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Best walks in Slovenia, Guided walking trip

Best walks in Slovenia

From the forests of the Triglav National Park to the magical Adriatic coast

  • guided
  • 8 days
  • easy-moderate
  • April to September
  • 1,340 EUR
  • Group departures 2020

  • July 4-11 & 19-26
    August 3-10 & 19-26
    September 2-9 & 9-16
  • Group departures 2021

  • March 28 - April 4
    June 19-26
    July 3-10 & 17-24
    August 2-9 & 14-21
    September 4-11 & 11-18
    or go private
  • Highlights
  • Visit Ljubljana, Europe’s greenest and most livable capital city.
  • Walk the trails in the fairy-tale settings of Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the highest peaks in the Slovenian Alps.
  • Trek the emerald Soca River Valley framed by the glistening Julian Alps.
  • Explore Velika Planina, Europe’s biggest active mountain pasture.
  • Discover one of the world’s largest underground canyons at Skocjan Caves.
  • End your trip with a beautiful sunset on the Adriatic Coast.
  • Enjoy diverse traditional Slovenian food and wine.
Walking to the best view at Lake Bohinj, Slovenia
Morning at Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • Good to know
  • Fully guided walking trip.
  • Shared group tour with like-minded travelers.
  • All departure dates are confirmed.
  • Groups are small, max 16 travelers & 2 guides.
  • Accommodation in comfortable, clean and conveniently located 3* hotels.
  • Expect to walk 4 hours per day. You should be a keen walker to fully enjoy this tour.
  • Prefer a private trip? Let us know!
Piran on Slovenian coast at dusk

Overview

Best walks in Slovenia is a one-week walking trip through the beautiful Slovenian landscape, ideal for anyone who loves a series of shorter, easy and pleasant daily walks along well crafted trails through the green nature of western Slovenia

You’ll walk pathways with gentle uphill sections across high mountain pastures and meadows, through dense forests in the Triglav National Park, to stunning viewpoints of the Julian Alps. Further on, you’ll pass beautiful glacial lakes, valleys and crystal clear rivers, before visiting the mysterious caves of the Slovenian Karst and finally, along the magical Adriatic coast. 

Along the way you’ll explore Ljubljana, a green city with picturesque bridges, the towns of Bled and Bohinj with their blush-green lakes, along with the enchanting alpine town Bovec and its dramatic mountain backdrop. The medieval seaside town of Piran, which grew with the aid of salt, will provide a glorious, relaxing end to your trip.

With our native Slovenian guides you will discover Slovenia’s natural treasures and historic places, immerse yourself in local culture & people, and taste delicious Slovenian food in authentic surroundings. Additionally, you will enjoy enough private time too! You will love it!

Travelers on a walking trip in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

Itinerary

In the afternoon, upon arrival in Ljubljana, you’ll meet your trip guide over a welcome drink to discuss all trip details and answer any questions. You will also get to know all other travelers joining this walking tour.

Enjoy your free time in vibrant Ljubljana to taste delicious food and wine in some of the best bars and restaurants on the banks of the green Ljubljanica River. Rather than arriving late, we suggest coming a day earlier so you can explore the picturesque old city center, it’s historic landmarks and impressive architecture.

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Ljubljana
Meals included: /

Today you will head towards Kamnik-Savinja Alps, just a short drive north from Ljubljana, where your walking adventure begins. First on the agenda is a visit to Velika Planina (The Big Meadow), Slovenia’s biggest and most charming alpine pasture, which is also known as Europe’s largest and oldest active shepherds’ settlement.

While walking through vast alpine pastures, you’ll be amazed by the unique alpine architecture of the shepherd’s villages and learn about their culture by visiting the oldest hut in the pastures. After the walk, we’ll encourage you to participate in making some traditional Slovenian food, then treat you to a delicious home-cooked lunch in a very special place: our best-kept secret.

You’ll return to Ljubljana in the afternoon and are free to enjoy an evening to yourself.

Walking: 10 km / elevation gain +300m, -300m / approx. 3 hours

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Ljubljana
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

The day will start with a transfer to the foothills of the Julian Alps, to explore Slovenia’s most popular and most authentic lakes, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, which are about a one-hour drive from Ljubljana.

The walking trip at Lake Bohinj will take you through typical villages, beside crystal-clear streams that feed the lake, as well as along its gorgeous shores and deep gorges with spectacular mountain scenery.

