FROM TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK TO THE ADRIATIC COAST

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FROM TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK TO THE ADRIATIC COAST

Departure Date

29 Aug

Duration

7 nights / 8 days

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TOUR DESCRIPTION

UNFORGETABLE HIKING & BIKING ADVENTURE (29.8. – 5.9.2020)
Active group guided holiday for active nature lovers! This program combines two trekking & four cycling days, in one of the most beautiful corners in Europe.

To start with the tour in Triglav National Park, means to start in the idyllic images of the pure and intact nature. Your starting point is magnificent Lake Bled in the immediate vicinity of the Triglav National Park, one of the oldest European parks, admired for its dynamic intact and picturesque nature, rich vegetation and numerous endangered animals. Hiking ends in splendid Soča Valley where cycling will start. On two wheels you’ll be exploring charming Slovenian villages, fascinating Karst region with world class attraction Škocjan Caves (on UNESCO world heritage list), you will cycle through wine rich valleys, and you’ll even cross border and spend some time in neighbouring Italy. With no doubt we can write that the start of this cycling & hiking tour is magical and the finish simply glorious. The closure of this active holiday, will take you through three Slovenian coastal jewels and seaside towns on the Adriatic Sea. Welcome!

Highllights
Triglav National Park with Lake Bled
Soča Valley – Paradise for active vacation in nature
Italian historical towns Cividale del Friuli and Gradisca D´Isonzo
Oldest settlement in Karst region – Štanjel
Beautiful Škocjan Caves on UNESCO World Heritage List
Romantic Slovenian Adriatic Coastline

TOUR COURSE

Day 1

Individual arrival to Bled.

Lake Bled, famous for its immense natural beauty, together with its surroundings is considered to be one of the most beautiful alpine resorts. It is a perfect start of this unique hike & bike holiday. We recommend you to come a day earlier and book an extra night here as you will love exploring this fabolous place. With its island in the middle of the lake and other natural and cultural sights, Bled will surely amaze you. And do not forget to taste the world wide known Bled cream cake, one of the Symbols of Bled. Meeting with your tour guide in the evening and group dinner. (Hotel 3*, meals included: dinner).
Day 2

Pokljuka plateau – Mountain hut Dolič (approx. 14 km, 1.190 m ascent, 5-6 hours).

Morning (short) transfer to Rudno polje on Pokljuka plateau (1.300 m) where your hike tour beginns. Pokljuka, high karst plateau is a paradise for everyone who enjoys in outdoor activities. Covered with forests and mountain pastures, one of its appealing points is certainly the cattle, still grazing on many pastures during the summer season. The hiking trail is realy beautiful, it starts with a hike through rich spruce tree forest, crossing some mountain pastures, and soon beautiful views to surrounding meadows and mountains will open. Hiking trail will change to alpine mountain terrain leading you to mountain pass Dolič below the Triglav peak, where you will be staying the night (2.151 m). (Mountain hut, meals included: breakfast and dinner).
Day 3

Mountain hut Dolič – Zadnjica Valley – trf to Kobarid (aprox. 9,5 km, 50 m ascent, 1.500 m descent, 4-5 hours)

Another beautiful mountain hiking day full of splendid views. Today the hike is easier as you will be mostly descending towards Zadnjica Valley, where the hike ends. Once in the valley, a transfer will take you through fascinating Soča Valley with its emerald river Soča (the most beautiful river in Slovenia) to Kobarid where you will visit the famous Kobarid Museum. Museum is heart breaking, and touching story with unique demonstrations of fights and the life during the WW1. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast and dinner). *For the one's who would like to climb Mt.Triglav (2.864 m) we strongly recommend to book a private mountain guide, we can arrange it (245 € for 1–4 person). The climb will be in early morning, before the group departure. Climb to the top of Mt. Triglav is approx. 3,3 km (one way), 600 m of ascent, approx. 3,5 – 4 hours of round trip.
Day 4

Kobarid – Cividale – Gradisca D´Isonzo (Italy) (approx. 60 km and 340 m ascent).

It is a scenic cycling tour, passing pretty little villages and idyllic rural country, leading you to neighbouring Italy. Lunch break can be in a cozy little town, Cividale del Friuli, on UNESCO World Heritage List since 2011. Afternoon cycling is fabolous as well, the cycle route is taking you through charming typical Italian rural villages and countryside. Your final destination today is an attractive town Gradisca d´Isonzo, which was fortified by the Venetians as a bastion against Ottoman raids. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast and dinner).
Day 5

Gradisca D´Isonzo (Italy) – Štanjel – Lipica (57 km and 805 m ascent).

