Slovenia Family Mixed Activity Week Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Family Group, Tailormade Adventures
Destinations:
Slovenia
Programmes:
Family
Trip Code:
FAVQ
Moderate
Moderate

Moderate trips are more challenging for a number of different reasons, which can be found in trip notes for specific itineraries. Things to consider are the amount of physical activity that can be expected and the length of time children will be expected to engage for. If there’s more travel and less downtime on a trip, it’ll fall into this category. As will multi-centre trips and those in extreme climates.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Designed for: Ages 13-16
Also for: Ages 13-16

Trip Overview

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. Five different activities are included; on the river, we'll enjoy whitewater rafting, canyoning and kayaking, and on land we'll try mountain biking and one of Europe’s largest and most thrilling zip-lines, high above the valley floor. Full instruction and supervision is provided by an expert local team who ease you through these exciting and thrilling activities.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights hotel in en suite rooms
  • 6 days whitewater rafting, canyoning, kayaking, mountain biking and zip lining
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Designed for ages 13 to 16
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus

Trip Highlights

  • An action-packed week with a great range of activities
  • Try whitewater rafting, canyoning and mountain biking
  • Ride one of Europe's longest and fastest zip lines
  • Further optional activities; including paragliding

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is graded Level 3, moderate. It is Designed for ages 13 to 16. When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, the pace — how busy an itinerary is — and the level of activity involved.

This trip gives you the chance to try different activities such as whitewater rafting, canyoning, mountain biking and riding one of the longest zip lines in Europe. As with all our mixed activity trips, no previous experience of any of our activities is required for this holiday. However, to enjoy this trip to the full, a fair level of fitness and a 'have a go' attitude is required. 

The activities are normally scheduled for half day, offering the chance to rest and recuperate.

Basing our stay in the small resort town of Kobarid gives us access to all sections of the river. Water levels vary throughout the season, but as the river has different sections, both rough and calmer, it is always possible to choose a stretch of river according to the activity and the experience level of the group. 

Off the water, our day mountain biking will be challenging, but not too strenuous. The guide will vary the route depending on the group. There will be a mixture of on and off-road terrain. Zipline Slovenia is one of Europe's largest and fastest zip lines and is included as it's been such a popular optional activity in the past. The line is divided into smaller sections, so if there is a part you don't want to do, you can be collected and taken off. But there is no way of rejoining the group. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

On this trip the main tour leader will not be with the group 24 hours a day but is available in the evening and at specific pre-agreed times throughout the week. Additional guides/instructors will be provided for all activities.

Adult min age:
17
Child min age:
13

Child max age:

16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Kobarid

    Arrive in Venice and transfer to Kobarid (approximately 2 hours), arriving late evening.

  • Day 2

    Morning whitewater rafting; afternoon hike (optional).

    This morning we head on to the river for rafting in 8-man vessels. Basic instruction is given at the beginning of the trip on how to steer and propel the craft. Paddling is compulsory, as the raft must be moving in the water for the guide to be able to steer a course through the rapids. The first part is mild and there is a stop on the riverbank and a chance for a swim. The second part becomes a little rougher and the rafting really starts. The run is usually 10 kilometres.

    After lunch there is a hike in the countryside around the village. However, you may choose to stay behind and relax at the hotel.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    Morning canyoning; free afternoon for optional water based activities.

    Today we aim for a half-day of canyoning. The Susec canyon is the usual destination, and after donning the appropriate clothing (wetsuits and helmets), we hike up to the entry point. The first few drops are gentle and instruction is given as to how to descend. On one of the larger falls, you will be lowered down with a rope. If the water level is too high in the canyons, or the forecast unpredictable, we will enjoy a further day of activities back on the river, with the group free to choose what they take part in.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    A full day kayaking on the river (various grades).

    Whitewater kayakers travel from all over the world to enjoy the Soca River, which hosted the European Kayak Championships in May 2002. The Soca Valley has also become a very popular place to learn this exciting sport. Whitewater kayaks are short, light and manoeuvrable. You will be equipped with a helmet, spraydeck (skirt) and life jacket. Competent kayakers perform rolls to turn themselves upright after capsizing: those who can't roll can release themselves from the kayak and swim ashore, or wait to be assisted by the instructor. The first session will take place in a pool or in calm water, where you will learn to release yourself and the basics of the roll. You will also be taught the basic paddle stroke. There will be one instructor for every 8 kayakers and instruction will be given for 2 hours in the morning with a further 2 hours in the afternoon, after a well-deserved lunch break. 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day for further optional activities, including paragliding.

