PRICE: €899 (ex-flights)
DATES 2018: - 20th August
Duration : 6 Days / 5 Nights
ROOMS : Priced per person sharing
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Climb Mt Triglav with an expert mountian guide
Explore the capital Ljubljana
Visit the stunning Lake Bled
Kayak Lake Bohinj
6 days of pure adventure
5 nights accommodation
All internal transport
Visit Medieval Castle in Ljubljana
Kayaking on Lake Bohinj
Experienced mountain guides
Experiences, memories and laughs that will stay with you forever!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Out: Aug 20th - Aer Lingus - Dublin To Venice - EI422 - 7:20am
Back: Aug 25th - Ryan Air - (TSF) to Dublin - FR9451 - 6:15pm
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If you are looking for an epic adventure this summer, then this 6 day tour to the heart of Slovenia is for you. Challenge yourself by climbing the country's highest peak, Mt Triglav, standing at an impressive 2,864 meters above sea level. Visit the famous Lake Bled and see the stunning Julian Alps.
After reaching the summit, you will relax and kayak Lake Bohinj. The tour will also visit a medieval castle and the capital, Ljubljana. Explore all the treasures of this lovely city, all the while you will be in the safe hands of our experienced mountain guides. Contact us today!
Arrive in Venice, Italy - Lake Bled - Julian Alps
Depart Dublin to Venice, Italy and then transfer to Bled, a beautiful lake town in the Julian Alps. We will have dinner that evening and discuss the following day's adventure. Bled is a stunning little village, with one of Slovenia's most beautiful lakes. In the middle of the lake, looking like it belongs on a postcard (and in fact stars on many postcards!) is an amazing little church. The scenery is breathtaking!
Ascend Mt Triglav - Stay in Triglavski Mountain Hut
We will begin our ascent of Mount Triglav and most likely, that night we will stay in the Triglavski hut. The walk can vary depending on weather conditions and we decide a few weeks prior based on predictions. Your guide will make the call regarding which route we take, keeping your safety and satisfaction in mind. You will get a great welcome here, wholesome dinner and excellent sleep! Expect this day to last anything up to 6 and a half hours, depending on the group. See Alpine meadows as you ascend towards the summit.
The trail is well defined; from the forest trail, we come out to one of the most majestic mountain vistas you are likely to see in your life. The mountains are predominately limestone in nature so the sunlight makes them look almost marble during the day. You will not get to see the three headed monster (Triglav) until later in the afternoon. The walk itself is moderate but does steepen as you get closer to the hut. You will be sleeping in Triglavski Dom, which is under the face of the summit. You have an excellent view of the ridge leading to the summit from your spot in the hut. Fall asleep looking out at the amazing scenery!
Summit Mt. Triglav - Stay Dolic Dom Hut
Summit day! This morning, we will take our time, have breakfast and check our gear before tackling the summit. We will be ascending using a via ferrata on the way up to the ridge that leads you to the summit. We will spend the morning around the summit before traversing to the other side of the mountain to the Dolic Dom. We may spend the night here or return lower to the Vodnokov Dom through a beautiful glaciated valley with good possibilities to see the elusive edelweiss flower.
We will be above the tree line so the landscape almost represents a lunar landscape. Do look out for some of the flowers that grow at this altitude. There is an unusual item on the summit made of metal that everybody gets their photo taken at. The view from up here has to be seen to be believed. We make our way gradually down the other side of the mountain, reaching the Dolic Dom where we may be staying the night which looks down the Vrata Valley.
Hike down Mt Triglav - Kayak the stunning Lake Bohinj
We will walk off the mountain and make our way to the scenic village of Lake Bohinj, where we will kayak on the lake and spend the day recuperating after a wonderful few days on the mountain. This is an amazing way to finish off your time in this region. If you like swimming, you will not find a better or more pristine lake to swim in.
Today is a relaxing day and will be a lot warmer than when we were high up on the mountain. Let your senses rejuvanate, enjoy the glacial water as we spend the afternoon relaxing. We will take kayaks out in the afternoon and explore the little coves around the lake. We will have dinner and a glass of wine that evening close by.
