Hiking Slovenia's Julian Alps

Overview

Small yet majestic, dreamy and unspoiled, Slovenia is Europe's best-kept secret. On this unique adventure, explore its vibrant capital of Ljubljana, its serene countryside, picturesque medieval villages that seem locked in a bygone era, and breathtaking mountain views. 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, sleep in well-appointed, charming hotels with spa amenities, and sample Slovenia's delicious cuisine and luscious red wines.

  • Experience the highlights of this stunning European gem before the crowds discover its charms

  • Hike to one of the highest standing farmhouses in Slovenia to sample homemade delicacies

  • Explore the Julian Alps' gorgeously green landscapes and well-maintained hiking trails - a trekker's dream

  • Arrive: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Depart: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Group Size: 4-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 15 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Welcome to Ljubljana

    Arrive at the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. One of the hippest cities in Europe, this charming place is reminiscent of Prague - only without the crowds. The city is so small you can explore most of the sights on foot and enjoy strolls along the lovely Ljubljanica River. With lively bars, cafes and art galleries, the green city of Ljubljana is a great hideout from big and crowded European capitals. Meet your guide in the afternoon for a trip overview and welcome dinner.

  • Day02

    Set Out for the Great Highlands

    Head north to the Great Highlands, where the conical sheepherders' wooden huts tell of highland life long ago; some date back over a century. Hike on gentle terrain through green meadows, seeing the limestone peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps within reach. Enjoy a picnic overlooking the valley to the sound of cowbells; there may be a chance to sample fresh cheese and other local delicacies. After the hike, drive to the Logarska Valley Nature Park, a secret pearl right on the Austrian border.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Plesnik
    • Activity: 4 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,368' elevation gain/loss
    • Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Explore Logarska Valley

    The secluded valley of Logarska is a place of contrasts, with its white pointy limestone peaks protecting the soft green glacier valley known for its clear mountain air, fertile soil, and organic farms. Hike up to Okreselj to get under the amphitheater of mountains. Following a scenic trail along a clear stream, arrive at Rinka waterfall, a remote corner once beloved by the noble families of the Austrian empire.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Plesnik
    • Activity: 6 hours/7 miles hiking with 2,100' elevation gain/loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Climb a Mountain Ridge & Explore Logarska Valley

    Today climb Raduha mountain ridge high above the Logarska Valley. Situated on the border with Austria, this eastern part of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps is famous for the 355-foot-long Potocka Zijalka cave, where Stone Age hunting tools and cave bear bones were found. Finish today's hike in one of the highest standing farmhouses in Slovenia, with a sampling of homemade delicacies.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Plesnik
    • Activity: 6 hours/5 miles hiking with 2,200 elevation gain & 1,850' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Discover Jezersko and Hike to Lake Bohinj

    Say farewell to the Logarska Valley and continue to the jewel of the Slovenian Alps, Lake Bohinj. For a few moments enter Austria before coming back to Slovenia on the pass of Jezersko. In summertime, green fields full of blossoming flowers, wooden alpine houses and the heart-shaped Lake Jezersko become a popular hiking spot. Enjoy a 3-hour hike to Vintgar gorge near Lake Bled and follow the crystal water before entering a forest which later opens with beautiful vistas of the Julian Alps. We end our day at Lake Bohinj.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Jezero
    • Activity: 3 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 400' elevation gain/loss
    • Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Trek to the Valley of Seven Triglav Lakes

    In the early morning begin trekking high above Bohinj. An uphill walk through pine forest leads to the heart of the dazzling Julian Alps. Passing by shepherds' cottages and green meadows, reach the picturesque valley of Seven Triglav Lakes, also known as the Kingdom of the Goldenhorn.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Jezero
    • Activity: 8-9 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation gain/loss
    • Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Climb Brdo Mountain & Visit Lake Bled

