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Strolling and Exploring Slovenia’s lakes, gorges and meadows

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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
  • Refund guarantee
  • 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.

Our holidays are designed uniquely for solos and singles – in some of the most dramatic scenery on offer in the UK and Europe. We also design bespoke holidays for specific 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 occupancy 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.

The Strolling and Exploring option – easier walking around lakes, in gorges, through alpine meadows and along river valleys combine spectacular views with manageable terrain. We visit many local villages- the heart of the agricultural life in Slovenia on our travels.

Where it is possible, we visit sites of real interest like churches and museums along our strolls.

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

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

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

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

The Strolling

Strolling  in Slovenia, marvellous alpine 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. Five days strolling  during the week’s break, with one day as a rest day.  Strolling is easy paced,  we don’t rush the hills and ridges – talking, looking, learning about Slovenia – tends to slow the pace a little.

After a mini bus journey to the walk start, 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.  Underfoot conditions are good, with some loose stones, and many tree roots on some paths. Green path walking is frequent.  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  4 – 6 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, See more details below.

Walking option

Each day there will be a longer walking option for those who wish to have a varied activity programme – you can change daily from Strolling to walking

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 strolls 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.

  • Vogel ski lift area and walk round east side of Bohinj Lake
  • Alpine meadows and Lipanca mountain hut
  • Vintgar Gorge circular and Lake Bled
  • Circular of Lake Bled, its castle and Tito’s summer palace, Bled church on the island, Bled town
  • Mostnice Gorge and Voje Meadows.
  • The wonderful villages of the Upper Bohinj Valley
  • Sava river meadows, Ribcev Laz and Stara Fuzina villages, church, cheese museum
  •  Slap Savica Waterfall
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 autum 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 easy walks – we call these strolling and exploring 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 5/7 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.

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

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.

 

 

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Reviews

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Marie Patterson

Solo Traveller

Hi Alan

Thanks for a memorable and fun holiday with fantastic company !

Hope to see you soon on the next one.

September 14, 2019

Panjak Patel

Solo Traveller

Hi Alan

Thanks for a memorable and fun holiday with fantastic company !

Hope to see you soon on the next one.

July 12, 2019

Panjak Patel

Solo Traveller

Hi Alan

Thanks for a memorable and fun holiday with fantastic company !

Hope to see you soon on the next one.

July 12, 2019

Richard Wightman

Solo Traveller

Very professional and responsive to needs of the walkers and weather & in particular our safety & enjoyment

The hotel was excellent. Nice to have a small family run business who would do anything to help. The drying room with locked cages for each room was a bonus

July 11, 2019