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Julian Alps Walking Holiday

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7-day walking holiday in Slovenia with 6 hikes in the Julian Alps, taking in the breathtaking scenery of high mountain lakes and majestic mountain peaks.

  • Reviews 1 Review
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    walking, Walking / Trekking
  • Activity Level Fairly Easy
    2/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    2-8
All about the Julian Alps Walking Holiday.

7-day walking holiday in Slovenia with 6 hikes in the Julian Alps, taking in the breathtaking scenery of high mountain lakes and majestic mountain peaks.

Slovenians proudly say that they live on the »Sunny side of the Alps« and one can easily see that the saying is true. Julian Alps stretch in the north western corner of Slovenia, bordering Austria and Italy, and they offer numerous easy, moderate or difficult trails for hiking and trekking enthusiasts. With high mountain lakes, rugged rocky peaks and green Alpine valleys, they offer some of the finest mountain scenery in Europe.

Highlights:

  • Experience breathtaking scenery of mountain peaks and lakes.
  • Beautiful and pristine Julian Alps.
  • Magical Bohinj Lake.
  • Explore Triglav National Park.
  • Visit the picturesque town of Bled and enjoy a swim in the lake.
  • Optional White Water Rafting on Soča River (grade III/IV).
  • Beautiful “outdoor capital” town of Bovec.
  • Soča river walking trail – “Emerald River Trail”.
  • Well-known and beautiful Kozjak Waterfall.

Facts:

  • Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Activity: Self guided walking.
  • Grade: Easy to Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Hotels***
  • Date: From June 1st to September 30th. 
  • Start: Any day of the week.
  • Start of the tour: Arrival city is Ljubljana or Ljubljana Airport.

 

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.
  • Full organisation of the trip.
  • Introductory briefing on day 1 (Bled).
  • Booklet with detailed itinerary, all vouchers and route instructions.
  • Maps with all marked routes.
  • Emergency contact number and 24/7 support.
  • 3 nights accommodation in Bled Hotel ***
  • 3 nights accommodation in Bovec Hotel ***
  • Private transfer from Ljubljana or Ljubljana Airport to Bled.
  • Private return transfer from Bled to Bovec.
  • Private transfer from Bled to Ljubljana or Ljubljana Airport.
  • Optional 1/2-day rent-a-bike in Bled.
  • Optional 1-day rent-a-bike in Bovec.
  • 6-day rental of walking equipment (helmet, walking poles, basic rain jacket, …).
  • Tourist tax and VAT.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip.
  • Food and drinks: lunch on all days (approx. 10-15 eur/meal) and dinner when staying in hotels.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Items of personal nature.
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Slovenia!

    A small land, full of natural wonders. When arriving to Bled, you will get to see the first, the most famous of them all – Lake Bled. A picturesque lake, decorated with a church on Slovenia’s only island, overlooked by a 1000-year-old castle on a 130-meter rock and embraced by two major mountain ranges – the Karawanken range and mighty Julian Alps. After introductory briefing with us, to discuss the day-by-day programme we prepared for you, you will want to just sit by the shore and take in this spectacular view or circle it on foot.

    Accommodation: Hotel*** in Bled / Double/twin room, breakfast included.

  2. Day 2 Vintgar gorge

    After breakfast you will start your hike towards Vintgar Gorge, a fantastic display of mysterious and powerful Slovenian nature. A 1,8-kilometer long gorge is carved into vertical rocks of hills Hom and Boršt and it has green, crystal clear water, full of rapids and small pools. The gorge is accessible by a wooden walkway stretching from the entry point all the way to 16-meter high Šum Waterfall, the biggest river waterfall in Slovenia.
    Easy circle route through the quaint villages of Podhom and Zasip, you will be accompanied by the beautiful rural area surrounding Bled.

    Optionally, in the afternoon you can go on a self guided cycle around Bled.

    Accommodation: Hotel*** in Bled / Double/twin room, breakfast included.

