Difficulty Rating : 6 Start: Bled Finish: Bohinj Valley Daily Average: 10-13km Weekly Average: 55km Tour Type: Walking,Self Guided Teaser: Nestling under Austria's southern Alps and warmed by Italy's Mediterranean sun, Slovenia is a small country with big geography
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Nestling under Austria's southern Alps and warmed by Italy's Mediterranean sun, Slovenia is a small country with big geography. Our Picturesque walking tour starts in Kranjska Gora, a well known winter sport village hosting yearly world cup slaloms. From here we hike through mountain pastures, valleys dotted with charming farmhouses and explore the Triglav National Park with its many World War II monuments.

You make your way to Lake Bled, well known to many for its beautiful church and alpine backdrop, where you spend two nights exploring the area. Our next destination is Slovenia's largestlake, Bohinji, with its crystal clear waters fed by the 70 metres Savica Waterfall. You spend a further two nights here so as to provide the option of walking all the way around the lake or perhaps enjoy a swim in its inviting waters.

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Day 1

Arrival in Bled

Arrival to Bled, a world famous town on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake, with its unique island church sitting proudly in the lake, and the castle perched high upon a cliff standing guard over the town (hotel 4*). 501 meters)

Day 2

Bled - Pokljuka - High Plateau

A short morning car transfer brings you to the starting point, on top of Pokljuka high plateau (1280 m) – the starting point of many hiking trails in the Julian Alps. The warming - up hike will lead you over mountain pastures and through dense fir forests to up to Lipanska Hut. A typical hikers' lunch can be taken there. The afternoon walk will bring you along a panoramic route (excellent views of Karawanke range, Pokljuka plateau, Krma valley and Bohinj Mountains) to biathlon centre of Pokljuka where you stay for the night (hotel 3*). (14 km, 710 m ascend, 620 m descend, 6 hrs walking)

Day 3

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After breakfast – off it goes to the heart of Triglav National Park and Julian Alps. The trail slowly ascends to Vodnikov Dom hut, where lunch and rest can be taken. Daily destination is Planika hut, right underneath Mt. Triglav – highest Slovene mountain (2864 m). Planika hut is an ideal starting point for a climb to Mt. Triglav, however, additional nights need to be booked there to accomplish this extra climb (the climb is partly a “via ferrata”, some alpine experience and a helmet is recommended). (Today your main luggage gets collected at Pokljuka hotel and is safely stored in our head office in Bled until you reach Bohinj at the end of the walk. You will not have access to it until then so make sure you have everything you need in your backpack). (Mountain hut accommodation). (12 km, 1100 ascend, 160 m descend, 7 hrs walking)

Day 4

Planika Hut – Koca Pri Triglavslkih Jezerih

After a hearty breakfast, you will start your walk across the Hribarice pass (2358m) in the direction of the Koča pri Triglavskih Jezerih hut. On your way to the hut, you can stop and admire the beauty of one the Triglav Park’s seven lakes, Zeleno Jezero (Green Lake), whose name is derived from the high algae content painting the lake a gorgeous lush green. As you continue on you will enjoy the beautiful view into the rest of the Dolina Triglavskih Jezer (The Valley of the Triglav Lakes). From the Koča pri Triglavski Jezerih hut, it’s about a 3 - hour hike to the Koča pri Savici hut where you will spend the night (Mountain hut accommodation). (11 km, 300 m ascend, 1000 m descend, 6 hrs walking)

Day 5

Koca Pri Triglavskih Jezerih – Savica Waterfall Hut

A long descent into the valley awaits you. During the lunch break at Komna hut, you will also enjoy great view of Bohinj Lake. The day will end with a short 20 - minute walk to Savica Waterfall, which is one of the most famous and popular waterfalls in Slovenia. An alpine Karst spring flows to the top of the waterfall and then cascades 78 metres and subsequently feeds the mighty Lake Bohinj. (Your main luggage will await you here.) (Mountain hut accommodation). (8 km, 230 m ascent, 410 descend, 4-5 hrs)

