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Trails of Isonzo Valley 2

Trails of Isonzo Valley

Overview

This centre-based walking holiday will bring you to an undiscovered part of Slovenia, taking in the beautiful valley of the turquoise Soča (Isonzo) river. Fine food and wine are supplemented with breath-taking scenery, vast karst landscapes, and views to the Julian Alps and Triglav Nature Park’s stunning peaks. The easy to moderate walking itinerary is suitable for walkers of average fitness level and families with children.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bovec

Arrival in Soča Valley’s ‘capital’, the town of Bovec, where you will spend the next 7 nights, offers plenty for hikers and outdoor lovers. With the Julian Alps above, the Soča river valley below and Triglav National Park all around, you will spend a week walking in the unspoilt nature without ever doing the same walk or activity twice. Welcome meeting with our representative.

  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Bovec
  • Walking for the day: none / optional walks or outdoor activities in Bovec

Day 2: Moznica Canyon and Kluze Fortress | 10 km

A morning car transfer brings you to the starting point of your walk – the entrance to the Moznica river canyon. The landscape and surrounding mountains you will walk through were once a background to many WW1 battles. Stop to visit Kluze Fortress. Built more than a century ago to block access to Southern Austria, it has survived all subsequent wars and is now an impressive anti-war museum. The trail passes by the remains of many once-mighty fortifications.

  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Bovec
  • Walking for the day: 10 km (3-4 hours); optional shorter alternative route 5 km (1-2 hours)

Day 3: Virje Waterfall | 11 km

Walkthrough mountain meadows and on forested trails to the spring of Gljun, Depending on the weather and the season, its waters tumble down a 30-foot waterfall before entering the Soca River. The return to Bovec takes you through lush meadows, whose backdrop is dominated by Mt. Svinjak.

  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Bovec
  • Walking for the day: 11 km (3-4 hours)

Day 4: Lepena and Trenta Valleys to Bovec | 15 km

After a short car transfer, the day’s walk takes you to the turquoise coloured River Soca (Isonzo). Follow the trail along the river, explore the limestone canyon and freshen up in the shallow ponds.

  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Bovec
  • Walking for the day: 14.5 km (4-5 hours); optional shorter alternative route 10 km (2-3 hours)

Day 5: Mount Kanin to Bovec | 7 km

Take a cable car ride up to Mt. Kanin (buy a ticket on-site, not included). The cable car’s upper station at 970 m has a wonderful viewpoint of Bovec area, the surrounding Slovene and Italian mountain ranges and the valley of river Soča. The day’s walk crosses mountain pastures covered with wildflowers and an occasional sheep farm.

  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Bovec
  • Walking for the day: 7 km (2-3 hours)

Day 6: Boka Waterfall | 15 km

Short car transfer to Srpenica. From this quaint little village, crossing the 63m-long hanging Bridge of Lovers, you will walk along the right bank of river Soča back to Bovec. The river bend is also the best spot to see the huge Boka waterfall. The waterfall is fed by waters from underground caves of the Kanin range and can at best water levels reach the height of 100 meters. Take lunch in one of the popular local pubs in Čezsoča and head back to Bovec.

  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Bovec
  • Walking for the day: 15 km (approx. 4 hours)

Day 7: Rest Day / Optional Activities

Relax or try whitewater kayaking, rafting, canyoning, paragliding, zip-lining (not included, bookable on site).

  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Bovec

Day 8: Departure

Return home or individual stay extension.

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodation is in a 3-star hotel in Bovec. We carefully hand-pick all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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Boka, Mangart or similar

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 you the exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included. Half board option is possible to order. There are many restaurants in the area where you can taste international or Slovenian meals.

Difficulty & terrain

This tour is appropriate for walkers of average fitness and families (read more about difficulty grades). You will walk on hiking trails with sometimes rocky terrain. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never 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 18 April and  28 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.

Summers in the valley are pleasantly warm with an average temperature of about 19°C but there are many days when daily temperatures rise up to 30°C. All the same, the heat is never a problem because you can freshen up in the Soča and other rivers in the area.

Getting there

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By plane

Recommended arrival and departure airport: Ljubljana

By train or bus

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights in private en-suite rooms (3-star hotel in Bovec)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Car transfers to the trailheads on Days 2, 4 and 6
  • Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked (sent digitally; printed documents available at extra cost)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Private airport transfers
  • Extra nights in Bovec or Ljubljana

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