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Via Alpina Slovenia

Hike a scenic part of the international trail across the Alps and experience the Slovenian mountains up-close.

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FINISH
Cerkno

Ljubljana
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LENGTH
5 nights / 6 days
DIFFICULTY
Leisurely to Moderate
Jovan
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In a group: 
940€
/person

Dates for group tours

9.5.2021 - 14.5.2021
13.6.2021 - 18.6.2021
11.7.2021 - 16.7.2021
8.8.2021 - 13.8.2021
12.9.2021 - 17.9.2021
Guided private:
1390€
/person
Self guided:
590€
/person
Off season prices can vary. The itinerary can be adjusted to suit your budget better.
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  • Hiking is one of the top things to do in Slovenia
  • Via Alpina is the ultimate hiking traverse in the Julian Alps, suitable for anyone
  • Discover the rich history from the world wars along the way
  • Hike from Cerkno to Bohinj in 4 days  in one of the most scenic regions of slovenian alps
  • Experience the Triglav National Park, Vogel, Franja Partisan Hospital, the Valley of Triglav Lakes, Bohinj and other highlights of the Julian Alps

An unforgettable 6-day hut-to-hut hiking tour along a super scenic section of the famous Via Alpina. Every day is a new adventure as you tackle the undemanding trails across the Slovenian mountains with overnight stays at mountain huts, located in the pristinely stunning Triglav National Park.

The Via Alpina is a wonderful European collaborative Alpine project that’s been in operation since 2000. It consists of 5 international trails in 342 stages which run through 8 countries from Trieste to Monaco. For this amazing 6-day hiking tour we have carefully selected 4 easy stages of the Via Alpina which will take you into the very heart of Slovenia’s Julian Alps. The trip is suitable for anyone who can walk for up to 5-6 hours per day with breaks.

The trail leads across the unbelievable scenic landscape of the Triglav National Park, where you will get to experience life in the mountains and encounter some incredible Alpine attractions. This type of journey is called hut-hut hiking, meaning you will be spending each night at a different mountain hut location in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. Mountain huts are basic, so don’t expect luxurious accommodations. However, they are clean and have all the basic facilities a hiker needs after a long day of exploring. Hut menus consist mainly of local alpine dishes. You’ll definitely regain the calories you lost during your hike and try something new at the same time. Typical food served in most huts are soups with sauerkraut, potatoes, barley, sausages and pork. Authentic and hearty stuff. And remember to bring some cash along, as there are no credit cards in the mountains.

Included in price

Optional extras

Professional local guide*
2 nights 3* accommodation with breakfast
3 nights in authentic mountain hut
Return transfer from Ljubljana
Organization of everything
Tourist tax
Return transfer from the airport
Trekking poles
Backpack
Single supplement

Included in price

Professional local guide*
2 nights 3* accommodation with breakfast
3 nights in authentic mountain hut
Return transfer from Ljubljana
Organization of everything
Tourist tax

Extras

Return transfer from the airport
Trekking poles
Backpack
Single supplement

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrival at Cerkno

Cerkno is a lovely town in the foothills of the Primorska region (the most northern part of the Slovenian coastal area). Your guide will help you with any pre-hiking preparations and supply you with all the necessary information. After checking your equipment, you will be free to stroll around or swim in the pool.

Accommodation:
Hotel Cerkno
Optional extra charge
Transfer from the airport

DAY 2 - Cerkno to Petrovo Brdo

From the hotel, we will follow the Cerknica brook towards Pasica Gorge, home to the legendary partisan WWII hospital Franja hidden in the forest. The trail will then lead us to picturesque Podnjivč and the tiny settlement of Poljane, followed by Velbnik and Porezen mountain. The ascent to Porezen runs across wide meadows. From there we descend into Petrovo Brdo, where your first mountain hut awaits.

Hiking:
18km (11mi), 1300m (4260 ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Petrovo Brdo Mountain Hut
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Porezen mountain view
Optional extra charge
Partisan hospital Franja entrance fee

DAY 3 - Petrovo Brdo to Vogel

We ascend to the Črna Prst summit, passing through the village of Bača pri Podbrdu and the Kobla ski resort. A bite to eat will be had at the Zorka Jelinčiča Lodge, followed by a hike along the gorgeous Rodica Ridge. Spectacular views are guaranteed. The path then leads on towards the Vogel ski resort. To reach the Merjasec Mountain Hut, we will descend down the ski piste.

Hiking:
26km (16mi), 1860m (6100ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Merjasec Mountain hut, Vogel
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Črna Prst
Rodica Ridge
Some of the best views of the country

DAY 4 - From Vogel to the valley of Triglav Lakes

The day begins with another ascent up the ski slope to the spot where we left the main route the previous day. We then follow the ridge across Vrata towards Komna. An idyllic, flat, undemanding section awaits till Komna and down to the valley of the Triglav Lakes and its mountain hut.

