A challenging 9 day walking tour through Slovenia and North East Italy taking in a mixture of terrains and vistas. Explore lots of natural beauty with two very experienced tour guides and sample some great local cuisine on the way!
Lakes and mountains, waterfalls and wine… a wonderful tour hiking and exploring Slovenia and North East Italy.
Duration: 9 days starting in Ljubijana, Slovenia and ending in Venice
Trip focus: 9 day hiking trip through Slovenia and North East Italy
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation in 3 hotels (3 and 4 star)
Transport: Private air-conditioned mini bus
Group Size: Maximum 16
Single supplement: €200 per person
2 very experienced and knowledgeable English speaking tour guides
8 nights accommodation in three hotels (3 and 4 star hotels)
All meals including local wines
Gourmet picnic lunches and snacks en route
Dinner in a variety of great local restaurants
Support vehicle so you are able to walk as much or as little of the trail as you like
Your luggage is transported for you so you will only need to carry a backpack and water with you
Museum visits and wine tastings as per trip itinerary
Comprehensive pre-trip information
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Visas, airfare & airport taxes
Travel insurance (compulsory)
Drinks, other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”
A challenging 9 day walking tour through Slovenia and North East Italy taking in a mixture of terrains and vistas. Explore lots of natural beauty with 2 very experienced tour guides and sample some great local cuisine on the way!
Walking – 6.5km /4.1miles
We will meet in Ljubljana at 11am. From here we drive to the medieval village of Skopja Loka for a visit before continuing to Lake Bohinj via beautiful Lake Bled with its fairytale castle. We stay for the next 3 nights in Hotel Jezero, a 4-star hotel with indoor pool overlooking the picturesque Lake Bohinj. Later in the day there is the opportunity for a short but wonderfully scenic walk along a gorge dotted with waterfalls to a viewpoint where we can enjoy an aperitif overlooking the lake. Dinner this evening in a local Gostilna (Inn).
Walking – 10.5km / 6.6miles
We head out from the hotel into the lush alpine pastures typical of this region. Our walk takes us up to a low mountain, Rudnica, at 946m before descending through beech woods and across fields to a small farming village for our picnic where, amongst other delights, we taste some of the cheeses from the local dairy. In the afternoon we visit the Alpine Dairy Museum before returning to the hotel. Time to stroll by the lake or take a dip in the pool before dinner.
Walking – 8km / 5miles (No Van access today)
We take a cable car above Lake Bohinj to 1534m where we start walking. Our trail climbs up past mountain dairies and through flower-filled pastures. A short scramble takes us to a spectacular ridge at 1800m. Enjoy magnificent views as we picnic up high. Descend via a different route and return to the valley by cable car. Both guides will accompany the group and carry the picnic. Dinner will be in a local inn.
Walking – 9km / 5.6miles
We depart Lake Bohinj after breakfast and drive through into central Primorska to start our walk. Our path passes remote farms and small villages before following a narrow gorge to emerge at the fascinating Partisan Hospital. The hospital, hidden in a canyon, treated wounded Partisan soldiers from Yugoslavia and other countries from late 1943 until the end of World War II. Lunch is at a characteristic Gostilna. In the afternoon a short drive following the turquoise Soca River brings us to Kobarid (Caporetto) where we stay for two nights. Dinner in the award-winning Topli Val restaurant.
Walking – 9.5km / 6 miles
We head up into the hills behind Kobarid, passing the remains of an ancient fort and exploring the trenches which bear witness to World War I battles of the Isonzo front. Cross the turquoise waters of the Soča (Isonzo) River on a suspension bridge and visit a stunning waterfall before continuing through woods and farmland to a small village overlooking the valley. Time to visit the fascinating museum in the town before dinner in an outstanding local restaurant.
Walking – 9.3km / 5.8miles
We depart Kobarid and start our walk at a small village at 860m. We hike, climbing steadily on good paths, through beautiful woods and pastures. We cross the border between Slovenia and Italy on foot at Mount Matajur (1648m). Take in the views to the mountains of Slovenia and Austria and down to the coast near Trieste in Italy. A short descent through Alpine pastures where we enjoy a picnic before ending our walk at a mountain refuge. In the afternoon we visit the Unesco World Heritage city of Cividale di Friuli before a short drive takes us to Gorizia where we stay for 3 nights.
Walking – 10.5km / 6.6miles
We walk between Slovenia and Italy on foot in the pretty Collio (Italy) and Brda (Slovenia) hills which surround the city of Gorizia. The spirit of the people who have kept the tradition of winemaking alive is intertwined with the turbulent history and crossborder culture of this small wine region. Hike through vineyards – renowned above all for their wonderful white wines – past small villages and castles and enjoy the hospitality of local wine makers before returning to Gorizia for dinner.
We drive to one of the cradles of Italian and European civilization at World Heritage listed town of Aquileia near the coast. Visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta which conserves one of the most impressive mosaics in the world. Later in the day we return to Gorizia where there is time to visit the castle, explore the shops and stroll the elegant streets of the old town before dinner in the outstanding La Subida restaurant near Cormons.
We return to Venice Marco Polo (airport) for 11.30 am.
|Start Date||End Date||Spaces Available||Cost|
|30th Sep 2018||8th Oct 2018||10||€3025|
Shortest day: 6.5km/4.1miles
Longest day: 10.5km/6.6 miles
There are 7 days of walking on the trip and one free day. The terrain is very varied as we hike in the mountains and in local agricultural areas. We walk on farm and woodland tracks, mountain trails, through vineyards (which can be muddy after rain) and along quiet tarmac roads. Although the daily distance is relatively short, this is one of our more challenging hiking holidays and we climb/descend at least 300- 400m on most days, with an 800m ascent on Day 6. The mountain trails are rocky in places with short sections of exposed terrain on Day 3. There is always the opportunity to walk a half-day with van support for those who wish to continue to the hotel earlier. On day 3 both guides lead the hike and if guests do not wish to hike they will be offered a self-guided option. Since some of the walking is in the mountains it is crucial to be prepared for adverse weather conditions. Sturdy walking boots, with good grip and ankle support, are essential. Walking poles are highly recommended, especially on steeper sections. In order to maximize your enjoyment of your holiday it is important to exercise regularly prior to the trip in order to build up your fitness level.