Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Slovenia - 7 nights
Available July-September 

 

Imagine yourself hiking the solitary routes in the Slovenian Alps, exploring Triglav National Park's breathtaking scenery, admiring the wonderful Bohinj & Bled lakes, as well as the Soca River Valley. In the spectacular high highlands of Triglav National Park, you will stay two nights in a mountain hut. You will taste the diverse Slovenian food and will eat at a two Michelin star restaurant. Taste different Slovenian wines and explore various Slovenian regions.

 
On this 8-day hiking and culinary adventure, discover the Julian Alps, get in touch with nature and sample regional specialties of Slovenian food and wine. Enjoy the stunning Lake Bohinj and the renowned, gorgeous Lake Bled.

 

On the 3-day hut-to-hut portion of the trip, take in the stunning beauty of high mountain lakes and limestone peaks while learning about the shepherds' customs.

 

Visit the old town of Kobarid, a blend of nature, history, and amazing food, and take in the breathtaking Soca River Valley, one of the most beautiful river valleys in the world. Leave the Triglav National Park's mountain routes and enter Goriska Brda's vineyards. Try some of the regional cuisine and local wine.  

 

ITINERARY 

 

Day One 

 

ARRIVAL IN LJUBLJANA

 

After arrival in Ljubljana explore the city center and medieval old town. Walk through the vibrant marketplace while admiring the bridges along the riverbanks. When you visit Ljubljana Castle, treat yourself to stunning city views from Outlook Tower of the castle. After meeting with the guide and other guests you will go to a welcome dinner enjoying typical Slovenian cuisine.

 

Meals included: Dinner
Accommodation in Ljubljana

 

Day Two

 

LAKE BLED, VINTGAR GORGE, LAKE BOHINJ

 

You will start today visiting the world-famous Lake Bled, a picture-postcard lake with an island chapel and a fairy-tale medieval castle perched on a cliff above the lake. A trip through the stunning Bled Vintgar Gorge, a narrow canyon, will be an excellent place to start. We will take a quick hike up a hill with the best view in the world after lunch. Bled custard-cream cake is a regional specialty that you must try. We will continue to the alpine valley of glacial Lake Bohinj, which is situated in the center of the Triglav National Park.

 

 

Hours of walking in Bled Vintgar Gorge: approx. 1,5 hours
Walking: 4 km (approx. 2,5 miles)

 
Starting point for hiking 480 m (1574 feet)
Highest point: 691 m (2267 feet)
Elevation gain: 211 m (692 feet)
Hiking around 40 minutes

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accomodation on Pokljuka or Bohinj 

 

 

 

 

Day Three 

 

HIKING IN THE JULIAN ALPS

 

In the early morning we will start our three-day HUT to HUT hiking trip. While strolling across the lush meadows of the picturesque Alpine pastures, we shall pass shepherds' huts. We will keep going through difficult terrain until we reach mountain ridges with some of the most breathtaking views in the Slovenian Alps.

 

We will spend the night in a mountain hut where we can see the peaks in the area and watch the sun go down!

 

Hours of walking: approx. 6 hours
Hiking: 9 km (approx. 6 miles)
Staring point: 1340 m (4397 feet)
Highest point: 2151 m (7057 feet)
Elevaition gain: 811 m (2660 feet)
Elevaition gain on the hiking: 1100 m (3609 feet)

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation in Mountain hut

 

DAY FOUR 

 

HIKING IN THE VALLEY OF THE 7 TRIGLAV LAKES

 

We will enter the Valley of the Seven Triglav Lakes and experience a rising and falling trip through rocky terrain to start this very exceptional day. The gorgeous mountain trail will lead us to stunning alpine lakes and provide breathtaking views. Following the picturesque trail, we will arrive at the valley and enter one of Europe's most breathtaking high-altitude alpine valleys, a mountain lover's delight. You will be able to understand why Triglav National Park is also known as the Kingdom of the Golden Horn and is a source of pride for all Slovenians because of the breathtaking views and stunning mountains. You will spend the night right beside one of the picturesque lakes, in a mountain hut.

