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Via Alpina

Via Alpina

Degree of difficulty - Moderate

The north-western part of Slovenia displays unspoilt alpine scenery and many unique natural and historical sites. Situated by the Austrian border in the shadow of the Alps the small romantic village Jezersko marks the starting point for our tour. We begin with a lovely round trip to one of Slovenia's oldest alpine huts, located just above forest line. Following the valley of the Sava River we pass by wide meadows of alpine flowers dotted with famous Slovene hay-drying racks before reaching the village Preddvor. From here we walk mountain ridges and meads, valley floors, slowly descending from east to west. Our tour meanders through quiet valley of Draga, underneath ruins of ancient Kamen castle before reaching Begunje where we spend a night. Your last night is spent in Bled, a town overlooked by a medieval castle on the edge of a pristine lake, a truly magic place

The tour is a collection of different grade walks, however, none of them has a climbers rate. It is meant for experienced walkers with proper equipment.

DAY 1 ARRIVAL TO JEZERSKO

With its idyllic location in a basin between the towering Kamnik - Savinja Alps and Karawanke 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 beside the lake. (Accommodation: basic 3* Hotel)

DAY 2 JEZERSKO – CESKA KOCA

A warm - up hike to Česka koča mountain hut. This short walk leads up to just above the tree line to one of the oldest alpine huts in Slovenia (100 years old), where you will be blessed with an outstanding view into the two parallel valleys. Your return route takes you past Shepherds Lake and back to Jezersko. (Accommodation: 3* Hotel) (around 7km / walk 5hrs / descend and ascend 640 m)

DAY 3 JEZERSKO – GOLI VRH

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 view of Grintovec range arena. After returning back to hotel you will be transferred to the little town of Preddvor. (Accommodation: 3* guesthouse). (14 km/ 5 - 6 hrs / descend and ascend 700 m)

DAY 4 PREDDVOR - Jacobs Church – Hudi Borst - Preddvor

Slightly more demanding yet wonderful, full of splendid vistas full hike. It begins with ascent up to St. Jacobs church, which in days of Turkish raids served as refugee fortress and shelter. Walk continues through deep fir / spruce forest and across steep, with alpine flowers covered hillsides to Hudicev borst, where at hut a picnic can be enjoyed. After a full days walk you can refresh in Crnjava Lake just before returning back to your hotel. (Accommodation: 3* guest house). (6hrs walk / ascend 850 m)

DAY 5 PREDDVOR – LJUBELJ - BEGUNJE

You will be taken by car to the starting point at Ljubelj, on the Austrian border. From here the trail leads through a short underground tunnel originally dug by merchants in order to reduce the travelling 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. Begunje is also the home town of the famous Slavko Avsenik / Oberkrainer band. 2 kms down the road are the ruins of Kamen Castle. (Accommodation: 4* hotel) (12.5km/4 hrs walk / descend 700 m, ascend 250 m)

DAY 6 BEGUNJE – BLED

After days of hill walking, the morning hike across upper Carniolan plain will be a welcome and relaxing change. The only slight ascent takes you to St. Catherin’s church. Castle of Bled is already fully visible from here but to reach the town don't miss the short diversion through the stunning 1.6km Vintgar Gorge, carved 150m deep into the mountains by the Radovna River. (Accommodation: 4* Hotel) (18.5 km/5 hrs walk / descend 300 m, ascend 275m)

DAY 7 POKLJUKA – USKOVNICA SADLE – LAKE BOHINJ

Mountain, meadows & tree line walk. Today you will be driven by car up to the Pokljuka Plateau from which you will begin your hike across mountain pastures and old farmhouses where you will come to a viewing point providing outstanding views into the Bohinj Valley. As you descend you can stop at the little historic village of Studor where you can visit the museum and see how people lived 150 years ago. Your final destination is Lake Bohinj, the jewel in the heart of the Triglav National Park, and the small settlement of Ribčev Laz (Fisherman’s Pass). (Accommodation: 4* Hotel) (12km/5 hrs walk / ascend 200 m)

DAY 8 END OF TOUR OR EXTENSION OF STAY IN BOHINJ

Please note that mentioned walking times take an average walker in account. These are net times (i.e. not including rests or lunch stops).

€590.00 per person sharing

€130 Single room supplement

Tour Includes

What does the tour price include?

  • Accommodation in above mentioned hotels / boarding houses in a two bedded room with WC and shower on bed & breakfast basis
  • Car transfers on day 3, 5 and 7
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (1 piece per person)
  • Information package including detailed route description with corresponding maps - in a form of a picture book (one per booking)
  • Backup service (hotline) during the trip
  • Welcome meeting upon arriva

Supplements:

€120.00 Half board supplement – seven dinners in hotels

We can organise additional nights in Bled:

3* Hotel per person/ night in standard double room – €60.00; single room €85.00; half board supplement €15.00. 4* hotel in Bled: €80 per person in double room, single room €135, half board supplement €25 (4 course dinner)

Additional night in Bohinj in 4* Hotel, per person/night, in a double room, B&B: €65.00; single room €85.00; half board supplement €15.00 (3 - course dinner);

Transfers( all prices per person, one way, 2 person minimum)

  • From Ljubljana airport to Jezersko: €55.00 per person
  • Bohinj to Ljubljana airport €60.00 per person
  • Bohinj to Jezersko €65.00 per person

Discount: for one night less in Jezersko - €30.00

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