A bit more demanding cycling day but so rewarding! You will be pedaling through old, quite and charming Slovenian villages, passing many vine fields. Views on beautiful landscape will help you overcome some climbs to the picturesque village of Štanjel (312 m). It is one of the oldest settlements in the Karst Region, known for its old village centre. Once on top, you will enjoy in splendid views over wine rich Vipava Valley. Your accomodation is in world famous Lipica, home of Lipizzan horses and the largest stud farm with Lipizzan horses in the world. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast and dinner). *Photo of Štanjel: Archive of www.slovenia.info
Day 6

Lipica – Škocjan Caves – Muggia (Italy) (approx. 45 km and 450 m ascent).

What a day! First you will cycle to the beautiful Škocjan Caves, which have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1986. After visit of these spectacular and amazing caves, cycling continues around the colourful Karst landscape. The villages of Karst are true »food« for the eyes. Full of historical sights and specialties. Your destination is charming Bay of Muggia, the only Istrian town remained to Italy. Its picturesque harbour and small squares stir that charming Venetian atmosphere. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast and dinner). *Photos: Archive: www.park-skocjanske-jame.si, Photographer: Borut Lozej
Day 7

Muggia – Koper – Piran – Strunjan (approx. 42 km and 490 m ascent).

Scenic and just glorious cycling stage from Italian to Slovenian coast - a perfect finish of this unique active tour. The route will take you through three Slovenian picturesque and historical Mediterranean towns which we are sure, will not leave you indifferent. (Hotel good 3* or 4* (depends on availability), meals included: breakfast and farewell dinner). *Photo of Piran: Archive: www.portoroz.si, Photographer: Jaka Ivančič
Day 8

Departure or extension. Extra nights on request. (Meals included: breakfast).

**first two hiking days only with day luggage (whatever you carry with you). The rest of your luggage will be delivered to your hotel on Day 3.

PRICE PER PERSON IN A DOUBLE ROOM SHARING

Price per person (sharing a double room): 1.380 €

Price includes:
6 overnights with breakfast in Hotels 3* and 4* with en suite facilities
1 overnight with breakfast in Mountain Hut (shared beds)
7 dinners (6 in hotels or local restaurants and 1 dinner in Mountain Hut)
English speaking tour guide throughout the tour (starts with welcome meeting and dinner on Day 1 and ends after group dinner on Day 7)
Quality classic trekking bike Sub Cross 30 with one bike (back) pannier
All transfers as described in tour programe
Luggage transfers between the hotels (to Mountain Hut no luggage transfer)
1 wine tasting
Entrance to Kobarid Museum
Entrance to Škocjan Caves
Organization and VAT

Optional supplements:
Single accomodation 135 € (only in hotels, in Mountain Hut shared beds)
Helmet 8 €
Electric bike 145 € (Scott E Sub Active Unisex plus one bike (back) pannier).
Airport & city transfers (prices are per person, minimum number two people sharing a transfer):
– Airport Ljubljana – Bled 30 €
– Ljubljana City – Bled 45 €
– Klagenfurt airport, Austria – Bled 70 €
– Villach train station / city – Bled 60 €
– Strunjan – Airport Ljubljana 60 €
– Strunjan – Train Station Ljubljana 65 €
– Strunjan – Airport Trieste 55 €
– Strunjan – Train Station Trieste 30 €

Minimum and maximum number of participants: 6 and 14

What’s not included;
Arrival / departure to / from first / last hotel
Flight tickets
Travel insurance
Gratuity
Lunch’s, drinks
All other expenses that are not mentioned in what’s included description

Accomodations;
Mixture of 4* and 3* hotels & private guesthouse’s with en suite facilities, 1 Mountain Hut with shared beds

Category:
Moderate difficulty. For better physical prepared guests. You should be able to hike / trekk for round 5, 6 hours with climbs and descents. Cycling is also moderate with some climbs, mixture of asphalt and gravel road. But nothing too challenging.

Key information;
This guided tour is designed for a smaller group (max 14 pax). We strongly believe that smaller number of guests creates best group dynamic; you’ll get to know people from different countries and different backgrounds with a shared interest in travel. One of our local guides will be with you throughout the programe, this way you get a unique insight into local life. They know the stories behind the sights you’ll see, plus they are famous for going the extra mile to make sure your holiday is the best it can possibly be!

Date;
29.8.2020 – 5.9.2020 (7 nights / 8 days)

*Extra nights before / after tour on request. We would be happy to assist you with booking extra nights.

**This programe is also available as a self guided tour.

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