Slovenia's Walk of Remembrance

Slovenia's Walk of Remembrance

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Slovenia's Walk of Remembrance

9 Days Starting and ending in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Visiting: Ljubljana, Bled, Bovec, Kobarid, Brda, Piran

Tour operator:

YellowWood Adventures

Tour code:

SLO-WP

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 8

Physical rating:

Medium, 4: Intermediate

Age range:

12-80

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

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Tour Overview

During this holiday, you will get to experience a walking tour of Ljubljana as well as the UNESCO Walk of Peace trails. Visiting the Museum of the Great War you'll learn more about Slovenia's history all while staying in authentic and comfortable boutique hotels & guesthouses.



The majestic and beautiful mountains of the Julian Alps, with their snow capped peaks, deep limestone valleys, hidden caves and tumbling rivers, give little indication of the complex and bloody history of the area where Western Slovenia borders Italy. Slovenia previously formed part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and when the Kingdom of Italy entered the First World War in 1915, it was this border that was felt to be the most strategic place to attack.



Over two long years, twelve battles were fought in this area causing over 700,000 Italian casualties; half of all Italian soldier casualties during WWI. Today thankfully peace remains along this gentle walking trail through striking landscapes that transform from Alpine scenery through lush vineyards, down to the turquoise shores of the Adriatic Coast, showcasing much of what this green and hospitable country has to offer.



The UNESCO recognised Walk of Peace, officially beginning at the village of Log pod Mangartom, where we also begin our journey, is a 320km trail past monuments, churches, museums, caves, battlegrounds and trenches. Each has their own contribution to make to the events that unfolded here during the First World War.



This 9-day adventure offers an itinerary that allows you to learn about the complex history of the area, whilst enjoying its peaceful and bountiful countryside. Staying in comfortable 3 and 4* accommodation, with full board and meals included, in a small group with a maximum number of 8, we tread lightly along this precious landscape.

Highlights

  • Walking tour of Ljubljana

  • Explore Skocjan Caves and Coastal Piran

  • UNESCO Walk of Peace trails

  • Stunning Soca River Valley

  • Authentic and comfortable boutique hotels & guesthouses

  • Museum of the Great War

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival Into Ljubljana

Location: Ljubljana

Accommodation Name: Boutique Hotel

Arrive into Ljubljana and head to your excellently located 3/4* hotel to freshen up and relax (we are staying here for 2 nights). It is a short taxi journey (cost €40) from the airport to your hotel so we have chosen to avoid a group transfer that would limit options on flight choices and arrival times. Settle into the hotel and take time to relax or explore the area around your hotel independently. You will formally meet the rest of your group and your English speaking Slovenian guide tomorrow morning, so you have the freedom to eat where you wish this evening, but we can make recommendations should you need some ideas. Accommodation: Hotel Park or similar

Day 2: Guided Tour Of Ljubljana

Location: Ljubljana

Accommodation Name: Boutique Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast this morning we enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Ljubljana with time to explore the main sites situated along the Ljubljanica River which divides the city's old town from the modern commercial hub. Our tour includes the scenic Tivoli Park and the short climb up to Ljubljana castle which is a great viewpoint. We pause for lunch in a central restaurant and absorb the relaxed vibe of this small capital city. Accommodation: Hotel Park or similar

Day 3: Ljbljana- Bohjnj-Bled

Location: Bled

Accommodation Name: 4 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast you will meet your driver guide and depart to Bohinj lake, the largest glacial lake in Slovenia. The area is part of the Triglav National Park, famous for crystal waters, remnants of virgin forests and rich flora and fauna. Walk to Mostnica Gorge where you will observe stunning waterfalls and pools, watching the power of the water will leave you in awe. Then travel to Bled, the most famous winter Resort of Slovenia. Bled must be one of the most iconic and photographed lakes in the country, easily recognisable thanks to Bled island with its Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria, steep staircase and bell tower. We find our mountain legs in a gentle walk up to Ojstrica above Bled (2hr round trip with 300m ascent), for wondrous views of the glacial lake and town behind us before returning to Bled to enjoy a boat ride and visit to Bled island. Also not to be missed is a visit to the 11th century Bled castle, precariously perched atop a cliff overlooking the lake, and where we will have lunch. Tonight we stay tonight in Bled.Accommodation: Hotel Park or similar

