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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2019||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Slovenian Explorer: Mountains to the Med
This multi-centre based walking holiday will allow you to discover the most beautiful sights of Slovenia including Triglav National Park with its dramatic mountains and beautiful lakes, its limestone plateaux & gorges, as well as its small but pictureque coastline. One of the highlights is the stunning Lake Bled surrounded by Alpine summits. You'll also get to explore several historic towns such as Piran, Cerko and Idrija. This self-guided walking holiday requires you to have your own car to drive between the different locations.
6 days independent walking. Circular walks from several hotels. The walks average 4 and a half to 5 hours per day with an average of +550m ascent. Maximum altitude gain in one day is +800m, but all of the walks are optional. Your walking holiday in Slovenia is on varied terrain on tracks and paths which are sometimes stony. The paths are on limestone, which can be hard on your feet.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at your hotel by Lake Bled. If time permits, take a stroll along the edge of the lake in a beautiful setting.
Day 2: Bled, view points and Vintgar gorge
Walk direct from your hotel starting by following the lake edge to Osojnica veiw point. Then head through pretty countryside and small villages to reach the Vintgar gorge. Follow the gorge and then return to the lake and your hotel. 5hrs 30, +/-450m
Day 3: Pokljuka meadows
30 minute drive to reach the Rudno Polje plateau at 1100m in altitude. Your wak begins in forest in the Triglav National Park to reach the most beautiful alpine meadow or pastures in Slovenia. There are well-preserved wooden chalets with wonderful views towards the Triglav mountains and Lake Bohinj. 4hrs 30, +/-350m
After your walk, 2 hours drive to Idrija, via small picturesque roads and Lake Bohinj to reach a less well- know valley.
Day 4: Jagrsce Plateau
40 minute drive to reach the start of your walk which is heading to the Jagrsce plateau where the oldest flute in the world was discovered in the Divje Babe caves. A pre-histroic flute was carved in the bones of a bear. A circular trail which alternates between forest and meadows, as well as following streams and passing isolated farms. Return to your hotel in Idrija. 5hrs 30 +/- 800m
Day 5: Idrija
A number of smaller walks and visits are possible today. In the morning visit the town of Idrija and its mercury mines which have been in operation since 1497, classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Afterwards drive to another protected site: the Skocjanske Jama cave, the visit of which includes an hours walk. The cave has an underground river which you'll follow for most of the walk. After, drive to your hotel by the coast. Enjoy a swim in the sea or walk along the coast. 2hrs, +/-300m
Day 6: Piran & the Strunjan cliffs
Leave the hotel by foot on your circular walk which starts by heading to the salt basins of Strunjan before passing through olive groves and vineyards to reach the upper part of Piran village. Discover this pretty village on the end of the peninsula before following a path which follows the top of ochre coloured cliffs. 4hrs 30 +/-150m
Day 7: Slavnik and Ljubljana
40 minute drive inland to reach the countryside around Podgorje. A gentle climb leads to the summit of Slavnik at 1025m which provides superb views across the coastline of Slovenia, Italy and Croatia. Afterwards, drive to the capital of Slovenia Ljubljana. 4hrs 30 +700m
Day 8: Departure
Holiday ends after breakfast or book an extra night in Ljubljana to have further time to explore Slovenia's capital.
Accommodation & Meals
7 nights in comfortable 3 or 4 star hotels on a half board basis (with exception of one evening meal). Rooms for 2 with private bathrooms. Warm welcome and good local cuisine. A couple of the places are detailed below.
Hotel Jozef is a boutique hotel located between the historical city centre of Idrija and the entrance to the Mine Museum. This modern and functionally equipped four-star hotel is comfortable with good service and food.
Set in the heart of Bled, Rikli Hotel enjoys an elevated position boasting panoramic views of Lake Bled, its Castle and the Julian Alps. It features a modern spa centre with indoor and outdoor pools.
For this independent walking holiday you'll need to have your own car to be able to move between hotels and to access some of the walks. All major car hire companies in Ljubljana and its airport.
Flights from most major European cites to Ljubljana. Airline companies include Easyjet & British Airways. Easyjet flights from London Gatwick & Stansted. Also regular flights from Brussels and Zurich.
Trains from all major european cities. From the UK trains go via Paris, Stuttgart and Munich.
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.