Discovering Slovenia's magical land - a strolling and discovery tour.
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This holiday is for those people who love the beauty of the countryside, want to explore the Slovenian culture and way of life, enjoy visiting the main attractions in this lovely area- and whilst enjoying that- take part in a little gentle strolling - because sometimes the only way to see a country is to get close on foot.
Each day we offer something different- and as this is an escorted tour with your own UK tour guide - then everything is arranged for you.
Enjoy the lovely family run Tripic hotel, excellent rooms, srevice second to none, and food that will get those foodie pallettes going.
Sometimes we have our Slovenian guides to show you round their magnificent country, and we transport you in our minbuses or taxi's to the activities everyday.
Join new friends that turn into old friends- it is a real social week where we walk together, eat together and discover together.
Accommodation and meals
Hotel Tripic is family owned, and a comfortable base for our walking holidays. All rooms are spacious, and are en suite. The hotel is situated in the village of Bohinj Bistrica, five kilometres from Lake Bohinj, Slovenia’s largest lake. The village has a number of bars, supermarkets, a pharmacy and a fitness and swimming centre. It is the centre for rural life in the upper Bohinj valley. The rivers Bistrica and Sava meet here.
Tripic has a comprehensive breakfast and dinner menu - plenty of choice and well cooked. Internet facilities are available at the hotel. You can also hire cycles. The Tripic family will make you very welcome. The hotel is quiet, and is the start point for transport to our walks start.
Unfortunately, for sole use of a twin room, there is a supplement of £18 per night. There is the option of sharing a Duplex suite - two separate twin rooms, with a shared bathroom. Talk to us about this option.
We include the price of flights in our price quoted in our leaflets and on our website. Our flight price costings are based upon typical air seat prices from London Stansted. When you wish to book a holiday with us, we research all the available flights, Charter and “No Frills” airlines from the airport of your choice, we will give you an individual quotation. Dependent on the time of year, specific dates, and air seat prices relevant at the time of booking, then there may be flight supplements. Our partners in Secret Hills Walking Holidays in Europe, New Experience Holidays will provide the individual quotation. They provide us with ATOL bonding. .
London Stansted - a 1pm flight allowing you time to get there in a morning
Luton - Wizzair fly from Luton.
Gatwick- Easyjet fly from Gatwick
Flights into Venice
Sometimes we may advise that you travel to Venice Marco Polo airport - there are flights from Edinburgh/Newcastle/Birmingham/Bristol/ East Midlands - and you will be transferred to your hotel at Bohinj Bistrica - about 2.25 hours. There is an extra transfer supplement and we try to organise several of you together to split the transfer supplement cost. However the cost of this extra transfer supplement may well be very much cheaper than UK travel to either Stansted, Gatwick, Luton or Manchester and we will quote you both options.
Alternatively there are one stop flights to Pars/Frankfurt and Munich which connect with Slovenia, with a small dwell time at those airports.
Meeting you in Slovenia
We will meet you at Llubjana airport for onward transfer to Hotel Tripic
Your Discovery programme
Your discovery programme is a mixture of sightseeing and gentle strolling around this lovely country so that we get the best of views and experience the countryside as well as the culture
The programme outlined here forms part of the what we have to offer, but we may change the sequence of days, or the activity we undertake - once we know you and have found out your interests.
In June, we are able to experience the wonderful wild flower season - so some of our activity is associated with just that.
In September- we explore the small towns and villages that make up Slovenia's continued charm.
Days activities shown here may be adjusted.
Sample day one
Travel to the edge of the truly outstandngly beautiful Lake Bohinj, stroll round the end of the Lake and to the village of Stara Fuzina for morning coffee.
We then stroll to see the Mostnice Gorge - a rushing river that has carved out a deep gorge in the limestone - a sight that will amaze you. Lunch in Stara Fuzina.
Travel to the wild flower meadows near the village of Bohinh Bistrica and roam around these taking in the variety of the flora on display. The day ends with tea or a beer in the village and a look round its iconic community garden, a riot of colour.
Sample day two
Transport to the Vogel gondola - 1000 metre journey up to the Vogel Ski resort, a wander around with magnificent views into the highest mountains of the Julian Alps, including Slovenia's iconic mountain, Triglav. Coffee in the mountain huts, then possibly a chairlift journey to Orglave Glave - the site of a para gliding take off area, and a cafe with the best views in the country.
