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SUP, Hike and Paraglide in Slovenia

Get off the beaten track and explore the wilder side of Europe’s adventure capital

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

SUP, Hike and Paraglide in Slovenia

Get off the beaten track and explore the wilder side of Europe’s adventure capital

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Slovenia

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

Jun-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8 people

MEETING POINT

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel · Guesthouse

DIFFICULTY

Easy

You'll need a reasonable level of fitness, the ability to swim, handle up to 3 hours of uphill hiking and an adventurous spirit!

Kick things off with an urban SUP experience through the heart of Ljubljana – one of Europe’s greenest and most photogenic cities

Head to the mountains and hike through the stunning Soča Valley, Slovenia’s adventure playground

Finish it all off with two nights in wine country, complete with hiking, caving, and a tandem paragliding experience that you’ll never forget

What's it like?

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    Clare-Louise, July 2022

    Fantastic trip, highly recommend!

    Victoria, August 2022

    Fantastic trip, highly recommended! Beautiful country and excellent activities, perfect mix of city and countryside. The local hosts are brilliant and make everything flow perfectly. However it's worth asking if you're finding flights tricky - I ended up paying for an extra night in Slovenia before the trip, and one at the airport the night before that, to get a flight that arrived before the start time. Only to find someone else turned up after the start time (on the flight I could have got, but assumed was too late).

    Janice, August 2022

    This was a great trip, Spela provided some pre arrival hike information which I used to explore the local area. She went above and beyond to make sure the paddleboarding, cliff jumping and swimming was a sucess. She even noticed I could paddle a bit and traded up my SUP to a sport so I could practice on a new piece of kit. We transferred over to a new host, Veronika who was our hiking expert and she was very knowledgeable about the local area, taking us to historical places and a vinyard with wine tasting. She also did her upmost to keep us happy when the paragliding was postponed due to poor weather and drove us to another valley to ensure we jumped. I would highly recommend this trip, Slovenia wasn't on my travel radar before but these two guides and the amazing bunch of people I met on the trip made me love the country.

    Helen, July 2022

    Fabulous friendly hosts and views with even better paragliding I suspect as location and day changed due to fires - we did it Sunday over the lakes from top of the cablecar and chairlifts. Food was also fabulous but only breakfast included so additional costs. Good accurate kitlist. Except maybe suggest insect repellent! First hotel little far out! So good walk to centre if stayed there extra night. Fair bit driving.

    Kayleigh, July 2022

    this was a fantastic trip. Both of the hosts were excellent, the paddleboarding was well executed by a professional company and covered two beautiful areas. all tutoring was included so you don't have to be an expert before you go. the hiking required medium level fitness, but they allowed us to go at our own pace and was very rewarding once we reached the top. the host for the hiking was very patient and took us to some beautiful areas for stunning views of slovenia. the caving was so interesting and the paragliding was fantastic. overall a brilliant trip with fantastic people, a great way to see Slovenia. would highly recommend.

    Lorna, June 2022

    I had such an amazing time in Slovenia. So many experiences packed into a few days. Our guides looked after us brilliantly; well organised activities, the best food, comfortable accommodation and little extras along the way. I learnt so much from them about their beautiful country. I loved every part of the trip.

    Joanna Scutt, June 2022

    I can’t recommend this trip highly enough; great guides, fantastic activities and stunning landscapes.

    Laura, September 2021

    Excellent trip. Our guides Spela and Jani were super friendly and knowledgeable. There was a lot to fit into 3 days but all the activities were great fun. Would highly recommend Slovenia and MBA to anyone looking for unique and unforgettable experiences!

    Catharine, September 2019

    Scenery and activities were great.

    Elena, September 2019

    Hosts are super nice and friendly. They were very supportive and helped me when I left my stuff by mistake in the hostel we left. The best adventure ever! Highly recommend! Time spend is planned super nice: you are always busy with something cool but not too much to be exhausted!

    Included

    Guides

    Professional, English-speaking local guides

    Accommodation

    1 night hotel, 2 nights at a local farm

    Meals

    A delicious breakfast each day

    Transfers

    To and from the airport and everything in-between

    Equipment

    All the equipment you'll need on and off the water

    Not Included

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    Some meals as described

    Travel insurance

    The Area

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Ljubljana Airport, Ljubljana

    11:00 on Day 1

    Ends

    Ljubljana Airport, Ljubljana

    19:00 on Day 4

    Transfers

    Your adventure begins at Ljubljana Airport (LJU) with your airport transfer at 11:00. If you’re not able to join the group transfer, you can easily get to the start point via a 25-minute taxi ride or the public bus. You will meet your guide and fellow adventurers at the Holiday Inn in Ljubljana.

    At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Ljubljana Airport (LJU) at 19:00, and we recommend booking any flight that departs after 21:00. Alternatively, you can be dropped off in Ljubljana city centre: just let your host know.

    Travel options

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

    Day 1

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2 – Day 3

    Guesthouse · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 4

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    What is the food like?

    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 also find plenty of Italian food and other international cuisine. A continental breakfast is included each morning and lunches and dinners are up to you - your guide will provide advice on the best spots for you to try.

    Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form

    What is the accommodation like?

    Ljubljana

    You'll stay at the modern and recently opened Holiday Inn in Ljubljana in twin share rooms. It’s very popular among outdoorsy people, who stop in Ljubljana to grasp urban adventures like you will. The hotel has a garden and terrace and is a short walk away from all the main sights.

    Vipava Valley

    Kraljič Farmstay is part of a family farm property situated in a quiet village, surrounded by vineyards. You will stay in a twin-share room with a private bathroom. The friendly owners will prepare a tasty breakfast from local ingredients.

    Upgrades

    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 and can be limited depending on guesthouse availability.

    Day 1

    Arrive and Explore

    Stand Up Paddleboarding

    2hrs

    Fly to the picturesque city of Ljubljana, famous for its green spaces and captivating architecture and head to your hotel in the city centre. Your local guide will meet you there and take you on your first paddleboarding adventure down Ljubljanica river, where you will glide through the heart of the city, passing castles, city life, and iconic sights like the Dragon Bridge. After the tour Ljubiljana is yours to explore, whether it's checking out the famous Triple Bridge, wandering Prešeren Square, or dinner in the city.

    Day 2

    The Soča Valley

    Hiking

    1.5hrs

    Stand Up Paddleboarding

    3hrs

    Take a scenic road trip to the lovely Soča Valley and explore the vivid waters of the Emerald River by SUP. Paddle between narrow canyon walls and float across wide-open pools - your guide will even challenge you to some SUP yoga (and photograph the varying results). If you want more adrenaline, why not try some cliff jumping? Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then hike through the dramatic Tolmin Gorge – be sure to check out Bear’s Head Rock and the view from Devil’s Bridge. Finish the day in the beautiful Vipava Valley, where you’ll check into a charming guesthouse and indulge in wine and dinner at a local farm.

    Day 3

    Hike and paraglide the Vipava Valley

    Hiking

    3hrs

    Paragliding

    20-30mins

    Sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning in the countryside, then depending on the conditions, either hike or take a tour of the valley, stopping at villages, farms and vineyards. In the afternoon, hike from the village of Ajdovščina to the top of Gora (780m). No need to walk back to town, as you strap in with a paragliding guide, fly across wine country and get some epic views of the Alps and the Adriatic Sea.

    Day 4

    Caving

    Caving

    2hrs

    Relax over breakfast, pack your things and then head out for a subterranean adventure in the Križna Cave where you'll raft and walk through tunnels to find the ancient remains of cave bears. Return to Ljubljana with time to explore some more beautiful spots along the way and head back to the airport 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 equipment for SUP (board, paddle, shorty wetsuit), paragliding and caving (boots and head torch)

    What do I need to bring?

    • Swimsuit
    • Board shorts and swim shirt (optional, but easier than full-body sunblock)
    • Towel
    • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
    • Hiking shoes
    • Comfortable, breathable trousers and shirt for hiking and caving
    • Jumper or other warm layer
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Water bottle

    Optional Private Room Upgrade

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Room Upgrade

    Per Person

    Post-trip accommodation in Ljubljana (Single)

    Payable Before Departure

    Post-trip accommodation in Ljubljana (Single)

    Per Night

    Post-trip accommodation in Ljubljana (Twin/Double))

    Payable Before Departure

    Post-trip accommodation in Ljubljana (Twin/Double))

    Per Night

    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 66kg 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.

    A good level of fitness is needed to enjoy up to 3 hours of uphill hiking. You also need to know how to swim. Other than that, all you need is an adventurous spirit!

    Ljubljana is the only European capital to allow urban SUP. The water is calm, clear and clean and it’s a great place to learn the basics while getting a different view of the city. Don't worry, everyone can do it without falling into the water. The Soča River is larger and wilder, but you’ll stick to calm sections that are perfect for SUP. It’s incredibly scenic and fun and there are loads of opportunities to play around and perfect your balance.

    The Tolmin Gorge trail leads through narrow canyons and follows the bright-blue water of the river. The path is well-maintained and easy, so you can focus on the beautiful scenery around you. In the Vipava Valley, you'll hike along the edge of the Trnovo Plateau. The trail is good and there’s no rush, so you can hike at your own pace and stop whenever you need to.

    Križna Cave is considered one of the most beautiful and well-preserved caves in Europe. It’s open to the public, but unlike most tourist caves there are no paved paths or strong lights. Instead you’ll board a raft and float across an underground lake, then don boots and head torches to explore a tunnel where the remains of cave bears were found in the 19th Century.

    You’ll tandem paraglide with a highly qualified and experienced guide. All you have to do is strap in, relax and enjoy the sensation of flying like a bird over the surrounding wine country.

    Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

    The area you'll be visiting has a lovely Mediterranean climate that's warm and sunny most days. From June to September temperatures average 23 – 28 °C during the day, cooling off to 16 – 19 °C at night.

    Sure. On Days 2 and 4, you can leave it securely in your host's van and on days 1 and 3, you can leave it in your room.

    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.

    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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