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Slovenia

  • 6 Night Route

    Price: £725
  • 5 Night Route

    Price: £670
  • 4 Night Route

    Price: £595

The Karst - culture and landscape

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The Ferrari Gardens, Stanjel

The Ferrari Gardens, Stanjel

Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana

Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana

Ljubljana's Triple Bridge

Ljubljana's Triple Bridge

First walk towards Predjama

First walk towards Predjama

Walking to Sezana

Walking to Sezana

Walking towards Nanos

Walking towards Nanos

Climbing from Goce

Climbing from Goce

Skocjan caves

Skocjan caves

Gaberje

Gaberje

Green meadows and distant hills

Green meadows and distant hills

Lipizzaner horses

Lipizzaner horses

Trieste

Trieste

Trieste waterfront

Trieste waterfront

Vipava

Vipava

Trieste by night

Trieste by night

Vineyard (Margaret Soraya Photography)

Vineyard (Margaret Soraya Photography)

Price: £725
Nights: 6
Grade:
Walk: 3¾- 5 hr/day

Travellers Blog

Discover Slovenia with On Foot Holidays

Tuesday 7th August | Posted by Simon Scutt

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Customer Feedback

Lesley Baker

"Unsurpassable! From our initial contact through an unavoidable last minute cancellation (spider bite!!) to our eventual booking we received nothing but excellent, friendly and caring service from all staff- we can't thank you enough!" August 2016

more testimonials

Travellers Reviews

We loved all the exceptionally nice and friendly people, good food and wine. Gregor was an excellent guide.

The nature and the paths were nice for hiking. The caves, the Nano ridge and the Predjama castle were the top attractions.

Jan Almberger, Sweden - September 2018

We loved walking through villages and meeting the locals, hearing the cuckoos, and partaking in the 'farm to table' meals.

Marv and Jude Kieca, Cederedge, USA - June 2018

It was really terrific and we have no complaints at all, only praise and delight in the natural beauty of the landscape, flowers and birds. A cuckoo accompanied us everywhere.

It was extremely well organised, the accommodation quite charming, our hosts welcoming and delightful and the food simply delicious. Walking through the varied landscapes of the Karst was a complete joy and succour to the soul.

Dilly Barlow, Sussex, UK - May 2018

We really enjoyed our walk through Slovenia with On Foot.

The entire trip felt a bit like a scavenger hunt. Each day we pulled out our map and walking instructions and wondered where each turn would take us. Each day's walking was diverse and unexpected and we were blessed by the most beautiful early spring weather. We passed through beautiful countryside and small, quiet villages, and overall the walking was harder than we thought it would be, but we loved it!

Monica Ranes, Oregon, USA - April 2017

More independent feedback
A self-guided walking holiday in Slovenia with On Foot Holidays

At a glance

6 nights (5 days walking) - the standard route. Add extra nights in Ljubljana or Trieste, and in Tomaj for extra walking, Lipizzaner horses and cave visit.

How much walking?

Full days: 11-16 km per day, 3¾- 5hrs walking
Using shortening options: 7-16 km per day, 2½-5 hrs (using lifts)

Max. Grade:

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, en route to 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

REVIEWS: For independent walker reviews submitted to the Association of Independent Tour Operators visit Aito.com.

TRAVEL ADVICE: To find the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for UK citizens travelling to Slovenia, click here. Citizens of other nations will also find it useful, but should always check their appropriate local agency.

Route Highlights

  • Green Europe at its most beguiling
  • Stay on working farms and eat delicious produce
  • Prsut (prosciutto) and Teran wine
  • Supper at Cejkotova Domacija (subject to availability)
  • The hilltop settlements of Stanjel and Tabor
  • Predjama Castle
  • The disappearing lake and rivers
  • Optional visits to the Skocjan Caves or the Lipizzaner horses
  • Trieste and Ljubljana and the Hapsburg legacy

This route features the following characteristics and interests: Villages and farms, Food, Wine

We Recommend

Extra nights in Tomaj for walk to the Skocjan caves 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, and Sasha, our local bike provider, would be happy to take you on a guided ride too (supplement) to take in some good places to eat...!

VENICE: This route can be efficiently combined with a trip to Venice at the start (see "How to get there").