Visit the capital Ljubljana - Visit a Medieval Castle
We will spend the morning at the lake before driving to the capital city, Ljubljana. We will meander through the old city and visit the medieval castle overlooking the city. Feel free to take your time today and enjoy your last day in Slovenia. You might want to try a local delicacy (horse meat) while we have dinner in the old part of the city.
Transfer back to Venice for departure to Dublin
Unfortunately your adventure ends here but you will still have time to explore the old city before we head off for the airport. It is roughly a 3 hour drive to get to our airport with a comfort stop along the way.
After watching the film Everest and reading some books about Everest I thought I would like to go on my own adventure, so I went onto google and found Extreme Ireland website. I read through the itinerary for the Slovenia trip and immediately got excited and decided that I was going to treat my self to something different and booked my place on the 6 day trip.
Looking back now having done the trip I can safely say that is was the best trip I have ever been on. I booked the trip as a single traveler and when I met all the guys in the airport everyone else was on their own too so that made me feel good as I was not the spare wheel in the group.
We flew from Dublin to Venice Italy and then drove a few hours to Lake Bleb in Slovenia. The drive was good as it gave us time to chat and get to know each other.
We stayed one night at Lake Bleb, had a lovely walk around the lake and had dinner together. The next day we set off on our adventure together.
We trekked through the beautiful Slovenian mountains and stopped off for lunch along the way in the lodges which are located along the route.
The most exhilarating part of the trip was ascending Mount Triglav, we used the via Ferratta (clipped ourselves into the mountain) which made it feel very safe though still very exciting. Our local guide made us feel very safe throughout the whole ascent and decent.
Nobody on the team knew each other though we very quickly gelled and worked together as a team. We were roped in together and it really meant we had to consider the person we were attached to and not only think about ourselves which is what really made us get to know each other a lot better and learn to rely on each other for help and support.
I could go on and on about the hike because I had such a great time. When we descended from mount Triglav we spend the day at Lake Bleb and rented bikes, cycled to the lake and rented some canoes and canoed across the lake to a little beach and then swam in the lake. The sun was shinning and it was truly a great experience.
The next day we traveled to the capital Ljubljana and spend the day there visiting all the historic places and then finished the day off with a nice dinner together.
I would highly recommend this trip, you will not regret it.
I often think back of the many exciting moments I experienced and it brings be a lot of joy thinking back about it and all the exciting things I did on that trip. I will never forget it.
P.S. it's also amazing value for money, I could not believe how reasonable the price was. Just make sure to book your flights early, that is the only thing that can jump up in price if you leave it close to the departure date. Good luck. : )
Extreme Ireland also do international tours and I and my friend were very lucky to be part of the trip to stunning Slovenia with Keith, the goal was to climb Mount Triglav, the tallest mountain inSlovenia. We did the trip July/Aug 2015
From the moment Keith picked us up at Treviso airport to the moment he hugged us all goodbye again 6 days later at Dublin airport, it was uber-professional all the way.
Day 1 was pickup day and our trip from Treviso to Lake Bled. Keith had us booked into Hotel Jelovica, a really lovely hotel only a few mins walk from the centre of stunning Bled with its beautiful lake.
Day two - we were kitted out with harnesses and helmets and Keith drove us to our start point in the Triglavski national park. Seven hours later we were at Triglavski Dom, a hut just about two hours climb from the summit of Triglav. It was a beautiful hike and the weather was mixed but dry at all times. Stunning views at every turn.
Day three brought incredibly bad weather of thick fog and driving rain. No one was summiting Triglav that day but Keith still gave us a few options and allowed us to decide on one. We walked down the mountain that day. Seven hours in teeming rain, but all the time looking forward to a hot shower and a few pints. We were booked into the Bohinj Park Hotel - one of the many highlights of my trip to be honest. A beautiful hotel with an amazing leisure centre. We ate that night in a very nice local restaurant named Strud'l.
Day 4- Keith drove us to the Savica Waterfall near Lake Bohinj and afterwards, another highlight - a swim in that beautiful lake. Such a treat, I think it might have been my first time ever swimming in a lake that was so warm. After an hour or so in the leisure centre we ate dinner in the hotel.
