SLOVENIA – JULIAN ALPS
Hike the the Julian Alps – Visit Bled, Ljubljana

SLOVENIA – JULIAN ALPS

The forgotten Fairy-Tale Country of Castles, Lakes, and Snowcapped Mountains

Hiking in Slovenia, in this former Yugoslav Republic is still one of Europe’s best kept secrets.
The Julian Alps are magical, with deep emerald lakes, medieval villages tucked away in hidden valleys, and dense networks of trails below towering limestone cliffs, allow for unsurpassed hiking in this Mediterranean nation.

With 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites, unique cuisine, endless hiking trails, 200 plus mountain huts, mighty Mt Triglav and fairy-tale castles and medieval villages, Slovenia should be on your radar for an extraordinary active holiday.

Our local guides provide expert guidance and an insider’s knowledge to their country’s rich past.
Moderate hiking, superb accommodation and bountiful meals combined with an expertly crafted itinerary make for an unforgettable journey.

LOCATION
SLOVENIA
LENGTH OF TRIP
7-11 DAYS
PRICE RANGE – This Itinerary

USD $ 3,000
CAD $ 3,800
*Pricing based on three hikers

Day 1: ARRIVAL DAY, LJUBLJANA

Pick up at the airport. Check into your hotel, meet & greet at 3pm, followed by a visit of the old part of the city. The quaint, narrow streets along the left bank of the Ljubljanica River, with its medieval bridges, are reminiscent of Prague without the crowds. The old town is dominated by the 16th century fortifications of Ljubljana Castle.

Ancient buildings and monuments are nestled in the heart of this medieval city. Due to its strategic situation in central Europe, Ljubljana has witnessed many cultural and architectural influences over the centuries.

Hotel Lev, Ljubljana
Dinner included

Day 2: VELIKA PLANINA PLATEAU – LOGARSKA VALLEY
We head north to the Great Highlands, where preserved shepherds’ wooden huts tell of highland life long ago.
The special shape of the buildings with their conical roofs is unique for this area and some of them date well back to ancient times. We hike on gentle terrain through the alpine pastures rich in wildflowers, flanked by limestone peaks of the Kamnisko- Savinjske Alps.

We enjoy our picnic overlooking the valley accompanied by the sound of cowbells. We might even have a chance to try a bit of local fresh cheese and sour-milk. After the hike we drive to the Nature Park Logarska Valley, situated right on the Austrian border.

Hotel Plesnik, Logarska Valley
Breakfast / Dinner included
Luggage delivered
Alpine Interface distance icon blue Distance: 11km (7m), 4 hours, up 414m (1370ft), down 414m (1370ft)

Day 3: LOGARSKA VALLEY – MOUNT RADUHA
Today we climb up to Mt. Raduha’s ridge high above Logarska Valley. Situated on the border with Austria, this Eastern part of the Kamnisko-Savinjske Alps has been untouched by human development. We do a loop hike with views to the Slovenian and Austrian side. The whole region is archaeologically speaking very interesting as they found several tools and artifacts dating back 30.000 years that belonged to Stone Age hunters.

Hotel Plesnik, Logarska Valley
Breakfast / Dinner included
Luggage delivered
Distance: 8km (5miles), 6 hours, up 700m (2200ft), down 600m (1850ft)

Day 4: LOGARSKA VALLEY – RINKA WATERFALL & OKRESELJ

The secluded valley of Logarska is a place of contrasts. Jagged white limestone peaks are protecting the soft green glacier valley, which hides a charming Alpine hotel. The valley of Logarska with its clear mountain air and fertile soil has also become a popular escape for Slovenians, moving here for a quieter lifestyle.
We hike up on a fairy-tale trail to Mt. Okreselj amphitheatre, following a stream leading us to Rinka waterfall.
This remote corner is virtually untouched, thanks to Austrian nobility who prohibited access to many areas for hunting purposes. Today, the landscape is remains pristine and is one of our favorite areas to hike in.

Hotel in Plesnik, Logarska Valley
Breakfast / Dinner included
Luggage delivered
  Distance:11km (7m), 6 hours, up, up 700m (2100ft), down 700m (2100ft)

Day 5: LOGARSKA VALLEY – AUSTRIA, BLED

We say good-bye to Logarska Valley and continue to the “Jewel of the Slovenian Alps”, Lake Bohinj, following a spectacular mountain road, offering great views over the Kamniske Alps. For a few moments we enter Austria before coming back to Slovenia on the Jezersko Pass.

We stop at Lake Bled and walk into the Vintgar Gorge with its crystal-clear waters, then head to Bled for some free time to explore the lake, the castle and/or the church on the Lake Bled island. We continue on to the Pokljuka plateau and stay overnight in a charming family-owned farm.

Hotel Jezero, Bled
Breakfast / Dinner included
Luggage delivered
  Distance: 7km (4.5m), 3 hours, up 400m (1300ft), down 400m (1300ft)
Transfers total 2.5 hours by minibus

Day 6: POKLJUKA PLATEAU HIKE – MOUNT BRDO
A short morning drive brings us to the Pokljuka plateau, located at the foothills of the Julian Alps. We have just entered Triglav National Park a source of great pride for Slovenia. The dense forest of Pokljuka is covered with blueberry bushes and in the autumn is a popular place for picking porcini mushrooms.
We carry on to Mt. Brdo, from which we have superb views of Slovenia’s highest mountain, Mt Triglav (2864m).

