Slovenia multi activity holiday

“Slovenia is a tiny European jewel where you can mix adrenaline activities in majestic landscapes with time in ravishing historic waterside towns.”

Highlights

Bled | Lake Bohinj | Triglav National Park activities | Piran | Optional activities include Skocjan Caves, mountain biking, Vintgar Gorge or day in Ljubljana

Description of Slovenia multi activity holiday

Sometimes known as ‘Europe in Miniature’, Slovenia is a tiny country packing a huge heart and a wealth of diversity – the soaring Julian Alps and foaming rivers ripe for adrenaline activities (including cycling, hiking, rafting and caving) plus a ravishing Venetian-influenced coast and fairytale lakeside towns.

One of these – Bled – provides the main base for this fabulously varied trip. Kick off the action with a 30-minute journey to Lake Bohinj, a vast glacial lake where a cable car whisks you to the summit of Mt Vogel in the Triglav National Park for some amazing hiking along lush Alpine trails.

You'll also have a free day in Bled, where options include cycling round the lake past its girdle of elegant 19th century villas, a river adventure back in the Triglav National Park, or maybe a Pletna boat ride (a wooden, awning-covered vessel rowed by a special oarsman) to visit the church on the pretty island in the middle of the lake.

There's a day too on the Sava Dolinka River for white water rafting Grade 2/3 rapids through gorgeous scenery to reach the town of Lancovo for a delicious dinner – be sure to try the excellent local wine.

Moving to the medieval jewel of Piran on the Slovenian Adriatic Sea, discover a former pirate stronghold now renowned as a beguiling slice of Venetian style on the Gulf of Trieste. Choose between just exploring this lovely town or get active with a guided exploration of the underground canyon at the Škocjan Caves.

Back in Bled, you'll head back into Triglav National Park for mountain biking – either a 16km route along the scenic Radovna River as it meanders its way through a wilderness valley, or a route higher up the hills taking in a trio of pretty villages.

The flexibility nature of the trip in terms of free time with plentiful activity options means you can tailor much of your time with contrasting pleasures – from a day trip to Vintgar Gorge to enjoy spectacular hiking across rapids, waterfalls and pools via an elevated boardwalk, or visiting Slovenia's lovely cosmopolitan capital Ljubljana (pronounced 'Lyub-Li-Yana').

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Slovenia multi activity holiday

Environment

All our tour leaders are passionate about responsible travel, so our messaging is consistent when it comes to tackling environmental issues. One key problem is littering, which our leaders address on the ground by actively educating our suppliers and locals too. Always leading by example, for instance, gathering rubbish others have left behind.

Our greatest contribution to minimising our transportation’s impact on the environment is by travelling on bike, foot or raft, avoiding any use of energy or fuel. When we do use a vehicle, we’re committed to using local forms of transport wherever possible, including public bus on this itinerary. This also allows our passengers to enjoy an authentic local experience.
Travelling in a small group allows us to stay in family-run hotels throughout the trip. We also support independent restaurants and cafes, serving locally sourced produce.

We encourage travellers to bring their own water bottles to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in the bottles, the production of a one litre plastic bottle requires two litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion of which end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and other natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, we suggest considering water purification techniques such as iodine or using water dispensers provided by some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it’s better to buy the largest one available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

Community

We employ local leaders as much as is operationally possible. Guides are always local, and they set their own rates. Leaders are always European, and wages are standard salaries as found elsewhere in the tourism industry. All equipment used on this trip is sourced from local companies.
This tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like in this part of Europe.

The local bus journey from Bled to Bohinj on this trip is an excellent example of travelling like a local, with locals. The remaining parts of the trip are taken on private transportation, the operators of which are always locally sourced. This small group tour has a maximum of 12 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and can ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

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