Mountains & Lakes of the Julian Alps

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  • Arriving at the blue waters of Lake Bohinj in the heart of Triglav National Park
  • Walking through Alpine meadows beneath the snow capped peaks of the Julian Alps
  • Soaking up the views along the best sections of the Via Alpina
  • Indulging in the traditional Slovenian dish of wind cured karst prosciutto ham
  • Exploring the Romanesque towers and Renaissance secrets of Bled Castle
Explore the mountains and lakes of Slovenia’s Julian Alps as you follow the Via Alpina from the tranquil village of Jezersko to Lake Bohinj at the heart of the Triglav National Park. Following well marked trails you will walk across forested plateaus, through deep river gorges and across flower filled Alpine meadows with the snow capped peaks of the Julian Alps as your constant companions. Medieval castles, churches and traditional mountain villages bring the walk to life and immerse you in the friendly Slovenian culture. Your holiday begins with two nights in the small romantic village of Jezersko in the Kokra Valley. You then walk up the northern side of the Kamnik Alps—Goli Vrh—which rewards with wonderful Alpine views, before descending to the town of Preddvor and then on through the peaceful Draga Valley. Your walk continues along mountain ridges, meadows and valley floors via Bled to finish at Lake Bohinj, the jewel at the heart of the Triglav National Park. Slovenia’s Julian Alps, located on the border with Austria, have always been a cross roads and this is reflected in the rich culture, architecture, music, history and food of this beguiling region. Highlights include the baroque Church of St. Petrus, Kamen Castle, Kremna Reszina pastries, karst prosciutto ham, borovnica blueberry schnapps and a lively folk music scene.
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What To Expect

A perfect introduction to the famed Via Alpina walking route through Slovenia’s Julian Alps. Wonderful alpine walking through meadows, beside lakes and through narrow gorges. Carefully chosen traditional accommodation with local cuisine make this a walk not to be missed!

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

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Activity Level & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate overall and includes daily walks of between 10 and 22 km and ascents of up to 975m following rugged footpaths, tracks and mountain paths. Some of the days will involve walking on narrow paths with steep drop offs and therefore you will need a head for heights. Due to the nature of the terrain in Slovenia, and the fact that paths are not as well looked after as in other alpine countries you may find that some paths can be blocked with overgrown tree roots etc and care is required when negotiating the paths, paying close attention to your feet as the paths are very rugged. Some of the ascents and descents are steep and are exposed so require a good head for heights and surefootedness. There are some short sections of up to 1km where ladders and cables are in place to help you along the way where the path is very narrow or the slopes are scree. Day 4 is a tougher day and should be considered more of a moderate-strenuous grading due to the fact that it is the most exposed day, route-finding is a bit trickier and the terrain which consists of lots of gravel rocks can become very slippy after bad weather. If the weather is bad it is possible to simply do a shorter loop walk up to the church that day. In summary you should have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this holiday as many of the walks are not possible to shorten once you have started. The itinerary would not be suitable for anyone under the age of 16.

Navigation

The routes on this trip are generally easy to follow if you pay close attention to the provided detailed route notes and maps. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS so using this combined with the provided route notes and maps means you should have no problems finding your way.

Accommodations

We specifically select your accommodation to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay in Slovenia. You will stay for 4 nights in 3* hotels/inns, and 3 nights in a 4* hotel. All offer comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms, a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.

Alternate accommodation

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the itinerary, but because of limited availability in high season we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location of the same or better standard. We will confirm your accommodation details on confirming your reservation.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.

Solo Walkers

This holiday is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone. If you are traveling solo the holiday is slightly more expensive as some costs are not shared.

Meals

A delicious breakfast is included each morning. Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Or you can pick up lunch in the village or stop along the trail. If you choose the half board option dinner is included or alternatively you can eat at the hotel or a local restaurant each night.

Included
  • 7 Nights accommodation in hand picked small hotels and country inns. (4 nights 3*, 3 nights 4*)
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer as per itinerary (1 bag per person/max.20 kg)
  • Welcome meeting and briefing on evening of day 1 (6pm)
  • Detailed pictured route descriptions with maps and a pre departure information pack
  • 24-hour assistance by phone from our office/local representative in the event of a problem
  • Transfers on days 3, 5 and 7 as per itinerary
Excluded
  • Flights and transfers to first/from last accommodation
  • Travel to the start and form the end of the walk
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entrance fees to gorges
  • Personal equipment and expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
Extras
  • Transfers on days 3, 5 and 7 as per itinerary
  • Additional nights during the walk
  • Half board
  • Airport transfers (from/to Ljubjlana airport). Minimum 2 persons

When To Go

This holiday is available to start on any day between mid May until mid October. The best months for walking are in the summer months between July and September when the wild flowers are in still in bloom, the weather is usually fair and the higher alpine trails are mostly clear of snow. It should be noted however that the weather in the mountains is changeable and therefore you should be well prepared for all weather conditions including the occasional thunderstorm. There can also occasionally still be some snow in the early season. We do provide a detailed equipment list for the tour so that you are prepared.

Getting to the Start

Jezersko is located just 30km from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. Many low cost airlines fly into Ljubljana Airport including Easyjet, Wizz Air, and Flybe.From the airport: To get to Jezersko take the airport bus to Ljubljana (45mins) or to Kranj (15mins) and a connecting service to Jezersko (2 hours total). It is also possible to take a taxi transfer straight to Jezersko which you can pay for locally and it will be more reasonable and takes about 45 minutes. We can pre-arrange this transfer for you too but the cost is more expensive than doing it locally. Let us know if you would like a price for this.

Getting from the End

Bohinj has a railway station in Bohinjska Bistrica, 5 km from your hotel. It is on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline, only a few trains a day. From the village of Ribcev Laz there are buses to Ljubljana (2hrs) whereupon connecting buses serve Ljubljana Airport (45mins). A good resource to check timetables and fares is the Slovenian Travel Information website.

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Jezersko Day 2 Circular walk from Jezersko 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Walk to Goli Vrh 6 miles / 9 km Day 4 Circular walk to Jacobs Church 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Walk to Begunje 9 miles / 14 km Day 6 Walk to Bled 13 miles / 21 km Day 7 Walk to Lake Bohinj 8 miles / 13 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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