Julian Alps & Lake Bled
Slovenia's historic capital city, Ljubljana, is the starting point for this journey through one of Europe's most unspoilt and diverse landscapes.
Taking in the Julian Alps and the vast underground caves of Postojna, we meander through flower-filled meadows and along the blue-green shores of Lake Bled. We discover cheese-making, bee-keeping and traditional lace, enjoy spectacular waterfalls and gorges, explore ancient castles and breathe Slovenia's pristine air.
A highlight of this Walk is a boat-trip across Lake Bohinj, in the protected waters of Triglav National Park, where we discover the many myths and legends that surround the mystical Bohinj valley.
Walk Rating: Easy. Terrain: Well-trodden paths, comfortable underfoot, with a wide variety of flat and hilly terrain. 4-10 miles walking per day.
US$4195.00 per person double occupancy
Walk begins in Ljubljana and ends in Ljubljana.
We meet in Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, with time to enjoy the magnificent buildings, bridges and pathways which give the city a unique and unequalled charm. Especially noteworthy are the enchanting Triple Bridge and Market Colonnade. We enjoy an aperitif before an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.
An early start brings us to the Rakov Skocjan. We walk along the river bank and lunch at a restaurant in the woods. We visit the Postojna Caves, where a cave train takes us to the Great Mountain; Predjama Castle, as 'unforgettable as it is improbable, pressed into a huge cavern, hollowed out of the high, flat rock face wondrously composed of tower-like structures'. We continue to our next hotel in Spodnja Idrija.
A beautiful meander with views to the Julian Alps. We pass hamlets and farms in an open landscape as the locals tend their gardens and cut the summer hay. After lunch in a small town we continue to attractive Idrija with its 16th-century Castle and famous lace school.
We walk to the vivid blue-green Wild Lake. We leave the Valley and catch a local train to Lake Bohinj in the Triglav National Park. Mostly a dairy farming community, the countryside is an abundance of early-season wild flowers and hay meadows. Our next hotel is on the edge of Bohinjsko Jezero, Lake Bohinj, in the beautiful Bohinj valley.
A ferry takes us to the western end of Lake Bohinj, where the 190-ft Savica Waterfall majestically tumbles into the water below. We walk beside the lake and on through delightful historic villages; we visit the museum of Alpine Cheese Making and a 17th-century farm-house. Hayracks, called toplars and unique to Slovenia, are scattered across the landscape.
We walk from the picturesque hamlet of Kupljenik, enjoying grand views of Lake Bled and the surrounding countryside, through woods and fields to the river Sava. On to enchanting Lake Bled and our hotel situated on its shore. A walk around the lake to visit Bled Castle is followed by Afternoon Tea on the terrace
We walk to the stunning Vintgar Gorge, a 500-ft high defile accessible via a continuous chain of gantries and bridges to a waterfall, and on to a village lunch. We walk on through open country to Bled, in time to take a late afternoon cruise to Bled Island.
After breakfast, we return to Ljubljana for our onward connections - or to spend more time in the capital.
This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.
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Before & After:
- Within 12 miles of Ljubljana are two medieval towns, Kamnik and Skofja pretty squares, churches and castles.
- Catch an express train from Ljubljana to Venice – just 4 hours away.
- On Saturdays, the shops in Ljubljana are only open from 8am to 1pm but there are a few open-air markets along the river which are open all day.
- All the museums are open all weekend during the summer months.
- Visit www.visitljubljana.com for more ideas.
Due to the variations in climate throughout the country (Mediterranean at the coast, Alpine in the mountains and Pannonian to the northeast of the country) appropriate clothes for all weathers is recommended. In the summer it can be very hot towards the coast but much cooler in the mountains. The weather in June is pleasant at 68-80°F (20-27°C), with some humidity. Slovenia is so green because it rains a lot! Throughout the summer, sudden showers and thunderstorms are common at any time, so it is very important to bring good quality, lightweight, rain gear.
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