Slovenia Multisport

Nestled between Austria, Italy and Croatia, Slovenia is the heart of active travel in Europe. Mediterranean-influenced cuisine excites the palate while the diversity of sports keeps this tour exciting every day!

Less familiar to many Americans than its neighbors, Austria, Italy and Croatia, Slovenia is a prime destination for active travel in Europe.

It’s a vibrant area growing in popularity due to the fascinating history, easy accessibility, affordable cost, good climate, and friendly residents. The Mediterranean-influenced cuisine will excite your palate while the diversity of sports and activities keep this tour exciting every day.

From the forests to the mountains, Slovenia is a wonderful place to visit. Amazing picturesque vistas await you on the hiking trails of the Julian and Kamnik-Savinja Alps – besides the stunning mountain ranges, just over half the country is covered in forest!

You’ll enjoy heart-pumping activities like mountain biking, hiking, climbing and more exotic fare like canyoning and hydro-speeding and also have the chance to relax with casual immersion in the warm culture of Slovenia’s historic villages.

Cultural Note

Slovenia is a Slavic country and many find the place names (and the whole language) somewhat challenging, to say the least. You won’t need to speak any Slovenian on this trip.

Even better, you won’t need to know – or even spell – any of these place names! English is fine, and if you speak other European languages, you may have the chance to use them, too.

Adventures With Friends certainly encourages guests to learn and partake of the local culture. Please call us to discuss any special interests or concerns you may have. We want to make this your best trip yet!

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!

Day 1.  Arrive in Ljubljana, (Arrival and city tour)

You’ll arrive at Ljubljana Airport, clear customs, and have a quick trip to the City Hotel in the heart of Ljubljana, the capitol of Slovenia. With a dazzling hilltop castle overlooking the top of the city and the emerald-green Ljubljanica River flowing casually through the heart of the city, Ljubljana is an enchanting setting for the start of your adventure. 

On your first afternoon, you’ll stretch your legs with an informative sightseeing tour of the city including stops at the 12th century Ljubljana Castle.

In the evening, you’ll enjoy an orientation dinner to get know your fellow adventurers and prepare you for the adventurous week ahead. (D)*

Airport transfer (20 minutes)

City tour (2 – 3 hours)

Day 2.  Jezersko (mountaineering)

Following breakfast, you ride by van to the small village of Jezersko, surrounded by the Kamnik Alps, for your first activity – mountaineering.  You start by trekking to the Kranjska koča na Ledinah hut (elevation 5577ft/1700m), a high-elevation rest stop along the way.

The goal for the day is to travel via Savinjsko Sedlo, the mountain pass before the last ascent, to the mountain top of Ledinski Vrh (elevation 6916ft/2108m).  We’ll provide climbing gear to insure comfort and safetly on the rocky and steep final ascent to the summit.

The thrill of being there and the sights you’ll see will make your glad you made the climb! Ledinski Vrh borders Austria and rewards your efforts with spectacular views of the peaks and valleys of the Kamnik Alps. After descending, enjoy a quiet evening in Jerzersko at the tree-lined property of Hotel Planinka, spending time with your travel companions and, optionally, the locals.  (B, D)

Jezersko transfer (1 hour)

Mountaineering (challenging, 3543 feet elevation gain/loss, 6-7 hours)

Day 3. Jezersko pass – Črna na Koroškem – Kranjska Gora (mountain biking)

After a full breakfast, you’ll ride by van over the Jezersko Pass to the forested slopes of Olševa.  Here we mountain bike a rarely used single track trail with views above the stunning alpine valley of Logarska Dolina and up to Bukovnik Col (elevation 1327m/4354 ft), followed by a great descent into the Bistra Valley.

After a rest and some lunch, experience something completely new and very, very unique – you will go underground for “indoor mountain biking.” Yes – you will have the chance to ride your bikes actually inside the mountains – in former mines. Your guide will make sure everything is safe for this exotic and fun experience exploring the 12 km network of trails of the world-renown Skocjan Caves.

