Up the adrenaline on this exhilarating tour of Slovenia

With its crystal-clear emerald lake, tumbling waterfalls and lush green forest flanked by the towering peaks of the Julian Alps, Bohinj is a beautiful active paradise and ideal base for your Slovenia adventure. Hike lush trails on Mt Vogel, go mountain biking alongside the Radovna River in Triglav National Park and hold on to your helmets on an exhilarating rafting trip on the Sava Dolinka River. Along with all this adventure, there’s plenty of free time to discover this spectacular part of Slovenia for yourself.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Finish
Bohinj, Slovenia
Destination
Slovenia
Style
Original
Theme
Active Adventures
Code
ZMXS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • From the top of Mt Vogel, hike along lush trails, looking down to the valley where deep green forest meets the endless blue of the glacial Lake Bohinj

  • Cycle through mountain pastures to outstanding lookouts in Triglav National Park

  • Famous for its fairytale-like surrounds – including an emerald-green lake with a church in its middle and medieval castle – Bled is a joy to explore. It also produces a delicious local cake (Bled cream cake – make sure to try it).

  • Ride a raft over the rugged rapids, gates and pools of the Sava Dolinka River, taking in stunning Alpine scenery as you go.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an active trip packed with activities such as cycling, whitewater rafting and trekking. To fully enjoy it, you'll need to be in a good state of health and fitness. To participate in the rafting experience, you'll also need to be a confident swimmer.

  • The trip involves some early starts and long days, because the itinerary is packed with lots of exciting activities.

  • Bohinj, the base for this trip, is located approximately 25 kilometres west of Bled. Frequent public buses travel between the 2 towns, so a visit to Bled is an easy undertaking. A departure transfer from Bohinj back to Ljubljana or Ljubljana Airport can be booked at an extra cost.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 15 September 2018

