Walking In Slovenia's Julian Alps - 7th to 14th June 2014

Mount Triglav

Our week in Slovenia takes us to a region that is stunningly beautiful and somewhat off the beaten track. Our walks are along panoramic footpaths, through lush woodland, past bubbling waterfalls, into deep sided canyons and take in some of Slovenia's best viewpoints on top of towering peaks, including Mount Špik- the 'Matterhorn' of Slovenia. There are a host of activities to enjoy from our base in the 4 star Hotel Lek in the village of Kranjska Gora.

Kranjska Gora is at the heart of the Zgornjesavska Valley, idyllically situated between the Karavanke Mountains and the Julian Alps, and is renowned for the hospitality and friendliness of the local people. Nearby are pretty villages that provide a haven for those who want to relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air in the vicinity of this charming resort.

Also nearby is Bled, with its famous lake and island. The lake was formed by the recession of the Bohinj glacier. After the last Ice Age, the glacier melted, filling the valley basin with water and forming the lake as it is today. The lake has no large natural tributaries and is fed only by the surrounding springs. One of our five days of walks in the area will take us to Bled and we will hike around this beautiful lake, and possibly take a dip in it too, if the day is warm and sunny enough to make us want to linger.

In 1924, the Triglav National Park was the first part of Slovenia to be proclaimed a nature reserve and is Slovenia's only national park. Located close to Kranjska Gora in the Triglav Lakes Valley, it occupies 84,805 hectares of land stretching from an altitude of 2,864 metres at the top of the highest mountain peak, Triglav, down to the wild deep gorges of Tolminska Korita, just 180 metres above sea level. Some of our walking is in this magnificent area.

  • Hike to the peak of Debela peč in the Karavanke Range, where the borders of Slovenia, Austria and Italy meet
  • Sleme Peak Walk, to the best viewpoint of the Julian Alps, high in the Vršič Mountains
  • Visit to Bled and walk around Lake Bohinj - Slovenia's largest glacial lake
  • Explore the Natural Science Trail in Triglav National Park
  • Visit Alpinum Juliana, Alpine Botanical Garden and the National Park Museum Collection
  • Walk to Mount Špik Waterfalls and the village of Gozd Martuljek
  • Descend through the peaceful Tamar and Planica Valleys
  • Free day to take advantage of the sights around Kranjska Gora and enjoy a host of activities

Day 1 - Saturday 7th June - UK to Kranjska Gora (D)

Gozd Martuljek

Fly from Manchester to Ljubljana. We are met on arrival by our English-speaking guide and driver for our transfer to Hotel Lek in Kranjska Gora.

Dinner is held in the hotel.

Day 2 - Sunday 8th June - Martuljek Peaks and Waterfalls (BD)

After breakfast in the hotel, we enjoy a panoramic walk to the nearby Špik Waterfalls and into the small gorge under the north face of Mt. Špik - the "Matterhorn of Slovenia". The mountain path from the village of Gozd Martuljek follows the river into a canyon crossing several bridges before the waterfalls come thundering down before us. Strolling along the lush meadows hidden at the top of the falls, the sheer peaks above seem to pierce the sky like gothic spires.

Distance: 12km, Difference in altitude: 450m, Walking time: 3-4 hours, Grade: Easy/Moderate.

In the evening there is a welcome reception followed by dinner in the Hotel.

Day 3 - Monday 9th June - River Šoca Trail (BD)

Today we take the natural science trail in Triglav National Park. We follow the river Šoca, known as the emerald river, downstream from its source into the Trenta valley. We also visit the alpine botanical garden, Alpinum Juliana (comprising over 600 species of Alpine flora), and the fascinating Triglav National Park Museum in Trenta which features artifacts from the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Distance: 10km, Difference in altitude: 80m ascent and 350m descent, Walking time: 4 hours, Grade: Easy.

Tonight we dine in a local restaurant.

Day 4 - Tuesday 10th June - Bled and Lake Bohinj (BD)

Lake Bohinj

Bled - the alpine jewel of Slovenia - is the starting point for today's activities. We have the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Bled whilst we learn of its history from its beginnings when the first Slavic tribes settled there, through the time of the Bishops of Brixens to the start of tourism and as it is today. From the summit of the Castle cliff a view of mountains and elegant hotels opens up. To conclude our visit, we take a Pletna - a traditional flat-bottomed wooden boat - to the island where we visit the church.

