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 in the heart of the Julian Alps and along its mountain ridges. This is a stunning mountain hike, taking you through breathtaking alpine scenery and its many attractions, including Lakes Bled & Bohinj. The tour is suitable for fit and experienced walkers. It requires some basic experience of walking at high mountain levels and narrow trails. Tour is not suitable for children under 12 years.
Walk highlights: • Among the peaks of the Triglav National Park. • Hike to the highest Slovene mountain, Triglav. • Stay in alpine mountain huts. • Scenic view from your Bled hotel. • Visit seven Triglav lakes. • Take a refreshing dip in Lake Bohinj.
DAY 1. Arrival in Bled (501m) (**** hotel). Bled is a popular town on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake with a combination of natural wonders and unique culture and history. Take a stroll around the lake and visit its unique island church and medieval castle perched high upon a towering precipice.
DAY 2. BLED – POKLJUKA HIGH PLATEAU (11km, 620m ascent, six hours walking) (3* hotel). Starting in the verdant woodlands of the Pokljuka high plateau (1280m), today's walk leads you over fertile mountain pastures, through dense fir forests up to Lipanska Hut for a typical hikers' lunch. Then it's onwards through the sweeping vistas of the Karavanke range, Pokljuka plateau, Krma valley and Bohinj mountains to the Pokljuka Biathlon Centre.
DAY 3. POKLJUKA – PLANIKA HUT (10.5km, 1100m ascent, seven hours walking) (mountain hut accommodation). Today it's into the heart of the Triglav National Park and Julian Alps. The trail slowly ascends to Vodnikov Dom hut, amid the glorious views of Mt. Triglav (Slovenia's highest mountain (2864m)), and its neighbouring peaks. You will spend the night at Planika hut, right underneath Triglav. Additional nights can be booked here, should you want to climb Mt Triglav (the climb is partly a “via ferrata”, some alpine experience and a helmet are recommended). (Today your main luggage gets collected at Pokljuka hotel and is delivered to your hotel in Bohinj which you reach on day six).
DAY 4. PLANIKA HUT – KOČA PRI TRIGLAVSKIH JEZERIH (11km, 700m descent, six hours walking) (mountain hut accommodation). You start today with a walk across the Hribarice pass (2358m). Stop and admire the beauty of one of the Park’s seven lakes, Zeleno Jezero (Green Lake), before continuing on to enjoy a beautiful view into the rest of the Valley of the Triglav Lakes. A further three-hour hike brings you to the Koča pri Savici mountain hut on the shore of Double Lake.
DAY 5. KOČA PRI TRIGLAVSKIH JEZERIH – KOMNA HUT (8.5km, 340m ascent, 500m descent, five to six hours walking) (mountain hut accommodation). Walking in a westerly direction you will reach Black Lake - the lowest-lying and warmest of the seven Triglav lakes. It is named for its location in a basin in the middle of the forest, which stretches right to the edge of the Komarča rock face. End your day enjoying a great view of Bohinj Lake at sunset.
DAY 6. KOMNA HUT - RIBČEV LAZ / BOHINJ VALLEY (18km, 1200m descent, five to six hours walking) (4* hotel). Today you'll visit Savica Waterfall, one of the most famous and popular 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. Then you can ascend Mt. Vogel (1532m) with a cable car and enjoy a perfect panoramic view of the Julian Alps over a piping hot stew. A walk along the northern shore of Bohinj lake will bring you to Ribčev Laz village, where you can warm your blood with delicious homemade brandy and schnapps in the local bars.
DAY 7. RIBČEV LAZ / BOHINJ VALLEY – LAKE BLED (4* hotel). After breakfast you will be transferred to Lake Bled, a place that attracts visitors with its combination of natural wonders and unique culture and history. The surrounding region offers plenty of excellent hiking opportunities, including a walk to the stunning Vintgar Gorge. There is a 1600-metre long wooden walkway leading along thundering rapids to the Šum waterfall, from which you can hike a trail to the Church of St. Catherine. From here it's about 4 km back to Bled lake. If you prefer a nice leisurely stroll on your final day, a hike around the lake takes about 1 hour. You can reach the famous island church on the lake by a special boat called “Pletna”, or visit Bled castle and its museum inside. The museum hosts an interesting exhibition on the history of the castle. Your final night will be spent in a nice hotel overlooking the lake.
DAY 8. DEPARTURE FROM BLED. The tour ends with a hearty breakfast, after which you are free to do as you please.
Note that tour programme might be changed in case of bad weather.
Price:650 EUR per person based on two people sharing. (Currency converter here)
Children above 12 years: 30% discount on basic price. Tour is not suitable for children under 12 years.
Price includes: • Accommodation: four nights in 3* or 4* hotels in double rooms; three nights in mountain huts in dormitories, bed & breakfast. Linen in mountain huts is included. • Car transfers on days two and seven. • Luggage transfers between hotels (one piece per person, max 20 kgs / 45 lb). Every additional piece 10 EUR, payable on the spot. During high altitude walks, from day three to day six clients need to carry own clothing / personal items with them and main luggage is stored at the Helia office. • 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 (seven three-course dinners) 125 EUR. • Extra night in Planika hut 35 EUR (in a dormitory room, B&B, including linen). • Additional nights 3* hotel in Bled 59 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 85 EUR. Half board: 15 EUR (3-course) • Additional nights 4* hotel in Bled 79 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 135 EUR. Half board 25 EUR (4-course) • Transfer from Ljubljana airport to Bled 30 EUR per person, Ljubljana city to Bled 35 EUR per person, one way, 2 persons minimum.
Single supplement • Single room (only available in hotels, not available in mountain huts) 80 EUR.
Price excludes: flights, entrance fees, meals not mentioned in itinerary, drinks with meals.
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 persons 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 a 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 have to 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!