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Family Active Slovenia tour
Adventure Adventure & Adrenaline Family Active Slovenia package

Family Active Slovenia

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
8 days
From: $ 1,480 $ 185 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Tolmin - Cycling through the gorges and valleys of northwestern Slovenia
  • Whitewater Rafting - Explore the beautiful Soca Valley from the waters of the 'Emerald River'
  • Lake Bled - Enjoy some time in the beautiful resort town of Lake Bled
  • Lake Bohinj - Kayaking and walking in Triglav National Park
  • Mount Vogel - Take the cable car up Mount Vogel and enjoy the spectacular landscapes of the Julian Alps
  • Accommodation - stay in a characterful family friendly hotel right on the lake shore of Lake Bohinj with a large indoor swimming pool and a terrance overlooking the lake.

Short Description

Join us for a week of exhilarating activities in the beautiful Slovenian countryside. Based in Tolmin and the sparkling emerald Lake Bohinj, we enjoy the thrills of whitewater rafting, cycling and kayaking as well as the option to try canyoning in Triglav National Park. Enjoy a picnic on the shores of Lake Bled, try delicious local Slovenian dishes whilst cycling through picturesque villages and take a cable car up to the top of Mount Vogel for impressive views of the Julian Alps.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
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 N/A
Start City N/A
End City Ljubljana Airport

Destinations

Slovenia

Cities & Attractions

Ljubljana

Age Requirement

11

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join tour in Ljubljana, drive to Tolmin.

Description

Arriving in the Slovenian capital today, we drive out of the city and on towards the steep mountainous landscapes of the Upper Soca Valley. Our destination is a farmhouse on the outskirts of the historic town of Tolmin, lying at the confluence of the Soca and Tolminka Rivers, some 90 kilometres from the airport.

For those arriving on morning flights why not consider travelling into the centre of the Ljubljana, a 30 minute taxi ride, to take in the cafe lifestyle along the banks of the river. Be sure to check out the Dragon Bridge, the most fairy tale of fairy tale bridges decorated with ornamental dragons.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Triglav National Park hike, Whitewater rafting on the Soca River.

Description

Our base for the next three days, Triglav National Park, incorporating the majestic Julian Alps is Slovenia's premier national park. Start the day with a farmhouse breakfast before heading out on foot to explore the village of Tolmin, taking a two hour long circular walk through the spectacular 1km long, 60metre deep Tolmin gorge. Witness waterfalls, caves and crystal clear waters roaring through the canyon. The town also lies close to the poignant Javorca monument, built on the craggy hillside overlooking the Tolminka Valley and the mountain pastures of Polog. Built by soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian army in 1916, in memory of their fallen comrades, this beautiful First World War church was inscribed on the European Cultural Heritage List in 2007.

After lunch, head to the emerald waters of the Soca river for an afternoon of exhilarating whitewater rafting. A full safety briefing will take place before heading onto the river for 1.5 to 2 hours, covering 12km, encompassing moderate rapids with regular waves that are readily seen, and a combination of wide and narrower channels where a degree of manoeuvring is required. No previous experience is necessary but an ability to swim is required in order to take part in this activity.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Full day mountain biking, riding past rivers and waterfalls

Description

A full day of mountain biking, weaving our way through the scenic and cultural high-lights of the Soca Valley using combination of cycle tracks and local roads. Lying along the eastern edge of the Julian Alps, this picturesque valley is home to waterfalls, canyons, alpine flora and some of the most diverse and unspoilt landscapes anywhere in the country. We have a number of biking trails to choose from today, catering for all levels of fitness and ability and, as we make our way through the stunning Slovenian countryside, doubtless we'll find a few places to sample typical Slovenian treats as we pass through the rural villages.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Free day. Optional canyoning and high ropes course.

Description

Today is a free day, choose from a number of optional activities, relax at the farmstead or head out in foot to further explore Triglav National Park.

Canyoning is a fun activity mixing adrenaline and natural beauty in equal measure. Negotiate narrow canyons, slide down waterfalls and jump into pools with water cascading above you, all under the instruction of experienced local guides. Descending the river wearing a wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy aids there is a fair amount of scrambling, sliding and jumping involved as we spend two hours working our way downstream. Please note a minimum age restriction of 10 applies to this optional activity.

For those with a head for heights, high ropes course located 20 minutes away from our farmstead offers a total of twelve stations where you get to tackle high rope obstacles 10 meters above the ground, leap off Tarzan swings and glide down zip wires.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Lake Bled. Picnic lunch on the lake shore. Continue to Lake Bohinj.

