Top three reasons to hike the Juliana Trail
Hike through verdant forests, historic cities, and picturesque Alpine villages
Enjoy the crisp Alpine air and the fragrance of Alpine meadows
Explore the valleys of the Julian Alps, linking together some of Slovenia’s most beautiful spots
Juliana Trail is a 267km (166 miles) long circular hiking trail that traverses the natural wonders of Slovenia. Divided into 16 walking stages, it takes you across the valleys of the Julian Alps and connects some of Slovenia’s most beautiful spots. Each stage is about 17.5 km long and gives you a chance to interact with the locals and learn about the life, traditions, and gastronomy below the mighty peaks of the Julian Alps. This part of the trail takes you along river Sava and to some of the most magical places under the blue Slovenian skies. Crystal clear lakes of Bled and Bohinj, as well as the picturesque little villages along the way, will leave you breathless. Discover the magical world of the Alps from another perspective and explore the wonderful nature of Slovenia.
April through October
Your tour begins in Jesenice, SLO
Intermediate to advanced
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Week-Long Juliana Trail Hike
This week-long Juliana Trail hike takes you through 85 km of Slovenian natural wonders and historical sites. You’ll walk through the valleys of the Julian Alps, verdant forests, and historic and picturesque Alpine villages. Slovenia is a hidden gem of Europe with picturesque mountain ranges, crystal lakes like Bled and Bohinj, and wild gorges boasting spectacular wildlife. Discover the magical world from another perspective with a local guide, try out local gastronomy, visit natural treasures, and enjoy panoramic views.
Day 1: Arrival in Jesenice
Meet your guides in Jesenice, where you will spend the first night. Jesenice is well-known for its tradition of steel production and for the white narcissus flowers which in the springtime cover the slopes of the surrounding Alpine peaks. Situated at the heart of the Julian Alps on the border with Austria, Jesenice deserves a visit for its historic centre, the old Kos Manor and for its historic foundries, which today are housed in the Vecchia Sava museum complex.
Day 2: Jesenice – Begunje na Gorenjskem
The first stage of the trail takes you along the Upper Sava Valley at the foot of the Karawanks mountain range and the Triglav National Park. Follow the path through meadows, pastures and rural villages, over the beautiful Dobravsko polje lowlands, and along the Žirovnica Cultural Heritage Path, before reaching the villages at the foot of Mt. Stol. Along the way, time permitting, visit the old Janša apiary. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view over the Upper Sava Valley, the Julian Alps and Mt Triglav from Sveti Peter hills. Descend into Begunje na Gorenjskem where you’ll spend the night.
DISTANCE: 16,2 km
ELEVATION: + 435 m; – 431 m
WALKING HOURS: 4:30h
Day 3: Begunje na Gorenjskem – Bled
Today’s part of the thrail is mostly flat, and takes you from Begunje through several villages before reaching the town of Radovljica, the cultural capital of the Julian Alps. Visit the old historic centre of this pleasant medieval town famous for its long-standing tradition of honey production and its renowned chocolate festival. Follow old fisherman’s paths along Sava until you reach the confluence of two Alpine rivers – Sava Dolinka and Sava Bohinjka. The endpoint of today’s stage is in Bled, famous for the crystal-clear lake, the picturesque church on the little island, and the medieval castle perched on a rocky spur against the backdrop of some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps.
DISTANCE: 15 km
ELEVATION: + 95 m; – 159 m
WALKING HOURS: 3:45 h (stops excluded)
Day 4: Bled – Goreljek (Pokljuka)
Today will be quite demanding, but extremely rewarding! From Lake Bled, the itinerary takes you to the wild Pokljuka gorge, a natural monument protected by Triglav National Park. Pass through the tunnels under the natural bridge, and reach the mouth of Pokljuka, a picturesque natural grotto (cave). As you continue to the Pokljuka plateau, the largest forested surface in Triglav Park, you’ll cross verdant pastures and typical wooden cabins still inhabited by shepherds. Today’s hike finishes in the town of Goreljek, where you’ll be lulled to sleep by the tranquil forests.
