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SUP, Hike and Paraglide in Slovenia

Get off the beaten track and explore the wilder side of Slovenia. 2 days off work.

Location

Slovenia

Fly To

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport

Difficulty

Easy

Explore Europe’s adventure capital with an action-filled weekend of outdoor sports. Kick things off with an urban SUP experience through the heart of Ljubljana, then head to the mountains for more SUP and hiking in the stunning Soča Valley. Finish up with two nights in Slovenia’s wine country complete with hiking, caving, and a tandem paragliding experience you’ll never forget. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 4 days of SUP, hiking, paragliding and caving in Slovenia
  • 3 nights of accommodation with breakfast in boutique hostels
  • Professional, experienced, local guides
  • All necessary equipment
  • GoPro pics from your SUP adventures
  • Taxes and fees
  • All airport and local transfers

**Perfect for: **
Adventurers and active travelers who love to explore through sport. Why settle for one activity when you can try them all?

What's Included

Accommodation

Airport Transfers

Equipment

Guide

Local transport

Meals as described

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Itinerary

Thursday: Arrive and explore

Leave the office at brunchtime, or skip going in entirely and catch a plane to Ljubljana. Your host is waiting to bring you to your hostel in the city centre.

The evening is yours to explore. Check out the famous Triple Bridge, wander Prešeren Square and relax at a pavement cafe.

Friday: SUP and hiking in the Soča Valley

Breakfast at the hostel, then take a scenic road trip out to the Soča Valley.

Explore the vivid waters of the “Emerald River” on SUP. Paddle between narrow canyon walls and float across wide-open pools.

Your guide will challenge you to SUP yoga—and photograph the hilarious results. There are even cliff jumps if you’re in the mood.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then continue the adventure with a hike through the dramatic Tolmin Gorge. Check out Bear’s Head Rock and take in the view from the Devil’s Bridge.

In the late afternoon you’ll finish the road trip to the Vipava Valley. Check into a charming hostel, then indulge in wine and dinner at a local farm.

2 hours of SUP, 3 hours of hiking

Saturday: Hiking and paragliding in the Vipava Valley

Sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning in the countryside.

Depending on the weather conditions for the paragliding you will either hike or your guide will take you on a tour of valley, stopping at villages, farms and vineyards along the way.

In the afternoon you’ll hike from the village of Ajdovščina to the top of Gora (780m), then walk along the edge of a dramatic plateau to the launching point.

No need to walk back to town. Strap in with a paragliding guide and fly across the wine valley with epic views of the Alps and the Adriatic Sea.

Celebrate your exhilarating day with dinner and local wines in town.

3 hours of hiking + ca. 20-30 min paragliding

Sunday: Caving, SUP and departure

Relax over breakfast, then pack your things and head out of town.

Stop at Križna Cave for a subterranean adventure. Glide across the emerald-coloured water in a small raft, and walk through tunnels to find the ancient remains of Cave Bears.

Return to Ljubljana in the afternoon head to the River and gear up for an Urban SUP adventure.

You’ll paddle through the heart of the city past castles, city life, and iconic sights like the Dragon Bridge.

Take a dip in the warm river before towelling off and heading to the airport to catch your flight home.

2 hours of caving + 2 hours of SUP

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, river conditions, etc.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

In Ljubljana you’ll stay at Hostel Tresor. Located just steps from Prešeren Square and the iconic Triple Bridge, the hostel features stylish dorm rooms, free wifi, social areas and safes. The hostel is eco-friendly, and a welcome drink is included.

In the Vipava Valley you’ll stay at Hostel Ajdovščina. The hostel is in a beautiful rural setting, but the rooms are very modern and there’s free wifi.

Location

Ljubljana is a mid-sized city with a small-town feel. Known for its thriving cultural scene and relaxed atmosphere, the capital city is sure to impress. You’ll have plenty of time both on and off the river to check out famous sights like the Dragon Bridge, Prešeren Square, castles and more. Ljubljana is home to plentiful fine dining at a much more affordable price than what you’d find in western Europe.

The Soča River runs 138km from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic Sea. Known as the “Emerald River”, the vivid green-blue water of the Soča is almost too beautiful to be real. The valley surrounding the river is home to forested hills, dramatic canyons, and spectacular lookouts.

Wedged between two high plateaus, the Vipava Valley is a diverse landscape of rugged hills, high cliffs and endless, rolling agricultural land. The Mediterranean climate is perfect for growing grapes and other fruits, and the region is famous for its wines. It’s the perfect place to get off the beaten path and have a unique Slovenian experience.

Meeting Point

Start Point

Ljubljana Airport, Ljubljana - 17:00
Your adventure begins at Ljubljana Airport (LJU) with your airport transfer at 17:00. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. If you’re not able to join either transfer, you can book any flight and easily get to the start point via a 25 minute taxi ride. You will meet your guide and fellow adventurers at the Hostel Tresor in Ljubljana.

Finish Point

Ljubljana Airport - 19:00
At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Ljubljana Airport (LJU) at 19:00.You’re free to book any flight that departs after 21:00. Alternatively, you can be dropped off in Ljubljana city centre, please let your host know when booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Ljubljana
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks and wine tastings
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance that covers paragliding
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a maximum of 8.

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 travelers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

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 of SUP 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 with 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 scenic beauty around you.

In the Vipava Valley, you will hike along the edge of Trnovo plateau for about seven kms. The route follows good trails, and there’s no rush, so you can hike at your own pace and stop when you need to.

You’ll do tandem paragliding 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 valley.

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 to 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.

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!

Continental breakfast is included at the hostels. Other meals are up to you. 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.

Given the diversity of food, most diets can be accommodated.

Ajdovščina has a lovely Mediterranean climate. From June to September temperatures average 23 – 28 °C during the day, and cool off to 16 – 19 °C at night. It’s warm and sunny most days.

All equipment for SUP (board, paddle, shorty wetsuit), paragliding, and caving (boots and head torch) are provided.

Try to pack clothes that can pull double duty so you aren’t lugging around a huge suitcase. Your host recommends you 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

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