• Incredible caves and river canyons
  • Pure mountain air of the Julian Alps
  • Discover beautiful Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
  • Strong local culture, unchanged for centuries
  • Spectacular natural landscape

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 Skocjan, 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.

Saturday Overnight: Grand Hotel Union

We meet in Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, amongst the magnificent buildings, bridges and pathways which give the city a unique and unequalled charm. If you have spare time before we meet, especially noteworthy are the enchanting Triple Bridge and Market Colonnade. We meet to enjoy an aperitif and Introductory Talk before walking to our Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.

Sunday Overnight: Hotel Kendov dvorec

We drive from Ljubljana to Rakov Skocjan, a wonderfully wild karst valley, where we admire the impressive Small natural bridge and canyon, carved by water over thousands of years. Our walk takes us along the river bank to our lunch venue at a local farm in a small village close to Skocjan Caves. In the afternoon, we follow the river Reka underground into the Cave system, a spectacular World Heritage Site.

Monday Overnight: Hotel Kendov dvorec

We pass hamlets and farms in an open landscape as the locals tend their gardens and cut the summer hay. After lunch at a local farmhouse in a small village called Ledine, we continue to attractive Idrija with its 16th-century Castle and famous lace school.

Tuesday Overnight: Bohinj Park Eco Hotel

After seeing Europe's largest wooden water wheel that was used for pumping water from Idrija's mercury mine, we walk along the river Idrijca to the mysterious Black lake. A short drive brings us to Cerkno where we visit the secret partisan hospital Franja. After lunch we drive along the verdant valley to Most na Soci to catch the train on the ancient Transalpina Line, built at the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Our train journey passes through beautiful scenery and a tunnel which is almost 4 miles long, and ends at the Bohinjska Bistrica valley where we find our hotel.

Wednesday Overnight: Bohinj Park Eco Hotel

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.

Thursday Overnight: Grand Hotel Toplice

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. We continue on to enchanting Lake Bled and our hotel situated on its shore. We visit the medieval Castle of Bled, perched on a rock, with a marvelous, strategic view of the surroundings.

Friday Overnight: Grand Hotel Toplice

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 countryside 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.
"The guides are very well chosen and make connections we haven't had with other companies"
Terrain: Well-trodden paths,comfortable underfoot, with a wide variety of flat and hilly terrain. 4-10 miles walking per day.


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(Single Supplement $565.00)
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Hotels - Where we stay

Grand Hotel Union

Grand Hotel Union

Considered to be one of Ljubljana's finest hotels, this hotel is located in a quiet side street but within very easy walking distance of the historic city centre. Formed of 2 separate parts, Business and Executive, the Wayfarers stay in the more historic, Executive part of the hotel which was originally built in 1905 but has been extensively renovated whilst retaining its original architectural style. The spacious Executive bedrooms are designed in Art-Nouveau style and are well-equipped with ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, cable TV, phone, internet access, air conditioning, minibar and safe. There is a large dining-room which serves breakfast and, on the top floor of the hotel, is a small swimming pool, fitness gym and communal sauna. Massages are available but cannot be pre-booked.

Hotel Kendov Dvorec

Hotel Kendov Dvorec

Crossing the threshold of the Kendov dvorec ('Kenda Mansion') is like stepping into the past but with all of today's comforts. This truly unique hotel has an extraordinary tranquility, just as if time has stood still. It was origianlly built in 1377 as a country manor for the Kenda family, locally respected landowners who encouraged and supported economic and cultural growth in the area. Now extensively renovated, it remains a monument to a bygone era while retaining the warm hospitality of a family home. The ground floor rooms include two very different style dining rooms, 'Jacobova sobana' with its light airy ambience and large windows and 'Hanina sobana' which is a converted stables with rich, wooden decor. Both serve traditional dishes using authentic, well-tried recipies from the area created from local food bought in fresh each day. The homely ensuite bedrooms are furnished with period furniture from the 19th century and feature fine details like table cloths, curtains and bed linen decorated with the handmade Jdrija lace. Each room is named after a former resident of the Kendov family. All bedrooms offer the usual amenities expected from today's discerning traveller including internet access and guests are welcome to borrow a laptop when available.

Bohinj Park Eco Hotel

Bohinj Park Eco Hotel

Bohinj Park is a 5 star luxury hotel and is the first ecological hotel in Slovenia, designed and built to be 'green'. The location in the heart of the Julian Alps is perfect for access into the National park. Guests have free entry to the spa, health club and swimming pool as well as to the adjacent Aquapark. All hotel rooms are decorated in warm natural materials. and have a hairdryer, a heated towel rack, a mini-bar, LCD TV, WI-Fi and air-conditioning. The restaurant offers a range of excellent meals from authentic local dishes to international cuisine.

Grand Hotel Toplice

Grand Hotel Toplice

The completely renovated Grand Hotel Toplice is idyllically positioned on the shores of Lake Bled with a spectacular view of the island, the medieval cliff-top castle and the Julian Alps. It is a most delightfully elegant hotel combining traditional appearance and superb quality of service with refined comfort and those wonderful views! Originally built in the early 1850s where thermal springs were discovered and subsequent baths constructed, this luxurious hotel has played host to numerous Kings, Presidents, Government officials and sports celebrities. Each bedroom has a style of its own with elegant decor, antique furnishings and modern amenities including ensuite bathroom, direct dial phone, cable TV, minbar, hair dryer, safe and internet access. There are several elegant lounges each furnished with attractive period furniture. The appropriately named 'Grand Restaurant' has a superb view of the lake and serves tasty local and international dishes. The hotel is proud of the range of facilities provided by Luisa Studio Wellness Centre. The focal point is the colonnaded swimming pool, originally built in 1935, which draws on the thermal spring with its health benefits. This well-equipped centre features Finnish, Turkish and Infrared saunas, solarium, gym plus a variety of beauty treatments and massages.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants