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Slovenia is a wonderful country for everyone who enjoys a hiking tour. Here, you find a stunning diversity of landscapes, combined with a (usually) pleasant summer climate and a very low crime rate. Throughout the country, there are marked trails. The best-maintained trails tend to be long-distance hiking routes as well as mountain trails in the Julian Alps and other higher mountains in the north of the country. However, there are many other attractive places for hiking, off the beaten track. This is where we can take you: we are at home in southern Slovenia and love to hike where few tourists go. On the way, we look at the flowers and we can tell you many interesting stories about the landscapes and the animals which we see.
Our hiking tours are fully organised: when you book at us we can arrange a place to stay, meals and transport. Even more: we go hiking with you so our hikes become similar to a guided tour as well. We generally cover distances of 10-15 km on a day. Sometimes, the path goes steeply up- or downhill, but we avoid dangerous places or serious climbing. In summer, the weather in the mountains can suddenly change. We are well aware of this and keep track of the weather forecasts. In case we do not trust the weather, we will propose an alternative route, either in a different part of the country (“bad weather” often starts in Western Slovenia) or at lower altitudes. With us, you make the most of a hiking holiday in southern Slovenia!
If you like authentic buildings, the Dormouse House may just offer you the adventurous sleeping place which you love! Our 230-year old farmhouse is maintained in its original state so that it feels like you step into a museum. At the same time, it offers all the comfort which you’d expect from a modern holiday house! For more information see our page about The Dormouse House.
In Southern Slovenia, water is a precious commodity. During our hikes, we will see how the availability of water, and the lack of it, dictates the life of plants, and animals, as well as the human inhabitants. Entirely in style, we start our tour at a water basin, in the middle of a village. The landscape changes when we go further from the village until we reach a very different kind of water: a lovely meandering stream which flows along flower-rich meadows!
Today’s hike appears to have more to do with the absence of water: we go to a mountaintop. We start our hike in the middle of the forest and climb up to the top of mount Snežnik. With an altitude of 1800 meter, the »Snow Peak« is the highest Slovenian mountain outside of the Alps. On the way up, we see the landscape changing. Trees become smaller and hive way to low mountain pines. On the top itself, there is just a short herbaceous vegetation, full of flowers. Only from here, we can again see water: far away the Adriatic sea is glittering in the sunlight. Interestingly enough, the entire mountain is made of limestone, which is formed by ancient deposits from the bottom of the see. If we are lucky, we may find a fossil sea-shell right on the top of the mountain!
In Rakov Škocjan the familiar above-ground landscape joins the mysterious underground in a most spectacular way! An underground river formed huge caves, which became so big, that eventually, their ceiling collapsed! This process, which continues today, resulted in a fantastic landscape with caves, springs and spectacular limestone bridges. This is a place of contrasts, and at other places, the river flows quietly between small forest meadows, where we can enjoy a picknick in the sun.
The price of this hiking tour is 355,- € per person, for groups of 3 or more participants. When there are only two participants, the price of this tour becomes 450,- € per person.
This price includes 3 nights accommodation, meals, transport in Slovenia, guiding, transfer between Ljubljana airport and the accommodation.
The price does not include: airplane tickets, travel insurance, any private expenses, alcoholic drinks
There is a single-room supplement of 40 € per person.
Optional additions: bear-watching: 80-100,- € per person, cave-visits, transfer from other arrival points like Venice airport.
Your guide will be Paul or Jana (both for larger groups), who are licensed local guides and naturalists, living in southern Slovenia. They speak English, Slovenian and Dutch.
Transfer to and from Ljubljana (Brnik) airport is included in this tour. Please tell us when you arrive at another location or by other transport means so we can help you arrange transport to the meeting point at the accommodation.
For groups, we cooperate with several local accommodations which are comparable with Agritourism or a countryside hotel.
For families and groups of friends of up to 4 people, we can include staying in our authentic Slovenian farmhouse called the Dormouse house, see the tab “Holiday House” on this website.
1 – 3 participants: a personal car, the guide is also the driver
4 – 8 participants: a minibus, the guide is also the driver
We think that tasty, high-quality meals are a very important part of any tour! Where possible we prefer it when we can eat local dishes, based on locally produced ecological products. Often, we include seasonal fruits and other farm products.
Breakfasts often include home-made bread with pršut (Slovenian wind-dried ham), cheese and eggs from local farms, as well as home-made marmalade and Slovenian honey.
Lunch during our tours is often a tasty picnic, which we enjoy in a beautiful, natural area. Such a picknick consists of delicious home-baked bread and a variety of local products depending on the seasons together with home-made juice and Slovenian tea.
Dinner is usually served at the accommodation, but in case you stay at our farmhouse “the Dormouse house” we may drive with you to a local farmhouse and eat there. Have you every tried Slovenian štruklji, which are a delicious kind of dumplings, or ajdove zganci, a buckweed-based food – a Slovene staple from the old times?
We can provide vegetarian meals and of course take any requirements into account which you may have, like allergies and based on religious beliefs. We will ask you about this sometime before the start of the tour. Sometimes, it means that we will have to buy ingredients which are not available locally.
Moderate: we will be hiking 10-15 km on each day. We go uphill and downhill, largely on unpaved roads and trails.
Waterproof hiking shoes
Tick- and mosquito repellent
Refillable water bottle