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Guided Walking : Europe

Slovenia: Julian Alps to the Adriatic

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 3-6 Miles Daily

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Between the sun-dazzled coast of the Adriatic, the green Hungarian steppe, and the white-mantled peaks of the Alps, Slovenia is an undiscovered pearl of central Europe. You’ll experience the magnificent natural beauty and warm, friendly culture of this captivating country on our creative itinerary, enjoying highlights from the orange roofs of Bled Castle— resplendent atop dramatic white-stone cliffs—to the Venetian-Gothic alleyways of seaside Piran. In Triglav National Park, marvel at the majestic Julian Alps as you walk beside the glacial, blue-green Lake Bohinj, passing through pine forest and fields of alpine flowers like Turk’s cap lilies and gentian. Follow the emerald waters of a rushing river on your walk through the Soča Valley, passing limestone outcrops and hillside farms along the way. Near the hilltop town of Medana, terraced vineyards hint at the region’s Venetian influences; you’ll enjoy its finest vintages during a tasting at a family-run winery. Throughout your journey, savor the refreshing outlook of a country that greatly values conservation, local cuisine, and outdoor adventure.


Tour Highlights:
  • In Velika Planina—a massive mountainside pastureland favored by shepherds for centuries—stop by a local herder’s pine-shingle hut to sample cheeses made from her flock’s milk.
  • Board a traditional pletna boat and glide across beautiful Lake Bled to the iconic island at its heart, where a 10th-century church is rumored to contain a steeple bell that grants wishes.
  • Walk the otherworldly landscape of Secôvlje Salina Nature Park, home to some of the last traditional salt flats in the Mediterranean region, where workers still use centuries-old techniques to harvest the mineral.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $5,598 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Ljubljana | 2 nights $348

Tour Only

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $4,498 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Meet in Ljubljana; Kamnik Alps & Velika Planina

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Kamnik Alps as you ride a gondola into the highlands of Velika Planina and walk through one of the largest shepherds’ settlements in Europe, stopping for lunch at a herder’s hut.

Accommodation: Hotel Triglav, Bled

There are myriad vantage points of the beautiful lake from the Hotel Triglav. Cheerful fabrics complement the antique furniture, bringing charm and life to this 110-year old hotel. An indoor pool and sauna offer a sanctuary to relax after your day’s adventures.

Day 2

Lake Bohinj & Mt. Vogel

After riding a cable car to the summit of Mt. Vogel, enjoy a morning stroll around the untamed Lake Bohinj, Slovenia’s largest glacial lake. In the afternoon, head to Radovljica, a Renaissance town atop a natural promontory overlooking the Dezela plain.

Accommodation: Hotel Triglav, Bled

There are myriad vantage points of the beautiful lake from the Hotel Triglav. Cheerful fabrics complement the antique furniture, bringing charm and life to this 110-year old hotel. An indoor pool and sauna offer a sanctuary to relax after your day’s adventures.

Day 3

Vintgar Gorge

Hike through the magnificent Vintgar gorge to Šum waterfall, the highest river fall in Slovenia. In the afternoon, climb to Bled Castle for spectacular views of the region before boarding a pletna boat to travel across the lake for dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Triglav, Bled

There are myriad vantage points of the beautiful lake from the Hotel Triglav. Cheerful fabrics complement the antique furniture, bringing charm and life to this 110-year old hotel. An indoor pool and sauna offer a sanctuary to relax after your day’s adventures.

Day 4

Lake Bled to Soča Valley

Bidding farewell to Lake Bled, you transfer to the Soča River Valley, and walk along the banks of this “turquoise beauty,” stopping by a family farm for lunch. In the afternoon, press on to Kobarid, where you’ll enjoy a tour of your hotel’s extensive wine cellar and a cheese tasting before savoring a memorable dinner.

Accommodation: Hiša Franko, Kobarid

Hiša Franko has had a long and storied history over the past century, transforming from roadside inn to village mill to World War I hospital. It is also rumored to be the place of Ernest Hemingway’s convalescence when he was injured on the Isonzo Front. In its current incarnation, the property is a warm and welcoming home away from home for travelers. You’ll find a gracious estate with a large flower, herb, and vegetable garden and a lively creek. Rooms are modern and comfortable, and massages are available to ease your tired muscles.

