Hiking and Culinary Tour in Slovenia

Ljubljana | Slovenia
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Top reasons to go on a culinary hike in Slovenia

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    Dreamlike landscape of the Julian Alps rising to 2,864m

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    Sample world-famous wines and some of the 365 traditional Slovenian dishes

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    A range of marvels: alpine pastures, turquoise lakes, jagged peaks

Slovenia’s Alpine gems and its traditional cuisine go together like peas and carrots. Although this Central European country is tiny, it’s brimming over with natural marvels and local delights—so tour the finest ones on this 8-day hiking tour. The heart of the Julian Alps preserves more wonders than you can imagine: alpine meadows of Triglav National Park, the emerald Vintgar Gorge, Lake Bled with a small church island standing proudly in the middle of it, and many, many more. Having worked up an appetite, a great portion of the tour will be reserved for food tastings of authentic food. Try out Slovenian honey, Karst prosciutto, or Carniolan sausage, paired with exquisite wines, and as icing on the cake, have dinner at a 2-star Michelin restaurant. Feel the best of what Slovenia has to offer: cherry-picked delicacies, natural phenomena, and accommodations with a view!

Season

July through September

Nearest city

Your tour starts in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Duration

8 days

Skill level

Beginner to intermediate

Itineraries

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Hiking and Culinary Tour in Slovenia

8 days

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!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ljubljana

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.

Day 2: Lake Bled — Vintgar Gorge — Lake Bohinj

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.

Day 3: Julian Alps

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 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.

Day 4: Triglav Lakes Valley

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.

Day 5: Julian Alps and Lake Jasna

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

Shepherd hut in the Julian Alps.

Day 6: Vršič Pass and Soča River Valley

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.

Day 7: Kozjak Waterfalls and Vineyards of Goriška Brda

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

The vineyards of Goriška Brda, Slovenia, at sunset.

Day 8: Departure

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

Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps.
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What’s the food going to be like?

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.

Group of hikers tasting local food in Slovenia.

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.

Guests posing with Ana Roš from Hiša Franko.

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.

Wine, prosciutto, and cheeses on a culinary hiking tour in Slovenia.
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Covid measures in Slovenia

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!

What’s included?

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

How fit do I need to be?

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!

What do I need to bring?

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

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • 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.

Group sizes and age requirements

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.

Deposits and cancellation policy

A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 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.

Getting there and meeting location

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.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop, the hotel, or a predetermined location.
The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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