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Active Slovenia Adventure

Join this active Slovenia adventure to bike through Triglav National Park, hike Mt Vogel, raft on the Sava Dolinka, and explore Lake Bled.

Contrast the active adventure with plenty of free time to explore at your own pace and relax. Slovenia’s green and lush landscapes looks like something out of a fairy tale and you’ll love getting to know this small corner of the world.

Highlights:

  • Explore Bled, an adventurers paradise on the edge of the Julian Alps
  • Raft the rugged rapids of the Sava Dolinka River
  • Enjoy the spectacular views from Mt Vogel
  • Explore the underground canyon of Škocjan Caves
  • Chill out at Ziva Wellness Centre
  • Visit Old Bled Castle, set 100 metres above the town and built in the 11th century
  • Enjoy a Pletna boat ride (awning covered wooden boat with your own boatman)

Base camp for this Slovenia Adventure is Bled. It’s about 35km north of Ljubljana and is the perfect representation of this idyllic country. Although Slovenia is small, it’s often called Europe in Miniature because of its diversity. When you see the Julian Alps, you’ll be reminded of Switzerland, and the coastline will remind you of the Mediterranean.

The breathtaking vistas begin straight away. You’ll take a cable car to the top of Mt Vogel in Triglav National Park. At 1500 metres the hike is one incredible view after another. If the weather permits, the group may head for the Šija peak. This entire day is influenced by the presence of Lake Bohini – the village, church, and bridge are completely charming.

The rafting portion of the trip is led by a professional river guide who will lead you through pools, gates, and rapids. The Sava Dolinka cuts across all of Slovenia giving you a chance to see Alpine forests, moss covered boulders, and cypress trees. The river is graded 2 to 3 in difficulty.

In Piran, explore the underground canyon of Škocjan Caves. Carved over time by the Reka River, the caves really help to create the atmosphere of medieval Piran. Situated on the Slovenian coastline (and once well known as a pirate stronghold), Piran is as photogenic as they come. Kayah, explore, feast on great food, and soak up the Venetian ambiance.

Wrap up the trip with a mountain bike adventure in Triglav National Park. Choose the route along the Radovna River to the village of Zgornja Radovna or the more elevated route to Srednja Vas and Lipnica. No matter the route, you’ll be riding through beautiful national forest. The reward for all your adventuring is a three hour luxury afternoon at Ziva Wellness Centre.

The activities on this active Slovenia adventure are mostly moderate, but an average level of fitness is needed to really enjoy the trip. Enquire now for full details.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Bled – Arrival Day

Zivjo! Welcome to Slovenia. Known as ‘Europe in Miniature’, tiny Slovenia has a huge heart and a wealth of diversity. The soaring Julian Alps capture a touch of Switzerland, the radiating coastline oozes Mediterranean charm, and Bled’s island church appears to have come straight out of a fairytale. The mountainous backdrop, stunning lake, and impressive cliff-top fortress all combine to make Bled a wonderful place to visit and a delight of Slovenia. Importantly for us there’s also plenty of action for adrenaline junkies, from cycling, hiking and skiing, to canyoning, caving and boating. Ease into things with a welcome meeting (usually taking place at 6pm – please look out for a message near reception), where you’ll get acquainted with the rest of the group. The evening is spent at leisure exploring the streets of Bled. Sit back and take in the postcard-perfect views before you get active all this week. Tonight perhaps head out as a group for a meal at a traditional restaurant.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night)

Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: Hiking on Mt Vogel

After a hearty breakfast, join the group for an orientation walk through the picturesque town of Bled. With dense green mountains and rocky cliff tops, and an emerald-coloured lake with a church on an island smack bang in the middle of it, it’s hard to take a bad photo here.

In the late morning take a short bus journey to Lake Bohinj (approximately 30 minutes), the largest permanent glacial lake in the country. Here you’ll take the cable car to the top of Mt Vogel, located within Triglav National Park. The upper station lies above 1,500 metres, from where you’ll enjoy a hike along lush trails, looking down to the valley where deep green meets endless blue. Depending on weather conditions you will head south towards the peak of Šija.

