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, your walk will take you along the best parts from the heart of the Slovenian Alps to sunny vineyards on the Italian border. Crossing a breathtaking mountain pass, you'll follow the emerald-green Soča River as it carves its way through the gorgeous Trenta Valley. You'll trek the border along a mountain ridge, before descending into wine country and ending at a cultural heritage hilltop village.
A collection of different grade walks, from medium to hard, it features walks 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.
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) A fabulous start to the trip with a hike over Vršič, Slovenia's highest mountain pass. Panoramic views into the heart of the Julian Alps, its most majestic peaks, and down into the Trenta Valley will accompany you as the River Soča thunders along beside.
Day 3: Trenta - Bovec (21 km, ascent 500m / descent 650m) The Soča Trail takes you along the sparkling emerald Soča river as it snakes its way through the valley. Reputed to be one of the planet's most beautiful rivers, you will crisscross wooden bridges and follow it through the Great Soča Gorge (Velika Korita). This section is so magical that the Chronicles of Narnia was partly shot in this location. Take a refreshing swim in the large pool at the end.
Day 4: Bovec - Dreznica‚ Boka Waterfall (23 km, ascent 700m / descent 600m) A day of waterfalls. Firstly, the beautiful Virje Waterfall. Pure alpine water flows down from the nearby Kanin mountains in the form of the Gljun River and bursts out into a multi-stranded waterfall 20m wide, cascading into a beautiful pool of varying shades of green. Then on to Boka Waterfall, the biggest in Slovenia. You'll stay the night in the little village of Dreznica, set high above the Isonzo valley. Heavy fighting took place here during WW1, so be sure to visit the small military museum with its collection of war memorabilia.
Day 5: Dreznica - Tolmin 20 km, ascent 800m / descent 1200m Today you'll join 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 The high point of this hike is the ascent via the Kolovrat Ridge. Enjoy breathtaking views of distant alpine summits on one side, and serene landscape stretching as far as the Adriatic on the other. The route takes you into Italy, along the famous Walk of Peace (Sentiero della Pace / Pot Miru). During WW1, Kolovrat Mountain was the scene of bitter fighting and there are many impressive monuments along the way, including an open air museum. 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. To begin with you'll follow an old connecting path between the plain and the mountain villages of Stregna and Drenchia municipalities, traversing chestnut woods and old pasture land, and passing WW1 fortifications. Then, from the medieval pilgrimage town of Castelmonte, the oldest shrine in the 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, 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 the 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.