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Through the Soča Valley with Lakes & Julian Alps

West Slovenia - Soča Valley & Lake Bled
 
Breathtaking views of the Julian Alps await on this self-guided walking holiday in western Slovenia, with luggage transfers included. Explore the beautiful lakes of Bled and Bohinj, immerse yourself in World War I history, enjoy delicious cuisine and stay at welcoming hotels en route.
Through the Soča Valley with Lakes & Julian Alps. 11 nights
Through the Soča Valley with Lakes & Julian Alps. 11 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in western Slovenia

Starting in the glorious Soča Valley, and continuing via the dramatic Sava Dolinka Valley to the equally impressive lakes of Bohinj and Bled, this eleven-night adventure reveals the very best of this part of the Alps. Walking beside the startlingly clear, emerald-green waters of the River Soča, framed by deep-cut gorges and densely forested hillsides, has a special magic, and is just the first of many highlights on this holiday...
Enjoy, too, a walk through a succession of charming hamlets to a mighty fortress, and a route through the Vintgar Gorge, all the while rewarded with views of serene lakes, mesmerising waterfalls, vivid green pastures dotted with traditional hayracks and colourfully painted beehives, and the mighty Julian Alps above. It is with a sense of achievement that you arrive at Lake Bled, in the middle of which floats the tiny island of the same name, almost a national symbol.
 
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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 Kobarid
    Night 1: at Hotel Hvala (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.
  • Circular walk from Kobarid: 5km, 3-5hrs
    Today’s short but delightful walk explores Kobarid and the area immediately surrounding this well-preserved Italianate village, 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 a Napoleonic bridge, an Italian charnel house, the beautiful Soča Gorge and the cascades at Kozjak – one of Slovenia’s most picturesque waterfalls. It also visits the award-winning World War I Museum (pay locally) which explores western Slovenia’s central role in the First World War – the region was home to the Isonzo Front, scene of numerous clashes between Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces and the backdrop to Hemingway’s semi-autobiographical novel, A Farewell to Arms.
    Napoleonic 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. Your two-night base here is the Martinov Hram, or choose to upgrade to the 4-star Dobra Vila.
    River Soča on the route to Bovec
  • Choice of walks from Bovec: 9km to 15.5km

    Circular walk via Kluže: 13km, 4.5hrs, 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: 15.5km, 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 around Bovec
  • Bovec to Kranjska Gora: 9.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent 180m/descent 215m
    Today brings a marked shift in scenery, as you are transferred to the village of Ratece, on the Slovenian-Italian border, to begin your onward walk to Kranjska Gora. So close to Austria, the landscapes are now distinctly Alpine, with towering mountains and traditional villages. The route is easy-going, criss-crossing the Sava Dolinka Valley and passing through the Zelenci Nature Reserve before arriving in Kranjska Gora for three nights at the Rožle House Apartments.

    It is possible to extend today’s route by requesting to be dropped off over the border in Italy, at the postcard-perfect glacial lakes of Fusine, though it’s worth bearing in mind that these can be very busy – especially in high season and at weekends.
  • Choice of walks from Kranjska Gora: 17.5km or 19km

    Circular walk from Kranjska Gora via Sava Dolinka Valley: 19km, 6.5hrs; ascent/descent 660m
    Our first suggested route is a circular walk through the wide Sava Dolinka Valley, which is framed by splendid mountains. You follow tranquil paths by the river – which has its source here and ends its journey in the Black Sea – eventually leading to a narrow gorge, before taking a gentle track back into town.

    Circular walk from Kranjska Gora via Koca v Krnici: 17.5km, 5.5hrs; ascent/descent 475m
    Alternatively, follow an easy-going forest track south to reach the wonderfully isolated mountain hut of Koca v Krnici, framed by a fearsome and spectacular range of mountains. You return via the Vršič Pass on a road built by Russian prisoners of war, and pass the Russian chapel erected to commemorate them. It’s the perfect place to pause a while, and reflect on the turbulent history of a now serene corner of Slovenia.
    Around Kranjska Gora
  • Kranjska Gora to Ribcev Laz: 14.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent 70m/descent 920m
    The day starts with a transfer to a high-altitude location in the mountains known as Rudno Polje, which is also a popular spot used by hikers and climbers to make the epic ascent of Mount Triglav. From here, you cross high, panoramic meadows before descending through woodland to the lower Bohinj Valley. Wandering through rustic villages surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, you then continue along the shore of beautiful Lake Bohinj, the mightiest peaks of the Julian Alps mirrored in the calm waters. Your hotel for the next two nights is the Alpine-style Hotel Jezero in Ribcev Laz.
    Lake Bohinj
  • Choice of walks from Ribcev Laz: 12.5km to 14.5km

    Circular walk via Slap Savica: 12.5km, 4hrs; ascent 340m/descent 360m
    The shorter of the two options leads you to the dramatic nearby waterfall of Slap Savica, one of Slovenia’s famous sights, with a 60-metre drop.