DISTANCE: 21 km
ELEVATION: + 866 m; – 91 m
WALKING HOURS: 6:45 h (stops excluded)
Day 5: Goreljek (Pokljuka) – Stara Fužina/Lago di Bohinj
After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to get back on the road in search of another adventure. Pass through the Pokljuka forests and the Goreljek peat bog before you before you descend towards the Bohinj Valley. Enjoy spectacular views along the way and discover landscapes dotted with traditional Slovenian haylofts and verdant pastures which in summer come to life with beautiful Alpine flowers. At the end of the day, you’ll reach Lake Bohinj, the biggest natural lake in Slovenia, where you’ll spend the night.
DISTANCE: 21,6 km
ELEVATION: + 280 m; – 1.005 m
WALKING HOURS: 5:00 h (stops excluded)
Day 6: Stara Fužina/Lago di Bohinj – Bohinjska Bistrica
Your last day on the trail is a particularly short one to give you time to stop and enjoy the atmosphere of Lake Bohinj. Relax, submerge yourself in its crystal-clear waters and enjoy a peaceful walk along the easy paths that surround it. From Lake Bohinj, the path winds it way along the Bohinj lower valley, passing pleasant Alpine villages and the green meadows of Dobrava, from where you can enjoy spectacular views over Mt. Triglav and the surrounding peaks. Following the course of the crystalline Bistrica River to the town of Bohinjska Bistrica, the administrative centre of the valley and the endpoint of today’s stage.
DISTANCE: 11 km
ELEVATION: + 103 m; – 151 m
WALKING HOURS: 2:30 h (stops excluded)
Day 7: Goodbye Juliana Trail
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and take a connecting train back to Jesenice (the starting point of the trail). Take a stroll around the charming historical centre of Bohinjska Bistrica, an important tourist destination, and the Bohinj Water Park, where you can round off your wonderful adventure.
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Things to know
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, guides and the communities they’re travelling 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
- 7 days of hiking
- Accommodation in double room
- Scheduled meals (6 breakfasts and 4 dinners)
- Map of the itinerary and guidebook
- Entrance fees and permits
What’s not included:
- Snacks on trail
- Meals not mentioned above (7 lunches and 2 dinners)
- Transportation to Jesenice, Slovenia
- Train ticket from Bohinjska Bistrica to Jesenice
- Accommodations prior and after the trip
How fit do I need to be?
This week-long hiking adventure is ideal for hikers with excellent fitness and mobility. The hike is 85km (53 miles) long – you can expect about 3 hours of walking on average with up to +310 meters (1020 ft) in elevation per day. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Backpack 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
- Enough clothes for 7 days
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- 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 group adventure, the usual client to guide ratio is 6:1, with groups of up to 12 people.
- It takes a minimum of 2 people for a tour to operate. The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
Hiking 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.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Jesenice, most people fly into Venice Marco Polo International Airport, 3 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a train to Jesenice. Other options include flying directly into Ljubljana Airport (1 hour away) or to Graz Airport (2 hours away).
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.
Your guide operates in Slovenia, Italy, and Austria, and therefore, all EU rights that concern tour packages shall apply.
Upon booking, the traveller is required to pay a non-refundable deposit equal to 30 % of the total price unless otherwise specified in the program of the tour package. The remaining amount is required 90 days before departure unless otherwise specified. If the traveller fails to pay the above-mentioned sum at the agreed dates, they will be considered to have withdrawn from the contract.
Guide’s right to change the price
Your guide reserves the right to change the price as a result of changes in the exchange rate applied to the tour package in question, changes in transportation costs, based on the cost of fuel or other energy sources, and changes to the fees and charges applicable to some types of tourist services included in the package and charged by third parties not directly involved in the execution of the package (such as taxes and fees) that affect the price of the package. Your guide will communicate in writing any variations in price to the travellers, at the latest 20 days before the date of departure. If the price variation exceeds 8% of the original price amount, the traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract.
