julian alps slovenia hiking tour

Julian Alps, Slovenia

Slovenia is Europe’s undiscovered gem, with spectacular mountains, welcoming villages, and the sun-splashed Adriatic Coast at Piran.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4595  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Depart: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Lodging: 10 nights hotels and country inns
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 8 hiking days on moderate trails (some steep sections), 3-5 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)


  • The spectacular alpine realm of the Julian Alps, where emerald meadows are flanked by sheer limestone peaks
  • Logarska Dolina National Park, home to nearly 20 waterfalls
  • Enchanting Ljubljana, exquisite Lake Bled (we cross by gondola), beautiful Piran on the Adriatic shore
  • Enjoy renowned local wines and a delightful cuisine including savory žlikrofi (Slovenian ravioli)

We feel like we saw the best Slovenia had to offer—a fantastic mixture of hiking, towns, history, and culture. It's astonishing that Slovenia is still somewhat ‘unknown’ among travelers; go quickly before everyone discovers it!Suzanne & Brady M.—Friendswood, TX

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Slovenia is the “hidden” Alps, a spellbinding world of spectacular mountains, lovely villages, and gorgeous lakes still remarkably undiscovered. Our hiker’s dream journey brings you deep into this European gem, with hikes through dramatic gorges, lush glacier-carved valleys flanked by sheer peaks, and unforgettable towns and villages, including Piran on the blue Adriatic, where you’ll enjoy Venetian Gothic architecture and savor fresh seafood at waterfront cafes. Our Trip Leaders’ passion for their country, infectious enthusiasm, and extraordinary knowledge of place and culture make this an exceptional experience.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Ljubljana / Ptuj / Logarska Dolina National Park

After exploring Ljubljana, head to medieval Ptuj for a hike in vineyard country and lunch at an organic farm. In Logarska Dolina, dotted with tiny churches and ancient farmsteads, we hike through meadows and forests to the 300-foot-high Rinka waterfall with views of the towering peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

Days 5-6
Radovljica / Lake Bled

Explore Radovljica, with its Renaissance-era architecture, and taste honey at its enchanting museum of beekeeping. A gondola brings you across the fairytale setting of Lake Bled to reach its 17th century island-church, then savor a hike through the sun-dappled canyon of the Mostnica Gorge along a meandering jade-green river.

Days 7-8
Kobarid / Mt. Krn / Dreznica

In the Soca Valley, enter an Old World realm of tiny villages, translucent rivers, and deep forests that formed the infamous Soca Front during World War I. One of our hikes traces a route below snow-capped Mt. Krn (7,300'), with a descent to the peaceful village of Dreznica.

Days 9-11

Pass through wine country en route to the vast underground world of the Škocjan Caves, an amazing World Heritage Site. Our journey ends in Piran, with its tangle of cobbled streets nestled close to the sea. Depart on Day 11 via Ljubljana.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3, Moderate. It is a hiking journey with day hikes on most days over moderate to steep terrain. You will carry just a daypack on the hikes. The hiking itinerary is planned as we have described it in the preceding pages. However, as in any mountain trip, we will remain flexible with regard to weather and other local conditions in choosing our routes. Most of our driving is on narrow mountain roads. We have several days with early starts (ready to go by 8:00 am!).

Cuisine in Slovenia is varied and excellent. Logarska Dolina and Bohinj have an Austrian influence, while the Soca River and Adriatic regions are Italian in style, with seafood and pasta. Wine is excellent throughout the country. In the north, there are mostly dry white wines, and as we approach the coast, more reds are produced in the Vipava Valley and the coast. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

We stay in a variety of hotels. Rooms in these hotels are not always of uniform or international size. However, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single Rooms: Please note that single rooms in European hotels tend to be small by US standards.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

May 17-27, 2016

Jun 14-24, 2016
Sep 6-16, 2016
Sep 20-30, 2016

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$4595 (11-15 members)
$5095 (6-10 members)
Single supplement: $550
Forced single supplement: $300
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels and comfortable inns
  • All meals included except 2 dinners
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Ground transportation throughout the trip
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees on group tours

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, airport/hotel transfers, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expense of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance or passports; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Ljubljana, Slovenia (airport code LJU)
Suggested Arrival Time: by 1:00 pm
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Date: Day 11

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Ljubljana, Slovenia (airport code LJU)
Suggested Departure Time: 1:00 pm or later

Antiq Hotel

Antiq Hotel

Day 1 (1 night), Ljubljana, Slovenia

A small and charming hotel in Ljubljana’s Old Town, the Antiq sits on beautiful, quiet Gornji Trg square, right at the base of the ...
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Hotel Mitra

Hotel Mitra

Day 2 (1 night), Ptuj, Slovenia

The only hotel in the medieval district of the tiny town of Ptuj, the Mitra is housed in a cozy historic building that offers simple but comfortable ...
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Hotel Plesnik

Hotel Plesnik

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Logarska Dolina, Slovenia

With delightful chalet styling, the Plesnik has a great location in a beautiful and unspoiled mountain valley below the mighty summits of the ...
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Grand Hotel Toplice

