Julian Alps & Beyond

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Julian Alps & Beyond
Duration:
8
Days
Priced from:
2799.00
USD

Julian Alps & Beyond

Trip Overview

(Biking, Hiking, Kayaking and Whitewater Rafting) outside_travel_awards_logo_w640.pngFor those looking for the new and undiscovered, Slovenia is an adventure gem full 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 Sava River, 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. This itinerary is fun-filled, infused with the local culture and in a gorgeous natural setting. Add in great wines, gourmet meals and you have all the ingredients for a sophisticated multi-sport extravaganza.

WOW FACTORS

  • Hike through Triglav National Park, a land of turquoise lakes, waterfalls, limestone peaks and gorges.
  • Kayak the Sava River passing through picturesque Slovenian countryside with views of the Julian Alps
  • Cycle through picturesque villages in the ‘Tuscany of Slovenia’, stopping to sample some wine at local vineyards

Awarded as one of the '5 Best Small-Group Adventures Across the Globe' by Get Lost Magazine.

Outside Magazine awarded this a top trip for active travellers visiting Slovenia.

"BikeHike Adventures is thrilled to be included in Outside's Award for Best New Frontier. I hope this results in more travellers discovering the beauty of Slovenia, one of Europe's emerging adventure meccas full of hidden surprises!" 
-- BikeHike Adventures' Director, Trish Sare

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Day 1

Ljubljana
Arrival
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.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: none

Day 2

Ljubljana & Bohinj
River Kayaking
We leave Ljubljana this morning and depart towards Bohinj, 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 Sava River. Our paddling journey will take us through the picturesque Slovenian countryside with views of the Julian Alps. 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.

Kayaking Distance: 9 km / 5 mi
Kayaking Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Bohinj & Triglav National Park
Hiking
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. The terrain is mostly rocky today so expect lots of uneven ground. 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.

Hiking Duration: 6 hours
Hiking Distance: 8km / 5mi
Ascent: +1,100 m (3,609 ft)
Descent: -150 m (490 ft) 
Accommodation: Cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Triglav National Park & Bohinj
Hiking
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.

Hiking Duration: 5.5 hours
Hiking Distance: 7km / 4mi
Ascent: +100 m (330 ft)
Descent: -1,300 m (4,265 ft)
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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, known for the Ernest Hemingway novel "Farewell to Arms". Tonight, be prepared for a feast of locally grown ingredients at the outstanding Dobra Vila restaurant.

Biking Distance: 22 km / 14 mi
Biking Duration: 3 - 4 hours 
Ascent: +300 m (985 ft)
Descent: -300 m (985 ft)
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Kobardid, Soca 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.  

Rafting Distance: 8 km / 5 mi
Rafting Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Biking Distance: 23 km / 14 mi
Biking Duration: 4 - 5 hours 
Ascent: +700 m (2,297 ft)
Descent: -700 m (2,297 ft)
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Ljubljana
Departure
You'll be transferred to the international airport for your flight back home. 

Meals: Breakfast

NOTE about Ascent/Descent numbers: 

The ascent/descent numbers are usually generated using Ride with GPS. The numbers are TOTAL ascent/descent for the day and these numbers do not suggest altitude. There are usually multiple small ascents and descents added up throughout the day to reach this total ascent/descent for the day. (While our numbers are generally consistent with Ride with GPS, depending on the mapping technology used, numbers may vary).

 

What's Included

TRIP INCLUSIONS:
All accommodation (twin shared), meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), all internal transportation including 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.

MEALS:
7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 3 Dinners

ACCOMMODATION:
Hotel: 6 Nights
Mountain Hut: 1 Night

Trip Facts

Weather in Slovenia

Slovenia is temperate with four distinct seasons, but the topography creates three individual climates. The northwest has an alpine climate with strong influences from the Atlantic with abundant precipitation. Temperatures in the Alpine valleys are moderate in summer but cold in winter. The coast and western Slovenia as far north as the Soca Valley has a Mediterranean climate with mild, sunny weather much of the year, though the burja, a cold and dry northeasterly wind from the Adriatic, can be fierce at times. Most of eastern Slovenia has a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Slovenia gets most of its rain in March and April and again in October and November. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of –2°C and July the warmest at 21°C.

