Hike, Canyon and Raft the Slovenian Alps

Explore stunning Slovenian mountains by land and water. 1 day off work.

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Hike, Canyon and Raft the Slovenian Alps

Explore stunning Slovenian mountains by land and water. 1 day off work.

  • Slovenia
  • June, August, September
  • Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, Ljubljana (LJU)

Spend two days in the undiscovered Julian Alps. Explore the rivers and mountains of Triglav National Park and the enchanting town of Bled. Your hassle-free adventure in this spectacular region includes:

  • 1 day hiking and rafting the Soča River
  • 1 day canyoning in Grmecica or Jereka Canyon
  • 2 nights hostel accommodation
  • Airport transfers and activity transfers
  • Professional, local, English-speaking guide
  • All canyoning and rafting equipment
  • National Park entry fees

Perfect for:
This is the perfect weekend getaway for active travelers who are short on time but not on energy!

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival

Your host will meet you at the Ljubljana Airport and transfer you 50 minutes to the alpine town of Bled.

Check into you hostel, then meet with the group to outline the weekend.

Spend the evening exploring the scenic lakeside town and finding a traditional restaurant for dinner.

Saturday: Soča River rafting, hiking and more

Drive to nearby Triglav National Park for a day of nonstop adventure.

You’ll take 3 separate hikes throughout the day, each one lasting 30-45 minutes and taking you to incredibly beautiful vistas and points of interest. There’s even an (optional) via ferrata section at the end of the second hike.

You’ll also spend a couple hours rafting the crystal-blue Soča River. The moderate class II, III and III+ rapids are the perfect blend of fun and adrenaline, but if that’s not enough excitement for you, try jumping off cliffs and bridges into deep pools in the river.

Other major landmarks you’ll visit throughout the day are Lake Bled, Jasna Lake, a Russian chapel, Vrsic Mountain Pass, the source of the Soča River, many waterfalls, and Bohinj Lake.

Return to Bled in the evening for a well-earned night’s sleep.

Sunday: Canyoning

Head out in the morning for either Grmecica Canyon or Jereka Canyon, two of the most scenic and dynamic canyons in Slovenia.

Spend two hours navigating the narrow limestone slots, abseiling off ledges, jumping into still pools, and sliding down waterfalls. Canyoning is a rush, and Slovenia is the perfect place to try it.

Return to your hostel for lunch and a shower, then enjoy the rest of the afternoon enjoying Bled. In the evening you’ll transfer to Ljubljana for your flight home.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll stay at the Jazz hostel in Bled. The hostel is located in a peaceful part of town just a 5 minute walk from the lake and town centre. Depending on availability you’ll be staying in either a twin, 3-bed room or dorm room with shared bathroom. Jazz Hostel includes free wifi, computer use, printing services for boarding passes, city maps, linens, shampoo and soap, lockers, and luggage storage.

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

1 Night - Jazz Hostel Bled Payable Before Departure
1 Night - Jazz Hostel Bled £35.00 Per Person, Per Night

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Location

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With immense natural beauty, Bled ranks among the most beautiful alpine towns in Europe, renowned for its mild climate and thermal lake water. Bled’s attractions include walking paths around the lake, traditional boat rides to the castle-topped island at the lake’s centre, nearby mountain trails and more.

Triglav National Park was named after Triglav Mountain, the highest peak Slovenia (2864m). Triglav means “three-headed”, referring to the shape of the mountain as seen from the southeast. The mountain is Slovenia’s national symbol and is featured on the national coat of arms and the flag.

Triglav is among the oldest European parks, protecting a beautiful landscape of limestone rock walls and cave networks, rushing rivers, and endless green hills and forests. Wildlife in the park include golden eagles, griffon vultures, lynx, chamois, marmots, ibex and hares.

Start point?
You will be met at Ljubljana Airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 16:15 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

End point?
You will be dropped off at Ljubljana Airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 21:45. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Ljubljana Airport (LJU) is served by regular, inexpensive flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

  • For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Slovenia
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance that covers rafting and canyoning
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

We recommend bringing approximately 100 euros on this trip, which should be more than enough for the dinner on Friday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 16, though there will be a maximum of just 8 people per guide on both days. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

You’ll just need reasonable levels of fitness to handle approx 3-4 hours of activity. No previous rafting, hiking or canyoning experience is needed. You also have the option of sitting out any of the activities—no pressure!

It’s the best rafting in Slovenia! The Soča River offers a scenic and fun river experience with some moderate II, III & III+ class rapids. The water is clear and has a unique emerald colour, making it one of the most beautiful rivers in the world.

You’ll be led by an experienced and safety-focused guide. Expect to be in and out of water a lot, negotiating obstacles, and jumping off rocks into pools. You’ll spend around 2 hours in the canyon.

You really do not need any rafting or canyoning experience. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start. You’ll just need reasonable levels of fitness to handle approx 3-4 hours of activity.

The minimum age for the Soča River adventure is 6 years old, the minimum height is 115cm (3ft 10in), and the maximum weight is 120kg (242lbs). For canyoning the minimum age is 12 years old, the minimum height is 145cm (4ft 9in), and the maximum weight is 120kg (242lbs). Participants must be able to swim.

Food in Slovenia is very diverse with lots of influence from neighbouring countries. In addition to traditional Slovenian foods like meat stews and dandelion salads you can find plenty of Italian food and other international cuisine.

Summer in Bled is generally warm and sunny. From May to September temperatures range from 10 to 25 °C. It rains an average of 100mm each month, with storms rolling through roughly half the days. Storms are typically brief and sunny skies are normal.

All your rafting and canyoning equipment will be provided for you (wetsuit, neoprene socks, shoes, harness, helmet), so no need to worry about that! For the rest of your weekend in the Triglav National Park we recommend you bring:

  • Sport shoes
  • Jacket or fleece in case of colder or rainy weather
  • Swimming suit and towel
  • Small rucksack for carrying personal items
  • Sun protection

Unfortunately not.

Since the city is actually 20km away from the airport and not on the way towards Bled, its not possible to arrange pick up in Ljubljana. It is really easy to arrive by bus to Bled from Ljubljana though, since buses leave every hour on the full hour.

Just catch a bus leaving from Ljubljana main bus station for Bled. The ride takes 1h20min and costs 6.30 EUR. Then get off the bus on the BLED-UNION stop and walk straight trough the only traffic light towards the lake and 200m further down on the right side of the road is your host’s local office.

Start point?
You will be met at Ljubljana Airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 16:15 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

End point?
You will be dropped off at Ljubljana Airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 21:45. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Ljubljana Airport (LJU) is served by regular, inexpensive flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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