Hiking:
20km (12mi), 950m (3100ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Triglav Lakes Mountain Hut
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Komna Plateau

DAY 5 - From Triglav Lakes to Bohinj Lake

First, we will venture down the lower valley of the Triglav Lakes, from Dvojno Jezero, or ‘Double Lake’, to Črno Jezero, ‘Black Lake’ (Lopučniška Valley), followed by a descend into Bohinj Valley to the Savica Waterfall. It is a relatively steep descent, but nothing too challenging. From the foot of the mountain, an easy walk to the waterfall awaits, before making our way towards the settlement of Ukanec along the shoreline of Lake Bohinj.

Hiking:
16km (10mi), 200m (650ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Bohinj
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Črno Jezero

DAY 6 - Bohinj

The last day will be spent resting in or around the refreshing waters of Lake Bohinj. During your transfer back to Ljubljana, we will make a brief stop at Lake Bled for a well-deserved kremšnita cream cake at the medieval Bled Castle.

Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Optional extra charge
Bled Castle Museum
Transfer to the airport

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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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.

What should I wear?

It is important that your clothes are comfortable. It is recommended that you also have some warmer and windproof clothing with you as temperature can drop or in case of cold wind. You can always leave excess clothes in the van after consulting with our guide.

How many people will be in a group?

We believe that your experience will be better in smaller groups. Therefore, there will be a maximum of 8 guests per guide.

What should I bring with me?

Bring enough water (can be refilled in the hut), snacks for three days and sunscreen or other sun protection. You can also bring trekking poles if you are used to them. Only take with you the most necessary cosmetics and basic personal care items for an overnight stay. A fresh t-shirt and a pair of socks for each day. If you have your own sleeping liner you can bring it with you, or you can get a disposable one in the huts for a few euros. Also note that there are no restrooms in nature, only in the hut.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

In case of bad weather the tour can be adjusted, postponed or you will be fully refunded.

Am I fit enough?

The tour is flexible and it can be adjusted to your preferences, skills and fitness. Nevertheless, you should be comfortable with hiking for around 5-6 hour per day, with as many stops for break as you wish.

Is the tour kid friendly?

Our minimum age for tours is 8 years old. Children should be able to hike for 5-6 hours with stops for break. If you are planning to go on a tour with young kids, please let us know in advance and we can adjust the tour if necessary.

Who will be our guide?

On our tours you will have professional local guides. Our guides will make sure that you will receive expert guiding combined with great fun and memorable experiences.

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).
Jovan
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Book a call
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In a group: 
940€
/person

Dates for group tours

9.5.2021 - 14.5.2021
13.6.2021 - 18.6.2021
11.7.2021 - 16.7.2021
8.8.2021 - 13.8.2021
12.9.2021 - 17.9.2021
Guided private:
1390€
/person
Self guided:
590€
/person
Off season prices can vary. The itinerary can be adjusted to suit your budget better.
INQUIRE NOW
Covid refund guarantee
100% Safe & Easy Booking
We care about the planet 🌍
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Esa Burris
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The tour is just packed with amazing highlights, one wouldn’t expect from a simple hike this one looks at a first glance. So much history on the way, from the Franja hospital to the paths where once was an international border and finally the Triglav lakes valley where one can stay for a week and just enjoy the nature around. The organization of everything was perfect, our luggage was transported to the end destination without problems. The accommodation in the hut is pretty basic but comfortable enough so no complaints.
Yusuf Bevan
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The tour is brilliantly put together, as it starts in the middle of nowhere and then very quickly brings you to one of the most beautiful mountain ridges I have ever hiked on. Absolutely undemanding and the most scenic route then brings you to the heart of Julian Alps and before you know it you are in one of the top spots, Bohinj. Coming there on foot just feels rewarding and the last day of relaxing by the lake is as perfect as holidays get.
Vickie Morrison
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The mountain ridge from Petrovo Brdo to Komna plateau is the most scenic piece of hiking I have ever experienced and I am a hiker for more than 40 years! Unfortunately, we had some rain and fog on the last hiking day so there were no views on the last part. Luckily we had enough spare clothes to change and I recommend anyone to have some too. The guide team was very helpful to provide us with useful information on what to take with us beforehand as well as gave us precious tips on how to dress for the weather each day so the hiking remained enjoyable even in the rain. I am grateful for the experience and on tours like that it just makes so much sense to take a good guide, it is definitely worth it at the end.

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Self-guided

For travellers that want flexibility and independence. We organize the holidays of your choice, but the adventure of getting around is all yours. You will get a fly & drive itinerary with activities, accommodations and travelling tips with full support of our team for any emergencies or concerns. 

Small group

For solo travellers or travellers who wish to meet other like-minded souls, don’t want to stress about trip planning and would maybe like to enjoy some time on their own as well. You will be travelling with our tour leader in a small group of maximum 8 people in a comfortable van with accommodation, entrance fees and a detailed plan of activities arranged. For guaranteed tour departures we have a minimum of 4 people.

Guided private

For travellers who want a holiday based on their preferences and needs. You don’t need to worry over itinerary planning or your next move, and at the same time you can enjoy the holidays at your own pace and take as much time on your own whenever needed. We take care of the entire organization and provide you with a professional guide, accommodation, transportation and plan of activities.
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