Self-GuidedWalking

Lakes and Valleys Self-guided Walking Holidays

Your ultimate hiking experience in the most picturesque part of Slovenia.

START
FINISH
Bled

Kranjska Gora
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LENGTH
7 nights / 8 days
DIFFICULTY
Leisurely to moderate
  •   A wide variety of destinations give you a taste of different parts of a hiker’s paradise.
  •   Experience the best of Triglav National Park and the Julian Alps at your pace.
  •   A fully adaptable itinerary that can be enjoyed by any type of avid hiker.
  •   Feel the total freedom of walking in nature without the hassle of logistics.
  •   Scrumptious cuisine, friendly locals, sublime panorama, pristine nature, and peace of mind await.

Included in price

Personalized itinerary and route guide
7 nights accommodation with breakfast
Tourist tax
Car rental

Optional extras

Airport transfer
Entrance fees

Itinerary

Day What we will do
DAY 1 Lake Bled
DAY 2 Vintgar Gorge - Ojstrica
DAY 3 Pokljuka - Zajavornik - Bled Hut
DAY 4 Lake Bohinj - Savica Waterfall - Voje Valley
DAY 5 Radovna Valley - Krma Valley - Vrata Valley
DAY 6 Kranjska Gora - Lake Jasna - Krnica
DAY 7 Vršič Pass - Soča River Valley
DAY 8 Departure

DAY 1 - Arrival to Lake Bled

Arrival at Bled where you settle in and meet a member of our team who will give you the rundown on your holiday and supply you with detailed information. Questions will be answered and a warm welcome guaranteed. If you arrive at Bled early, we suggest you take a stroll around the famous lake to get a feel for what’s to come, there are also some ideas below.

Accommodation
Overnight stay in Bled
Included
Meet & greet in Bled
Optional extra charge
Airport transfer
Car rental
Optional extra charge
Sightseeing:
Pletna boat ride
Row boat rental
Active:
Bled Bike tour
Paddle board rental
Adventure:
Dolinka zipline
Horse riding
Family:
Tobogganing
Adrenaline park
Food:
Bled food tour
Wine tasting

DAY 2 - Hiking near Lake Bled

Your first day is an outstanding introduction into your walking adventure. It will be spent exploring Slovenia’s most prized tourist attraction, Lake Bled, and its surroundings. It’s where history and natural splendour join forces to create a fairy-tale: A castle on a cliff, a church on an island, and the lovely mountainous backdrops, to list just a few. You can visit the nearby Vintgar Gorge to marvel at its famous rock formations, visit Slovenia’s oldest castle overlooking Lake Bled and/or hike up to the Ojstrica Hill for some panoramic views. Nice and easy to start with, yet absolutely fabulous right from the get-go.

Accommodation
Overnight stay in Bled
Meals
Breakfast
Optional extra charge
Entrance fee
Bled Castle
Vintgar Gorge

DAY 3 - Hiking in Pokljuka forests

This day starts with a short drive to a popular mountain climbing basecamp called Rudno Polje, where you can make a circle hike along forest trails with views of the surrounding mountains. The path will lead you through the authentic shepherd’s mountain pastures of Zajavornik, home to extremely tasty locally produced cheese, then up to the Bled Hut sightseeing point with a great panoramic photo ops (1 hour walk uphill from Zajavornik). If you have enough energy and enthusiasm left, you can continue to the top of Mrežce or Debela peč, from where a 1-1.5-hour hike separates you from an exceptional view of the Pokljuka Plateau in the south and Triglav and the surrounding mountains in the north. By the way, Pokljuka is Slovenia’s most famous forested plateau with gorgeous meadows and a popular biathlon hub.  

