Hiking in Slovenia

Adventures from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic Sea

Overview

From alpine peaks to villages of Venetian Gothic architecture along the Adriatic shore, Slovenia is gorgeous—and still relatively undiscovered by travelers, which makes it perfect for a WT adventure. We enjoy a fantastic mix of hiking, history, and culture on our journey from the snow-capped Julian Alps down to medieval Piran nestled by the sea. Slovenia’s delicious cuisine, with both Italian and Austrian influences, will delight us, and we’ll dine one night at the family-run Hiša Franko in Kobarid—the acclaimed chef, Ana Roš, was named the “World’s Best Female Chef.”

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Ljubljana / Ptuj / Logarska Dolina

From Ljubljana, we head to the town of Ptuj for a vineyard hike, lunch at an organic farm, and a private wine tasting. We’ll visit Ptuj’s hilltop castle, then head out for a hike in Logarska Dolina, a magnificent glacial valley flanked by limestone peaks.

Hotel Cubo
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Day 1 (1 night)
Hotel Mitra
Ptuj, Slovenia
Day 2 (1 night)
Hotel Plesnik
Logarska Dolina, Slovenia
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Days 5-6
Radovljica / Lake Bled / Mostnica Gorge

We explore the Renaissance-era town of Radovljica, taste honey at its unique museum of beekeeping, and hike along the Radovna River. A gondola ride brings us across alpine Lake Bled to the tiny island at its center, crowned by a 17th century church. Near Lake Bohinj, our trail leads through a deep gorge along the tumbling green Mostnica River.

Grand Hotel Toplice
Bled, Slovenia
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)
Days 7-8
Mt. Krn / Drežnica / Kobarid / Hiša Franko

Views of the Julian Alps are superb on our hike below the North Triglav Wall, and our trail in the Soca Valley traces below snow-capped Mt. Krn (7,300'). In Kobarid, where Hemingway set his novel A Farewell to Arms, we’ll have a memorable dinner at Hiša Franko, with locally sourced seasonal ingredients and excellent Slovenian wines.

Grand Hotel Toplice
Bled, Slovenia
Days 5 to 7 (3 nights)
Hotels in Kobarid
Kobarid, Slovenia
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Hotel Hisa Franko
Kobarid, Slovenia
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Hotel Hvala
Kobarid, Slovenia
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Days 9-12
Piran

In Slovenia’s karst landscape, we walk through the škocjan Caves, a World Heritage Site, then head to Piran, a coastal hub of the Venetian Republic. We boat to Piran Bay’s wetland reserve and visit the historic salt flats at SeČovlje. Depart on Day 12 via Ljubljana.

Hotels in Kobarid
Kobarid, Slovenia
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Hotel Hisa Franko
Kobarid, Slovenia
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Hotel Hvala
Kobarid, Slovenia
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Hotel Piran
Piran, Slovenia
Days 10 to 11 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy superb hikes in an uncrowded alpine realm of Old World villages and limestone peaks
Hike in Logarska Dolina, with its flower-filled meadows and amphitheater of stone
Cross Lake Bled by gondola, enjoy beautiful Piran and the Adriatic Coast
Savor cuisine with both Italian and Austrian influences, dine at the celebrated Hiša Franko restaurant

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $5295  
Arrive: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Depart: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Lodging: 11 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Culinary
Trip Level:

9 hiking days on moderate trails (some steep sections), 3-5 hours a day, van support