Travel Documents

Citizens from Canada and USA require a valid passport to enter Slovenia. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of arrival. A travel visa is not required if travelling with a Canadian or American passport. Citizens of other nations should check with their nearest Slovenian Embassy for visa requirements.

Food and Water

Slovenian cuisine has been influenced by Austrian, Italian, south Slavic and Hungarian kitchens and is therefore a mix of tastes and textures. A typical main meal includes meat (beef or chicken), beef or chicken soup, green salad, and to finish off, apple, cherry, or cheese strudel with coffee. No matter the season, Slovenes serve a daily green salad with vinegar-and-oil dressing. Potatoes, onions, cabbage, celery, carrots, bananas, apples, and walnuts round out the dietary staples. The forests provide a variety of mushrooms, berries and nuts.

FAQ

How big are BikeHike's groups?

Our adventures are built for small groups, with a maximum of 12 travellers on each guided tour. Each group is diverse, comprised of men and women of many different nationalities and ages. By travelling in small groups we leave minimal ecological impact, cause less disruption to the native life and are able to gain a better appreciation for our surroundings. Small numbers also allow greater flexibility and spontaneity: a dinner in a local home, an impromptu village wedding invite and any such experiences that can become among the most memorable experiences of your BikeHike adventure.

How fit do I need to be to join this trip?

We understand that people come in many fitness levels, so we've graded our trips accordingly. There are four difficulty levels on our trips: Easy, Moderate, Challenging, and Strenuous. 

This is a “moderate” trip. These trips include 4-5 hours of physical activity throughout the day, with many breaks along the way. The biking portions of BikeHike Adventure’s trips are the most cardiovascular portions of the trips, but there are always support vehicles available on our BikeHike trips. During the biking section, our travellers don’t have to carry anything on their backs as any packs can be carried in the support vehicle.  During the hiking portions of the trip, the most you would have to carry on your back is a daypack.

Has this trip been run before?

BikeHike Adventures has been operating since 1994. 

The logistics of organizing tours to remote corners of the world can be very complex. Our trip development department spends long hours researching destinations, routes, ground operations and equipment. All itineraries are screened without clients before they are added to our growing repertoire of adventures. Nothing is untested. 

Can you tell me about your typical BikeHike travellers on this trip?

Our travellers share a common love for outdoor adventure. Most are looking for a physical adventure in an unfamiliar destination. A typical trip is comprised of men and women in good physical condition, who exercise regularly and are invigorated by a personal challenge. As well, the age range on this trip is typically from 35-60, although we occasionally get younger and older travellers as well.

Which airport do we fly in and out of for this trip?

Ljubljana. You can arrive anytime on day 1 of the trip and depart anytime on day 8.

Can I take this trip if...

I am a solo traveller? How does solo accommodation and costing work?

Many of our travellers (both men and women) join as singles. On average, BikeHike groups are 75% single travellers and 25% couples. Unlike many adventure travel companies, we don't charge single supplement fees to solo travellers. Instead, we pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If we can't find you a roommate, you get your own room at no additional charge. A single private room supplement fee is only required if you specifically request a confirmed private room for the duration of the trip. Learn more about solo travel with BikeHike

I have special dietary requirements?

We will do our best to accommodate special dietary requests (e.g. vegetarian, gluten free, etc.), but ask that you please discuss your request with us when signing up for a trip.

I am travelling with children? Is this trip children friendly?

While most of our trips are created with adults in mind, many of our itineraries are suitable for strong and active teenagers. This trip is generally good for older children or teenagers. However, we do offer many Family Focused trips, some of which are able to accommodate children as young as six.

Accommodation

Most of our trips include comfortable mid-range accommodations. This includes accommodation that provides a clean and comfortable experience in characterful surroundings that reflect the destination. To build stronger connections with the communities and support the local economies, we avoid using large international chain brands on BikeHike trips. 

More about the accommodation we use on this tour in Slovenia

SMALL HOTELS

BikeHike prefers small hotels that showcase the character and local flair of each destination. Throughout this tour, we have hand-picked accommodations for you that showcase Slovenia’s character and charm.

