Oh to hike in Slovenia’s Julian Alps! Where towering peaks frame bucolic valleys dotted with bell towers and sylvian paths follow glacial lakes overlooked by medieval castles. Seven days is just enough time to fully immerse yourself in this harmonious coexistence between pristine landscapes and people and their culture. Sense the power of lofty 9,300-ft mountains and rushing turquoise rivers before visiting museums in postcard-perfect villages—and relishing authentic Slovenian dishes with a backdrop fit for tourist posters. Join your local mountain guide and let them show you the best spots otherwise visited only by experienced locals! 

  • Experience the Julian Alps visiting spots only locals know about

  • Discover the world-famous Lake Bled, Mt Triglav, and Soča Valley

  • Get a taste of Slovenian cultural and gastronomical delights

Itinerary

Starting in the Slovenian capital, you will reach the nearby Alpine regions of the country. Over seven days, explore the best these areas have to offer based in two mountain towns located at the opposite ends of the Julian Alps—Bled and Bovec. Every day, you will uncover hidden gems of the Triglav National Park and get a chance to enjoy Slovenian culture and cuisine in charming towns and Alpine villages. 

  • After arriving in Bled and exploring the town, you will head to Lake Bohinj and take a cable car ride to the Vogel Plateau, which offers a panoramic view of the central Julian Alps and the lake below. This is a popular ski resort during winter, but in summer, it’s a hiking paradise with plenty of trails—some of which you will explore as an introduction to your walking holidays.

    View of Lake Bohinj and surrounding landscapes in Slovenia’s Julian Alps as seen from the Vogel Plateau near Bled.
  • Start your day with an optional sunrise hike to the Ojstrica viewpoint above Lake Bled. After that, you will head to Lake Bohinj again and go on one of the most beautiful easy hikes in the area, following a trail through the Voje Valley. Leading you first past pools and cascades of the Mostnica Gorge, the trail will continue along pastures dotted with traditional dwellings all the way to the Mostnica Waterfall. Here, you’ll stop in a mountain hut to enjoy an authentic Slovenian lunch from the mountains. After an active morning, relax in the afternoon by the shores of beautiful Lake Bohinj.
    Meals: Breakfast

    View of Lake Bled in Slovenia’s Julian Alps from the Ojstrica viewpoint during sunrise.
  • Day 3 begins with a visit to the Vintgar Gorge. You’ll wander amidst the vertical walls carved by the persistent flow of the Radovna river. Continue onto the dramatic landscapes of the Triglav Valleys. Stopping for a few photos in the Valley of Krma, continue to Peričnik waterfall in the Vrata valley. Hike along the Triglavska Bistrica river afterwards and reach the top of the valley, where you will face a humbling sight in the form of a 3,200-ft-high (1,000 m) Triglav north face. It’s the highest peak in Slovenia featured in the country’s coat of arms. After lunch in the Aljaž hut, return back to Bled and spend the rest of the day according to your interests.
    Meals: Breakfast

    A walking path above a turquoise stream in the luscious Vintgar Gorge in the Julian Alps.
  • Your group will change its base location on the fourth day. Driving over the scenic Vršič Pass road and descending down to the other side of the Julian Alps, you will finally reach the famed Soča Valley and the alpine town of Bovec. The valley’s most recognizable feature is the turquoise Soča River. The areas near the town are a paradise for anyone who wants to spend some time in the great outdoors.
    Meals: Breakfast

    Vršič Pass covered in luscious conifers seen during hiking holidays in Slovenia’s Julian Alps.
  • Day 5 is reserved for exploring the beautiful Soča Valley. You will first visit the Great and the Small Soča Gorges, famous for their deep turquoise pools of water. From there, head into the adjacent Valley of Lepena and take a walk along the boldly-colored green streams of the Šunik Water Grove, an excellent place to completely unwind and relax. After lunch, you will drive to Bovec and do a short hike to the largest waterfall in Slovenia—the Boka waterfall. It measures 144 meters in height and 18 meters in width. Return to your accommodation and spend the afternoon as you wish.
    Meals: Breakfast

    Turquoise Soča river seen during hiking holidays in Slovenia’s Julian Alps.
  • The day begins with a southward drive to the town of Kobarid situated at the foot of the Krn mountain range. Discover its rich history, especially its place within the horrible events that happened during the First World War. After that, take a hike to the picture-perfect village of Drežnica and the secluded Kozjak waterfall. Pay a visit to the WW1 museum in Kobarid after lunch to learn about one of the darkest periods of human history. Take a chance to celebrate your achievements with your guide and fellow hikers in the evening as tomorrow is the last day of the tour.
    Meals: Breakfast

