Julian Alps Walking Tour

Slovenia
Walking
Self-Guided
Julian Alps Walking Tour

Julian Alps Walking Tour

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From $1,325USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Discover the immaculate scenery at every bend in Slovenia’s Julian Trail

Row a boat out across glassy waters to the island church of Lake Bled.

Explore the dreamy alpine meadows of the Pokljuka Plateau.

Relax on the peaceful shores and among the crystal-clear waters of Lake Bohinj.

Sleep at the foot of twelve mountain peaks in the settlement of Log pod Mangartom.

Slovenia is one of Europe’s true hidden gems just waiting to be discovered! On this 15-day self-guided hiking trip, you’ll explore the best of Slovenia’s mountainous northwest where the Julian Alps dominate the landscape.

Kick off the adventure in Kranjska Gora, about an hour northwest of the capital city Ljubljana. Hike east through the foothills of the Karavanke mountain range as you overnight in settlements known for their ironworks and beekeeping. Then turn west and overnight on the shores of Lake Bled, Slovenia’s most popular natural feature. From here, ascend into the alpine pastures of the Pokljuka Plateau before descending onto the spectacular coastline of Lake Bohinj. Continue through hilly meadows and twisting mountain trails, spotting old military fortifications being reclaimed by nature. Hike through the upper flanks of the Baška grapa before descending the valley and strolling along the delightful Soča River, its aquamarine colour enchanting all who visit. Overnight in Kobarid and marvel at the rugged gorges cut over thousands of years by the river. Log pod Mangartom is a spectacularly scenic enclave nestled at the foot of snow-capped mountains – an amazing place to stay! A crossing of the Predil Pass brings you into Italy for a brief visit, the town of Tarvisio as your host. Your final day takes you back across the border to Kranjska Gora, completing the loop.

Every day on this trail offers new spectacular scenery far from the summer crowds. It’s a true European alpine experience!

Julian Alps Walking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Departure from Kranjska Gora

Set off from the popular tourist enclave of Kranjska Gora on your first day of hiking. Today’s route takes you into the Sava Dolinka Valley, which leads you to Mojstrana, your destination for the evening. The valley acts as a connector between these two beloved tourism towns, Kranjska favoured in the winter and Mojstrana in the summer.

After the hike, you can cycle to the nearby Peričnik Waterfall in the Vrata Valley if you’re looking for extra sightseeing!

Overnight Location
Lodge in Mojstrana
Distance
5-6 hours, 18.2km, 275m of ascent, 448m of descent
Meals
None

Day 2 The Industry of Jesenice

Continue east through the foothills of the Karavanke range as you follow the Sava River. Your route leads you through an old mining trail as you approach your destination of Jesenice, known for its ironworks. This was an important town for industrial production during the World Wars.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Jesenice
Distance
4-5 hours, 20.6km, 690m of ascent, 785m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 In the Shadow of Stol

After breakfast, set off and continue along the Sava River, eventually crossing it in your way to Begunje na Gorenjskem. Along the way, you’ll pass through a handful of villages that lie under the watchful gaze of Stol, the tallest mountain in the Karavankes. Beekeeping is a prominent trade in these parts.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Begunje na Gorenjskem
Distance
4-5 hours, 16.7km, 464m of ascent, 460m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 The Jewel of Lake Bled

Today’s route is relatively flat as you work back towards the west and the renowned resort town of Bled. Visit Radovljica, known as the cultural capital of the Julian Alps, before arriving at the breathtaking Lake Bled.

This beautiful setting is Slovenia’s most popular attraction, and for good reason. The aquamarine waters hold a tiny island with an even smaller church, and Bled Castle overlooks the entire scene from high atop a cliff. It’s an endlessly photographic spot!

Overnight Location
Lodge in Bled
Distance
3-4 hours, 15.1km, 95m of ascent, 160m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 The Pokljuka Plateau

It’s an ascent into a series of mountain plateaus today, as you bid Bled goodbye and head west. Work through the narrow walls of the Pokljuka Gorge, then start to hike upwards as you cross the Kranjska Planina and Planina Javornik pastures. Some of these ascents are steep, but the views are more than worth it!