After a rest stop at Suha hut, continue through this incredible Alpine scenery along the Bukovska Valley towards the final destination of Ribčev Laz. This is a quaint little village dominated by a 17th century church with a fresco of St. Christopher on the outside wall. The church, the mountains, a little bridge over Lake Bohinj – it all looks like a wonderful film set. Return to Bled for the evening.

Notes: The actual walking trail today will be chosen according to weather conditions and the ability of the group.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Transport
  • Bled – Cable Car to Mt Vogel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Rafting on Sava Dolinka River

Pack your swimming gear and towel for a rafting trip on the Sava Dolinka River. After a short drive from Bled you will enter the river at Piskovca. A professional river guide will lead the group through rapids, gates and pools. You’ll spend around 1.5 hours on the beautiful water of the river that diagonally crosses the whole country. You’ll pass alpine scenery, cypress trees, and navigate giant moss-covered boulders and fun rapids graded 2 to 3, all the way down river to Lancovo. No doubt you’ll want to jump into the fresh water.

From Lancovo it’s a short drive back to Bled. After your active morning, maybe reward yourself with another cream cake. Invented in the kitchens of Hotel Park in 1953 by Ištvan Lukačevič, chef of the hotel’s confectionery store, more than 10 million kremsnita have been baked at the hotel’s patisserie since its invention. Later, maybe dine on sausages or fresh fish with a side of the local vino. Luckily for you, Slovenia only exports a small amount of their wine, keeping the best local. Grajska Plaža (Castle Beach) is found directly underneath the castle, and provides an excellent starting point for evening festivities.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities: Sava Dolinka River – Rafting

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Free Day

Today is a free day for you to explore all that Bled and the surrounding area has to offer. Still want to be active? Perhaps cycle the 6-kilometre bike path that circles the lake. This scenic ride passes some impressive villas, mostly from the beginning of the 19th century, including the former residence of ‘soft dictator’ Josip Tito. Perhaps enjoy an Emerald River adventure within Triglav National Park, or try your hand at canyoning. Or simply wander around Bled at your own pace and take a dip in the lake. Maybe head to the 100 metre high cliff-top Old Bled Castle, dating from the 11th century – the views from up here are nothing short of spectacular, taking in the lake with the island and the southern foothills of the Alps.

Even better views are to be had from Little Osojnica Hill. Or take a Pletna boat ride (a wooden, awning-covered boat rowed by a special oarsman) to the island on Lake Bled – climb up the 99 steps to St Mary’s Church and ring the wishing bell. Be sure to seek out the famous Bled cream cake, which isn’t hard; nearly every cafe and cake shop in town claims that theirs is the best.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night)

Optional Activities:

  • Bled – Canyoning
  • Bled – Emerald River Adventure (full day)
  • Bled – Pletna Boat Trip
  • Bled – Bled Castle

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Daytrip to Nova Gorica & Piran

Travel by train to the university town of Nova Gorica (approximately 2 hours). The train ride is incredibly scenic and is ranks as one of the most spectacular train rides in Europe. Nova Gorica sits right next to the Italian city of Gorizia, with the border barely separating the two. From here take a private transfer to Piran (approximately 1.5 hours).

There’s the option to take a guided walk through the underground canyon at the enchanting Škocjan Caves along the way. The Reka River carved out chambers and passageways, with water also drawing down innumerable stalactites from the ceilings. Medieval Piran, one of three seaside towns on the Slovenian Adriatic Sea, was once known as a pirate stronghold, and is now one of the most photogenic cities in the area.

In a terracotta roofed old town crammed into a little spit of land in the Gulf of Trieste, alleys, palaces, and historic houses circle Italianate squares. In Piran there’s also the possibility to go sea kayaking on the Adriatic around the city. Alternatively, just walk the famous promenade backed by Venetian architecture, and soak up the atmosphere in one of the squares. Return to Bled in the evening.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities: Daytrip to Nova Gorica & Piran

Optional Activities:

  • Skocjan Caves
  • Piran Salt Pans
  • Piran Town Walls

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Free Day

Spend the day at your leisure. Vintgar Gorge is an easy daytrip from Bled and features a spectacular walk across rapids, waterfalls and pools via an elevated boardwalk that clings to the craggy rock face. The gorge is less than a kilometre in length so doesn’t take long to hike, but the iridescent water has an almost ethereal quality and clearly you’ll spend a while in this amazing spot taking photos. Otherwise, hire a boat and row around Bled Island or enjoy a picnic lunch on the shores of the lake.

