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Julian Alps & Coast

This exceptional guided itinerary beings with an exploration of the areas around and above magical Lake Bled. The views are spectacular over the iconic island and its church. We then head into the heart of the Julian Alps and hike some of the highlights of the Alpe-Adria Trail. We walk past pristine turqouise lakes and rivers, through lush valleys and Alpine meadows, tranquil forests, and alongside striking mountain peaks. From the Alps we head south along the Italian border, following the gorgeous Soĉa River. We visit the impressive Škocjan Cave system before ending our journey in the delightful coastal town of Piran. Here you will be charmed by the red-roofed Venetian-style architecture that overlooks the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Along the way, we engage with passionate local producers who share with us their age-old secrets of winemaking.

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Highlights

Get Ready For

  • Postcard-perfect setting of Lake Bled
  • Hiking trails with inspiringly beautiful scenery
  • Wine tastings and a delicious homemade lunch
  • The underground world of the UNESCO-listed Škocjan Caves
  • Atmospheric alleyways in the medieval Venetian port of Piran
  • Charming accommodation located in picturesque villages
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Customer Testimonials

The trip was wonderful. Full of surprises, like the farmers lunch and the winery lunch. Great local experiences and amazing food.

Sally Howland, St Kilda (VIC) – June 2024

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

Our tour guide Alenka was the best! She went above and beyond to make sure we had a wonderful time. The hiking tour was special and memorable in the most positive way. There were many highlights and we all have some great photos to share. The accommodation and food was also excellent.

Ann Apps, Cooks Hill (NSW) - June 2023

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Customer Testimonials

I loved this trip! Alenka was a terrific guide and adaptable. The walking was hard but not too hard. It was hot so our swims were welcomed.

Sally Millard, Enoggera (QLD) - June 2023

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Customer Testimonials

A very good experience. Loved the new environment and the great guide.

Glen Stapley, Brisbane (QLD) - June 2023

Customer Star Rating of 5   

Customer Testimonials

This trip exceeded my expectations! Excellent guide and food.

Grant Luff, Main Beach (QLD) – June 2023

Itinerary

Julian Alps & Coast

DAY 1: ARRIVE LJUBLJANA

Welcome to Slovenia! Today you make your way to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital city. Arrive early to explore the area. This small city hosts an array of vibrant cafes, squares, bars and shops and is best explored on foot or by bike. Perched high above the city is Ljubljana Castle, the city’s main attraction, perfect for delving into Slovenian history and admiring the superb views over the city below.

This evening you meet your guide and your tour companions for a short walk through the city centre. Your guide will brief you on the trip details while you have a welcome drink, before recommending a good place for dinner (at your own expense). Get to know those you’ll be discovering the delights of Slovenia with before it all begins tomorrow.

DAY 2: HIKE LAKE BLED & PERICNIK WATERFALLS, TRANSFER TO KRANJSKA GORA (13KM-15KM, 5 hours)

The morning starts with a 40-minute transfer to Lake Bled, located at the foothills of the Julian Alps. Our hike to Lake Bled offers a fantastic vantage point for an eagle’s view over the sky-blue lake with its postcard-perfect church on a central island. After pausing to take in the view, and listening to the bells that folk ring for their wishes to come true, we continue around the lake shore, via meadows and traditional villages. To complete our second day we will take a visit to the enchanting Pericnik Waterfalls – one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in Slovenia, before taking a short 30-minute transfer takes us to the ski town of Kranjska Gora and our boutique alpine-style accommodation for the night.

400m ascent, 400m descent

Meals: B, L

DAY 3: KRANJSKA GORA TO VRŠIČ PASS (11KM-13KM, 4-5 hours)

After breakfast we start our hike from the hotel’s doorstep and enter the Triglav National Park, one of the largest national reserves in Europe. We hike beautiful trails surrounded by epic limestone peaks, including some of the highest in Slovenia, as we make our way towards the central Julian Alps. This pristine wilderness offers majestic views from every angle and the trail leads us through beautiful beech, spruce and larch forests as we approach Vršič Pass and our cozy mountain hut accommodation. Vršič Pass sits at 1611m and is an incredibly scenic spot to rest for the night.

