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Primary Activities: Hiking
Other Activities:Caving, Local Culture & Cuisine, castle
Nestled between Austria and Italy, Slovenia is a superb hiking destination,
from the ridgetop trails that cross the snow-capped Julian Alps to the
outrageously picturesque Logarska Dolina, a stunning glacier-carved valley
flanked by the sheer peaks of the Kamniske-Savinja Alps. As we make our
way from the mountains to the sea, we head out on airy alpine paths above
treeline, follow riverside trails through dramatic canyons, hike along
mountain-ringed lakes, and delight in Slovenia’s traditional villages and
historic towns, including Kobarid, immortalized in Hemingway’s A Farewell
to Arms. Our trip ends on the shimmering blue Adriatic, where the Venetian
port of Piran beckons us with its Gothic-Venetian architecture, tiny squares,
and waterfront cafes.
What the Trip is Like:
This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate. It is a hiking journey with day hikes of four to six hours on most days over moderate to steep mountain terrain. You will carry just a daypack on the hikes. The hiking itinerary is planned as we have described it in the preceding pages. However, as in any mountain trip, we will remain flexible with regard to weather and other local conditions in choosing our routes. Most of our driving is on narrow mountain roads. We have several days with early starts (ready to go by 8 a.m.!). The food in Slovenia is varied and excellent. Logarska Dolina and Bohinj have an Austrian influence, while the Soca River and Adriatic regions are Italian in style, with seafood and pasta. Wine is excellent throughout the country. In the north, there are mostly dry white wines, and as we approach the coast, more reds are produced in the Vipava Valley and the coast. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 PM. We stay in a variety of hotels, from a chalet-style lodge in Logarska to a family-run hotel in Kobarid.
Note: We recommend that trip members arrive in Ljubljana the night before. We are happy to book extra
nights at our recommended hotel.