Slovenian Lakes and Valleys, Slovenia
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £649 per person
Walking Tour Highlights
• Self-guided walking through the verdant valleys of the Julian Alps.
• Strolling along crystal clear alpine lakes, deep canyons carved by mountain rivers.
• Traversing meadows and mountain pastures awash with wildflowers.
• Feeling a touch of Austria and Italy.
• Enjoying sumptuous food in family-run hotels.
Walking Route Features
Suitable for hikers of very average fitness.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN KRANJSKA GORA.
Famous ski resort of Kranjska Gora is the starting point for this tour. Also a popular ski resort, it is most famous for hosting the annual World Cup Slalom every January. You will spend your first night here in the shadows of the mighty western Julian Alps (family hotel 3*).
Day 2: KRANJSKA GORA – JASNA VALLEY – KRANJSKA GORA 18 km round walk / ascent 500m. Alpine walk (hotel 3*).
Your warming up walk will take you via a trail to the end of Jasna Valley. Emerging at the other end is the glorious mountain arena of the Prisank and Razor Mountains.
A typical hikers lunch can be taken in Krnica hut. Upon return, one can visit the “Russian Chapel” a touching monument dedicated to Russian POVs’ who died during WW1 while building the military road over Vršič Pass.
Day 3: (10 min car transfer) PODKOREN – THREE COUNTRIES POINT – PODKOREN 19 km round trip / ascent 640m.
Forest and mountain meadows trail (hotel 3*).
This walk takes you to the summit of Mt. Peč (1508m) to the triple border point where Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet. At the top you can soak up the dramatic views across the Julian and Carnian Alps, with Hohe Tauern, the highest alpine range in Austria, forming a picturesque backdrop. The trail then descends through the valley to the source of the mighty Sava River, the longest in Slovenia, back to Kranjska Gora.
Day 4: RADOVNA VALLEY – VINTGAR GORGE – LAKE BLED 11 kms / ascent 200m. Valley & meadow walk (hotel 4*).
You will begin your walk after a car transfer through the Radovna Valley, an untouched wilderness between the Pokljuka and Mežakla plateaus.You will be dropped off at the start of the stunning 1.6km Vintgar Gorge, carved 150m deep into the mountains by the Radovna River.
The trail leads along a wooden walkway through the gorge and onwards to the world-famous Bled Lake, via the lovely Katarina Church viewpoint. Your hotel is on the western side of the town, overlooking the lake.
Day 5: BLED – BOHINJSKA BELA – LAKE BLED – BLED 15 km round trip / ascent 270m. Hillsides and panoramic walk (hotel 4*).
Today you will take a leisurely stroll into Bled, a world famous town on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake, with its unique island church sitting proudly in the lake, and the castle perched high upon a cliff standing guard over the town.
A short panoramic walk can be taken to the villages of Kupljenik and Bela. For the best photos of the lake, castle and Karawanke range, photographers will want to ascend Osojnica. End the day with the local speciality – the cream cake “Kremšnita” – in one of the great little tea shops beside the lake.
Day 6: (car transfer) POKLJUKA – USKOVNICA SADLE – LAKE BOHINJ 12 kms / ascent 200m. Mountain meadows & tree line walk (hotel 4*).
You will be driven by car up to the Pokljuka Plateau from which you will begin your hike across mountain pastures and old farmhouses where you will come to a viewing point providing outstanding views into the Bohinj Valley.
As you descend you can stop at the little historic village of Studor where you can visit the museum and see how people lived 150 years ago. Your final destination is Lake Bohinj, the jewel in the heart of the Triglav National Park, and the small settlement of Ribčev Laz (Fisherman’s Pass).
Day 7: LAKE BOHINJ 16 / 23 kms. Lakeside / valley walk (hotel 4*).
Spend the day strolling around this wonderful, tranquil lake sitting in the shadows of the immense mountains of the Julian Alps. Warm weather permitting, you can swim in its crystal clear water.
Try the delicious Bohinj trout. At the western end of the lake is a short trail up to Savica Waterfall, which feeds the lake. Then you can take the cable car up to the 1532-metre high Vogel Mountain for a spectacular view of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps.
Spend the evening in one of the cosy village pubs a and try the local home-made honey brandy.
Day 8: DEPARTURE after breakfast.
Suitable for hikers of very average fitness.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Slovenian Lakes and Valleys tour stays in 3* or 4* hotels in double rooms, bed & breakfast. Linen in mountain huts included.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- Accommodation in above listed hotels in a two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis.
– Car transfers on days 3, 4 & 6.
– Luggage transport between hotels (one piece per person, max 20 kgs / 45 lb). Every additional piece 10 EUR, payable on spot.
– Information package including picture text route description (in simple English) and corresponding maps. One per booking. Every additional set 20 EUR.
– Welcome meeting upon arrival.
– Backup service (hotline) during the walk.
This is an easy tour suitable for less active walkers.
We recommend flying to Ljubljana and arriving by bus or transfer to the starting point in Podkoren. You can also fly to Trieste or Klagenfurt, but these require longer transfers to the tour starting point. For more information, please visit Slovenian Railways.
By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it (check details here). From the airport you can travel to Podkoren by bus (change once in Kranj, takes about 3 hrs) or book our transfer (faster): 50 EUR per person, two persons minimum. Transfers need to be ordered when booking the trip.
By train: nearest railway station is in Jesenice on the Villach – Ljubljana mainline, then take a local bus (about 45 minutes) or order our transfer 20 EUR per person, two persons minimum.
By car: Take exit Karavanke from the A1 motorway Ljubljana – Jesenice, Karavanke and then follow signposts to Kranjska Gora. From the motorway Villach – Venice, take exit Tarvisio in Italy or exit Villach West in Austria. There is a free but unguarded parking lot in Podkoren.
Slovenian Lakes and Valleys, 8 days, 7 nights
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Holiday Price: From £649
Single Supplement: £129
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