After a nice lunch, you’ll go to Lake Bled and walk to it’s most adorable viewpoint, where you’ll enjoy views over this lovely lake with its iconic island and medieval castle perched on the edge of a rocky cliff. The Karavanke Alps in the backdrop provide the final ingredient for the perfect photo.

If you prefer, you can skip the viewpoint walking trip and instead relax by the lake and swim in its fresh water.

Walking: 14 km / elevation gain +400m, -400m / approx. 4 hours

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Bled or Bohinj
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Today you’ll experience the most challenging day of this walking holiday. After a short drive, we will set off for a walk in the high mountains to Slovenia’s only national park, the Triglav National Park. Here, mountain trails of easy to medium level of difficulty lead to magnificent vistas over the Triglav National Park and its glacial alpine valleys.

To begin with, you’ll enjoy walking through the dense and magical spruce forest on Pokljuka Plateau. The forest path will take you to one of almost 2000-meter peaks, with the chance to taste dairy products made by the local shepherds. A short walk along the single track later, you’ll experience lunch in a typical Slovenian mountain hut.

You’ll return to your hotel late afternoon, so you can enjoy some free time too.

Alternatively, you can skip the summit ascent by cutting the hike short at the lovely mountain hut, where you can enjoy some downtime or take the rest of the day off instead.

Walking: 12 km / elevation gain +700m, -700m / approx. 5 hours

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Bled or Bohinj
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

It’s a day to enjoy a series of shorter walks and admire a rich diversity of landscape, passing rivers, lakes, forests, trees, colorful flowers, and unusual rocks. 

First we’ll go hiking to the spectacular Pericnik Waterfall in the Vrata Valley. In summer the cold water spray will compel you to walk behind the water curtain and freshen up, before heading towards the heart of the Julian Alps along the high mountain road. This road was built during World War 1 by Russian POWs. It winds upwards to the highest mountain pass in Slovenia and the eastern Julian Alps, Vrsic pass (1611 m), where you’ll enjoy a short walk, which highlights the beautiful Julian Alps

You’ll be treated to a well deserved and tasty lunch at the mountain hut on top. Later on, you’ll end the day with a transfer to the lush Soca valley

Walking: 10 km / elevation gain +400m, -400m / approx. 4 hours

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Bovec (Soca valley)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

On this day you’ll discover the true natural beauty of Slovenia on the western side of the Triglav National Park. While we’re out on shorter walking tours in the beautiful Soca Valley, exploring its hidden spots, you’ll learn about World War 1 history and its influence on north-western Slovenia. 

Lunch will bring delicious local specialties of the Soca Valley to your plate. Afterwards, the allure of the emerald Soca River will tempt you to go for a swim in its turquoise color waters, for which the river is well known all around Europe as Slovenia’s most beautiful river.

Optional extra: Go rafting or kayaking on the beautiful Soca river!

Walking: 12 km / elevation gain +250m, -250m / approx. 4 hours

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Bovec (Soca valley)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Today you’ll explore south-western Slovenia, its karst landscapes and phenomena, as well as the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea, the Slovenian Adriatic Coast

In the morning, we’ll go touring the spectacular subterranean chambers of the Skocjan Caves, a UNESCO Natural and Cultural World Heritage Site, which are known for having the longest underground canyon in Europe. Later on, you’ll discover the wine region of south-western Slovenia by tasting its strong wines and local food, as we’ll visit a local winemaker in the karst vineyards. 

In the afternoon, we’ll explore the loveliest town of the Slovenian coast, Piran. You’ll love crawling this tiny peninsula, with its narrow streets and tiny squares. Sea-lovers however, will be enchanted by the luminous waves along the coast at night.  

Your guide leaves the group tonight and returns to Ljubljana.

Walking: 7 km / elevation gain +150m, -150m / approx. 3 hours

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Piran
Meals included: breakfast, lunch

After a hearty breakfast, this unforgettable walking adventure in lovely western Slovenia ends. Treat yourself to a final swim in the Adriatic Sea and wave Slovenia goodbye, until next time.

