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Situated close to the mighty Triglav National Park and its imposing Julian Alps, the beauty of the north-west of Slovenia will leave you mesmerised. Walking along the Slovenian section of one of the newest long-distance paths, which starts in Austria and finishes on the Adriatic coast in Italy, the route combines walking in exhilarating alpine areas and peaceful valleys. Enjoy strolling alongside rivers full of meltwater of a stunning aquamarine blue or rising up valley sides into spectacular mountains of predominately limestone, where jagged peaks create stunning vistas wherever you look. Winding your way southwards, you will pass many fascinating natural and historic sites. This area was the site of major battles in World War I and there are many relics and museums that tell the story of warfare along the way. The countryside here is unspoilt and famous for its beautiful wild flowers. Slovenian cuisine is also a special mix of nearby influences – Italian and Austrian, as well as Croatian and Hungarian.

The Area

Although deep in the mountains, you are only 100km from the Adriatic Sea so the climate is milder than you might expect. You start at the popular resort of Kransjka Gora, busy with skiers in the winter and walkers when the snow melts away. After crossing the Julian Alps at the Vršič pass (only passable during May to mid-October), you join your beautiful companion, who will be with you for most of the remainder of your journey – the enchanting River Soča.        

From here, meander southwards past many intriguing natural and historic sites. There are many waterfalls to enjoy on the route, including the largest in Slovenia. There are gorges, too, formed by the rivers that you pass and even a Heathen Maiden in the rocks! There are also reminders of the area’s World War I history. This was a main theatre of fighting between Italy and the Austro-Hungarians and you will pass memorable and moving commemorative chapels built by both of these warring parties. As well as walking some sections of the commemorative “Walk of Peace”, you will have time to visit a museum built in remembrance of these battles. 


The Walking

Begin by crossing the stunning Vršič pass in the Triglav National Park. It is only passable between May and mid-October, but at other times of the year you can start your trek a day later in Trenta. Our standard trek is 6 nights / 7 days with the option to add a recommended extra day along the way – there’s plenty to do and see!

Most days you will enjoy sections of the Alpe-Adria Trail, a long-distance trail that starts in Austria and heads south to Italy’s Adriatic coast. You will encounter a mixture of old donkey paths, wartime tracks, quiet forest trails and vibrant Alpine meadows. From the Soča valley and the source of the river, you progress southwards through ever-changing, breathtaking scenery.


Venice

If you are flying in and out of Venice, you can choose to stay a night or two to explore this fascinating and historic city. This works particularly well if you are taking the 7-day trek option (see itinerary).

Baggage Transfer

Your luggage is transported for you from hotel to hotel so you can travel with day rucksacks only.

Walk Grading

Self-guided – Moderate to Challenging, with some short vertiginous sections. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 3880m, Descent 4760m, 80 miles.

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Soča Valley trek

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The hotels are 3 or 4* apart from night 2* (*night 1 of the 7-day itinerary). All rooms have private bathrooms, mostly with showers. You will be assured of dinner with local specialities and buffet-style continental breakfasts. Free Wi-Fi is available at all the hotels.

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Day 1: Make your way to the first hotel. See How to Get There for details.

Day 2: Leaving Kranjska Gora, you soon pass the delightful Jasna lakes before continuing along a forest trail. You will walk through Alpine meadows and forests, along a stream and past a chapel built by Russian prisoners of war. Continuing along an old donkey path, you will come to the Vršič pass. Here there is a viewpoint where you can see the Heathen Maiden, a lady’s face that appears in the rock. You start your descent into the Trenta valley along a hiking trail to the source of the river Soča. Follow the river to Trenta, where you may stay or be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Bovec.

Ascent: 900m. Descent: 1110m. Distance: 13 ¾ miles. Time: 7 ½ hours.

Day 3: If not staying in Trenta, you will be transferred back. You start by following the Soča Trail down the valley. Enjoy forests, lush meadows and pastures before ascending to a waterfall. Pass farms and small settlements to reach the Soča gorge, which you walk alongside. In some places the gorge is only 2 metres wide. Following the river, which you cross several times on pedestrian suspension bridges you finally leave the river to ascend to Bovec and your hotel.

Ascent: 220m. Descent: 400m. Distance: 13 miles. Time: 6 ½ hours.

Day 4: Today continue along the valley of the River Soča. After exploring the old part of Bovec you ascend to Plužna. After passing through the village, you reach the beautiful Virje waterfall and a small lake. Head back down to the river, at which point you will see the stunning Boka waterfall, the largest in Slovenia with a 144m drop. Continuing along the river, you pass the longest suspension bridge in the country (63m long). The river here is popular with rafters and kayakers because of its fast-flowing water. From the valley, a short transfer will take you to your accommodation in Kobarid, or if you prefer you can walk all the way.

Ascent: 250m. Descent: 380m. Distance: 10 miles. Time: 4 hours.