Some nights, we will be staying in some especially charming inns that resemble more of a western style B&B than a hotel. Often times, these stays are a highlight of the trip as they really connect you to the small villages where you’ll be visiting. To really experience these places, the only choice is local style accommodation. For example, we will stay in Bohinj, a small city in northwestern Slovenia of only 2000 inhabitants and Brda, Slovenia’s Tuscany-esque wine region, that has a population of less 6000 people. To really experience these places, the only choice is local style accommodation. The level of local immersion in these places will be unparalleled and the resulting experiences are ones we would not be able to have otherwise.      

CABIN

One night in particular includes a night in a rustic mountain hut located within the Triglav National Park. Here, you can enjoy an authentic mountain experience sleeping in dormitory-style lodging after a day of exploring the area’s lakes and attractions.

Click HERE for more information about accommodation styles.

Adventure Dates

  • Sep 22 - Sep 29, 2019
  • May 24 - May 31, 2020
  • Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2020
  • Jul 26 - Aug 02, 2020
  • Aug 16 - Aug 23, 2020
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Price

(Land only, based on twin/shared room)
2799.00
USD
per person

No single supplement fees
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Add-Ons

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Day Destination Activity
Duration
Distance Ascent / Descent Lodging Meals
1
Ljubljana
Arrival
— / —
Hotel
2
Ljubljana & Bohinj
River Kayaking
2 - 3 hours
9 km
5 mi
— / —
Hotel
b,
l
3
Bohinj & Triglav National Park
Hiking
6 hours
8 km
5 mi
+ 1,100 m (3,609 ft)
- 150 m (490 ft)
Cabin
b,
l,
d
4
Triglav National Park & Bohinj
Hiking
5.5 hours
7 km
4 mi
- 1,300 m (4,265 ft)
+ 100 m (330 ft)
Hotel
b,
l
5
Lake Bohinj & Kobarid
Biking
3 - 4 hours
22 km
14 mi 
+/- 300 m (985 ft) 
Hotel
b,
l
6
Kobardid, Soca River & Brda
Whitewater Rafting
1.5 - 2 hours
8 km / 5 mi
— / —
Hotel
b,
d
7
Brda, Italy & Ljubljana
Biking
4 - 5 hours
23 km
14 mi
+/- 700 m (2,297 ft)​​​​​​​
Hotel
b,
l,
d
8
Ljubljana
Departure
— / —
b

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Dave C
September 3, 2019

We have been on many family vacations throughout the US and abroad. I can honestly say that our week with Luka and BikeHike Adventures was one of the best ever.

Luka was an incredible guide for our family. His knowledge of the area was amazing. Great stories and his ability to navigate all roads and trails without ever needing a map was a testament to his skills.

He was always very respectful and patient with our family, which we know can be a bit trying at times. Three teenage boys aren't always easy to handle and Luka was able to keep them happy and entertained the entire time. Our family loved having Luka as our guide and we were always eager to experience the next adventure. He skillfully adapted to our needs and interests, adding more adventure when possible and holding back if anyone needed a break. Also, he is clearly well respected by locals at all stops and never put his interests ahead of others. We just wanted to express how much we enjoyed our vacation in Slovenia with BikeHike Adventures. Thank you. Wonderful vacation.

California, USA
JT
Jannel T
September 22, 2018

Luka, our guide was outstanding! He was patient, informative and went the extra mile to ensure we had a good time in Slovenia. It was hard to leave Slovenia after our trip ended!

Eden Prairie, MN, USA
LC
Lou C
June 23, 2018

I enjoyed the variety of activities on the trip. We've been on several hiking only trips which were fun, but I like this format better. We were happy with all aspects of the trips. Some of our meals were FANTASTIC. Even the mountain hut was nice (for what it was). I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the accommodation and food was.

Sapphire, NC, USA
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Sue K
August 27, 2017

Slovenia was to us, an undiscovered beauty! We were privileged to have a private tour with our guide, Luka, who was phenomenal! He was patient, kind, respectful, a responsible driver, and extremely knowledgeable regarding his country and it's history. A perfect balance of sports and experiences from the hiking to fine dining.

Western Springs, IL, USA
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