700m ascent 900m descent

Meals: B, L, D

  • There is an option to extend today’s hike an additional 3km (300m ascent). Your guide will take into consideration the group’s overall fitness and desire for more hiking before deciding on this option. 
  • Accommodation in the mountain hut is shared (max 4-bed dorm). Waking up in this stunning location makes the shared accommodation worth it.
DAY 4: VRŠIČ PASS TO TRENTA VALLEY (10KM-13KM, 5-6 HOURS)

We set off early today on a lovely hike to Slemenova Spica through peaceful, flower-filled valleys to enjoy one of the best views in the Julian Alps. On a clear day you will be able to see Austria and Italy in the distance. Continuing on, our route descends steeply on narrow trails to the stunningly beautiful Soĉa Valley. Once we have reached the source of the Soĉa River, we follow the trail through the valley to the rustic homestead that will be our accommodation for the night. Here expect a warm welcome from your hosts Joži and Mitja, who will show you to your charming log cabin, nestled in a beautiful meadow beneath the Jalovec Peak, before serving up a traditional homemade dinner.

600m ascent, 1200m descent

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 5: TRENTA TO BOVEC (16KM-19KM, 6-7 HOURS)

We leave our little alpine haven behind and follow pretty trails through lush vegetation, alongside the Soĉa River. We cross several hanging bridges over water that varies in colour from ice-blue to turquoise and emerald. It is no exaggeration to say that the Soĉa River is one of the most beautiful in the world. Here we rest a little, taking our time to relax in a nice hidden spot. Here those who like ice bathing can take a dip, while others may enjoy soothing their feet in the icy water. In the late afternoon we take a short transfer to reach Bovec, Slovenia’s ‘outdoor sports capital’. This is an area where adventurous visitors hike, bike, raft, kayak and ski. Your evening meal is in your hands tonight,  but your guide will happily offer suggestions.

150m ascent, 500m descent

Meals: B, L

Day 6: BOVEC AND THE SOĈA VALLEY (12KM-15KM, 5 hours)

The Soĉa Valley is filled with outdoor museums explaining the stories of WWI. This morning we explore this further on our walk from Bovec, when we pass WWI trenches, caverns and military positions. After our educational insight into Slovenia’s past, we continue along the Soĉa Valley, visiting three lovely waterfalls and admiring the engaging views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

In the afternoon our driver picks us up and transfers us to the gorgeous wine region of Goriska Brda approximately 1.5 hours drive. Here, we will overnight in the stunning Hisa Marica a renovated homestead located on top of a hill offering wonderful views from the Alps to the Adriatic. Dinner tonight will be at one of the local recommended restaurants.

350m ascent, 450m descent

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: GORISKA BRDA & ŠKOCJAN CAVES, TRANSFER TO PIRAN (10KM, 3-4 hours)

Enjoy breakfast before setting out on an easy, gently undulating 3-hour hike through the vineyards, orchards and olive groves of Goriska Brda. The area is well celebrated not only for its wine, but also olive oil, cheese and fruit — especially cherries in June. Our morning hike leads us to a local winemaker for a wine tasting and home-cooked lunch.

After lunch we travel by vehicle to Škocjan Caves, one of Slovenia’s national treasures. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a highlight of the trip and you’ll explore it on a guided 2-hour walking tour. This immense cave system is one of the largest underground canyons in the world, with a striking array of limestone formations, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and what is thought to be the biggest underground chamber ever discovered. Walk along paths created by the first explorers to the underground river canyon before an invigorating crossing over a bridge suspended 50m above the riverbed.

After emerging from the caves, we take a 45-minute transfer to the alluring town of Piran. The jewel of the Adriatic Coast, Piran is situated on a narrow peninsula, jutting out to sea and backed by coastal hills. This snug little harbour town is now a popular tourist attraction, however it is still endearing and will not disappoint. Piran was part of the Republic of Venice for over 500 years and this is evident in its architecture, food and well-preserved medieval Venetian ports. Meander narrow laneways and discover colourful squares, medieval walls, bell towers with grand views and a delightful old town.

Dinner is your choice tonight and there are many wonderful restaurants to choose from. Head to the harbour for exceptionally fresh seafood and perhaps match it with a glass of local wine while you unwind and reflect on the week’s amazing adventure.

200m ascent

Meals: B, L

DAY 8: DEPART PIRAN

Today you will say goodbye to your guide and group members and depart for your next destination. You may wish to consider extending your stay in the lovely town of Piran, or hire a car to further explore the wine and spa regions of Slovenia. Alternatively, Venice is just a hop, skip and jump away by ferry and another excellent destination choice.

