When Czechoslovakia split up we suddenly had two new countries to link with. When Yugoslavia disintegrated we suddenly had a potential six! The most easily accessible and popular with our tour groups is the northernmost Republic of Slovenia, one of the smallest EU members yet with the largest range of scenery in such a small area passing from Alpine Mountain down to Adriatic coastline.
Groups usually fly to the capital Ljubljana - a small compact place, if they want to visit the mountain areas around Lake Bled and the Austrian border, but alternatively fly to the Italian City of Venice, which is only an hour or so from the Slovenian border. Heading past Trieste (although Italian, it's in fact the town with the largest Slovenian population) you reach the Istrian coast and the small port of Koper where we have links with the local schools and have taken many groups. Easy access to nearby Croatia or to the Postojna Caves, Koper is a comfortable little town with an ancient heart clashing the Italian and Slavic cultures in one easygoing mix.
An hour north is Ljubljana, and less than another hour away is the Gorenske Region, settled within the high Julian Alps.
The lakeside Town of Bled is a must for visitors with its Transylvanian style medieval castle perched high on a peak above a traditional middle European street scene from where Hollywood villagers surely picked up their flaming torches on many occasions to storm it. A boat ride away in the centre of the lake is the island. Noted for its ancient fertily ceremonies and still popular for weddings, there's at least a bell you lay on your back and can ring these days, which is much more relaxing.
Along from Bled is the small Town of Radovljica where we have contacts with the local school, and not far again is the Bohinj Valley where skiing and mountain walking is very popular. Through a big tunnel (or straight up and straight down via the mountains) you can get to Austria. Alternatively an hour or so across the eastern plains and you’re in Hungary.