Accommodation
Overnight stay in Bled
Meals
Breakfast
Optional extra charge
Food
Cheese tasting Zajavornik

DAY 4 - Hiking near Lake Bohinj

The fourth day is time to drive deeper into Triglav National Park, more precisely to Lake Bohinj, a big glacial lake and another symbol of Slovene Alpine beauty. Two main options wait for you there. The shorter one is an easy hike up to the Savica Waterfall, a lovely place tucked away in the forest, while the other is an approx. 1-hour-long hike down the Voje Valley. The trails there lead over bridges that cross this stunning creation that is Mostnica Gorge. The Voje Valley then opens up and crosses shepherding meadows and forests to another pearl called the Mostnica Waterfall. Then it’s back to Lake Bohinj for some relaxation by, in, or on the lake. SUP boards and canoes can be rented for some water fun.

 

Accommodation
Overnight stay in Bohinj
Meals
Breakfast
Optional extra charge
Sightseeing:
Vogel mountain cable car
Active:
Bicycle rental
SUP rental
Canoe rental
Food:
Dairy farm visit

DAY 5 - Hiking in Radovna, Krma & Vrata Valley

Day five and the adventure continues in style. You will drive through the less-known but fantastically beautiful Radovna Valley, before sightseeing in Krma Valley and its virtually untouched traditional way of life, right in the heart of the Julian Alps. The next highlight will be the Peričnik Waterfall, one of the highest-lying Slovenian waterfalls, where you can literally walk behind it. Following the Triglavska Bistrica stream, the walking trail leads all the way to the head of the Vrata valley, where you will be in awe of the great north face of Mount Triglav. Then it’s a picturesque drive through Mojstrana to Kranjska Gora, your next holiday base.

Accommodation
Overnight stay in Kranjska Gora
Meals
Breakfast

DAY 6 - Hiking near Kranjska Gora

Kranjska Gora is a sports gem in this part of the region with numerous hiking options available. The one you’ll be heading on is exceptional. You will walk past Lake Jasna, a fantastic emerald lake, a symbol of these parts, then continue through picturesque Pišnica to the rustic settlement of Krnica. The hut in Krnica is surrounded by tower peaks and colossal hills, while the trail leading to it along the Pišnica stream is a refreshing stroll, full of picture-perfect sites.

A circular route then takes you back past the famous Russian Chapel, built by Russian POWs during WWI. This is among the easiest hikes in the Julian Alps that allows you to experience the amazing wilderness of this mountainous land. On our way back, we recommend you stop at Lake Jasna, with its typical white shores and stunning appeal.

Accommodation
Overnight stay in Kranjska Gora
Meals
Breakfast

DAY 7 - Vršič Pass & Soča Trail

The last active day of your holiday starts off with a panoramic drive across Vršič Pass to the other side of the mountain to witness yet another pearl of Slovenia’s Alpine wonderland. The most convenient place to park is in the Trenta Valley, before heading down the Soča Trail, the legendary route that follows the emerald Soča River. The oldest marked trail in Triglav National Park connects the ancient Trenta paths and main picturesque sections of the valley, including cultural monuments and footbridges. Reaching the end, you hitch a ride by local shuttle that takes you back to your car (extra fee). This hiking trip can be extended or cut short, depending on your preference. Time permitting, a delicious lunch in Trenta can be followed by a visit to the Alpine Botanical Garden and/or the source of the Soča, near the sports hub of Bovec.This wonderful day ends with a drive across Vršič to Kranjska Gora for a well-deserved rest.

Accommodation
Overnight in Kranjska Gora
Meals
Breakfast
Optional extra charge
Local shuttle

DAY 8 - Departure

Departure with a bunch of insanely wonderful memories … Depending on your flight schedule, we will give you some ideas on how to spend the last day.

Meals
Breakfast
Optional extra charge
Airport transfer

Extra days

Why not spend a few more days in Slovenia? Extend your holidays with a pre- or post-holiday extension. Accommodation, sightseeing and activities can be arranged. Add as many extra days to your holiday as you wish.