Later, you’ll drive through Klagenfurt and Vilach, Austria, before settling into your cozy accommodations at the Gostilna Cvitar, located in the heart of the quaint village of Kranjska Gora. Tonight, you can pair the local cuisine – influenced by Austria, Germany and Italy – with exquisite local wines from Slovenia vineyards.  (B, D)

Jezersko transfer (30 minutes)
Mountain Biking (50 km/30 mi, elevation gain 400m/1312 ft and loss 800m/2624 ft, 4-5 hours)

Underground Mountain Biking (12 km, elevation change negligible, 2 hours, headlamps provided)

Day 4. Kranjska Gora – Krma Valley – Kredarica Hut 

This morning a 30 minute drive carries you to the trail head in the Krma Valley. You begin the hike at an elevation of 980m/3215ft  with a gradual ascent up the valley. In the winter, this route is a cross country ski route.

The journey will take about 4-5 hours and will conclude at the Kredarica hut (elevation 2550m/8366), the highest mountain hut in Slovenia. Located on rocky ridgeline, the location of this hut (and the chapel which was built in 1992) affords fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.

You have the bulk of the afternoon to sit back, relax and enjoy this unique mountain experience at high elevation. Delicious snacks and beverages are available to you as you soak in the beauty of the Julian Alps.

Kick back and enjoy a delicious home cooked dinner and savor one of the best places in Slovenia to enjoy the sun setting in Slovenia! (B, D)

Krma Valley transfer (30 minutes)

Hiking  (elevation gain 1570m/5151ft, 4-5 hours)

Day 5. Kredarica Hut – Mt. Triglav summit – Krma Valley

After viewing the sun rise in the west, a hearty breakfast will prepare you for a challenging day of via ferrata mountaineering and hiking! Your professional guide will outfit you with climbing harness, helmet and safety equipment to keep you connected to massive steel cables and clamps permanently bolted into the near vertical rock. 

This unique, safe, and beautiful method of mountaineering gives you stunning alpine views of the alpine valley as you ascend on solid rock and loose scree rock to the summit of Mt. Triglav, the highest point in Slovenia and the Julian Alps!

After soaking in your mountaineering accomplishment, you will begin the careful descent down to the Planika hut (elevation 2401m,7877ft)  where you will enjoy a relaxing lunch and be able to gaze up to the Mt.Triglav summit where you began the morning.

This afternoon you have a nice mountain path down to the Krma Valley and then a transfer to the Bovec Valley. You’ll arrive in time to soak in the natural beauty of this alpine environment from your quiet and restful room at the Hotel Kanin, and then regroup for another great dinner. 

Feel welcome to stay up late, since tomorrow morning has a relaxed start. (B, D)

Via Ferrata from Kredarica Hut to Mt. Triglav (2 hours)

Via Ferrata from Mt Triglav to Planika hut (2 hours)

Hiking Planika hut to Krma Valley (3 hours)

Krma Valley to Bovec transfer (1.5 hours)

Day 6. Bovec (canyoning, caving)
After a casual breakfast, you start the day with the amazing new sport of canyoning! You’ll hike, climb, rappel, slide, and swim through waterfalls, rapids and river pools! Once again, professional guides will equip you with wetsuits, helmets, life jackets – everything you need – and your top-level, experienced guides will show you how to navigate the canyon mazes.

After lunch (and maybe a nap), you will explore the underground world of the area’s 9,000 caves. The Soca Valley is honeycombed with limestone caverns, and you and your guides can discover the hidden wonders of their spectacular chambers and underground lakes. (As always, all equipment is provided.)

This evening, explore more of the quaint village of Bovec and its local cuisine and night life. Slovenia cuisine is influenced by many bordering countries, but is distinguished by each region’s creative adaptation. (B, D)

Canyoning (3 hours)
Caving (3 hours, helmets and headlamps provided)

Day 7. Bovec (rafting or hydrospeeding), Kobarid (World War I museum), Waterfall Kozjak, car train from Most na Soči to Bohinj 

This morning you have the choice between river rafting or hydrospeeding (river boarding) on the Soca River, called “one of the most exciting river valleys on earth”.

You’ll don a wetsuit, life jacket, helmet and your guides will teach you how to use a wake board to slalom the Soca River’s Class II and III rapids – this is river-surfing, locally known as hydrospeeding, and it’s a big rush for your senses.

For those who want a more traditional river adventure, river rafting on the Soca is just as exciting!

