Start your holiday with a scenic ride over the Vršič Pass and into the stunning Soča Valley. A journey to the heart of the Julian Alps with beautiful stops with magnificent views will be a wonderful prelude of what’s to follow in the following days. Enjoy a traditional meal, or a fun barbecue in case you join another escorted small group of hikers to get to know everybody better. Enjoy some free time in the small town of Bovec in the afternoon, relax and get ready for the next few days.
We will spend the first 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.
On the western side of the Julian Alps, where the alpine world meets the Mediterranean climate, lies the small town of Bovec. Surrounded by imposing mountains and next to the famous Soča River, it is the place to spend your walking holidays. There is so much natural beauty to discover in the Soča Valley, three days is just enough to experience most of it.
Bovec is located on the border of the Triglav National Park (TNP), Slovenia’s only national park. It covers an area of 840 square kilometres, one of which is the scenic Soča Valley. Its most beautiful part, inside the TNP, is only a 10-minute drive away from Bovec. It is where the iconic Soča River has carved up beautiful gorges full of emerald green pools. The valley is so picturesque it was a part of a few Hollywood films, most notably The Chronicles of Narnia.
With the guidance of our professional local guide, we will make sure you enjoy these walking holidays in Slovenia to the fullest. The walking tours are suitable for anyone since all the walking done is easy and takes up to 3 hours a day. Our guide will guide your hikes to the best spots in the area, tell you about the landscape and its history, and give you the knowledge of a local, so your holidays will be as trouble-free as possible.
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 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.
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.
If you want to, sure! We are well aware that some people love to stay in groups while others prefer some more alone time on their trip. We wanted to give you the opportunity to do things your way. It is your holiday, after all! As long as you respect the group timings and locations designated by your guide, please feel free to customize your itinerary and create your own adventure!
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.
Walking planned on our Walking holidays in Slovenian Alps 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. Your guide is there to take care of you and in case they see you are having difficulties, you can rest assured they will help you out.
For solo hikers or hikers who wish to meet other like-minded souls, don’t want to stress about tour-planning and other annoying details. You will be hiking in a group of maximum 8 people plus our guide, who will make sure the hike is safe and enjoyable. A minimum of 2 people is required for guaranteed tour departures.
For solo hikers, who want a hike suitable to their needs and desires and want to also spend some time alone. You will be accompanied by a personal guide, who will take care of your safety and adjust the tour according to your needs and abilities. You don’t need to worry over the route-finding or your next move, and at the same time, you can enjoy the hike at your own pace and take as much time on your own whenever needed.
For a more private experience hiking with your own group and those who want a holiday based on their preferences and needs. You don’t need to worry about route planning or your next move, and at the same time, you can enjoy the holidays at your own pace. The tour is highly customizable and can be also modified during the hike itself.