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Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia

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Walk in the heart of the Slovenian Julian Alps

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 16
All about the Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia.

The Julian Alps are the most easterly extension of the great Alpine Range. The jagged limestone peaks hold some of Europe’s best scenery and walking, with Mount Triglav (the highest in Slovenia) at the centre of the range, and the glacial lakes of Bohinj and Bled far below. During the week we will enjoy five varied walks, both inside the national park and on the more distant peaks of the beautiful Karavanke Range. Taking in beautiful wild meadows, along the shores of the lakes, through thick forest and across wild open mountain ridges.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts and 3 dinners
* 7 nights accommodation in a family-run pension with ensuite rooms
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

Tour leader throughout. Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Discover the Triglav National Park and Karavanke Mountain Range
  • Varied day walks in the mountains and forests
  • Free day to explore Lake Bled, or historic Ljubljana
  • Traditional 19th century alpine pension
  1. Day 1 Start Radovljica.

    Join the group in the early evening at the pension in Radovljica, just 20 minutes north east of the capital, Ljubljana. This is our base for the whole week. *Pension Kunstelj or similar*

  2. Day 2 A day exploring the local area direct from the pension.

    After breakfast we enjoy a walk direct from the pension to explore our surroundings. The historic town of Radovljica dates back as far as 1296 sitting on the confluence of the Sava Bohinjka and the Sava Dolinka. The old town is full of traditional inns, galleries, churches and surrounded by the largest medieval moats in the country.The local area is extremely pretty, dotted with small churches, quaint villages, lush forests and a beautiful river. Our leader will decide the exact route depending on the weather, but walking to Lake Bled is our most likely route, a perfect warm up through gentle rolling farm land and pretty villages.

  3. Day 3 From the village of Gozd Martuljek, we hike into the Martuljek Gorge, visiting two stunning waterfalls along the route.

    Starting at the small village of Gozd Martuljek we are rewarded with a breathtaking panorama of the Špik mountain range. One of the most beautiful mountains in the Julian Alps, Mount Špik – 2472m is known at the Slovenian Matterhorn and its pyramid summit dominates the Martuljek range.Leaving the valley our forest trail takes us into Martuljek Gorge, here we slowly start our ascent following the stream, where we arrive at the Lower Fall, cascading down to the valley. The trail snakes its way through the forest where we arrive at our rest stop and enjoy the view. Lipovceva Hut has a lovely setting and is known for its open natural kitchen with delicious home-made mountain soups and juices, made from pine, elderflower and berries. From here we head up to the stunning Higher Falls, passing a monument dedicated to Slovenian climbers. This is a lovely walk into the gorge, suitable in all weathers and offering some fine views of two beautiful waterfalls.

  4. Day 4 A picturesque walk in the Karavanke Mountain Range, to the peak of Golica (1836m).

    The Karavanke Mountains are the natural and official border between central and Western Europe where Slovenia, Austria and Italy meet. The ranges position has a great effect on Slovenia’s climate – hence the soft south Slovene side in comparison to the harsh northern side in Austria. Here you can also find an abundance of alpine fauna and flora, with over 1200 different plant species, as well as having wonderful views into two naturally contrasting countries. We aim for Golica (1836m), part of the longest ridge in Slovenia (120km) and one of the least travelled trails in the area.

  5. Day 5 Free day for optional activities including horse-riding, rafting, visiting Bled or the capital Ljubljana.

    Radovljica itself has plenty of possibilities for the rest day. Alternatively, it’s a short bus ride to Lake Bled – here rowing boats and canoes can be hired. Others may wish to take the public bus further into the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Another popular alternative is the Postojna Cave Park, home to one of the largest cave systems in Europe.

  6. Day 6 Gentle, but pretty hike around the shores of Lake Bohinj or through the Mostnica Gorge.

    Today’s walk is flat, but incredibly scenic. This circular walk takes in the whole of the lake and the pretty village of Ribcav Laz with the famous church of St John the Baptist. There are open views all the way to Mt Triglav – Slovenia’s highest mountain and fabulous views of the surrounding mountains. Lake Bohinj is surrounded by a ring of mountains so even though you are in the valley there is plenty to see.An alternative route today takes us through the Mostnica Gorge, this route is more likely if the weather is not so good as it’s less exposed.

  7. Day 7 Day walking on the Pokljuka Plateau.

    The beautiful forested area of Pokljuka, visible from Lake Bled, is a stunning area, virtually uninhabited, it is a wild wilderness of alpine cows, pastures, shepherds huts, forest trails and some lovely open views of the surrounding peaks. Time stands still on Pokljuka enabling wild flowers to flourish, the flora and fauna of the high plateau is unique to this area and bird life is in abundance. The area has rich variety of trails with many possibilities for the day’s hike. Our guide will decide on the exact route depending on the group’s ability during the week and weather.

