Adventures from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic Sea

Overview

From alpine peaks and mountain lakes to tiny villages of Venetian Gothic architecture along the Adriatic, Slovenia is gorgeous—and still relatively undiscovered by travelers, which makes it perfect for a WT adventure. We’ve created a journey with a fantastic mix of hiking, history, and culture as we make our way from the snow-capped Julian Alps to medieval Piran nestled along the sea. Along the way, we taste Slovenia’s regional wines and delightful cuisine fresh from the sea and mountains. At one of our hotels, the family-run Hisa Franko, we dine at its acclaimed restaurant—the chef, Ana Ros, was named the “World’s Best Female Chef” in 2017.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Ljubljana / Ptuj / Logarska Dolina

Ljubljana is wonderful to explore on foot, and we head to Ptuj for a vineyard hike, lunch at an organic farm, and a private wine tasting. In Logarska Dolina, a stunning valley dotted with tiny churches and traditional farmsteads, we hike through meadows and forests to the 300-foot-high Rinka waterfall, with views of snow-dusted peaks.

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Days 5-6
Radovljica / Lake Bled / Mostnica Gorge

We explore Renaissance-era Radovljica, taste honey at its museum of beekeeping, and take a gondola across the fairytale setting of Lake Bled, followed by a hike through sun-dappled beech forests along the river that cuts through Mostnica Gorge.

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Days 7-8
Mt. Krn / Dreznica / Kobarid

After a hike below the face of the spectacular Triglav north wall, we head to the Soca Valley, 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

In Slovenia’s karst landscape, we walk through the breathtaking world of the Skocjan Caves, a World Heritage Site, then head to the coast at Piran, a spectacular hub of the Venetian Republic. We boat to Piran Bay’s wetland reserve and visit the historic salt flats at Secovlje. Depart on Day 11 via Ljubljana.

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Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy superb hikes in an uncrowded alpine realm of Old World villages and limestone peaks
Hike in Logarska Dolina (the Logar Valley), with its amphitheater of stone
Cross Lake Bled by gondola, enjoy beautiful Piran on the Adriatic
Savor renowned local wines and delightful cuisine with influences from Italy and Austria, dine at the celebrated Hisa Franko restaurant

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $4895  
Arrive: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Depart: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Lodging: 10 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
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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