Karavanke Range and Julian Alps in one hiking holiday
This self-guided walking tour is a collection of different grade walks. However - none of them have a climber's rating. You will be walking along mountain ridges, meadows and valley floors, slowly descending from east to west. It is a picturesque hiking trail with stunning views at every turn, and is suitable for experienced walkers with appropriate equipment. This walk generally follows the international Via Alpina track - the Violet Route section - from East to West.
Day 1: ARRIVAL in JEZERSKO
With its idyllic location in a basin between the towering Kamnik-Savinja Alps and Karavanke Mountains, on the border with Austria, the small romantic village of Jezersko will be the starting point for your hike. You will spend the next two nights here.
Day 2: JEZERSKO - ČEŠKA KOČA (hard, 6 hrs, ↔ 12 km, ↑↓ 620 m)
Via Alpina starts with a short walk up to just above the treeline. Sitting quietly in the imposing shadow of the north face of Mt Grintovec is one of the oldest alpine huts in Slovenia (113 years old). Have lunch here amid majestic alpine peaks and soak up the view into the two parallel valleys. Your return route takes you past the lovely Shepherds Lake.
Day 3: JEZERSKO - GOLI VRH (intermediate, 5-6 hrs, ↔ 15 km, ↑↓ 860 m)
Today you hike up the northern side of the Kamnik Alps - Goli Vrh. A meadow and forest walk brings you to an amazing viewpoint above Jezersko Valley. With one foot in Slovenia and the other in Austria you'll enjoy splendid views of the Grintovec mountain arena. In the evening there'll be a short car transfer to Preddvor.
Day 4: PREDDVOR - JACOB'S CHURCH - HUDI BORST - PREDDVOR (longer version: intermediate, 6 hrs, ↔ 16 km, ↑↓ 980 m; shorter version: intermediate, 3 hrs,... km, ↑↓ 450 m)
A slightly more demanding yet wonderful hike packed with splendid vistas. It begins with an ascent up to St. Jacobs church, which in the days of Turkish raids served as a refuge, fortress and shelter. The walk continues through a deep fir / spruce forest and across steep hillsides covered with alpine flowers to Hudicev Borst, the perfect picnic spot. After a full day's walk, you can refresh yourself in Crnjava Lake just before returning to your hotel.
Day 5: PREDDVOR - LJUBELJ - BEGUNJE (intermediate, 4-5 hrs, ↔ 13 km, ↑ 370 m, ↓ 890 m)
Starting at Ljubelj, on the Austrian border, the Via Alpina trail leads through a short underground tunnel originally dug by merchants in order to reduce the traveling time between Carniola and Carinthia. As you emerge at the other side, the trail then follows the old shepherd's route before entering the peaceful Draga Valley, which takes you on your final leg into the historic village of Begunje, hometown of the famous Slovenian folk musician Slavko Avsenik / Oberkrainer band. Two km down the road you can visit the ruins of Kamen Castle.
Day 6: RADOVNA VALLEY – VINTGAR GORGE – LAKE BLED (easy, 4 hrs, ↔ 14 km, ↑ 220 m, ↓ 330 m)
A member of our team will drive you to 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 7: POKLJUKA – USKOVNICA SADLE – LAKE BOHINJ (intermediate, 5 hrs, ↔ 14 km, ↑ 30 m ↓ 840 m)
As of hiking in Slovenia, this is one of the best day-walks. From the Pokljuka Plateau, you will begin your hike across mountain pastures and old farmhouses, where you will come to a viewing point providing glorious views into the Bohinj Valley. As you descend you can stop at the little historic village of Studor. Your final destination is Lake Bohinj, framed by the soaring mountains of the Triglav National Park. Arrive early enough and you can take a walk to the other side and either hike the trail up to Savica Waterfall (the source of the lake) or take the cable car up to Vogel Mountain ski resort for the best view of the lake, valley and Triglav Mountain (the highest in Slovenia).
Day 8: DEPARTURE
After breakfast or extension of your stay.
You may also wish to continue hiking onward over our Goldhorn Trail!
Price per person based on two people sharing:
Low season: May 14 to June 3 and September 17 to October 1, 2022: 695 EUR
High season: June 4 to September 16, 2022: 735 EUR
• seven nights accommodation in above-mentioned hotels/guesthouses in a two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis
• car transfer on days three, five, six and seven
• 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). Every additional pack 20 EUR
• GPS data
• local tourist and other taxes
• welcome meeting upon arrival
• backup service (hotline) during the walk
• single room 130 EUR
• 3* Guesthouse in Jezersko 60 EUR per person in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 80 EUR
• 4* Hotel in Bled 95 EUR per person in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 150 EUR
• 4* Hotel in Ribčev Laz / Bohinj 75 EUR per person in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 105 EUR
• children up to 12 years when sharing room with parents -30% on basic price
• third adult in the room -10% on basic price
• one night less in Jezersko - 30 EUR
Not included: flights, entrance fees, meals not mentioned in itinerary, drinks with meals
Ljubljana Airport - Jezersko
95 EUR 1-3 persons
120 EUR 4-8 persons
Ljubljana City - Jezersko
100 EUR 1-3 persons
125 EUR 4-8 persons
Bohinj - Airport Ljubljana
120 EUR 1-3 persons
160 EUR 4-8 persons
Other transfer routes prices on request
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 1-2 3* Guesthouse Apartments Kocka Jezersko
Day 3-4 3* Hotel Zaplata Preddvor
Day 5 3* Hotel Grajski Dvor Radovljica
Day 6 4* Hotel Triglav / Hotel Rikli Balance Bled
Day 7 4* Hotel Kristal Ribčev Laz / Bohinj
Starting point of this trip is Jezersko in NW Slovenia, on the Slovene - Austrian border.
By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it (check connections here). From the airport you can travel to Jezersko by bus (change once in Kranj, takes about 2 hrs) or book our transfer (faster): please ask us for a favorable quote.
By train: nearest railway station is in Kranj, but it is difficult to get from there to Jezersko. It is better to order our transfer - please ask us for a favorable quote.
By car: take exit Kranj Zahod on A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke and then follow signposts to Jezersko. There is a free but unguarded parking lot in Jezersko.
... and away
By plane: need to get to the airport? Our transfer from Bohinj to Ljubljana airport - please ask us for a favorable quote
By train: Bohinj has a railway station in Bohinjska Bistrica 5 km from your last hotel. It is on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline, there are only a few trains a day.
By car: if your car is in Jezersko, you can get there by local bus (change once in Kranj, travel time is around 3 hrs) or we can transfer you - please ask us for a favorable quote.