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Ljubljana to Soča Valley and the Julian Alps

A trip from Ljubljana to Julian Alps and to the most beautiful emerald river in the world, spectacular waterfalls and mountains.
Start time
8:00
From
Ljubljana
Duration
12 hours
Schedule
Every day
Price
From: 165€/person

Vršič Pass – the most popular mountain pass in Slovenia

WWI memorial – Russian chapel

Soča River, the emerald jewel

Deep ravines of Soča Gorge

Triglav National Park hike

Many waterfalls, pools and alpine streams

Highest mountain road in Slovenia (over 2000 m/6500 ft elevation) – Mangart Saddle

Options of activities: white water rafting, canyoning or ziplining

Emerald Soča River

Emerald Soča River

Russian Chapel

Russian Chapel

Soča River

Soča River

Soča Rafting

Soča Rafting

Soča Zipline

Soča Zipline

Mountain pass

Mountain pass

Emerald Soča River
Russian Chapel
Soča River
Soča Rafting
Soča Zipline
Mountain pass

Summer Itinerary

Day What we will do
8.00 am Departure from Ljubljana
9.30-10.30 am Drive up Vršič Pass
10.30-12.00 pm Soča River Valley, Gorge and hike in Triglav National Park
12.30 pm Bovec (lunch break)
2.00 pm Virje and Boka Waterfalls
1.00-3.00 pm Optional activities (Zipline or Rafting)
4.00 pm Meeting with your guide
4.00-5.15 pm Mangart Saddle drive
5.45-6.15 pm Lake Predil
8.00 pm Return to Ljubljana

Included in price

English speaking guide

Comfortable transportation

Eco toll fee for Mangart Saddle road

Important for the tour

Difficulty: Easy to difficult (if you opt for activities)
Please bring your passport (no border checks but you have to have it)
We advise bringing your own lunch/snacks if you opt for activities as there will be little time to stop for lunch
Snacks and beverages are not included
Shared group trip of max 8 people
Private tour available with extra charge
Minimum number of guests applies
Pick-up available at 4 designated spots in city center, extra charge for accommodation pick-up
The trip is conducted in English, Spanish guide available with extra charge

The tour will take us from Ljubljana to Julian Alps, up to Vršič Pass – one of the most popular mountain passes in the country, which lies at 1600 m (5250 ft). The spectacular drive up follows a road built during WWI and offers incredible views of the mountains as well as remarkable war time stories. We will stop at the Russian Chapel memorial and marvel at the achievement of Russian POWs, who built this winding road with its 50 hairpin bends.

Descending down from Vršič Pass, we will enter Trenta Valley, the source of Soča River. Soča is often named the most beautiful river in Slovenia and boasts a unique emerald colour. It’s a popular summer destination for both nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. We will follow its course to the Soča River Gorge, where over thousands of years, the river carved into the pure white limestone and created a magnificent crevice.

Our trip will lead us deeper into the Alps, and we will continue into Lepena Valley for an easy hike along an alpine stream with heavenly scenes of waterfalls and green pools, cascading through an untouched forest. A picture of peace and tranquility, disturbed only by the rippling sounds of water, it is a place to really get in touch with nature.

Afterwards, we will continue to Bovec, the adrenaline capital of Slovenia, where you will be able to choose how to spend your afternoon. Your guide will make all the arrangements and communicate meeting points and times for those that opt for different adrenaline activities.

OPTION A – WHITE-WATER RAFTING

You can opt for white-water rafting on Soča River and thus get to see and experience the river in a completely different and fun way, going down rapids and splashing about. For this experience you need to be a swimmer as well as bring a swimsuit and a towel. A local agency will provide you with transfer, professional rafting guide and gear (wet suit, shoes, life jacket, helmet).

OPTION B – ZIPLINING

If you prefer a view from above, then ziplining is the activity for you. Magnificent views are what you can expect while suspended up to 200 m (650 ft) above the valley on a series of zip lines with a total length of 3.2 km (2.2 miles). When you get over the adrenaline rush of whizzing down cables with speeds up to 65 km/h (40 mph), you will be able to observe spectacular views of the Julian Alps and the Soča River Valley, a scene that even a mountain would envy. Your professional ziplining guides will teach you how to use the safety gear they provide (helmet, harness, protection gloves) and instruct you at every cable what to do and expect. The whole experience takes 2-3 hours.

If adrenaline is not your thing, you will have about an hour for a lunch break* in Bovec and then your guide will take you to a nearby waterfall. A popular stop in Bovec, it cascades in many strands of water over a 12 meter (40 feet) tall cliff into a beautiful green pool. If you love waterfalls, we have another treat for you: the waterfall with most water in Slovenia is close by and our path will take us there as well.

Later in the afternoon, we will pick up those who opted for the adrenaline activities and together continue north towards the highest road in Slovenia. Known to be one of the most scenic drives around, the narrow winding road can be considered an adventure in its own right and it rewards visitors with unparalleled vistas of the Julian Alps.

The Julian Alps stretch further into neighbouring Italy. We will take another mountain pass across the border and stop by Lake Predil, set in a picturesque valley beneath the Kanin massif. Then we will loop back to Slovenia via the top north-western corner and arrive back to Ljubljana enjoyably tired, but left with some of the best memories you can make in Slovenia.

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John Praprotnik
Verified Customer
Awesome Day Trip and Tinkara was such a great Guide a wealth of knowledge and just relaxing Day. Would recommend this trip Triglav national park day trip. Again thanks to Day trips Slovenia
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John P
Verified Customer
The experience was amazing and the scenery awesome. Tinkara Was an awesome amazing guide lots of knowledge and just a relaxed atmosphere. Would recommend this tour . But be aware lots of steep climbing. Had a wonderful experience which I will remember.
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Veronica Torres
Verified Customer
Best team, best tour guide ( special shout out to Matej)! Really wonderful helpful team that went the extra mile to make sure my family and I had a memorable day!! I will forever recommend this tour!
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amy c
Verified Customer
We chose the option to meet at lake bled and left from there for an all day adventure in the Soca valley. We saw so much in the short day and had a wonderful professional driver
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Jennifer M
Verified Customer
Ziga was our guide for the day & was absolutely fabulous. His driving was smooth & safe & his knowledge on all things was A1 from history to nature to all thing Slovenia. We were very impressed. We went from Venice to Lake Bled & return as a daytrip. Few crowds, fairytale scenery, delicious fooderies of our choice and then a walk along the lake & optional hilltop view . A pletna ride to the church too !! It was wonderful & so convenient, good communication in the lead up . Highly recommend this as a daytrip .
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Bill B
Verified Customer
We had such a great time at Lake Bled. My wife and I went on this tour from Koper with Marjana, who gave great insight into the area, plenty of time to experience all that Lake Bled had to offer, and great conversation. The tour started and ended on time as we had time constraints from our cruise ship, but we felt that the time was maximized to give us the best taste of Slovenia possible. Highly recommend!

Expert Local Guides

Experienced and passionate local guides will make your trip run smoothly, going that extra mile for you.

Best Prices

Working without middlemen or agency fees, we are able to negotiate the best prices and provide you with great value for your money.

Small Groups

Enjoy faster and smoother travel with more time to enjoy the sights in the company of up to 8 people.

Comfortable Transfers

We take you on our day trips in air-conditioned minivans, for a more comfortable ride.

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