Eating and Drinking

As you progress into the Karst proper, the Mediterranean influences become more pronounced with herbs, olive oil and Prsut important elements of the cuisine in contrast to the heartier stews and mushroom soups further east in the route.  Wines in the east are Malvasia (white) and Cabernet Sauvignon (red) based, while nearing Trieste you can not escape the unique Teran. At Tomaj, our hosts will probably serve non-veggies “Karst roast beef in Teran wine and pršut with different kind of vegetables, depending on the season.  Everything is home grown.  And of course a bottle of Teran – it’s the best! – oh and our rabbit stew, but only if Izidor has been successful.  Did you try our own honey ice cream when you were here last…?”

How much Walking?

Full days: 11-16 km per day, 3¾- 5hrs walking
Using shortening options: 7-16 km per day, 2½-5 hrs (using lifts)

Well-marked paths, no steep sections. Highest point on route: 750m.

Medium: Average cumulative uphill stretches (CUSs) 390m (225m-670m) per day

Easy-medium: 330m (100m-670m) using shortening options

GPX file available for handheld GPS or smartphone App for complete route (except Tomaj optional walks).

Important note: Times given for each day are  walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops.  “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb.  See “Walk Grading” for more information.

When to go?

The best months to walk: April, May, June, September, October

Other possible months: July, August

Late spring, with its profusion of wild flowers and butterflies, is an ideal time to walk through this gentle Slovenian countryside. July and August can be quite warm, but as September arrives, so the countryside is bathed in autumnal light and whilst the days become shorter, walkers can enjoy the fruits (and drink) of the Slovenian harvest in the evenings.

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Weather Chart

 

Temperature and rainfall chart for Slovenia

Itinerary

About the Route

Day 1 - Arrive in Ljubljana

Arrive in Ljubljana and, having checked in to your hotel, promenade along the river of this pretty Slovene capital.

Day 2 - Landol to Hudicevec

After a lift with Gregor from Ljubljana, you will walk through lovely meadows and sleepy villages via the restored castle of Predjama (drawbridge, secret tunnels, disappearing river and all).  (Medium: 5 hrs, 15 km, CUSs 400m). Alternative – start at Predjama Castle then walk to Hudicevec (easy-medium: 3½ hrs, 12km, CUS 370m) )

Day 3 - Hudicevec to Vipava

Either walk along the wooded flanks of Mount Nanos to the village of Podnanos or take a short transfer there, then woodland and vineyard walking above the Vipava valley, to the lively town of Vipava.  (Medium: 5 hrs, 16 km, CUSs 350m; or with transfer and avoidance of ascent/descent easy: 3½hrs, 6 km, CUSs 100m)

Day 4 - Vipava to Stanjel

Over the ridge to the Karst via the most lovely meadow and woodland walking to the hilltop village of Stanjel. Your B&B is just next to the tower gateway. Supper at local restaurant today (pay locally unless pre-booked as below).  (Medium: 5hrs, 16 km, CUSs 670m)

Option

If you can arrive at Stanjel on a Friday or Saturday night we may be able to get you into the all-own-produce Cejkotova Domacija restaurant at Goce - check with us. Larger groups (6+) can eat here any night of the week subject to availability.

Day 5 - Stanjel to Tomaj

On to the wooded Karst proper, to the pretty hill village of Tomaj and a farmhouse supper with (almost) everything home-produced. Visit the wine and Prsut cellars and sample their homemade bread and honey. (Easy-medium: 4 hrs, 11 km, CUSs 225m)

Option

Have an extra night here in Tomaj, and ...

EITHER taxi to Lipica and a walk on to the famed Skocjan Caves (Easy: 3½ hrs (plus time for tour), 12 km, CUSs 50m); taxi back;

OR for a small supplement visit, on the right day (Tue/Fri/Sun, May-Sept, Sun only April and Oct), the Lipizzaner horses: a gentle walk via Sezana with its botanical gardens to the stud farm at Lipica. Start early to arrive on time for a presentation of the Classical Riding School at 3pm (pre-booked through On Foot). Taxi back to Tomaj afterwards (Easy: 5 hrs (plus time for tour/presentation), 15 km, CUSs 160m). All taxis payable locally.

Hire mountain bikes to do both in one day! £20 pp, plus pick-up from Lipica or Skocjan at end if required (small charge). We provide maps, and offer 5 potential itineraries including two shorter circuits around Tomaj if you want an easier day.

OR do nothing - take a day off in Tomaj, wander round the village or swim in the Tourist Farm's outdoor pool.

