About this holiday
Slovenia is situated in the heart of Europe, bordered by Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary and this two centre holiday explores contrasting areas of this beautiful country. Traverse the peaks, deep valleys and gorges in the shadow of the Triglav National Park and marvel at the lakes and crystal clear waterfalls in Lake Bohinj.
Our base for the first 3 nights is in the charming alpine village of Kranjska Gora, which enjoys sweeping vistas over the Austrian and Italian Alps. In the winter it is a popular ski resort and is renowned for hosting the annual World Cup Slalom every January.
For the following 4 nights our base is in the heart of the village of Bohinj with fantastic views over the famous cobalt-blue lake. This beautiful fairy-tale-like region is often described as having apparent special powers to restore well-being and offers fantastic walking opportunities. In your free time why not visit the nearby Lake Bled? From there you can take a pletnas (a traditional wooden boat) to the island in the middle of the lake where you can walk the 99 stone steps to reach the Assumption of Mary Church, an island steeped in mystery. Legend has it that if you ring the bell of the church it makes your dreams come true!
Our four walks include:
Kranjska Gora – Jasna Valley
Our first charming walk will take us through the beautiful Jasna Valley. At the end we’ll be greeted by the glorious mountain area of the Prisank and Razor Mountains. We can enjoy a typical hiker’s lunch in a Krnica hut (extra charge).
Kranjska Gora circular walk
Our second week begins in Gozd Martuljek (a short transfer from Kranjska Gora) and leads you uphill along a gorge, past the Lower Martuljek waterfall to the mountain Jasenje, where you often find cattle grazing during the summer time. We will have a short lunch break at the “Pri Ingotu” cabin where they serve homemade specialities (extra charge), whilst enjoying our lunch we can ejoy the view over the Martuljek mountain range. The trail then continues up to the Upper Martuljek waterfall and descends back to Gozd Martuljek.
Lake Bohinj – Polkljuka – Uskovnica Sadle
We will be taken by car up to the Pokljuka Plateau where we will begin our hike across the mountain pastures and rustics farmhouses to a viewing point at the beautiful Bohinj Valley. As we descend, we can stop at the little historic gem of Studor and see how people lived 150 years ago. Our final destination is Lake Bohinj, a true gem in the art of the Triglav National Park, and the small fisherman’s settlement at the beginning of the lake.
Lake Bohinj round walk
We spend the day strolling around this wonderful, peaceful alpine setting, in the shadows in the immense mountain peaks of the Julian Alps. We can swim in its crystal clear water and we may have the opportunity to try the delicious Bohinj trout. At the western end of the lake is a short trail up to the Savica Waterfall, the source of the lake and the crystal clear Sava Bohinjka river. Then we can take the cable car up to 1532m Vogel Mountain for a specular view of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps. Perhaps we could spend the evening in one the cosy village pubs and sample some of the home-made honey brandy?
Ramada Hotel and Suites Kranjska Gora****
Our comfortable hotel combines Slovenian hospitality along with magnificent views of the Julian Alps. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus which can take us into the nearby pretty town of Kransjska Gora.
Facilities include a main buffet restaurant, onsite pizzeria, pub and coffee house. Plus a spa, fitness facilities and indoor pool.
Room facilities include hair dryer, safe, radio, mini bar (extra charge), satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.
Our next hotel couldn’t be in a better location, situated right next to the tranquil waters of Lake Bohinj and just a short stroll to the resort centre we can enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the restaurant overlooking the lake.
Facilities include a bar, a buffet restaurant and a la Carte (extra charge), heated indoor pool, fitness room, and 2 Finnish saunas.
Rooms facilities include, telephone, cable TV, mini-bar, safe, hairdryer and balcony. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.