Day 5 - we cycled from Bohinjska Bistrica (our village) to Lake Bohinj and from there canoed to a small private beach where we sun bathed and swam in the lake again. It was marvellous. Lunch then at a local lake side restaurant and then we were on the road again back to our hotel to check out and for our onward journey to Ljubljana. The weather today had improved dramatically. On arrival at Ljubljana we checked into our hotel and later that evening enjoyed the delights of that city including a brandy or five !!!!
Day 6 was our leaving day but we had enough time to do a walking tour of the city and visit the amazing Ljubljana Castle overlooking the city. An absolute must do in my opinion. After a leisurely morning Keith drove us to Treviso airport for our return flight to Dublin.
An incredible trip and while we did not get to the summit of Triglav (the first time this has happened to one of the Extreme Ireland groups), it did not matter, we still had a superb time
Keith McDonnell was the perfect guide. The fact that he has led this trip a few times is a huge advantage. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he was very quickly able to turn any possible negative situation into a very positive one. He went the extra mile every day of our trip and I am already pencilling the same trip into my diary for 2016.
One recommendation for you, if you are considering this particular trip. The hiking to Triglav is quite strenuous so consider carefully before you sign up. If you are unfit, then use the months before you go on the trip TO GET FIT. You don't have to be superman/woman to climb Triglav but you do need a level of fitness that will allow you walk and climb comfortably for 7 hours on at least two days. This is easily achievable if you plan ahead. If you get the opportunity to do it, you won't regret it.
Slovenia is a stunning country and the people are so friendly. The local wine at €1,60 a glass wasn't bad either, and neither was the Lasko beer at €3 for a large bottle.
AMAZEBALLS - Genunely!!!!!
How big is the group ? The group size often varies, but can be anything between 4 to 16 people.
Which airlines fly to/from Slovenia? Ljubljana is well served and you can easily get flights but we find that KLM are the best operators. The flights from Dublin will fly to Venice, Italy and there is a transfer to Slovenia. You can find a selection of airline companies on the likes of Skyscanner.com. Major European carriers also service Ljubljana, although this will require a stopover in their hub.
What is the currency in Slovenia? The currency of Slovenia is the Euro. A beer in the city will cost you approximately 2.20 Euros and coffee about 1.40 Euros. ATMs are available in most larger towns. Credit Cards and Travellers cheques are not widely accepted in Slovenia, although you should take as a back-up in case of emergencies.
How much luggage can I bring? This depends on your air ticket but please bear in mind you will have to carry your kit. We will be able to leave some kit at the start and the huts are well serviced so you can go lightly.
What will the accommodation be like? The accommodation will be a combination of guest houses and mountain refuges (Doms) and mid range hotels. Always comfortable, clean and friendly!
Will my valuables be safe? Best to leave your flashy stuff at home and use common sense when using cash and cameras!
Who will be leading the group? Extreme Ireland will provide mountain leaders with an IML depending on the size of the group.
How fit do I need to be? The trekking on this adventure is fine if you are reasonably fit! You will only have to carry a day sack with essentials. On this trek there are some via ferrata sections.
Do I need to tip? Although entirely voluntary, tipping is recognized as a reward for good quality service in this region. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow approx €20 for tipping. It is normal to tip your leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive. Clearly this is up to you and in no way should you feel obliged.
What do I need to bring with me? Breathable light-weight waterproof gear (Gore-Tex, Sympatex, etc.) fleece/wool pullovers, wind-stopper jacket, gloves, small backpack with rain coverage, cap, sun block (we reccommend http://www.p20.co.uk), mosquito repellent, head torch, hiking poles, water bottle, sunglasses. It is worth considering shorts and long trousers as the days are hot and the evening's cool.
Do we need to take our own sleeping bags & mats? There is no need though as all bedding is of good quality in the accommodation. It's always worth considering a fleece, silk or cotton sleeping bag liner. I always carry one for the extra warmth and a travel pillow as I always sleep with loads of pillows at home!
