HIKING & BIKING TOUR · SMALL GROUP · GUIDED
Best of Alpe-Adria Trail, Guided Hiking & Biking Trip
Most Beautiful Short Multi-Active Trip in Slovenia
JULIAN ALPS · KRANJSKA GORA · VRSIC PASS · SOCA VALLEY
Our Alpe Adria Trail adventure is a 3-day hiking, biking, and swimming trip along the two most beautiful stages of the Alpe Adria Trail; ideal for anyone who likes to explore nature through a variety of fun outdoor activities.
We will start the tour in Slovenia’s far northwestern corner, hike up the stunning Vrsic Pass and enjoy fascinating views of the highest peaks in the center of the Julian Alps before descending to the beautiful waterfalls and ponds of the Soca Valley.
Together with your guide, you’ll get to know Slovenians and parts of our rich history, way of life and enjoy the food we all love so much.
Good news! You are walking and biking on beautiful trails, but never too far away from the road. If you get tired, you can cut it short with a transfer.
SHARED DEPARTURES: Every Thursday from June to September
Day 1: Hiking from Kranjska Gora to Vrsic Pass
In the morning the guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Ljubljana or Bled and head northwest to the town of Kranjska Gora, where our hike begins. The starting point is located super close to the three-country border of Slovenia, Austria, and Italy. It boasts spectacular mountain backdrops wherever you look, but it’ll leave you breathless at the tiny green Jasna Lake.
From the beginning, the trail is fairly flat and wide as you approach the Krnica valley and are surrounded by white limestone walls on some of the highest Slovenian peaks. As the trail becomes a bit steeper, we will reach the Russian chapel. It was built in remembrance of the Russian prisoners who built the road over the Vrsic mountain pass during World War One. As we walk the Russian road we’ll make a side trip to a jaw-dropping viewpoint to feel the dramatic yet warm embrace of the mountains.
In the afternoon we reach our cosy mountain hut, where we’ll leave the Alpe Adria Trail stage and overnight.
Walking: 12 km / elevation +900 m, -150 m / approx. 5 hours Elevation profile.
Overnight: mountain hut in shared rooms 1/4, 1/6, and 1/10 and shared bathroom
Meals included: dinner
Day 2: Walking from Vrsic Pass to Trenta Valley
Starting on a fresh morning, we will offer an extra hike: early risers can add a climb to a stunning peak above Vrsic Pass to enjoy the solitude and morning light over the Julian Alps.
We will rejoin the rest of the group on Vrsic Pass and head down to nature’s paradise, Trenta Valley. This horseshoe-shaped valley used to be mined for iron ore. Yet today it is still a fine example of the most unspoiled countryside in Slovenia, where time stands still. The trails take us from the highest mountain pass in the Eastern Julian Alps through the foothills of Mt. Jalovec to Trenta Valley. After a long descent, you’ll reach your hut for the night. Just a few minutes walk away is the Soca Spring, the headwaters of the emerald Soca River.
If you still have a high spirit and some strength in your legs, you can discover some hidden waterfalls and have a beer in one of the cutest alpine hotels in Slovenia. Actually, you can also stay there if you don’t mind spending 200 € per room and skipping the shared rooms of the mountain hut. Either way, you’ll love how the mountains change color as the stars come out at the end of the day.
Walking: 14 km / elevation +470 m, -1000 m / approx. 6 hours Elevation profile.
Overnight: mountain hut in shared rooms 1/4, 1/6, and 1/10 and shared bathroom
Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Day 3: Biking through the Soca Valley to Bovec
Today you’ll hike & bike the Soca Trail, taking in the most beautiful section along the 138km-long Soca River. You’ll absolutely love its verdant green landscape.