We then travel to Lake Bohinj, where we enjoy a walk around the lake from Ribčev Lazand, onto the truly impressive cascade of Slovenia's most famous waterfall - Savica Waterfall. At this time of year the water in the lake may be warm enough to take a dip.

Distance 12km, Difference in altitude: 275m, Walking time: 4 hours, Grade: Easy.

Dinner this evening is in the hotel.

Day 5 - Wednesday 11th June - Free Day (BD)

Today is a free day to relax or explore some of the sights around Kranjska Gora, which include the stunning Zelenci and Jasna Lakes, and the Tamar Valley. Alternatively, the area offers a host of sports and adventure activities including cycling and canoeing. We will be on hand to help with any arrangements.

Dinner is in the hotel.

Day 6 - Thursday 12th June - The Peak of Three Countries (BD)

Today's walk is one of the highlights of our visit, taking us to the top of Mt. Peč (Debela Peč) in the Karavanke Range. Here, where the borders of Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet, the view over the Julian Alps and the Austrian lakes is wonderful. The Slovenes named this place 'Tromeja' and the citizens of the bordering nations have erected a monument commemorating the desire for unity and peace for all people.

Distance: 14km, Difference in altitude: 660m, Walking time: 5-6 hours, Grade: Moderate.

Dinner in Hotel Lek.

Day 7 - Friday 13th June - Sleme Peak Walk (BD)

Tamar Valley

The walk to Sleme Peak includes what is described as the best viewpoint of the Julian Alps from high in the arms of the majestic Vršič mountain peaks. The Vršič mountain pass (1,611m) is the perfect starting point for this truly unforgettable hike. Walking amongst mountain flowers, the snow capped peaks of the Austrian and Italian Alps are revealed in the distance. The descent leads us via Crne Vode Waterfall to the peaceful valley of Tamar and Planica, also known as the valley of ski jumps. Although we're not planning to try it ourselves.

Distance: 11km, Difference in altitude: 300m, Walking time: 4-5 hours, Level: Moderate.

Our final evening meal together will be in a local restaurant.

Day 8 - Saturday 14th June - Kranjska Gora to UK (B)

We have breakfast at our hotel before taking the transfer to Ljubljana for our flight back to UK.

Please note: the walking programme is weather dependent. If conditions are unsuitable for any of the planned walks then others will be substituted. Slovenia is well-blessed with many interesting and scenic options to choose from and our hotel is ideally situated to take advantage of a number of routes. On walking days, lunch is normally taken at small mountain huts where a choice of hot and cold food is available. These are generally not booked in advance and you should budget Euro 10 - 12 per person for lunch.

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

Hotel Lek

Hotel Lek

We spend our week at the picturesque 4-Star Hotel Lek in Kranjska Gora. The hotel is located in a quiet area yet is close to the village centre and offers twin and double rooms with full private facilities, satellite TV, Wi Fi, mini bar and safe. It is renowned for its warm atmosphere and friendly staff.

Upgrades are available to superior rooms with balcony, or to suites and singles are available for a small supplement. There is also a restaurant, bar, indoor pool, fitness centre, whirlpool, sauna and tennis courts.

Mount Spik

We fly Adria Airways from Manchester to Ljubljana. Adria Airways boasts more than fifty years of experience in charter and scheduled services and is the National Airline for Slovenia. Please note that the following flight details are the latest known and are subject to confirmation. All times are local.

Connecting flights can be arranged from regional airports on request, or ask us for a quote for direct flights from your local airport. Please note: If you wish to avoid flying from Manchester you will probably have to fly to an alternative, less convenient destination airport, which will also incur additional overseas transfer costs. We are happy to provide you with quotes for the options available.

Outbound - Saturday 7th June 2014
Depart Manchester
Arrive Ljubljana
JP463 15:55
19:15
Inbound - Saturday 14th June 2014
Depart Ljubljana
Arrive Manchester
JP462 13:40
15:10

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