Zivjo! Welcome to Slovenia. Known as ‘Europe in Miniature’, tiny Slovenia has a huge heart and a wealth of diversity. Importantly for us there's also plenty of action for adrenaline junkies, from cycling, hiking and skiing, to canyoning, caving and boating. Ease into things with a welcome meeting, where you’ll get acquainted with the rest of the group. The evening is spent at leisure exploring the streets of Ljubljana. Tonight perhaps head out as a group for a meal at a traditional restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Meet your leader and group at a welcome meeting at 6pm tonight – check with reception to confirm the time and place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). There are no activities planned before the meeting, so if you arrive early there are plenty of things to keep you busy.
Head out on an orientation walk around cosmopolitan Ljubljana (pronounced 'Lyub-Li-Yana'), the capital of Slovenia. Ljubljana is a city full of style and sophistication, history, monuments, churches, museums and great restaurants. The Old Town consists of three main squares and Baroque houses, and you can visit the Ljubljana Castle, the Town Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas, the Triple Bridge, and the open market under the arcade. In the city centre's Preseren Square you’ll feel like you’ve just walked right into a scene from a beautiful postcard. In the afternoon board a local bus to the quaint lakeside town of Bohinj (approx. 2 hours) which will be our base for the coming week. Lake Bohinj is the largest permanent glacial lake in the country, and the soaring Julian Alps capture a touch of Switzerland. The mountainous backdrop and stunning lake make Bohinj a wonderful place to visit and a delight of Slovenia.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Head out for the first day of activity. Take the cable car to the top of Mt Vogel, located within Triglav National Park. The upper station lies above 1500 metres/4920 feet from where you'll enjoy a hike along lush trails, looking down to the valley where deep green meets endless blue. Depending on weather conditions, you will head south towards the peak of Sija. After a rest stop at Suha hut, continue through this incredible Alpine scenery along the Bukovska Valley towards the final destination: Ribcev Laz. This is a quaint little village dominated by a 17th-century church with a fresco of St. Christopher on the outside wall. The church, the mountains, a little bridge over Lake Bohinj – it all looks like a wonderful film set.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt Vogel - Cable Car
  • Hiking on Mt Vogel
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The actual walking trail today will be chosen according to weather conditions and the ability of the group.
Today you'll head to nearby Bled. With dense green mountains, a rocky cliff-top castle, and an emerald-coloured lake – complete with a church on an island smack bang in the middle of it – it’s hard to take a bad photo here. Join the group for an orientation walk through the picturesque town and around its lake (seriously, just try). This scenic 6-kilometre (3.7 mile) walk passes some impressive villas, mostly from the beginning of the 19th-century, including the former residence of Josip Tito. Grajska Plaza (Castle Beach) is found directly underneath the castle, and provides an excellent starting point for your own exploration in the afternoon. Maybe head to the 100-metre (330-foot) high cliff-top castle. Dating from the 11th-century, the views from Old Bled Castle are nothing short of spectacular – take in the lake with the island and the southern foothills of the Alps. Even better views are to be had from Little Osojnica Hill. Or take a Pletna boat ride (a wooden, awning-covered 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. Return to our base in Bohinj at your own leisure.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Day Trip to Bled
Optional Activities
  • Bled Pletna Boat Trip - EUR14
  • Bled - Bled Castle - EUR11
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Pack your swimming gear and towel for a rafting trip on the Sava Dolinka River. It’s a short drive from Bohinj to Piskovca (approx 40 minutes), where you enter the river. A professional river guide will lead the group on a 1.5-hour journey through rapids (graded 2 to 3), gates and pools. You’ll pass alpine scenery, cypress trees, and navigate giant moss-covered boulders all the way down river to Lancovo. There’s time for a swim in the fresh water, then it’s a short drive back to Bohinj from Lancovo. Later, maybe dine on sausages or fresh fish with a side of the local vino. Luckily for you, Slovenia only exports a small amount of their wine, keeping the best local.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bled - Sava Dolinka River Rafting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Still want to be active? Perhaps enjoy an Emerald River Adventure within Triglav National Park, or try your hand at canyoning. Or simply return to Bled and wander around town at your own pace, and take a dip in the lake. Be sure to seek out the famous Bled cream cake, which isn’t hard; nearly every cafe and cake shop in town claims that theirs is the best. Invented in the kitchens of Hotel Park in 1953 by Istvan Lukacevic, chef of the hotel's confectionery store, more than 10 million kremsnita have been baked at the hotel's patisserie since its invention. Alternatively head to Vintgar Gorge. It's an easy daytrip from Bohinj and features a spectacular walk across rapids, waterfalls and pools via an elevated boardwalk that clings to the craggy rock face. The gorge is less than a kilometre in length so doesn’t take long to hike, but the iridescent water has an almost ethereal quality and clearly, you’ll spend a while in this amazing spot taking photos.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Triglav National Park - Vintgar Gorge - EUR4
  • Mountain Bike Hire - EUR15
  • Emerald River Adventure Full Day Trip - EUR110
  • Bled Canyoning - EUR60
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Head out for a morning of mountain biking. There are two routes that might be taken. The first is along the scenic Radovna River; follow the tranquil trail for about 16 kilometres/10 miles as it meanders its way through a wilderness valley between two plateaus to the village of Zgornja Radovna. It’s an easy ride along a gravel road through the valley, with only a slightly difficult ascent just before the end. You’ll pass old buildings, ancient trees and traditional farms. Alternatively, there’s a route with more elevation gain to the villages of Srednja Vas, Lese, and Lipnica. Whichever one you ride, you’ll enjoy forests, mountain pastures, and outstanding viewpoints of this beautiful national park. Back in Bohinj, make the most of your last night together as a group and celebrate the end of this active adventure.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mountain Biking in Triglav National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The route chosen for cycling today depends on the weather this morning, and the ability of the group.
This trip comes to an end after breakfast with an optional transfer to the airport for your onward flight. If you would like to extend your stay in Bohinj or Bled we are happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Please speak to your booking agent.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle, Local bus, Bicycle, On foot

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night), Guesthouse (6 nights)

Included activities

  • Mt Vogel - Cable Car
  • Hiking on Mt Vogel
  • Day Trip to Bled
  • Bled - Sava Dolinka River Rafting
  • Mountain Biking in Triglav National Park

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Important notes

ARRIVAL TRANSFER
An arrival transfer is NOT included, however can be booked at an extra cost. Please speak to your travel agent at the time of booking. If no transfer has been booked, please make your own way to the hotel for the welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1.

LEVEL OF FITNESS
This multi-activity trip requires a good level of fitness and health.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

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Reviews

Our Slovenia: Hike, Bike & Raft trips score an average of 4 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.

Slovenia: Hike, Bike & Raft, June 2018

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