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Hidden Italy & Slovenia

Soča Valley – winding river & timeless scenery
 
Breathtaking views of the Julian Alps await on this self-guided walking holiday from Italy to Slovenia, with luggage transfers included. Explore traditional villages, mesmerising waterfalls and pretty Alpine pastures, stay in welcoming hotels, and enjoy delicious cuisine and fine wine.
 
Hidden Italy & Slovenia. 7 nights
Hidden Italy & Slovenia. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Soča Valley

Walking into Slovenia from Italy across the panoramic peak of Matajur has a special magic, and is just one of the many highlights of this holiday. You discover two regions that are very much unspoiled yet full of interest. First you explore Friuli, in Italy, which produces renowned white wines that are among the country's finest and where rolling vineyards rise up to the peaks that border Slovenia.
Your walk then takes you into the beautiful Soča Valley in Slovenia's Mediterranean-influenced Primorska region. Here, wonderful footpaths link traditional villages and lead up into high, vivid-green Alpine pastures, all against the backdrop of the mighty Julian Alps. The River Soča itself is famed for its aquamarine colour and unique species of trout, and flows swiftly through canyons, green meadows and sturdy villages. You enjoy a warm climate with a distinctly Mediterranean feel as well as some excellent cuisine on both sides of the border, with comfortable hotels throughout.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The region has an Alpine climate, with cold winters and warm summers, though breezes can make it cooler in the mountains. The best time for flowers is usually May and early June.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 0 1 4 8 13 16 19 18 16 11 5 0
    mm 92 88 104 135 137 154 148 155 147 137 168 102
  • Arrival in Cividale del Friuli
    Night 1: at Locanda al Castello (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Free day in Cividale del Friuli

    Explore Cividale
    There’s no need to exert yourself too much to begin with – spend your time exploring the enchanting medieval town of Cividale del Friuli, set on the River Natisone about a mile from the hotel. It is a timeless yet fascinating place, with pretty squares, enticing cafés and wine bars, and a pre-Romanesque jewel of a chapel known as the Tempietto Longobardo. The heart of the town is its historical centre and the Piazza del Duomo. Here you will find the de Nordis Palace and the Palace of Provveditori Veneti which houses the National Archaeological Museum. There is also a daily market in Paul Deacon square.

    Circular walk from Cividale: 6km, 2hrs
    If you do wish to stretch your legs, we also provide notes for a circular walk into the Italian hills surrounding the town.
    Cividale del Friuli
  • Cividale del Friuli to Kobarid: 16.5km, 6hrs, ascent 370m/descent 1480m
    You are transferred to a mountain hut at 1,300 metres to begin the most demanding – and most rewarding – walk of the holiday. You ascend to the chapel at the 1,643-metre peak of the Matajur, from where, on a clear day, you have one of the greatest panoramas of the Julian Alps. The views also encompass the Dolomites, the Adriatic Sea and the lush meadows of the Soča Valley far below. From the peak you head eastwards across grassy uplands and alpine pastures to Idrska PL, from where you descend, at times steeply, through the forest to reach some rural settlements around Livek. The walk continues down into the valley from here, via a minor and traffic-free road (5km) to Idrsko, where you follow field paths for the short distance to Kobarid. You stay in the Hvala Hotel, Kobarid for two nights.
    Grassy uplands on the route to Kobarid
  • Circular walk from Kobarid: 5km, 3-5hrs
    Today’s short but delightful walk explores Kobarid and the area immediately surrounding this well-preserved Alpine town, which boasts a number of important historical and natural attractions. The marked historical trail (which will take at least half a day, including stops) takes in the award-winning World War I Museum which relates Kobarid’s role in a famous battle (pay locally), an historic bridge, a Roman settlement, the beautiful Soča Gorge and the cascades at Kozjak – one of Slovenia’s most picturesque waterfalls.
    Napolean Bridge on the route around Kobarid
  • Kobarid to Bovec: 17km, 5.5hrs, ascent 395m/descent 260m
    The day starts with a short transfer to the beginning of a very picturesque walk that follows the course of the Soča, revealing idyllic river scenery. You criss-cross the river and rise gently to enter peaceful woods and meadows, passing through quaint villages as you approach your destination of Bovec, a popular centre for all kinds of outdoor activities. You stay in the Martinov Hram for your final three nights, or choose to upgrade to the 4-star Dobra Vila.
    River Soca on the route to Bovec
  • Choice of walks from Bovec: 9km to 16.5km

