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Walking the Alpe-Adria Trail

Explore the stupendous countryside and bucolic town settings of the Alps and Adriatic

  • self-guided
  • 9 days
  • moderate
  • May to October
  • 1,390 EUR
  • Highlights
  • Walking, swimming and biking from the Slovenian Alps to the Adriatic coast.
  • Discover Slovenia’s most iconic and exceptional trails and nature parks.
  • Marvel at stunning views of the Julian Alps.
  • Explore the magnificent gorges of the turquoise River Soca.
  • Walk or bike across the magical wine hills of Goriska Brda.
  • Experience a variety of local cuisine.
  • Good to know
  • Navigation and trip descriptions are in the phone app. A paper copy is also available.
  • It’s a point-to-point walking and hiking journey.
  • Travel without a car and get your luggage transferred.
  • Carry only your day pack and choose how much you take. 
  • Overnight location changes on most days.
  • Comfortable accommodation, accessible by car.
  • Children from 12 years will enjoy this trip.
  • Would you like to customize the trip? Let us know!
Soca river on the Alpe-Adria walking trail, Slovenia
Village of Dobrovo in Goriska Brda wine hills, Slovenia

Overview

Walking the Alpe-Adria Trail is our most fun & diverse self-guided walking trip, which encompasses most of the highlights of Slovenia into a 9-day journey

On this point-to-point walking trip, with almost daily accommodation changes, you’ll explore the capital city of Ljubljana and the picture-perfect Lake Bled along the vigorous Alpe-Adria Trail. You’ll walk along the foothills of the rugged Julian Alps and through the lush valley of the emerald Soca River to the scenic wine hills of Goriska Brda and the lovely medieval town of Piran on the Adriatic coast.

On this tour you’ll experience truly unspoiled countryside, small urban settlements, fascinating culture and historic monuments, all of which colour the Slovenian cuisine you’ll adore

Hiking with spectacular views in Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Itinerary

Welcome to beautiful Slovenia! Arrive in Ljubljana and get to know one of the cutest European capitals. Explore its streets and squares, enjoy the lively summer atmosphere, hike up to the castle for the best view and, of course, meet our team who will present all trip details and walk you through your upcoming adventure.

If you arrive early enough, you can join a biking tour and explore Ljubljana on two wheels, or have a food expert take you around the best local bars, bistros and cafes. It’s a great introduction to Slovenia’s city vibe and the culinary scene!

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Ljubljana

Meals included: /

After a nice breakfast, you’ll be transferred to your hotel at Lake Bled, where you’ll drop your luggage and set off to its tranquil surroundings.

Opt for our little triathlon for the most joyous and versatile way of exploring the area. It’s a ride through small countryside villages, a spectacular walk to a stunning viewpoint above the lake as well as through the famous Vintgar Gorge and a swim, row or paddleboard to Bled island. But before you jump into the 30m-deep lake, you might wish to know about the 19 different species of fish that don’t care much about who else is in for a swim. Once on the island, you can walk the 99 steps and ring the wishing bell, if you want to make a long-term wish come true.

When you reach the lake shore again, you’ll have plenty of options alongside to soothe a growling stomach or a sweet tooth with the famous Bled cream cake, but if you have a buzz for honey then you can meet a local beekeeper instead.

Cycling: 16 km / elevation gain  +150 m, -150 m / approx. 1.5 hours
Hiking: 8 km / elevation gain +300 m, -300 m / approx. 1.5 – 3 hours

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Bled

Meals included: breakfast

Transfer: 45 min

Start the day with a short transfer to the ski town of Kranjska Gora in the north-western corner of the country, where you’ll start the 4-day hike, bike & raft trip through the central Julian Alps. Only carry your day packs while your luggage is transported between accommodation.

After adoring the reflection of the jagged limestone peaks in the beautiful Jasna Lake, you will walk towards the highest mountains in Slovenia and explore the beautiful beech, spruce and larch forests within the Triglav National Park. The enjoyable trails and amazing views will escort you as you walk to the natural divider between the sparkling Soca and Sava rivers. You’ll reach Vrsic Pass by late afternoon when some of the highest Slovenian peaks and their impressive limestone walls shine in all their glory. 

Because ‘the mountain is not crazy, but the one who climbs it is’ as locals say, call it a day here and enjoy refuelling on traditional Slovenian mountain food. 

