Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

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Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

8 Days Starting and ending in Ljubljana

Visiting: Ljubljana, Bled, Triglav National Park, Lake Bohinj, Nova Gorica, Izola, Predjama Castle

Tour operator:

Explore!

Tour code:

SO

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Age range:

Adult

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

Activities:

Trekking, Walking

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Tour Overview

Slovenia is one of the most attractive countries in the Balkans with its glistening glacial lakes, steep mountain cliffs, rambling caves and grassy meadows. Explore the laid-back capital city of Ljubljana and the countryside including, Lake Bled. Lake Bled - Probably the most photographed place in the country and its beauty won't disappoint Triglav National Park - Discover the alpine scenery on walks in the Julian Alps from tranquil Lake Bohinj Ljubljana - Explore the majestic Baroque capital city on the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River.

Highlights

  • Lake Bled - Probably the most photographed place in the country and its beauty won't disappoint

  • Triglav National Park - Discover the alpine scenery on walks in the Julian Alps from tranquil Lake Bohinj

  • Ljubljana - Explore the majestic Baroque capital city on the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica River.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Join Trip In Ljubljana, Capital Of Slovenia
Location: Ljubljana
Accommodation: Hotel

Arrive in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. This historic city lies in the shadow of its old castle upon the banks of the Ljubljanica River, which meanders through the pedestrianised centre.

For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Ljubljana at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport (LJU), which is 45 minutes' drive. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day, perhaps you might choose to explore the centre of the city on foot and to take in the cafe culture along the banks of the river.

Day 2: Visit Medieval Skofja Loka And Free Time At Lake Bled
Location: Bled
Accommodation: Hotel

This morning we drive to Skofja Loka, one of the oldest and most beautiful small towns in Slovenia, dominated by its castle. We will soak up the atmosphere of this medieval town which is now protected both historically and culturally. Later we continue to the picturesque resort town of Bled situated on a tranquil lake. Widely acclaimed as one of the most fashionable European resorts in the early 20th century, this was the home of the Yugoslavian Royal Family and also the summer residence of President Tito.

You may like to visit the island by travelling across in a traditional gondola known as a pletne (optional). On the island is the baroque Church of the Assumption and perched on a steep cliff above the lake is the 11th century Bled Castle with towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace. You may also wish to walk the 6 kms around the lake past linden, chestnut and willow trees, swans and water lilies on the water. There are also rowing boats for hire (optional), or you can swim in the lake.

Later, we continue to Lake Bohinj. En route if the weather is clear, we may see Triglav, the highest Alpine peak at 2864m. The name means 'Three Heads' and pagan Slovenes believed the mountain was the home of a three-headed deity who ruled the Sky, the Earth and the Underworld. It is a sacred mountain and according to tradition every Slovene should climb it at least once in his or her life. The peak was first climbed in 1778 by an Austrian and three Slovenes, and the mountain features prominently on the Slovene national flag. Lake Bohinj is a naturally preserved glacial lake enclosed by steep mountain cliffs on the southern edge of Triglav National Park - an ideal base from which to explore these magnificent mountains.

Day 3: Walk To Savica Waterfall In The Beautiful Triglav National Park
Location: Triglav National Park
Accommodation: Hotel

The Triglav National Park nestles in the Slovene Julian and Kamnik Alps. Founded in 1924, it is one of the oldest Alpine nature reserves covering an area of 82,000 hectares. The Julian Alps is the first of the mountain barriers separating the Mediterranean Sea from continental Central Europe. On our first day we plan to walk to the Savica Waterfall, the source of Slovenia's longest and mightiest river, the Sava. The breathtaking cascade of water tumbles into a pool 60m below. The walk to the lake is around four kilometres and takes about 90 minutes, before returning on the same route.

We then take the cable car up Mount Vogel to the ski station at a height of 1535m from where impressive views extend over the lake and the Julian Alps. After exploring the area we take the cable car back down. From here there is the option to take a public bus back to the lake, or for those of you with energy to spare you can walk back. If you were after a more leisurely route, you could take the tourist boat back.

Once back at the lake you may choose to take an easy walk around Lake Bohinj (6.4kms) or hire a mountain bike and cycle quiet country roads.

Day 4: Free Day At Lake Bohinj; Option To Go Walking Or Join Other Activities
Location: Lake Bohinj
Accommodation: Hotel

You have a free day today to explore Lake Bohinj and the surrounding area. There are several optional walks to choose from on our second day, which could take us through deep-carved glacial valleys, across rolling hills and past springs, waterfalls, rivers and lakes. There are a number of walks available of varying length through the Mostnice Gorge, the longest taking around seven hours for a return journey. Alternatively, you can hire a kayak to explore the lake itself.

The park is rich in flora and fauna and you should keep an eye out to spot chamois. The ground in spring is covered with a rich abundance of flowers; more than 10 species are endemic such as the Zois bellflower, Frolich gentian and Carniola cowslip. Throughout the countryside we will see 'kozolec', a special kind of rack for drying hay that is unique to Slovene regions. Also known as mountain harps, there are over 30 different types.