    Circular walk via Kluže: 15km, 5hrs, ascent/descent 440m
    Perhaps our favourite option is this pleasant circular route through pastures and secluded river valleys, passing the mighty fortress of Kluže, situated above a wild gorge. From here, you cross meadows to a confluence of rivers, then follow the Soča downstream back to Bovec.

    Linear walk via the Lepena Valley: 16.5km, 5hrs, ascent 290m/descent 255m
    The second option is a pleasant linear walk upstream along the fast-flowing Soča River, and into the Triglav National Park, where you branch south into the remote Lepena Valley. This is backed by a range of impressive peaks, where you follow shady and silent paths alongside mountain streams and cascades. Return by taxi (pay locally).

    Circular walk via Plužna: 9km, 3hrs, ascent/descent 270m
    The shortest option leads to Plužna, a charming village situated on the sunny side of the Kanin mountains. Nearby is the source of River Gljuna and its waterfall, which is a lovely place to linger. You return via a small man-made lake and through attractive woods and meadows.
    Pastures on the route around Bovec
 

Accommodation

Your accommodation consists of three stylish hotels. Please note the star ratings are official Slovene ratings and may not correspond exactly to British star ratings.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Bovec. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever hotel you choose, we recommend an extra night here to make the most of the mountain scenery and outdoor activities on offer.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 25 May 2019 - 15 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    25 May - 17 Jul 2019 £945 £130
    18 Jul - 22 Aug 2019 £960 £130
    23 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £945 £130
    1 - 8 Oct 2019 £895 £125
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50
    Single traveller supplement £50

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hvala Hotel , Kobarid (with dinner) Double room Single room
    25 May - 15 Oct 2019 £115 £135
    Martinov Hram, Bovec (B&B) Double room Single room
    25 May - 15 Oct 2019 £50 £60
  • 7 nights, staying in Dobra Vila (5 dinners)

    25 May - 15 October 2019 High season Low season
    25 May - 17 July £1080 £295
    18 July - 22 August £1095 £295
    23 August - 30 September £1080 £295
    1 October - 8 October £1030 £290
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50 n/a
    Single traveller supplement £50 -
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Trieste, Venice

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Venice. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Venice (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Belfast Intl. - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
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    Birmingham - Venice (via Brussels) Brussels Airlines 
    Birmingham - Venice (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Bristol - Treviso Ryanair 
    Bristol - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Treviso Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
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    Leeds Bradford - Treviso Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Venice Marco Polo jet2 
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    London City - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Venice Marco Polo British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Trieste (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
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    London Southend - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Treviso Ryanair 
    Stansted - Trieste Ryanair 
    Stansted - Venice Marco Polo Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Venice Marco Polo (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Venice Marco Polo (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Venice. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Trieste

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    hotel transfer Trieste airport to hotel (1h) £42 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Trieste airport (2h) £60 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Venice (Treviso or Marco Polo)

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Treviso to Udine (1h35), rail Udine to Cividale del Friuli (0h20, pay locally), hotel transfer Cividale del Friuli to hotel (0h10) £16 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Udine (1h40), rail Udine to Treviso (1h35) £60 1430
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 5 dinners
    2 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on Days 2 and 4
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Slovenia, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is Slovene, although Italian is spoken by many people along the border with Italy. The currency is the Euro. Slovenian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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