Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia

Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia

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Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia

8 Days Starting and ending in Radovljica

Visiting: Radovljica, Sava Bohinjka, Sava Dolinka, Lake Bled, Gozd Martuljek, Karawanks, Lake Bohinj, Pokljuka

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

TVL

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

History, Wildlife Tours

Activities:

Trekking, Walking

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Tour Overview

The jagged limestone peaks hold some of Europe's best scenery and walking, with Mount Triglav (the highest in Slovenia) at the centre of the range, and the glacial lakes of Bohinj and Bled far below. During the week we will enjoy five varied walks, both inside the national park and on the more distant peaks of the beautiful Karavanke Range. Taking in beautiful wild meadows, along the shores of the lakes, through thick forest and across wild open mountain ridges.



Highlights

  • Varied day walks in the mountains and forests

  • Traditional 19th century alpine pension

  • Discover the Triglav National Park and Karavanke Mountain Range

  • Free day to explore Lake Bled, or historic Ljubljana

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Radovljica.

Location: Radovljica

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pension Kunstelj or similar

Meals Included: Dinner

Join the group in the early evening at the pension in Radovljica, just 20

minutes north east of the capital, Ljubljana. This is our base for the whole

week. 

Day 2 : A Day Exploring The Local Area Direct From The Pension.

Location: Sava Bohinjka, Sava Dolinka, Lake Bled

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast we enjoy a walk direct from the pension to explore our surroundings. The historic town of Radovljica dates back as far as 1296 sitting on the confluence of the Sava Bohinjka and the Sava Dolinka. The old town is full of traditional inns, galleries, churches and surrounded by the largest medieval moats in the country.The local area is extremely pretty, dotted with small churches, quaint villages, lush forests and a beautiful river. Our leader will decide the exact route depending on the weather, but walking to Lake Bled is our most likely route, a perfect warm up through gentle rolling farm land and pretty villages.





Day 3 : From The Village Of Gozd Martuljek, We Hike Into The Martuljek Gorge, Visiting Two Stunning Waterfalls Along The Route.

Location: Gozd Martuljek

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Starting at the small village of Gozd Martuljek we are rewarded with a

breathtaking panorama of the Špik mountain range. One of the most beautiful

mountains in the Julian Alps, Mount Špik - 2472m is known at the Slovenian

Matterhorn and its pyramid summit dominates the Martuljek range. Leaving the

valley our forest trail takes us into Martuljek Gorge, here we slowly start

our ascent following the stream, where we arrive at the Lower Fall, cascading

down to the valley. The trail snakes its way through the forest where we

arrive at our rest stop and enjoy the view. Lipovceva Hut has a lovely

setting and is known for its open natural kitchen with delicious home-made

mountain soups and juices, made from pine, elderflower and berries. From

here we head up to the stunning Higher Falls, passing a monument dedicated to

Slovenian climbers. This is a lovely walk into the gorge, suitable in all

weathers and offering some fine views of two beautiful waterfalls.

Day 4 : A Picturesque Walk In The Karavanke Mountain Range, To The Peak Of Golica (1836M).

Location: Karawanks

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

The Karavanke Mountains are the natural and official border between central

and Western Europe where Slovenia, Austria and Italy meet. The ranges

position has a great effect on Slovenia's climate - hence the soft south

Slovene side in comparison to the harsh northern side in Austria. Here you

can also find an abundance of alpine fauna and flora, with over 1200

different plant species, as well as having wonderful views into two naturally

contrasting countries. We aim for Golica (1836m), part of the longest ridge

in Slovenia (120km) and one of the least travelled trails in the area.

Day 5 : Free Day For Optional Activities Including Horse-Riding, Rafting, Visiting Bled Or The Capital Ljubljana.

Location: Lake Bled

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Radovljica itself has plenty of possibilities for the rest day. Alternatively, it's a short bus ride to Lake Bled - here rowing boats and canoes can be hired. Others may wish to take the public bus further into the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Another popular alternative is the Postojna Cave Park, home to one of the largest cave systems in Europe.



Day 6 : A Gentle And Scenic Hike Around The Shores Of Lake Bohinj Or Through The Mostnica Gorge (Weather Dependent).

Location: Lake Bohinj

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, breakfat

Today’s walk is flat, but incredibly pretty. This circular walk takes in the whole of the lake and the pretty village of Ribcav Laz with the famous church of St John the Baptist. There are open views all the way to Mt Triglav - Slovenia's highest mountain and fabulous views of the surrounding mountains. Lake Bohinj is surrounded by a ring of mountains so even though you are in the valley there is plenty to see.An alternative route today takes us through the Mostnica Gorge; this route is more likely if the weather is poor as it is less exposed.



Day 7 : A Day Walking On The Pokljuka Plateau.

Location: Pokljuka, Lake Bled

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The beautiful forested area of Pokljuka, visible from Lake Bled, is stunning. Virtually uninhabited, it is home to alpine cows, rolling pastures, shepherds' huts, forest trails and some lovely open views of the surrounding peaks. Time stands still on Pokljuka, enabling wild flowers to flourish; the flora and fauna of the high plateau is unique to this area and bird life is abundant. There is a wide variety of trails with many possibilities for the day’s hike. Our guide will determine the route based on the weather and the group's ability during the week.



Day 8 : End Radovljica.

Location: Radovljica

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our tour ends after breakfast.

