This holiday will take you through a landscape with soaring heights and deep valleys, rivers of crystal-clear water, pristine forests, and meadows with wild flowers.
The north-west of Slovenia is dominated by dramatic white limestone mountains, the Julian Alps (Julijske Alpe), with the highest peak, Mount Triglav, standing at over 2800 metres/9240 feet high. You will walk in a landscape of soaring peaks, deep valleys, rivers of crystal clear water, pristine forest, and meadows filled with wild flowers, which in winter are blanketed in snow. This is an area of crashing waterfalls and beautiful lakes, among which Lake Bled is the most famous, whilst nearby is the relatively untouched Lake Bohinj – you will be on the shores of both. This is a self-guided walking holiday for people of moderate fitness, and although it is in an Alpine area, no climbing or scrambling is involved.
Price: £595 per person based on 2 people sharing.
Single supplement £130
Not Included: Flights, transfers not mentioned in itinerary, meals not mentioned above, drinks with meals, insurance
Departure Dates: Any day between 4 April and 2 October (subject to weather conditions in early and later parts of the season)
Day 1: Arrive Podkoren, an alpine village in the Kranjska Gora area amid the beautiful scenery of the Western Julian Alps. Overnight in village hotel***
Day 2: Podkoren – Three Countries Point – Podkoren. This “warm up” walk takes you to Mt. Pec, at the meeting point of the borders of Slovenia, Italy and Austria. A magnificent viewpoint, it offers tremendous vistas of the Julian Alps and Carnian Alps as well as distant Hohe Tauern. After returning to the valley, the trail leads you to the source of longest Slovene river, the Sava, and finally back to the starting point for overnight. 13 kms/8.1 miles. Total ascent 640m.
Day 3: Podkoren – Kranjska Gora – Martuljek – Podkoren. There are several highlights today. First a visit to Kranjska Gora before entering the Jasna valley. On the southern side are the picturesque Prisank and Razor mountains. The early afternoon walk through a forest covered alpine valley leads to Lower Martuljek waterfall – a major natural monument, underneath the sheer rock face of Mt. Špik (2400 metres), cascading in three dramatic stages. The returning path to Podkoren goes upstream and along the Sava river valley. 19 kms/11.8 miles. 500m.
Day 4: Radovna Valley – Vintgar Gorge – Lake Bled (Selo Village). Valley & meadow walk. After a short car transfer through the Radovna valley, the route follows the unspoilt Radovna stream all the way to the spectacular Vintgar gorge – a mile long canyon with a 30 metre waterfall. Finally the walk passes Katarina church and so to beautiful Lake Bled and your destination – the romantic small village of Selo. Family hotel 3*. 13 kms/8.1 miles. Hotel 3*.200m.
Day 5: Selo – Bohinjska Bela – Lake Bled – Selo Hillside panoramic walk. A day to explore Bled – the lake, the island church with “The Bell of Wishes”, the castle on the rock. A short panoramic walk can also be taken to the villages of Kupljenik and Bela. Photographers will want to ascend Osojnica – best photos of the lake, castle and Karawanke range can be taken from here in the afternoon light. And then there is the the cream cake – famous throughout central Europe. Overnight Selo. 11 kms/6.9 miles. 270m.
Day 6: Pokljuka – Uskovnica Sadle – Voje – Lake Bohinj. Mountain meadows and forest walk. A short car transfer to the top of Pokljuka high plateau, from where the downhill walk to Lake Bohinj starts, across mountain pastures to a viewing point from where great views of Bohinj valley can be seen. In Studor village a farmers museum can be visited, set in an old farmhouse. Hotel 4*. 12 kms/7.5 miles. 200m.
Day 7: Lake Bohinj lakeside/valley walk. A day for rest or an easy hike around Lake Bohinj (in the summer months you can swim in its crystal clear waters). Also to be visited are the Savica waterfall, the 70 metre high source of the Sava Bohinjka river. A cable car ride up Vogel mountain (1532m) is also possible. And there are local restaurants serving excellent lake trout and homemade honey brandy. 13 kms/8.1 miles.
Day 8: Departure after breakfast.