Slovenia Family Mixed Activity week

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Trip code: 
FAVQ
Ways to Travel:
Family Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Min age:
13
Group size:
4–16

Enjoy an action-packed centre-based holiday

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.

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 advance canyoning

Key information

  • 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

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Equipment hire

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Venice; transfer to 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

    Free morning; return to Ljubljana; fly to London.

    A free morning for last minute adrenaline or relaxation; transfer to Ljubljana; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

Slovenia

Most European nationals, and nationals of Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada do not require a visa for Slovenia.

Vaccinations

Slovenia

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and 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. 

 

Weather

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.

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. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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. 

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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