Grand Hotel Toplice

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Bled, Slovenia

This historic hotel, celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2011, has lots of Old World charm and is the only hotel right on the shores of Lake ...
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Hotels in Kobarid

Hotels in Kobarid

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Kobarid, Slovenia

In Kobarid, we stay at one of the following properties:
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Hotel Piran

Hotel Piran

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Piran, Slovenia

Set right on the waterfront, the Hotel Piran features basic but comfortable and clean guest rooms offering views of the sea or the cobbled streets ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Ingrid Cercek

Departure Dates: May 17-27, 2016, June 14-24, 2016, September 6-16, 2016, September 20-30, 2016

Ingrid Cercek was born and raised in Slovenia. After 28 years living in the lovely capital, Ljubljana, she moved with her husband to a small wooden chalet to the countryside. Since her childhood, Ingrid has been exploring the mountains and villages of Slovenia as well as Croatia, Bosnia, ...
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Tomo Petek

With a degree in economics and tourism, Tomaz “Tomo” Petek created a vagabond lifestyle traveling to different continents and exploring new cultures. From Italy to India, Morocco to Belize, he immersed himself in new environments, and picked up a few languages along the way (he’s ...
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Nena Rifelj

Departure Dates: September 20-30, 2016

Nena Rifelj is a passionate adventurer who has enjoyed traveling throughout the world but also loves to introduce visitors to the mountains and cultures of her native Slovenia. Nena was a professional alpine ski racer for nine years and has taught skiing in Italy, the US, and Slovenia. When not ...
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Stanislav Simicic

Departure Dates: May 17-27, 2016, June 14-24, 2016, September 6-16, 2016

Stanislav Simicic, of Croatia, is a graduate of a culinary academy in Osijek. A fine chef, he was awarded a second-place ranking among all young Croatian chefs in a competition in 1997. Stanislav later worked as a chef at a restaurant in Poreé for three years, then began to manage several ...
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Client Comments

We feel like we saw the best Slovenia had to offer—a fantastic mixture of hiking, towns, history, and culture. It's astonishing that Slovenia is still somewhat ‘unknown’ among travelers; go quickly before everyone discovers it! Suzanne & Brady M., Friendswood, TX I learned so much about Slovenia on this trip—I wasn't even aware it existed before I read about the trip! It was wonderful in every respect. My only regret is that the scope and breadth of its beautiful landscape could not be captured on my camera. Susan H., Minneapolis, MN Much more than a hiking trip, this was a great overall introduction to Slovenia, a charming little country the size of New Jersey. It was a great opportunity to visit many of the country's regions, explore its food and wine, and hike in some interesting places. John K., APO New York, AE This was my 9th WT trip—certainly one of the best. I did not want this trip to end! Karen J., Madison, WI Slovenia is an underrated, unspoiled, and unbelievable hiking destination. We are from Colorado we we know the mountains! It was wonderful and we fully enjoyed it. The guides (plus our driver Micho) made the trip a great pleasure. Susan O., Grand Junction, CO This was our third trip with WT, and another memorable experience. Well organized, beautiful country, good hikes, good food, good memories. Thanks! Bruce H., Santa Fe, NM The thing I liked best was how unspoiled Slovenia was: cosmopolitan but clean and inviting. Being able to hike in places where there were virtually no other groups was a huge plus. Magrieta W., Bloomfield, CT This was a terrific trip, one of the best we've ever been on—a perfect blend of hiking and cultural activities. We definitely plan on taking more WT trips. Suzette L., Lafayette, CA This was our 5th WT adventure and our best yet. The trip did a fantastic job of showcasing the beauty of Slovenia, the outstanding hiking trails, the culture, and history of such a magical country, as well as the delicious food, whether served in the alpine huts, the tiny villages, or the best hotels. Kathy and Jack M., Woodbridge, VA
LOVED IT! This trip exceeded my expectations in every regard—beautiful country, amazing hikes, history, culture, fresh and healthy food, wine, friendship, and laughter. A fabulous trip in itself, very much enhanced by our trip leaders' knowledge and passion and a fun group and diverse group of fellow travelers. I laughed so hard on this trip that my stomach hurt! Mary Jo B., Aurora, CO This trip was exactly why we look to Wilderness Travel first when we are planning our trips. Super guides, an active and diverse itinerary, and an overall excellent experience. Terry R., Milwaukee, WI Thank you for a wonderful adventure! I had an overwhelmingly positive experience with all elements of this trip, and will certainly consider Wilderness Travel for future trips. Jean L., Gettysburg, PA A first class operation! Jane K., Wilmington, DE The landscapes, cityscapes, hiking, food, and guides were all wonderful. Jack and Priscilla H., Tyler, TX This was a beautifully designed, well executed trip supported brilliantly by the two Trip Leaders and the van driver. Barry G., New York, NY One of the best trips I”ve taken in years—my 10th WT trip. From beginning to end, lots of variety. Jim and Jenna B., Arlington, VA Slovenia is beautiful and I highly recommend this trip. Mary M., Stillwater, MN Beautiful country, wonderful guides, very good group, good hikes! Fred F., Denver, CO