Day 5

Kobarid Museum, Kozjak Waterfall & Goriška Brda wine region

After enjoying a guided tour of a WWI museum, walk to the “hidden” waterfall of Kozjak. Then savor a wine tasting at a family winery 
before continuing on to the stunning seaside town of Piran, where you’ll reach your hotel via a coastal footpath.

Accommodation: Hotel Piran, Piran

The Hotel Piran is a modern hotel that commands a majestic location overlooking the Adriatic on one side and the medieval town on the other. Your sea-facing room offers a balcony to take in the breathtaking view, and the room itself is comfortable and well appointed.

Day 6

Sečovlje Salina Nature Park

Explore the otherworldly Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, one of the few remaining traditional salt flats in Europe, and spot a unique mix of flora and fauna. Later, take a walking tour of Piran before returning to your hotel for a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Piran, Piran

The Hotel Piran is a modern hotel that commands a majestic location overlooking the Adriatic on one side and the medieval town on the other. Your sea-facing room offers a balcony to take in the breathtaking view, and the room itself is comfortable and well appointed.

Day 7

Departure to Ljubljana

Bid Piran farewell and transfer to Ljubljana to depart or explore Slovenia’s vibrant capital on your own.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Ljubljana, Slovenia

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrival into Ljubljana, Slovenia

Upon arrival at Ljubljana’s Jože Pučnik Airport in Ljubljana, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign will meet you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to the Vander Urbani Resort, approximately 30-minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Vander Urbani Resort, Ljubljana, Slovenia

A chic boutique hotel in the heart of Ljubljana, Vander Urbani Resort Hotel consists of four tastefully updated adjacent townhouses, all gracefully accented with contemporary design flourishes. Since opening its doors in 2012, it has become known for its ideal location in the pedestrian-only center of the city, its gracious rooftop lounge with infinity pool, and beautiful yoga center. With only 16 rooms and a knowledgeable staff, it’s the perfect peaceful retreat after a day exploring Ljubljana.

Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers Slovenia: Julian Alps to the Adriatic tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at the Vander Urbani Resort at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Please refer to the Slovenia: Julian Alps to the Adriatic (7-day/6- night) itinerary for full tour details.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Kamnik Alps as you ride a gondola into the highlands of Velika Planina and walk through one of the largest shepherds’ settlements in Europe, stopping for lunch at a herder’s hut.

Accommodation: Hotel Triglav, Bled

There are myriad vantage points of the beautiful lake from the Hotel Triglav. Cheerful fabrics complement the antique furniture, bringing charm and life to this 110-year old hotel. An indoor pool and sauna offer a sanctuary to relax after your day’s adventures.

Day 2

Lake Bohinj & Mt. Vogel

After riding a cable car to the summit of Mt. Vogel, enjoy a morning stroll around the untamed Lake Bohinj, Slovenia’s largest glacial lake. In the afternoon, head to Radovljica, a Renaissance town atop a natural promontory overlooking the Dezela plain.

Accommodation: Hotel Triglav, Bled

There are myriad vantage points of the beautiful lake from the Hotel Triglav. Cheerful fabrics complement the antique furniture, bringing charm and life to this 110-year old hotel. An indoor pool and sauna offer a sanctuary to relax after your day’s adventures.

Day 3

Vintgar Gorge

Hike through the magnificent Vintgar gorge to Šum waterfall, the highest river fall in Slovenia. In the afternoon, climb to Bled Castle for spectacular views of the region before boarding a pletna boat to travel across the lake for dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Triglav, Bled

There are myriad vantage points of the beautiful lake from the Hotel Triglav. Cheerful fabrics complement the antique furniture, bringing charm and life to this 110-year old hotel. An indoor pool and sauna offer a sanctuary to relax after your day’s adventures.

