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Slovenia’s Splendid Mountains, gorges and lakes

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  • No single supplement (UK only)
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You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

  • Jun 24, Sep 2
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  • Expert Tour Guides
  • ABTA & ATOL Protected
  • Location: Slovenia
  • Flights costed separately

The spectacular mountains in the Julian Alps are predominantly limestone, and their jagged form produce stunning vistas wherever you look. Fabulous guided walking for the discerning walker. Glacial lakes, rushing rivers, tremendously deep gorges and alpine meadows with a real splash of wild flower colour are everywhere. And the unique hospitality of the local people – always welcoming – compliments this superb walking destination.

Solos and Singles Guided Walking is our unique speciality – unlike other walking holiday companies. We specialise in offering guided walking holidays for solos and singles in beautiful locations in both the UK and Europe. We have an extra speciality in that we also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

If you decide to book this holiday, please complete the Quotation Request Form in full – this is the first part of the booking process… (as per ATOL requirements).

What you get on a Secret Hills Slovenia Holiday
  • Individual quotation
  • Flights
  • Transfer from airport to Hotel Tripic  and return
  • Half board accommodation, including a three course dinner
  • Guided walking- local guides- two walks per day
  • Any transport needed on the walks
  • The services of a Secret Hills tour guide
  • Individual attention
  • Our administration and management service

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Entries to museums
  • Ski and chair lift costs

Hotel and Meals

Your hotel

Hotel Tripic is family owned, and a comfortable base for our walking holidays.  All rooms are spacious, and are en suite.  The hotel is situated in the village of Bohinj Bistrica, five kilometres from Lake Bohinj, Slovenia’s largest lake.  The village has a number of bars, supermarkets, a pharmacy and a fitness and swimming centre. It is the centre for rural life in the upper Bohinj valley.  The rivers Bistrica and Sava meet here.

Your meals

Tripic has a comprehensive breakfast and dinner menu – plenty of choice and well cooked.  

Internet facilities are available in all rooms at the hotel.  The Tripic family will make you very welcome.  The hotel is quiet, and is the start point for transport to our walks start.

Single Supplement details

For sole use of a twin room, there is a supplement of £18 per night.  There is the option of sharing a Duplex suite – two separate twin rooms, with a shared bathroom, without incurring a sole occuoancy supplement. Talk to us about this option.

Itinerary

The spectacular mountains in the Julian Alps are predominantly limestone, and their jagged form produce stunning vistas wherever you look. Glacial lakes, rushing rivers, tremendously deep gorges and alpine meadows with a real splash of wild flower colour are everywhere. But the hospitality of the local people – always welcoming – compliment this superb walking destination.

Walking is available from May to October in these mountains, and temperatures can be hot in the valleys in July and August though higher up, cool breezes are a help.  We walk in May, June and September – ideal temperatures.

Ljubljana is the capital, and the airport is also near there.  Transfers to our hotel are about 45 minutes, but through wonderful scenery –  a good way to whet your appetite for the days ahead. Lake Bled is 12 kilometres away.

Two walks per day – see Walking programme

Flights and Transfers

As from 13/12/21 – we will quote all our 2022 holidays in two stages 

Stage one – the price for land only

Stage two – the flight cost from your selected airport to your chosen destination and return

The combination of the two will add up to the total price we are quoting you.

Flights

When you wish to book a holiday with us, we research all the available flights,  Charter  and “No Frills” airlines from the airport of your choice, we will give you an individual quotation.  Dependent on the time of year, specific dates, and air seat prices relevant at the time of booking, then there may be flight supplements.  Our partners in Secret Hills Walking Holidays in Europe, New Experience Holidays will provide the individual quotation.  They provide us with ATOL bonding.  .

For direct flights to Slovenia:

London Stansted – a 1pm flight allowing you time to get there in a morning

Gatwick – Easyjet fly from Gatwick- again a 1pm flight

Heathrow – BA fly from Heathrow- afternoon flight out

Edinburgh connecting flight at Stansted and Glasgow – connecting flight at Gatwick

Alternatively there are one stop flights to Paris/Frankfurt/Amsterdam/Brussels and Munich which connect with Slovenia, with a small dwell time at those airports. This is a good viable option. Flights to these airports are from Manchester/Newcastle/Bristol/Southampton

Meeting you in Slovenia

We will meet you at Llubjana airport for onward transfer to Hotel Tripic and return at the end of the holiday.

