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Slovenia: Julian Alps to the Adriatic

Country Walkers
4.2 . Great
83%
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
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Overview

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.

Short Description

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 such as Turk’s cap lilies and gentian. Follow the emerald waters of a rushing river on your walk through the Soča Valley, and stay at an inn where you savor the cuisine of 2017’s “World’s Best Female Chef.” Near the hilltop town of Medana, terraced vineyards hint at the region’s Venetian influences; enjoy its finest vintages during a tasting at a family-run winery. Throughout your journey, revel in the refreshing outlook of a country that greatly values conservation, local cuisine, and outdoor adventure.

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Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Julian Alps
End City Julian Alps

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Slovenia

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Trip Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two nights at the Vander Urbani Resort Hotel in Ljubljana
  • Two Breakfasts
  • 7-day/6-night Slovenia: Julian Alps to the Adriatic guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

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Itinerary

Day 1: Join Your Country Walkers Slovenia: Julian Alps to the Adriatic tour

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Triglav, Bled

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.

Enjoy a gondola ride to a UNESCO-preserved settlement, where you meet a local shepherd and and savor a picnic lunch. From here, transfer to Lake Bled, where dinner is at your hotel.

Day 2: Lake Bohinj and Mt. Vogel

Accommodation: Hotel Triglav, Bled

Ride a cable car to the summit of Mt. Vogel, and enjoy a morning stroll around Lake Bohinj, Slovenia’s largest glacial lake. Head next to Radovljica, a Renaissance town overlooking the Dezela plain..

Day 3: Vintgar Gorge and Lake Bled

Accommodation: Hotel Triglav, Bled

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 before boarding a pletna boat to travel across the lake for dinner.

Day 4: Lake Bled to Soča Valley

Accommodation: Hiša Franko, Kobarid

From 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. Press on to Kobarid, where you tour your hotel’s extensive wine cellar and enjoy a cheese tasting before a memorable dinner by a world-famous chef.

Day 5: Kobarid Museum, Kozjak Waterfall, and Goriška Brda wine region

Accommodation: Hotel Piran, Piran

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 reach your hotel via a coastal footpath.

Day 6: Sečovlje Salina Nature Park

Accommodation: Hotel Piran, Piran

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 a farewell feast at a waterfront restaurant.

Day 7: Your Slovenia: Julian Alps to the Adriatic tour concludes

Accommodation: Vander Urbani Resort, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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

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6 Country Walkers Travel Reviews & Ratings

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4.2 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
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Great 1
Average 2
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Value
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Guide
4.5
Activities
4.3
Lodging
4.3
Transportation
4.3
Meals
4.3

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Excellent local guides,TERRIBLE customer service

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Guide5.0
Activities4.0
Lodging4.0
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Meals4.0
I’ve travelled with CW three times. This last trip is my last. You know how you can tell how good a business is when a crisis occurs? Such was the case on my last trip. Mega hurricane in Florida caused all flights to cancelled in Miami—just the place where many of our tour group had to fly through. Not only were the staff not ahead of the game (American airlines alerted us that flights were being cancelled, and that we needed to rebook ASAP, but CW REFUSED to take responsibility). After spending the night trying to handle things on our own (which we couldn’t do because CW booked our flights), finally, the next morning someone with authority finally said they would handle it—after an employee verbally stated several times (and in writing) that they WEREN’T responsible?! Over the next few days I tried in vain to reach anyone at the office that would acknowledge what occurred was really poor. I did get to hear how this employee was “a really good longtime employee.” No apology; but an offer of $500 was made “make me happy.” Wow—my whole point was missed. We were ignored, then patronized, how utterly frustrating.

Grrr! This experience was so bad that it’s taken me several months to write this review. Frankly, I kept thinking CW wasn’t worth it he time it would take me to write it. But, on the off-chance anyone reads these reviews, I actually felt responsible to warn anyone considering a booking with CW. DON’T.
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We loved our CW trip to Peru!

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Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
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Meals5.0
We loved our CW trip to Peru! We had wonderful guides who were helpful, knowledgeable, and fun to be with. We especially liked the special cultural immersion opportunities created by CW such as the weaving demonstration, family visits and home-cooked meals, corn beer and coin toss recreation stop, etc. This made the trip much more meaningful and gave us more of a flavor of Peru than hiking and sight seeing alone. Everything was top notch and we knew we were in good hands for the week. Thank you for an extraordinary experience.
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Phone interactions are exceptional

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Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
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Phone interactions are exceptional. Employees are well informed about travel in general and your tours in particular-they speak with authority and from personal experience with your offerings. They call back promptly with answers and even help with the occasional related but not tour specific problem. The materials sent are helpful. I especially like the suggested reading materials. Have enjoyed all of our trips and have recommended CW in the past and will continue to do so
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CW is a great company

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Lodging5.0
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Meals5.0
CW is a great company. I have been on two adventures with CW and both have exceeded my expectations. I only have two slightly negative things: 1. the levels of difficulty are not really accurate. For instance, both trips I took were rated easy to moderate and both were easy to challenging. This was a topic of conversation among my fellow hikers and they all agreed. One hiker said that he heard that CW rates them as easier than they are as they wouldn't get the participation they need if they rated them more realistically. 2. I would prefer to stop along the way more than is programmed. I understand that the itinerary drives the distance but there are so many things I didn't get to see as my head was down while walking instead of being able to look up and take it all in.
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not 5 star

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Guide4.0
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Lodging4.0
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Meals4.0
While the CW team was good, it was not 5 star as the client team relationship was limited with no follow up. Other travel companies use a more connected approach. I don't see me using CW again.
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worst thing that you have done was merge with VBT

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I think the worst thing that Country Walkers has done was merge with VBT. I don't get a real person when I call, I get agents that have no idea about what country walkers is or should be. It has turned into a numbers game and your guests are the losers. The damnation of a once good company.
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Optional Activities

Pre-Tour Extension: Ljubljana

  • 2 nights from only $298*
  • Two nights at the Vander Urbani Resort Hotel*
  • Small-group transfers to the hotel on arrival and airport for departure
  • Two breakfasts

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Accomodations

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Guides

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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!

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received on or before 91 days prior to the start of the trip: $150 per person

Cancellations received 90 to 61 days prior to the start of the trip: 25 percent loss of trip price

Cancellations received 60 or fewer days prior to the start of the trip: 100 percent loss of trip price

Country Walkers cannot make exceptions to these cancellation policies for any reason, including personal emergencies and weather. Traveler substitutions are considered reservation cancellations and are subject to the above cancellation charges. In addition, please refer to the Air Arrangements section for information on additional cancellation restrictions. Please note that we do not make any refunds for any unused portion of your trip.

For Flight + Tour Combos:

To receive any refund, your air tickets (if applicable) must be returned to Country Walkers. Refunds will be processed 30 days after our receipt of your written cancellation and air tickets. Please note that if you cancel on or after the scheduled date of departure, you will not receive any refund.

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