Return by Gondola, and stroll to the entry of the River Sava into the Lake Bohinj, and transport to Slap Savica, the waterfall that is the source of the River Sava, which flows from here into the Black sea.
Return to Ribcev Laz, using the electric boat across the lake, and look at the statue to the men who first climbed Triglav, and stroll round the village before catching transport back to our hotel.
Sample day three - Transport to Lake Bled- stroll round before being rowed across the Lake to the church of Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria --- in the middle of the lake. Return and lunch in the town of Bled, look at the church and an optional visit to the castle.
In the middle of the afternoon, we travel the 3 miles to the Vintgar Gorge - see - where we stroll up and down this gorge- on walkways in the valley- a truly tremendous experience. See - http://www.vintgar.si/
Transport back to the hotel
Sample day four
We take the train through the superb valley of the River Soca past Tomlin to Nova Gorica. We walk into the Italian town of Gorica, visit the castle and the main church in the town.
Catch the train back to Bohinj Bistrica - a one and a quarter hour journey finishing with the Bohinj tunnel. We look at the station- and the local church before being back to the hotel.
Sample day five
We travel to the Pockluka plateau at 1400metres and visit the lovely alpine below the high mountains of the Julian Alps. Lunch at a mountain hut near the Sport Hotel, then return to Bohinj Bistrica. We finish the day with ice cream and beer at the hotel.
Sample day six
We travel to the Slovenian capital Ljubliana - a fabulous city with a castle, a super market, lovely shops and a cafe culture. Boat trips/guided tour, we look at the culture of this lovely city. We then travel back to the hotel.
In the evening - our menu is the local Slovenian fayre- try local delicacies, and local music.
Sample day seven
One of the beauties of the Bohinj valley, indeed in Slovenia altogether, are the old villages. We travel to five of these and explore them. Sredna Vas , Studor, Stara Fuzina, RibcevLaz and our own host village Bohinj Bistrica.
We visit churches/local houses - one a museum that shows how the Slovenians lives a hundred years ago, the Cheese and Diary museum, local farms and houses. Coffee in Sredna Vas overlooking a lovely river.
Sample day eight
Travel to the Martulek gorge near Kranska Gorge, visit this rushing gorge, then travel to Kanska Gora for coffee.
We then stroll round a beautiful small lake, then visit the bubbling springs and marshland of the Zelinci naure reserve that gives birth the Sava Dolinska river,
We then travel to the ski jump centre- with the highest ski jump in Europe- and marvel at the height that skiers jump from.
An hour free in Kranska Gora before travelling home.
- Simply stunning Alpine scenery
- - superb strolling on the Julian Alps, in lovely gorges and river valleys
- discover the magic of Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
- enjoy a fabulous capital city
- Alpine meadows and wild flower paradise
- the hospitality of the Slovenian people
- terrific local hotel in a friendly, working Slovenian village
- lovely food both in the hotel and mountain huts for lunch
- our relaxed social approach
- and its only 2 hours away
- UK tour guide for all the holiday as your escort
What's included in your holiday
What you get on a Secret Hills Slovenian Holiday
- Individual quotation
- Flights from UK to Slovenia
- Transfer from airport to Hotel Tripic and return
- Half board accommodation, including a three course dinner and breakfast
- All arrangements for your Discovery holiday including transport
- Any transport needed on the holiday
- The services of a Secret Hills tour guide
- Entry fees to gorges and museums
- Train fare to Nova Gorica and return
- Ski lift to Vogel and return
- Individual attention
- Our administration and management service
- Full joining details for the holiday prior to the start date
Whats not included
Drinks at lunchtime , on the daily activity or in the evening
We can arrange extra days at the end of your holiday/ coming out earlier. Just ask.
Slovenia the country
Slovenia shares borders with Hungary, Austria, Croatia and Italy. It is one of the newer members of the EU, having joined in 2004.
The spectacular mountains in the Julian Alps are predominantly limestone, and their jagged form produce stunning vistas wherever you look. The area is softened by beautiful, tranquil lakes in the valley bottoms and also amongst the rocky crags.