Tour Details

This is an escorted holiday with UK Tour Guides

The Walks

Walking in Slovenia, marvellous alpine hill walking through limestone country, with stunning vistas of lakes and river valleys.  Slovenia lies south of Austria and Italy and our walking in the Julian Alps is in the north of the country.  We base ourselves near Lake Bohinj, the largest of the Slovenian lakes.  There are picturesque villages, with  farming at the heart of the economy.  There are alpine meadows to amble through, and fast flowing rivers.  There are number of deep gorges – familiar to limestone alpine scenery.  Simply stunning alpine mountain scenery walks take us over stunning ridges, and down beautiful valleys, and there is a variety of scenery for the discerning walker.  We grade the walks as moderate with some short strenuous stretches.  An easier shorter option is available on each day.  Five days walking during the week’s break, with one day as a rest day.  Walking is moderate,  we don’t rush the hills and ridges – talking, looking, learning about Slovenia – tends to slow the pace a little.

We walk for five days with a day free for you to explore the country.

After a mini bus journey to the walk start every day, we walk for about five and a half hours, returning at about 4.30 pm – time for a swim, or simply rest before dinner in the  hotel’s dining room.   Climbing is steady, with the occasional steep short stretch, not to be rushed, and downhills are … well downhills – always a pull on the old knees.  Distances are 7 – 9 miles a day.  There is always a cooling  breeze so early mornings require a top layer, but after that, it is shorts and tee shirt walking.  We walk in the Julian Alps, Triglav National Park, Karavanke Mountains on the Austrian Border, Poclujka, and the Kranska Gora area. 

Your walk leaders

Secret Hills Walking Holidays work with Human Fish, the best Slovenian guiding business.  Two guides are provided for each walk, with back up from Alan Garner.  The guides will structure a balanced programme of walks to suit the ability of the group.  We also have two walks per day, around the same area, giving the opportunity for a shorter and less demanding walk. Your tour guide, Alan Garner is responsible for all aspects of your holiday in Slovenia.

Choice of Walks

Each week we choose walks according to the ability of the group who join. Each day we have a choice of two walks:

Walk 1 – moderate grade, some climbing and descending, all at a steady pace.

Walk 2 – easier – with plenty of time to see the wonderful Slovenian countryside.

Sample Walks

Vogel ski lift and Rodica mountain– we take the gondola to the Vogel Ski resort, then a chair lift before ascending Sija mountain 1800 metres or so. On then to Rodica mountain along a superb ridge with views to the Adriatic as well as deep into the Triglav National park.and Julian Alps. We return a slightly different way to the gondola and transport back to the hotel. Dependent on the ability of the group,we may only ascend Sija, and on our return after lunch into the Sava valley we walk round the east side of Lake Bohinj, a lovely lake side walk.

Prvisec mountain and the hills above Lake Bohinj – starting at Blato, we ascend through forests to the lovely mountain hut-  Pl VisVisevnik – beside a small lake for coffee. We then ascend again to the superb viewpoint over the Bohinj Lake and the Lower Bohinhj range of mountains at Prsivec. We return to the hut for lunch then descend back to Blato on a different path for transport pick up.

Mount Brda and Debela Pec – starting after winding up in our minibus to Pockluka meadows – we ascend through forest and meadows to the Lipanca Mountain hut. After a coffee, we ascend Mount Brda – 2009 metres and Debela Pec 2015 metres – an ascent from the hut of 250 metres, then wind our way down to Lipanca hut for lunch. Descend through the forest after lunch to our original start point.

Vintgar Gorge circular and Lake Bled – we walk through meadows from Bled town through lovely villages to the start of Vintgar Gorge – through this wondeful tumbling gorge and then to St Katerina’s church. Along a meadow path back to start of the gorge, and descend down to lunch in Bled town. In the afternoon , we walk round Lake Bled on its eastern side to view the church on the island, Vila Bled, Tito’s summer home, and Mlino for transport back to the hotel.

Martuljek waterfalls – Under the Špik Mountain the  spectacular Upper and lower Martuljek waterfalls – transport to this deep valley and ascend over wooden bridges and many steps to two waterfalls. Coffee at a magnificent hut under Spik mountain and eventually ascend to highest waterfall. Return to hut for lunch, then back to minibus and a visit to Kranska Gora.

