From the Julian Alps to the Adriatic Sea

Overview

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.

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

Itinerary at a Glance

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.

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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.

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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.

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Days 9-11
Piran

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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Highlights

Highlights

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)

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $4595  
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)

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