You might instead want to take a day trip to cosmopolitan Ljubljana (pronounced ‘Lyub-Li-Yana’), the capital of Slovenia. Ljubljana is a city full of style and sophistication, history, monuments, churches, museums and great restaurants. The Old Town consists of three main squares and Baroque houses, and you can visit the Ljubljana Castle, the Town Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the Triple Bridge, and the open market under the arcade. In the city centre’s Prešeren Square you’ll feel like you’ve just walked right into a scene from a beautiful postcard.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night)

Optional Activities:

  • Day Trip to Ljubljana
  • Triglav National Park – Vintgar Gorge
  • Mountain Bike Hire

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Mountain Biking in Triglav National Park

Head out for a morning of mountain biking. There are two routes that might be taken. The first is along the scenic Radovna River as it meanders its way through a wilderness valley between two plateaus. This tranquil route is about 16 kilometres to the village of Zgornja Radovna, following the gravel road through the valley, with only a slightly difficult ascent just before the end. You’ll pass old buildings, ancient trees, and traditional farms.

Alternatively, there’s a route with more elevation gain to the villages of Srednja Vas, Leše, and Lipnica. Whichever one you ride, you’ll enjoy forests, mountain pastures, and outstanding viewpoints of this beautiful national park. In the afternoon, soothe weary bones at the Živa Wellness Centre for three hours of divine bliss, soaking in the thermal pools. Back in Bled, soak up the lovely lake views at night. Make the most of your last night together as a group and celebrate the end of this active adventure.

Notes: The route chosen depends on the weather this morning, and the ability of the group.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Mountain Biking in Triglav National Park
  • Bled – Visit to Ziva Wellness Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Bled – Departure Day

This trip comes to an end after breakfast with an optional transfer to the airport for your onward flight. If you would like to extend your stay in Bled we are happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast

More Details

Important notes

ARRIVAL TRANSFER

An arrival transfer is NOT included, however can be booked at an extra cost. If no transfer has been booked, please make your own way to the hotel for the welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1.

LEVEL OF FITNESS

This multi-activity trip requires a good level of fitness and health.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

A single supplement is available on this trip.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (7 nights)

OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION

The style of accommodation indicated is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

TWIN SHARE BASIS

Accommodation on this trip is on a twin share basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.

CHECK-IN TIME

On your arrival day rooms should be ready for you at 2pm.

PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION

If you’ve purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

FACILITIES

Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don’t provide kettles or fridges.

   

Get in touch for availability and live prices.

Sat 2 Sep 2017 – Sat 9 Sep 2017: 975 GBP
Sat 12 May 2018 – Sat 19 May 2018: 1,000 GBP
Sat 26 May 2018 – Sat 2 Jun 2018: 1,000 GBP
Sat 9 Jun 2018 – Sat 16 Jun 2018: 1,000 GBP
Sat 7 Jul 2018 – Sat 14 Jul 2018: 895 GBP
Sat 18 Aug 2018 – Sat 25 Aug 2018: 895 GBP
Sat 1 Sep 2018 – Sat 8 Sep 2018: 1,000 GBP

What Is Included

  • Meals
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Train, Taxi, Bicycle, On foot
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse (7 nights)
  • Included activities:
    • Transport
    • Bled – Cable Car to Mt Vogel
    • Sava Dolinka River – Rafting
    • Daytrip to Nova Gorica & Piran
    • Mountain Biking in Triglav National Park
    • Bled – Visit to Ziva Wellness Centre

 

Operator

We love this operator for the freedom and flexibility they give travellers to get off the tourist trails and really experience local cultures. Their grassroots style of travel ensures the impact on the communities they visit is minimised. They use local leaders, local accommodation & transport and support local community projects, ensuring sustainability is at the centre of everything they do. 2014 sees them celebrating 25 years of innovating the most inspiring and awesome trips.

This operator is committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way they provide travellers with real life experiences. However, these values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in the culture and daily operations of every office and tour. In addition, they expect their staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

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