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Ever been to Slovenia? No? You have to go! If not for the pristine nature, rolling pastures, and sapphire lakes, then for—Ana Roš. The 2017 World’s Best Female Chef heads a 3-star Michelin restaurant that will make your taste buds forever grateful. But that’s not all we’ll get to enjoy. Slovenia is the best kept Alpine secret for a reason. We’ll stroll through fragrant vineyards of Goriška Brda, explore the rugged peaks of Triglav National Park, and relax above glacial Lake Bled—with an unforgettable view of a small church island emerging from the water. And then there’s food. More food. From local farms to upscale restaurants, we’ll be tasting Kočevje honey, Bled custard-cream cake, or Karst prosciutto, paired with exquisite wines and, of course, some stellar views.

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  • World’s finest dining

    We’ll dine in a 3-star Michelin restaurant lead by Ana Roš, featured in Netflix’s Chef’s Table

  • Spectacular alpine scenery

    We’ll enjoy the breathtaking vistas of Triglav National Park, rising to impressive 9,396 ft

  • Adventure for all the senses

    Don’t miss a thing, from picture-perfect views and hikes, to unforgettable local dishes

Itinerary

They say getting to know the country without knowing its food and ways of life is not complete. Your guides know this, so they put together a 8-day hiking tour of Slovenia with daily tastings of the country’s cuisine. You’ll explore the varied landscapes of the Julian Alps, from rocky peaks and lush alpine meadows to crystal clear lakes and hidden waterfalls. Whether you’re sleeping in a farmhouse or a mountain hut, you’ll feel in sync with nature and get to know the traditional way of life. If you want a feast for the eyes and the stomach, venturing to Slovenia is your best bet!

  • Arrive to Ljubljana and check into your room. Use the day to explore the city: walk along the river banks, discover bridges, explore the historical city center, or visit the colorful marketplace. See the Ljubljana Castle and admire the city from the Outlook Tower. In the evening, you’ll have a welcome dinner with traditional Slovenian food.
    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ljubljana

    Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia.
  • First stop of the trip is Lake Bled, a picture-perfect lake with a small island in the middle of it with a church and a castle. A good start to hiking will be traversing the spectacular Bled Vintgar Gorge, a narrow canyon with an emerald river coursing through. Don’t miss out on the Bled custard-cream cake, the local specialty. Continue on to the glacial Lake Bohinj in a peaceful alpine valley, located in the heart of the Triglav National Park.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Distance: 2.5 miles (4km)
    Hiking: 2.5 hours
    Elevation gain: 692 ft (211m)
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pokljuka or Bohinj

    View of Lake Bled in Slovenia.
  • After a hearty breakfast, you’ll start your 3-day hut-to-hut hiking adventure in the heart of Triglav National Park. Walk past shepherds’ cottages and pass through lush meadows of the charming alpine pastures. Continue on rocky terrain to mountain ridges that offer some of the best views of Slovenian Alps. Spend the night in a quaint mountain hut encircled by surrounding peaks.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Distance: 5 miles (8km)
    Hiking: 5 hours
    Elevation gain: 3,609 ft (1,100m)
    Accommodation: Mountain hut

    Sheep in Triglav National Park.
  • Go into the Valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes—traverse along the mountain trail, connecting 7 lakes in a verdant, high-altitude alpine valley. Touring Triglav will help you see why it’s also called the Kingdom of the Golden Horn, a source of pride for all Slovenians. Spend the night in a cozy mountain hut, just next to one of the lakes.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Distance: 4.6 miles (7.5km)
    Hiking: 6 hours
    Elevation: +778 ft (237m), -2,306 ft (703m)
    Accommodation: Mountain hut

    A lone hut by a lake in Triglav National Park, Slovenia.
  • Leave the rocky terrain and highest peaks behind and enter the land of alpine pastures. On the walk back, you’ll enjoy incredible views of the Bohinj area. Stop at one of the typical shepherd huts you’ll walk past, and taste traditional Slovenian delights. Continue on to Lake Jasna, a turquoise lake surrounded by jaggy peaks, where you’ll have time to take a dip. End the day with a tasty Slovenian dinner.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Distance: 4 miles (6.6km)
    Hiking: 5 hours
    Elevation loss: 1,765 ft (538m)
    Accommodation: Hotel in Kranjska Gora

    Lake Jasna in Slovenia
  • The scenic mountain road will take you to Vršič Pass at 5,331 ft (1,625m), from where you’ll hike through rocky terrain to Sleme Peak. After lunch at a mountain hut, continue driving into the unspoilt Soča River Valley and explore the historical Kobarid town. The evening is reserved for a gastronomic experience—relish the slow food dinner prepared by Ana Ros, World’s Best Female Chef for 2017, at her restaurant Hiša Franko with two Michelin stars, one of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2021.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Distance: 4 miles (6km)
    Hiking: 3 hours
    Elevation gain: 1,148 ft (350m)
    Accommodation: Hotel or farmhouse (Kobarid)

