Slovenia is one of Europe's premier hiking destinations and a nature-lover's dream! On this adventure through the heart of the Julian Alps, you'll enjoy spectacular views from the highest peaks, tread through picturesque alpine valleys, and rest overnight in several of the area's 175 mountain huts. Your "Follow the Leader" guide, Laurent Langoisseur, is a MT Sobek star guide and a favorite of our guests.
Spend 3 days hiking in Triglav National Park, Slovenia's largest protected area and only national park
Stay in a beautiful 500 years old farm-house with mouthwatering local delicacies prepared for us by the Karnicar family, well-known Slovenian mountaineers
Hike along the Soca River, one of the few unspoiled rivers in the entire European Alpine region whose emerald color gives it a special magic
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Head north to the Great Highlands for a hike on gentle terrain through green meadows, with breathtaking views of the limestone peaks of Kamnisko-Savinjske Alps. Enjoy a picnic overlooking the valley accompanied by the sound of cowbells. Drive to the Nature Park of Logar Valley, a secret Alpine pearl situated on the Austrian border where white pointy limestone peaks rise above the lush green valley, home to a charming boutique hotel.
Hike a trail following a clear stream to the Rinka waterfall. Enter the natural rock amphitheater - virtually untouched - with dramatic views of surrounding peaks. Climb to altitudes above 7,000 feet, then descend to the charming village of Jezersko to be welcomed by a Karnicar family - well-known Slovenian mountaineers. Settle for the night into s beautifully renovated 500-year old farm-house and enjoy homemade local delicacies.
Drive to Lake Bled to enter the Julian Alps mountain range for 3 days of trekking in fascinating Triglav National Park. Begin at Rudno polje, where the Biathlon World Cup takes place every year. Continue on forest trails, passing green meadows with grazing cattle. Walk along the mountain ridges by Mt. Triglav and enjoy some of the most dramatic views in these parts of the Alps. Spend the night in the shadow of the enormous mountains.
Enter into one of the most beautiful high-altitude alpine valleys at the foothills of Mt. Triglav, Slovenia's highest peak. Stop for lunch at a mountain hut along the trail then traverse the Triglav Lakes Valley on mountain trails with 6,600-foot peaks on the left, the vast green mountain plateau of Komna on the right, and the trail snaking past seven small lakes that give the valley its name. Spend a night in the valley nearby one of the lakes.
Pass through Alpine meadows and pastures where the local community grazes their animals in the summer months. Finish the trek, descending to Lake Bohinj to enjoy a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear water before continuing through traditional Alpine villages with fairytale-like houses Finish the day at picturesque Lake Bled, where a medieval church bell tower rises from a tiny islet in the midst of the lake, guarded by the castle on the cliffs. Spend a night at a small boutique hotel overlooking the lake.
Embark on the route to Vrsic pass (5285') - one of Europe's most scenic mountain roads - built in the early 19th century by Russian soldiers. Follow an old trade route to the top of the pass for some tea and to enjoy the spectacular views. Continue to the Sleme viewpoint to take in some of the best views in Triglav National Park. Through a series of hairpin turns follow the stream of the untamed Soca River through a valley surrounded by exquisite alpine scenery. Finish the day in Bovec, the adventure capital of Slovenia.
Begin the day with a hike to Krn Lake (4600') in the western part of the Julian Alps. Walk along a comfortable trail that was built in the time of the First World War. Enjoy spectacular views of the crystal-clear waters of the lake and the imposing limestone peaks, as well as the delicious taste of the rich local cheeses.
Transfer from Bovec to Ljubljana for departure.
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This MT Sobek tailored trip pairs hikes through serene countryside, medieval villages, and gorgeous lakes with a stay in Slovenia's vibrant capital, Ljubljana.
25 Year MT Sobek veteran guide, Laurent Langoisseur, teams up with local MT Sobek guides inspire interactions with local farmers, often featuring treats of homemade schnapps, fresh cheese, and other local delicacies.
After strenuous hikes on hard to find paths, spend evenings relaxing at delightful lodgings, taking in enchanting views.
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.
A short city break in lovely Ljubljana, scenic drives, and demanding hikes through awe-inspiring landscapes of mountains, valleys, lakes, and rivers.
A great mix of attractive boutique hotels, agriturism,and mountain huts with cozy comforts and fairy-tale scenery.
The weather in June and September is usually warm enough to wear short sleeves through the day and some warmer clothes in the evening.
Upon arrival at the Ljubljana airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel in Ljubljana.
No, we highly recommend hiking boots with ankle support for this trip.
It will not be possible to skip days 4 and 5.
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
The wildflowers are most prevalent during our June departures.
This trip is comparable our Tour du Mont Blanc trip. This is a great trip for hikers wanting to discover an emerging region of Europe.
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