Hiking: 13 km / elevation gain +900 m, -300 m / approx. 5 hours

Accommodation: mountain hut in 1/2, 1/4, and 1/6 bedrooms with shared washroom

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Transfer: 30 min

Today you’ll walk the old road, built by Russian prisoners of war during World War One and can opt for a sunrise hike to an amazing viewpoint, in order to beat the crowds.

Once back, you’ll set foot deep in the Julian Alps, as your route descends to the stunningly beautiful Soca valley. After following quite a steep downhill trail, you’ll reach the source of the Soca river. It’s an emerald water spring that bursts out of a small underground lake at the end of a narrow gorge in Zadnja Trenta Valley. Finally, you’ll reach your beautiful alpine hotel – a stunning place which will be difficult to leave the following morning.

This part of the Julian Alps was added to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Hiking: 14 km / elevation gain +470 m, -1000 m / approx. 6 hours

Accommodation: lovely homestead in the upper Soca valley

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Today you’ll follow the beautiful trails beside the Soca River and enjoy its lush vegetation. As you proceed to the town of Bovec, you’ll cross several suspension footbridges and perhaps even find your hidden spot to relax, dip your feet or even swim in one of its cool turquoise pools. It’s no exaggeration to say that Soca is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world

Today’s section is very long, which is why we “shorten” it by hopping on a mountain bike after lunch. Expect some short climbs, but mostly an enjoyable ride on scenic gravel and asphalt roads to the town of Bovec – the Slovenian outdoor adventure capital. 

After such a long day you will re-energise in one of the family-run restaurants. 

Recommendation for adventure junkies: spend an extra day in Bovec and go canyoning in one of the stunning nearby gorges.

Walking: 13 km / elevation +200 m, -500 m / approx. 4 hours
Biking: 16 km / elevation +250 m, -300 m / approx. 2 hours

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Bovec

Meals included: breakfast

Rafting time!!! Your guides will pick you up at your hotel and drive you 20 min down the valley to the rafting start point. You’ll travel the most attractive section of the Soca River by raft, so be prepared to get soaking wet. Don’t expect a thrilling adventure, but a super fun activity for all ages in beautiful natural surroundings.

After rafting, put on your hiking shoes again and walk the nicest section of the long-distance Juliana Trail until you reach the Great Kozjak waterfall at Kobarid. It’s the last of the six waterfalls nestled within the southern slopes of Mount Krn. The waterfall’s green ambience is spectacular, with steep narrowing walls and a stunning rock amphitheatre leading to the photogenic waterfall where a curtain of water cascades into a lovely green pool of water.

When your lunchtime alarm goes off, follow the pleasant aromas of the ‘čompe’ and ‘frika’ to Kobarid town, with many options for local culinary treats. You still might find time to visit the Kobarid museum, which is devoted mostly to the Soca Front of the First World War. Even Ernest Hemingway found the battle of Caporetto worthy of his words in A Farewell to Arms, so expect to be moved deeply. 

We pick you up in the late afternoon for a short transfer to ‘Slovenian Tuscany’  – the lovely Goriska Brda wine hills.

Rafting: 8 km / approx. 1.5 hours

Walking: 10 km / elevation gain +300 m, -400 m / approx. 3 hours

Accommodation: a local homestead in the wine hills

Meals included: breakfast

Transfer: 1 hour

This morning you might find yourself asking how you ended up in Tuscany. Well, you didn’t. It’s just that the Goriska Brda wine hills look like a miniature version of the famous Italian wine region. Although in fact, they are even more charming and not yet as touristy. Mostly because Slovenian winemakers are not as famous yet, but you’ll be surprised by the excellence of their wines.

It’s a first-class experience to sip natural or even orange wine by the swimming pool, enjoying the view over the little hilltop churches and villages. But it’s even better to explore them on an e-bike. We will deliver the bikes to your hotel and send you on an enjoyable ride through family-run vineyards, lovely olive groves and fruit orchards.

If you haven’t been tempted beyond resistance yet, allow your taste buds a lifetime of adventure through fresh local fruit, olive oil, prosciutto and more.

At the end of the day, lay your head on the pillow of a local honest-to-goodness homestead. 

E- biking: 40 km / elevation gain +700 m, -700 m / approx. 4 hours

Accommodation: a local homestead in the wine hills

Meals included: breakfast

After breakfast get a 1.5-hour transfer to the Slovenian coast. Your driver will drop you off in Strunjan, where you start your coastal walk.