After this morning of aquatic adrenaline, you move on a visit to the historic World War I Isonzo Battlefield, where Ernest Hemingway set his great war novel “A Farewell to Arms.” 

Following in the footsteps of World War I history, you’ll walk to the magnificent 16 meter (52 foot) Kozjak Waterfall and explore underground caverns as your guide tells local stories of this area’s significance during World War I and other historical eras.

Your next shuttle adventure begins in Most na Soči, where you and your van are put on a vehicle train and move the Primorska to Gorenjska Region, dipping in and out of the many mountainous tunnels – a great opportunity to capture photos during the journey and enjoy some incredible views.

After the last 6.5 km (4 miles) tunnel, you arrive at the town of Bohinjska Bistrica.

From the train station, it’s only a 15 minute drive to Bohinj village and the Hotel Kristal, located a short walk from the shores of picturesque Lake Bohinj, the center of activities in the Gorenjska region. Once at the hotel, you’re welcome to enjoy a cocktail – you’ve certainly earned it. (B, D)

Soča river rafting(Class II to IV rapids, 3 hours)
Hydrospeeding  (Class II and III rapids, 3 hours)

Kobarid transfer(30 minutes)

Kobarid to Kozjak Waterfall transfer(10 minutes)
Walking to Kozjak Waterfall and back  (45 minutes)

Kobarid to Most na Soči transfer (45 minutes)
Most na Soči to Bohinjska Bistrica car train (1 hour)

Bohinjska Bistrica to Bohinj transfer (15 minutes)

Day 8. Bohinj (rock climbing and canoeing)
This morning’s gear-intensive activity is rock climbing and rappelling. Your climbing guides will teach some more advanced skills and techniques to improve your confidence on the rock wall and how to climb and rappel more efficiently.

After a filling lunch, relax a bit and enjoy some canoeing on Bohinj Lake:  you can swim, canoe, hike, stroll along its picturesque shore – options abound! In the evening, you’ll indulge in delicious locally-grown food, as well as choose to relax in the sauna or reward yourself with a massage.  (B, D)
Rock climbing (3 hours)

Swimming and canoeing (3 hours)

Day 9. Bohinj (horseback riding),Vintgar Gorge, transfer to Bled
After breakfast, you have a special treat – you’ll be riding Icelandic horses along a scenic valley route. This special breed is known for their small and sturdy build and good temperament. In the afternoon, you’re off to the medieval town of Bled.

This includes the fairytale-like Bled Castle on a magnificent island in the middle of Bled Lake. Perched on a rocky promontory, this fortress is more than 1,000 years old and has been beautifully restored. After the island, you’ll have a breathtaking visit to the Vintgar Gorge and travel along the gorge’s narrow passage, where the Radovna River thrashes loudly against its rocky confines.

There are paths, galleries and bridges constructed into the rock and along the 1600 meter (1 mile) gorge. The Radovna flows over cascades and rapids occasionally interspersed with peaceful, clear pools. The Vintgar Gorge ends at the delightful Šum Waterfall, the highest river fall in Slovenia.

This evening, you’ll enjoy a final feast together, reminisce about everything you’ve accomplished – and maybe you and your old and new friends will start planning your next adventure together! (B, D)
Horseback riding (2 hours)
Bled transfer (40 minutes)
Sightseeing (1-2 hours)

Walking Vintgar Gorge (1.6 km, 1 hour)

Day 10. Return to Airport, End of Tour
Today, you can choose to leave early or stay later. Early departures of 7:30am or 8:00am from Ljubljana airport are not a problem and can be accommodated. (B only) Airport transfer (40 minutes)

*(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

While the above information describes a typical itinerary, the tour’s actual itinerary may vary due to changes in transportation, weather, lodging availability, local events or safety conditions. We reserve the right to alter the tour due to these circumstances should the need arise.

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!

Tour Dates: 

(Custom dates available upon request)

Prices (based on double occupancy):

(Call for current pricing)

Price Includes: Lodging (double occupancy), airport transfers Day 1 and Day 10 of the tour, transportation on tour, meals as indicated on the tour (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, does not include beverages), English-speaking guides, activities as listed in the itinerary including necessary equipment and park fees.

