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: $4495  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Depart: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Lodging: 10 nights hotels and country inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
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)
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Highlights

  • The spectacular alpine realm of the Julian Alps
  • Logarska Dolina National Park, one of Europe’s most breathtaking natural settings
  • Enchanting Ljubljana, exquisite Lake Bled, beautiful Piran on the blue Adriatic


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

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Departure Notes

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Slovenia is a superb yet undiscovered hiker’s dream, and our journey from the Julian Alps to the shimmering Adriatic showcases the best of this uncrowded corner of Europe. In stunning Logarska Dolina, our waterfall hike leads through a lush glacier-carved valley flanked by sheer peaks. We boat across enchanting Lake Bled by gondola, hike dramatic Mostnica Gorge, and explore historic Kobarid, immortalized in Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. On the blue Adriatic, Piran welcomes us to explore its Venetian Gothic architecture and savor fresh seafood at its waterfront cafes. Throughout our journey we enjoy renowned local wines and a delightful cuisine including savory zlikrofi (Slovenian ravioli) and chanterelle mushrooms fresh from the forest.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

After exploring Ljubljana, we head to Ptuj, where we enjoy lunch in a wine cellar and hike in rolling vineyard country. In Logarska Dolina, dotted with tiny churches and ancient farmsteads, we hike through emerald meadows and forests to the 300-foot-high Rinka Waterfall and feast our eyes on the towering peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

Days 5-6
Radovljica / Lake Bled / Lake Bohinj

We explore Radovljica, with its Renaissance-era architecture, then hike through the steep Vintgar Gorge. A gondola ride brings us across the fairytale setting of Lake Bled to reach its 17th century island-church. From serene Lake Bohinj, we 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, we 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
Piran

We pass through wine country en route to the vast underground world of the Skocjan Caves, an amazing World Heritage Site. Our journey ends in Piran, with its intact medieval center and 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

2014
Jun 29-Jul 9, 2014

Sep 8-18, 2014
2015
May 17-27, 2015
Jun 28-Jul 8, 2015
Sep 7-17, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$4495 (13-15 members)
$4795 (10-12 members)
$4995 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $625
Forced single supplement: $425
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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 1 lunch and 1 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.).

Trip Payment Schedule

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

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Minimum fee: None per person
46-90 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.

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: June 29-July 9, 2014, September 8-18, 2014

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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Stanislav Simicic

Departure Dates: June 29-July 9, 2014, September 8-18, 2014

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

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