Walking by the Soca river in Slovenia
Trip price: 1,340 EUR per person
  • Included
  • 7 nights bed & breakfast in a conveniently located 3* hotels. Double or twin rooms.
  • 6 guided days with English speaking hiking guide, who is also the driver. 
  • All transfers listed in the itinerary. Starting in Ljubljana and ending in Piran.
  • Van with 8+1 seats is always available to the group. In the case of more than 8 guests, we will have 2 vans and 2 guides.
  • Welcome meeting over a drink in Ljubljana.
  • All meals specified in the itinerary.
  • Wine tasting.
  • Skocjan Caves entrance fee.
  • Organisation, 24-hour holiday service & support.
  • Excluded
  • International flights.
  • Airport transfers to Ljubljana and from Piran.
  • Drinks.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Guide gratuities.
  • Other services not specified under “Included”.
  • Optional extras
  • Single room supplement: 290 €.
  • Single room supplement in September: 320 €.

FAQ

Expect to walk about 4-5 hours per day within a distance of 8-12 km (5-8 miles) and 400 m (1300 ft) elevation gain. However, on the most challenging day you’ll gain up to 700 m (2300 ft) of elevation. Because the trip is not like “a walk in the park”, we recommend beforehand a reasonable fitness level to fully enjoy the trip.

The trails are uneven, sometimes rocky and narrow, with gravel, grass and forest soil surfaces. You can expect to walk over some short, steep, sometimes slippery sections on the uphills as well as the downhills. Most of the trails are in the shade of a forest. However, be prepared for sun exposure too.

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.

Depending on the departure date, maximum group sizes are of 8 or 16 travelers. In the case of more than 8 travelers on the tour, there will be 2 guides guiding the trip with two 8-seater minivans for the transfers along the way. This will allow you to join either the faster or more leisurely walking group. Therefore, everyone can enjoy the pace they feel most comfortable with. Therefore, the more physically fit hikers can add some extra miles while others take more time to rest and relax. By doing so we keep the feeling and flexibility of a small group tour, so you get the best out of the trip.

You’ll stay in selected nice and clean centrally located 3* hotels, in double or single rooms with en-suite bathroom.

Please note that different departure dates may include a different selection of hotels. Feel free to ask for accommodation details for your preferred departure dates. 

Apart from your main travel luggage, follow the packing checklist below, which we recommend for this trip:

  • Comfortable and sturdy hiking shoes (preferably high-cut)
  • Long hiking pants (preferably zip off and fast dry fabric)
  • Short pants
  • T-shirts and tank tops
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Warm jacket (fleece)
  • Rain & wind protection jacket (lightweight rain & windproof jacket)
  • Comfortable hiking socks
  • Thin gloves
  • Sun protection (sunscreen with 30+ factor, hat with visor, sunglasses)
  • Personal items (personal hygiene, medicine etc.)
  • Hiking poles (if you usually use them for hiking)
  • A water bottle or hydration bladder (2l volume is recommended, tap water in Slovenia is potable)
  • A small backpack to carry your things while walking (15l is recommended)
  • Swimsuit and a small towel
  • Travel insurance

We require a 20% deposit to confirm your booking. The balance is to be paid 45 days before the trip. Both payments are non-refundable. 

Purchasing travel insurance is recommended, as anyone can encounter unforeseen circumstances while travelling. So you don’t lose your money, we suggest including trip cancellation, medical coverage, baggage loss, loss of passport or wallet, etc. in your insurance policy.

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Meet our guides

Primoz

Primoz Kadunc

Guide
I hold a master's degree in organizational science which I put into practice as a hiking guide and on my active journeys exploring the world. Thanks to my legendary road trip with the Renault 4 car through India and Iran, extensive travels throughout Latin America and sail across the Atlantic back to Europe, as well as completing my education in Lisbon and Canary Islands, I'm fluent in Spanish, English and multiple Slavic languages. In love with the Slovenian mountains and Croatia's coastline, I mostly run active tours in the region of the former Yugoslavia. I can't imagine a better way to explore the world.

Meet the team
“My wife found this wonderful hiking trip, 8 day Best Walks in Slovenia guided tour. It was fantastic. The lunches were fantastic local food often at a hiking hut or winery or other unique venue. We had a diverse group of 7 with a wide range of hiking capabilities from true mountaineers to casual hikers. Miha (our guide) quickly assessed each person’s capabilities and figured out a way to challenge each one of us. I highly recommend Slotrips and would go again in a heartbeat. It was a fantastic value for the money. We would recommend this tour to anyone who loves the great outdoors and hiking adventures!”

Jeanne and Will from USA
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