    Circular walk via Mostnica Gorge: 14.5km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 340m
    There is also a longer route to the Mostnica Gorge, known for its erosion potholes, a natural bridge and numerous waterfalls.
    Tranquil trails around Ribcev Laz
  • Ribcev Laz to Bled: 13km, 4.5hrs; ascent 355m/descent 370m
    Today's walk starts with a transfer, after which you criss-cross the River Sava Bohinjka, passing through woodland and farmland (across which are scattered numerous handsome farmhouses), to the Ribno Plateau, where you are greeted by a sweeping panorama of Lake Bled and the surrounding mountains. Descend from here via the picturesque village of Milno to the atmospheric Vila Prešeren, or to finish the holiday in real style, upgrade to Vila Bled overlooking the lake.
    Lake Bled
  • Choice of walks from Bled: 13.5km to 16km

    Circular walk via Vintgar Gorge: 16km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 380m
    For your final day we recommend the long but scenic walk to the Vintgar Gorge (for which a small entrance fee is payable locally), which takes you along the shores of Lake Bled to panoramic Bled Castle, then through a string of small villages towards another excellent viewpoint, and finally along a wooded trail to the gorge. Here, a series of boardwalks and bridges lead you spectacularly upstream along the entire length of the gorge. A gentle country trail then leads you back to Lake Bled.

    Linear walk via Radovljica: 13.5km, 4hrs; ascent 200m/descent 175m
    Another option for your day here is to wander across the surrounding countryside to reach the delightful town of Radovljica for a spot of lunch and sightseeing, before returning by bus (pay locally).

    Around Lake Bled
    Alternatively, you may well prefer to spend your last day relaxing by the lake and enjoying the memorable setting, perhaps hiring a boat to row across the lake to ring the ‘wishing bell’ on the island!
    Around Lake Bled
 

Accommodation

Your hotels and apartments are set in traditional villages and offer high standards of service. Please note the star ratings are official Slovene ratings and may not correspond exactly to British star ratings.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotels in Bovec and Bled. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever hotels you choose, we also recommend additional nights in each of these locations.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 11 nights: 01 May 2020 - 15 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 21 May 2020 £1340 £315
    22 May - 26 Jun 2020 £1445 £320
    27 Jun - 19 Aug 2020 £1495 £345
    20 Aug - 21 Sep 2020 £1445 £320
    22 Sep - 4 Oct 2020 £1340 £315
    3rd & 4th person discount -£125
    Single traveller supplement £125

    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.

    Please note: at Vila Prešeren in Bled, only the junior suites can have separate beds (see 'Room upgrades & extra nights' 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.

  • 11 nights, staying at Dobra Vila & Vila Bled: 01 May 2020 - 15 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 21 May 2020 £1525 £515
    22 May - 26 Jun 2020 £1595 £545
    27 Jun - 19 Aug 2020 £1660 £580
    20 Aug - 21 Sep 2020 £1595 £545
    22 Sep - 4 Oct 2020 £1525 £515
    3rd & 4th person discount -£125
    Single traveller supplement £125

    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.

    Please note: at Vila Prešeren in Bled, only the junior suites can have separate beds (see 'Room upgrades & extra nights' 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.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Vila Prešeren, Bled
    Junior suite 'Rikli': 01 May - 15 Oct 2020 £25
    Preseren suite: 01 May - 15 Oct 2020 £35

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

    Hvala Hotel , Kobarid (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 May - 15 Oct 2020 £142 £162
    Martinov Hram, Bovec (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 15 Oct 2020 £55 £65
    Rozle House Apartments, Kranjska Gora (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 17 May 2020 £52 £68
    18 May - 12 Jul 2020 £57 £73
    13 Jul - 25 Aug 2020 £62 £78
    26 Aug - 21 Sep 2020 £57 £73
    22 Sep - 15 Oct 2020 £52 £68
    Hotel Jezero, Ribčev Laz (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 03 Jul 2020 £64 £107
    04 Jul - 23 Aug 2020 £77 £135
    24 Aug - 11 Oct 2020 £64 £107
    12 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 £50 £76
    Vila Prešeren, Bled (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 31 May 2020 £80 £126
    01 Jun - 30 Sep 2020 £105 £145
    01 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 £80 £126
  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Vila Bled, Bled
    Suite with lake view: 01 May - 15 Oct 2020 £32

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

    Hvala Hotel , Kobarid (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 May - 15 Oct 2020 £142 £162
    Dobra Vila, Bovec (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 15 Oct 2020 £96 £164
    Rozle House Apartments, Kranjska Gora (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 17 May 2020 £52 £68
    18 May - 12 Jul 2020 £57 £73
    13 Jul - 25 Aug 2020 £62 £78
    26 Aug - 21 Sep 2020 £57 £73
    22 Sep - 15 Oct 2020 £52 £68
    Hotel Jezero, Ribčev Laz (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 03 Jul 2020 £64 £107
    04 Jul - 23 Aug 2020 £77 £135
    24 Aug - 11 Oct 2020 £64 £107
    12 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 £50 £76
    Vila Bled, Bled (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 15 Oct 2020 £120 £205
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Venice Marco Polo, Trieste (return from Ljubjlana)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

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

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

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Venice or Ljubjlana. 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 £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 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.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Venice Marco Polo

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Venice Mestre to Udine (2h), taxi Udine station to hotel (0h50) £54 1800
    direct taxi Venice Marco Polo airport to hotel (2h) £106 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Ljubljana bus station (1h), Flixbus Ljubljana bus station to Venice airport (3h-3h40) £68 varies daily

    Connecting travel options - out via Trieste, home via Ljubljana

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Trieste airport to hotel (1h15) £56 flexible
    rail Trieste airport to Udine (0h35), taxi Udine station to hotel (0h50) £45 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Ljubljana airport (0h45) £42 flexible
What is included
  • 11 nights
  • 4 dinners
    2 picnics
    11 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • itinerant transfers
 
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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 £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 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.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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