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Alpe-Adria Trail: Kranjska Gora to Cividale del Friuli

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Alpe-Adria Trail: Kranjska Gora to Cividale del Friuli

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Alpe-Adria Trail: Kranjska Gora to Cividale del Friuli
Rating
Average rating:   5,  2 reviews
Country
Italy, Slovenia
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Strenuous
Accomodation
Various
Availability
May - September

Itinerary

Day 1: Kranjska Gora
Day 2: Trenta
Day 3: Bovec
Day 4: Dreznica
Day 5: Tolmin
Day 6: Trbil Superiore
Day 7: Cividale del Fruili
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Alpe-Adria Trail: Kranjska Gora to Cividale del Friuli

The amazing Alpe-Adria Trail runs from Carinthia in the Austrian Alps to the Adriatic Sea at a total length of 750 km. On this walking holiday you will take in some of the most picturesque sections of the Alpe-Adria Trail from the heart of the Slovenian Alps through the Soča Valley and the Walk of Peace WW1 Isonzo Front memorial trail to the sunny wine country on the Italian side.

You’ll cross the stunning Vrsic mountain pass, and follow the emerald-green Soča River as it carves its way through the gorgeous Trenta Valley. You’ll trek the Italian-Slovene border along a mountain ridge, before descending into vineyard country and ending at a lovely village sitting atop a hill.

This trek is a collection of diverse walks, from medium-grade to strenuous. You will be walking on mountain ridges, through meadows and valley floors, slowly descending from north to south. This alpine trail offers stunning views at every turn and is suitable for experienced walkers with appropriate equipment and good experience.

Highlights


Itinerary for Alpe-Adria Trail: Kranjska Gora to Cividale del Friuli

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Day 1: Arrival to Kranjska Gora

Arrive at Ljubljana Airport and take either a public or a private transfer to your hotel at Kranjska Gora. The famous ski resort of Kranjska Gora is the starting point for this tour. It is most famous for hosting the annual World Cup Slalom every January, but it is hushed and idyllic in summer. You will spend your first night here in the shadows of the mighty Western Julian Alps.

Meet our representative who will brief you on the walks and give you the maps and the documentation needed for your trip.

  • Walking for the day: none / walk around Kranjska Gorra
  • Accommodation: Hotel Miklic or similar

Day 2: Kranjska Gora – Trenta‚ Vrsic Pass

Your hike takes you up over Vršič, Slovenia’s highest mountain pass, amid fabulous panoramic views into the heart of the Julian Alps and its most majestic peaks, and down into the Trenta Valley as the River Soča thunders below.

  • Walking for the day: 14 km, 7 hours ↑150m ↓800m
  • Accommodation: a family-run guesthouse in Trenta

Day 3: Trenta – Bovec

The Soča Trail takes you along this sparkling emerald river as it zig zags its way through the valley. This stunning trail takes you high and low over the river, across wooden bridges and on through the Great Soča Gorge (Velika Korita). At 750m, it may be short but packed with rugged beauty. This is the most beautiful section of the trail alltogether. Take a swim in the large pool at the end of the gorge.

  • Walking for the day: 21 km, 6-7 hours ↑500m ↓600m
  • Accommodation: a family-run guesthouse in Bovec

Day 4: Bovec – Dreznica‚ Boka Waterfall

A day packed with waterfalls! First you’ll visit the beautiful Virje Waterfall. Pure alpine water flows down from the nearby Kanin mountain range forming the Gljun River and bursts out into a 20-metres wide waterfall, cascading down into a beautiful pool of varying shades of green. Then walk on to the biggest waterfall Slovenia has to offer: Boka Waterfall. The little village of Dreznica is set high above the Isonzo valley and directly under the sumitts of the Krn range, known for the heavy fighting during WW1. After the walk, you can visit a touching small military museum with a collection of artefacts from the Great War.

  • Walking for the day: 23 km, 7-8 hours ↑600m ↓400m
  • Accommodation: a family-run guesthouse in Dreznica

Day 5: Dreznica – Tolmin

You are now walking the Walk Of Peace (Pot Miru), a trail that combines 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 passes by six outdoor museums and numerous chapels, including the lovely Kapela na Planici.

  • Walking for the day: 21 km, 7-8 hours ↑800m ↓1,100m
  • Accommodation: a family-run guesthouse in Tolmin

Day 6: Tolmin – Tribil Superiore

A highlight of today’s walk is the ascent via the Kolovrat pass. On the ridge, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Alpine summits in the distance on the one side, and the peaceful landscape which stretches as far as the Po Plain and the Adriatic on the other side. In the Italian section the route again follows the memorial Walk of Peace (Sentiero della Pace) trail. During WW1, the Kolovrat Mountain was the scene of bitter battles between Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops, and there are impressive testimonies to this on the former frontline at the Passo Solarie, including an open-air museum and some preserved bunkers.

  • Walking for the day: 20 km, 8-9 hours ↑1,300m ↓900m
  • Accommodation: a family-run guesthouse in Tribil Superiore

Day 7: Tribil Superiore – Cividale del Friuli

The first part of the route leads via an old path between the plain and the mountain villages of the municipalities of Stregna and Drenchia. It crosses old pasture land and chestnut woods, and  passes some WW1 fortifications. Then the valley starts to open out, and from the medieval pilgrimage town of Castelmonte, the oldest shrine in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia 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.