Irish Embassy in Slovenia :
Embassy Of Ireland
Poljanski nasip 6
Slovenian Embassey Ireland :
Slovenia Embassey Representing Ireland
10 Little College Street
Area : 20,273 km2
Population : 2,061,085 (2014 estimate)
Capital : Ljubjana
Language : Slovene
Passports / Visas : Virtually everyone entering Slovenia must have a valid passport, although citizens of the EU as well as Switzerland need only produce their national identity card on arrival for stays of up to 30 days. It’s a good idea to carry your passport or other identification at all times.
Vaccination & Health : While Slovenia does not require any vaccination of international travellers, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that all travellers be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, regardless of their destination. Since most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they’re given, visit a physician or clinic at least six weeks before departure.
Hospitals / Pharmacies :
Medical care in Slovenia corresponds to European standards and is good. Every large town or city has a zdravstveni dom (health centre) or klinični center (clinic) that operates from 7am to at least 7pm. Treatment at a public outpatient clinic costs little or nothing; doctors working privately will charge much more. Very roughly, a consultation in a Slovenian doctor’s surgery costs from €20.
Pharmacies are usually open from 7am to 8pm, and at least one in each community is open round the clock. A sign on the door of any lekarna (pharmacy) will help you find the nearest 24-hour one.
Water : 0.7%
Northeast, continental climate type with greatest difference between winter and summer temperatures prevails.
Coastal region, sub-Mediterranean climate.
Severe Alpine climate is present high mountain regions. There is a strong interaction between these three climatic systems across most of the country
Geography : It is largely a mountainous republic and almost half of the land is forested, with hilly plains spread across the central and eastern regions. Mount Triglav, the highest peak, rises to 9,393 ft (2,864 m).
Culture / Customes :
The majority of Slovenes are Roman Catholics, although there is also a small percentage of Muslims and Jews..
Tipping : Tipping is not usual thing in Slovenia. Most of Slovenians do not Tip. If they do, they only roud-up the price, to pay round number (€9,90 payed as €10, nothing more). Only People who is travelling a lot and who appreciate the services do tip. So if you will expect from your waiter to return every cent, it won't be any strange to him.
Time ( +/- GMT ) : GMT +2
Electricity : Mains electricity in Slovenia is a 230 Volts 50 Hz system. Slovenia uses the Europlug (CEE 7/16). This is the plug used in most other European countries.
Telephone : +386
Currency : Euro
Exchange : 1 euros = 0.82 pound
Credit Cards :
Visa, MasterCard/Eurocard and American Express credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, restaurants, shops, car-rental firms, petrol stations and travel agencies. Diner’s Club is also accepted but less frequently.
Visa cardholders can get cash advances from any Abanka branch, Eurocard/MasterCard holders from a Nova Ljubljanska Banka or SKB Banka. American Express clients can get an advance from the main office of Atlas Express (01-430 77 20; Kolodvorska ulica 16; 8am-5pm Mon-Fri) in Ljubljana, but the amount is usually limited to US$600 in travellers cheques for Green Card holders and US$1200 for Gold Card holders. American Express customers who want to report a lost or stolen card or travellers cheques should also call here They can both replace cards (although you must know the account number) and make refunds for lost or stolen American Express travellers cheques.
Do's & Don'ts :
DON'T put your elbows on the table, but do rest your wrists on the edge.
DON'T leave the money on the table after paying a bill at a restaurant. Make sure it goes directly to the server.
DO shake hands upon meeting someone. Handshakes should be firm and hearty.
DON'T try to kiss during a greeting. It might be seen as being intrusive.
DO arrive on time.
DO dress conservatively.
DO remove your shoes upon entering a home.
DON'T consider Slovenia as part of "Eastern Europe." Slovenians relate more to the West due to their geography and history.
DO feel free to bring up the former communist regime. Most people have no problems talking about it and Slovenians were often very fond of Tito, the leader of Yugoslavia.
DO try to learn a few basic Slovenian words to impress those around you!
Bank opening hours :
MON–FRI 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
(Some banks close their branches at 12.00 pm for one hour.)
Post office hours :
MON–FRI 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
SAT 8.00 am – 12.00 pm
(Some post offices are also open later. Find the one closest to you.)