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"I loved the Slovenia trip!!!!!! I have been recommending the country to everyone that I have talked to. Your trip highlighted some of the best parts of the country, landscapes, caves, people, food, Bled festival's lights, hikes, etc., etc."
Brenda L. (Slovenija 2016)

Slovenija

Slovenija lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean. In this small piece of Europe, nature has combined and interwoven a whole range of diverse landscapes - mighty Alpine peaks, deep karst caves, softly rounded hills and vast plains: Slovenija has all of these. There are also beautiful lakes and bubbling brooks, the silence of forests and the crashing waves of the sea. With a population of around 2 million, it is a country of amazingly unspoiled beauty virtually undiscovered by the tourist hordes.

 

Slovenija has a strong hiking culture and almost 10,000km of trails - from walks along the valleys and foothills, to more challenging trails in the high mountains. In the northwest corner of the country is Triglav National Park. Named after Slovenija’s highest mountain, Triglav (2,864m), it is Slovenija’s only national park and it is staggeringly beautiful. It encompasses not only the Julian Alps but also Lake Bled & Lake Bohinj and their surrounding areas, which is where we will be doing the majority of our hiking. Our hikes will take us to through the Voje valley and to the peak of Mt. Sija. We shall hike the the waterfall-filled Vintgar and Mostnice gorges, and the all-impressive trail around the north wall of Mt. Triglav.

 

Our hotel will be the HOTEL KOMPAS in the charming, lakeside town of Bled. Bled is a popular holiday resort in both winter and summer with many activities and regattas on picturesque Lake Bled. A medieval castle clings to a rocky cliff on the other side of the lake and in the middle lies the nation’s only island, with a baroque church in the middle and a centuries-old “wishing bell”.

 

We have specifically chosen these dates in July to capture the Bled Days Festival. It is a significant folklore event, with artistic hand-made works on display, concerts, fireworks and most impressive - when organizers launch 15,000 lights in egg-shells onto Lake Bled. They illuminate the whole lake and together with magnificent fireworks, all of Bled glitters in endless colours.

Dates

July 13 to 23, 2018

Grade

Moderate to Challenging

What's Included

- 10 nights' hotel accommodations
- 10 breakfasts & 8 dinners
- 6 1/2 guided hikes, including Skocjan Caves
- All entry fees for attractions per itinerary
- Ground transportation and transfers

Cost

$2995 CAD land

Send $300 deposit to reserve - balance is payable May 13, 2018

My Own Room

If you would like to share accommodations, we offer a roommate pairing service. If there is another solo traveller looking to share accommodations, we will pair the two of you up together; in this case there would be no single supplement to pay.

If you would like to have your own room (or if a roommate is not available), then the single supplement would apply.

The cost of the single supplement for this holiday is $500 CAD.

Group Airfare

In order to allow for greater flexibility and more competitive pricing, group airfare is not available for this holiday. However, we will gladly book your airline tickets on an individual basis. We can accommodate any itinerary that suits you and from any city, including stopovers. Call us to discuss and we will tailor your flights to meet your needs.

Status

This trip is full but we would be pleased to add your name to the wait list.

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Daily Synopsis

Day 1

DOBERDAN & WELCOME TO SLOVENIJA
Upon arriving in Bled, we shall check into the Hotel Kompas, and then do a little orientation tour of the town.

Day 2

VINTGAR GORGE
We walk through the town of Bled directly to the spectacular Vintgar Gorge, where 5000ft of wooden walkways hug the walls of the gorge along the Sava Radovna, making it an amazing and picturesque walk. (Moderate, 15 km, a few hills but no long ascents, some road walking)

Day 3

LAKE BOHINJ
Beginning in Ribcev Laz, we shall hike all the way around Lake Bohinj. Measuring 4km long, 1km wide, and 45m deep, Bohinj is the largest lake in Slovenija. (Moderate, 14 km, mostly trails, relatively flat)

Day 4

DAY OF LEISURE
There is much to keep you busy in Bled. You may also want to take a day trip to the capital city of Ljubljana.