Hotel Jezero
Breakfast / Dinner included
Luggage delivered
  Distance: 12km (7.5m), 5-6 hours, up 700m (2250ft), down 700m (2250ft)

Day 7: TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK – VODNIK HUT – MT TOSC – LAKE BONHINJ

In the early morning we start hiking high into the heart of Triglav National Park. We stop at Konjsicca where shepherds spend summers with their cattle and continue on to Vodnik hut for a hearty lunch.  After lunch we turn back and end our day on the shores of Lake Bohinj.
Bohinj is an area with picturesque villages nestled near the lake and offers a perfect base for treks and a variety of outdoor activities in the Triglav National Park.

Hotel Jezero
Breakfast / Dinner included
Luggage delivered
  Distance: 10km (6m), 5-6 hours, up 400m (1300ft), down 400m (1300ft)

Day 8: LAKE BOHINJ – REST DAY
Free time to swim and relax at the lake, go for shorter walks, or take a canoe-trip around the lake, exploring all the secluded beaches. Another option is to travel back by bus to Bled if you want to spend more time there, as the bus journey takes approx. 30 minutes.  Free for lunch and dinner.

Hotel Jezero
Breakfast included

Day 9: BOHINJ – VRSIC PASS – LJUBLJANA
Today we traverse part of the Julian Alps en route to the legendary Vrsic pass (1625m). The pass used to be the border between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Alpine flowers are in abundance and the views are breathtaking. We hike to Sleme, and onto our picnic lunch next to a charming small glacier lake. From the pass we return back to Kranjska Gora, Slovenian’s main ski area and then onwards to Ljubljana for our last night.

Hotel Slamic
Breakfast / Dinner included
Luggage delivered
Distance: 12km (7.5m), 4 hours, up 700m (2250ft), down 700m (2250ft)
Transfer to Ljubljana, 1 hour

Day 10: DEPARTURE
Departure for the airport. Ljubljana the Slovenian capital, has become one of the hippest cities in Europe. It is fairly small – you can explore most of the town´s sights on foot and yet so cosmopolitan you can hear a variety of languages while walking along lovely Ljubljanica river. Lively with bars, cafes and art galleries, the green city of Ljubljana is a great alternative to other big, crowded European capitals.

Breakfast included

Here’s a list of everything you can customize for your group of travellers:

ITINERARY – OPTIONS

The proposed itinerary starts and ends on Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Adding a day at the beginning or end of your trip is recommended as the city has lots to offer, and is one of the European gems, brimming with culture, history, and amazing food.  Bled, and one of the main mountaineering areas in Slovenia, Kranjska Gora, are some other places where you might want to spend more time.

Some easy scrambling to reach some summits, or via ferrate, are also an option.

Variations in the itinerary can include mountain huts, mountain hotels, even a trip into Austria could be added. Going from Slovenia to Croatia for more hiking, some days at the beach, or some kayaking can also be arranged.

ACCOMMODATION

Similar to the Dolomites, the balance of price to value of accommodation in Slovenia is hard to beat. There are many options from modern hotels to beautiful old mountain hotels in small villages.

WHAT IS ALWAYS INCLUDED

  • Hiking guide (we only hire certified International Mountain Leaders and IFMGA Mountain Guides)
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Local transfers and lifts
  • Detailed information package including day-to-day itinerary with elevation gains/descents

OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Lunches, Dinners
  • Luggage transfer where possible.ed. Most mountain have no roads so luggage cannot be delivered.

This trip is rated from Moderate to Strenuous, fully depending on your itinerary and preferences.
From half-days of walking / hiking, sight-seeing, to some hut-to-hut hiking, via ferrate or some summit scrambling, anything is possible.
Luggage is in general delivered to all places that allow access by road.

HOW TO GET THERE:
Starting point for any trip in Slovenia would be a flight to Ljubljana. For more information, please have a look at our travel resource page.

Self-guided trips in Slovenia are possible, depending on your hiking experience, and can be organized including luggage transfers.

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About Alpine Interface
Alpine Interface is a small, family-run organization, specializing in guided hiking tours, in the Alps, Europe, and the Canadian Rockies.

The company is owned and operated by Karin Stubenvoll and Louis Marino.

Louis is the owner of the company and the lead guide. He is responsible for the smooth operation and high quality of all our guided hiking trips, new itineraries, and our special customer care, which is the main reason why we have so many returning clients. Karin is the Office Manager and does all the work!

In 2005, Karin and Louis moved from Chamonix in the French Alps to the Bow Valley in the Canadian Rockies in order to explore the wilderness of the Canadian west. It also provides better customer service, being in North America.

Imagine letting Alpine Interface tailor your private dream holidays for your family and friends. Celebrating our 20th anniversary in business this year is a huge milestone for us and has not been without challenges. Luckily for us, we are a small, nimble operation capable of adapting to the ever-changing world or global tourism. With 32 years of guiding trips around the world under my belt, I feel very confident that we are can provide remarkable trips at a reasonable price. Let us take you to the majestic trails of the European Alps, to Provençal markets, the historic D-Day beaches of Normandy, and the jagged limestone spires of the Dolomites.

Louis J Marino 2021

  • All guides are certified professionals with adequate work permits
  • Exceptional customer care and service
  • Fully customized itineraries catering to your group
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