HEART OF THE JULIAN ALPS - HIKING IN SLOVENIA

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HEART OF THE JULIAN ALPS - HIKING IN SLOVENIA

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Duration

7 nights / 8 days

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Tour description

Explore the heart of the Julian Alps on 8-day hiking adventure, feel the nature and taste traditional Slovenian food & wine in different regions. Enjoy the world-famous picturesque Lake Bled and amazing glacial Lake Bohinj.

Experience breath taking scenery of high mountain lakes and rugged limestone peaks on a 3-day hut-to-hut hike and discover the traditional ways of the shepherds.

Enjoy the stunning Soča River Valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys in the world and visit the historic town of Kobarid – blend of nature, history and delicious food. Leave the mountain trails of Triglav National Park and walk into the vineyards of Goriška Brda, taste some traditional local food and world class wine. After delicious culinary delights on the countryside, end the trip in the vibrant capital city of Ljubljana.

Grab your hiking poles and join us on these unforgettable hiking adventure!

*Cover Photo: Archive: www.slovenia.info, Photographer: Tomo Jeseničnik

Highlights:
Hiking the lonely trails in the heart of the Slovenian Alps
Exploring the amazing landscape of Triglav National Park
Enjoying the fantastic Bohinj & Bled lakes and the Soča River Valley
Spending the night in a Slovenian mountain hut in Triglav’s breathtaking high country
Experiencing the authentic and diverse Slovenian cuisine
Eating in one of the World’s Best Restaurant, Hiša Franko (Star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table – Season 2) and World’s Best Female Chef (Ana Roš) for 2017 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants organisation and among 50 World’s Best Restaurants for 2017.
Learning about wine production
Seeing the best of different Slovenian regions

Tour course

Day 1

Inidividual arrival to Ljubljana

Arrive to Ljubljana, check into your room, walk along the river banks and admire bridges, explore the historical city centre and medieval old town, stunning architecture, the colorful marketplace. Visit Ljubljana Castle and treat yourself to beautiful views of the city from the castle’s ramparts or Outlook Tower. Afterwards there will be a welcome dinner with traditional Slovenian food. (Hotel 3*, meals included: Dinner). *Photo: Archive: www.visitljubljana.com
Day 2

Lake Bled - Vintgar Gorge - Bohinj Lake (approx. 4 km, 1,5 hours).

After breakfast a short transfer will take us to the world-famous Lake Bled; a picture postcard lake with island church and a fairy-tale medieval castle built on a precipice overlooking the lake. A good start will be a hike through the spectacular Bled Vintgar Gorge - a narrow canyon. After lunch, we will take a short walk on a hill that has the most beautiful view in the world. Be sure to try a local specialty, Bled custard-cream cake. Next, we continue to glacial Lake Bohinj, peaceful alpine valley, located in the heart of the Triglav National Park. (Hotel 4* in Bohinj, meals included: breakfast, dinner). *Photo: Jošt Gantar
Day 3

Hiking in the Julian Alps (approx. 8 km, 5 hours).

After breakfast, we will start our 3-day HUT to HUT hiking adventure in the heart of Triglav National Park. We will pass shepherds’ cottages and walk through the green meadows of the charming Alpine pastures. We will continue on mountain ridges that offers one of the most spectacular and breath-taking views in Slovenian Alps. We will spend the night in a picturesque mountain hut with a view on the surrounding peaks and watch the sunset! (Mountain hut, meals included: breakfast, dinner).
Day 4

Hiking in the Valley of the 7 Triglav Lakes (approx. 7,5 km, 6 hours).

We will begin a truly unique day by descending into the Valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes and enjoying a rising and falling traverse through rocky terrain. The majestic mountain trail will take us through breath-taking scenery of mountain lakes and offers spectacular views. We will follow the scenic trail towards the valley and enter into mountain lovers’ paradise - one of the most beautiful high-altitude alpine valleys in Europe. The magnificent vistas and beautiful mountains will help you see why Triglav National Park is also called the Kingdom of the Golden horn and is source of pride to all Slovenians. You will spend the night in comfortable mountain hut, just next to one of the beautiful lakes. (Mountain hut, meals included: breakfast, dinner). *Photo: Archive: www.tnp.si, Photographer: Aleš Zdešar
Day 5

Hiking in Julian Alps, swim in Bohinj Lake (approx. 6,6 km, 5 hours).