Day 5

MOSTNICE GORGE
From the town of Stara Fuzina, we hike through Triglav National Park to Mostnice Gorge where the crystal clear Mostnice River has carved a 2-km gorge. At the end of the gorge, we hike up and eventually through the serene meadows of the Voje Valley all the way to the Mostnice/Voje waterfall. (Moderate, 11km, 750ft elevation gain)

Day 6

CABLE CAR HIKE/MOUNT SIJA
We take the Vogel cable car to an elevation of 4800ft in order to begin our hike through the ski areas around Mount Sija. Any hikers who take up the challenge of climbing to the top of Mount Sija will be rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views. (Challenging, 12 km, 1100ft elevation gain, rocky paths)

Day 7

SKOCJAN CAVES
Today, we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skocjan Caves, one of the largest known underground canyons in the world!

Day 8

MOUNT TRIGLAV & SLAP PERICNIK
Today we hike along the base of Mount Triglav's north face. This is among the most beautiful sights in Triglav National Park. But the beauty and excitement does not end there. In the afternoon, we shall visit Slap Pericnik and climb behind this thundering waterfall. (Challenging, 10 km, 2000ft elevation gain)

Day 9

DAY OF LEISURE We have left this day at your leisure to enjoy some of the festivities surrounding the Bled Days Festival.

Day 10

TALEZ
Beginning in Bled and hiking our way through cornfields and meadows, we come to Sobec campground. A little farther along, we begin the climb to Talez where we will have lunch at the picnic tables 2000ft above the Bled with magnificent views of the surrounding area. (Moderate-challenging, 15 km, 900ft of ascent)

Day 11

NA SVIDENJE SLOVENIJA

 

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What an experience!

 

"I loved the Slovenia trip!!!!!! I have been recommending the country to everyone that I have talked to. Your trip highlighted some of the best parts of the country, landscapes, caves, people, food, Bled festival's lights, hikes, etc., etc."
Brenda L. (Slovenija 2016)

 

We loved our trip to Slovenia! What a beautiful country. Great hike, great people, and we are definitely thinking about doing another hike."
Keith D. (Slovenija, 2016)

 

"I enjoyed the trip and the Slovenija experience. What a wonderful country - so clean and green!
Brigitte G. (Slovenija 2016)

 

I loved our experiences in Slovenia ... and have been curious about this part of the world for some time. You opened the doors for me. Your skilled leadership and organization topped off with your good humour and your sense of fun made our adventure a pleasure.
Sue T. (Slovenija & Croatia, 2013)

 

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RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS

A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking (see individual trips for amount required for deposit). The balance is due 60 days prior to departure unless otherwise specified. Late payments causing penalties to be levied by the airlines or any other supplier shall be the responsibility of the traveller.

 

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Maddalena Molino

Comfortable Hiking Holidays

251 Consumers Road, 7th floor

Toronto, ON  M2J 4R3  Canada

 

Comfortable Hiking Holidays is a part of Vision 2000 Travel (Toronto) Inc., a Canadian Company registered under the Ontario Travel Industry Act, Registration No. 50023501.

 

CANCELLATIONS

All deposits are non refundable. After the balance has been paid, a refund can be made (less $50 per person and less any incurred charges by hotels, airlines etc.) if you can find a replacement person. If no replacement is found then all monies paid will be forfeited. No refund for any unused portion of a trip. All cancellations are only considered to have been received on the date of receipt of written cancellation in the office of Comfortable Hiking Holidays.

 

AIRFARE

In order to allow for greater flexibility and more competitive pricing, Comfortable Hiking Holidays will no longer be offering group airfare for its trips. However, we will gladly book your airline tickets on an individual basis. We can accommodate any itinerary that suits you and from any city, including stopovers.

Comfortable Hiking Holidays will provide a meeting time and place for each trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you coordinate your schedule to fit with the trip’s itinerary, and we will be more than happy to help you with this so that you can take advantage of transfers between airports and hotels together with the group.

Do not book your airfare until you check with Comfortable Hiking Holidays that we have the minimum number of participants to move ahead with the trip. Comfortable Hiking Holidays is not financially responsible for additional expenses incurred by you (such as non-refundable airline tickets) should a trip be cancelled.

Call us to discuss and we will tailor your flights to meet your needs.

 

TAXES

H.S.T.

The Harmonized Sales Tax will be added to all trips taking place in Canada.

 

INSURANCE

Medical and cancellation insurance is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED and can be arranged through our offices. See the Reservation Form. If insurance is declined, a signed form will be required. Note that health insurance is mandatory for travel to Cuba; travellers must present proof of health insurance in order to enter the country.

