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.
A walking holiday for lovers of alpine scenery and panoramic vistas. On this walk you decide; you can do a hard or an easy, relaxing walk each day. The highlights are the famous Lake Bled, magnificent Vintgar Gorge and mountaintop views. Dedicated to picturesque alpine landscapes, all hikes are based from Lake Bled so you won't need to move accommodation each day. Suitable for hikers of average fitness and highly recommended for photography enthusiasts.
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN BLED. Bled is situated on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake. View its magical island church and clifftop castle at sunrise or sunset to see why it has earned a place as one of Slovenia's most popular attractions. Take a stroll around the lake and hike up to Mala Osojnica viewpoint at the western end for an excellent view from above.
This series of day walks can be done in any order you desire.
Tour A easy: RADOVNA VALLEY – VINTGAR GORGE 11km / ascent 200m. Valleys & meadows. You will be transferred through the lush green Radovna Valley to where the Radovna River has carved the 150m deep Vintgar Gorge. The trail leads along a wooden walkway through this beautiful gorge, beside thundering rapids culminating at the Sum waterfall, and onwards via the lovely Katarina Church viewpoint. From here you get a nice alternative view of Bled Castle. A different photo to take home from all the others. From the car park you can also get a nice photo of Katarina Church with Mount Stol, the highest in the Karavanke range, in the background.
Tour B easy: RADOVLJICA – TALEZ HILL 13km. Alpine walk. Starting at the town square in Radovljica, you make a short climb from the confluence of the two Sava Rivers up to the Jelovica high plateau, a popular walk for locals; mostly because it’s a great picnic spot to enjoy good food and cold beer amid the sweeping vistas of the opposing Karavanke mountain range. The return to Bled leads you along the quiet, shady riverside of the Sava Bohinjka.
Tour C easy: LAKE BLED – BOHINJSKA BELA 11km round trip / ascent 270m. Hillsides and panoramic walk. As you approach Bled by road you cannot miss the jagged tooth-shaped rock pointing upwards from the cliffside of a nearby mountain. This is Babji Zob (the Hag's Tooth). At the foot of this cliff lies the little village of Bohinjska Bela, which is where you'll hike to today. You can climb up and visit the cave underneath the tooth, and have lunch by the Sava Bohinjka River. A visit to the lovely Baroque church of Saint Marjeta is a must.
Tour D hard: ZAVRSNICA - STOL 14.5km / 10 hours hike / ascent 1636m. You will be transferred to Zavrsnica, the starting point, from where you walk towards Valvazor Hut. This long walk can be shortened if you turn back at Prešernova Hut, or you can continue to the summit of Mount Stol - highest peak of the Karavanke mountain range, and feast your eyes on the stunning views across Bled and the surrounding landscape.
Tour E hard: PRISTAVA - GOLICA - PLANINA POD GOLICO 13km / 8 hours hike / ascent 881m. After a transfer to Pristava hut, you will walk towards Golica - the 4th highest peak in the Karavanke Mountains, and then continue to Planina pod Golico, especially known for the wild white narcissus flower which flourishes in mountain pastures around the village from late April to early May. The plants have been protected by law since 1949 and picking them is strictly forbidden.
Tour F hard: DRAGA - BEGUNJSCICA 13km / 7.5 hours hike / ascent 1370m. Today you will hike up Begunjscica, a ridge mountain which commands great views of other surrounding mountains and down to the Sava Valley from Lake Bled to Bohinj. The landscape is magnificent. On a clear day the cities of Ljubljana, Kranj, Bled, Lesce, Jesenice are all visible. It is also known as the mountain of a hundred ravines.
Day 8: DEPARTURE after breakfast.
Price: Hotel 4*: 655 EUR per person based on two people sharing Hotel 3*: 595 EUR per person based on two people sharing High season (1st August to 20th September 2018) supplement: 80 EUR
Shorter, condensed and customized versions are available, please ask for quote! Tour is not suitable for children under 12.
Price includes: • Accommodation in a 4* hotel, two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis. • Car transfers on day trips B, D, E and F. • Information pack including detailed route description (in the form of a picture book) with corresponding detailed maps (one per booking). • Welcome meeting upon arrival. • Backup service (hotline) during the walk.
Optional extras: • Half board 155 EUR (seven three-course dinners, in each hotel). • Transfers: from Ljubljana airport to Bled 30 EUR per person. Ljubljana City to Bled 35 EUR. All prices per person, one way, two persons minimum.
Single supplement: • 130 EUR. Discounts: • Third adult in the room -10%; both on basic price.
Starting point of this trip is Lake Bled in NW Slovenia.
Getting there... By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it (check connections here). From the airport, you can travel to Bled by bus (change once, takes about 2 hrs) or book our transfer (faster): Ljubljana Airport to Bled 30 EUR per person; one way, two person minimum. By train: Bled has two railway stations: Lesce Bled on the Villach - Ljubljana mainline, 4 km from town centre, you'd need to take local bus, or call us and we'll give you a lift for free. The other option is Bled Jezero on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline; only a few trains a day. 2 km away from town centre, we'll give you a lift. By car: take exit Lesce from A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice.
... and away Simple, use one of the above options or - cycle away: consider our cycling trip Best Of Slovenia!