Day 6

Savica Waterfall Hut - Ribcev Laz / Bohinj Valley

After breakfast, a relaxing descend down an old military road brings you to Savica Waterfall, which is one of the most famous and popular waterfalls in Slovenia. An alpine Karst spring flows to the top of the waterfall and then cascades 78 metres and subsequently feeds the mighty Lake Bohinj. Walk along the northern shore of Bohinj Lake will bring you to Ribcev Laz village where you can warm your blood with delicious home made honey brandy and schnapps in the local bars. In summer months one can enjoy a swim in crystal clear water of Bohinj Lake. Alternatively, one can ascend Mt. Vogel with a cabin cable car. From top (1532m) you will be able to enjoy a perfect panoramic view of Julian Alps and area you walked previous days. (4* hotel)

Day 7

Ribcev Laz / loop around Bohinj Valley

Time to rest and enjoy the lake. There is the possibility of an additional tour to the supper Bohinj valley. Through idyllic villages you climb to the Rudnica hill which dominates the valley and offers a farewell view of the lake and the mountains you hiked (hotel 4*).

The tour ends with a hearty breakfast next morning, after which you are free to do as you please.

What does the tour include:

  • 7 nights Accommodation: four nights in 3* or 4* hotels / three nights in mountain huts in dormitories; Bed & Breakfast.
  • Car transfers as per the itinerary on days 2 & 7
  • Luggage transfer as mentioned above, between overnight addresses in hotels (during high altitude walks, from day 3 to day 5 you need to carry own clothing/personal items with you)
  • Information package including detailed route description with corresponding maps (one per room)
  • GPS data
  • Backup service (hotline) during the trip
  • Welcome meeting upon arrival

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2024 Self Guided Tour Prices:

€920.00 per person sharing

+ €290.00 single supplement if travelling with others
   (single rooms only available in hotels, not available in mountain huts)

Self Guided Tour Information

Tour can start any time from 6th July to 14th September 2024


4* hotel Park Bled (or any other 4* hotel)

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3*hotel Center Pokljuka

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Planika Hut

Planika Hut

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Koca Pri Jezerih

Sedmera jezera hut

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Komna Hut

Komna Hut

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Bohinj Valley

4*hotel Kristal

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Transfers:                                        1-3 people     4-8 people
Ljubljana Airport to Bled                     80 euro            115 euro
Villach to Bled                                       165 euro           190 euro
Klagenfurt airport to Bled                   195 euro           235 euro
Bohinj to Ljubljana Airport                 135 euro          180 euro
Bohinj to Kranksa Gora                        135 euro          180 euro

Starting point of this trip is Bled in NW Slovenia
Slovenia is well served by mayor airlines. Of the mainstream carriers, Slovene national airlines Adria Aiways fly to Ljubljana airport daily from Munich and Frankfurt. Additionally they serve London (Luton), Amsterdam, Brussels and Copenhagen on a weekly basis.
Easy Jet flies daily from London to Ljubljana. Ryanair serves Klagenfurt and Graz (from London Stansted) in SE Austria plus Trieste in Italy (Birmingham, London, Barcelona, Valencia, Brussels and Bari) that are all very close to the starting points of our trips. Wizzair connects Ljubljana with London Stansted and Brussels Charleroi.
Airport of Ljubljana is 25 km from the centre. There are regular bus shuttle connections to the city but no trains are operating from there. If you need an airport transfer, please go here.

By train:

Ljubljana has a centrally located railway station. All trains from Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary and Croatia stop here. Maribor also has a central stations – trains en route from Vienna / Graz to Zagreb and Ljubljana stop here.
Lake Bled has two railway stations: main station is called Lesce - Bled on Villach - Ljubljana line. It is 4 km from the centre of the town, but there are good bus connections. Other Lake Bled station is called Bled Jezero on mainline Jesenice - Trieste - this one is specially useful if you fly to Trieste (take a taxi from the airport to Monfalcone and then train via Gorizia / Nova Gorica to Bled. Contact us for details about this good connection).

Koper station is 1 km from the centre and port. Directly it is only connected with Ljubljana, for trains of other origins you may need to change at Divača railway station. Alternatively Trieste can be used with good connections from and to Venice. For train connections in detail, look here.

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