The country has a proud reputation for cleanliness, and self sufficiency - you will find many small allotments for vegetable and fruit growing in most gardens. The Slovenes are a welcoming people, friendly and outgoing. They want you to explore their superb countryside. Walking is a national hobby - why wouldn’t it be when there is so much grand scenery to explore. Their other national pastime is eating - and they have excellent Slovenian wine.
Walking is available from May to October in these hills, and temperatures can be hot in the valleys in July and August, though higher up cool breezes are a help. We walk in May,June and September - ideal temperatures. Ljubljana is the capital, and the airport is also near there, transfers to our hotel are about 60 minutes, but through wonderful scenery—a good way to whet you appetite for the days ahead. Lake Bled is 12 kilometres away.
The Slovenian people will welcome you to their magnificent country - rest assured.
Our relationship with New Experience Holidays/ATOL ABTA Bonding
Our Partners in Europe Walking
Secret Hills Walking are pleased to be associated with New Experience Holidays, who organise flights, accommodation and transfers for these holidays and provide you with ATOL security.
All your joining instructions and individual flight arrangements will be made by Paul and Deborah Sawyer. Once you have committed to a holiday, and have accepted the individual quote we send, we will forward a New Experience reservation form, and you should pay all deposits and final payments to New Experience Holidays.
Secret Hills Walking is responsible for marketing and selling the holidays and for arranging your itinery when you arrive at the airport in the country you are visiting. You will receive individual attention throughout your holiday from us.
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Insurance - you need to be fully covered
It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against travel,medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). Our partners New Experience holidays will ask for this information as a condition of reserving a place.
If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance
Kirtsteen Macleod Slovenia June 2018
The hotel was excellent from a number of perspectives:
The location of the hotel was ideal - close to amenities and easy to walk around the village early morning/in the evening
The room was spacious and very comfortable
All of the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful
The food (breakfast and evening meal) was very enjoyable and varied.
All arrangements worked very well. As well as the 'in resort' arrangements being very smooth, the travel to the hotel worked well - particularly the collection at the airport.
My travel arrangements involved an alternative from the suggested Stansted route and the arrangements around this were ideal.
All round a great trip - thanks
Richard Wightman Slovenia June 2018
Very professional and responsive to needs of the walkers and weather & in particular our safety & enjoyment
The hotel was excellent. Nice to have a small family run business who would do anything to help. The drying room with locked cages for each room was a bonus
Ann Heffernan Slovenia June 2018
Alan went above and beyond what I would expect from a guide. We all had a great time and will be back.
Panjak Patel Slovenia June 2018
Thanks for a memorable and fun holiday with fantastic company !
Hope to see you soon on the next one.
Clare Laker Slovenia
Thank you for all you did to give us a stress-free holiday. I enjoyed it enormously.
Ann Hefferman Slovenia
I enjoyed the holiday as much.i was really looking forward to it and was not disappointed. All aspects were great.
Thanks so much and keep it up. I think you make a lot of people very happy and give them great momeries. Really hope I get a chance to go another Secreat Holiday.
Kate Oxley Slovenia
I loved the guided walking experience.
The guides were very professional exceptionally skilled and informative about the walks and the walking area.
I felt that all of us were looked after very w ell and that the walks were tailored to our needs .The guides all had a great sense of humor too!
I liked that the hotel was a family run business as this added a personal touch, Very good and good value. Good selection of vegetarian dishes
Maria Patterson Slovenia
Every meal was delicious and beautifully presented, couldn’t fault anything.
It was everything I wanted from a holiday, great walking, lovely surroundings, and very nice people to share the walking with, Alan crossed every T and dotted every I
It was a great holiday, and one I shall not forget.
Brenda Limer - Slovenia September 2017
Hotel was good. Room very spacious, clean with good storage i.e Hanging space and shelves. Bathroom clean with very powerful shower. Staff were always friendly and extremely pleasant and helpful. Being a vegetarian, I found plenty that I liked. The salad bar was good and and pizzas were delicious
I wasn't sure how difficult the walking would be and although I went with the idea of doing the strolling option, I really enjoyed the challenge and satisfaction of completing the walking
The whole holiday was extremely well organised from flight bookings and information to the everyday planning of the walks. Safety was a priority - because of the rain, an alternative walk was planned to replace the scheduled one.
I enjoyed the new experiences and meeting a great group of people and knowledgeable guides in Alan, Katya and Luca.