  3. Day 3 Triglav Lakes valley

    In the morning a private transfer will take you to Lake Bohinj, where you will start your hike towards the well-known Triglav Lakes Valley. Hike across the steep hillside of Komarča until you reach Black Lake (Črno jezero), the most southern and the last lake in the series of lakes of the Triglav Lakes Valley. It got its name for its location, in a basin between pine forests, which give the crystal clear water a very dark colour. Continuing hiking you will come to Double Lake (Dvojno jezero) and its fairy tale-like mountain hut. After some rest and an optional lunch at the hut, you will return back on the same path. When arriving back to the starting point of your hike, before a transfer takes you back to Bled, you can choose to do another 20-minute hike to the 78-meter Savica waterfall. It is one of the biggest and most well-known waterfalls in Slovenia.

    Accommodation: Hotel*** in Bled / Double/twin room, breakfast included.

  4. Day 4 Transfer to Bovec (via Vršič mountain pass)

    After breakfast a private transfer (minivan) will take you from Bled towards beautiful Kranjska Gora town. Just before the first road turns towards Vršič mountain pass, you will make a quick stop to visit the enchanting Lake Jasna. On top of the mountain pass (1611 m), you will make another stop for a short walk to the view point to the rocky face of the famous Heathen Maiden (Ajdovska deklica).

    Afternoon: You can choose to go either White Water rafting on Soča river or take an easy hike to Krn Lake (5 hours), the largest alpine lake at the altitude of 1340 meters.

    Accommodation: Hotel*** in Bovec / Double/twin room, breakfast included.

  5. Day 5 Mt. Rombon (2208 m) / relaxing day by the river Soča

    Today you can choose – you can have a relaxing day in Bovec and explore the surroundings of the beautiful town and the vicinity of the river Soča, or you can choose a rather demanding full-day hike to the mighty Mt. Rombon.
    The mountain has dark history, as many tunnels and bunkers have been built during the WWI by the Austrian soldiers and the mountain has been the location of many brutal battles. The tunnels, bunkers, passages and ruins are a constant reminder of them, all the way to the top of the mountain.
    The path leading to the top of this glorious mountain, leads through forest and through the tunnels. It has some steep inclines and hillside passages that, after approximately 5 hours of walking, bring you to the summit.

    Accommodation: Hotel*** in Bovec / Double/twin room, breakfast included.

  6. Day 6 Walk the beautiful Soča trail

    After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to the hut at the spring of river Soča, where the Soča trail begins. There is a 15-minute walk on a well-marked path to the spring of the river, which is easily one of the most beautiful karst springs in the Julian Alps. The water flows from the slopes of the mountains and gushes out of an abyss, joining the riverbed in a waterfall.
    The trail leads entirely alongside the river Soča, on a walking path and it connects the tranquil parts of the Trenta Valley. A peaceful walk is livened up by loose footpath bridges crossing the river. On the way you pass by another nature’s wonder – The Big Troughs of the Soča (Velika korita Soče). Standing on a swinging footbridge you will have a marvellous view of the 750-meter long and up to 12-meter deep and at some parts only 2-meter wide emerald troughs.

    Accommodation: Hotel*** in Bovec / Double/twin room, breakfast included.

  7. Day 7 Departure, transfer from Bovec to Ljubljana airport

    Pleasantly tired but full of outstanding impressions and long-lasting memories, it is time to say goodbye. We will have a private transfer to Ljubljana Airport (or city) ready for you at the set hour.

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3* Hotels

Accommodation is in a combination of good quality 3* hotels.

Day 1-4: Hotel ***  in Bled / Double/twin room, breakfast included.

Day 4-7: Small Family Hotel*** in Bovec / Double/twin room, breakfast included.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Small Family Hotel in Bovec ***

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Hotel*** in Bled, Slovenia

Appropriate footwear is essential part of any hiking tour. There are a variety of models on the market designed to meet the needs of different types of hikers; the challenge is finding the one that works best for your purposes.

You will often hike on rocky or uneven terrain that calls for a stiff boot with a higher cuff for ankle protection, for both preventing sprained ankles and blocking stony blows to the side of your foot.

Choose hiking boots that have good ankle support and are well protective on a rocky terrain. Hiking boots are typically heavier and have stiffer soles and sides as well as a reinforced, protected toe area.

Those kinds of boots take time to break in. You should not go on multi-day trekking with brand new boots!! Before you hit the trail, make sure to break them in properly, to avoid serious blisters and other unnecessary pain.

Most meals and drinks in mountain huts have regular prices, but water, soft drinks and beer are more expensive than in the valleys.

