Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia

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4.5 / 5 from 17 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
TVL
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
6–16
Min age:
16

Walk in the heart of the peaceful Julian Alps

The Julian Alps are the most easterly extension of the great Alpine Range. The jagged limestone peaks hold some of Europe's best scenery and walking, with Mount Triglav (the highest in Slovenia) at the centre of the range, and the glacial lakes of Bohinj and Bled far below. During the week we will enjoy five varied walks, both inside the national park and on the more distant peaks of the beautiful Karavanke Range. Taking in beautiful wild meadows, along the shores of the lakes, through thick forest and across wild open mountain ridges. 

Highlights

  • Discover the Triglav National Park and Karavanke Mountain Range
  • Varied day walks in the mountains and forests
  • Free day to explore Lake Bled, or historic Ljubljana
  • Traditional 19th century alpine pension

Key information

  • 7 nights family run pension with en suite facilities
  • 5 days centre-based walking, 1 free day 
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 1835m, average 1000m
  • Travel by private minibus

 

  • Countries visited: Slovenia

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners 
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for tailor made 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.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Moderate: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 216.0km/9.9miles
Day 312.0km/7.6miles
Day 414.0km/8.7miles
Day 612.0km/7.5miles
Day 712.0km/7.5miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Ljubljana; transfer to Radovljica

    Late afternoon arrival at our pension in Radovljica, just 20 minutes north east of the capital, Ljubljana. This is our base for the whole week. 

    Pension Kunstelj or similar 

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    A day exploring the local area direct from the pension

    After breakfast we enjoy a walk direct from the pension to explore our surroundings. The historic town of Radovljica dates back as far as 1296 sitting on the confluence of the Sava Bohinjka and the Sava Dolinka. The old town is full of traditional inns, galleries, churches and surrounded by the largest medieval moats in the country.

    The local area is extremely pretty, dotted with small churches, quaint villages, lush forests and a beautiful river. Our leader will decide the exact route depending on the weather, but walking to Lake Bled is our most likely route, a perfect warm up through gentle rolling farm land and pretty villages.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Hike into the Martuljek Gorge, visiting two stunning waterfalls along the route

    Starting at the small village of Gozd Martuljek we are rewarded with a breathtaking panorama of the Špik mountain range. One of the most beautiful mountains in the Julian Alps, Mount Špik - 2472m is known at the Slovenian Matterhorn and its pyramid summit dominates the Martuljek range.

    Leaving the valley our forest trail takes us into Martuljek Gorge, here we slowly start our ascent following the stream, where we arrive at the Lower Fall, cascading down to the valley. The trail snakes its way through the forest where we arrive at our rest stop and enjoy the view. Lipovceva Hut has a lovely setting and is known for its open natural kitchen with delicious home-made mountain soups and juices, made from pine, elderflower and berries.

    From here we head up to the stunning Higher Falls, passing a monument dedicated to Slovenian climbers. This is a lovely walk into the gorge, suitable in all weathers and offering some fine views of two beautiful waterfalls.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    A picturesque walk in the Karavanke Mountain Range, to the peak of Golica

    The Karavanke Mountains are the natural and official border between central and Western Europe where Slovenia, Austria and Italy meet. The ranges position has a great effect on Slovenia's climate - hence the soft south Slovene side in comparison to the harsh northern side in Austria. Here you can also find an abundance of alpine fauna and flora, with over 1200 different plant species, as well as having wonderful views into two naturally contrasting countries. We aim for Golica (1836m), part of the longest ridge in Slovenia (120km) and one of the least travelled trails in the area.

  • Day 5

    Free day for optional activities including horse-riding, rafting, visiting Bled or the capital, Ljubljana

    Radovljica itself has plenty of possibilities for the rest day. Alternatively, it's a short bus ride to Lake Bled - here rowing boats and canoes can be hired. Others may wish to take the public bus further into the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Another popular alternative is the Postojna Cave Park, home to one of the largest cave systems in Europe.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Gentle, but pretty hike around the shores of Lake Bohinj

    Today’s walk is flat, but incredibly scenic. This circular walk takes in the whole of the lake and the pretty village of Ribcav Laz with the famous church of St John the Baptist. There are open views all the way to Mt Triglav - Slovenia's highest mountain and fabulous views of the surrounding mountains. Lake Bohinj is surrounded by a ring of mountains so even though you are in the valley there is plenty to see.

    An alternative route today takes us through the Mostnica Gorge, this route is more likely if the weather is not so good as it's less exposed.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Day walking on the Pokljuka Plateau

    The beautiful forested area of Pokljuka, visible from Lake Bled, is a stunning area, virtually uninhabited, it is a wild wilderness of alpine cows, pastures, shepherds huts, forest trails and some lovely open views of the surrounding peaks. Time stands still on Pokljuka enabling wild flowers to flourish, the flora and fauna of the high plateau is unique to this area and bird life is in abundance. The area has rich variety of trails with many possibilities for the day’s hike. Our guide will decide on the exact route depending on the group's ability during the week and weather.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Ljubljana, fly to London.