Day 6 - Tomaj to Trieste

A walk via Tabor, across the edge of the Karst and on to Trieste, arriving triumphantly at the top of the city and then taking a scenic bus ride down from Opicina to our boutique hotel in the centre.  (Medium: 3¾ hrs, 15 km, CUSs 430m)

Departure day

Depart hotel (or choose to stay further nights)

Travel Information

ARRIVING BY AIR

The best ‘local’ airports are Ljubljana (inbound), and Trieste (return). Intercontinental flights may use Venice – also Frankfurt, Vienna and Paris – then change onto another flight to Ljubljana.

Land by (Ljubljana): any time (as your first night is in Ljubljana and the transfer into the city an easy one);

Land by (Trieste): 16:00 for bus transfer to Ljubljana; or pre-bookable taxi to Sezana station for train on to Ljubljana OR pre-bookable taxi all the way.

Return flight earliest (Trieste): No time limit.

Return flight earliest (Ljubljana): 13:30 (bus Trieste/Ljubljana, then shuttle service from the station to Ljubljana airport).

Land by and return flight earliest times not applicable if using pre-booked taxi

Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner (see below) before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have provisionally reserved accommodation for you.

For up-to-date schedules and flights from all airports check Skyscanner.

ARRIVING BY TRAIN

Nearest railway station:

Start: Ljubljana.  If coming from Italy, get as far as Trieste, then either bus to Ljubljana or pre-bookable  taxi over the border to Sezana (Slovenia) followed by train to Ljubljana.

Finish: Trieste (5-10 mins walk) or Ljubljana (5 mins walk if staying in standard hotel)

Typical rail journey from UK via Paris, Munich and Ljubljana:

London: Eurostar to Paris. From here a night train to Munich.  Change on to the train for Ljubljana. ~21 hrs. For the stretch between London/Paris and Ljubljana, see www.seat61.com/Slovenia.htm.

Trieste: Train to Venice for night train “Artesia” to Paris Bercy.  Transfer to Paris Nord for the Eurostar, arrive London St Pancras International. ~18.5 hrs.  For full timetables, and for local train (no need to book) from Trieste to Venice see www.bahn.de.  For Venice-Paris-London see www.seat61.com/Italy.htm

 

Getting to the start of the walk

The first hotel is in Ljubljana and the last in Trieste. Transfer times and methods are suggested for the outward journey from Ljubljana airport and the return journey to Trieste airport, the best combination. If flying into Trieste or out from Ljubljana, you will need to transfer between the two by bus (various times/days) or pre-booked taxi.  Railway station transfers are also given below.

LJUBLJANA AIRPORT:

Shuttle bus or pre-booked taxi, both direct to your Ljubljana hotel (or bus/train station)

TRIESTE AIRPORT:

Airport bus or local taxi between airport and bus/train station

For pre-bookable taxi prices, see “Prices” or contact us

VENICE:  This route can be efficiently combined with a trip to Venice at the start.  From Venice, train to Trieste, then bus to Ljubljana.  Returning, train from Trieste to Venice Mestre then shuttle to airport.

Railway/bus station transfers:

Ljubljana station is a 7-minute walk from our standard hotel, or a 20-minute walk/5 minute taxi ride from our alternative.

Trieste train and bus stations are a short walk from your final hotel,

Full transfer advice, including timetables, is provided in your Walkers’ Pack.  Contact us if you would like additional pre-booking information.

Where You'll Stay

Sandwiched between stays in carefully chosen city hotels, you’ll experience simple accommodation on working farms on this route, with delicious home-cooked food and home-produced food and wine (which the owners will be proud to talk about!).  There’s also one night in a B&B run by a charming former English teacher.

Ljubljana – Pension Slamic (B&B)

Night 1

Ljubljana – Pension Slamic (B&B)

Charming, family-run pension with lively cafe-bar and weekly jazz.

Ljubljana – Lesar Hotel Angel (B&B)

Night 1 (Upgrade)

Ljubljana – Lesar Hotel Angel (B&B)

Stylish small hotel in old town.

Hudicevec – Emilijan and Katya Simcic (dinner, B&B)

Night 2

Hudicevec – Emilijan and Katya Simcic (dinner, B&B)

Katya and Emilijan welcome you to their excellent Slovene cooking and Alpine-style farmhouse (near busy main road).

Vipava – Apartments Koren (B&B)

Night 3

Vipava – Apartments Koren (B&B)

Basic apartments in interesting small town. Evening meal booked nearby (pay locally).

