Via Alpina

Independent walking tour – 7 days / 6 nights This short break tour is a collection of different grade walks, however, none of them has a climbers rating. In general the guest walks mountain ridges, mountain meadows, valley floors, and slowly descending from east to west. The landscape has an Alpine character. Via Alpina – […]

Independent walking tour – 7 days / 6 nights

This short break tour is a collection of different grade walks, however, none of them has a climbers rating. In general the guest walks mountain ridges, mountain meadows, valley floors, and slowly descending from east to west. The landscape has an Alpine character.

Via Alpina – Purple Route is part of the Transalpine Walking Trail (www.viaalpina.org) linking all the Alpine countries of Europe. In Slovenia it starts at Mt. Triglav, follows Valley of Sava River and later ridges of Karavanke range and the Stone Alps.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Jezersko

This small romantic village is situated on the Slovene – Austrian border, north of Ljubljana. Its setting in a basin among peaks of the Stone Alps makes it a perfect starting point for this trip. Hotel 3*.

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Day 2

Jezersko – Jezersko round trip walk of 2 hours / descend and ascend 640 m

A warm-up hike to Ceska koca mountain hut. The walk leads up just above forest line to a one of the oldest alpine huts in Slovenia. Return past Shepherds Lake. Hotel 3*.

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Day 3

Jezersko – Preddvor 6 hours / descend 1100 m and ascend 900 m

A longer hike down to valley. This days walk begins with a short transfer to the starting point. Following a narrow valley one ascends Baseljsko sedlo, just before reaching a mountain hut on Kokra saddle.

This is a wonderful viewpoint and a great setting for a tasty lunch. The afternoon walk descends through hillside villages to Preddvor and past Crnava Lake to our hotel. Country hotel 3*.

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Day 4

Preddvor – surroundings of Trzic 4 hours walk / ascend 200 m

A connecting valley / flatlands walk in western direction takes you across several typical villages of the area, wide meadows of alpine flowers dotted with famous Slovene hay-drying racks. The walks goes at the foot of Karawanke range, in distance Julian Alps peaks are visible. Boarding house / agritourismo 2*.

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Day 5

Trzic – Begunje 4 hours walk / descend 700 m and ascend 250 m

 A short car transfer to the border and starting point at Ljubelj. A bit unusually the hike begins by a short underground walk through a tunnel, once dug to shorten the merchants route connecting Carniola with Carinthia. Continuing towards west if follows the trails of shepards, passing wide meadows of alpine flowers. Walking through quiet valley of Draga, underneath ruins of ancient Kamen castle, one reaches Begunje – home of famous Avseniki musicians. Boarding house 3*.


Day 6

Begunje – Bled 5 hours walk / descend 150 m, ascend 200 m

This is an easy day walk. Leaving Begunje one first climbs to little St. Petrus church, in days of Turkish raids an important sentry point. A longer ridge walk follows, with great views of Julian Alps range on the opposite Sava valley side. Before reaching Bled, there is time to explore Vintgar gorge – a canyon of River Radovna, part of Triglav National park. Hotel 3*.


Day 7

(car transfer) POKLJUKA – USKOVNICA SADLE – VOJE – LAKE BOHINJ 5 hrs, 7.5 miles – 12 km up 200m.

Today you will be driven by car up to the Pokljuka Plateau from which you will begin your hike across mountain pastures and passing old farmhouses where you will come to a viewing point providing outstanding views into the Bohinj Valley. As you descend you can stop at the little historic village of Studor where you can visit the museum and see how people lived 150 years ago. Your final destination is Lake Bohinj, the jewel in the heart of the Triglav National Park, and the small settlement of Ribčev Laz (Fisherman’s Pass).

Departure or extra nights at Bled

 

Tour Rating- moderate

Routes of medium difficulty on good trails and paths. Daily distance up to 6 hours and,some changes in altitude. A good fitness level is required as you walk up to 20 km per day.

 

Flights / Transfers

Flights in/out of Vienna are required to link to the included transfers into Slovakia.

 

Schedule & Price

Any day from mid May to early October

Price per person CAD $1035
Single Surcharge $300

 

This tour includes:
  • Accommodation in very good 3 & 4 star hotels, with WC and shower, on basis of bed & breakfast.
  • Car transfers on days 3, 5 and 7.
  • Luggage transport between hotels (one piece per person).
  • Information package including detailed route description.
  • Backup service (hotline) during the walk.