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Hike, Canyon and Raft the Slovenian Alps

Experience the best of Slovenia by land and water over an epic active weekend

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Hike, Canyon and Raft the Slovenian Alps

Experience the best of Slovenia by land and water over an epic active weekend

2 nights
0 days off work
May-June, Aug-Oct
Up to 16 people
Ljubljana Airport, Slovenia




Based on 59 reviews

No rafting, hiking or canyoning experience needed, just a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to handle 3-4 hours of activity a day.

Abseil off ledges, slide down waterfalls and bridge-jump into deep blue pools as you explore the outdoor wonderland of the Triglav National Park

Stay in the lakeside town of Bled, home to a photogenic little church built on its own island

Raft the unique, emerald waters of the Soča River and test yourself against class 2 and 3 rapids as you navigate one of the most thrilling canyons in Europe

Day 1


Head for the alpine town of Bled, set on one of the most picturesque lakes in Europe. Check into your hotel, meet the rest of your team and spend the evening exploring the area and taking photos of the impossibly lovely church built on its own little island.

Day 2

Raft the Soča River





Drive to the nearby Triglav National Park, a wonderland for outdoor sports and adventures. Take 3 separate hikes in this protected area and visit some beautiful viewpoints and the Vrsic Mountain Pass – there’s even an optional via ferrata section at the end of one. Raft the unique, emerald green waters of the Soča River and tackle some class II, III and III+ rapids. If that's not enough excitement for you, try some cliff and bridge jumping into deep blue pools. Return to Bled in the evening for dinner and a well-earned night's sleep.

Day 3




Head to either Grmecica or Jereka Canyon, two of the most scenic and dynamic gorges in Slovenia and spend two hours navigating a narrow limestone channel - canyoning is a rush, and Slovenia is the perfect place to try it. Abseil off ledges, jump into still pools, slide down waterfalls and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some more of Bled before heading back to Ljubljana in time for your flight home.



Professional, English-speaking guide


2 nights in a Hotel


2 breakfasts


To and from the airport and everything in-between


All your canyoning and rafting equipment


Entry to the Triglav National Park

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share




Day 2

Hotel · Twin share




Day 3

Departure day




What is the food like?

Food in Slovenia is very diverse and greatly influenced by its neighbouring countries. In addition to traditional Slovenian food like meat stews you'll also find plenty of Italian food and other international cuisine on offer. There are also bakeries and supermarkets for easy lunches.

What is the accommodation like?


You'll stay at the Hotel Astoria in a peaceful part of Bled, just 5 minutes from both the lake and the town centre. Rooms have en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The hotel includes free WiFi, a bar with a summer terrace and wellness facilities.


For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price . Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area




Ljubljana Airport

17:00 on Day 1


Ljubljana Airport

20:00 on Day 3


You'll be picked up on arrival and dropped off in time for departure. If you’re not able to meet the arranged transfer time at 17:00 in Ljubljana Airport on Day 1, or need to leave earlier at the end on Day 3, you can get between Bled and the airport via a 30 minute taxi ride or direct bus.

If using the included transfer - book any departing flight that leaves after 21:30.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Ljubljana from airports across the UK and Europe.

There are regular public buses, running every hour at 5min past the hour from the airport to Bled. The bus costs around 5 EUR one way and it takes 30 minutes.

You can also book a shared taxi from the airport to Bled, which costs around 15 EUR one way.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

All your rafting and canyoning equipment -wetsuit, neoprene socks, shoes, harness, helmet

What do I need to bring?

  • Sport shoes
  • Jacket or fleece in case of cold or rainy weather
  • Swimming suit and towel
  • Small rucksack for carrying personal items
  • Sun protection
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Per Night

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Per Night

- Jo(August 2023)

This was my third Much Better Adventures trip and it exceeded all expectations.

The ‘hiking and rafting’ day was 12 hours long and jam-packed with lots of scenic stops and walks.

In the morning, we started with a short ascent to Pericnik Waterfall, which you then walk behind. This was followed by a 30-minute stop at Lake Jasna for lunch before heading to Vršič Pass for a 45-minute walk.

