Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in the Julian Alps

Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in the Julian Alps

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Snowshoeing & Winter Walking in the Julian Alps

9 Days Starting and ending in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Visiting: Ljubljana, Bohinj, Brda, Vila Friuli Karst (Kras), Kocevje

Tour operator:

YellowWood Adventures

Tour code:

SLO-WW

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 8

Physical rating:

Medium, 5: Intermediate

Age range:

12-80

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

On this Slovenia walking tour, you can partake in amazing experiences such as; Wolf tracking in the Kocevje forests, wine tasting in Brda and snowshoeing in Triglav National Park. Whilst Staying in Authentic and comfortable boutique hotels and guesthouses.



Slovenia is a country of contrasts, and never more so than during the winter months, when the high peaks of Triglav National Park and the thick primeval UNESCO heritage forests of Kocevje are blanketed in snow, yet the lush green valleys of the Brda vineyards below remain bathed in sunshine and warmer temperatures. We embrace the winter in Slovenia; donning snowshoes or popping mini crampons onto our walking boots to explore the achingly beautiful shores of Bohinj lake in the Julian Alps, and to walk into the adjacent mountains for a magical night in a refuge at Komna.



Our Slovenia winter experience would be incomplete without a visit to the stunning Kocevje region where we are joined by a local wildlife guide to learn about the wolves and bears that inhabit the pristine forests. Depending on snow levels, we will snowshoe to track wolves or enjoy winter walking in the virgin forest Rajhenavski Rog and to the 55m tall Queen of Rog fir tree, over 500 years old.



The warmer side of our adventure sees us head into the famous Brda wine making region, to taste the local wine and prosciutto, learning about the winemaking industry and the remarkable WW1 history of the area. Numerous battles were fought between the Austro Hungarian and Italian forces along the border between modern day Slovenia & Italy, with tragic and extensive losses. As you stand in the Peace Park at Sabotin Hill, with its far reaching views across both countries, it is hard to believe all that occurred here over 100 years ago.



Staying in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels, and small guesthouses with en-suite bedrooms, we also escape to enjoy the thrill of a night in the mountains above Bohinj lake, with spectacular panoramic views.

Highlights

  • Walking tour of Ljubljana

  • Wine tasting in Brda

  • Snowshoeing in Triglav National Park

  • Wolf tracking / learn about the bears in Kocevje forests

  • Explore Lake Bohinj and Skocjan Caves

  • Authentic and comfortable boutique hotels & guesthouses

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival Into Ljubljana

Location: Ljubljana

Accommodation Name: 3 star 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.Overnight: Hotel BB Park - the first eco-hotel in the capital

Day 2: Tour Of Ljubljana

Location: Ljubljana

Accommodation Name: 3 star 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 central restaurant and absorb the relaxed vibe of this small capital city. Overnight: Hotel BB Park - the first eco-hotel in the capital

Day 3: Snowshoeing In Bohinj

Location: Bohinj

Accommodation Name: 4 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we leave the city and head into the majestic Julian Alps (1hr 30). Our destination is the lakeside town Bohinj in Northwest Slovenia which lies within Triglav National Park, named after the highest peak in the country: Triglav at 2863m. Renowned for its breathtakingly pristine blue-green glacial lake, it makes the perfect base for us at the start of our adventure. Agatha Christie, when asked once during an interview, if she could make the valley a scene for one of her murder mysteries, she said: "Bohinj is too beautiful for murder".On arrival we check in to our hotel and get ready for our first foray into the mountains; on snowshoes! Not a problem if you are new to snowshoeing, it is very easy to pick up and the most tranquil and fun way to explore the snowy woods and trails of the area. We will be snowshoeing at a gentle pace for around 3 hours, on terrain to suit the group, accompanied by an experienced snowshoeing guide, and with the hire of the snowshoeing equipment included.Overnight: Hotel Bohinj

Day 4: Hiking To Mt Vogar And Savica Waterfall

Location: Bohinj

Accommodation Name: 4 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

We walk (around 6km) up from Bohinj today to a wonderful spot above the northern shore of the lake, Mt Vogar (1054m). It is a peak ridge that affords tremendous views in all directions with two popular viewpoints and is well worth the 500m ascent on a fairly steep trail in places. Found at the top of the first viewpoint, is Kosijev dom na Vogarjua hiking cottage serving drinks and snacks (weather dependent). After lunch we walk alongside the lake from Ukanc to Slovenia's most famous waterfalls: Savica, renowned for its A shaped pool of bright emerald hue. At 78m high, its watercourse is fed from Arno Lake, one of the seven lakes in the Triglav mountain valley and continues its flow into Lake Bohinj. We spend a second night in Bohinj this evening.Overnight: Hotel Bohinj