There is also the opportunity to do some river rafting on the Sava Bohinjka River, horseriding in the surrounding countryside or canyoning in the Jerecica Canyon.

Day 5: Scenic Train Ride To Nova Gorica And Visit To Skocjan Caves
Location: Nova Gorica
Accommodation: Hotel

We take the train from Bohinjska Bistrica to Nova Gorica. This journey is one of the most scenic in Slovenia with a back-drop of the Julian Alps. We pass through the Vipava Valley, a wine-growing region, onto one of the highlights of Slovenia, the amazing underground caverns at Skocjan, which have been protected by UNESCO since 1986. These five kilometre long caves descend 250 metres into a gigantic hollow into which a river disappears. Prehistoric people once sheltered in these caves and used them to make sacrifices to the gods of the underworld.

After a guided tour, we continue to the harbour town of Izola, situated on the Adriatic Sea. There are two distinct regions separated by a long shelf of steep cliffs extending down to the Istrian Peninsular. In the past, this natural divide has been used as a border between kingdoms: the Venetian coastal lands and the inland domains of the Hapsburgs. Olive and tangerine trees grow in abundance along the 40 kilometres of coastline. On arrival, your Explore Leader will take you on a brief orientation tour.

Day 6: Free Day In Izola To Explore And Enjoy The Nearby Beaches
Location: Izola
Accommodation: Hotel

The day is left free for personal exploration. You may like to explore Izola; an attractive town that has a more authentic feel and less crowds than many other places along this coastline. You can meander along the town's quaint narrow streets and view the timeless Venetian architecture. There are a number of restaurants and bars to take advantage of, as well as a boat filled marina and nice beach area.

Alternatively, just a short public bus ride along the coast is Piran - one of the best preserved historical towns anywhere on the Adriatic that is protected as a cultural monument. From the remains of the 15th century walls, there are some great views over the town and the sea. The ancient central square is surrounded by beautiful patrician villas and there is a monument dedicated to the local composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini. From Piran it's also possible to take a boat (operates June to September)over the border to the medieval city of Trieste in Italy and spend the day exploring here.

You may prefer to take a public bus to the nearby Strunjan Landscape Park. The saltpans that are part of the nature park are the northernmost saltpans in Mediterranean. You can explore the wetland area, see the saltpans and then take in the small museum detailing the history of harvesting the salt. There is a walk along the headland back to Izola that you might choose to do, if you are feeling energetic.

Day 7: Visit To Predjama Castle En Route To Ljubljana
Location: Predjama Castle
Accommodation: Hotel

Today we make our way back to Ljubljana with a visit to Predjama Castle, built into a dramatic 123m craggy cliff en route. This four storey castle dates back to the 16th century and has all the features a castle should have such as a drawbridge, holes in the entrance ceiling for pouring boiling oil on intruders, a dark and dingy dungeon and a 16th century treasure chest. We drive on to Ljubljana, a small, majestic baroque city where we can visit Ljubljana Castle (optional). The original dates back to Celtic times, but the present one was mostly built after the 16th century. After climbing the 150 steps up to the tower, you can walk along the ramparts where there are some great views over the Old Town.

Day 8: Trip Ends In Ljubljana
Location: Ljubljana

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Ljubljana.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Ljubljana at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport (LJU), which is 45 minutes' drive.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Train Tickets

  • Fully Guided

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Meals – Breakfast Only

    Breakfast: 7 Dinner: 2

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

Why Book this Tour

Discover Slovenia and all its astounding nature from beautiful lakes to breath-taking mountains. This 8 day trip is a great mix of fantastic scenery and gothic architecture.

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  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

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  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

  • Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

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    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

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

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

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    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

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    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

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

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

  • Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Janet  

Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

06-Nov-2018

An excellent trip.

Jennifer  

Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

22-Aug-2018

This was a wonderful trip and a great way to explore Slovenia. I have already recommended it to many friends.

Stuart  

Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

10-Feb-2019

Some great days walking and paddling amongst spectacular scenery whilst there was also cave visits and Lake Bled which made every day a memorable day.

Peter  

Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

07-Jan-2018

I would recommend this holiday and Slovenia to anyone as a fabulous experience.

Laura  

Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

25-Sep-2019

Overall this trip as fantastic. Slovenia was the most beautiful place I have ever been, and this itininery and Peter's excellent guidance meant I really saw alot of it in a week.

Danielle  

Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

26-Aug-2018

Thank you very much for a fantastic trip and I can't wait to book the next one!

Caroline  

Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

30-Sep-2018

Fantastic trip 1010 would definitely recommend to others.

Delyth  

Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

06-Nov-2018

Peter was an excellent tour leader. I was really impressed by how he handled such a varied group. Endlessly patient.

Jennifer  

Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

23-May-2019

super time, super country, well worth a visit.

Carol  

Alpine Lakes Of Slovenia

30-Sep-2018

This was my first trip with Explore and I would certainly book again and recommend others to do so.

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