Day 4

Lake Bled to Soča Valley

Bidding farewell to Lake Bled, you transfer to the Soča River Valley, and walk along the banks of this “turquoise beauty,” stopping by a family farm for lunch. In the afternoon, press on to Kobarid, where you’ll enjoy a tour of your hotel’s extensive wine cellar and a cheese tasting before savoring a memorable dinner.

Accommodation: Hiša Franko, Kobarid

Hiša Franko has had a long and storied history over the past century, transforming from roadside inn to village mill to World War I hospital. It is also rumored to be the place of Ernest Hemingway’s convalescence when he was injured on the Isonzo Front. In its current incarnation, the property is a warm and welcoming home away from home for travelers. You’ll find a gracious estate with a large flower, herb, and vegetable garden and a lively creek. Rooms are modern and comfortable, and massages are available to ease your tired muscles.

Day 5

Kobarid Museum, Kozjak Waterfall & Goriška Brda wine region

After enjoying a guided tour of a WWI museum, walk to the “hidden” waterfall of Kozjak. Then savor a wine tasting at a family winery 
before continuing on to the stunning seaside town of Piran, where you’ll reach your hotel via a coastal footpath.

Accommodation: Hotel Piran, Piran

The Hotel Piran is a modern hotel that commands a majestic location overlooking the Adriatic on one side and the medieval town on the other. Your sea-facing room offers a balcony to take in the breathtaking view, and the room itself is comfortable and well appointed.

Day 6

Sečovlje Salina Nature Park

Explore the otherworldly Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, one of the few remaining traditional salt flats in Europe, and spot a unique mix of flora and fauna. Later, take a walking tour of Piran before returning to your hotel for a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Piran, Piran

The Hotel Piran is a modern hotel that commands a majestic location overlooking the Adriatic on one side and the medieval town on the other. Your sea-facing room offers a balcony to take in the breathtaking view, and the room itself is comfortable and well appointed.

Day 7

Departure to Ljubljana

Bid Piran farewell and transfer to Ljubljana to depart or explore Slovenia’s vibrant capital on your own.

Post-Night

Tour Departure from Hotel Piran

After enjoying breakfast, a complimentary small-group transfer brings you back to the Vander Urbani Resort for your posttour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Vander Urbani Resort, Ljubljana, Slovenia

A chic boutique hotel in the heart of Ljubljana, Vander Urbani Resort Hotel consists of four tastefully updated adjacent townhouses, all gracefully accented with contemporary design flourishes. Since opening its doors in 2012, it has become known for its ideal location in the pedestrian-only center of the city, its gracious rooftop lounge with infinity pool, and beautiful yoga center. With only 16 rooms and a knowledgeable staff, it’s the perfect peaceful retreat after a day exploring Ljubljana.

Departure

Nasvidenje! This morning a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Ljubljana’s Jože Pučnik Airport based on your departure time. (Your departure transfer time will be communicated to you on tour by your guides.)

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Ljubljana

2 nights from only $348

  • Two nights at the Vander Urbani Resort Hotel*
  • Small-group transfers to the hotel on arrival and airport for departure
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Slovenia with an additional two nights in Ljubljana. When travelers compare Ljubljana to Prague, it’s not just because they both offer green-lined rivers and thriving café scenes. Find out what one of Prague Castle’s designers, Jože Plečnik, dreamed up when he was given the freedom to design an entire city, from alabaster bridges to streetside pyramids. From your centrally-located boutique hotel, you can explore all corners of this pedestrian friendly metropolis—Poet Prešeren Square (a pedestrian central square), the architecturally compelling Triple Bridge, Central Market (an open air market), and the green-domed Baroque Ljubljana Cathedral. Take time to tour the city’s most prominent attraction: Ljubljana Castle, a medieval fortress perched atop a hill and offering gorgeous views of the city. Don’t miss out on Ljubljana’s cuisine, a delightful mélange of Mediterranean, Austrian, and Hungarian influences bolstered by a strong farm-to-table values and exceptional local wine.

