Walking Vineyards, Caves & Coast
Self-guided | 7 days, 6 nights | | March-June & September-October
The perfect off-the-beaten-track hiking trip for spring or fall
Discover the undiscovered! Hike the hidden trails of south-western Slovenia, starting with the mighty Mt. Nanos and a long descent to the fertile Vipava valley. Explore small traditional villages and sample the excellent local wines of Pinela and Zelen. Continue to the limestone plateau of Karst, discover the village of Stanjel and dig into mouth-watering culinary delicacies: first-class prosciutto accompanied by hearty Teran wine. The Unesco heritage Skocjan caves are a must-see before we transfer you closer to the Adriatic coast. You will walk the Slovenian part of the Istrian peninsula, explore its wine hills, olive groves, traditional villages, and the untouched pebble beaches of Strunjan nature park. The lovely coastal trail will bring you all the way to the charming Venetian town of Piran. What a way to finish this amazing walking journey!
Explore the trails and wine of
Discover culinary and underground secrets of Karst
Finish the trip with a swim in the Adriatic Sea
Photos: Slotrips, Jost Gantar, Jaka Ivancic, Nea Culpa and Nikola Jurisic (STO)
Make this adventure yours
890 € per person
6 nights with breakfast in nicely located and comfortable 3-4* hotels or family-run B&B’s. Double or twin room with ensuite bathroom.
All transfers according to the itinerary from Ljubljana until Piran.
All luggage transfers between stages.
Wine tasting on Karst.
Skocjan caves entrance fee.
Personalized smartphone app with uploaded GPS tracks for easy independent navigation.
Detailed hiking descriptions, maps etc.
Information pack about other local sights, restaurants, activities.
Organisation, 24-hour holiday service & support.
Arriving to Ljubljana and departure from Piran.
Drinks, lunches & dinners.
Other services not specified in the Inclusions.
Single traveler supplement: 600 €
Slotrips trip designer
As a kid, I was introduced to the beauty of mountaineering through mountain summer camps with my local alpine club, where I established my love and respect for nature. I have since become an active member of the club, an alpinist, a recreational mountain biker, a ski mountaineering enthusiast and a certified hiking guide. This has enabled me to share my fondness for the mountains with others. These days, I spend an equal amount of time exploring not only rugged mountains but also local history & culture, and good food. Ultimately, I have blended my passion, knowledge and skills into a profession which I love and enjoy.
How do your self-guided tours work?
You will be surprised! We have done (and are still doing) a ton of work to make sure your independent active holidays in Slovenia (and across the borders) are flawless, fun, and hassle-free. With the implementation of modern technology and our extensive local knowledge, we believe we are on the right way of delivering exceptional hiking & biking experiences that you are able to enjoy at your own pace. Read more about our “self-guided added value”.
How difficult is the walking?
Expect to walk about 5-6 hours per day within a distance of 15-20 km (9-13 miles). Almost all stages have several daily ascents and descents, none of them extremely long. The first hiking day, however, has a long but gradual descent of 1200 m (4000 ft). Most of the time the trails are easy and well crafted, there are also some sections on low traffic local asphalt roads. Reasonable fitness level is 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.
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 sections with loose rocks and gravel. There is a fair amount of sun exposure, that is why we recommend this tour for Spring (April to June) or Fall (September, October).
What is the weather usually like?
In summer (from late June to early September) the weather is usually hot, with temperatures above 30 deg C (90 deg F). We feel it is too hot for walking. That is why we recommend doing this trip in Spring (April to June) or Fall (September – October). The temperatures in this time of the year can be anywhere between 15 and 30 deg C (60-90 deg F). It can get windy or rainy at any time of the year. The region where you will be hiking has the mildest climate in Slovenia, which makes hiking very pleasant even in April or October.
Read also our Best time to hike in Slovenia blog post.
What kind of accommodation do we stay in?
You’ll stay in hand-picked nice and clean 3 and 4* accommodation, in double or single rooms (surcharge) with en-suite bathroom. Twice you sleep in nice and cosy local B&B’s of 3* category.