Mostnice Gorge and Voje Meadows.– we start at Ribcev Laz, and walk alongside Bohinj Lake to the Mostnice Gorge. Through this magical deep gorge and out into the Voje meadows and to the Mostnice Waterfall. Lunch at a lovely mountain hut, and descend to Stara Fuzcina and trasport back to hotel.

The Barons Walk – to the Austrian border and through small tunnels and woodland to our coffee stop. Then a little higher underneath the Karavanke range of mountains, we descend a superb limestone valley for a late lunch, then on to look at Grad castle – in the rocks

Sava river trail – from the hotel we walk to Brod along Sava river cycle path then over the hill to Rudnica hill, then Pec before descending into Stara Fuzina village for lunch. Under Studor mountain to Sredna Vaz, and over the hill back to Bohinj Bistrica in the Sava Valley.

Prevailing weather conditions

Slovenia  has a true alpine climate – 6 months under metres of snow, a spring in May and early June- summer in late June and early July will be warm with a chance of some showers. In mid July to end of August it is hot with regular thunderstorms. September to early October is autumn with sunny days and between 18 and 20 degrees..

Exclusions

Although our leaders are well trained  and experienced in dealing  with different capabilities of our walking clients, if they have any concerns about  any clients ability or suitability to undertake safely any walking activity we plan or they feel that participation of an individual may affect the groups safety and cohesion, then they have full permission to exclude that client from an activity.

They will try at all times to provide an alternative suggested activity, though this may involve the client in additional local cost.

We rarely have to enforce this above recommendation, but it is a sensible and necessary protection for the individual client, the group and the leaders.

Holiday Highlights

  • Simply stunning Alpine scenery
  • choice of walks daily
  • superb walking on the Julian Alps, in lovely gorges and river valleys
  • Alpine meadows and wild flower paradise
  • the hospitality of the Slovenian people
  • terrific local hotel in a friendly, working Slovenian village
  • lovely food both in the hotel and mountain huts for lunch
  • our relaxed social approach
  • And its only 2 hours away

Grades and Difficulty

On each Slovenia  holiday we have two grades of walking.- moderate and easy.

On the moderate walks – 8/9miles – we ascend and descend at least once per day – up to 300 metres but generally over an hour and a half. Pace is critical – we don’t rush, there’s too much to see, but we do stride out where it is possible. Underfoot conditions in Slovenia  can be stony – it is limestone country after all – and we take care on these sections.

On some well marked paths, especially in forested areas, there are exposed tree roots which can be slippery when wet.

On the easy walks – which  may also include some sightseeing of villages. towns, and things of interest generally as well as visiting the wonderful lakes of Bled and Bohinj – we wont walk as fast, have plenty of stops and probably cover 5/6 miles.

There will be hills to ascend/descend but we will take these very steadily – we do not rush our clients. As with the walking grade – underfoot conditions in Slovenia – can be stony – it is limestone country after all – and we take care on these sections. The pace is slower, not snail pace but enough to give you a good stroll, and to allow you to enjoy the wonderful Slovenian countryside.

You will find the easy walking holiday advertised under Strolling and Exploring on our web site.

Each day you have the choice of either walking or strolling.

Meet New Friends

It’s all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress-free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secret Hills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekend’s activities – but it’s good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.

“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.

You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for travelling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.

Oh – by the way – it’s not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like-minded friends – just relax and enjoy.

Just arrive and enjoy.

Great Reasons to Join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover Europe but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for single and solos travellers
  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels, selected and constantly reviewed.
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit at one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

How to Book

How to book your holiday

Do not book on line at this point. Read on and follow the instructions

In order to conform with ATOL bonding requirements, prior to you reserving a holiday with us, we need to provide you with an official quotation. This will contain all the details and costs of the holiday and your requested choice of flights and airports. You will find a GET QUOTE button at the top of the page, use this and fill in the form in order to start the quotation process. Once you have filled in the Quotation Request form, you will get an email confirmation from us.

We partner with New Experience Holidays who provide the ATOL bonding, so all quotations will be sent by them, and you will reserve and pay for your holiday with them.

The quotation process – ATOL BONDING requirement- the quotation is the first part of the contract between us and you.

The quotation will include

– the basic price of the holiday as advertised- the land only price

– the flight cost from the airport of your choice

– single supplement if this applies

– a choice of flights if this is applicable

– any specific requirement such as additional nights/ sea view rooms etc.