    You can relax on the hotel veranda, hire mountain bikes or try tandem paragliding. The early evening is often the best time for paragliding and, conditions allowing, we can arrange a flight. There should also be more time for flying after the activities, or on the morning of departure. Kobarid is also home to an award-winning WW1 museum. It tells the soldiers stories from the trenches and also has some exhibits of Ernest Hemingway who served in the area at the time. His novel 'A Farewell to Arms' is based on his experiences in this region. In the evening you can choose to eat in one of the restaurants in the town. We recommend the Hisa Franko, a delightful family-run restaurant serving award-winning food in a picturesque setting. 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Morning mountain biking around the Nadiza or Soca River; free afternoon.

    Off the water today and onto two wheels, for a mountain bike ride through the Slovenian countryside. Depending on the group's ability we will take routes either long the Soca or Nadiza River, along bumpy tracks and through dense pine forest. We are guided up until lunchtime as the activity lasts about 4 hours. After that, you are free to use the bikes for the rest of the day free of charge. 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 7

    Morning at Zipline Slovenia; free afternoon.

    This morning we take a 30-minute transfer to Zipline Slovenia, one of Europe's largest, longest and highest zip line parks. We fly down five wires in total, up to 700 metres in length, reaching speeds of 60km/h. The views of the Julian Alps, Isonzo River and Bovec Valley are simply breathtaking.

    After all that excitement, we return to Kobarid, for a more gentle free afternoon.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Kobarid.

    A free morning for last minute adrenaline or relaxation.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel Gostisce Jazbec

You will spend each night in the Hotel Gostisce Jazbec. The property, just outside the centre of Kobarid is a small family run hotel with 13 en suite rooms equipped with TV and safe. The hotel also features a small fitness room and games room and internet facilities are available. The restaurant offers traditional Slovenian cuisine, which can be enjoyed on the front terrace with lovely views of the village and mountains beyond. 

 

Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can't guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Accommodation - Pre trip

 Pre-tour accommodation available in Kobarid on request.

Accommodation - Post trip

 Post-tour accommodation available in Kobarid on request.

Single supplement from £120.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts and 6 dinners are included.

Slovenian cuisine is a mix of Central European (mostly Austrian and Hungarian), Mediterranean and Balkan food. One pot dishes such as Rict and Istrian stew are popular and worth seeking out. Prekmurska is a typical layered pastry from the region.

Vegetarians are well catered for, but due to the large quantity of dairy product used in Slovenian cuisine, vegans may struggle a little. 

 

Transportation

For the airport transfers and transfers to and from the activities we will use private minibuses.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Like much of the Alps, Slovenia has mixed mountain weather in the summer; generally clear, dry and sunny, but with some build up of cloud in the afternoon, and the chance of rain at any time. This usually falls as afternoon thunderstorms, rather than prolonged wet periods. Average daily maximum temperatures will be around 25-30 ºC in July and August, and cooler late and earlier in the season.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 Days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

There are alternative flight options from regional airports (Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester…) Please ask our Sales team for more information. 

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Kobarid

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Kobarid in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

We strongly recommend you aim to join the group transfer from Venice Airport.

Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 2 pm.

 

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Kobarid
Location end:
Kobarid

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Daypack
  • Warm jacket and waterproofs
  • Swimsuits
  • Trainers
  • Compact travel towel
  • Sun protection (hat, cream and glasses)

We recommend people with contact lenses to bring their glasses and a security strap.

Wetsuits, helmets, lifejackets and wetsuit boots (where necessary) are provided.

At time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 23kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

Reading List

Lonely Planet Mark Baker(2013) Latest updated edition for Slovenia

A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway (1929)

Practical Information

Visa

Slovenia

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Slovenia

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Slovenia's Timezone:
Europe/Ljubljana CET (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

Slovenia's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins.

Money

Slovenia's Currency

The national currency of Slovenia is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

ATM Availability

There is a cash point available in Kobarid, however we would recommend taking some local currency with you.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Allow up to €5‐10 per day to purchase your packed lunch which can be purchased from the hotel or one of the supermarkets.

Optional Activities

Tandem paragliding: €130
Mountain biking trip: €35 ‐ €45

Advanced Canyoning: €85 (please check that your insurance will cover this)

Other optional activities are available and prices will be confirmed locally.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.