We will slowly leave the highest peaks behind and enter the land of the Alpine pastures. On the walk back, you will enjoy magnificent views over the Bohinj area. We will pass by some typical shepherd huts where they carry on a traditional way of life and taste traditional Slovenian delights in one of the huts. We will continue to the stunning Lake Bohinj, where we will take time for a swim in the crystal-clear lake. This spectacular hiking adventure will end with tasty Slovenian dinner. (Hotel 4* in Kranjska Gora, meals included: breakfast, dinner). *Photo: Archive: www.slovenia.info, Photographer: Matevž Lenarčič
Day 6

Hiking Vršič Pass & Explore Soča River Valley (approx. 6 km, 3 hours).

After early breakfast we will continue on scenic mountain road to Vršič pass (1625m). From the plateau on the pass we will hike to Sleme, where you will feel all the beauty and breath-taking views of majestic mountains. After lunch in one of the mountain huts we will continue our drive down into one of the most beautiful and one of the few unspoilt river valleys in the world - Soča River Valley where you will explore the historic town of Kobarid – blend of history, nature and delicious food. On the evening it will be time for a gastronomic experience, dinner prepared by one of most innovative chefs, Ana Roš, at her restaurant Hiša Franko (Star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table – Season 2) and World's Best Female Chef for 2017 by The World's 50 Best Restaurants organisation and among 50 World’s Best Restaurants for 2017. (Hotel 4* in Kobarid, meals included: breakfast, dinner). *Photo: Archive: www.slovenia.info, Photographer: Alan Kosmač
Day 7

Kozjak Waterfalls & Vineyards of Goriška Brda

We will start the day with a pleasant stroll near the Soča River and the path will take us to the lovely hidden Kozjak waterfalls with its beautiful pool. Before lunch you will also have time to visit the World War 1 Museum. After lunch we will continue along a picturesque route to the Slovenia's winegrowing region of Goriška Brda to enjoy Mediterranean landscape and magnificent views. It is a land of gently rolling hills, covered with orchards and vineyards and dotted with small villages. Farewell dinner will be served in the family run tourist farm with breathtaking views of the rolling hills of the Goriška Brda region. Each dish will be enhanced by a selection of our host’s wine. Together we will raise a toast to a great adventure in Slovenia. (Tourist Farm in Goriška Brda, meals included: breakfast, dinner). *Photo: Archive: www.slovenia.info, Photographer of Waterfall Kozjak: Tomo Jeseničnik
Day 8

Goodbye Slovenia

After breakfast you will be transfered to Ljubljana. Departure or Extension. We would be happy to assist you with booking extra night/s. (Meals included: breakfast).
* Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Price:

Price per person (sharing a double room): 2.253 EUR
Single supplement: 240 EUR

Price includes:
An English speaking, profesional local mountain guide throughout the trip
Ground transportation throughout Slovenia as per the itinerary
All accommodations in 3 -, 4-star hotels/tourist farm (two people sharing a twin/double room), with private facilities (except the mountain huts – rooms for 4, 6 or 10 people which is dormitory style with shared facilities)
Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
Wine tasting in Goriška Brda
Entrance fee for WW1 Museum
Day 8 transfer to Ljubljana train station or a downtown hotel
Tourist taxes and promotional local taxes
Organization and VAT.

Not included:
International airfare and airport taxes
Meals not specified in the itinerary
Drinks and alcoholic beverages
Travel insurance, (highly recomended)
Optional gratuities to your guides
Personal expenses
All other expenses that are not mentioned in what’s included description.

Dates:
20 – 27 July, 2019
10 – 17 August, 2019
17 – 24 August, 2019
31 August – 7 September, 2019
14 – 21 September, 2019

Duration: 7 nights / 8 days.

Accommodations: Hotels/Tourist farm – 5 nights (category 3* and 4*); Mountain hut – 2 nights.

Activities: Hiking, Walking

Activity level: Moderate

Group Size: 4-16 people

Guided Group
This is a small-group guided holiday. The group is usually 4 to 16 people, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, as a couple or as friends together.

Additional Information about the tour:
If you request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement fee. There are a limited number of single rooms available to request. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available, and single rooms are not available at the mountain hut.

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