    The morning is free for us to relax at our base or by the lakeside of Bled. Before departing for the airport.

    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.

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

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Slovenia

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 3 dinners included.

The location where the group will have their 3rd dinner will be decided on tour according to the groups preferences.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast with tea, coffee, cereal, bread and a selection of meats and cheeses, jams and yoghurt.

Lunch: Will usually be in a local hut in the mountains. Options can be limited, but all meals are cooked from scratch using fresh local ingredients, and will include hearty soups and juice made from wild berries and elderflower.

Evening meal: This will consist of 3 courses. The main dishes can be: risotto, cheese dishes, fish, spaghetti and grilled meat. The guesthouse uses delicious salads and vegetables from the gardens as well as other locally sourced produce. 3 dinners at the pension are included, for the other nights you're free to enjoy the local restaurants in Radovljica.

Vegetarians are well catered for, but please let Exodus know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

Weather

Slovenia has a mixed alpine climate with summer temperatures in the range of 18 to 25ºC. In the mountains cool mornings are normally followed by warm pleasant days, with temperatures in the Alps being ideal for walking. During summer months afternoon showers of rain cool down the humidity, giving way to clear skies and pleasant temperatures.

Is this trip for you?

All walks will be on well maintained paths, although some may be have loose stones underfoot. Each day there will be some ascent and descent (maximum of 700m, average of 500m). Generally you should expect to walk between 4 to 6 hours a day, plus stops.  

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.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for tailor made 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

Pension Kunstelj - 2 Star

You will spend 7 nights in the 2 star Pension Kunstelj, all rooms have en suite facilities. The pension is located near the crystal clear River Sava in Slovenia's most protected historical town - Radovljica, with plenty of local restaurants and bars nearby for the night’s when dinner is not included. The large terrace has spectacular alpine views across the valley to the surrounding peaks, including Triglav in the far distance.
To the rear of the property is the large vegetable plot, where you can see staff picking fruit and salads for dinner in the evening. The family also keep bees, whose honey is sold locally.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for tailor made 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.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2019
    Helen French

    Hiking in Beautiful Slovenia-don't miss it.

    Slovenia is friendly place with unspoilt scenery in the lakes and mountains of the Julian Alps. The group of 15 members of wide age range from UK,USA and Canada gelled really quickly Five days of varied walks including low level at lake Bled and two different mountain ascents to 1800m and 2000m. All at a steady pace and achieved by all the group members. We had hearty soups and delicious strudels at rustic mountain refuges. The base in Radovljica was central family run hotel conveniently located in the old town.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the hill on the Poljuka Plateau with views of Triglav mountain and into Austria.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Katija and Alaj were a great team both with good sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do some hiking in your local hills before you do the trip.
  • Reviewed June 2019
    Gordon Brown

    Lakes & Mountains of Slovenia

    Brilliant walking holiday (my first with Exodus) with some challenging walks and a group of 15 that got on so well with each other.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of BRDA with spectacular views of the Julian Alps

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had 2 group leaders who were highly professional and experts in their field.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Put your trust in the walk leaders and you will not go wrong.
  • Reviewed June 2019
    Jacky Wilson

    Beautiful country

    Slovenia is beautiful - clean, green, unspoilt, with beautiful lakes, waterfalls and mountains. The hotel is great with excellent evening meals and lovely views.Rooms are spacious with a really good shower and comfortable bed. The staff are very friendly. Radovljica is an excellent base for the week - the old town is pretty with a few decent restaurants, an ice cream shop (!) and regular buses to Bled, Ljubljana etc. Buses are cheap.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the viewpoint above Lake Bled and taking in that stunning view. Admiring the thundering waterfalls and flower-filled meadows

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bugy and Aleš were expert mountain guides and a good laugh.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A short city break in Ljubljana before the week’s walking starts is highly recommended - say from the Thursday. You’ll be too tired afterwards! Take poles! If you can fit in two pairs, both lightweight shoes and boots with ankle support are useful. Boots are essential. The easy (lake) walks really are easy and the harder (mountain) walks really are hard, harder than other Level 3 holidays I have been on. Three of the walks aren’t great if you’re not good with heights.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was quite expensive compared to other holidays as no picnics were provided and only 3 dinners. On all other Exodus holidays, We have had picnics provided. Mountain huts serve soup, or soup, or soup and you’ll pay around €10 for, er, soup - and a drink. I guess the idea is to support the guys running the mountain huts, which is fine, but beware the additional budget needed. I really wish the hardest walk wasn’t planned for the last day on Exodus trips. ! By the last day people are a little tired and may be carrying a few niggling aches and pains. An easier day to wind down would be better.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Karla Bascaran

    Slovenia mountain and lakes

    Very beautiful nice hikes would rather not have rest day trip to short.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Slovenia is a very beautiful country very clean

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    No

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No rest day
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Mary Bambrough

    A clean, green, mountainous country.