  8. Day 8 End Radovljica.

    Our tour ends after breakfast.

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Where you stay

Pension Kunstelj – 2 Star

You will spend 7 nights in the 2 star Pension Kunstelj, all rooms have en suite facilities. The pension is located near the crystal clear River Sava in Slovenia’s most protected historical town – Radovljica, with plenty of local restaurants and bars nearby for the night’s when dinner is not included. The large terrace has spectacular alpine views across the valley to the surrounding peaks, including Triglav in the far distance.
To the rear of the property is the large vegetable plot, where you can see staff picking fruit and salads for dinner in the evening. The family also keep bees, whose honey is sold locally.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 3 dinners included.

The day in which the 3rd dinner is taking places will be decided according to the group preferences, once on destination.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast with tea, coffee, cereal, bread and a selection of meats and cheeses, jams and yoghurt.

Lunch: We’ll usually be taken in the mountains at a local hut. Options can be limited, but all meals are cooked fresh using local ingredients, and will include hearty soaps and juice from wild berries and elderflower.

Evening meal: 3 courses, with main dishes of: risotto, cheese dishes, fish, spaghetti and grilled meat. The guesthouse uses delicious salad and vegetables from the gardens for the meals as well as other locally sourced produce. 3 dinners at the pension are included, for the other nights you’re free to go and enjoy the local restaurants in Radovljica.

Vegetarians are well catered for, but please advise our office in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

All walks will be on well maintained paths, although some may be have loose stones underfoot. Each day there will be some ascent and descent (maximum of 700m, average of 500m). Generally you should expect to walk between 4 to 6 hours a day, plus stops.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

LAKES & MOUNTAINS OF SLOVENIA

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Slovenia itself - it really is the most beautiful country!  I have been to many stunning countries across the world but Slovenia really surprized me, such beautiful scenery, on my doorstep really, that i knew very little about.  My favourite day was when we summited Golica and you walk with one foot in Austria and one foot in Slovenia, such pretty scenery, a little tough at times but i could have sat taking in the views at the top for ever and ever.  Saying that though every day was fantastic, we had a great group of people and lots of fun.  Even the free day which i choose to spend sunbathing and swimming in Lake Bled, as it was over 30 degrees, which was pretty special too.  The trip had everything, great walking, stunning views, some free time and a fantastic bunch of people.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    We had 2 leaders, David and Micah and they were such great guys.  Very knowledgeable, with a real love and pride for their country and wicked sense of humour too.  They were very good judges of character and took the time to make sure everyone was looked after and really helped to make the trip as good as it was. 
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The food portions everywhere are huge - one of our group ordered deep fried cheese for a starter on a night out - and it came with a side serving of chips - for a starter!!  Lovely soups and cakes too - good job it was a walking holiday!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just that i can't wait to go back to Slovenia - normally i'm already planning my next adventure somewhere new on the flight home but i would love to go back to this country.  I wish i'd added a stay in Ljubljana onto the beginning or end of the trip as the people who had or went on the free day loved it, but that just gives me the perfect excuse i need to go back!

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Hiking in Beautiful Slovenia-don't miss it.

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the hill on the Poljuka Plateau with views of Triglav mountain and into Austria.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Katija and Alaj were a great team both with good sense of humour.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do some hiking in your local hills before you do the trip.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Beautiful country

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the viewpoint above Lake Bled and taking in that stunning view. Admiring the thundering waterfalls and flower-filled meadows
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Bugy and Aleš were expert mountain guides and a good laugh.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A short city break in Ljubljana before the week’s walking starts is highly recommended - say from the Thursday. You’ll be too tired afterwards! Take poles! If you can fit in two pairs, both lightweight shoes and boots with ankle support are useful. Boots are essential. The easy (lake) walks really are easy and the harder (mountain) walks really are hard, harder than other Level 3 holidays I have been on. Three of the walks aren’t great if you’re not good with heights.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was quite expensive compared to other holidays as no picnics were provided and only 3 dinners. On all other Exodus holidays, We have had picnics provided. Mountain huts serve soup, or soup, or soup and you’ll pay around €10 for, er, soup - and a drink. I guess the idea is to support the guys running the mountain huts, which is fine, but beware the additional budget needed. I really wish the hardest walk wasn’t planned for the last day on Exodus trips. ! By the last day people are a little tired and may be carrying a few niggling aches and pains. An easier day to wind down would be better.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Another excellent Exodus holiday

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking along the ridge which marks the Border between Slovenia and Austria. The trip to the capital on the free day is also very enjoyable.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two Bugy (or Boogie Woogie as he is more affectionately known) and Alesh. Both are excellent guides with a great sense of humour. Very attentive and caring.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go before the country gets discovered. Be prepared for changeable weather.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel is good - no frills but clean with friendly staff - but the Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating as the weather can impact on its reliability.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Lakes and Mountainsee trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the lakes.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent!

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