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the traveller's responsibility to determine what documentation is necessary for each country to be visited. All Canadian and U.S. citizens require valid passports for travel. It is recommended and sometimes necessary that passports have a minimum of 6 months to expiry. Other nationalities should check with Comfortable Hiking Holidays. For more information on travel requirements per country, visit www.voyage.gc.ca.

 

It is imperative that the traveller discloses to Comfortable Hiking Holidays any medical condition(s) that may affect his/her ability to complete the hike and/or tour. Examples include (but are not limited to): allergies, ailments, diseases, medical conditions, special diets, medications and so forth. This information will be kept strictly confidential.

 

Our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, but if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, they are authorized to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity. Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be responsible for additional costs incurred.

 

In booking this trip, you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described. If you have any doubt about your abilities, please call us to discuss.

 

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Prices are quoted are in CANADIAN DOLLARS (with some exceptions which are quoted in USD). They were calculated based on the exchange rates in 2018 and are subject to change without notice. Should tour costs increase, Comfortable Hiking Holidays reserves the right to increase the price accordingly. If the price change is more than 7% of the total price for the travel services (except for a price change that is a result of Government Taxation), you are entitled to cancel if you wish, with full refund. You must notify us of your intention at least 48 hours after notification or if the change is a last minute change, within 24 hours of notification.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Prices quoted are for shared accommodations (two to a room unless otherwise agreed). A roommate (of the same sex) will be arranged  when possible, otherwise the single supplement will apply. Single rooms are available on most holidays; cost for the single supplement is available on request.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

The scenery is always picture-worthy so please take as many photos as you wish. We will do the same, but please note that it is customary for us to use photographs taken on actual hikes for our promotional materials. If you do not wish to have your photo used in any of our promotional materials, please inform your hike leader at the BEGINNING OF THE TRIP.

 

SMOKING

As the great majority of trip participants do not smoke, those who do are requested to refrain from smoking while with the group (e.g. on the bus, during the hikes, at meals, in the bar and in your room if sharing with a non-smoker).

 

CHILDREN

All participants must be at least 18 years of age.

 

SITE ACCURACY

Comfortable Hiking Holidays has attempted to make this site accurate. However, changes might occur for reasons beyond the control of Comfortable Hiking Holidays. In addition, the right is reserved to substitute hotels or change the itinerary when necessary, provided the travel facilities or other services are of at least the same standard or value.

 

HIKE LEADERS

All of our leaders are experienced hikers and have had first aid training. A representative of C.H.H. will accompany all of the trips (unless otherwise specified) to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently. Our hike leaders will be your guides on most holidays, but in some cases we will use local guides. C.H.H. reserves the right to make changes in hike leaders when necessary.

 

FORCE MAJEURE

We shall not be liable for any claims, losses damages, costs, expenses, delays or loss of enjoyment for any nature or kind whatsoever, resulting from events beyond our or a supplier's reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, strikes, lockouts or other labour disputes or disruptions, wars, blockades, insurrections, riots, earthquakes, weather conditions, floods or acts of restraints imposed by government authorities.

 

OPERATOR'S RESPONSIBILITY

Comfortable Hiking Holidays and Vision Travel the operators, its agents, and/or suppliers of services act only as agents for the traveler and accept no responsibility for services of any hotel, aircraft, vessel, train, motor coach or any other conveyance used in connection with these tours, nor any delays, loss or accident to travelers or baggage occasioned by such services, from whatsoever cause. In the event it becomes necessary due to changes by supplier's airlines, or for the comfort or well being of passengers, or for any other reason, to alter the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations may be made without penalty to the operator. The extra cost, if any, resulting therefore, shall be paid by the tour members. Conversely, refunds will be made to passengers if any savings are effected thereby. The right is reserved to cancel any tour and to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, at any time. Acceptance of the initial service to be provided under the tour shall be considered an acceptance of all these conditions. There may be different living standards and practices and different standards and conditions with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodations outside Ontario. Climate conditions may affect the provisions of services and the accommodations included in our tours. Accommodations offered in the tour are, to the best of our knowledge, available at the time of printing and accurately described.

 

AIRLINE CLAUSE

The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omissions or event during the time the passengers are not on board the aircraft. The Passenger Ticket in use by the airline(s) when issued constitutes the sole contract between the airline(s) and the purchase of the ticket and/or passenger.

 

Although every precaution is taken for your safety, this type of excursion involves, by its very nature, a certain amount of risk. All participants are therefore required to sign a form releasing Comfortable Hiking Holidays of all liability.