A self-guided hike through the Slovenian Karst between Ljubljana and Trieste. Farmhouse stays, and local food. Visit the Postojna or Skocjan caves, Mount Nanos and Predjama Castle, Stanjel and Tomaj, Trieste and Ljubljana.
Prsut, Teran wine and disappearing rivers
The “Kras”, or Karst, in the west of this tiny country, is an area of woodlands, meadows and unspoilt villages with an ever-present backdrop of mountains. Its extraordinary geological phenomena include vast cave systems and rivers that vanish into cliffs and, on your first day's walk, a disappearing lake. The rock is mother also to some fine vineyards producing the unique Teran wine, a ferocious red to be drunk as accompaniment to the local prosciutto (“Prsut”). After a first night in the pretty Slovenian capital Ljubljana, you stay in farms that produce their own wine, hams and honey, and grow all manner of fruit. You end your holiday in the lively Italian seaport of Trieste and, with extra nights, can visit the original Lipizzaner stud (small supplement) or part of the extraordinary Skocjan cave system, both on foot or by mountain bike (this way you can see both!). Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Debbie and Liz
Suggested extras: Extra nights in Tomaj for cave walk or Lippizaner stud or HIRE MOUNTAIN BIKES to see either or both, or just to have a relaxing day exploring other parts of the region (include lunch at pretty Pliskovica). Good bikes and maps provided.
Standard option (as per "Itinerary"): 6 nights. Suggested shorter alternative: 5-night option - miss Ljubljana and travel straight to Hudicevec.
VENICE: This route can be efficiently combined with a trip to Venice at the start (see "How to get there").