Day 4: Bled -Vrsic- Bovec

Location: Bovec

Accommodation Name: Boutique Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we leave the city and head into the stunning Julian Alps for your first day of walking, so have your walking pack ready with fresh water and some snacks to hand. We warm up our legs with a wonderful 5km walk (300m ascent, 2hrs) from Vrsic to Slemenova Spica, which offers wonderful views to nearby Jalovec, as well as Ajdovska Deklica, a rock formation in the form of a woman's face, to be found on the Vrsic Pass. After lunch, we transfer to the Mlinarica valley, through which the famous Soca River flows. Its waters are vividly turquoise in many areas, thanks to limestone in the water. We follow a path along the river for 3kms (300m ascent, 1hr). Our destination this evening is Hotel Boka, a family run hotel near Srpenica, a small village on the outskirts of Bovec. Named after Slovenia’s highest waterfall, waterfall Boka, it is close to Slovenia's mightiest mountain, mount Triglav, and the most beautiful river, the river Soča. This will be our base for three nights.Bovec is a fascinating bustling town, a magnet for both outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs from around the world. If you have time over the next few days we recommend trying to visit some of its museums and the military cemetery to the east of the town with the graves, many unmarked, of over 600 soldiers who died during WWI. The trenches, connection tunnels, pillboxes and machine-gun emplacements in the Ravelnik Outdoor Museum remind visitors of the tragic past More war remnants can be found at the Čelo Outdoor Museum, where a 200-meter-long trench connected two gun positions with a kitchen, an observation post, two dormitories for 40 men, and a shelter for 20 soldiers. If you are keen to see more war heritage collections, visit the Small Museum of the Isonzo Front, the Museum Collection of Ivo Ivančič and the private military collection “Farewell to Arms”.Accommodation: Hotel Boka or similar

Day 5: Bovec- Juliana Trail

Location: Bovec

Accommodation Name: Boutique Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you embark on the a wonderfully scenic Walk of Peace. It is approximately 12km long. The Soča Valley was one of the major fronts in the First World War with the Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces fighting on different sides of the valley in a brutal attritional conflict which resulted in the loss of life of over 1 million, though the beauty and serenity of the landscapes today, make it hard to imagine. The historic trail mostly follows the Koritnica river and also alongside its 'little' sister, the Možnica river. The most dramatic section of the Koritnica is the Kluže gorge, where the river has carved out a narrow 70-meters deep canyon. As an important strategic point, the gorge was used from the 15th Century onwards as an observation post for arrivals in the Bovec basin. Walking along the gorge, one can also admire the Fortress Kluže, which was originally built as a defense stronghold against the Turkish inroads. The fort is hidden below the steep slopes of Mt. Rombon and was protected from Italian shelling during the WW1. The upper fortification, Fortress Hermann, which can be reached through an illuminated tunnel, was not so lucky; it was heavily shelled by the Italian artillery and soon abandoned.Accommodation: Hotel Boka

Day 6: Bovec-Kobarid Historial Trail

Location: Kobarid

Accommodation Name: Boutique Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We transfer this morning from Bovec to Zaga for the start of our walk along side the Soca River to Kobarid. There is also the option to do some water sports this morning, before the walk. Leaving Zaga, the trail is mainly flat, with just 100m of ascent & 300m descent over the 12kms. We walk at a steady pace to suit the group, and enjoy the striking scenery, never tiring of the energy of the river flowing beside us. Kobarid is a quaint town with a Mediterranean feel, despite being in the midst of the mountains... probably has something to do with the influence of its close neighbour, Italy (the border is only a few kms away). Sadly the town is historically best known for being the site of the 12th Battle of Caporetto/Izonzo where many Italians lost their lives, and the Austro-Hungarians made significant advances forward. Ernest Hemingways classic novel, 'A Farewell to Arms' was largely based around this area.Accommodation: Hotel Boka or similar

Day 7: Bovec-Brda

Location: Brda

Accommodation Name: Boutique Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Heading south from Bovec today, we follow a route (by car) that mirrors the shape of the border with Italy that is just a few kms west of us. Heading into the Brda region, towards Smartno (just an hour from Kobarid), we first stop off at Gonjace and Sabotin Hill Peace Park (609m) on the border, for incredible far reaching views over both Italy & Slovenia. The walking path we take (3kms, 100m ascent) has many points of interest on the way: the church of Saint Valentin, and remains from World War I. The hill itself is arranged as a memorial park / open air museum where you can see the caverns and pyramids that denoted the front lines during First World War battles. This afternoon we enjoy something a little different - some wine tasting at a local Brda vineyard. Slovenia has a 2400 year old wine tradition and produces arguably some of the best wines in the world. The unique climate in the Brda region combines the cool air of the Alps and the warmth and sunshine of the Mediterranean, producing top quality wines. The 'taste' of Brda is due to a quality soil called 'Opoka' and the main grape varieties are Rebulea, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Savignon Vert. Grapes are hand harvested, thanks to the steepness of the terraces that prevent the use of machinery. We stay tonight in the beautiful and romantic village of Smartno, surrounded by vineyards. The entire village has been declared a cultural heritage monument with areas dating back to the Middle Ages.Accommodation: Hotel San Martin or similar

