Lake Bled at dawn, Slovenia

Slovenia

The sunny side of the Alps is perhaps Europe’s best kept secret: discover it before everyone finds out

Adventure Holidays in Slovenia

Introducing Slovenia. One of Europe’s newest – and least visited – countries, the northernmost province of the former Yugoslavia is a small but beautiful place. There’s an amazingly diverse array of scenery, with the ragged ribbons of the Julian Alps running through it; the dark and ancient forests of the Triglav National Park; fabulous gothic churches; and an indisputable vibrancy of colour. Also found here are the crystal clear waters of lakes Bled and Bohinj, and a second major mountain range, the Karavanke Mountains.

Here you can gently walk in and around the foothills, or take on a much tougher challenge trekking in the highlands. The rivers provide a perfect location for water-based activity holidays, with kayaking, rafting and hydrospeeding. And then there’s rock climbing, mountaineering, cycling and canyoning. And when you’re feeling hungry after a full day’s activity, food here is hearty: surrounded by the Mediterranean, Italy, Austria and Hungary, it’s a delightful culinary mix.

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Highlights of Slovenia

Slovenia is a haven for lovers of the natural world. The third most forested country in Europe is home to one of the biggest brown bear populations in the wild, and the crystal-clear waters of the Soca River lure many thrill seekers to its banks for adventures in its rapids and ravines, from whitewater rafting to canyoning.

Lake Bled: a glacial lake in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. High above the tree line, the lakes reflect the white shards of karst-like rock in the mirror-like waters.

The Julian Alps: Named after the conquering emperor Julius Caesar, these limestone peaks rule this corner of Europe, their jagged peaks forming a rocky crown against the sky. It’s possible to spend a day here and not bump into another trekker all day.

Triglav: At 2,864m it’s Slovenia’s highest peak, and ever since the first recorded climb in 1778 reaching the summit has been regarded as a rite of passage for Slovenians. Indeed, some of the world’s most famous mountaineers and alpinists hail from this area.

The Soca River: On the banks of the Soca River, the small town of Kobarid is a mecca for adventure seekers. Running down from the Julian Alps, the crystal-clear waters offer ideal conditions for a variety of adventurous activities. Here you can enjoy whitewater rafting, canyoning and kayaking, as well as mountain biking and there’s one of Europe’s largest and most thrilling zip-lines, high above the valley floor.

Lake Bohinj: Lake Bohinj lies between Bohinj's mountains, which rise from 1,600 to 2,000 meters, and is Slovenia`s largest glacial lake. It is 4.2 kilometres long, one kilometre wide, and forty-five meters deep.

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We offer a range of self-guided walking and cycling adventures. We’ll take care of your luggage, supply detailed route notes, information about points of interest, help with translations, and details of cafés and restaurants. You’re free to travel at your own pace, so there’s always time for a paddle in the sea or detour to that vineyard…

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