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Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps 16

Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps

Tour details

Average rating:   5,  4 reviews
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
8 days & 7 nights
Easy to Moderate
April - October


Day 1: Kranjska Gora
Day 2: Jasna Valley
Day 3: Mt. Peč
Day 4: Vintgar Gorge
Day 5: Lake Bled
Day 6: Lake Bohinj
Day 7: Savica Waterfall
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps

The Julian Alps are the most easterly extension of the great Alpine Range, stretching from North-East Italy into Slovenia through the Triglav National Park. The jagged limestone peaks offer some of Europe’s best scenery and walking, with Mount Triglav (the highest in Slovenia) at the centre of the range, and the glacial lakes of Bohinj and Bled far below. Our Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps walking holiday will take you to the famous Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj on an unforgettable mountain tour through a dreamlike, picturesque landscape. You will walk through thick green forests and lush meadows of wildflowers.

This easy to moderate walking tour is suitable for walkers of average fitness, families, groups of friends and highly recommended for photography enthusiasts.


Itinerary for Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps

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Day 1: Arrival at 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.

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

Day 2: Kranjska Gora – Jasna Valley – Kranjska Gora

Your warm-up walk will take you via a trail to the end of Jasna Valley. Emerging at the other end is the glorious mountain vista of the Prisank and Razor Mountains. You can have a simple warm lunch at Krnica hut. Upon return, you can visit the Russian Chapel, a touching monument dedicated to Russian POVs’ who died during WW1 while building the military road over Vršič Pass.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Miklic or similar
  • Walking for the day: 18 km, 500 m elevation gain, 5-6 hrs walking

Day 3: Kranjska Gora – Three Countries Border Point – Kranjska Gora

This walk takes you along forest and mountain meadows to the summit of Mt. Peč (1,508 m) and the triple border point where the borders of Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet. At the top you can soak up the dramatic views across the Julian and Carnian Alps, with the Hohe Tauern, the highest alpine range in Austria, forming a picturesque background. The trail then descends through the valley to the source of the mighty Sava River, the longest in Slovenia, back to Kranjska Gora. Ten-minute return car transfer from the hotel to trailhead included.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Miklic or similar
  • Walking for the day: 19 km, 640 m elevation gain, 6 hrs walking

Day 4: Radovina Valley – Vintgar Gorge – Lake Bled

You will be transferred through the lush green Radovna Valley, amid soaring mountain peaks, to the trailhead where the Radovna River has carved the 150m deep Vintgar Gorge. The trail 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.

  • Accommodation: 4-star Triglav Hotel on the lakeshore or a similar 3 or 4-star hotel
  • Walking for the day: 11 km, 200 m elevation gain, 3-4 hrs walking

Day 5: Bled Panoramic Walks

Today you will take a leisurely stroll around Bled, a famous town on the shore of the beautiful glacial lake, with its medieval castle standing guard over the picturesque 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, ascend to Straža hill. A hike around the lake takes about 1 hour. You can reach the famous island church on the lake by a unique boat called “Pletna”, or visit Bled Castle and its museum inside. The museum hosts an interesting exhibition on the history of the castle. End the day with the local speciality – the cream cake “Kremšnita” – in one of the great little tea shops beside the lake.

  • Accommodation: 4-star Triglav Hotel on the lakeshore or similar 3 or 4-star hotel
  • Walking for the day: depends on walking route chosen, up to 15 km / 5 hrs / 270 m elevation gain.

Day 6: Down to Lake Bohinj

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. As you descend, you can stop at the little historic village of Studor and see how local people lived 150 years ago. Your final destination is Lake Bohinj, a real gem in the heart of the Triglav National Park, and the small, fisherman’s settlement at the beginning of the lake.

Day 7: Around Lake Bohinj and to Savica Waterfall

Spend the day strolling around this beautiful, tranquil lake sitting in the shadows of the immense mountains of the Julian Alps. Weather permitting, you can swim in its crystal clear water. Try the delicious Bohinj trout. At the western end of the lake is a short trail up to Savica Waterfall, which feeds the lake. Then you can take the cable car up to the 1,532-metre 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 home-made honey brandy.

  • Accommodation: Kristal Hotel (family hotel) or a similar 3-star hotel
  • Walking for the day: depends on walking route chosen, up to 15 km / 5 hrs / 250 m elevation gain

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

Return home or individual stay extension.

Hotels for Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps

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Accommodation is in 3 and/or 4-star hotels (7 nights). We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Sample hotels: Triglav HotelKristal Hotel, Hotel Miklic

*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 the exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.


Breakfast is included. Half board option is possible to order. In towns, each hotel has its own restaurant where you can taste international or Slovenian meals or you can also try Slovenian cuisine in local restaurants.

Travel for Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps

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Recommended arrival and departure airport: Ljubljana

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 and from Bohinj to Ljubljana are very easy by public transport.

For up-to-date bus schedules, please check Travel time is about 2 hours to Kranjska Gora and 1.5 hours from Bohinjska Bistrica.

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

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Private Transfers

You have private transfers arranged for you according to itinerary on Days 3, 4 and 6. You can also book at an extra cost private airport or Ljubljana city transfers on Day 1 and Day 8.

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer is included as per itinerary and will be arranged by your current hotel to your next hotel. After check out, you will 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.

Travel Insurance

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Country Info

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Trip Info for Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

Suitable for walkers of average fitness. Days 2 and 3 include longer walks of a moderate grade. Average walking distance is 13 km per day while total elevation gain is up to 2,000 m and average daily elevation gain is up to 300 m (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

You will walk on hiking trails with sometimes rocky terrain. 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 trip is available between early April and early October. Best months for hiking are August and September.

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.


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. The average temperature in July is 15°C.

What to Bring

Main luggage is limited to 20 kg. On walking days or when changing hotels, your main luggage is transported to the next accommodation. For your daily essentials, you should bring comfortable rucksack. It is essential to bring good hiking shoes and a 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 (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 Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps

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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 and/or 4-star hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport to next hotel on walking days
  • All internal ground transfers as listed in the itinerary
  • 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.

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers


  • 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 programme


  • One extra night in Bled after Day 4
  • One extra night in Bohinj after the holiday
  • One extra night in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia, before or after the holiday

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by Brian M on Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps

​We loved everything about Slovenia and we have traveled extensively. ​The hotels were very good overall, although we upgraded several.
by Rick G on Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps

I enjoyed the walk up to the tri-country border. A bit of elevation and beautiful scenery. We enjoyed making our own dinner plans... sampling local restaurants. The booking process was fine. We had some problems with travel in, and the weather was not ideal. But your process was good.

by Wendy L on Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps

Really enjoyed the walking trails as they gave a variety of landscapes and walking terrains; pleased with all 3 accommodations as they gave us different experiences, particularly liked having bedrooms with extra space for relaxing; transfers were efficient and punctual; the local representative gave us a full explanation of the booklets/maps/documents and felt reassured that we could call them if the need arose; overall very good experience, have used other walking holiday companies previously but would be quite happy to book with yourselves again and give recommendations.

Particularly enjoyed Day 3 walk to the Three Countries Point and Vintgar Gorge was very spectacular!

Tip - book an extra/rest day at Bled (which we did) if you want to see the island and castle and enjoy activities on the lake.  There isn’t time otherwise and it would have been a shame to have missed the opportunity.

Everything went to plan, very well organised and good communication throughout.
by Caroline W on Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps

We could not fault the trip. this includes the accommodation. transfers, information and not least the local team who went out of their way to be helpful & informative. We would certainly consider a second trip with the natural adventure company.

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