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: $4795  
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 tired feet)


  • The spectacular alpine realm of the Julian Alps, with their emerald meadows flanked by sheer limestone peaks
  • Logarska Dolina National Park, dotted with tiny churches and ancient farmsteads
  • Enchanting Ljubljana, cross exquisite Lake Bled by gondola, beautiful Piran on the blue Adriatic
  • Enjoy renowned local wines and a delightful cuisine including savory zlikrofi (Slovenian ravioli)

Beautiful country, wonderful guides, very good group, good hikes!Fred F.—Denver, CO

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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.

Departure Notes

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Slovenia is the “hidden” Alps, a charming world of spectacular mountains, lovely villages, and gorgeous lakes still remarkably undiscovered. Our hiker’s dream journey brings you to the best gem of Europe, with enchanting 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 explore Venetian Gothic architecture and savor fresh seafood at waterfront cafes.

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. In Logarska Dolina, 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.

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

Explore the vast underground world of the Skocjan 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, 2015  Ingrid Cercek
Jun 28-Jul 8, 2015  Ingrid Cercek
Sep 7-17, 2015  Ingrid Cercek

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$4795 (13-15 members)
$4995 (10-12 members)
$5295 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $630
Forced single supplement: $430
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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
  • 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.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

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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Hotel Hisa Franko

Hotel Hisa Franko

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

We’ll dine on some of the best food in Slovenia at this family-run hotel near the beautiful Soca River. Valter and Anna, the husband-and-wife ...
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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.

Ingrid Cercek

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, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, and of course, nearby Italy. Fluent in four languages (English, Slovenian, Italian, and Croatian), Ingrid is a wonderful guide and avid mountain hiker with a passion for introducing visitors to the alpine wonders and ancient European cultures she loves. “My country is one of those rare places where you can take a deep breath of fresh mountain air in the Alps in the morning then a few hours later, breathe the fragrant scent of the Mediterranean. I love to bring trip members closer to these special places that I have such a passion for.”

Upcoming Trips:

Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast, May 6-16, 2015
Hiking in Slovenia, May 17-27, 2015
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast, May 30-June 9, 2015
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania, June 13-25, 2015
Hiking in Slovenia, June 28-July 8, 2015
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast, July 11-21, 2015
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania, August 23-September 4, 2015
Hiking in Slovenia, September 7-17, 2015
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast, September 20-30, 2015
Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast, October 4-14, 2015
Expedition to Lappland: Northern Lights and Reindeer Herders, March 2016

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Client Testimonials:

Ingrid is absolutely one of your best guides. She went out of her way to make sure the trip was enjoyed by everyone. WT is lucky to have someone like Ingrid. M. J., Irvine Ingrid is a true professional guide, so knowledgeable and proud of he country. She couldn’t have been more accommodating and was truly fun to be with. IT was a privilege to travel with her. J. D., Kailua, HI In addition to sharing her knowledge of Slovenia and the mountains we were hiking in, and taking care of each of us, Ingrid has an extraordinary sense of humor and energy that made the trip a wonderful experience. E. F., Los Angeles CA Ingrid was wonderful! She was caring, concerned and attentive to all details and most of all...FUN! Carol M., Hillsborough CA
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
Ingrid is a wonderful person, whom I hope to meet again. She loves her country and shows that with enthusiasm. Very responsible and a lot of fun. Jon R., Hillsborough CA
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
Ingrid Cercek is an awesome trip leader. She worked non-stop to make sure the trip went smoothly and was able to anticipate and cater to individual needs. She is really fun to be with and our group just loved her. Mary M., S. MN
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
You are exceedingly fortunate to have Ingrid. She is one of the most well rounded guides I have ever had. A treasure, for sure. Barbara L., Coos Bay OR
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Ingrid Cercek went beyond the expected to enure our enjoyment of the trip. Carolyn P., Strafford NH
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
Ingrid is very skilled at interacting with each member of the group. She takes her job very seriously and was always concerned that we were enjoying ourselves. Martha Ann M., Comer GA
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
Ingrid went beyond the excellent and expected—always. I'd follow her anywhere. Pat G., Golden CO
Slovenia: Hiking in the Julian Alps
Ingrid is a terrific leader. She took great care to make sure everyone had an extraordinary experience and was also a lot of fun to be with. Cheryl O., Bedford, MA
Montenegro & the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid was fun! She was an amazing Trip Leader and a great person. I loved having her as a guide and hope to stay in touch with her. Tiffany D., Nashville, TN
Croatia: Istria & the Dalmatian Coast
I loved Ingrid! She was extremely patient and knowledgeable, with an infectious enthusiasm and easy sense of humor. She is the perfect trip leader! John M., Houston, TX
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid is a wonderful person whose enthusiasm is contagious. She is thoughtful and understanding of the traveler's needs. A true gem! Lili H., Taos, NM
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid was wonderful. She was very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable about many areas of interest. What impressed me about her was her desire to learn more from each of the participants on the trip. FIRST CLASS TRIP LEADER! Ron K., Scottsdale, AZ
Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast
Ingrid possessed all the right characteristics of a good guide—knowledge, humor, enthusiasm, and a desire to show the best of Slovenia. Having a guide who intimately knows the terrain makes the difference. Nancy B., Charlestown, MA
Hiking in Slovenia
Ingrid was an excellent guide. Definitely among the best we've traveled with. Christel M., Milwaukee, WI
Hiking in Slovenia
Fantastic leader! Extremely competent and great sense of humor. She worked hard to make sure everything flowed smoothly on this trip, and even if it hadn't, it STILL would have been fun! Impossible to imagine a bad day on a trip with a leader like Ingrid. Mary Jo B., Aurora, CO
Hiking in Slovenia
Ingrid is The Best. We've traveled with her three times now and she never disappoints. Pat G., Golden, CO
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
Ingrid is an outstanding leader with a real talent for creating a good group dynamic. Her enthusiasm for the trip and her obvious competence were inspiring and reassuring! Penelope K., Aptos, CA
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
I've been on 17 Wilderness trips and guides just don't get any better than Ingrid. She is smart, fun, thoughtful, and highly professional. I'd rank her among your very best. Betsy S., Boston, MA
Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast
Ingrid was a wonderful leader. She found so many hidden surprises for us throughout the trip, and was very knowledgeable not only about the history of the area but almost every plant and flower. I would definitely travel with her again. Jen Y., Arlington, VA
Croatia: Istria and the Dalmatian Coast
Ingrid really made the trip. Her enthusiasm, sense of fun, and love of her country really made it so much more memorable. Kim R., Seabrook, TX
Hiking in Slovenia
Ingrid has it all: humour, knowledge, experience, compassion, patience, and more. Alison D., Dallas, TX
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
Ingrid Cercek is absolutely the best tour guide I have ever had! She is pure gold, and a premier representative of your organization. Charles R., Saint Louis, MO
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
Ingrid is a top notch professional, who in addition to knowing her stuff, has a real knack for dealing with people and situations. Natalie S., Howard, PA
Hiking in Macedonia and Albania
Ingrid was a pleasure to be around. She is enthusiastic, energetic, and fun, and she wants everyone to learn about and enjoy every part of the republics of the former Yugoslavia. Andy W., Oakland, CA
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A top-notch guide, one of the best I have encountered. The trip would not have been nearly as enjoyable without her. Ingrid's expertise and care enhanced the overall experience ten-fold. Mary R., Ann Arbor, MI
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
This was probably my 13th trip with Wilderness, and Ingrid is clearly among my favorite leaders. She is knowledgeable, organized, friendly, and funny. Eliza S., Los Altos, CA
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid excels in every respect. She has tremendous people skills, an extraordinary sense of humor, and she anticipates everyone's needs and concerns. She is also very knowledgeable about the geography and the history of the countries we visited. She is by far our favorite guide. Ellen F., Los Angeles, CA
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid's love and knowledge of her native country was so apparent that she inspired us to feel likewise. An excellent organizer, she enabled our group to maximize every moment of our trip. Kathy and Jack M., Woodbridge, VA
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Ingrid's passion for her country and knowledge of the place and its culture, made this a full Slovenian immersion trip. While the locales were striking, Ingrid brought them to life through her cultural and historical knowledge. Pam & Rod M., Steamboat Springs, CO
Hiking in Slovenia
Her passion for this area and her humor make an unbeatable combination. Attention to detail and a sense of fun led to so many favorite moments. Bonnie B., Bakersfield, CA
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Ingrid is a mind-bogglingly good guide! She is well organized, enthusiastic, personable, knowledgeable, and made each guest on the tour feel special. She is a pro at the top of her game. Bruce H., Santa Fe, NM
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Ingrid exceeded all expectations for a tour guide with her extraordinary knowledge, enthusiasm, intelligence, engagement with participants, and leadership skills. She was wonderful. Ellen H., Santa Fe, NM
Hiking in Slovenia
We thoroughly enjoyed Ingrid. She's a great guide and enjoys sharing her love for her country and the scenery, history, and food. She selected great hikes! Lorna D., Annandale, VA
Hiking in Slovenia
Ingrid really made the trip superb. Her enthusiasm, creativity, and in depth knowledge of Slovenia were wonderful. Virginia B., Seattle, WA
Hiking in Slovenia
Ingrid was a joy to be around. She has a love of life and spirit of adventure that is infectious. To her, the world is a miracle and a wonder to be discovered, one little bit at a time. Fae E., Salt Lake City, UT
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid's planning and execution are as outstanding as her personal skills. We are looking forward to another trip with her. Peter R., Santa Clara, CA
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid is a delightful leader and works to make sure everyone has a good trip. I would do another of her trips just to have her as a guide. Margaret M., Long Beach, CA
Montenegro and the Adriatic Coast
Ingrid in simply one of the best. If we find she is leading a tour, we are going to consider it. Terry R., Milwaukee, WI
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Client Comments

Beautiful country, wonderful guides, very good group, good hikes! Fred F., Denver, CO Slovenia is beautiful and I highly recommend this trip. Mary M., Stillwater, MN 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 This was a beautifully designed, well executed trip supported brilliantly by the two Trip Leaders and the van driver. Barry G., New York, NY The landscapes, cityscapes, hiking, food, and guides were all wonderful. Jack and Priscilla H., Tyler, TX A first class operation! Jane K., Wilmington, DE 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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