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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
Hostel
DIFFICULTY
Easy

You'll need a good 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

Included

Guides

Professional, English-speaking local guides

Accommodation

3 nights in boutique hostels

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

Logistics

Starts

Ljubljana Airport, Ljubljana

17:00 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 17:00. If you’re not able to join the group 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.

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.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Hostel · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Hostel · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

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.

Vegetarian, vegan and most dietary requirements can be accommodated on this trip.

What is the accommodation like?

Ljubljana

You’ll stay at Hostel Tresor, just steps from Prešeren Square and the iconic Triple Bridge. This eco-friendly hostel features stylish dorm rooms, free wifi, social areas, safes and a welcome drink upon arrival.

Vipava Valley

You’ll stay at Hostel Ajdovščina in a beautiful rural setting. Rooms are very modern and there’s free WiFi.

Day 1

Arrive and Explore

Fly to the picturesque city of Ljubljana, famous for its green spaces and captivating architecture and head to your boutique hostel in the city centre. The evening is yours to explore, whether it's checking out the famous Triple Bridge, wandering Prešeren Square or just relaxing at a pavement cafe.

Day 2

The Soča Valley

Hiking

3hrs

Stand Up Paddleboarding

2hrs

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 hostel 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 and urban SUP

Stand Up Paddleboarding

2hrs

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 in the afternoon and gear up for an Urban SUP adventure as you paddle through the heart of the city, passing castles, city life, and iconic sights like the Dragon Bridge. Take a dip in the warm river and then towel off before heading back to the airport in time for your flight home.

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.

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, Runner's Need, and Cycle Surgery.

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

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.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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