Overnight Location
Lodge in Goreljek
Distance
6-7 hours, 21km, 866m of ascent, 95m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Descend to Lake Bohinj

From the dreamy alpine plateaus, set off on a descent through the meadows and forests of Pokljuka. Reaching the Upper Bohinj Valley, continue your walk through the settlements of Češnjica, Srednja vas and Studor before reaching Lake Bohinj. As Slovenia’s largest lake, this gorgeous environment is a popular place for locals who enjoy its clear waters and peaceful shores.

Overnight Location
Lodge near Lake Bohinj
Distance
4-5 hours, 22km, 315m of ascent, 1038m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Stroll Through the Dobrava Meadows

It’s a relatively short day today as you leave the shores of Lake Bohinj behind and hike towards Bohinjska Bistrica, the administrative centre of the region. Your route brings you along a series of unpaved roads and paths, crossing the broad Dobrava meadows with lovely vistas of the open green landscape.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Bohinjska Bistrica
Distance
2-3 hours, 11km, 105m of ascent, 152m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Crossing the Vrh Bače Pass

Make the most of today’s breakfast– a nice long day of hiking awaits! Head out onto a trail that leads through the Vrh Bače Pass. Old military paths and strategic fortifications can be seen on this route, which provides stunning alpine vistas at every turn.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Podbrdo
Distance
7-8 ½ hours, 13.5km, 770m of ascent, 785m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Through the Baška Valley

A lovely day of hiking through the higher reaches of the Baška grapa, a 30-kilometre valley that rises on either side of the Bača River. Pass through dreamlike tiny villages perched upon its slopes, hidden away from travellers who take the main roads and railways through the valley’s lower flanks.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Grahovo ob Bači
Distance
5-6 hours, 17.2km, 1110m of ascent, 1208m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 Stories of the Soča River

Continue through the lower reaches of the valley today as you head towards the nearby Soča Valley and its breathtaking river. Its beautiful blue-green colour is unreal! The storybook town of Most an Soči makes an excellent visit, boasting a rich history dating back to prehistoric times. Your overnight location is just up the river from here.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Tolmin
Distance
6-7 hours, 20.2km, 856m of ascent, 969m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 11 Walking the Sunny Side of the River

It’s a flat and easy walk today along the valley floor. Your route is entirely (as the locals say) on the “sunny side” of the Soča River. Stroll through a number of picturesque villages until you reach Kobarid, where a WWI battle was famously documented by Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Kobarid
Distance
3-4 hours, 16.1km, 126m of ascent, 78m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 12 A River Runs Through It

Today’s hike continues along the Soča River, passing through the settlements of Kobarid and Trnovo. Explore the rugged features of the gorge which the water cuts through. This stretch shows the river at its wildest and most dramatic!

Overnight Location
Lodge in Bovec
Distance
6-7 hours, 20.4km, 412m of ascent, 198m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 13 Surrounded by Mountains

This shorter hike brings you to Log pod Mangartom, one of Slovenia’s most scenic little settlements. Home to a handful of tiny villages and hamlets, this area is surrounded by no less than 15 mountains with over 2,000m of elevation to their name. You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into another world!

Overnight Location
Lodge in Log pod Mangartom
Distance
3-4 hours, 11.3km, 340m of ascent, 151m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 14 An Italian Overnight

Conquer a final mountain pass on today’s hike, which takes you up and over the Predil Pass into Italy. Spot the monument of a dying lion erected in remembrance of Austrian soldiers lost during the Napoleonic wars. Descend into the town of Tarvisio for a quick taste of Italy!

Overnight Location
Lodge in Tarvisio
Distance
4-5 ½ hours, 17.6km, 664m of ascent, 558m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 15 Return to Kranjska Gora

After a tasty Italian breakfast, head back on the trail for your return trip to Kranjska Gora, completing the loop. Pass through numerous charming villages and alpine centres before saying goodbye to the brilliant Julian Alps.

Depart the region via your own arrangements, or book your own accommodation to spend the night before departing the next day.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
4-5 ½ hours, 19km, 181m of ascent, 129m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Julian Alps Walking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour of Slovenia is run as a private tour for your group and the price depends on the number of people travelling and whether you need any optional extras, such as luggage transfers or hotel upgrades.

You can add luggage transfer to your package by choosing either luggage transfers between towns every 4 days ($450USD per group), or luggage transfers on every day ($895USD per group).