Price Excludes: Airfare, beverages (water, tea, soda, juice, alcohol, etc.), all lunches from Day 1 to Day 10, (airport departure taxes (approximately $25 per person), travel insurance, meals as indicated in the above itinerary, personal expenses in hotels (phone, laundry, room service, etc.), gratuities for guides and other gratuities, and costs incurred as a result of bad weather, delayed flight or other situations beyond our control.

Note: Lunch meals will be either at mountain huts or in local villages. These eating establishments take local currency (Euros) and sometimes credit cards.

Single Supplement Policy:  All tour pricing is based on double occupancy lodging. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender.  If you reserve your tour at least 90 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement  of half the standard single supplement (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). 

Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early.

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!

Activities:  Hiking, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, canyoning, climbing, hiking, hydrospeeding or rafting, mountaineering (via feratta style), sightseeing

Rating: Moderately Challenging to Challenging

Group Size:  2-14 guests

Length:  10 days/9 nights

Meeting Time & Place:  Ljubljana Airport (airport code LJU) on Day 1. After clearing customs, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Airport transfers on day 1 and 10 are included in the trip price.

Departure Time & Place:  Ljubljana Airport on Day 10. Do not book departing flights earlier than noon.

Best Time To Travel:  Early June-early October

Weather and Climate:  Due to the alpine environment, weather is variable throughout the day and by elevation. Dressing in layers will be essential to your comfort throughout the day.

Rain is possible at any time and weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains, so having rain gear is highly recommended. At the same time, the sun is strong at higher elevations, and therefore adequate precautions should be taken to prevent sunburn, even on cool, sunny days.

On average, the temperature in June through August range from highs in the 70’s and 80’s Fahrenheit and lows in the 40’s and 50’s Fahrenheit.  More detailed weather information is available by visiting www.weatherbase.com.

Physical Preparation:  This tour is designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active, have a spirit of adventure and possess a positive attitude. Most activities are 3-4 hours in either the morning or afternoon with a lunch stop in between.

It is very important that you realistically assess your physical condition with regard to the demands of this trip. All participants must be in good overall physical condition.  The more physically prepared you are for this tour, the more you will enjoy this unique, adventure experience.

We encourage you to call us and talk more specifically about any questions you have on the activities, your fitness, and any other aspects of the trip – please don’t be shy!

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!

All accommodations have private rooms and private bathrooms.

Day 1. Ljubljana, City Hotel

Located in the heart of Ljubljana, City Hotel is a short walk to Old Town and other cultural attractions. (private rooms and baths)

Day 2. Jezersko, Hotel Planinka

Hotel Planinka is a cozy, family lodge nestled among the trees, offering the guests a homelike stay, friendly personnel, first-rate cuisine and a unique view over the Kamnik – Savinja Alps. (private rooms and baths)

Day 3. Kranjska Gora, Gostilna Cvitar

The cozy tavern and guesthouse of Gostilna Cvitar is situated in the very center of the village of Kranjska Gora, providing great dining in a homey and comfortable atmosphere.  (private rooms and baths)

Day 4.  Kredarica Hut

At 2515meters/8251 feet it is the highest mountain hut in Slovenia. It is one of the most popular starting points for summiting Mt. Triglav. In 1992 a chapel was erected next to the hut. Every hour its bell rings.

The Annex is located between the chapel and the main building and is a combination of mixed rooms and bunks with their own toilets, so there is no need to run to the main toilets in the middle of the night.

Day 5, 6.  Bovec, Hotel Kanin

Hotel Kanin enjoys a quiet location near the Bovec center and is surrounded by a large garden.  Enjoy the sunny terrace, where you can have meals or just sit back and relax and enjoy the nature and the beautiful surrounding mountains. (private rooms and baths)

Day 7, 8. Bohinj, Hotel Kristal

Hotel Kristal is a family hotel in Bohinj, situated close to Lake Bohinj, on the outskirts of the Triglav national park. (private rooms and baths)

Day 9. Bled, Park Hotel

The Park Hotel is situated close to the shore of Lake Bled, where it boasts a wonderful view of the lake, the castle and the Julian Alps.  The hotel’s spa will help easy tired muscles after a long week of activity.  (private rooms and baths)

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!

 

For more information about this tour or to book your next group adventure, contact us today and we will create a fun and exciting adventure you will cherish forever. We’re exceptionally well-prepared to help you create a great adventure!

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