Blossoming hiking countryside in Slovenia
Highlights

Walk highlights:

  • hike through lush alpine valleys
  • swim in crystal clear alpine lakes
  • deep canyons with thundering rapids
  • wildflower-strewn meadows & pastures
  • pop into Italy
  • sumptuous food in family-run hotels

Lakes And Valleys Walking Tour

Hiking and walking Slovenia
from 695 EUR
Departure
daily from April 9 to October 15, 2022
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Starting Point
Kranjska Gora
Total Distance
90 km
Activity Level
2

The all-time classic walking holiday of Slovenia

The Lakes And Valleys Walking Tour takes you through glorious alpine scenery and panoramic vistas. The highlights of this walk are the famous Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, along with Mt. Triglav National Park. The perfect mountain tour for lovers of stunning mountain vistas and enchanting valleys. Suitable for hikers of very average fitness and highly recommended for photography enthusiasts.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN KRANJSKA GORA

The popular ski resort of Kranjska Gora, most famous for hosting the annual Alpine Ski World Cup Slalom every January, is the starting point for this tour. You will spend your first night here with the beautiful western Julian Alps as your background.

Day 2: KRANJSKA GORA – JASNA VALLEY – KRANJSKA GORA (intermediate, 5 hrs, ↔ 17 km,  ↑↓ 460 m)

Your warm-up walk will take you out past the first of many beautiful lakes you'll visit on this trip: Lake Jasna. With the jagged peaks of the Julian Alps behind it, Lake Jasna is the perfect spot for relaxing. But save it for the walk back because there's more ahead. Continuing on through the Jasna Valley, you'll be greeted by the glorious mountain arena of the Prisank and Razor Mountains and return via the “Russian Chapel” dedicated to Russian POWs who died during WW1 building the military road over Vršič Pass.

Day 3: PODKOREN – TRIPLE BORDER POINT (intermediate, 5:30 hrs, ↔ 18 km, ↑ 520 m, ↓ 730 m)

This walk takes you along forest and mountain meadows to the summit of Mt. Peč (1,508 m) where the borders of Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet. At the top, you can soak up the dramatic views across the Julian Alps and Carnian Alps. The Hohe Tauern alpine range, highest in Austria, will greet you in all its majesty. The trail then descends through the valley to the source of the beautiful Sava River, the longest in Slovenia, back to Kranjska Gora.

Day 4: RADOVNA VALLEY – VINTGAR GORGE – LAKE BLED (intermediate, 4 hrs, ↔ 14 km, ↑ 210 m, ↓ 320 m)

A member of our team will drive you through the lush green Radovna Valley, amid soaring mountain peaks, to where the Radovna River has carved the 150 m deep Vintgar Gorge. You can then walk the trail that leads along a wooden walkway through the gorge and onwards to the world-famous Bled Lake, via the lovely Katarina Church viewpoint. Your hotel overlooks the lake.

Day 5: LAKE BLED – BOHINJSKA BELA - BLED (intermediate, 4:30 hrs, ↔ 15 km, ↑↓ 520 m)

Today you will take a leisurely stroll into Bled, a popular town on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake, with its medieval castle standing guard over the distinctive island church from the edge of the lakeside cliff. For the best photos and views of the lake, church and castle and Karavanke mountain range, hike up to Mala Osojnica viewpoint from the western side of the lake. End the day with the local speciality - the cream cake "Kremšnita" - in one of the great little lakeside tea shops.

Day 6: POKLJUKA – USKOVNICA SADDLE – LAKE BOHINJ (intermediate, 4 hrs, ↔ 14 km, ↑ 30 m, ↓ 830 m)

You will be driven by car up to the Pokljuka Plateau where you will begin your hike across mountain pastures and rustic farmhouses to a viewing point into the beautiful Bohinj Valley. On the way down you can stop at the little historic village of Studor and take a journey into the past. Your final destination is Lake Bohinj, a true gem in the heart of the Triglav National Park, and the small, fisherman's settlement at the lakeside.

Day 7: LAKE BOHINJ (intermediate, 6 hrs, ↔ 21 km, ↑↓ 330 m)

Spend the day strolling around this wonderful, peaceful alpine lake setting, in the shadows of the immense mountain peaks of the Julian Alps. You can swim in its fresh water. Try the delicious Bohinj trout. At the western end of the lake is a short trail up to Savica Waterfall, the source of the lake and the Sava Bohinjka river. Then you can take the cable car up to the 1,532 m high Vogel Mountain for a spectacular view of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps. Spend the evening in one of the cosy village pubs and try the local homemade honey brandy.

Day 8: DEPARTURE

After breakfast or extension of your stay. You may wish to continue hiking onward over our Goldhorn Trail!

Price

Price per person based on two people sharing:

Low season: April 9 to May 4 and September 17 to October 15, 2022: 725 EUR
High season: May 5 to September 16, 2022: 765 EUR
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Price includes:
•    accommodation in above listed hotels in a two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis
•    car transfers on days three, four & 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 picture & text route description (in plain English) and corresponding maps. One per booking. Every additional pack 20 EUR
•    GPS data
•    local tourist and other taxes
•    welcome meeting upon arrival
•    backup service (hotline) during the walk

Supplements:
•    single room 140 EUR

Additional nights:
•   3* Hotel in Kranjska Gora 75 EUR per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 105 EUR
•   4* Hotel in Bled 95 EUR per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 150 EUR
•   4* Hotel in Bohinj 75 EUR per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 105 EUR

Discounts:
•   children up to 12 years when sharing room with parents -30% on basic price
•   third adult in the room -10% on basic price

Not included: entrance fees, lunches, drinks with meals, saunas and massages in hotels

Transfers:

Ljubljana Airport - Kranjska Gora
130 EUR 1-3 persons 
170 EUR 4-8 persons 

Bohinj - Kranjska Gora
120 EUR 1-3 persons 
160 EUR 4-8 persons 

Bohinj - Ljubljana Airport
120 EUR 1-3 persons 
160 EUR 4-8 persons 

Other transfer routes prices on request

Accommodation

Helia supports responsible travel. On our trips we therefore use small, authentic hotels and guesthouses with character operated by locals or their families. Here you can find the list of standard accommodation we primarily use on the trip. The actual hotels may differ from this list, depending on time of booking and rooms availability.

Day 1-3 3* Hotel Miklič Kranjska Gora

Day 4-5 4* Hotel Triglav / Hotel Rikli Balance Bled

Day 6-7 4* Hotel Kristal Ribcev Laz / Bohinj

Travel options

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 - please ask us for a favorable quote!

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 bus: Flixbus stops at Lake Bled, 42 km away. 

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. Unguarded parking at first hotel for the duration of your trip costs 5 EUR per night per car..

... and away

By plane: need to get to the airport? Our transfer to Ljubljana airport: return to the airport from Bohinj - please ask us for a favorable quote! 

By train: Bohinj has a railway station at Bohinjska Bistrica, 5 km 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 - please ask us for a favorable quote!

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