    Bohinj features a string of quaint villages situated near the lake and a perfect base for treks in the Triglav National Park. Climb Brdo Mountain, which offers great views of Mount Triglav (9,396'), Slovenia's highest mountain. The top of the mountain with its carpets of green grass is an ideal spot for a lovely picnic lunch. Return to Bohinj via Bled, Slovenia's most famous and gorgeous lake.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Jezero
    • Activity: 5 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 2,250' elevation gain/loss
    • Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Hike to Sleme & Scenic Drive to Kobarid

    Take a ride around the Julian Alps en route to the Soca Valley, crossing Vrsic Pass (5,330'), which was once the border line between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. From here, enjoy breathtaking views and, with a bit of luck, see dozens of delicate alpine flowers. Hike to Sleme and enjoy a picnic lunch by a small glacier lake. From the pass, take a scenic winding drive to Kobarid, the center of the Soca Valley.

    • Accommodation: Hiša Franko
    • Activity: 4 hours/4 miles hiking with 1,150' elevation gain/loss
    • Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day09

    Stellar Views from Pretovc Alpine Meadow

    The majestic Krn Mountain with its distinctive shape is one of the highest peaks in southwestern Julian Alps. Just below its peak, find remote villages and meadows still used by local shepherds. Hike up to Pretovc alpine meadow today for stunning views of the Soca Valley, with the river winding beneath the cliffs.

    • Accommodation: Hiša Franko
    • Activity: 4 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 900' elevation gain/loss
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day10

    Walk to Kozjak Waterfall & Depart for Ljubljana

    This morning, take a short walk to the hidden waterfall of Kozjak. Depart for Ljubljana, arriving around noon. Flights home should depart no earlier than 4pm.

    • Activity: 1 hour/2 mile walk with 400' elevation gain/loss
    • Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast
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  • AvailableJun 19 - 28, 2019
  • AvailableSep 08 - 17, 2019
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This MT Sobek tailored trip pairs hikes through serene countryside, medieval villages, and gorgeous lakes with a stay in Slovenia's vibrant capital, Ljubljana.

Reason #02

Knowledgeable local MT Sobek guides inspire interactions with local farmers, often featuring treats of homemade schnapps, fresh cheese, and other local delicacies.

Reason #03

After strenuous hikes on hard to find paths, spend evenings relaxing at delightful lodgings, taking in wellness and spa amenities, and enchanting views.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    A short city break in lovely Ljubljana, scenic drives, and demanding hikes through awe-inspiring landscapes of mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers.

  • Lodging

    A great mix of attractive modern hotels and historic countryside retreats with wellness amenities and fairy-tale scenery.

  • Climate

    The weather in June and September is usually warm enough to wear short sleeves through the day and some warmer clothes in the evening.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    Upon arrival at the Ljubljana airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel in Ljubljana.

  • Can I wear trail shoes/cross training shoes on this trip?

    No, we highly recommend hiking boots with ankle support for this trip.

  • Can I skip any of the hikes if I need a rest day?

    Yes. We will be staying in some hotels for multiple nights, thereby affording you the opportunity on some days to take a leisurely day off and enjoy a good book with world-class views.

  • Is it worth spending extra time in Ljubljana before or after the trip?

    Absolutely. Ljubljana is a safe and fun city. Enjoy the city's many cafes that line the banks of the Ljubljanica River. For some other ideas, see this NYT article

  • What is the best time to see wildflowers on this trip?

    The wildflowers are most prevalent during our June departures.

  • How does this trip compare to your Tour du Mont Blanc trip?

    This trip is easier than our Tour du Mont Blanc trip, with shorter days and less elevation. This is a great trip for hikers wanting to discover an emerging region of Europe.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Jun 19 - 28, 2019
  • Available
    Sep 08 - 17, 2019
    Confirmed Departure

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2019
$4,895.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $1,100.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

Testimonials

  • "This is a gorgeous country, and this trip is the best way to experience it."

    Lane F.

    MT Sobek Guest, Hiking Slovenia's Julian Alps

  • "Slovenia is a perfect destination-Ljubljana is a lovely town and the hiking scenery is outstanding. The MT Sobek itinerary and guides are fantastic."

    Robert M.

    MT Sobek Guest, Hiking Slovenia's Julian Alps

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