Single Supplement: $298

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two nights at the Vander Urbani Resort Hotel
  • Two breakfasts

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Ljubljana
2 nights from only $348

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Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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May 22 - May 28 $4,498 $748
Jun 5 - Jun 11 $4,498 $748
Sep 11 - Sep 17 $4,498 $748
Sep 25 - Oct 1 $4,498 $748

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May 20 - May 29 $5,948
$998
Jun 3 - Jun 12 $5,948 $998
Sep 9 - Sep 18 $5,598 $998
Sep 23 - Oct 2 $5,598 $998

Private Adventure

Make this Tour a Private Adventure

You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
6 - 11 12 - 18 Single Supplement
May 1 - Oct 15$4,698$4,498$748

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Slovenia Walking Guide Roman Krizanic
Roman Krizanic

A seasoned traveler with an energetic personality, Roman Krizanic is a guide with whom anyone would wish to travel! With a background in anthropology and Chinese language, he spent more than a decade traveling and trekking in remote corners of Asia from lush jungles to the high Himalaya before returning home to lead groups in his native land. He knows every corner of the Balkans; from the beautiful Croatian islands to stunning alpine trails in Slovenia. When not guiding, you will find Roman enjoying the incredible regional food and wine of Slovenia.

Slovenia walking tour guide Luka Poznic
Luka Poznic

Beyond showing our guests his native country, Luka Poznic has a passion for sailing the Adriatic, outdoor adventure (mountain biking and rock climbing), and travel to exotic locales, including the nations of Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Luka especially enjoys talking about the history of Slovenia and the former Yugoslavia over dinner and a glass of fine wine.

Slovenia walking tour guide Miha Klanjscek
Miha Klanjscek

Miha Klanjscek is a seasoned guide with over 15 years of experience travelling and guiding in the Balkan countries of the former Yugoslavia, one of the most culturally, architecturally, and geographically-diverse regions in the world. With an immense love of the landscape, the people, and the cuisine of his native region, Miha is involved in several outdoor sports, including road cycling, mountain biking, trail running, and trekking in the Slovenian Alps. An adventurer by heart, he is also highly-skilled ski instructor and he looks forward to showing our guests the charming medieval towns, lush alpine walking trails, and secret wine cellars of Slovenia.

Slovenia region tour guide Irena Silic
Irena Silic

A passion for traveling was instilled in Irena Silic at a young age thanks to her intrepid parents taking Irena with them on their adventures throughout her native Slovenia and her father’s native Croatia as well as other parts of the world. With a degree in Culture Studies, Irena has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia and speaks five languages. When she’s not inspiring our guests with her passion for the nature, history, and culture of Slovenia, you can find her skiing, camping, biking, or kayaking.

Ursula-Kordis
Ursula Kordis

Ursula Kordis speaks five languages and has studied economics, tourism (in Holland), and photo journalism (in Colombia). Ursula turned to guiding in order to share with visitors her extensive knowledge of and passion for local history, art, design, flowers, and healing plants. She’s traveled extensively throughout South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the U.S., and when not out kayaking, diving, skiing, or dancing salsa, Ursula loves to regale people with her Balkan folk tales and legends!

new slovenia walking guide primoz kadunc
Primoz Kadunc

Primoz Kadunc holds a degree in organizational management which he has put into practice both while guiding and on his journeys worldwide. Thanks to a legendary road trip to India, his extensive travels throughout South and Central America, and the time he spent completing his education in Portugal and Spain, he’s fluent in multiple languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, and Serbo-Croatian. When not guiding, Primoz enjoys sailing (in fact, he has sailed across the Atlantic!), scuba diving, climbing, and exploring new Alpine trails.

new slovenia walking tour guide neja garvas
Neja Garvas

Neja Garvas holds degrees in journalism and French literature and is a true traveler, with her maiden voyage at the age of 17 visiting India and Southeast Asia. In addition, she has explored Africa on motorbike staying in some of the most remote places and meeting local cultural groups on the verge of extinction in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. She eventually made a documentary about that experience and another about the people of Papua New Guinea. When not exploring the world, she enjoys reading, scuba diving, doing yoga, and skiing.

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