    Soča River Valley in Slovenia.
  • Follow the path near the Soča River and reach the hidden Kozjak Waterfalls and its pool. Visit the WW1 Museum in the area and learn about its history. Continue along a route to Slovenia’s winegrowing region of Goriška Brda and marvel at the land of gently rolling hills covered with orchards and vineyards. You’ll have time to swim in the pool or relax with a glass of wine. Your farewell dinner will be served in a family-run farm—each dish will be accompanied by a selection of your host’s wine and a stunning view of Goriška Brda.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Distance: 2 miles (3.5km)
    Hiking: 2 hours
    Accommodation: Farmhouse in Goriška Brda

    Goriska brda, wine region in Slovenia
  • After breakfast, you will be transferred either to Ljubljana Airport or, if you’re keen on staying a bit longer, to your next accommodation in Ljubljana.
    Meals: Breakfast

    Kranjska Gora landscape in Slovenia
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Cook Eat Slovenia
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Cook Eat Slovenia
Cook Eat Slovenia aims to give their travelers the ultimate Slovenia experience. Their guides are young enthusiasts in love with Slovenian food, wine, and nature. Cook Eat Slovenia’s goal is to present the country’s highlights, from what’s offered on the plate to what pristine nature has to offer. Each trip is carefully designed to immerse their guests in the local culture and reveal a region’s soul.
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Marta Fernández Morales

Matej did a great job in keeping the group safe and happy. He took great care of us every single day, followed the schedule making adjustments when necessary, and shared his wide knowledge of Slovenian history, culture, and mountaineering generously. It was a pleasure to travel with him.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Transportation throughout Slovenia during the trip
      • Accommodations (5 nights at 3- or 4-star hotels and tourist farms with twin rooms and private facilities; 2 nights at mountain huts with rooms for +4 people with shared facilities)
      • Meals listed in the itinerary
      • Wine tasting in Goriška Brda
      • Entrance fee for WW1 Museum
      • Transfer to Ljubljana train station or a downtown hotel on day 8

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Slovenia
      • Drinks and alcoholic beverages
      • Travel insurance
      • Personal expenses
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • The hike and culinary tour in Slovenia is beginner-friendly! While it requires no hiking experience, make sure you’re physically prepared for this trip. The most you’ll hike is 5 miles (8km) per day with a 3,609-foot (1,100-meter) elevation gain. If you’re ready to keep up with the tempo, you’re good to go!

    There will be a hut-to-hut portion of the trip (Day 3 — Day 5), which is when guests will carry a backpack with their clothes and other necessary things for 3 days in the mountains. All other luggage will be left in the hotel and you’ll pick it up once you come down from the mountain. The backpack should weigh around 15 lbs.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items you might need throughout the day (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Backpack for the three-day hut-to-hut portion of the trip
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • An authentic culinary experience awaits

    Slovenia is a small country, but its gastronomic offer is rich and varied—22 Slovenian dishes and food products are protected at the European level. Your guides are experts on the local cuisine, and they’re eager to take you on a tour to fantastic restaurants, quaint farms, and premier wineries.

    Relish gourmet meals at exquisite restaurants

    The highlight of the tour might just be visiting a 2-star Michelin restaurant—Hiša Franko—where Ana Roš, World’s Best Female Chef for 2017, will prepare gourmet meals for you! The restaurant was ranked 21st on the prestigious list of 50 Best Restaurants in the World for 2021 and it features a cooking style rooted in the surrounding Alpine landscape, spiced up with modern trends.

    Support locally-owned farms and wineries

    When it comes to this tour, you can always count on fresh and local ingredients proudly presented at locally-owned businesses. With a massive selection of delicious sweet and savory dishes and products—such as the Karst prosciutto, the semi-hard Tolminc cheese, or the Bled cream cake—you’ll find it difficult to choose your favorite one. You don’t have to, though, just think of this trip as 8 days of pure flavor bliss.

    Vegetarians welcome!

    This tour can accommodate vegetarians without any additional fees, which means that you can experience the beauty of Slovenia through all of your senses regardless of your preferences.

    Close up of glasses of champagne and cakes at Triple bridge promenade at Ljubljanica river.
  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this hike and culinary adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 8:1. 
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate. The maximum group size is 16 guests.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

    Hiking in Slovenia can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    In case you would like to ensure a room to yourself, and not share it with anybody, there is a possibility of a single supplement for an additional $285. However, keep in mind that you’ll be spending two nights at mountain huts, where there’s no possibility of single rooms.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Ljubljana, most people fly into Ljubljana Airport, a 30-minute drive from the city. From there, you can take a shuttle service into town.

    On the first day, check-in is available after 12:00 PM, while the meeting with the guide and other guests is scheduled for 6:00 PM. The guide will select the appropriate terrain and confirm the details of the itinerary depending on conditions and the ability of the group. On the last day, the return to Ljubljana from Goriška Brda is planned between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Slovenia, please refer to Slovenia’s Travel Information.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • Secure your spot for 2024 with a 30% deposit due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Secure your spot for 2025 with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you can rest assured you’ve booked your dream adventure in time.

    • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you. This can be done by the end of the year.
    • Another 20% needs to be paid by the end of this year.
    • The remaining balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120)  calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. 
      • For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen (119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
      • For cancellations seventy-five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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