All around you, water will sparkle in the sunshine and you’ll have lots of chances to swim in turquoise ponds along the way. The lionhearted can jump into the Great Soca Gorge, the biggest canyon on the emerald river. The 750m-long canyon is also home to the marble trout fish, which is endemic to Slovenia. You’ll find the fish mysterious, chilling in the freezing cold water. Yet they swim really well, as should you because, on the first jump in, you’ll want to rush out as never before. Stay in a little longer to become cold-blooded too.
You’ll walk mostly downhill along the Soca Valley until lunchtime. Later, we’ll hop on mountain bikes and ride a mix of gravel roads, forest paths, and asphalt backroads all the way to Bovec, the adventure capital of Slovenia. After reaching the town late afternoon, you can return to Bled or Ljubljana with your guide or spend a few extra days in Bovec for world-class outdoor adventures, such as rafting on the Soca, canyoning, kayaking, zip-lining, and more.
Walking: 14 km / elevation +200 m, -550 m / approx. 4 hours
Biking: 17 km / elevation +250 m, -300 m / approx. 2 hours Elevation profile.
Meals included: breakfast
- 3 guided days with a licensed English-speaking guide.
- 2 nights with dinner and breakfast in a mountain hut. Private rooms with 2-4 beds per room. Shared bathrooms.
- 1-day hardtail mountain bike & helmet rental.
- Transfer from Ljubljana or Bled to the start of the hike (Kranjska Gora).
- Transfer from Bovec to Kranjska Gora, Bled, or Ljubljana.
- Organization, 24-hour holiday service & support.
- Arriving to and from Ljubljana or Bled.
- Meals not specified in the Inclusions.
- Travel insurance.
- Guide gratuities.
- Personal expenses.
- Other services not specified in the Inclusions.
- Electric bike supplement: 25 € per bike.
- 1 night with half board in an amazing alpine homestead in a secluded location on Day 2 (instead of sleeping in the mountain hut). Double or twin rooms with ensuite bathroom: 75 € per person.
Activity Level 3 – MODERATE hiking & biking
How difficult is the walking?
Expect to walk about 5-6 hours per day within a distance of 13-15 km (8-9 miles). On the most challenging day, you’ll gain 900 m (2900 ft) of elevation. Most of the time the trails are easy and well crafted, however, there are also some narrow and steep downhill sections. Sometimes they are rocky and on a rainy day can be slippery. Hiking experience and a reasonable fitness level are necessary to fully enjoy this trip. If the hike turns out to be more difficult than you expected, you always have an escape option and can get a transfer to the next accommodation.
How difficult is the biking?
Expect to bike about 2 hours within a distance of 16 km (10 miles) and 250 m (820 ft) elevation gain.
The biking is easy but still exciting for all who have never biked off asphalt roads. Thus it’s good to feel confident about riding a bike on gravel roads. This means that you’re in control when pedaling in a sitting and standing position, as well as changing gears, safely using the brakes while keeping control and maneuvering the bike while other people are around too. There is a section on a regional asphalt road as well.
You can expect sometimes to encounter a thicker layer of gravel, pothole, as well as rocks and roots, which can affect your steering and balance. In case you feel uneasy on some sections, you can always get off the bike and push for a few metres.
If you’re quickly short of breath, upgrade to an e-bike.
What are the trails like?
The hiking trails are mostly well crafted and fairly easy to walk on, yet you can expect to walk along some steep sections with occasional slippery roots and rocks. The terrain is uneven, sometimes rocky and narrow, covered with gravel, grass and forest soil. Mostly the trails are in the shade of the forest, but be prepared for sun exposure too.
The biking trails are mainly nice gravel and dirt roads, but you’ll also ride asphalt backroads. The inclines are gently distributed on longer stretches of the trail, but expect some shorter and steeper sections with softer gravel too.
Our Best of Alpe Adria Trail multi-active trip can be done anytime between May and October. There can still be some snow on Vrsic pass in May. October serves with amazing fall colors. July & August are the hottest (best for swimming) and busiest months.
What is the weather usually like?
