Slovenia – 4 nights
The Karst - culture and landscapeBack to Routes
The Ferrari Gardens, Stanjel
Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana
Ljubljana's Triple Bridge
First walk towards Predjama
Walking to Sezana
Walking towards Nanos
Climbing from Goce
Green meadows and distant hills
Trieste by night
Vineyard (Margaret Soraya Photography)
The late summer flowers were amazing, with carpets of cyclamen and autumn crocus and wild Japanese lanterns. Loved the variety of the countryside with woods and meadows and vineyards together with villages and historic buildings.
Lindsay Driscoll, Bradford-on-Avon, UK - September 2019
Really pleased with the service from On Foot and the quality of the walking notes. Met other walkers who had done other On Foot walks, and said quality and service was always high.
Natalie Page, Churchlands, Australia - September 2019
We enjoyed the chance to see this area of Slovenia and to walk in such unspoilt splendour, as well as admire the spring flowers. We also liked having the opportunity of stopping at Predjama castle, the impressive Skocjan caves and the historic village of Goce.
We have been wanting to see the spring flowers in Slovenia for some time, and rather than head for the touristy Lake Bled, opted for a less busier and commercial part of Slovenia, and really glad we did.
Neil and Ros Somerville, Reading, UK - May 2019
I felt we were able to see the country in a totally different way than just visiting cities. We enjoyed our time in Ljubljana; it is a lovely city with very friendly people and we had a great visit to the castle and other tourist sites.
Walking through the farmland, however, gave us the opportunity to experience more people and their lives.
Carla Isaacs, San Antonio, USA - May 2019
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
Absolutely stunning location and walking tour. Wish we were back there now.
An unforgettable experience. The Predjama castle was amazing.
Sasan Behjat, London, UK - June 2018
Walking every day with a cuckoo calling out, at times mocking us and at times encouraging! Add to that the beautiful meadows, buzzing with insects and other birdsong. The fresh food and drink - OK, mostly wine. The gourmet meal at Goce was a highlight. Also recommend the winetasting at Klet Miska.
Who knew we would need the advice that there is a cave for sheltering from the rainstorm that we inevitably got caught up in on the way from Hudicevec to Vipava?!
Judith and Tim Canty, Woking, UK - May 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
At a glance
4 nights (3 days walking) - missing Hudicevec and Vipava. 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 - 5 hrs walking
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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, Fi and Liz
REVIEWS: For independent walker reviews submitted to the Association of Independent Tour Operators visit Aito.com.
CLIENT PHOTOS: Alastair Chalmers has sent us a link to photos of walking in Slovenia in 2019, which we’re happy to share with you!
ARTICLES: Read an article about On Foot’s holiday in Slovenia from Your Time Magazine here.
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.
COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: Please read our summary of current regulations.
- 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 – see below)
- The hilltop settlements of Stanjel and Tabor
- 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, Drive to route, Food, Wine
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...!
When you're Stanjel, if you're a group of 4 or more staying Fri/Sat/Sun, don't miss the chance of a meal at Cejkotova Domacija, a legendary restaurant with all home produce - we can arrange this for you.
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…?”
On your Stanjel night dinner at Cjekotova Domacija is an option for groups of 4+ at weekends – this is a lovely tasting menu experience, with all food (and wine) grown on their farm. Subject to booking and availability.
How much Walking?
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Well-marked paths, no steep sections. Highest point on route: 750m.
Medium: Average cumulative uphill stretches (CUSs)390m (225m-520m) per day; no shortening options in this version.
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 (but not in 2020 when key accommodations are fully booked)
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.
Please note: date ranges shown are for a ‘normal’ year. While Covid-19 restrictions remain, please contact us to discuss your plans and availability.
At present arrivals from the principal countries below are subject to 14 days’ quarantine on arrival in Slovenia: Sweden, Portugal, Gibraltar, USA, Republic of South Africa. This is not a complete list and the full list can be found here.
Temperature and rainfall chart for Slovenia
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 - Loze to Stanjel
First, a lift to the walk’s start point at Loze.
Then 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: 4¼hrs, 12¼ km, CUSs 620m)
If you can arrive at Stanjel on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday 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 3 - 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)
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 4 - 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)
Depart hotel (or choose to stay further nights)
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.
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 bus to Ljubljana.
Finish: Trieste (5-10 mins walk) or Ljubljana (5 mins walk if staying in standard hotel)
Sample journey by rail:
Via Frankfurt: Frankfurt to Munich, Munich to Ljubljana ~10 hrs
Trieste to Frankfurt: Trieste to Verona, then Verona to Munich, Munich to Frankfurt ~13 hrs
We suggest thetrainline.com for times, ticket booking and other information.
ARRIVING BY CAR
Park in the village of Tomaj, near Tourist Farm Skerlj. Taxi back (supplement) to your first night; taxi back from Trieste (supplement) to Tomaj at the end.
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.
Shuttle bus or pre-booked taxi, both direct to your Ljubljana hotel (or bus/train station)
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)
Charming, family-run pension with lively cafe-bar and weekly jazz.Website
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)Website
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).Website
Trieste – Hotel Coppe (B&B)
Modern-style interior to old family-run hotel, conveniently situated.Website
Total 4 nights in double/twin room, all breakfasts, 1 evening meal, 2 picnics, transfer from Ljubljana to start of 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 (SRS): From £100
Lone Traveller Additional Supplement (LTAS): From £160
Large Party Saving (LPS): Groups of more than 2 people (on an identical itinerary, on the same booking and booked at the same time) – discount of at least £20 per person
Maximum party size: 10
Ljubljana airport to Ljubljana hotel: From £37 (1-4 people), £60 (5-8)
Taxis Trieste/Ljubljana: Contact us
For further nights in any hotel: Contact On Foot Holidays (see below for Tomaj)
Dinner at Cejkotova Domacija (Stanjel night): £41 per person
Presentation of the Classical Riding School at Lipica – Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays: £25 per person (plus taxi back to Tomaj, payable locally)
Mountain bike hire from Tomaj: From £26 per bike per day (pre-book)
Extra half board night in Tomaj to enable visit to Lipica or the caves, mountain bike hire, or just a day of relaxation: From £47 per person; £11 single supplement
Sending Walkers Packs to addresses outside the UK: £10-£40 (per pack, location dependent)
Our local team
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.