What's Included

  • Meals
    6 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 2 dinners.


* All breakfasts and 3 dinners 
* All accommodation
* Transfers for group flights

What's Not Included

  • Single supplement

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas and Vaccinations

Food

All breakfasts and 3 dinners included.The location where the group will have
their 3rd dinner will be decided on tour according to the groups
preferences.Breakfast: Continental breakfast with tea, coffee, cereal, bread
and a selection of meats and cheeses, jams and yoghurt.Lunch: Will usually be
in a local hut in the mountains. Options can be limited, but all meals are
cooked from scratch using fresh local ingredients, and will include hearty
soups and juice made from wild berries and elderflower.Evening meal: This
will consist of 3 courses. The main dishes can be: risotto, cheese dishes,
fish, spaghetti and grilled meat. The guesthouse uses delicious salads and
vegetables from the gardens as well as other locally sourced produce. 3
dinners at the pension are included, for the other nights you're free to
enjoy the local restaurants in Radovljica.Vegetarians are well catered for,
but please let Exodus know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

Accommodation

We stay in the two-star Pension Kunstelj, which dates to 1873 and is run by the fourth generation of the Štiherle family. The 10-room accommodation sits in the most protected historic town in Slovenia, Radovljica, where there are plenty of restaurants and bars for the nights when dinner is not included.



It has a large terrace with views across the valley to the surrounding peaks, including Triglav in the far distance, and to the rear of the property is a large vegetable plot, where you might see staff picking fruit and salads for dinner in the evening. The family also keep bees, whose honey is sold locally.

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  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

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    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Another excellent Exodus holiday

Slovenia is a lovely country with lovely people -

Slovenia is a lovely country with lovely people - helpful and friendly. I can but pass on the advice given to me which was “go before it gets too popular”. An important factor in making the holiday is the Leaders and the Group. In both instances they were excellent. Walks are well planned and whilst some previous posts have commented re lunching in restaurants rather than a packed lunch, I preferred the former, which, with one exception, are not restaurants but mountain lodges. All helps the local economy. Weather can be changeable but aside from our Lake Bled day, we enjoyed good weather. When it rains, it rains.

Lakes and Mountainsee trip

This was my first Exodus trip and I loved it! The

This was my first Exodus trip and I loved it! The guides were hilarious, friendly and knowledgeable. The accommodation had amazing views, good food and cheap booze. The walks were all different and had breathtaking views. I never realised how beautiful Slovenia is. I would fully recommend this trip if you like walking, good food and good views.

Lakes and Mountains of Slovenia

Slovenia has some stunning scenery, the people are

Slovenia has some stunning scenery, the people are very friendly, and the infrastructure is very well developed; an ideal holiday destination with walking at the higher end of the moderate grade, but nothing too extreme. Radovljica, where you will stay, is an ideal location from which to walk in the mountains and on your free day you can hire a bike and walk or ride to Lake Bled, or take the bus or train to the capital, Ljubljana, which is only an hour away and well worth a visit. A cool beer whilst sitting on the hotel terrace after a days walk is extremely civilised and very rewarding.

Beautiful country

Slovenia is beautiful - clean, green, unspoilt, wi

Slovenia is beautiful - clean, green, unspoilt, with beautiful lakes, waterfalls and mountains. The hotel is great with excellent evening meals and lovely views.Rooms are spacious with a really good shower and comfortable bed. The staff are very friendly. Radovljica is an excellent base for the week - the old town is pretty with a few decent restaurants, an ice cream shop (!) and regular buses to Bled, Ljubljana etc. Buses are cheap.

A clean, green, mountainous country.

Loved the airy, uncrowded mountain walks with prof

Loved the airy, uncrowded mountain walks with profuse meadow flowers and views of rocky pinnacles. The two lakes were also incredibly picturesque and not spoilt. We enjoyed the family-run accommodation, food and wine as well. The day in Ljubljana was enjoyable (despite pouring rain) but I personally enjoyed the small town with its church, old houses, bee-keeping museum, wine merchant and ice cream parlour just as much.

Hiking in Beautiful Slovenia-don't miss it.

Slovenia is friendly place with unspoilt scenery i

Slovenia is friendly place with unspoilt scenery in the lakes and mountains of the Julian Alps. The group of 15 members of wide age range from UK,USA and Canada gelled really quickly Five days of varied walks including low level at lake Bled and two different mountain ascents to 1800m and 2000m. All at a steady pace and achieved by all the group members. We had hearty soups and delicious strudels at rustic mountain refuges. The base in Radovljica was central family run hotel conveniently located in the old town.

Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia

Brilliant walking holiday (my first with Exodus) w

Brilliant walking holiday (my first with Exodus) with some challenging walks and a group of 15 that got on so well with each other.

Slovenia walking

Relaxing and enjoyable walking in Slovenia althoug

Relaxing and enjoyable walking in Slovenia although would have preferred only one day of walking on the flat around a lake rather than two. Accommodation good but surprised all lunches taken in restaurants and not as a packed lunch.

Slovenia in September

Slovenia was lovely - the people were warm and fri

Slovenia was lovely - the people were warm and friendly, the landscape beautiful, the food hearty. Highly recommend a visit to this picturesque country!

Lakes and Mountains of Slovenia

An excellent week's Walking and a real History Les

An excellent week's Walking and a real History Lesson

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