Our self-guided walking holidays are for hikers who prefer to be independent.
The walks include main baggage transfers, leaving you hike with a daypack. Detailed tour description with marked maps are provided. As there's is no guide and strict schedule to keep to, you'll be able to take up opportunities for cultural experiences and interactions as they come.
As the name implies, this amazing trail runs from the Alps to the Adriatic at a total length of 750kms. However, you will walk along the best parts from the heart of the Slovenian Alps to the beautiful sunny wine region on the Italian border. You'll cross a stunning mountain pass, and follow the emerald-green Soča River as it carves its way through the gorgeous Trenta Valley. You'll trek the Italian-Slovene border along a mountain ridge, before descending into vineyard country and ending at a cultural heritage village sitting atop a hill.
This walking tour is a collection of different grade walks, from medium to hard. You will be walking along mountain ridges, meadows and valley floors, slowly descending from north to south. This is a very picturesque alpine trail with stunning views at every turn, and is suitable for experienced walkers with appropriate equipment and good experience.
Day 1: Arrival in Kranjska Gora. Also a famous ski resort, this alpine town is the starting point for the tour. You will spend your first night here surrounded by the beauty of the western Julian Alps. Spend the evening in one of the many great restaurants here and try the famous Kranjska Klobasa (Sausage).
Day 2: Kranjska Gora - Trenta‚ Vršič Pass (14 km, ascent 150m / descent 800m) Your hike takes you up over Vršič, Slovenia's highest mountain pass, amid fabulous panoramic views into the heart of the Julian Alps and its most majestic peaks, and down into the Trenta Valley as the River Soča thunders along beside you.
Day 3: Trenta - Bovec (21 km, ascent 500m / descent 650m) The Soča Trail takes you along this sparkling emerald river as it zig zags its way through the valley. This stunning trail takes you high and low over the river, across wooden bridges and on through the Great Soča Gorge (Velika Korita). At 750m, it may be short but packed with rugged beauty. This is the most beautiful section of the trail alltogether. The Chronicles from Narnia was partly hot on locations here. And - Soča river counts among most beautiful rivers of the planet. Take a swim in the large pool at the end.
Day 4: Bovec - Dreznica‚ Boka Waterfall (23 km, ascent 700m / descent 600m) A day of waterfalls. First you'll visit the beautiful Virje Waterfall. Pure alpine water flows down from the nearby Kanin mountain range in the form of the Gljun River and bursts out into a multi-stranded waterfall 20m wide, cascading down into a beautiful pool of varying shades of green. Then on to the biggest waterfall Slovenia has to offer: Boka Waterfall. The littel village of Dreznica is set high abover Isonzo valley and directly under sumitts of Krn range know for heavy fighting during WW1. After the walk you can visit a touching small military museum with a collection of artefacts from the Great War.
Day 5: Dreznica - Tolmin 20 km, ascent 800m / descent 1200m You are now walking the path of peace, a trail that marries the heritage of the Isonzo Front with the stunning scenery of the Western Slovenian Alps. This is a memorial trail dedicated to the casualties of WW1, and runs through six outdoor museums and numerous chapels, including the lovely Kapela na Planici.
Day 6: Tolmin - Tribilj Superiore 19,5 km, ascent 1308m / descent 879m A high point of this hike is the ascent via the Kolovrat. On the ridge you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Alpine summits in the distance on the one side, and the peaceful landscape which stretches as far as the Po Plain and the Adriatic on the other side. In the Italian part, the route runs along a section of the famous Walk of Peace (Sentiero della Pace / Pot Miru). During the First World War, the Kolovrat Mountain was the scene of bitter battles between Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops, and there are impressive testimonies to this on the former front line at the Passo Solarie. It is well worth visiting the open air museum which has been set up here. No less impressive are the various emplacements and bunkers along the trail towards Tribilj Superiore.
Day 7: Tribilj Superiore - Cividale del Friuli 23,4 km, ascent 616m / descent 1121m. The first part of the route leads via an old connecting path between the plain and the mountain villages of the municipalities of Stregna and Drenchia. It crosses old pasture land and chestnut woods, and passes fortifications from the time of the First World War. Then the valley starts to open out, and from the medieval pilgrimage town of Castelmonte, the oldest shrine in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, there is an open view of the Friulian lowlands. The well preserved sanctuary is one of the most magnificent churches of the former patriarchy of Aquileia. Cividale del Friuli was one of the most important settlements of the Lombard Kingdom in Italy.
Day 8: Departure or stay for a few more days.
Price: 679 EUR per person based on two people sharing. (Currency converter here)
Price includes: • Seven nights accommodation in above mentioned hotels / guesthouses in a two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis. • Luggage transfer between overnight addresses (one piece max 20kgs per person). • Information pack including detailed route description (in the form of a booklet) with corresponding maps (one per booking). • Welcome meeting upon arrival. • Backup service (hotline) during the walk.
Optional extras: • Single room 130 EUR. • Additional night in Kranjska Gora in 3* hotel, per person per night, in a double room, B&B 59 EUR. Single room 85 EUR. • Return transfer from Cividale to Kranjska Gora: 100 EUR per person, two persons minimum.
Price excludes: flights, entrance fees, meals not mentioned in itinerary, drinks with meals.
Starting point of this trip is Kranjska Gora in NW Slovenia, at the Slovene / Austrian / Italian border.
Getting there... By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it (check details here). From the airport you can travel to Kranjska Gora by bus (change once in Kranj, takes about 3 hrs) or book our transfer (faster): 60 EUR per person, two persons minimum. Transfers need to be ordered and paid for when booking the trip. By train: nearest railway stations are Tarvisio / Italy (useful for arrivals from Trieste or Venice), Villach / Austria (for arrivals from Munich or Vienna) or Jesenice / Slovenia for arrivals from Ljubljana. By car: take exit Karavanke from the A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke and then follow signposts to Kranjska Gora. From the motorway Villach - Venice, take exit Tarvisio in Italy or exit Villach West in Austria. There is free, unguarded parking at first hotel for the duration of your trip.
... and away Return transfer from Cividale to Kranjska Gora: 100 EUR per person, two persons minimum By plane: need to get to the airport? Our transfer to Ljubljana airport: return to the airport from Bohinj - 55 EUR per person, two persons minimum. By train: Bohinj has a railway station at Bohinjska Bistrica, 5km from your last hotel. It is on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline, only a few trains a day. Useful for travel in all directions By car: if your car is in Kranjska Gora, you can get there by local bus (change once in Lesce, travel time is around 2 hrs) or we can transfer you for 55 € per person, two persons minimum.