Walking Holidays in Slovenia - Slovenia - Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj


Holiday Highlights
  • Based in the spectacular Julian Alps mountain range which extend into Austria
  • Enjoy a variety of ridge walking, alpine meadows, deep gorges and unspoilt villages
  • Jagged peaks are softened by tranquil Lakes Bled & Bohinj, renowned for their beauty


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Slovenia is situated just south of Austria and to the east of Italy also sharing borders with Hungary and Croatia. It is one of the newest members of the EU having joined in 2004. Most of our walking takes place in the north of the country in the Julian Alps. This range forms part of the Southern Alps which extend into Austria. The spectacular mountains in this area are predominately limestone, and their jagged forms produce stunning vistas wherever you look. The area is softened by beautiful, tranquil lakes in the valley bottoms and also amongst the rocky crags. Two of the largest lakes, Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, feature in our programme.

Lake Bled Slovenia Walking Holiday

The beauty of Lake Bled, one of our centres, is world renowned and attracts world-wide visitors. It is a natural mineral spa lake with its medieval castle, island with church and the surrounding Alps as a stunning back drop. Nearby is Lake Bohinj, a lake set amongst the higher mountains of the Julian Alps in the Triglav National Park. This park covers 320 square miles and is where some of our walking takes place.  The valley floors are full of picturesque villages whose inhabitants still rely on farming and its agricultural products for their income. The Slovenes are most welcoming people, friendly and more than happy to help you explore their country. English is spoken by everyone who readily comes in contact with visitors. The Slovenes are deeply proud of their way of life, and undoubtedly you will be tempted by their food which offers a host of national dishes many influenced by the cuisine of neighbouring countries. Slovenia also produces excellent wine.  The Slovenes share with the Swiss in the national sport (or so it seems) of walking. It is a commonly held belief that a Slovene is not a Slovene unless he/she has climbed to the top of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia, at 2857m!

Waterfall, Slovenia, Walking

There is walking in Slovenia to challenge the most demanding of walkers as well as those who require more gentle routes. The limestone peaks give many opportunities for ridge walking with stunning vistas of local peaks and lakes. 

You can walk to the top of Mount Vogel (1922m) with its commanding views all the way to Italy and Austria. Helpfully, some of these high walks can be assisted by the use of a cable car.

Experience the Via Ferrata * (Iron way) routes through the mountains built by soldiers in the First World War as supply routes for Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies fighting in the area. Explore mountain paths through Alpine meadows. Take a number of mountain routes over rocky paths; discover deep gorges and spectacular waterfalls where, for most of the year, you may be the only visitor.

There are also a number of routes linking beautiful, unspoilt villages either on the valley floor or on the mountain slopes. They often follow fast-flowing mountain rivers which will make their way to the Danube and the Black sea. There is plenty here to satisfy all grades of walker.

*Special walk organized in advance at a supplement


Guided - Independent Walking 

Walk, Slovenia, Mountains, Our guided walking is undertaken by one of a small team of Slovenes who speak excellent English and are enthusiastic about their country and knowledgeable about its wildlife and plants. 

Walks may be of easy/medium grade (4-5 hours up to 400m climb) or medium/difficult grade (6-8 hours up to 960m climb). Please stipulate when booking if you do not wish any difficult walks. Details will be sent to you with your departure pack. 

You will be collected and returned to your hotel in a minibus. There is a policy of 8 guests maximum per guide. You will have the opportunity to explore walks in a wide area in the Julian Alps and the next door mountain range of Karavanke. 

Available for any duration and departure dates between May and October.


Guided - Group Holidays

For dates and details of group departures based at the Hotel Jelovica please click here. You may, of course, choose your own departure airport. We still use local guides.  We also send an escort for these holidays in Slovenia. 


Self - Guided Walking 

We provide you with our self guided walk booklet with walks catering for all abilities. Most are either accessible from your hotel or you use the excellent and reliable public transport. A few walks, we feel, are exceptional enough to warrant a car journey and our local walking company will gladly arrange this for you for a small charge. We also provide local walking maps.


Walk Grading

Guided - Easy, Moderate & Challenging

Self-Guided - Easy, Moderate & Challenging

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

Hotel Jelovica *** - 3 Star

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It is situated on the edge of the old village centre of Bled, with just a park connecting it from the lake's shore. There are stunning views from the hotel of the medieval castle and the lake with the high mountains in the background. It is 50 metres from the bus station, ideal for self guided walkers.

Breakfast and dinner are a buffet and can be taken in the restaurant or on the terrace. An excellent hotel if you wish to be around the stunning Lake Bled.

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Hotel Tripic *** - 3 Star

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This hotel, which has been run by the Tripic family for 31 years, is situated in the centre of the small, quiet and traditional village of Bohinjska Bistrica. The hotel is opposite a ‘wellness centre’ and excellent heated swimming pools.

 

The village is on the bus route between Bled and Bohinj and the Hotel is only a few steps from a bus and railway stop. It has a wonderful view of the mountain surroundings and is therefore particularly suitable for those who wish to relax in the peaceful setting of the Bohinj valley.  There is wi-fi access in public areas. Dinner is taken in the restaurant or on the terrace and you will have free choice of three courses from the à la carte menu. This is a delightful place if you seek peace and tranquillity with a wellness centre just 80m from the hotel for which guests receive 10% discount on use of these facilities.

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Hotel Jezero**** - 4 Star

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Is situated by the shore of picturesque Lake Bohinj amongst verdant pine forest. The staff of this homely 4 star hotel will always extend a friendly welcome to guests. For self guided walkers it is situated by the bus stop for easy access to walks that you do not take from the hotel steps.

Breakfast is a buffet with a choice of hot and cold dishes. This is a friendly hotel in a beautiful setting with very high standards to match.


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Availability Information

Walking is available from May to October. May and June sees a profusion of flowers, some of the 3,800 varieties only to be found in Slovenia. The snow disappears here earlier than more Northern Alps but may still linger in May. June to October should be clear of snow everywhere, with July and August being the hottest months, with late afternoon thunderstorms. September and October bring the wonderful autumnal colours and some liken the area to New England at this time of year.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit.


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