Day 5: Today you have a choice. Either use the day to explore Kobarid and its award-winning World War I museum (during World War I, the area was the front line in the war between Italy and Austro-Hungary), or enjoy a circular walk to nearby Drežnica to enjoy more of this stunning valley. You can either walk all the way or take a taxi (payable locally) to and/or from Drežnica to shorten the day.

Ascent: 420m. Descent: 420m. Distance: 9 miles. Time: 3 ¾ hours.

Day 6: This day’s walking is steeped in history as you explore former military paths and the Alpine meadows of the Triglav National Park, combining the history of World War I with the traditional way of life of the local people. After a short transfer to Koseč, you join the “Walk of Peace”. This links former combat areas and remnants of World War I. The walk ascends to the Italian military chapel of Bes na Planici, then levels off as you pass through forests and Alpine meadows before dropping down to the pretty village of Krn. Descend through forests, to rejoin the River Soča, which leads you to Tolmin for the night.

Ascent: 790m. Descent: 1080m. Distance: 13 ½ miles. Time: 9 hours.

Day 7: A circular walk today. Heading north up a minor road (taking a taxi if you wish to shorten the walk), you climb slowly to Javorca. Here, overlooking the Tolminka valley and Polog mountain pasture, stands the only memorial church in the area to the Austro-Hungarian army of the Isonzo front. The church was built by the soldiers in memory of their fallen comrades. From the well-preserved church, you ascend steeply to the saddle between the Tolminka and Soča valleys with stunning views of both, before meandering downwards along a track mainly through forested areas. Finish the trek by visiting the Tolmin Gorges before a short walk back to Tolmin.

Ascent: 1050m. Descent: 1050m. Distance: 15 miles. Time: 6 ¾ hours.

Alternatively take an easier day, visit the Tolmin Museum and/or enjoy exploring the Tolmin Gorges in the Triglav National Park. Some of the paths are very exposed but are well protected with handrails. 

Ascent: 150m. Descent: 150m. Distance: 4 miles. Time: 2 hours or as long as you would like to expore the gorges!

Day 8: Transfer from Tolmin to either your airport or to Udine for your onward journey home.

For the 7-day itinerary:

Day 1: Make your way to Trenta. See How to Get There for details.

Day 2 to Day 7: As Day 3 to Day 8 above. Maybe stay an extra night along the way or spend a night in Venice to extend your trip.

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The full trek is available between May and mid-October, due to snow over the Vršič pass. There is a possibility that snow may also affect the first 2 weeks in May.

The alternative 7-day itinerary is available from March to October.

The best times of year to go are June to mid-July and September. July and August can be hot and the paths busier.



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Trieste is accessible from London Stansted. From the airport take a bus (paid locally) to Udine. Here a transfer will then take you to and from the trek.

The airports with the most available flights from the UK are the two Venice airports, Venice Marco Polo and Treviso. From these it is necessary to take a bus (paid locally) to the railway station followed by a train (included) to Udine. A transfer will then take you to and from the trek. Transfers are available from Venice at a supplement.

Alternatively you can fly into Ljubljana, which is closest to the trek route, and be transferred to and from the trek.

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Soča Valley Trek

Self Guided Holiday

Included:

  • 7 or 6 Nights accommodation with half board*

  • Flights to Trieste - transfers from Udine bus station to the first trek hotel and on return from the last trek hotel to Trieste airport

  • Baggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:
  • Flights to Ljubljana – return transfers between the airport and first/last trek hotels (see below prices)

  • Flights to Venice* - trains between Venice and Udine and return transfers between Udine and the first/last trek hotels (see below prices)

  • 'With flights' includes typical flight prices** between London Stansted and Trieste. Flights are also available from many local airports (exact price for your dates available on request)

*   Venice Marco Polo and Treviso
** For important details of our flight price policy click here

Not included:

  • If flying into Trieste - bus from Trieste airport to Udine bus station (€4.75 one way)

  • If flying into Venice - buses between the airport and Venice train station

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices may differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices

All prices are valid for 2017/18


Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 or 6 nights half board in a shared twin/double standard room.

Hotel to Hotel Trek

7 Night trek

Airports

Dates

7 nights half board

 

With Flights *

 

7 nights half board

 

Own International Flights

Extra Night

per person

Single Supplement

per night**

Flights to Trieste

May - October

874

754

POA

23

Flights to Ljubljana

May - October

899

739

POA

23

Flights to Venice #

May - October

914

774

POA

23


6 Night Trek

Airports

Dates

6 nights half board

 

With Flights*

 

6 nights half board

 

Own International Flights

Extra Night

per person

Single Supplement

per night**

Flights to Trieste

March - October

759

639

POA

21

Flights to Ljubljana

March - October

899

619

POA

21

Flights to Venice #

March - October

799

659

POA

21

POA - Prices on application


*    For important details of our flight price policy click here
**  If at least 2 people travelling.  If only one traveller supplements will apply to cover sole cost of baggage and car transfers.
#    Venice Marco Polo and Treviso



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