Adventures / Adventure Tapas

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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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Hike, Canyon and Raft the Slovenian Alps

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

DURATION

2 nights

LOCATION

Slovenia

ANNUAL LEAVE

0 days off work

SEASON

May-June, Aug-Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 16 people

MEETING POINT

Ljubljana Airport, Slovenia

ACCOMMODATION

Hostel

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

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

What's it like?

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    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!

    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 !!

    Tim, June 2022

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    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.

    Amelia, September 2019

    The canyoning was great.

    Darren, September 2019

    Saturday was full-on with a 12-hour schedule. The guides were really good on both days. It was so much better than advertised.

    Darran, September 2019

    Very well organised, balanced, good humor with effective implementation.

    Included

    Guides

    Professional, English-speaking guide

    Accommodation

    2 nights in a hostel

    Meals

    2 breakfasts

    Transfers

    To and from the airport and everything in-between

    Equipment

    All your canyoning and rafting equipment

    Permits

    Entry to the Triglav National Park

    Not Included

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    Travel insurance

    Personal expenses

    Some meals as described

    The Area

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Ljubljana Airport

    17:00 on Day 1

    Ends

    Ljubljana Airport

    20:00 on Day 3

    Transfers

    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 13 EUR one way.

    Day 1

    Hostel · Twin or triple share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2

    Hostel · Twin or triple share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 3

    Departure day

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    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?

    Bled

    You'll stay at the Jazz Hostel in a peaceful part of Bled, just 5 minutes from both the lake and the town centre. Depending on availability you'll either stay in either a twin/triple/quad room. The hostel includes free WiFi, city maps, linens, shampoo and soap, lockers, and luggage storage.

    Upgrades

    For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent 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).

    Day 1

    Bled

    Head for the alpine town of Bled, set on one of the most picturesque lakes in Europe. Check into your hostel, 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

    Hiking

    2-3hrs

    Rafting

    2hrs

    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

    Canyoning

    Canyoning

    2hrs

    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.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

    In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us 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

    Optional Private Room Upgrade

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Room Upgrade

    Per Person

    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 2022 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 50% 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.

    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 on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

    Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

    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.

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