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 title suggests, water in all its purest forms is the leading theme of this walk. The trails will take you along alpine streams and under cascading waterfalls to hidden springs. Go for a swim in an alpine lake or watch rainbow trout swirl in the turquoise waters of the glacial Soca River. All set in the majestic alpine landscape of two of Slovenia’s most popular holiday resorts: Lake Bled and alpine Bovec.
Suitable for hikers of very average fitness and recommended for photography enthusiasts.
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN LAKE BLED. (4* hotel). Bled is one of Slovenia's most popular attractions, and deservedly so. It sits on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake with a wonderful combination of natural wonders and unique culture and history. Take a stroll around the lake and visit the medieval castle perched high upon a towering precipice, and take a boat out to the magical island church.
Day 2: LAKE BLED – RADOVLJICA – TALEZ HILL – LAKE BLED 13km. Alpine walk (4* hotel). After breakfast a short car transfer brings you to the small historic town of Radovljica. Before the walk you can spend some time exploring its lovely restored medieval town centre and large palace with two interesting museums, before rounding it all up with some light refreshments in the town square. Starting here, you make a short climb from the confluence of the two Sava Rivers up to the Jelovica high plateau, and stroll 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.
Day 3: LAKE BLED – VINTGAR GORGE – BLED 14km. Valley & gorge walk (4* hotel). Starting in the lush green Radovna Valley, you then walk along the Radovna River as it flows between majestic alpine peaks and carves its way through the stunning 1.6-km long Vintgar Gorge. A wooden walkway takes you along and over a series of rapids and mini waterfalls thundering through the gorge and culminating at the Sum Waterfall. The trail continues back to Bled Lake via Katarina Church. From here you get a different view of Bled Castle.
Day 4: LAKE BLED – KOPRIVNIK VIEWPOINT - STRAZA BEACON HILL – LAKE BLED 15.5km. Hillside walk (4* hotel). Today you get to explore the beautiful glacial lake Bled and its surroundings. Bled is a fairytale wonderland with its distinctive island church backed by a mountain vista and clifftop castle. Head to the western side for the best photos and views of the lake, castle and Karavanke range, and take the trail up to Osojnica for the classic postcard vista. Or take a short panoramic walk to the sunny alpine villages of Kupljenik and Bela.
Day 5: BLED – BOVEC. Canyon and hillside walk. (3* family hotel). Today one of our staff will drive you to the west where you'll start the next leg (no pun intended) of your hike. You'll follow the cool running water of the Možnica river as it snakes its way though the Možnica gorge, intricately carved between the two great mountains of Mt. Rombon and Mt. Jerebica. This beautiful, peaceful landscape was once the scene of several bitter WW1 battles fought here between the Austrian Empire and the Italians. This historic trail passes the remains of many once mighty fortifications.
Day 6: BOVEC – VIRJE WATERFALL – BOVEC 13.5km. Mountain meadows & forest walks. (3* family hotel). A relaxing stroll brings you to the adventure capital of western Slovenia, the town of Bovec. A little stream with an impossibly pronounceable name, Gljun, is fed by the vast underground world of the Kanin limestone range, whose water then tumbles down a 30-foot waterfall before entering the Soca River. The return to Bovec takes you through flowery meadows dominated by the “Slovene Matterhorn” Mt. Svinjak.
Day 7: BOVEC – ZMUKLICA RIVER CANYON – KLUZE FORTRESS – ST. LENART CHURCH – BOVEC 14km. Riverside / valley walk (3* hotel). The final day takes you to the "Queen of the Alpine Waters" – the emerald-coloured River Soca. Its breathtaking colours have wowed many walkers and water sportsmen for centuries. Continue on towards Kluze Fortress. Built more than a century ago to block access to Southern Austria, it has survived all subsequent wars and is now an impressive anti-war museum.
Day 8: DEPARTURE from Bovec after breakfast.
Price: 590 EUR per person based on two people sharing (Currency converter here)
Price includes: • Accommodation in above listed hotels in a two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis. • Car transfer on days two, three and five. • 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 (seven three-course dinners) 125 EUR. • Transfers: from Ljubljana airport to Radovljica 30 EUR per person. Ljubljana City to Radovljica 35 EUR. Bovec to Ljubljana Airport 75 EUR, to Ljubljana downtown 85 EUR. Bovec to Radovljica 45 EUR. All prices per person, one way, two persons minimum.
Supplements: • Single room: 130 EUR.
Additional nights: • 4* Hotel in Bovec 55 EUR per person per night, in a double room, B&B. Single room 75 EUR. • 4* Hotel in Bled 79 EUR per person in lake view double room. Single room 135 EUR. • 3* Hotel in Bled 65 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 105 EUR. Please note that 3* hotel in Bled is not the same hotel as in regular programme (4* hotel).
Discounts: • Children up to 12 years when sharing room with parents -30%. • Third adult person in the room -10%; both on basic price.
Starting point of this trip is Bled in NW Slovenia.
Getting there... By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it (please check connections here). From the airport you can travel to Bled by bus (change once, takes about 1 hour) or book our transfer (faster): Ljubljana Airport to Bled 30 EUR per person; one way, two persons minimum. By train: for Bled you need to get off at the station called "Lesce-Bled" on the Villach-Ljubljana mainline, 4 km away from the town centre; you will need to take a bus, or call us and we'll give you a lift for free. By car: take exit Lesce / Bled from A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke. Please consult us on car parking possibilities.
... and away By plane: need to get to the airport? Our transfer to the airport from Bovec - 75 EUR per person, two persons minimum. By train: nearest railway station is Most na Soci / near Tolmin. It is on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline, only a few trains a day, a good connection to Trieste airport. By car: if your car is in Radovljica, you can get there by train via Most na Soci / Jesenice or we can transfer you for 55 € per person, two persons minimum.