Cancellations and replacements
The traveler has the right, at any moment, to withdraw in writing from the travel contract. If the traveller withdraws from the contract, the organizer shall refund him within 14 days, reserving the right to withhold the withdrawal expenses/fines indicated below:
● For withdrawals made up to thirty days before the beginning of the trip: 30% of the total amount (non-refundable deposit)
● For withdrawals made between 29 and 15 days before the beginning of the trip: 50% of the total amount
● For withdrawals made between 14 and 7 days before the beginning of the trip: 75% of the total amount
● For withdrawals made between 6 and 1 days before the trip: 100% of the total amount.
If the traveler does not withdraw from the travel contract in writing before the beginning of the trip and does not participate in the trip, they is not entitled to a refund.
In the event that the traveler cannot take part in the trip, they can be replaced by another person, if the latter meets all the conditions of the chosen tour package. The transferor traveler must inform the organizer of this in writing at least 7 days before the beginning of the trip. In this case, the transferor must refund the organizer all the expenses incurred for the substitution. In the event that third parties necessary for the execution of the tour package (e.g., airlines) do not allow a booking replacement, the transferor will not be able to take advantage of the rights described in this paragraph.
Withdrawals during the trip
The traveler may withdraw in writing from the travel contract during the trip itself as well. In this case, the traveler is not entitled to a refund of the sums paid to the organizer, nor of any other expenses incurred. The following are considered a withdrawal from the travel contract: (i) during the trip, the traveler independently, without a valid cause and without the consent of the organizer, interrupts the chosen tour package; (ii) the traveler is not accepted aboard the means of transportation (air, sea, land or others) for security reasons or regulations imputable to the traveller himself; (iii) the traveler independently and with the consent of guides partially modifies the tour package.
The traveler may withdraw from the travel contract because of extraordinary and inevitable circumstances that modify significantly the performance of the tour package and must, in this case, present relevant evidence. In this event, the traveler is entitled to a full refund, from which only the expenses that the organizer incurred for the registration and the eventual participation in the tour package can be withheld. Whenever withdrawal from the travel contract for extraordinary and inevitable circumstances arises during the performance of the tour package, the organizer offers to the traveller the necessary support. In case of withdrawal on the part of the traveler, they do not have the right to a refund of the expenses such as expenses for obtaining visas, obligatory or recommended vaccines, purchase of flight, bus, boat or train tickets.
Organizer’s cancellation rights
Your guides reserves the right to cancel the travel contract if, because of inevitable and extraordinary circumstances, it cannot perform the tour package pursuant to the provisions of the program of the package itself or the provisions contained in these terms and conditions, or if the number of travellers registered to the tour package is lower than the minimum foreseen in the travel contract. In this case, the organizer will cancel the contract and refund in full the payments made by the traveler for the tour package. The reimbursement does not include any expenses incurred by the traveller due to the cancellation of the tour package. The right to cancel on the part of the organizer may be invoked:
● 20 days before the beginning of the tour package for packages that last longer than 6 days;
● 7 days before the beginning of the tour package for packages that last between 2 to 6 days;
● 48 hours before the beginning of the tour package for packages that last less than 2 days.
In the event of cancellation on the part of the organizer, the traveler is not entitled to be refunded the expenses connected to the tour package that are not included in the price itself (such as expenses to obtain visas, obligatory or recommended vaccines, any insurance policies, or flight, bus, boat and train tickets).
Your guide reserves the right to cancel the travel contract before the beginning of the tour package or during its performance and will be entitled to request a refund for expenses/damages from the traveler, if they directly violates the provisions of the travel contract that they have signed. In particular, if the traveler has voluntarily communicated incorrect information regarding the number and the age of the participants, or if during its performance, they have modified the tour package without informing the guide.