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Slovenia Julian Alps Hiking

Breathtaking Trails, Fairytale Castles & Ljubljana

 

Small yet majestic, dreamy and unspoiled, Slovenia is Europe's best-kept secret. On this unique adventure, explore its vibrant capital of Ljubljana, serene countryside, picturesque medieval villages that seem locked in a bygone era, and breathtaking mountain views. This strenuous hiking trip takes in the wonders of western Slovenia's alpine scenery, from the awe-inspiring Julian Alps to the turquoise Soca River, 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 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

Price: from $5,195

Duration:

10 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-16 Guests

Min Age:

15 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

This is a moderate hike with an average elevation gain and loss of 2,000 feet per day. You should be an experienced hiker who is comfortable hiking 5-10 miles per day on uneven terrain. Hiking poles are recommended.
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  • Welcome to Ljubljana

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lev-Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Hotel Lev is ideally located near the old town, so guests can walk to Tivoli Park, Ljubljana Castle, the Central Market, Prešeren Square, and other sights. The hotel boasts modern accommodations in a sleek building. It also features an à la carte restaurant, a breakfast room and a bar, as well as a wellness and fitness center.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Set Out for the Great Highlands

    Day 2

    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-Logarska Valley, Slovenia

    Hotel Plesnik enjoys fairy-tale scenery between the summits of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Its lovely rooms feature balconies with vistas of the gorgeous surroundings, while the restaurant serves tasty meals in the rustic dining room. Enjoy the multitude of outdoor activities in the vicinity or take a dip in the hotel's pool.

    Activity: 4 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,368' elevation gain/loss

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Logarska Valley

    Day 3

    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-Logarska Valley, Slovenia

    Hotel Plesnik enjoys fairy-tale scenery between the summits of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Its lovely rooms feature balconies with vistas of the gorgeous surroundings, while the restaurant serves tasty meals in the rustic dining room. Enjoy the multitude of outdoor activities in the vicinity or take a dip in the hotel's pool.

    Activity: 6 hours/7 miles hiking with 2,100' elevation gain/loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb a Mountain Ridge & Explore Logarska Valley

    Day 4

    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-Logarska Valley, Slovenia

    Hotel Plesnik enjoys fairy-tale scenery between the summits of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Its lovely rooms feature balconies with vistas of the gorgeous surroundings, while the restaurant serves tasty meals in the rustic dining room. Enjoy the multitude of outdoor activities in the vicinity or take a dip in the hotel's pool.

    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

  • Discover Jezersko and Hike to Lake Bohinj

    Day 5

    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-Bohinj, Slovenia

    Surrounded by spectacular landscapes, Hotel Jezero is an ideal base from which to explore the Lake Bohinj area. The hotel features comfortable rooms complete with cable TVs, Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms. On-site facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool, fitness room, and two Finnish saunas.

    Activity: 3 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 400' elevation gain/loss

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Trek to the Valley of Seven Triglav Lakes

    Day 6

    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-Bohinj, Slovenia

    Surrounded by spectacular landscapes, Hotel Jezero is an ideal base from which to explore the Lake Bohinj area. The hotel features comfortable rooms complete with cable TVs, Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms. On-site facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool, fitness room, and two Finnish saunas.

    Activity: 8-9 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation gain/loss

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb Brdo Mountain & Visit Lake Bled

    Day 7

    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-Bohinj, Slovenia

    Surrounded by spectacular landscapes, Hotel Jezero is an ideal base from which to explore the Lake Bohinj area. The hotel features comfortable rooms complete with cable TVs, Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms. On-site facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool, fitness room, and two Finnish saunas.

    Activity: 5 hours/7.5 miles hiking with 2,250' elevation gain/loss

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Sleme & Scenic Drive to Kobarid

    Day 8

    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: Hi?a Franko

    Once a roadside inn and a village mill, Hiša Franko is now home to a three-generation family who run this historic countryside estate famed for its restaurant headed up by Slovenia's star chef Ana Ros. The beautifully appointed rooms are spacious and light; some have terraces with hammocks. Guests can enjoy in-room massages, the lovely grounds, and myriad activities in the surrounding valley.

    Activity: 4 hours/4 miles hiking with 1,150' elevation gain/loss

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Stellar Views from Pretovc Alpine Meadow

    Day 9

    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: Hi?a Franko

    Once a roadside inn and a village mill, Hiša Franko is now home to a three-generation family who run this historic countryside estate famed for its restaurant headed up by Slovenia's star chef Ana Ros. The beautifully appointed rooms are spacious and light; some have terraces with hammocks. Guests can enjoy in-room massages, the lovely grounds, and myriad activities in the surrounding valley.

    Activity: 4 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 900' elevation gain/loss

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Walk to Kozjak Waterfall & Depart for Ljubljana

    Day 10

    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

Slovenia Julian Alps Hiking

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

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 your guides

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?

On Day 1, 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.

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2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Aug 15 - 24, 2021
    $5,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,100 single supplement
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  • Sep 05 - 14, 2021
    $5,195 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,100 single supplement
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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 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 adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jun 05 - 14, 2022
    $5,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available
  • Jun 19 - 28, 2022
    $5,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available
  • Aug 21 - 30, 2022
    $5,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 04 - 13, 2022
    $5,395 price per person dbl occ
    +$1,200 single supplement
    Available

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 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 adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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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 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 adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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