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Ljubljana

One of Europe’s most liveable and ‘green’ cities, Ljubljana is best explored on foot or by bike. Explore museums, boutiques, and markets, or grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafe’s lining the river. Beautiful bridges, buildings, pillars and pyramids make for an interesting stroll around the city streets. Don’t miss the 900-year-old Castle on a hill above the city.

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Lake Bed

Probably the most iconic and photographed of Slovenian sights, Lake Bled is well known for its castle and tiny church-clad island sitting beneath a spectacular mountain backdrop. It’s a whimsical setting evoking stories and legends, and provides an ideal place for outdoor adventure activities. The 1000-year-old castle can be reached by traditional wooden boats known as pletnas, which date back to the 12th century.

Vintgar Gorge

This beautiful gorge follows the Radovna River in the eastern part of Triglav National Park. Trails, narrow passages, and bridges lead you along the 1.6km trail to the end of the gorge, which is marked by a stunning 16m-high waterfall. The river is flanked by steep slopes overgrown with beech forests.

Kranjska Gora

Located on the border with Austria and Italy, Kranjska Gora is the most famous mountain resort in Slovenia. The picturesque alpine town has lots of lively restaurants and bars.

Vršič Pass

Crossing the Vršič Pass offers incredible vistas of surrounding mountain peaks and lush valleys. The road was constructed by Russian POWs during WWI. Fifty sharp, hair-pin turns lead you through breathtaking scenery to the highest mountain pass (1611m) in the eastern Julian Alps.

Trenta Valley

Nestled in the heart of the Julian Alps, the Trenta Valley is a natural paradise with breathtaking landscapes and serene ambiance. This pristine valley, often referred to as “Dolina Soče” in Slovenian, is renowned for its stunning alpine scenery and crystal-clear rivers. The centrepiece of the valley is the emerald Soča River, known for its vibrant hue and exceptional clarity. The river winds its way through the valley, creating a striking contrast with the lush greenery of the surrounding forests and meadows.

Bovec

Located in the beautiful Soča Valley, at the edge of the Triglav National Park, this mountain town is surrounded by the peaks of the Julian Alps. Bovec’s charm extends beyond its natural beauty, as the town itself exudes a warm and welcoming ambiance. The central square, adorned with charming alpine architecture, boasts restaurants, cafes, and artisan shops. Here, you can savour local delicacies like the renowned Tolminc cheese, a perfect pairing with the region’s fine wines.

Soča Valley

The Soča Valley is a slice of paradise! The jewel of the Soča Valley is without a doubt the Soča River itself – mesmerising in both colour and clarity. The river gracefully winds its way through the valley, carving a path through lush forests and meadows. The valley is also rich in wildlife, offering encounters with chamois, ibex, and various bird species. Apart from its natural allure, the Soča Valley is steeped in history and culture. It was a significant theatre during WWI, and remnants of this history can be explored in the Kobarid Museum.

Škocjan Caves

Slovenia’s superabundant underground world puts the country at the top of every cave explorer’s list. This UNESCO World Heritage site is celebrated for its geological significance. Walking through the Škocjan Caves is like stepping into an ancient, mystical realm. You are guided along well-maintained paths that meander through the chambers and over bridges suspended above the rushing river.

Piran

Located on the Adriatic coast, this medieval Venetian port town is a true delight to explore. Stroll narrow lanes of the old town, discover colourful market squares, and medieval walls and savour freshly-caught seafood. The heart of Piran is its beautifully preserved old town, characterised by narrow winding streets, colourful buildings, and a Venetian influence in its architecture.

Inclusions

What's included?

Included
  • 6 nights accommodation in hotels or mountain lodges with ensuite bathrooms
  • 1 night in a mountain hut: 4-bed rooms with shared bathroom
  • All transfers as per the itinerary
  • Daily luggage transfers on tour
  • English speaking licensed hiking guide throughout the trip
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Trail snacks
  • Wine tasting
  • WWI historian on day 6
  • Guided 2-hour tour of Škocjan Caves
  • Emergency contact in Slovenia and Australia
Excluded
  • Flights to and from your destination
  • Single supplement – ask for a quote if you would like a single room
  • Local bus and train tickets
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Drinks other than water at meals
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
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