    A group of hikers near the town of Kobarik beneath the Krn mountain range.
  • Leaving Bovec, you will start day 7 with a border cross to Italy. Here, you will be greeted by the peaceful Lake Predil. You will later re-enter Slovenia at the beginning of the Tamar Valley. Stopping at the Planica Nordic Centre (which houses the second biggest ski-flying hill in the world), do a short hike through this awe-inspiring glacial valley. At the end of the hike, you’ll be able to see the towering crystal-shaped Mt Jalovec, the second biggest peak in Slovenia. The last stop of the day and the adventure will be Kranjska Gora, a popular alpine resort, where your lunch awaits you at Lake Jasna. Your holiday will be concluded with a ride back to Ljubljana.
    Meals: Breakfast

    Crystal-clear Lake Jasna in Kranjska Gora with a lofty peak reflected on its surface.

Meet your guides

Klemen Gerbec
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Klemen is a passionate hiker, mountain biker, backcountry skier, and climber. He explored almost every corner of the Slovenian mountains and he wants the clients to experience an adventure that is usually reserved for the very experienced locals. Combi...
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Walking Holidays Slovenia
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Walking Holidays Slovenia
Walking Holidays Slovenia
Founded in 2014 by Klemen Gerbec, the idea of this guiding company is to share with travelers the passion for hiking and give them an opportunity to see all the places that made its founder fall in love with Slovenia and its Alpine landscapes. 
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Andrew Lockhart about Walking Holidays Slovenia on Google Reviews

A huge thank you to Klemen for the most wonderful holiday. Having you as a guide made all the difference and enabled us to make the best of our time and see places we would never have found without you. Thank you for showing us your wonderful country.

Monika Lewicka about Walking Holidays Slovenia on Google Reviews

I had fantastic time with Walking Holidays Slovenia. I would return for sure, maybe with my family this time. It was not too strenuous, just as I was hoping for. Great guides, extensive knowledge about the country, great tips and attention to details. Totally recommendable!

Dave Blank about Walking Holidays Slovenia on Google Reviews

Regardless of changing weather, the team took great care of us, making sure we we’re having fun and comfortable

Things to know

  • 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, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Slovenia, please refer to the official Slovenian Ministry of the Interior websites.

    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 you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Seven days of hiking and sightseeing in Slovenia’s Julian Alps 
      • All entrance fees for all activities mentioned in the itinerary
      • Accommodation (6 nights in 3* hotels)
      • All breakfasts (apart from day 1)
      • Transportation during the adventure

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from Slovenia
      • Lunches and dinners
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • The best thing about this hiking trip in Slovenia’s Julian Alps is that it’s fit for beginners. There are incredible options for all skill levels in the area, but this trip focuses on shorter and less demanding objectives over an entire week, giving you ample time to relax, take in the beautiful landscapes, and enjoy the cultural aspects of Slovenia and the Julian Alps. The average walking time each day is 3 hours in gradual terrain with no major ascents. The rest of the time will be spent sightseeing, visiting museums or according to your interests. Your tour guide will take great care of you in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, so if you encounter any difficulties during your hikes, the pace/route can be adjusted. 

    If you’re a more advanced hiker looking for a challenge, check out this Juliana Trail hiking tour in Slovenia.

  • For clothing, we recommend bringing:

      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Insulation jacket and rain jacket
      • Spare socks, underwear, and shirts
      • Sunhat 

    Here’s a list of other things you’ll need:

      • Day pack large enough to carry items you will need during one day (around a 25 L)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)
      • Snacks
      • ID card
      • Cash for personal spending (including lunches and dinners)

    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 prices:

      • For this guided group adventure in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, the maximum client-to-guide ratio is 8:1. 
      • It takes a minimum of 2 people for this tour to operate. 
      • The cost is per person and decreases by 15 percent if the number of people joining hits 4. 

    Hiking holidays in the Slovenian Alps can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    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.

  • A 25% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 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 sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of seventy five percent (75%) of the total amount paid. 
      • For cancellations thirty (30) to sixty (60) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) 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.
  • Your tour starts in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. To get there, most people fly into Ljubljana Airport. You will meet your guide somewhere in the city in the morning on the first day and get transferred to Bled (a one-hour drive), where your hiking starts.

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