 

 
Hours of walking: approx. 6 hours
Hiking: 7,5 km (approx. 4,6 miles)
Starting point: 2151 m (7057 feet)
Highest point: 2388 m (7834 feet)
Mountain hut for overnight on 1685 m (5528 feet)

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation in Mountain hut

 

 

DAY FIVE 

 

HIKING IN THE JULIAN ALPS, SWIM IN LAKE JASNA

 

We will enter the country of the Alpine pastures after leaving the rugged landscape and tallest peaks behind. You will enjoy the stunning views of the Bohinj region as you make your way back. We will go by some typical shepherd huts where people still live the way they always have and stop in one of the huts to sample some authentic Slovenian treats. We will travel on to the lovely Kranjska Gora village and Lake Jasna where you can swim in the crystal clear lake or just admire the reflection of the mountais in the lake. A delicious Slovenian dinner will spice up the day and this amazing hiking adventure in the Julian Alps. 

 

Hours of walking: approx. 5 hours
Hiking: 6,6 km (approx. 4 miles)
Starting point: 1685 m (5528 feet)
End of hiking on 1147 m (3763 feet)

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation in Kranjska Gora 

 

 

 

DAY SIX 

 

HIKING VRŠIČ PASS & EXPLORE SOČA RIVER VALLEY & TWO MICHELIN STAR SLOW FOOD EXPERIENCE

 

In the morning we will continue on the picturesque mountain route to Vrsic pass (1625m). We will take a short hike on the rocky terrain to Sleme from the plateau on the pass, where you can take in the breathtaking scenery and feel the magnificence of the mountains. After lunch you will visit the historic town of Kobarid and the Soca River Valley, one of the world's most beautiful and pristine river valleys.

 

The evening is reserved for a culinary experience. A slow food dinner prepared by one of the most innovatie chefs, Ana Ros, at her restaurant Hisa Franko with two Michelin stars (Star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table – Season 2) and World's Best Female Chef  for 2017 by the World's 50 Best Restaurants organization and 21 Best Restaurant in the World for 2021.

 

Hours of walking: approx. 3 hours
Hiking: 6 km (approx. 4 miles)
Starting point: 1611 m (5285 feet)
Highest point: 1911 m (6270 feet)
Elevation gain: 300 m (984 feet)
Elevation gain on the hiking: 350 m (1148 feet)

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation in Kobarid 

 

DAY SEVEN 

 

KOZJAK WATERFALLS AND VINEYARDS OF GORIŠKA BRDA

 

The day will begin with a relaxing stroll along the Soca River, which will lead us to the charming, secret Kozjak Waterfalls and its stunning pool. You will have time before lunch to see the World War I Museum and discover the local history.

 

After lunch, we will travel along a charming route to Slovenia's winegrowing region-Goriska Brda, known as Slovenian Tuscany. You will enjoy the Mediterranean landscape, land of gently rolling hills, covered with vineyards, orchards and small villages. You will visit one of the best preserved medieval villages in this area and also Slovenia, village Smartno. 

 

In the family run tourist farm you will enjoy a farewell dinner. Each dish will be served with a selection of our host's wine. Together, we will raise a toast to a great hiking adventure in Slovenia.

 

Hours of walking: approx. 2 hours
Hiking: 3,5 km (approx. 2 miles)

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation in Goriška Brda  

 

DAY EIGHT 

 

GOODBYE SLOVENIA

 

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Ljubljana for your next adventure.



Meals included: Breakfast

  

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc.

 

*Menus are samples and may vary according to the season

 

 

 

   

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 4 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest Airports:

 

Ljubljana Airport -  28km/17 miles (about 35 minutes transfer)

Venice Airport (Marco Polo) - 231 km/143 miles (about 2.5 hours transfer)

Zagreb Airport- 152 km/94 miles (abouot 1.40 hours transfer)

  

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

   

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

 


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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

   


CLIENT REMARKS

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HOMESTYLE TUSCAN COOKING 

Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!

 

Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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