Here are some examples:

Coffee – 2 eur / 1,5l bottled water – 4,40 eur / Beer – 4 eur

Goulash – 8 eur / Veggie/meat stew – 6 eur / Sandwich – 4,50 eur

Please note that the huts don’t accept credit card payments! Cash only.

Here is a list of what is good to have for a climb in summer months:

  • Shoes –  hiking boots with ankle support
  • Socks – warm, coolmax
  • Jacket – warm, wind & waterproof, softshell
  • Long, comfortable pants
  • Thermal underwear  – good evaporation and warm
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, any other sun protection
  • Water bottle (preferably reusable) not bigger than 1 litre.
  • Food – snacks, granola bars, chocolate (optional – can be bought at all mountain huts)
  • Backpack – lightweight, strong and durable material, adjustable straps (size: approximately 60-70l)
  • Hiking poles (optional)

Never underestimate extreme and unpredictable mountain weather. Come prepared for any weather conditions. Keep in mind that you will spend your days high in the mountains. Even on hottest summer days, the weather in the mountains can change quickly. Thunderstorms are relatively common in July and August. They develop rather quickly, but usually build up in the late afternoons and evenings, so it is best to start hikes early in the morning.

The climbing season for Mount Triglav is from July through September. Summer weather on Mt. Triglav is quite cool; when it’s pushing 30°C on the Slovenian plains, it may be just 10°C on Mt. Triglav. It often drops below freezing at night, and snow may persist in nooks and crannies throughout the year. Weather on the mountain is highly variable, bringing unexpected wind, rain and even snow.

The hike is considered a challenging activity with a demanding climb to Mt. Triglav. Although certain parts of a trail may seem easy due to low incline, they do demand high level of endurance and can be challenging for those, who are not used of longer hikes. The climb to the summit of Mt. Triglav is via ferrata (italian for “iron way”), which is an extremely steep climb on steel ladders and steel wires and is not recommended for people, who are not in a good physical condition or are afraid of heights. The climb is also not recommended for children younger than 15 years and pregnant women.

  • All travelers are required to notify us before booking the tour of  any medical conditions they might be suffering from, as well as  dietary restrictions. All medications can and should be brought to all activities in the program. If you suffer from any medical conditions, we strongly suggest that you consult your physician before booking a tour to receive an expert medical advice. We are more than happy to discuss and recommend the most suitable adventure for you based on your conditions, but cannot carry a responsibility for your health.
  • Do not bring  too much water – 1 ,5 litre/person is enough. The path passes by mountain huts where you can get a refill and you will be able to enjoy fresh mountain spring water found a couple of times along a way, which is a special treat on its own.
  • There is no need to bring food, as all food can be purchased in mountain huts you will pass by. We do however suggest you bring some small snacks. Our favourites: a chocolate bar (chocolate is a great energy booster!), granola bars, an apple, a banana, raisins.
  • And last but not least: everyone, who climbs Slovenian peaks, hikes Alpine meadows, or takes a dip in crystal clear rivers, must understand and remember that Slovenians hold nature very close to their hearts and are as a nation devoted to protecting its beauty and health. Please, respect mountains and valleys, don’t litter, do not be wasteful, or loud, do not pick flowers along a hiking path, keep away from wild animals. And enjoy the pristine nature that is all around you!

We suggest that you travel with a comprehensive travel insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our trip (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances). We do not provide travel insurance for our clients. Please contact your local travel agent to purchase travel insurance. As coverage and a price of the insurance changes depending on your travel destination, do make sure that you purchase a coverage for all countries you will be traveling in on your adventure.

You will be provided with full via-ferrata climbing equipment (helmet, harness and self-belaying device. Upon request you can also be provided with hiking backpack and/or hiking sticks.

Overall Rating
5/5
Heidi Senderovitz
Reviewed On 10/11/2017
5/5

We used Life Adventures to arrange a 3-day self-guided hiking trip with Bled as our base. They booked the hotel and looked after airport transfer, and for the three hiking days they arranged transport to the trail heads and picked us up again at the end the day. They met us at the hotel upon arrival and briefed us about the hikes and gave us maps and descriptions. They had prepared a nice folder for us with all the necessary information. The suggested hikes were great, and during our stay they were there for us anytime we needed to contact them about anything. Everything they did was very professional, friendly, and personal. We felt they looked after us very well.

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