Catherine Escritt- Slovenia September 2017
Alan was very helpful and gave me confidence in your company, For my very first walking holiday the whole experience surpassed my expectations. Fabulous!
Alan organised everything so well, and our guides Katya and Luka were very informative, patient and encouraging so we were able to fully enjoy the outstanding beauty of Slovenia. So pleased that I chose Secret Hills. Thank you.
Patricia Macdougall- Slovenia September 2017 - September 2017
Great company, well organised. Nice to have complete faith in having a well run holiday.
Stephen Faine- Slovenia September 2017
An excellent, well organised, holiday made even better by a fantastic group of people. This was my fifth holiday with you and it will be difficult to top the experience. Alan, Katya and Luca did an outstanding job.
Pauline Clarke- Slovenia September 2017
Guides were fantastic and mixture of walks was just right. High mountain and waterfall walks were the highlights, . Full explanations on every walk. Everything planned well so nothing to worry about.
I had a great week. I really enjoyed the walking and the socialising. Group was really friendly
Judy Hughes- Slovenia July 2017
The walks were chosen carefully by Alan and Katja depending on weather conditions. Some were more challenging but all were achievable. The high walks in good weather were spectacular. Having Katja as our guide was great. She was in tune with the group's needs and limitations and seemed to appreciate the group's humour. I had complete confidence in the guides.
Helen Barker - Slovenia June 2017
Fabulous scenery and excellent variety in the walks offered. Guide Alesh was very good and so was Katia. The Level of difficulty was just right.
The day off in Lake Bled was a great experience, I had a wonderful holiday both relaxing, good level of exercising and having fun with the group. Very enjoyable and great value all round and Slovenia was an unexpectedly beautiful country and well suited to walking holidays.
Ann Allman- Slovenia May 2017
All information provided was clear and well presented. all information provided was clear and well presented. Alesh was a wonderful guide and he certainly made our trip. He was informative, friendly, accommodating and a genuinely nice person. Would highly recommend using him in the future. Alan added an extra level of information and detail which enhanced the whole experience. Thank you to him for the fine details of the walks – most helpful.
Had a fantastic time. First walking holiday I’ve done and it won’t be the last.
Wendy Walker September 2016
Katya was excellent and there were some lovely walks
Sarah Toms September 2016
It was a fantastic holiday – great people and a beautiful country make for fantastic walking! We had a good variety of walks lead by a knowledgeable, friendly guide
John & Lin Cheshire June 2016
Our second Secret Hills 'expedition' to Slovenia and still it's our favourite destination. Absolutely perfect - the best of walking, excellent guides, superb scenery and the loveliest of family-run hotels where simply nothing is ever too much trouble. What more could we want? We thought perhaps this might be our last visit but no - we HAVE to return yet again. We love it.
Sue Flannagan on behalf of Hambleton Ramblers - June 2016
This was my second trip to Slovenia with Secret Hills and as last time there was nothing I would change. A wonderful country with an excellent company. Hotel, guides and walks could not to be faulted.
Well done Chris and Alan keep up the good work and we will see you again.
Graham Sadie Slovenia September 2014
I must confess that I was somewhat apprehensive about going on a singles weekend. Would it be like a WI. meeting or a Club 18-30's. Thankfully, it was neither and within minutes of meeting you, all concerns just vanished.
Celia Davies Slovenia June 2014
Thank you both for a happy week of strolling and exploring.. The care that you take in organising everything was much appreciated.. One could relax and enjoy the experience safely assured that one was being looked after. It is no easy task to create such a pleasant atmosphere amongst a group.
Jean Smith and Diane Hall Slovenia June 2014
Hi alan thks for a lovely week - Di and I really enjoyed it. Her son picked us up from the airport and took us to her mum and Dads who made us tea then we had a quiet evening catching up on the tennis. I made my way home to Wales on Sunday. We certainly hope to do something with you next year and you were right - Slovenia is lovely! Jean
Kay Gaitskell Slovenia June 2014
Hi Alan & Chris,
The knee is getting better each day - I really would like to express my grateful thanks to you & Chris for all your help in arranging for me to go to A&E with Chris as my minder, who stayed with me throughout and all the help i received on my return to the hotel. this is what makes Secret Hills walking holidays the absolute best, nothing is too much trouble, the personal touch is always evident. Although my plans to scale high peaks were dashed, plan B was put into operation by Alan, and i had a most enjoyable weeks holiday, doing slightly different things with the strollers and explorers. Our group was full of interesting people and many friendships were formed. I shall be back in lovely Slovenia next year to tackle the peaks! and if like me you have not traveled abroad on your own before, go with Secret Hills - you will not regret it!!