In the afternoon, we rafted at Soča - I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful place to have my first rafting experience. The experience itself was so much fun! (Be prepared to change in the car park though.)

Following the rafting experience, we crossed the border into Italy to swim in a lake with an incredible mountain backdrop! For me, this was definitely a highlight of the trip.

Our guide, Jan, really made the experience. He was super knowledgeable and prepared drinks for us up the mountain and after rafting. He took LOTS of photos throughout the day, which allows you to just enjoy what is in front of you. He had also made a playlist for the car journey that comprised of songs from individuals’ home countries.

The ‘canyoning’ day was also lots of fun. The majority of the group were nervous about this activity but our guide, Jure, put us at ease. We were given the option of two canyons with different difficulty ratings; we opted for Jereka with the lower difficulty rating. There were two jumps: one was optional and the other could be assisted by Jure if you were too nervous to do it. The rest of the experience involved slides, ropes and very small jumps. Despite the lower difficulty rating, we all enjoyed it. (But again, be prepared to change in the car park or wait for the one outdoor changing area with curtain.)

Overall, I would definitely recommend this trip and would absolutely book through the local tour operator again. A special shout-out to Barbara the host for arranging extra accommodation nights for us and responding to our messages so promptly.

- Lauren(June 2023)

Great weekend away in Slovenia, such a beautiful country. Guides were great, had lots of local knowledge and felt safe whilst doing the activities. Can’t wait to see the photos!

- Ben(September 2022)

The excursions felt very exclusive.. other groups seemed crowded or at least crowded together.. especially the rafting. Our guides seemed to be the best too and full of experience and knowledge with a suitable amount of adrenaline fuelled bonkers ness! But always felt in safe hands !!

- Suzi(September 2022)

The trip was an amazing experience. Jan was really knowledgeable about the local area and history and I learnt a lot from the hikes. Rafting and canyoning were so much fun!

- Hannah(September 2022)


- Tim(June 2022)


- Phillip(May 2022)

This was an excellent trip. I would say we got more than our moneys worth, and the excursions were challenging and approachable for all levels of ability in the group.

- Gracie(May 2022)

This trip is so much fun!! My first MBA trip and I wouldn't hesitate booking again.

Saturday is a really full on day, about 12 hours with hiking in the morning and rafting in the afternoon. Our rafting guide was brilliant, super encouraging and nothing felt rushed.

Canyoning is exciting and the guides have levels for everything if you feel scared/uncomfortable. Although the hike up in the wetsuits is a sweaty one.

We had a fantastic group and made so many good memories. Just patiently awaiting the guides photos to be sent through!

- Sean(October 2021)

Such a great trip, would strongly recommend to others! Really gave me the bug for rafting, and all the guides and instructors were top class. All the kit/gear was tip top, really impressed. Can't wait to get back to Slovenia!!

- James(September 2019)

Everything was great! The guides were brilliant, knowledgeable and friendly. The hikes were stunning, rafting was so much fun and the canyoning was unbelievably fun... I instantly wanted to do it again as soon as I reached the end.

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 47kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2023 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

No previous rafting, hiking or canyoning experience is needed, just a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to handle 3-4 hours of activity each day. You can also sit out any of the activities you wish.

Honestly, some of the best rafting in Slovenia! The Soča River offers a scenic and fun experience with some moderate II, III & III+ class rapids. The water is clear and has a unique emerald colour, that makes 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 deep blue pools.

The minimum height is 145cm (4ft 9in) and the maximum weight is 120kg (242lbs). Participants must also be able to swim.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Summer in Bled is generally warm and sunny. From May to September temperatures range from 10 to 25 °C. Storms are typically brief and sunny skies are normal. Activities on this trip normally operate in rain or shine. However, while extreme weather is very uncommon, it can impact on the activities on this trip. In the event that a planned activity cannot be run safely, an alternative activity will be offered.

You can safely leave any excess luggage in your room at the hostel during this trip.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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