The Julian Alps & Beyond
For those looking for the new and undiscovered, Slovenia adventure holidays are the mecca of hidden surprises. This tiny country, part of former Yugoslavia, is sandwiched between Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Croatia and Lichtenstein. It possesses all the beauty of its surrounding countries, including the towering Alps, dense pine forests, crisp turquoise lakes and beautiful Baroque architecture. On this double-dose of adventure, we combine both Slovenia and Italy. We'll trek into the luxurious Julian Alps, kayak down the Krka River with an Olympian, and bike through quaint villages right into Italy. Here we'll stop for an Italian feast before returning to Slovenia to whitewater raft down the turquoise waters of the Soča River. These multisport trips are infused with local culture and in a gorgeous natural setting. Add in great wines, gourmet meals and you have all the ingredients for a sophisticated sports extravaganza.
- Hike through Triglav National Park, a land of turquoise lakes, waterfalls, limestone peaks and gorges.
- Kayak the Krka River with a Slovenian Olympian, passing preserved wooden bridges, castles and churches
- Cycle through picturesque villages in the ‘Tuscany of Slovenia’, stopping to sample some wine at local vineyards
|2||Ljubljana & Bohinj||River Kayaking||Hotel||B,L|
|3||Bohinj & Triglav National Park||Trekking||Hotel||B,L|
|4||Triglav National Park & Bohinj||Trekking||Hotel||B,L|
|5||Lake Bohinj & Kobarid||Biking||Hotel||B,L|
|6||Kobardid, Soca River & Brda||Whitewater Rafting||Hotel||B,D|
|7||Brda, Italy & Ljubljana||Biking||Hotel||B,L,D|
Day 1: Arrival in Ljubljana
Upon arriving in Ljubljana, you will be met by a BikeHike Adventures representative and transferred to the old part of the city. You will stay overnight in a comfortable boutique hotel in Ljubljana.
Day 2: Ljubljana - Bohinj (River Kayaking)
We leave Ljubljana this morning and head for Krka village, where our local kayaking crew will warmly welcome us. We'll gear up with river kayaks, spray skirts, helmets and paddles, have an instructional and safety briefing and then meander down easy class II rapids on the Krka River with world kayak champion Borut Javornik, a Slovenian Olympic team member and coach. The total paddling journey is 9 km/5 miles, through picturesque Slovenian countryside with wooden bridges, castles and churches dotting the riverbank. After we have finished kayaking, we'll have a short drive to our local guesthouse for lunch or early dinner, depending upon our kayaking time. There will be plenty of local wines, homemade bread, fresh trout and more to satisfy your culinary needs. Overnight accommodation in a comfortable hotel in Bohinj. (B,L)
Day 3: Bohinj - Julian Alps - Triglav National Park (Trekking)
After a hearty breakfast we'll set off to Triglav National Park. We will drive to one of the trailheads and begin a full day of trekking high above the village of Bohinj. The path ascends high through an evergreen forest, eventually reaching the heart of the craggy Julian Alps. We tramp along soft golden pastures, filled with curious cows following our paths. Once we reach the highest point of the day, the viewpoint of the Seven Triglav lakes is below us. It is a spectacular landscape of turquoise lakes, limestone peaks and giant boulders scattered across the surrounding area. Set in the middle is our mountain hut, where we spend the night in dormitory-style lodging. (B,L)
Day 4: Julian Alps - Triglav National Park - Bohinj (Trekking)
We start the day with breakfast at the mountain hut, then lace up our hiking boots for a second day traversing through the pristine Triglav National Park to Bohinj valley. We meander along undulating paths with wide-open views of the green pastures and surrounding Julian Alps. The final part of the trek is through an evergreen forest, and the spongy trail is strewn with pine needles and honeycombs. Overnight stay Bohinj. (B,L)
Day 5: Lake Bohinj - Kobarid (Biking)
After a hearty breakfast we set out on knobby tire mountain bikes to explore the picturesque villages surrounding Bohinj. We ride on winding paved and dirt roads that carve through villages with wooden homes, decorated with baskets of scarlet geraniums in their windows, reminiscent of Swiss architecture. We break for an organic lunch at a shepherd’s farm, with all of the ingredients grown locally and prepared by our hosts. Lunch is a delicious spread of homemade cheeses, cold cuts, breads and salads. After lunch we jump back on our bikes and continue riding along a forest trail that leads to Lake Bohinj. After biking we will depart to Kobarid know for Ernest Hemingway novel "Farewell to Arms". Tonight, be prepared for a feast of locally grown ingredients at Hiša Franco’s outstanding restaurant. (B,L)
Day 6: Kobarid - Soča River - Brda (Whitewater Rafting)
Today we switch gears and have a morning of liquid adventure whitewater rafting on surging emerald swells of the Soča River. This river is renowned to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. After rafting we head to the Kolovrat range where structures of the third Italian line of defense are densely tossed on both sides of the state border. A special approach to the restoration of these positions was the use of original building materials (wire nets for fortifying slopes, corrugated sheets, slates, etc.) from the time of the First World War. Accommodation in a comfortable boutique hotel in Goriška Brda. (B,D)
Day 7: Brda - Italy - Ljubljana (Biking)
We wake early with the long daylight, feast on a healthy Slovenian breakfast and then we're back on our bikes cycling through the Brda region, known as the Slovenian Tuscany and wine region. We'll pedal from village to village experiencing the natural and cultural heritage of this area. The farm roads here crisscross the national borders between Slovenia and Italy, and we'll journey from one country to the other tasting wines from both sides as we go. Brda is a land of castles, vineyards and small white churches, often situated on the top of the hills overlooking the villages. In the afternoon, we'll make our way back to Ljubljana. Overnight stay in a comfortable boutique hotel in Ljubljana. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Ljubljana - Departure
You'll be transferred to the international airport for your flight back home. (B)
All accommodation (twin shared), meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), all internal transportation excluding airport transfers, equipment and English-speaking guides.
Trip Does Not Include:
International airfare, airport departure taxes, gratuities, meals not included, airport transfers and items of a personal nature.
7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Hotel: 6 Nights
Mountain Hut: 1 Night
“We had a fantastic time in Slovenia! My husband liked the biking the best and my daughters enjoyed the whitewater rafting and the canyoning. I enjoyed the mountain scenery, especially how green everything was, and the organization was great”
~ Linda Mountford - Ontario, Canada
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For those looking for the new and undiscovered, Slovenia is one of Europe's emerging adventure meccas full of hidden surprises. This tiny country, part of former Yugoslavia, is sandwiched between Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Lichtenstein and Switzerland. It possesses all the beauty and sophistication of its surrounding countries, but has the added advantage of warm and hospitable people untouched by mass tourism. Inhabiting just over two million people, Slovenia is small in size. In fact, the longest drive is a mere six hours. For some countries, this limits the diversity of terrain. For Slovenia, it connects the assorted regions of mountains, seas, lakes, rivers, karst, and lowlands. The result is a compact multi-sport paradise, making transitions between activities easy.