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.
This walking holiday is a wonderful combination that encompassed the best of the west, taking you across a vast limestone landscape and down into its great caves. Fine food and wine are supplemented with breathtaking scenery (even underground), natural and cultural monuments. Suitable for hikers of average fitness.
Walk highlights: • Walk through Postojna caves (optional). • Delicious Dried Karst ham & fruity Teran wine. • Lipizzaner Horse-drawn carriage ride. • Fantastic view of Trieste Bay & the Adriatic Sea.
Day 1: ARRIVAL in Postojna. 4* hotel. This is the hometown of the famous Postojna Caves. The limestone caves can be visited in two ways: either on the day of arrival or on the second day of the trip by joining the regular daily tour, or on day two by a specially arranged visit that follows the non commercial part of the caves. This underground walk has to be pre-booked together with the tour.
Day 2: POSTOJNA - HUDIČEVEC AGRITOURISMO (21km). 2* country guesthouse. Today it's on to the impenetrable fortress of Predjama castle, sitting dominantly halfway up a 123m cliff-face. Follow the guide who will regale you with tales of a daring knight who held an army at bay by utilising the secret of the Predjama Caves, and who met his untimely demise in less than poetic circumstances; he was literally caught with his pants down. From here it's a gentle stroll towards the strikingly beautiful Nanos Mountain as sun goes down behind it, ending your day with delightful home-cooking and sumptuous local wine.
Day 3: HUDIČEVEC AGRITOURISM – SLAP PRI VIPAVI (17km). 2* farm guesthouse. You start at the village of Razdrto, sitting in the shadow of Nanos mountain. You can hike to the top and enjoy a splendid view of SW Slovenia and the Friulian plains, or follow the trail along the hillside to the wine valley Vipava. As you continue walkingpast vineyard-laden hills, there are many interesting medieval castles to visit along the way.
Day 4: SLAP PRI VIPAVI – ŠTANJEL (12km). 2* guesthouse in old village. Today is a walk filled with panoramic views. You visit the home of the first ever wine and fruit growing school in Slovenia, the historic little village of Slap pri Vipavi. The region’s soil is known as Terra Rosa, and from it the ruby red Teran and Refošk wines are produced; rarely exported, so sampling one in the heart of the Karst is a rare treat. You'll stay overnight in Štanjel, a traditional karst village.
Day 5: ŠTANJEL – TOMAJ – ŠTORJE (20km). 2* farm guesthouse. Today you head southwards to a quaint little village particularly famous for its perfect climatic conditions. Kopriva is ideal for preparing and air-drying the famous karst ham (Pršut). In the limestone village of Kodrovi you’ll find an interesting row of unique Mediterranean-style houses with entrances into barrel – vaulted cellars. In the town friary there is a precious library containing books in thirty-seven different languages, some dating from the 1600s. Next you walk along local forest roads and trails. The soil around Tomaj is especially suitable for growing the Refošk grape, which is used to produce the excellent Teran and Refošk wines. Here you can take a guided tour and learn all about the process of making the special karst ham, as world famous as Prosciutto.
Day 6: ŠTORJE – LIPICA – TRIESTE (13km & 10km by a horse-drawn carriage). 3* City hotel. For your final day you'll be treated like royalty and brought by horse and carriage to the start of the walking path in Lipica. First is the famous stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit beautiful thoroughbred horses whose glistening white coats and gentle, graceful dancing have earned them a worldwide reputation. Your walk ends at a "million dollar" viewpoint, just above the Habsburg port of Trieste. From Villa Opicina you can descend to Trieste by ancient tram or city bus.
Day 7. Departure after breakfast.
Price: 590 EUR per person based on 2 people sharing. (Currency converter here)
No departures on Thursdays.
Price includes: • Six nights accommodation in above mentioned hotels in a double room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis. • Transfer by car on day three. • Transfer with horse-drawn carriage on day six. • Luggage transport between hotels (one piece per person, max 20 kgs / 45 lb). Every additional piece 10 EUR, payable on the spot. • Information pack including detailed route description (in the form of a picture book) with corresponding maps (one per booking). • Welcome meeting upon arrival. • Backup service (hotline) during the walk.
Optional extras: • Half-board 115 EUR (six dinners in farm guesthouses or nearby restaurants). • For optional visit of Postojna Caves and a guided walk 75 EUR per person, two persons minimum. Needs to be reserved with the tour booking. • Transfer from Ljubljana airport to Postojna 45 EUR per person. Return to Ljubljana airport or Ljubljana downtown from Sežana 55 EUR. Transfer from Trieste airport to Postojna 65 EUR per person. Return to Trieste airport from Trieste 55 EUR. From Trieste City to Ljubljana airport 60 EUR.
Single supplement: • Single room 120 EUR.
Discounts: • Children up to 12 years when sharing room with parents - 30%. • Third adult in the room - 10%; both on basic price.
Price excludes: flights, entrance fees, drinks with meals.
Getting there... By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it (check connections here). From the airport you can travel to Postojna by bus (change once in Ljubljana, takes about 3 hrs) or book our transfer (faster): 45 EUR per person, two persons minimum. Trieste Airport is a good choice too - contact us for transfer details and prices. Transfers need to be ordered and paid for when booking the trip. By train: nearest railway station is in Postojna itself. First hotel is about 500m away. By car: take exit Postojna on A2 motorway Ljubljana - Koper. Car parking is available in hotel garage of Postojna hotel, costs 6 EUR per night per car.
... and away By plane: need to get to the airport? Our transfer to Ljubljana airport from Trieste - 60 EUR per person, two persons minimum. Trieste airport is 30km NW of the city centre, transfer price 55 EUR per person, two persons minimum. By train: Trieste Centrale, many trains, mostly to Venice (some to Gorizia, none to Slovenia!). By car: if your car is in Postojna, we need to transfer you, price is 40 € per person, two persons minimum (there are no bus, nor train connections between Trieste and Postojna). By boat: seasonal boats sail from Trieste to Slovenia - Koper and Piran and onwards to Croatia (Poreč).
Well, back to home and work and just wanted to drop you a quick line to tell you how very much I enjoyed the trip! It was very peaceful with some very beautiful scenery and the guidebook could not have been done better. The accommodations along the way were absolutely wonderful with Stanjel being the absolute highlight--and Merija the most gracious of hosts. And, of course, a very big thanks to you and your team for pulling this whole thing off so last minute! Next time we'll plan for a little more lead time! Well I just wanted to say thank you so much for a spectacular trip.
I would very much like to come back to Slovenia and do another tour and I will, certainly, be using Helia when I do. Eric M.