Slovenia lake swimming holiday

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Slovenia is known as a land of pure water and greenery. 70% of the country is forested and most of the lakes and rivers are clean enough to drink. We encourage guests to drink water from the tap or lake. We escort swimmers on a human-powered rowing boats and canoes.

Our welcome pack that clients receive on arrival which includes info on the environmental code of conduct tourists are asked to respect. We separate our refuge into three different bins that are collected and taken to the local recycling point on a regular basis. We give back empty batteries, return bottles/glass and leave the paper to be picked up for recycling.

Customers have an option to change towels only when needed (put them on the floor), they use eco-friendly cleaning products for hotel services/ maintenance. The hotel also uses a water system from the rainwater collector-tank. Their lighting system is eco-friendly as well, bulbs etc. We look for hotels near the water where no motorised boat traffic is present. This is for our swimmers and the environmental impact motorised boats cause.

We don't litter the area and follow all the National Park rules. We keep our groups small, about 10-12 guests per trip. This is to minimise social and environmental impact and to allow us to travel around comfortably and safely.

The Impacts of this Trip

We use local owned family hotel Jezero at the Lake Bohinj. They serve locally produced and sourced food. We encourage our guests to support the local people and regions by giving them tips for their service and buying their local products such as souvenirs and gifts.

All our qualified and experienced guiding team is 100% local. This allows our guests to be safe in good hands, as well as to learn about the region from someone who knows the area(s) intimately. Out hotel base is local and employs only the local people from the region.

We eat our meals at local places (traditional houses) to offer our guests the choice of local food, enjoyment and experience. Vegetarians are welcomed. We do not work with charities at present but we are starting to do so in the next year, with a Slovenian Lake and River keeper's organization. We inform all our clients about basic environmental rules and social behaviour.


4 Reviews of Slovenia lake swimming holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The spectacular Slovenian landscape.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring an easy-to-carry water bottle as well as the things on the list. Evenings are not dressed up! I'd suggest going a day earlier or staying a day later so there's a chance for a quieter day. Be prepared for enormous food portions!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I hope so!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. It felt longer as we did so much and it was so varied. The holiday was well-planned and the people running it were very nice, knowledgeable and supportive. I feel healthy and refreshed and will certainly go back to Slovenia as well as trying another holiday with this operator.

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

A really difficult question to answer, but probably the support we got from the trip guides on actually achieving the final 4km swim on the last day( and in fact throughout the trip).
As a novice open water swimmer to be able to swim in the wilds with the knowledge you are in safe hands is very exciting, refreshing and definitely reassuring.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you like being outdoors and swimming BOOK NOW! Be prepared for 3 full on days, action packed with swimming and some walking.. no lie-ins on this trip but 7.45am is the earliest start time. If you are a novice, and if you have one, do take your wet suit with you even if you think you will be warm enough. I often swim in the UK sea without a wetsuit but had not done the distances all in one go before so the first day (4k in total) was hard on my arms. I used my wetsuit for the remainder of the trip not for warmth as the water temperature was a joy, but for the buoyancy and support it gave me...
The guests are put into 3-4 groups depending on the speed of swimmer you are - there is NO pressure from anyone to swim faster, slower etc: it is very much YOUR trip and you will be encouraged to get from it what you need yourself, after all, we are all different!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely, this trip is run by a Slovenian family who have a great deal of knowledge in their area. We always ate at small locally owned restaurants and were readily advised that "plastic water" (ie shop bought water in plastic bottles )was not needed in Slovenia as the water was so pure! They only used electric boats and canoes - no horrid diesel engines in these pristine waters.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Beautiful scenery, fabulously clean water, awesome organisation and inspiring people both guest and guides, I will do another trip with the same company again as soon as I can.

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Completing the Lake Bled swim. I''m not the greatest swimmer and the youngsters finished almost half an hour before me but the feeling you get when you finish the swim is out of this world. I walked back to the rendezvous with the biggest smile ever on my face.
Everyone is just so good and no-one gets cross if you are slow. All everyone wants, holidaymakers and staff, is that you have a really enjoyable swim.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Buy a Robbie, my pal Victoria had one for changing and we all looked on with envy!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely. We spend money in local restaurants and it is very environmentally friendly, even the patrol boat has a battery powered engine so very quiet and no exhaust or fuel to spill.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Brilliant, I will go again providing they are prepared to out up with my lack of speed. I really fancy the Costion sea trip.

A superb holiday and I promise you won't think about work once.

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The swimming holiday was absolutely amazing and I feel super fortunate to have won it.

I have always been a reluctant swimmer and generally avoided it. Having won the holiday it pushed me to have a few swimming lessons so I could at least swim with my face in the water etc!

I took an old school friend with me and we loved it. Slovenia is a most beautiful country. The landscape is superb and the lakes we swam in were clear and magical. the team were brilliant and did all they can to ensure everyone got the most out of the holiday. An added bonus was swimming with the World Record Marathon swimmer Martin Strel who has swum all over the world including full lengths of the Amazon, the Ganjes, the Mississippi etc etc.

Overall it was an inspirational holiday that has made me want to do more. I will certainly try to do another trip and I may even brave the cold UK waters and do some here! I would highly recommend it to anyone and am very grateful to have won.

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