Mandy Rimmer Gray Slovenia June 2014
Hi had great holiday, it was so well organised Kind regards,Mandy Rimmer-Gray
Jonathon Yeatts Slovenia June 2013
Hi. It was a great week in Slovenia, really good group. I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did.
Here is just a small sample of the end-product.
Best wishes, Jonathan Yeatts
Lin and John Chesshire Slovenia June 2013
Dear Chris and Alan
Just a few lines to reiterate how very much we both enjoyed the recent trip to Slovenia. We had the most fantastic week and loved every single moment - yes, even the afternoon marooned in the thunderstorm in Lublijana! It was brilliant from start to finish. The beautiful country itself and 'our' exquisite area, the lovely hotel, food and attention, the super walking with our two wonderful guides,your excellent planning and constant kindness, the amazing weather and, of course, the companionship of such a super group of fellow walkers. Each and every day we had such fun and shared such laughter. It was an absolute joy. Thank you so much for all your hard work.
Best regards and good luck for the future
Lin and John Chesshire, Dorset
P'S. Sorry we were such a rowdy bunch!!!
How to book your holiday
Do not book on line at this point. Read on and follow the instructions
In order to conform with ATOL bonding requirements, prior to you reserving a holiday with us, we need to provide you with an official quotation. This will contain all the details and costs of the holiday and your requested choice of flights and airports. You will find a GET QUOTE button at the top of the page, use this and fill in the form in order to start the quotation process. Once you have filled in the Quotation Request form, you will get an email confirmation from us.
We partner with New Experience Holidays who provide the ATOL bonding, so all quotations will be sent by them, and you will reserve and pay for your holiday with them.
The quotation process - ATOL BONDING requirement- the quotation is the first part of the contract between us and you.
The quotation will include
- the basic price of the holiday as advertised
- any flight supplement from the airport of your choice
- single supplement if this applies
- a choice of flights if this is applicable
- any specific requirement such as additional nights/ sea view rooms etc.
- final price and payment information
The Quotation stage - who sends you your quotation
In order to conform to ATOL bonding protection rules, New Experience Holidays will send you your full quotation normally by email- please ask if you want to receive the quotation by post.
Your contacts at New Experience Holidays are Matthew Newcombe, Anna Brown and Paul Sawyer.
We need to know your preferred departure airport. We can guide you about the right airport and options - simply read the web pages for the country you are wanting to visit, or email us for flight advice.
The Booking Process
Once you have accepted the quotation, fill in a New Experience booking form (this can be done online) or send in the completed form, and pay both the deposit – normally £125 - plus any additional flight supplements to New Experience.Holidays Final payment is also made to New Experience.Holidays.
Once you have booked, you will not be sent a reminder of when to pay the full amount, so please diarise this.
About three weeks prior to departure, New Experience Holidays will send you holiday joining details, including your flight details with instruction to print off your boarding cards.
Once you arrive at your holiday destination
Secret Hills Walking Holidays (Slovenia Walking Holidays) organise all aspects of your holiday– including guiding, transport to walks start and provide you with an experienced tour guide.You make your won arrangements to get to the airport in the UK, we meet you at the airport you are flying to, and help you with your transfer to the appointed hotel.
It is important to read New Experience Holidays' Terms and Conditions - click on the tab on their web site - before you sign the booking form.
Adding extra days onto your holiday
You can add extra days and nights to your holiday with us.
There is much to explore in Slovenia- so ask us to quote you for the extra nights you need.
Of course you can add extra nights by organising these your self
Just staying on in Bohinj Bistrica is relaxing, or going over the mountains to Kranska Gora or Bovec. Bled is a lovely place to spend a couple of days.
Visiting the capital Ljubljana - just one hour away for a few days in this magical city - with its lovely shops, churches, squares and coffee culture is a real treat.
To learn about what you can do, see and explore in this beautiful region, look at the following web sites.