After arrival to Bled and exploring the town a little bit, we drive to Bohinj to take a cable car to the Vogel plateau. The high-mountain plateau offers a panoramic view of the central Julian Alps and Lake Bohinj below. In winter, there is a popular ski resort there, but in summer, it is full of nice hiking trails we will explore a little for a warm-up introduction to your walking holidays.
The early morning will start with an optional sunrise hike to the Ojstrica viewing point above Lake Bled. For those eager to sacrifice some hours of their sleep, this will be an unforgettable experience with an iconic photo of the lake to remember it by. After that, we will drive to Bohinj again on one of the most beautiful easy hikes in the area, the hike through the Voje Valley. It first leads you by pools and cascades of the Mostnica Gorge, where you should keep an eye out for the “elephant rock”. Continue your way past pastures with traditional dwellings to get to the Mostnica Waterfall, located at the foot of the high mountains. You’ll stop in the hut there for an authentic lunch of local mountaineer food. After the return back, you’ll get a chill afternoon on the beach of Lake Bohinj.
The third day begins with a visit to the most popular attraction around Bled, the Vintgar Gorge. Carved by the Radovna river amidst the glorious vertical walls of surrounding hills, it is an unmissable sight for its magical waterfalls, pools and rapids. It’s hard to beat that beauty, but try we will. From the intimate beauty of the Gorge, we’ll drive further to reach the awe-inspiring landscape of the Triglav Valleys. We’ll stop for a few photos in the valley of Krma and continue our way to the epic Peričnik Waterfall in the Vrata Valley. After taking a photo behind the waterfall, we’ll hike our way along the Triglavska Bistrica river to the top of the valley. There, a kilometre high Triglav north face will give you a sense of how small we are compared to nature. After an authentic lunch in the Aljaž Hut, we return back to Bled.
It is time to move our base locations. We will drive over the scenic Vršič Pass road and descend down to the other side of the Julian Alps, to the Soča Valley and the alpine town of Bovec. The valley known for its iconic emerald green Soča River and the town are a paradise for active holidays in the great outdoors.
We will spend the fifth day exploring the beautiful Soča Valley. We will visit the Great and the Small Soča Gorges, with their deep turquoise pools of water. From there, we will go into the adjacent valley of Lepena and walk by the colourful green streams of the Šunik Water Grove, which is an excellent place for relaxation. After lunch, we will drive back closer to Bovec to do a short hike to the most water-rich waterfall in Slovenia, the Boka Waterfall. With its total height of 144 metres and 18 metres of width, it is the mightiest waterfall in Slovenia, especially in spring, when the snow in the mountains is melting.
This day’s path will drive us further south, where you can already see the influence of the Mediterranean climate on the alpine world. We will discover the rich history of town Kobarid under the picturesque Krn mountain range, where the bloody battles of the Isozo front raged during the height of the First World War. After that, we will hike our way to the picturesque village of Drežnica under Mt. Krn, and according to many, the most beautiful Slovenian waterfall, Kozjak Waterfall, hidden in a heavenly corner surrounded by dark walls. After lunch, we will also pay a visit to the WW1 museum in Kobarid, a reminder of one of the darkest periods of human history.
As we want to end your holiday on a high note, we certainly won’t return to Ljubljana the same way we came. After leaving Bovec, we will head to the Predil Pass and enter Italy. The other side of the pass will greet us with the peaceful Lake Predil, where we will stop for a short while. After a short drive, we will re-enter Slovenia in the very northwest corner, at the beginning of the Tamar Valley. We will start our hike at the Planica Nordic Centre with its second-biggest ski-flying hill in the world and continue through the magnificent glacial valley. Even though Mt. Triglav is our highest mountain, Mt. Jalovec is considered by many the king of our mountains. You will be able to see its crystal-like shape towering at the end of the Tamar Valley. The last stop of the day will be Kranjska Gora, a popular alpine resort, where your lunch awaits you at the Jasna Lake. After some well-deserved free time by the lake, your holiday will conclude back in Ljubljana.
Explore the Slovenian mountainous region of the Julian Alps from two towns on the opposite side of the mountain range, Bled and Bovec. These guided walking holidays are divided into two halves, each giving you a better insight into the half of the region you are residing in.
Slovenia is itself often talked about as a country of numerous landscapes. But even just one region, the Julian Alps, is diverse enough to be the focus of a week-long holiday. Most of it is protected in the area of the Triglav National Park, the only one of its kind in Slovenia. Between the more apparent rocky mountains lie bustling green valleys, powered by crystal clear streams and rivers, making the lakes and meadows rich with flora and fauna.
To make your walking holidays as diverse as possible, your base for the daily tours will be two alpine towns, Bled and Bovec. The first one, Bled, is on the eastern side of Slovenia’s Julian Alps, adjacent to the Ljubljana basin. The beautiful Lake Bled with the small church island in the middle is the pearl of the Alps and a popular tourist destination in all seasons. The second one, Bovec, is on the other side of the range, ready-made to explore its western area. It is a town full of adventure opportunities in the surrounding mountains and the emerald Soča river. Both sides offer endless possibilities to spend your holidays, so you can stay a whole week there and leave wanting more.
The walking tours you will embark on daily are easy for anybody. The average time of walking each day is about 3 hours, with plenty of time left for relaxation and other holiday activities. The guided holidays also involve a lot of sightseeing of different natural and cultural attractions. The fact that you are accompanied by a professional local guide makes the holidays even more enjoyable. They take you to the best spots, tell you about the landscape, its culture and history, and give you other useful tips, like where to find the best food in town. Most importantly, the guide guarantees you a hassle-free holiday without unnecessary stress.
For those who have a limited time to stay in Slovenia or just want a shorter holiday, we have prepared the Lake Bled Walking Holidays and Soča Valley Walking Holidays. Check them both out to see which one you like the most!
Our guided walking tours are led by UIMLA or IMFGA internationally licensed guides who have completed many years of training to make your walking holidays both safe and enjoyable. They are enthusiastic individuals who are ready to share their passion for Slovenia and its rich culture and nature with you, and make your walking holiday one to remember.
We recommend booking as early as possible. Slovenian mountain huts are very popular and get booked up several weeks in advance, especially on weekends. If your booking is late, we will try our best to find a suitable alternative. Sometimes, last-minute spots open up. However, we cannot guarantee a free spot.
All of the huts offer vegetarian options and usually at least one vegan option. Still, kitchens high up are basic, so don’t expect too many choices. Huts generally serve authentic meals like stews, soups, and sausages. If you have strict dietary restrictions, consider bringing your own food as they can’t make a special meal per request.
Depending on the tour, some of our tours go through high mountains and there is still snow in spring (sometimes as late as early June) and autumn (sometimes as early as October). Other tours don't go as high and are suitable for spring and autumn as well as summer. Read more about hiking seasons in Slovenia.
Most of the tours can be done even in light rain, as long as you dress accordingly. It is not unusual in the summer that there are afternoon thunderstorms, so early starts are advisable. If the weather looks really bad, we will try to reschedule or propose an alternative tour.
Some of our tours are hut-to-hut tours, with overnights in authentic mountain huts. Try to pack light, only take what you really need. You need your passport or ID for check-in, and some cash is advisable if the internet is down. Bring your sleeping liner and earplugs for the night, and toothbrush and body wipes for hygiene. You don’t need slippers, they are in the hut already.