Prices below are per person:

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $1,975USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $1,325USD
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Accommodation on the Julian Alps Walking Tour Hiking Tour

This tour is based in comfortable lodges. Each property offers warm rooms with an ensuite washroom and daily breakfast. You can upgrade the accommodations for an extra charge of $295USD per person if you are willing to stay in 3-star hotels instead.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $280USD to have a single room where available. Solo travellers are required to pay a supplement.

Night 1

Lodge in Mojstrana

A comfortable private room and hot breakfast provide an excellent start to your Julian Alps journey.

Night 2

Lodge in Jesenice

The town may specialize in hard metals, but you’ll enjoy a soft bed to spend the night.

Night 3

Lodge in Begunje na Gorenjskem

You might enjoy some fresh-from-the-hive honey during your breakfast in this charming village!

Night 4

Lodge in Bled

Spend the day exploring Slovenia’s most famous setting and then rest up in comfortable accommodations.

Night 5

Lodge in Goreljek

Your overnight home high on an alpine plateau is the stuff of dreams!

Night 6

Lodge near Lake Bohinj

Another gorgeous lakeside setting is your home for the night.

Night 7

Lodge in Bohinjska Bistrica

The hub for the Bohinj region is the perfect place to rest up and enjoy a delicious breakfast before continuing your journey.

Night 8

Lodge in Podbrdo

After a long day of hiking, a cozy room is just what you need, with a refuelling breakfast waiting in the morning.

Night 9

Lodge in Grahovo ob Bači

Alpine hospitality surrounds you in tonight’s welcoming accommodations.

Night 10

Lodge in Tolmin

On the terrace overlooking two rivers, there are few overnight spots as scenic as this one!

Night 11

Lodge in Kobarid

Step back in time with a stay in Kobarid, where Hemingway documented the Italian retreat over one hundred years ago.

Night 12

Lodge in Bovec

After a dramatic day of exploring a river gorge, settle into a warm room and indulge in a delicious Slovenian breakfast in the morning.

Night 13

Lodge in Log pod Mangartom

One of the most scenic villages in Slovenia – if not the entire world – welcomes you tonight!

Night 14

Lodge in Tarvisio

A brief overnight across the Italian border gives you just a taste of this Slovenian neighbour on your final night.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Julian Alps Walking Tour?

Meals

14 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 14 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

No transportation is included in this tour. Luggage transport from hotel to hotel can be added for an additional fee.

Also Included

  • Introductory briefing with welcome drink on Day 1
  • Complete booklet with daily itineraries, route descriptions, and all necessary vouchers
  • Detailed maps with marked routes and GPS marked route
  • Emergency contact number and 24/7 support
  • Main luggage storage (for luggage not brought on the hiking trip)
  • Tourist tax & VAT

Not included

  • Flights
  • Guide services
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Fees for any optional activities

Optional Extras

  • Private airport transfers
  • Additional nights before/after the tour
  • Accommodation upgrades to 3-star hotels
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS device rental
  • Walking equipment (walking poles, small backpack, basic rain jacket)

Frequenty Asked Questions about Julian Alps Walking Tour

How hard is the Julian Alps Walking Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. The trail is well-maintained and the surfaces are not particularly difficult to navigate. However, some of the days require relatively long hikes and certain portions involve considerable elevation change, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Good boots are essential, and previous hiking experience is recommended.

Do I need a visa to travel to Slovenia?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Julian Alps Walking Tour?

14 breakfasts are included as part of your accommodation bookings.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover hiking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Kranjska Gora to start this tour?

Fly into the Ljubljana Airport (LJU), the international gateway to Slovenia. From here, Kranjska Gora is roughly 45 minutes by private car or two hours by bus, depending on your arrival time. Please check schedules for the best option.

Is the Julian Alps Walking Tour guided?

No, you will be provided with all necessary information to complete your self-guided tour. Self-guided tours offer great flexibility in your day-to-day, but you should be comfortable with a higher degree of independence.

Where does the Julian Alps Walking Tour end?

The trail loop closes in Kranjska Gora, where you started. However, you can do the tour in smaller “sections” if you have less time, with options to start/end in Bled or Bohinj. day-to-day

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Slovenia?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Slovenia?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Slovenia for this tour?

The best time to travel to Slovenia for this tour is the warmer months of June through September, which also give the best chance of snow-free trails.

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We rate this tour as a 3/5. The trail is well-maintained and the surfaces are not particularly difficult to navigate. However, some of the days require relatively long hikes and certain portions involve considerable elevation change, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Good boots are essential, and previous hiking experience is recommended.


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