Hike along the path less traveled in the heart of Slovenia’s Julian Alps
Slovenia is hands down Europe’s best-kept secret. Small yet majestic, dreamy and unspoiled, everything from its vibrant capital of Ljubljana, to its serene countryside, picturesque medieval villages, and breathtaking mountain views seems locked in a bygone era. This destination has it all. This challenging trip takes in the wonders of western Slovenia's alpine scenery, from the awe-inspiring Julian Alps to the Soca River bedecked in glowing turquoise, to the fairytale castle on Lake Bled. Along the way, we'll sleep in well-appointed, charming hotels with spa amenities, and sample Slovenia's luscious red wines! There is no better time than the present to explore one of the last of Europe’s undiscovered jewels.
8 Days of strenuous hiking (max elev. 6,795')
- Experience Slovenia before the crowds discover it—from the stunning Julian Alps to Ljubljana (a classic, old world European capital)
- Dedicated native guides inspire spontaneous interactions with locals such as sampling homemade schnapps in alpine huts
- Surprisingly green landscapes full of natural beauty and well maintained hiking trails makes this a trekker’s dream
Duration: 10 days Start Location: Ljubljana End Location: LjubljanaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival in Ljubljana
Arrive in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Take time to explore this hip and up-and-coming city by foot before meeting your guide this afternoon for orientation and welcome dinner.
Day 2 : Ljubljana – Velika Planina – Logarska Valley
We’ll head north to the Great Highlands, hiking through shepherd country, green meadows and beneath soaring peaks. After lunch, we’ll head to the Logarska Valley.
Day 3 : Logarska Valley
Logarska’s pastoral charm is enchanting! We’ll hike up to Okreselj to get under the amphitheatre of mountains. Following a fairy-tale trail along a stream, we’ll arrive at Rinka waterfall.
Day 4 : Logarska Valley
Today we'll climb Olševa high above the Logarska Valley to visit the Potocka Zijalka cave, famous for its archeological finds from the Stone Age. A farmhouse welcomes us for homemade, regional delicacies!
Day 5 : Logarska Valley – Austria – Jezersko Pass – Lake Bohinj
Our journey continues into the Slovenian Alps, through green fields, blossoming meadows and past wooden alpine houses to Jezersko.
Day 6 : Bohinj – Seven Triglav Lakes
We’ll set out early, high above Bohinj, walking up through a pine forest. Passing shepherds’ cottages and green meadows, we’ll reach the valley of Seven Triglav Lakes.
Day 7 : Bohinj – Brda Moutain – Bled – Bohinj
Today, we'll climb Brdo Mountain for great views of Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak. We’ll picnic at the grassy top of Brdo, then return to Bohinj via the picturesque Lake Bled.
Day 8 : Bohinj – Sleme – Kobarid
We’ll hike to Sleme for a picnic along a charming small glacial lake. From the Vrsic Pass, we’ll drive to Kobarid in the Soca Valley.
Day 9 : Kobarid – Pretovc – Kobarid
We’ll hike Krn Mountain, one of the Julian Alps’ highest peaks, up to Planina Pretovc to steal stunning views of the Soca River Valley, majestic cliffs and villages below.
Day 10 : Kobarid – Kozjak Waterfall – Ljubljana – Departure
Before heading to Ljubljana for our flights home, we’ll enjoy a short walk to the hidden waterfall of Kozjek!
DATES: Best time to go: June - September Departures: Sep 2 - 11, 2014 Jun 23, 2015 - Jul 2, 2015 Jul 28, 2015 - Aug 6, 2015 Aug 25, 2015 - Sep 3, 2015
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Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
Luka doesn't sit still for long. When he is not guiding our trips, he is exploring the outer reaches of Northern Africa, Burma, Tibet, Montenegro, Sahara, Thailand, Croatia, and Nepal; guiding, discovering new destinations or bargaining for a precious Iranian silk carpet. He takes very seriously his Arabic lessons, due to the mystical deserts of the Arabic world which have enchanted him. When he is in Slovenia, he is devoted to free-climbing, mountain-biking, photography and expert dining. In his years of traveling he has became very knowledgeable about fine wine. Luka is the right person to show you where the best Cabarnet Sauvignon in Slovenia can be found.
Ursula has a degree in management and organization. She is an avid photographer and has traveled extensively between Asia and Latin America, and spent six months in Colombia working as a photo journalist. Ursula has been guiding since 2001 and is very knowledgeable about the Slovenian outdoors. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and in her free time enjoys cooking and dancing the Salsa.
Roman is a graduate in Chinese studies. After finishing his degree he spent a year in China, wandered around Southeast Asia for the next five years, and now Roman is settled between his two homelands. In the beautiful countryside of Slovenia as an outdoor guide, and in Cambodia, where he is running a petit beach resort when temperatures in Europe drop to freezing. An adventurer at heart, Roman continues to discover hidden corners of Croatia and Slovenia, combining nature experiences with his passion for gourmet Slovenian cuisine. As a guide he is well known for his personal touch and good humor.