In summer (from June to early September) the weather is usually hot, with temperatures around 25-30 deg C (75-90 deg F). In peak season (August) you can expect a heatwave with temperatures likely exceeding 35 deg C (95 deg F) as well as a significant temperature drop in the mountains on a cloudy, windy, or rainy day.
Of course, don’t forget your swimsuit and a small towel! Lakes and rivers are calling for a refreshing swim!
Essential read: our Best time to hike in Slovenia blog post.
You will spend two nights in typical Slovenian mountain huts.
What are the mountain huts like?
Huts in the Slovenian Alps are quite basic, but they offer everything a hiker needs: food, drinks, and accommodation. Food supply is limited, therefore expect simple menus of mountain food like different stews (vegetable or meat), pasta, and sausages. They also sell chocolate, soft drinks, water, beer etc. The usual breakfast would be eggs, ham, cheese, butter, jam…
Expect to share a room, toilets, bathrooms, or washrooms. Rooms are from 4 to 12 beds.
If you’d like a little luxury, you can opt to stay at a lovely mountain hotel the second night. It costs approx. 200 € per room. Let us know if you are interested and we will try to book it for you.
Anja Brus Cigoj
I am the youngest member of the team but like a typical Slovenian child, I wore my kids hiking boots out in youth mountain camps, where I later became a guide and mentor. Because I’d rather spend summers in the mountains than studying, I have years of experience and many Slovenian stories and legends under my belt. Thus I gladly share them with you in English or Spanish. As I studied in Spain, I have been able to guide Spanish-speaking trips ever since. Well immersed in Spanish culture, I’ve got many a joyous evening happening (like the village fete or ‘veselica’) or a travel meetup well covered.
“Our expectations were exceeded, for sure.
All accommodation, logistics etc were perfect. The range of scenery was really overwhelming and I really hope to return someday! Triglav National Park seems like a magical place that demands more time to explore. Thanks so much to you and your team for all the organization etc, it was a great trip and we would not hesitate to recommend it to others”
Sam & Ruth Collins
How big are the groups?
Our shared group departures are limited to 8 hikers + 1 guide. Please contact us for bigger private groups.
What to bring for this walking tour?
Check our recommended packing list.
What if the weather is too bad to do the tour?
We reserve the right to cancel the trip if we think the weather is not appropriate to run the tour safely. We will know this 2 days before the start date. It happens approximately once per year that we have to cancel the hiking trip. In this case, you get a full refund.
Do I need a sleeping bag?
Not necessarily. The huts provide blankets and one-time-use paper sheets. However, we highly recommend bringing a lightweight cotton sleeping liner (travel sheet), because you’ll sleep better on it and avoid making unnecessary waste and help preserve some trees.
Is luggage transfer between the mountain huts possible?
Yes. Let us know if you would like us to organize luggage transfer.
Do the mountain huts provide vegetarian/vegan meals?
Food in mountain huts is quite basic. There are options for vegans and vegetarians, but the selection is very limited. If you have any special dietary restrictions or needs, we recommend bringing your own snacks and treats.
What is an electric bike or E-bike?
An electric bike or E-bike is a regular pushbike with an electric motor to assist your pedaling, yet is only activated when the pedals are already in motion.
What to bring for this multi-active tour?
- Comfortable hiking shoes with good grip.
- Long hiking pants (preferably fast dry fabric).
- Fleece jacket.
- Another long-sleeve layer.
- Rain & wind protection (lightweight rain & windproof jacket).
- Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, maybe a thin long sleeve layer).
- Swimsuit and a small (fast dry) towel (in summer).
- Hiking poles (if you usually use them for hiking)
- A water bottle: tap water is safe to drink all over Slovenia and we are doing our best to avoid single-use plastic.
- A backpack to carry your equipment.
- Personal items (personal hygiene, medicine, etc.)
- Travel insurance
- Passport or ID
- A small amount of cash (many small shops, restaurants, or bars in Slovenia still accept cash only. There are ATMs around every day)
- A big smile and a bagful of positive energy!