Julian Alps Lakes and Mountains
Slovenia, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £695 (land only) - from €940 (land only) - from $1,175 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group's hotel in Bled. A single timed group airport transfer is provided from Ljubljana Airport to Bled. Depending on your arrival time you may wish to stretch your legs with the easy 4 mile walk around the lake and take in the stunning views or enjoy a coffee whilst watching the world go by. KE Land Only package begins with the evening meal.
Day 2: A great start to the week as we head to the natural border between Austria and Slovenia - The Karavanke Mountains. Today we walk through the magical 'Barons Tunnels' and up to the Prevala hut for lunch, where we are rewarded with magnificent views. After lunch we hike through meadows and alpine forest to the ruins of Kamen Castle. Walk distance approx: 5-6hrs, 12km, 900m ascent & 1300m descent.
Day 3: A trekking highlight as today begins a 2-day high level walk through the Julian Alps. From the Triglav National Park and beautiful Lake Bohinj, we take a cable car into the mountains, where we're surrounded by the Julian Alps, including Mt Triglav. We overnight in the Dom na Komni mountain Hut at 1525 metres. Walk distance approx: 5-6kms, 12km, 945m ascent & 975m of descent.
Day 4: Today we walk through the stunning Valley of the Seven Lakes, which offers some of the most beautiful and wild alpine scenery in Europe. These lakes, each differently coloured, lie dotted along our trail in a craggy, mountainous amphitheatre. Late afternoon we descend to the valley and take a short transfer Lake Bled. Walk distance approx: 5-6hrs, 10km, 350m ascent & 1300m descent.
Day 5: A free day to enjoy the pretty town of Lake Bled. There are plenty of possibilities for local walks or you may wish to arrange an optional excursion to see Postojana caves, the 2nd largest caves in the world or visit the laid-back Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, with it's many pavement cafes, winding river and beautiful Triple Bridge, designed by Joze Plecnik.
Day 6: Starting at the small village of Gozd Martuljek, we follow forest trails to a 'hidden valley' in the beautiful Martuljak Mountains and through a gorge to a series of cascading waterfalls. They'll be an option to take lunch at the welcoming Lipovceva Hut in it's pretty setting before returning to Gozd Martuljek and our hotel. Walk distance approx: 5-6hrs, 10.5km, 1130m ascent & 1120m descent.
Day 7: Today we see a completely different side of this region as we transfer up and onto the high Pokljuka Plateau, an area wonderfully rich in flora and fauna, and where the traditional way of life is still practiced by a few shepherds and cow herders who live here. There are plenty of walking options available here and after enjoying the day we return to Lake Bled. Walk distance approx 5hrs.
Day 8: KE Land Only package ends after breakfast with an early afternoon single group transfer from Bled to Ljubljana Airport.