– final price and payment information

The Quotation stage – who sends you your quotation

In order to conform to ATOL bonding protection rules, New Experience Holidays will send you your full quotation normally by email- please ask if you want to receive the quotation by post.

Your contacts at New Experience Holidays are Matthew Newcombe, Anna Brown and Paul Sawyer.

We need to know your preferred departure airport. We can guide you about the right airport and options – simply read the web pages for the country you are wanting to visit, or email us for flight advice.

The Booking Process

Once you have accepted the quotation, fill in a New Experience booking form (this can be done online) or send in the completed form, and pay both the deposit – normally £250 – plus the additional flight costs to New Experience.Holidays  Final payment is also made to New Experience Holidays.

Once you have booked, you will not be sent a reminder of when to pay the full amount, so please diarise this.

About three weeks prior to departure, New Experience Holidays will send you holiday joining details, including your flight details with instruction to print off your boarding cards.

Once you arrive at your holiday destination

Secret Hills Walking Holidays (Slovenia Walking Holidays) organise all aspects of your holiday– including guiding, transport to walks start and provide you with an experienced tour guide. You make your won arrangements to get to the airport in the UK, we meet you at the airport you are flying to, and help you with your transfer to the appointed hotel.

It is important to read New Experience Holidays’ Terms and Conditions – click on the tab on their web site – before you sign the booking form.

 

Our Relationship with New Experience Holidays / ATOL Bonding

Our Partners in Europe Walking

Secret Hills Walking are pleased to be associated with New Experience Holidays, who organise flights, accommodation and transfers for these holidays and provide you with ATOL security.
All your joining instructions and individual flight arrangements will be made by  them.  Once you have committed to a holiday, and have accepted the individual quote we send, New Experience will send you a reservation form and all deposits / final payments will be made to them. Secret Hills Walking is responsible for marketing and selling the holidays and for arranging your itinerary when you arrive at the airport in the country you are visiting. You will receive individual attention throughout your holiday from us.

ATOL Bonding – New Experience Holidays REGISTRATION

Insurances Required

Insurance – you need to be fully covered

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against travel, medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). Our partners New Experience holidays will ask for this information as a condition of reserving a place. If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is available only online from the UK Government website. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate travel insurance.

Location

Slovenia—the country

Slovenia shares borders with Hungary, Austria, Croatia and Italy. It is one of the newer members of the EU, having joined in 2004.

The spectacular mountains in the Julian Alps are predominantly limestone, and their jagged form produce stunning vistas wherever you look. The area is softened by beautiful, tranquil lakes in the valley bottoms and also amongst the rocky crags.

The country has a proud reputation for cleanliness, and self sufficiency – you will find many small allotments for vegetable and fruit growing in most gardens. The Slovenes are a  welcoming people, friendly and outgoing. They want you to explore their superb countryside. Walking is a national hobby – why wouldn’t it be when there is so much grand scenery to explore. Their other national pastime is eating – and they have excellent Slovenian wine.

Walking is available from May to October in these hills, and temperatures can be hot in the valleys in July and August, though higher up cool breezes are a help. We walk in June and September – ideal temperatures. Ljubljana is the capital, and the airport is also near there, transfers to our hotel are about 60 minutes, but through wonderful scenery—a good way to whet you appetite for the days ahead. Lake Bled is 12 kilometres away.

 The Slovenian people will welcome you to their magnificent country – rest assured.

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Reviews

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George Bemment

Solo Traveller

Even with the Covid and PCR requirements it was a great trip. Largely due to the group dynamics – I thought we were a particularly sociable and cheery bunch. Thank you for all the hard work you put in. It was very, very worthwhile. I look forward to seeing what opportunities there may be next year.

October 5, 2021

Geraldine Chen

Solo Traveller

Initial enquiry dealt with very promptly and fully. Enjoyed myself tremendously, despite the heat.   It was a fun walking group, and some of the walks were challenging.  Alan was a very patient tour leader, guiding me through the many “rocky” downhill sections. Our Slovene guide, was great; Passionate about the Slovene countryside. I enjoyed all the walks and Alan’s “bimbles”.

July 12, 2019

Liz Herrick

Solo Traveller

Hotel very good clean comfortable beds. Food – very good – ample very large portions.
Hotel staff excellent and  attentive. Guides Bugy and Mica where very professional and helpful with good advice.
Really enjoyed the holiday a very good mix of people.

July 12, 2019