Day 8: Brda- Skocjan Loke -Piran

Location: Piran

Accommodation Name: Boutique Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Heading to Cerje this morning, and the 25m high Monument of Peace is a fitting visit considering the theme of our adventure and visit to Slovenia. It was built to preserve the memory of all defenders of the Slovenian land, throughout it's history. The Monument overlooks the Goriska region, Karst and Vipava Valley - in 2019 it was recognised by the Tourist Patrol as the most beautiful viewpoint in Slovenia.Contrasting effectively with the wide open space from the monument, we now head to the UNESCO heritage Skocjan caves, an exceptional limestone cave system with some 6km of underground passages, many waterfalls and one of the largest known underground chambers.We transfer 1hr 30m to the attractive coastal town of Piran on the Adriatic Sea for a late lunch and a relaxed afternoon looking around. It is renowned for its red tiled roofs, Venetian architecture and long pier, and makes a wonderful setting for the last night of your holiday in Slovenia. Accommodation: Hotel Piran or similar

Day 9: Return To Ljubljana To Depart

Location: Ljubljana

Meals Included: Breakfast

We transfer as a group back to Ljubljana airport for flight home. Please note:There is the option of extending your trip to encompass a couple of extra days in the coastal town of Piran. Please enquire for prices and availability.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation as detailed

  • Fully Guided

    Your group will be any number from our minimum group size of 4, up to a maximum of 8 clients. This number works really well with the ratio of guides, and ensures the optimum level of service to you during your adventure.

  • Meals

    Meals as detailed

What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Taxi on arrival, from airport to hotel will be chargeable.

    (approx €40).

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

  • Meals

    1 dinner (Day 1) & 5 Lunches

Accommodation

We fully believe in, and practice, Responsible Tourism, using hotels run by locals. The accommodation on this adventurs is comfortable and welcoming hotel accommodation offering rooms with ensuite facilities. We put time and effort into building our relationship with accommodation suppliers to ensure you have a great trip;

We choose accommodation based on cleanliness, comfort, safety, proximity to our route (to avoid unnecessary extra travel) and a warm client welcome, as well as reliability in their service to us. Wherever we can we will choose smaller, more characterful, individual hotels, but in areas where tourism is still developing, or in remote areas (like the mountains), we may not have a wide range of options. An aspect of our adventures is to escape the ‘trappings’ of modern Western lifestyles and to experience new things with are exciting and memorable and reflects the countries we are visiting.

The list below gives information on our first choice of accommodation for this adventure. Where hotels and guesthouses are fully booked or unavailable, we will use an alternative of a similar standard, and equally well situated. We will provide you with an accurate list of accommodation, with contact information to leave with relatives, prior to departure on your adventure.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, Airport transfer are not included in this tour. Taxi on arrival, from airport to hotel will be chargeable (approx €40).

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No, Flights are not included in the cost of your holiday, and whilst we are happy to help advise you, responsibility for booking the correct flights rests with you. We recommend that you use a comparison tool when searching for flights, such as skyscanner or www.momondo.co.uk.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, Unless you have booked a single room (where they are available) and paid the single room supplement for those nights, you will be sharing a twin room with another client (of the same gender).

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This trip involves hiking at altitude (up toxxxm), over passes and traversing mountain slopes. You will encounter some rough terrain, with steep gradients. The paths are generally defined but may be narrow and rocky at times. You will be walking for up to 4 hours / day, and on some consecutive days.To get the most of out of this adventure, you need to be a regular walker with experience of walking in the mountains, and be in good physical condition. Any hiking is undertaken at the natural pace of the group, with regular stops for photos, snacks etc. Walking boots that have already been worn in are essential on this adventure.

    Training: As with all active holidays, the fitter you are, the more you can relax and enjoy the stunning route, and the better you can cope with challenges such as the outside elements.You are advised to get into a regular walking & or running pattern before the trip as convenient.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The max group size is 8 people.

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

    As detailed in Itinerary.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, Supporting you on your holiday will be a local, English speaking Slovenian guide who is qualified to lead walkers in the mountains and knows the trails like the back of his hand, as well as the history & heritage of the area!

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    As detailed in Itinerary.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2015

  • Risk Assessment

    YellowWood operates a Safety Management System which encompasses a planned, researched, implemented and reviewed approach to your Health & Safety. A risk assessment is a careful examination of what could cause harm (hazards) and the assessment of likelihood of hazards occuring, as well as the severity of the outcome of a hazard.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for our latest Covid-19 policies

  • Experienced Leaders

    On all of our adventures you will benefit from the daily presence of an experienced, English speaking local guide. You will also have additional guides at various points during the trip (see itineraries for details).

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    As a visitor to a foreign country, we inevitably leave our mark. At YellowWood Adventures, we are determined that this ‘mark’ will be a positive one. Tourism is not always beneficial and we are conscious of treading lightly in the lands we explore.

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