You will be walking along the longest stretch of natural seashore in Slovenia, which is protected as a nature park. You’ll enjoy the most distinctive part of the reserve, the soaring wall of the Strunjan cliffs. They are up to 80 metres high and composed of soft layers of flysch, which have been shaped by wind and rain for billions of years. The Strunjan cliffs form the largest known coastal flysch wall on the entire Adriatic coast. Moreover, the Strunjan peninsula is scattered with lone houses spread out across farming areas with olive groves and plantations of persimmons.

The route takes you from Strunjan, high above the cliffs, along the seashore, through olive groves and a pebbly beach. Therefore, our best tip here is to bring your swimming suit and enjoy the health benefits of the salty seawater on your skin! FYI: you might find some nudists in search of a perfect tan. 🙂

Finish the walk in the quaint town of Piran – the jewel of the Slovenian coast. It is located on a narrow peninsula jutting out to sea and backed by coastal hills. As you navigate your way through the narrow arches of the city streets you’ll find lots of attractive little spots and laid back cafes. Head up to Piran’s city wall for the best views over the 43km-long Slovenian Adriatic coast  – from Croatia to Italy.

Walking: 10 km / elevation gain +180 m, -200 m / approx. 3.5 hours

Accommodation: 4* hotel in Piran

Meals included: breakfast

Transfer: 1.5 hours

After a hearty breakfast, this unforgettable walking adventure in lovely western Slovenia ends. So make the best of it and go for a final swim in the Adriatic Sea and wave Slovenia goodbye, knowing that there will be a next time. 

Morning at Lake Bled, Slovenia
Trip price: 1,390 EUR per person
  • Included
  • 7 nights bed & breakfast in accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary. Double or twin rooms.
  • 1-night bed & breakfast in a mountain hut. Private rooms with 2-6 beds per room. Shared bathrooms.
  • 2 dinners
  • All passenger transfers according to the itinerary are private.
  • Luggage transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Bikes and biking gear rental in the Soca valley on Day 5.
  • Rafting on the Soca River on Day 6.
  • E-bike rental in Goriska Brda wine hills on Day 7
  • Welcome meeting over a drink in Ljubljana.
  • Personalized smartphone app with uploaded GPS tracks for navigation.
  • Detailed hiking & biking descriptions, maps etc.
  • 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.
  • Other services not specified under “Included”.
  • Extras
  • Single traveller supplement: 590 €.

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 900 m (2300 ft) of elevation whereas about 16 km of distance on the challenging days. Please do make prior walks of similar distances and elevation gains on rocky terrain, to be in a reasonable shape to fully enjoy the trip rather than to suffer it through.

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, and exposed terrain 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.

You’ll stay in hand-picked nice and clean 3 and 4* accommodation, in double or single rooms (surcharge) with en-suite bathroom, except when sleeping in a mountain hut, where you’ll share a room as well as the bathroom or washroom with a few other hikers.

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/trousers (preferably zip off and fast dry fabric)
  • Short pants/trousers
  • 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 regularly use them for hiking)
  • A water bottle or hydration bladder (2l volume is recommended, as tap water in Slovenia is potable you can refill along the way)
  • 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 not to 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 trip designers

Miha Gantar

Miha Gantar

Founder, trip designer, guide
I was born in Slovenia's lovely capital city of Ljubljana but had set the avid hiker and biker in me aside for a while to study civil engineering in Germany. It was there where I met my wife - the cute Spanish girl in front of me. Together we traveled the world and finally settled in my homeland, Slovenia in 2007. Since then I have been (re)discovering the hiking trails, biking backroads, hidden natural treasures and best dining spots all over the country. I am in love with Slovenia's landscape, diversity and cultural variety and will proudly show you my "backyard".

Meet the Slotrips team
“We could not believe the effort Miha went to make our trip to Slovenia so amazing. He responded quickly to emails and put together an itinerary that showed he understood exactly what we wanted out of our trip including amazing food, comfortable accommodation and hiking in the Slovenian Alps. We could not have done the hiking trip without Miha's careful instructions... our guide's knowledge of this beautiful country and the best place to stop for fresh cherries was incredible. Slotrips is truly a company that understands the travelling preferences of the future - autonomy and adventure with the right amount of guidance so you don't get trapped by tourist gimmicks.”

Emily from Australia
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