    Loved the airy, uncrowded mountain walks with profuse meadow flowers and views of rocky pinnacles. The two lakes were also incredibly picturesque and not spoilt. We enjoyed the family-run accommodation, food and wine as well. The day in Ljubljana was enjoyable (despite pouring rain) but I personally enjoyed the small town with its church, old houses, bee-keeping museum, wine merchant and ice cream parlour just as much.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Suddenly coming upon a fabulous mountain view after a steep walk up through meadows.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two very assured and competent leaders. They knew their patch very well. I felt I was in safe hands at all times whether they were leading walks or driving us, and when they suggested a variation to a walk they were right. They also had a good sense of humour. They worked hard at the various huts, taking our orders and bringing them, to avoid potential language problems.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walks are not difficult overall in terms of length and terrain, but do be prepared for some steep gradients from time to time on the mountain days. They are well worth it but require quite a lot of puff!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We particularly liked the recommended wine-tasting with ham and cheese-board at the local wine merchant.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Peter Norris

    Slovenia - yes; Exodus - maybe

    This was part of a first trip to Slovenia. I'd definitely return. Whether I'd go with Exodus is another matter. The pluses: the base (Radovljica) is a very pleasant town. I'm glad we were there rather than Bled, which is on the cusp of getting over-touristed. The hotel (to which we were transferred three days before the holiday) was good (probably better than the first choice). Generally, I liked the food. Less good: I was a little disappointed with the balance of the walks (though because I was unwell I ducked out of one day that might have been spectacular). Two waterfall walks were pleasant but rather similar to each other. A walk around Lake Bled was taken in the company of hundreds of others. I'd have liked at least one day walking from the hotel rather than driving to somewhere allegedly more spectacular.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing chamois at nearly 2000 metres. Or maybe they were ibex. We asked one of our guides which they were but, rather than taking a dozen steps and looking at them, she asked whether they had long horns. Subsequent research indicates that female ibex and chamois have similar horns.....

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two leaders. They led us efficently, sorted out lunchtime bills without fuss, were prompt and personable. They obviously have a great love for Slovenia and nature, but what I found frustrating in retrospect is that they said very little about the flora and landscape we were walking through, and the animals and birds we might see. Possibly this is a language issue, though their English was good (and, of course, far better than anybody's Slovenian).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We joined the holiday at the end of a week's cycling in Slovenia. We had liaiased with the Exodus office to ensure that we arrived in time for the introductory briefing, which necessitated leaving the Slovenian coast earlier than we might have otherwise. We were told the briefing would be at 7.30. We arrived in the dining room for the briefing at 7.10, to find everyone else seated, waiting for their first course, the briefing over. Not a great way to start, and easily avoidable as we'd been at our hotel since 3 pm. We were asked to be ready for the minibus at 8.30 or 9 each day. Sometimes the activity was finished by 3 pm. I'd have been happy with an earlier start and finish. This didn't seem to be negotiable.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Pauline leeson

    A country of mountains, lakes and rivers

    good walking. great company. we had lovely weather although it does rain a lot.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in Lake Bled and everyone making it to the top of the mountain on the last day. Priceless!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Budgie and Alex were excellent. very experienced walkers. gave us all a lot of confidence in their ability to lead the group and keep everyone safe. there were also a lot of laughs. great skill at helping group to gel ad get the best out of everyone regardless of their ability. We also had lessons on the geography, history, politics and culture of Slovenia. immensely enjoyable and very interesting.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    get yourself fit so that you get the most out of the walking. and bring a swimming costume.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    beautiful green country. go there before it is spoilt!
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Neil Rank

    Another excellent Exodus holiday

    Slovenia is a lovely country with lovely people - helpful and friendly. I can but pass on the advice given to me which was “go before it gets too popular”. An important factor in making the holiday is the Leaders and the Group. In both instances they were excellent. Walks are well planned and whilst some previous posts have commented re lunching in restaurants rather than a packed lunch, I preferred the former, which, with one exception, are not restaurants but mountain lodges. All helps the local economy. Weather can be changeable but aside from our Lake Bled day, we enjoyed good weather. When it rains, it rains.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking along the ridge which marks the Border between Slovenia and Austria. The trip to the capital on the free day is also very enjoyable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two Bugy (or Boogie Woogie as he is more affectionately known) and Alesh. Both are excellent guides with a great sense of humour. Very attentive and caring.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go before the country gets discovered. Be prepared for changeable weather.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel is good - no frills but clean with friendly staff - but the Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating as the weather can impact on its reliability.
  • Reviewed November 2016

    Lakes and Mountainsee trip

    This was my first Exodus trip and I loved it! The guides were hilarious, friendly and knowledgeable. The accommodation had amazing views, good food and cheap booze. The walks were all different and had breathtaking views. I never realised how beautiful Slovenia is. I would fully recommend this trip if you like walking, good food and good views.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the lakes.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent!
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Caroline Convery

    Slovenia walking

    Relaxing and enjoyable walking in Slovenia although would have preferred only one day of walking on the flat around a lake rather than two. Accommodation good but surprised all lunches taken in restaurants and not as a packed lunch.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ridge walk Meeting my fellow walkers - all lovely people

    What did you think of your group leader?

    very friendly and pleasant

Dates & Prices

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

Email your query: [email protected]

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