Julian Alps Highlights
For this self-guided itinerary, we have carefully selected and combined the very best walking from two fantastic hiking trails.
Your journey begins in the delightful capital city of Ljubljana before heading into the heart of the Julian Alps to hike some of the highlights of the Alpe-Adria Trail, a multi-country 750km-long trail. You will walk past turquoise-coloured lakes and rivers, through lush valleys and Alpine meadows, tranquil forests, and up striking mountain peaks.
From picturesque Tolmin you will join the Juliana Trail, Slovenia’s newest hiking trail, for three wonderful days of hiking. The trail encompasses charming Alpine hamlets, pretty meadows and spruce forest in the Triglav National Park before reaching Lake Bohinj, arguably Slovenia’s most beautiful lake.
Your final destination is the iconic Lake Bled, located at the foothills of the Julian Alps. This is a stunning place to celebrate the end of your hiking adventure.
Get Ready For
- Slovenia’s best hiking trails
- Postcard-perfect setting of Lake Bled
- Local cheeses, cherries and decadent desserts
- The Julian Alps, Soča Valley and Triglav National Park
- Tranquil Lake Bohinj and the quaint villages along its shore
On the Mountain Trail
The spectacular trail through the Julian Alps sections is often a narrow, rocky path so you need to be a confident and experienced walker in mountain environments. You will be walking on loose stone surfaces on some parts of the path that traverses across rocky scree slopes. In other places there are wire rope handrails to help pull you up short steep sections (please see pictures in the gallery on this page). This trip is best suited to people who enjoy walking in Alpine environments and are self-sufficient and confident hikers.
Our self-guided itinerary allows you to travel on your preferred dates (subject to availability), with private transfers and advice from our locally based staff. You’ll be picked up each day with a private transfer at times arranged to suit your walking pace and abilities. We’ll provide you with a briefing to get you started, the resources you’ll need to stay safe, two transfers each day and book great accommodation for you where you’ll have breakfast provided each day.
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.
On your first evening you will meet our local representative for a welcome drink and briefing. You’ll hear more about your itinerary, what to expect along the way and you’ll also have the opportunity to ask any last-minute questions. Afterwards, feel free to head out to discover the culinary delights of Ljubljana.
The morning starts with a 1-hour transfer to the ski town of Kranjska Gora. Here you will enter the Triglav National Park, one of the largest national reserves in Europe. Enjoy hiking beautiful trails surrounded by epic limestone peaks, including some of the highest in Slovenia, as you make your way towards the central Julian Alps. This pristine wilderness offers majestic views from every angle. As you approach Vršič Pass and your cosy mountain hut accommodation, you’ll hike through beautiful beech, spruce and larch forests. Vršič Pass sits at 1611m and is an incredibly scenic spot to rest for the night.
- There is an option to extend today’s hike with an additional 3km (300m ascent).
- Accommodation in the mountain hut is shared (max 4-bed dorm). Waking up in this stunning location makes the shared accommodation worth it.
You 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, your route descends steeply on narrow trails to the stunningly beautiful Soča Valley. Once you have reached the source of the Soča River, you follow the trail through the valley to the rustic homestead that will be your 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, 1400m descent
This morning you leave your little alpine haven behind and follow pretty trails through lush vegetation, alongside the Soča River. You will 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 Soča River is one of the most beautiful in the world. Here you can rest a little, taking your time to relax in a nice hidden spot. In the late afternoon you will 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, with several great options around town to choose from.
400m ascent, 800m descent
This day can be shortened with a taxi transfer (at your own expense) to skip the last section.
A large part of this picturesque stage runs along the left bank of the Soča river, finishing in the tiny mountain village of Drežnica. You will walk past the charming Virje Waterfall to the magical world of Narnia – literally, as this area was the setting for part of Walt Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. At the majestic Boka Waterfall, hundreds of cubic metres of water plummet into the valley below from a height of 106m. The trail then follows the emerald-green Soča River again, before ascending to Drežnica village with its iconic church located below the mighty Mount Krn.
Today’s hike climbs to the foothills of Mount Krn, scene of many WWI battles. However, now it is a place of peace and serenity and home to several Alpine dairy farms producing tasty mountain cheeses during summer. A long descent brings you to the town of Tolmin, which rests at the confluence of the turquoise Soča and Tolminka rivers and is famous for holding various music festivals.