Description

Bidding farewell to our farmstead base, drive 75km to Bled in the heart of Julian Alps . With an emerald lake, medieval castle and a backdrop of snow-topped mountains, Bled presents an almost perfect picture-postcard setting. Once home to the Yugoslavian royal family and the summer residence of President Tito, during the early years of the 20th century Bled was one of Europe's most fashionable resorts. Perched on a rocky bluff, some 100 metres about the lake, sits the 11th century Castle Bled, an almost perfect medieval fortress, with towers, ramparts, moats and a Romanesque wall.

Take a stroll around the lake. An option not to be missed is a Pletna boat ride, a wooden boat rowed by a special oarsman to the island on Lake Bled. Climb up the 99 steps to St Mary's Church and ring the wishing bell entrance to Bled castle.

Enjoy a freshly prepared picnic on the shore of Lake Bled with fine views of the surrounding peaks and Bled castle towering over the lake on a cliff. Be sure to try a dessert called Bled Cream Cake which can be purchased at many of the cafes and restaurants in and around Bled. Continue Lake Bohinj, without doubt one of the most beautiful lakes in Slovenia.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Kayaking on the Sava Bohinjka River. Afternoon walk to the breathtaking Savica Waterfalls.

Description

Lake Bohinj is a naturally preserved glacial lake, enclosed by a series of steep mountain cliffs on the southern edge of Triglav National Park. These landscapes form part of one of the oldest al-pine reserves anywhere in Europe and today we'll have a chance to explore them by kayak and on foot.
After breakfast there is a choice of kayaking locations. For those families with experience of kayaking, head to the Sava Bohinjka River to explore the upper section of the river, grade two to three. Experienced instructors will conduct a safety briefing and a reminder of basic kayaking techniques before you head onto the water for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours negotiating sections of rapids overlooking rich farmland with a striking backdrop of the three high peaks of Triglav in the distance, feeding the network of lakes and rivers. There is a minimum height requirement of 115 cm for this activity, all equipment is provided.

For those without kayaking experience there is the option of strolling over to the kayaking centre close to the hotel on Lake Bohinj for a gentle introduction to kayaking with expert guides on hand to teach you the basic kayaking techniques needed, with time to put your skills into practice on the tranquil waters of the lake.

This afternoon there is an optional hike to the Savica Waterfalls, the source of Slovenia's longest and mightiest river, the Sava. Witness cascades of water tumbling deep into the gorge 78 m below. The waterfalls can be reached via an 8km walk from our hotel, half the walk follows a footpath alongside the shores of Lake Bohinj, alternatively it's possible to get a taxi to the falls where it's a short 20 minute walk over rapids and streams to reach the falls. Look out for chamois and an abundance of endemic plants. You may also spot the odd 'kokolec' dotted around, a special kind of rack for drying hay that is unique to the Slovene regions.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Mount Vogel. Take the cable car up to Mount Vogel for impressive views over the Julian Alps.

Description

After breakfast take the cable car up Mount Vogel to the ski station at a height of 1535 m from where impressive views extend over the lake and the Julian Alps. After exploring the Vogel ski area centre soaking up the spectacular mountain scenery, start heading back down to the lake shore accompanied by your Explore leader. The hike provides the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful and unspoilt alpine meadows this country has to offer, with over 2,900 species of flora on display, many of which are endemic to the Julian Alps. Descending to the valley floor, sights of the beautiful rivers, lakes and mountains ensure stunning views at every turn. Alternatively for those wishing to return directly to the lake shore, return by cable car for a small supplement of €4 take an easy walk around Lake Bohinj (12 km) or hire a mountain bike and cycle quiet country roads.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Transfer to Ljubljana airport, tour ends.

Description

After breakfast drive back to Ljubljana Airport, where our trip ends.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your Family adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable for your family. Tolmin Day 4: Canyoning (minimum age 10) €47 per person. Enjoy a chance to swim, hike and slide through the idyllic landscapes between Tolmin and Baska Grapa, as we spend a day canyoning through the gorges. Day 4: High Rope course (minimum age 10) €20 per person. Lake Bled Day 5: Entrance to Lake Bled castle, €5 per person Lake Bohinj Day 7: Mountain biking. Adult bike hire €16 per day, €12 up to 4 hours. 50% reduction for children. Day 7: Mount Vogel - cable car down the mountain for those who don't want to walk down €4 adult, €2 children

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Accommodation Notes

Please note that some of the hotels used on this trip don't have air-conditioning.

Guides

An Explore Leader is an integral part of any Explore trip and your trip will be led by one of our experienced Explore Leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Explore Leaders are the key to the success of our trips; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your Explore Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this trip fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

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Min. Age: 11

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