Slovenia Julian Alps Hiking Tour

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.

10 Days

From: $5,595

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.

Highlights


  • 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

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Slovenia Julian Alps Hiking

Start: Ljubljana, Slovenia  End: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • 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

    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

    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

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

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Climb Raduha Mountain Ridge

    Day 4

    Today climb to the Raduha mountain ridge high above the Logarska Valley, enjoying spectacular views of the highest peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, and the glacial valley of Robanov Kot. Later, enjoy the hotel spa and swimming pool, before finishing the day with a delicious dinner at a local farmhouse serving homemade delicacies.

    Accommodation: Hotel Plesnik-Logarska Valley, Slovenia

    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 & Visit Lake Bled

    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 Bohinj

    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 Bohinj

    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

    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 for a well deserved rest.

    Accommodation: Hotel Bohinj

    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 Bovec

    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 Bovec, the center of the Soca Valley.

    Accommodation: Hotel Sanje ob Soci

    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 an Alpine Meadow Below Krn Mountain

    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 an alpine meadow below Krn Mountain today to visit one of the most interesting cheese communities in Slovenia, and for stunning views of the Soca Valley, with the river winding beneath the cliffs.

    Accommodation: Hotel Sanje ob Soci

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

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart for Ljubljana

    Day 10

    Depart for Ljubljana, arriving midday. Flights home should depart no earlier than 3pm.

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • 2023
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2023

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2023 Pricing

6 to 7 guests from $5,995 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $6,195 per person double occupancy

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Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Roman Krizanic

Roman Krizanic

After finishing his studies in Chinese language and culture, Roman spent three years exploring Asia before returning to his homeland of Slovenia. To keep the adventure alive, he became an outdoor guide over 10 years ago and enjoys discovering the hidden corners of Slovenia and nearby Croatia. Roman loves to combine his extensive outdoor experience with his passion for gourmet extravaganzas of Balkan cuisine. He is well known for his personal touch and good sense of humor.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated 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.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

6 hours/5 miles hiking with 2,200 elevation gain & 1,850' elevation loss

Day 5

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

Day 6

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

Day 7

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

Day 8

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

Day 9

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

Accommodations


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

Hotel Lev-Ljubljana, Slovenia
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.

Hotel Plesnik-Logarska Valley, Slovenia
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.

Hotel Sanje ob Soci
Hotel Sanje ob Soci

At this modern guesthouse, accommodation is basic and clean in small, private guest rooms with en suite bathrooms. There is also free wi-fi, TV, and air conditioning.

Hotel Bohinj
Hotel Bohinj

Ideally located in a natural and scenic setting, the Hotel Bohinj is a short stroll from Bohinj Lake. Guestrooms have mountain views, hardwood floors and are decorated with Alpine-style furniture. Amenities in each unit include a safety deposit box, mini-bar, cable TV and a phone. A lush garden offers a place for relaxation after a long hike.

Weather


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

 
Jun
Sep
Jezersko 
High
Low
High
Low
Jezersko
69
46
64
42
Lake Bled 
High
Low
High
Low
Lake Bled
79
59
74
55
Ljubljana 
High
Low
High
Low
Ljubljana
76
56
71
52

FAQs


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.

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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Guest Reviews


"Slovenia is an enchanted destination: A medieval land of castles and dragons, unrivaled natural beauty--hidden waterfalls, alpine wildflower carpets, dramatic mountain ranges--delicious food, and as yet undiscovered by many adventurers. A fellow traveler, upon seeing the turquoise waters of the River Soca, said it best: "Is this country even real?!"

Anna L.
MT Sobek Guest, Slovenia Julian Alps Hiking

"Challenging hikes to pristine mountain lakes with views of the spectacular Julian Alps allowed us to dig into excellent traditional Slovenian food or upscale gourmet dinners. Off the main tourist route while providing some of the most satisfying mountain views, the Julian Alps are a must do! I can't wait to go back!"

Sandy S.
MT Sobek Guest, Slovenia Julian Alps Hiking