Stanjel – Nassa Dessella (B&B)

Night 4

Stanjel – Nassa Dessella (B&B)

Comfortable rooms (not all en suite) next to the gate tower and gardens. Dinner booked in local restaurant (or enquire about pre-booking Cejkotova Domacija through us)

Tomaj – Izidor Skerlj (dinner, B&B)

Night 5

Tomaj – Izidor Skerlj (dinner, B&B)

Farmhouse-with-accommodation and excellent home-made food and wine. Outdoor pool. Bikes for hire (pre-book with On Foot).

Trieste – Hotel Coppe (B&B)

Night 6

Trieste – Hotel Coppe (B&B)

Modern-style interior to old family-run hotel, conveniently situated.

Prices

Price: £725 for 6 nights

Total 6 nights in double/twin room, all breakfasts, 4 picnics, 2 evening meals, transfer from Ljubljana to start of Day 2 walk, luggage transfers between all hotels on walking route; full Walkers Pack with route directions, maps, transfer and background information; local telephone support.

Locally levied tourist taxes are not included.

All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated, and are based on a standard booking in May. Prices may vary seasonally and a fixed price will be given to you before you commit.

Single Room Supplement: From £130
Lone Traveller Additional Supplement: From £180
Large party saving: Groups of more than 2 people (on identical itinerary) –  discount of at least £30 per person
Maximum party size: 10

 

Add Ons

Ljubljana airport to Ljubljana hotel (on Gregor’s famous orientation route): From £37 (1-4 people), £56 (5-8)
Trieste centre to Sezana (for direct train to Ljubljana): From £23 (1-3 people), £37 (4-5 people)
Trieste centre to Ljubljana town: £101 (1-4 pers); £161 (5-8 pers)
Trieste centre to Ljubljana airport: £121 (1-4 pers); £192 (5-8 pers)
For further nights in any hotel: Contact On Foot Holidays (see below for Tomaj)
Dinner at Cejkotova Domacija (Stanjel night): £35pp
Presentation of the Classical Riding School at Lipica – Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays: £24 per person (plus taxi back to Tomaj, payable locally)
Mountain bike hire from Tomaj: From £25 per bike per day (pre-book). Guide (if required) €80 per half day, pay locally
Extra half board night in Tomaj to enable visit to Lipica or the caves, mountain bike hire, or just a day of relaxation: From £45 per person; £11 single supplement
Sending Walkers Packs to addresses outside the UK and Ireland:  £10-£40 (per pack, location dependent)

Travellers Blog

Discover Slovenia with On Foot Holidays

Tuesday 7th August | Posted by Simon Scutt

Discover Slovenia with On Foot Holidays view article

Customer Feedback

Lesley Baker

"Unsurpassable! From our initial contact through an unavoidable last minute cancellation (spider bite!!) to our eventual booking we received nothing but excellent, friendly and caring service from all staff- we can't thank you enough!" August 2016

more testimonials

Travellers Reviews

We loved all the exceptionally nice and friendly people, good food and wine. Gregor was an excellent guide.

The nature and the paths were nice for hiking. The caves, the Nano ridge and the Predjama castle were the top attractions.

Jan Almberger, Sweden - September 2018

We loved walking through villages and meeting the locals, hearing the cuckoos, and partaking in the 'farm to table' meals.

Marv and Jude Kieca, Cederedge, USA - June 2018

It was really terrific and we have no complaints at all, only praise and delight in the natural beauty of the landscape, flowers and birds. A cuckoo accompanied us everywhere.

It was extremely well organised, the accommodation quite charming, our hosts welcoming and delightful and the food simply delicious. Walking through the varied landscapes of the Karst was a complete joy and succour to the soul.

Dilly Barlow, Sussex, UK - May 2018

We really enjoyed our walk through Slovenia with On Foot.

The entire trip felt a bit like a scavenger hunt. Each day we pulled out our map and walking instructions and wondered where each turn would take us. Each day's walking was diverse and unexpected and we were blessed by the most beautiful early spring weather. We passed through beautiful countryside and small, quiet villages, and overall the walking was harder than we thought it would be, but we loved it!

Monica Ranes, Oregon, USA - April 2017

More independent feedback
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Janez Golob

Route designed by:

Janez Golob

Retired architect Janez Golob was born in Celje, eastern Slovenia. Living in Ljubljana, he teaches woodworking, is a mountain climber, mountain rescue team member and mountain guide, and has trekked and climbed in the Slovenian Alps and elsewhere.

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