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Walking in nature is a super healthy and rewarding pastime that’s embedded in Slovenes’ DNA. This unique Walking Holiday is tailored specifically to introducing you to all the reasons why. Slovenia possesses some of the most beautiful and diverse natural heritage in the world, dotted with unbelievable sightseeing locations. Hitting the hiking trails is an outstanding way of experiencing these treasures up-close.

Every day is a new adventure that takes you to famous landmarks as well as down less-trotted routes in Slovenia’s glorious wilderness. Suitable for any type of hiker, the itinerary is carefully planned to make sure you have plenty of time and energy to enjoy the Alpine countryside to the fullest at any given location. The magic of a Self-Guided Walking Holiday is that you don’t have to worry about where to go and how to get there. All you need is a car, either your own or rented. If you don’t have one, no worries, we’ll help you sort that out. Then you receive all the necessary information and simply drive to the numerous easily accessible destinations where your venture down undemanding trails that lead to a variety of breath-taking must-see spots.

Your basecamps will be two of Slovenia’s most iconic Alpine hubs: Bled and Kranjska Gora. From there, nature’s stunning wonderland, better known as the Triglav National Park, is your oyster. This place is home to stunning glacial lakes, majestic mountains and hills of all sorts, lush forests, pastures overlooking green valleys, ancient gorges with crystal-clear rivers, and much, much more. You will be walking through it all. Every day promises new possibilities and another incredible marvel is always just around the corner.  

Apart from detailed info on the hiking trails, we will also supply you with valuable tips on where to try the most authentic local dishes, point you to where the main photo stops are, and what to do if you happen to have some extra time to spare. And if you find yourself in a jam or need additional help regarding any aspect of your Walking Holiday, our support team of experts is at your disposal.

Feel free to browse through our itinerary to find out more about why this should be your next Self-guided Walking Holiday in Slovenia you can’t wait to go on.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

I am a single traveller, how can I book?

Don’t worry, just drop us a line in our inbox. We will do our best to try and find you some company, so if you are flexible in your travel dates, let us know as well. Do you want a private trip? No problem, we got you covered too.

Why is the accommodation not specified?

We are always looking for the perfect fit for you. We use a few different accommodation providers that fit our standards but they are subjected to availability, especially in the high season. We can also adjust the holiday, keeping in mind your preferences and budget and can always find a more suitable solution for your taste.

Where do I start the holiday?

Your self-guided holiday starts in Bled. We will come and meet you at your hotel to run you through your itinerary, give you some final notes and arrange your car rental. If you need a transfer from the airport, let us know upon booking!

How fit do I need to be?

Walking planned on our walking holidays is easy to moderate - the terrain is not so difficult, there are no major ascents and the pace is meant to be gradual. You have to be able to walk roughly about 4 hours per day, but every single day is customizable to your ambitions.

What should I wear? Do I have to bring anything with me?

It is important to dress for the season. Slovenia has all 4 seasons, so please check the weather forecast before the holiday regarding temperatures and rainfall. When you are close to the Alps, you can see all 4 seasons change in the same day, so your best bet is to always bring an extra layer and rain gear. We recommend shoes you will be comfortable in. Better bring something extra and leave it in the car!

What if I want to see all the optional things listed in the itinerary?

You can easily extend a day or two in the same area, either extending your entire holiday or leaving out some places you are not interested in. Just notify us upon booking and we will help you customize a perfect itinerary for you.

Where will I stay? Will I be able to park my car there?

We use different hotels, depending on availability, but we always make sure they are conveniently located and that you have the option of parking your car comfortably.

What is the tourist tax that is not included in the price?

A tourist and promotion tax is a fee that every visitor has to pay for each overnight stay all over Slovenia. It consists of two parts: each municipality charges a tourist tax fee, which goes towards financing and maintenance of tourist facilities in the area, and the Slovenian Tourist Board charges a promotion tax, which is used to promote Slovenia. Depending on the municipality, the tax rates vary - from 1.5€ in some locations to 3.13€ in Ljubljana or Bled (per person, per night).
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