750m ascent, 1100m descent
Today you will walk your final section along the beautiful Soča river and begin your first section of the Juliana Trail. It is a flat and easy path from Tolmin to Most na Soči. From here, you will board a train for a 40-minute journey through lovely countryside and a series of tunnels before reaching the Bohinj region on the other side of the Julian Alps. After disembarking, you have a relaxing afternoon walk ahead of you. You’ll walk beautiful meadows and enjoy the stunning mountain views before reaching your hotel on the shore of Lake Bohinj. Less crowded than the more well-known Bled, Bohinj Lake is a tranquil oasis, perfect for swimming, canoeing and evening ambles.
250m ascent, 250m descent
Another glorious day of hiking the Juliana Trail awaits you today. The path starts flat and follows the lovely Bohinj Valley, through typical local villages and past iconic hayracks. These wooden structures are primarily used for drying fodder (animal food) and other products like maize and can be seen dotted through the fields. Further on you’ll ascend to the Pokljuka Plateau, one of the loveliest viewpoints above Lake Bohinj and an ideal spot for a picnic. You will continue on through charming alpine hamlets to a local mountain hotel in the heart of the Triglav National Park, surrounded by dense spruce forests.
900m ascent, 150m descent
Beautiful trails await you on the last day of your hike. The trail takes you through extensive spruce forests and several Alpine meadows where you will be able to try local cheeses. Enjoy the spectacular sight of the local shepherd’s cottages being framed by mountain backdrops. After a long descent you’ll be at the steep walls of Pokljuka Gorge. From here, continue through small traditional villages all the way to the shores of the picture-perfect Lake Bled, where you spend your last night of the trip.
Located at the foothills of the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s main attractions. It’s a great place for sports activities like hiking and biking, and you can also swim, row or stand-up-paddle across the lake to explore the famous island and its church. Don’t forget a visit to the medieval castle that sits high above the lake – it is rumoured to be the oldest castle in Slovenia. Perhaps sign off from your hiking adventure with a glass of Slovenian wine matched with a local cheese to celebrate.
150m ascent, 950m descent
Your tour ends this morning after breakfast.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Drežnica is a charming little mountain town at the base of Mount Krn. It is surrounded by mountainous hills, meadows, streams and waterfalls. What makes this particular town special is its church, which is one of the largest in the country.
The town of Tolmin rests at the confluence of the turquoise Soča and Tolminka rivers and is famous for holding various music festivals.
Lake Bohinj is surrounded by lush forests and overlooked by the majestic Triglav National Park. Less crowded than the more well-known Lake Bled, it is a tranquil oasis, perfect for swimming, canoeing and evening ambles.
The Pokljuka Plateau is one of the loveliest viewpoints above Lake Bohinj and an ideal spot for a picnic.
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.
- 8 nights accommodation in hotels or mountain lodges with ensuite bathrooms
- 1 night in a mountain hut: 4-bed dorm rooms with shared bathroom
- All transfers as per the itinerary ( except local train day 7)
- Transfer from Soča River to Bovec on Day 4
- Daily luggage transfers
- 9 breakfasts
- RAW Travel’s exclusive interactive navigation app
- 24-hour emergency support contact in Slovenia and Australia
- Single supplement (no private room available for one night at mountain hut)
- Train tickets on day 7 for local train transfer
- Lunches and dinners
- Travel insurance
Not busy, great warm Slovenian hospitality, and stunning scenery in parts. Pretty tough walk mainly because of lots of loose rock and tree roots; had to be very careful not to trip particularly on the Soca River walk. Otherwise, well done RAW Travel.
Bruce Hall, Avalon Beach (NSW) – September 2023
At 75 years of age it was a godsend using the App. Appreciated the ability to shorten daily kilometres to suit conditions.
Michael Virant, Williamstown (VIC) – September 2023
Slovenia is impressive! Very scenic, environmentally awesome, very clean and green, slower gentle pace of life, and the wine is great!
Angela Maltby, Te Puke (NZ) - June 2023
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- Enjoy the rugged landscape of Triglav National Park
- Hike through the heart of the Julian Alps
- Share amazing stories with mountain hut keepers
- Understand the area’s rich natural and cultural history
- Summit Mount Triglav (optional)
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- Local specialities, perfect coffee and great company
- Visit the trenches from the mountain frontline of WWI
- Walk with an experienced International Mountain Leader
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- A condensed version of Europe’s classic mountain hike
- Fully supported by our expert mountain guide
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TRIP date selection
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