Day 5: Hike From Bohinj To Komna

Location: Bohinj

Accommodation Name: Mountain refuge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave on an adventure within an adventure this morning: a night in Dom na Komni mountain refuge up at 1527m, and above the snowline. There is little to compare the the serenity of sleeping in a mountain refuge - nestled properly into the majestic peaks, with no light or sound pollution and stunning sunsets and sunrises. The hut was built in 1936 (though it has been re-built and renovated many times since then) and offers magnificent long views down into Bohinj and across the lake as well as the rugged summits of Pdrta gore group, and the summits above the Valley of Triglav lakes. Our route up to Komna begins at Koca pri Savici and will take us around 3 hours if there is no snow on the ground, or a little longer if we encounter snow. You will need to bring crampons with you that fit onto our hiking boots to safely hike over some sections of snow, depending on the weather. It is not technical ground, or difficult walking but the crampons, which are simple to fit, will give you good grip on snow. Mini crampons will be sufficient - see our packing list suggestions or email us for more information.Accommodation tonight will be in dormitories but it is likely our group will have their own room or 2 depending on the group size. Blankets and single use sheets are provided but you need to bring a towel with you. Warm showers are available when there is sufficient water (weather dependent).Overnight: Koca na Konmi or similar

Day 6: Back To Bohinj And Wine Tasting In Brda

Location: Brda

Accommodation Name: 3 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave the tranquility of the Komna plateau and return to picturesque Bohinj to pick up our belongings and head south, into the Brda region. We break our 2hr 30 journey at Sabotin Hill Peace Park (609m) on the border between Slovenia and Italy, for incredible far reaching views over both countries. The walking path we take (4kms, 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 the many First World War battles and tragic losses for which this area has become known.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 this evening in a picturesque local village, surrounded by vineyards.Overnight: Hotel San Martin or similar

Day 7: Karst

Location: Vila Friuli Karst (Kras)

Accommodation Name: 3 star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Karst is a plateau region that extends across the border of southwestern Slovenia and Northeastern Italy, and the western edge of the plateau makes the traditional ethnic border between Italians and Slovenia. It was here that scientists first explained numerous karst features (landscapes with underlying limestone, eroded by dissolution, which produces ridges, towers, fissures, sinkholes and other characteristic landforms).Leaving Brda this morning, we enjoy a mid-morning 'snack' with some Prosciutto tasting, before a hike to Kokoska Hill (gentle walk of around 1hr). After lunch (at the hut on Kokoska hill or in Lokev) we 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.Tonight we stay in the small town of Lokev.Overnight: Hisa Krasna 

Day 8: Kocevje

Location: Kocevje

Accommodation Name: Guest house

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave the Karst area of Slovenia for the mystical forest landscapes of Kocevje, listed, together with the Krokar primeval forest, as another UNESCO's World Heritage site. This is the domain of the Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) and Gray Wolf (Canis Lupus) so, depending on snow levels, we will be wolf tracking or looking for evidence of bears (they will be hibernating), with a local wildlife expert. Snow is more abundant here than elsewhere in Slovenia lending a magical ambiance to the pristine forests, shrouded in white. Expect amazing opportunities for photography and an opportunity to learn about the woodland wildlife and how responsible tourism is supporting the conservation of the area. Until the 13th Century, the Kocevje region was too inaccessible to be colonised: due to the vast fir and beech forests, harsh climate, karst features and poor soil fertility. In the 1330s the area was passed to Gottschee Germans from Tyrol and Carinthia who lived here and passed down their cultural traditions, and language for more than 600 years. With the end of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1918, Gottschee became part of the new kingdom of Yugoslavia and became an ethnic minority island in a large Slavic state. We stay in the area's principal town: Kocevje, tonight in a bed and breakfast with ensuite bedrooms.Overnight: Farm House to be confirmed, depending the number of people.

Day 9: Return To Ljubljana To Depart

Location: Ljubljana

Meals Included: Breakfast

We transfer as a group back to Ljubljana airport for flights home (1hr 10mins). Independent airport transfers are possible for those arriving outside of the group transfer (€120).

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation as detailed

  • Fully Guided

    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, ensuring you are in excellent hands and that you have access to local knowledge. You will be joined by a wildlife guide for your woodland walk in Kocevje.

  • Meals

    Meals as detailed

What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

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

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

    As detailed in Itinerary.

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

    Your itinerary involves hiking on snow and snowshoeing at altitude (up toxxxm). You will encounter some rough terrain, but will be following well defined paths. Gradients will be steep at time and you may be ascending and descending on snow so mini crampons are essential to bring with you (see packing list). You will be walking for 3 - 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. You do not need to have used snowshoes or crampons before, though you need to bring crampons with you that fit your walking boots. 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 standard of the hotels on this tour?

    As detailed in Itinerary.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The max group size is 8 people.

  • 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, ensuring you are in excellent hands and that you have access to local knowledge. You will be joined by a wildlife guide for your woodland walk in Kocevje.

  • 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).

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, Airport transfer are not included in this tour.

  • 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.

  • 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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