago as a Fulbright scholar in the late 80s and prefers to refer to herself as Yugoslav. She studied comparative literature and Slavic languages at the University of Belgrade and general linguistics at the University of Chicago. Her teaching and research focus on languages of the former Yugoslavia, second-language acquisition, sociolinguistics, cultural anthropology, urban studies, and literary translation. She has taught and lectured on many topics concerning the rich history of the Balkan region, its diverse cultures and traditions, with a particular interest in state and city branding. Her projects include the book Balkan Epic: Song, History, Modernity (Scarecrow, 2012), co-authored with Philip V. Bohlman; an advanced-level language textbook; Po naški through Fiction: A Structural Reader of Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Prose; and other work on language pedagogy and grammar. She has also done numerous translations of contemporary prose. Petković is the recipient of distinguished honors from the Fulbright Program, the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, and the University of Chicago.