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Slovenia's Enchanted Valley

Logarska Dolina – lush meadows & Alpine peaks
 
With a delightful, hideaway hotel as your base on this single-centre holiday, explore one of Europe’s most beautiful valleys on foot and with your included hire car. Enjoy accessible, self-guided walking, a guided heritage trail and a visit to the extraordinary village of Velika Planina.
Slovenia's Enchanted Valley. 7 nights
Slovenia's Enchanted Valley. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A single-centre walking holiday in Slovenia

At the foot of the 2,000-metre-high peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, near the border with Austria, lie three glacial valleys, carved by the River Savinja which tumbles from the mountains and races along the valley floor. Most spectacular of these is Logarska Dolina, a velvet-green meadow threading its way between conifer-carpeted slopes towards the granite peaks of its Alps. Considered to be one of the most beautiful valleys in Europe, this is a place to relax, to unwind, and to allow yourself to be seduced by the harmonious synchronicity of man and nature, aided by the opulent spa and wellness facilities of the Hotel Plesnik.
This idyllic slice of Slovenia remains remarkably free of crowds and passionately dedicated to sustainable tourism. Enjoy splendid walking along the valleys and in the mountains, both from the door and using your included hire car, taking in the aptly named Panoramic Road, the beautiful Robanov Kot and the fascinating herdsmen's settlement of Velika Planina. We also include a guided half-day heritage trail to give you an insight into how the valley’s residents have lived and farmed in harmony with nature for centuries.
 
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Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice and, since there’s no fixed itinerary, you can take your pick of our suggested walking routes and cultural visits according to the weather and your mood.
  • 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 3 4 8 13 18 22 23 24 19 14 8 4
    mm 40 46 59 73 71 86 67 81 79 77 89 59
  • Choice of routes: 7km or 11km

    Rinka Waterfall (Grade 1-2): 11km, 4hrs; ascent / descent 350m
    A woodland walk through Logarska Dolina that leads to the Rinka Waterfall which cascades 90 metres down the sheer rock face. This route can be shortened significantly by driving to the start of the final section and just completing a 1.2-kilometre circuit of the waterfall, or extended by ascending a further 500 metres above it.

    Klemenča Jama (Grade 2): 7km, 3.5hrs; ascent / descent 480m
    A more challenging, circular route which climbs steeply above the valley to a small hut on a high meadow where you can enjoy homemade apple strudel surrounded by granite peaks.
    Pause for apple strudel at Klemenča Jama
    Slap Rinka
  • Choice of routes: 2.5km to 10.5km

    Solčava Yew Tree (Grade 1): 2.5km, 1hr; ascent / descent 185m
    From the neighbouring village of Solčava, a short, steep ascent takes you to the highest yew tree in Slovenia, which, having survived multiple lightning strikes during its lifetime, has become a symbol of the country's enduring nature. (Drive from hotel to starting point: 7km/10mins)

    Robanov Kot (Grade 1): 8km, 3.5hrs; ascent / descent 245m
    An easy linear walk through the tranquil, traffic-free neighbouring valley of Robanov Kot which is surrounded on three sides by towering mountains. Walk to a dairy farm at the top of the valley where horses and pigs roam free at the edge of a forest. (Drive from hotel to starting point: 11km/15mins)

    Panoramic Road (Grade 1-2): 10.5km, 4hrs; ascent / descent 200m
    This gentle linear walk along a quiet mountain road bestows spectacular views over the peaks. En route, drink from a mineral-rich spring, said to have medicinal properties, and take lunch (pay locally) at the much-photographed Klemenšek farm before returning. (Drive from hotel to starting point: 15km/50mins)

    Grohot (Grade 1): 4km, 1.5hrs; ascent / descent 170m
    Setting off from Bukovnik, Slovenia's highest farm, this short walk promises magnificent views as you gradually ascend to the high pasture and hut of Grohut in the shadow of Mount Raduha, returning along an old forest path. (Drive from hotel to starting point: 19km/55mins)

    Velika Planina (Grade 1-2): 10km, 4hrs; ascent / descent 300m
    Following a panoramic drive into the mountains, ascend on foot to the extraordinary herdsmen's settlement of Velika Planina, set on a high karst plateau with a spectacular 360-degree panorama. Wander through the settlement amidst grazing cattle, visiting the little church and perhaps trying some of the local food at one of the huts. (Drive from hotel to starting point: 32km/1hr)
    Nearing Bukovnik Farm on the Grohot route
    Velika Planina
  • Included, half-day excursion
    We include half a day with a local guide whose family has lived in Robanov Kot since the 15th century. Learn how the valley residents have lived and farmed in harmony with nature for generations and discover the cornucopia of herbs that grow on the farm. (Drive from hotel: 11km/15mins)
    Herb walk, Bevšek
    Pause for refreshments
  • Regional museums, craft workshops & more

    Bicka workshop
    Take part in a half-day workshop (pay locally) in Solčava and learn how to prepare the felt woven from the wool of the local sheep, known as Bicka, for which Solčava is known.
     
    Rinka Centre
    Visit the Rinka museum and exhibition centre in Solčava to learn all about the region through multimedia exhibits and a short video; pick up local souvenirs, and enjoy some of their delicious cakes.
     
    Luče
    Set alongside the Savinja river, Luče is considered one of the prettiest villages in Slovenia. We provide notes for a short amble along a riverside path that flanks gardens and allotments brimming with vegetables and flowers. There's also a very good restaurant in the village. (Drive from hotel to Luče: 16km/25mins)
    Learn how to prepare felt woven from the local Bicka sheep
    Artwork display at the Rinka Centre
 

Accommodation

You stay at an eco-conscious spa retreat with stylish contemporary décor and superlative valley views.

Extra nights are recommended – to discover more of this untouched region, and to spend longer enjoying your lovely hotel and its spa facilities.
Hotel Plesnik

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 May 2020 - 30 September 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 21 May 2020 £885 £175
    22 - 31 May 2020 £915 £180
    1 - 30 Jun 2020 £1035 £180
    1 Jul - 24 Aug 2020 £1060 £180
    25 Aug - 23 Sep 2020 £1035 £180
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50 to -£65
    Single traveller supplement £50 to £65

    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.

    Price includes: 7 days' category B car hire (eg VW Golf or similar with manual transmission)

    Driving time between airport and accommodation: 1h30

    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

    Prices include an additional day's car hire.
    Hotel Plesnik, Solčava (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 31 May 2020 £98 £120
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £118 £140
    01 Jul - 24 Aug 2020 £120 £142
    25 Aug - 30 Sep 2020 £118 £140
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Ljubljana

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

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

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
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    Edinburgh - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
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    Gatwick - Ljubljana easyJet 
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    Heathrow - Ljubljana British Airways 
    Heathrow - Ljubljana (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
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    Luton - Ljubljana Wizz Air 
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    Stansted - Ljubljana easyJet 
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    Manchester - Ljubljana (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Ljubljana (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via 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.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • guided half-day heritage trail
  • 7 days’ category B car hire
 
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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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