  • Walking for the day: 23 km, 7 hours ↑600m ↓1,100m
  • Accommodation: a family-run guesthouse or a 3-star hotel in Cividale del Friuli

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

Return home or individual stay extension.

Hotels for Alpe-Adria Trail: Kranjska Gora to Cividale del Friuli

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Accommodation is in 3-star hotels and hand-picked family-run guesthouses. All accommodations offer double/twin rooms with en-suite facilities.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide to you exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included. On some hiking days you pass by mountain huts with restaurant facilities where you can get water and lunch, or you can pre-order packed lunch from the accommodation provider. In the guesthouses you can order simple but tasty local food for dinner. In towns you can try the Slovenian cuisine in local restaurants.

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Recommended arrival and departure airport: Ljubljana.

Alternatively, you can arrive at Ljubljana and depart from Venice or Treviso Airport.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

Transfers from Ljubljana to Kranjska Gora are very easy by public transport. For up-to-date bus schedules, please check https://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/. Travel time is about 2 hours to Kranjska Gora. The nearest train station is in Jesenice, where buses take you to Kranjska Gora 20 kilometres away from Jesenice, a half an hour trip. For up-to-date train schedules, please check  https://www.slo-zeleznice.si/en/.

Getting from Cividale in Italy back to Ljubljana is a bit more complicated. You have to take the train to Udine (30 minutes, 2-5 Euro, trains run hourly) and then take a bus to Ljubljana (2.5 hours, 10-15 Euro, service runs only once per day).

Alternatively, if your departure airport is Venice or Treviso, they are both easily reachable by train from Udine.



Private Transfers

You have private transfers arranged for you and your luggage on all walking days. You can also book at an extra cost private airport transfers from/to Ljubljana on Days 1 and 8.

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer is included on all walking days and will be arranged by your current hotel to your next hotel. After check out, you should leave baggage at the hotel reception and you can start hiking. When you arrive at your next hotel, your baggage will be at the hotel reception.

Country Info

For up to date travel advice and country info, please check here.

Trip Info for Alpe-Adria Trail: Kranjska Gora to Cividale del Friuli

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Difficulty Grade: Strenuous

This holiday is appropriate for very experienced hikers, although no climbing experience is required. Average walking distance is 20 km (7-8 hours) per day while total elevation gain is 4,000 m and average daily elevation gain is 700 m (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

You will walk on hiking trails, most of them in the Alpine zone, with mostly rocky terrain. You should be very careful when crossing the rivers using the suspended or wooden pedestrian bridges. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This tour can be organized between May 20th and September 29th. Best month for hiking is August.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.

Weather

Climate is mostly of a mountain and alpine character, cold and moist influenced by high altitudes. Snow cover in valleys and peaks persists from 180 to 250 days of a year. Windy weather is typical and during summer afternoon storms are usual. Average temperature in July is 15°C.

What to Bring

Main luggage is limited to 20 kg. For your daily essentials, you should bring a comfortable 15-20 l rucksack. It is essential to bring good hiking shoes and waterproof jacket.

Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact us or a reputable outdoor retailer.

  • Good hiking boots;
  • Hiking socks;
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying);
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood;
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece;
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation;
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve;
  • Hat/Baseball cap;
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies).

Included for Alpe-Adria Trail: Kranjska Gora to Cividale del Friuli

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  • Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
  • GPS tracks
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in hand-picked 3-star hotels and guesthouses as listed in itinerary
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport to next hotel on all walking days
  • All internal ground transfers as listed in itinerary
  • Arrival meeting
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local representative in Bled

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost.

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers on Days 1 and 8

Excluded

  • Flights and connecting arrival and departure land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extensions

  • One extra night in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia, before or after the holiday
  • 3 nights Beach Extension in Piran on the Slovenian Riviera after the holiday

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by Neil P on Alpe-Adria Trail: Kranjska Gora to Cividale del Friuli

The trails were excellent, lovely scenery and a good variety.  Very enjoyable and will highly recommend to other travellers.  The accommodations were good with the exception of Hotel Roma in Cividale del Friuli being poor - room poor, dark, small bathroom and manager on reception was grumpy/unfriendly.  Accommodation in Bovec and Tribil superior were rally excellent and highly recommended/rated.  Luggage transfers were excellent and completed very well and local representative we met on our first day very efficient and clear in her guidance/assistance.


Overall, we had a thoroughly enjoyable trip, the trip was well organised by Natural Adventure and we will recommend the trip/companies to fellow travels and will likely use you again.

by Nicola A on Alpe-Adria Trail: Kranjska Gora to Cividale del Friuli

We had a lovely holiday and would definitely consider using the Natural Adventure company again. The choice of accommodation was varied, sometimes surprising but always good.  The baggage transfer operated faultlessly. All the bookings were in place and we were expected at each overnight stop. Everyone was always helpful and supportive.


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