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Croatia & Slovenia Walking & Hiking Tour

Ljubljana & Lake Bled to the Istrian Peninsula

There's a central theme in Central Europe: nature reigns supreme. Golden summits of sunlit Julian Alps. Pristine glacial lakes and jewel-toned alpine gorges. Coastal trails along Croatia's heart-shaped Istrian Peninsula. Fields that give rise to incredible wines and decadent flavors. Discover the majesty of Croatia and Slovenia.  

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere & Casual Hotels

Croatia & Slovenia

Start Ljubljana, Slovenia / End Trieste, Italy

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

  • Journey from Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital and one of Europe's greenest and greatest historic cities 
  • Hike world-class trails in Triglav National Park, where mountains cradle shimmering lakes and fields of wildflowers 
  • Admire the jewel-toned waters of glacial Lake Bled and enjoy its renowned lakeside resort town 
  • Watch the sunset light up the breathtaking Istrian Peninsula, where gorgeous coastline enwraps peaceful farms and villages 
The Backroads Experience
The Backroads Experience
Backroads Walking & Hiking Trips
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
Premiere & Casual Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Get ready to hike in the mountainous landscape of Triglav National Park | Admire colorful wildflowers, crystal lakes and alpine valleys | Gaze up at the peaks of the Julian Alps and majestic Mount Triglav | Discover Bled, a fairy-tale resort town built next to a glacial lake | Hike through spruce forests and alpine meadows en route to the pristine Pokljuka karst plateau | Ride a traditional wooden boat across Lake Bled. 

Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled, Slovenia
Grand Hotel Toplice

Covered in ivy and situated on beautiful Lake Bled, this lovely property has a beautiful interior, a fascinating history and a private beach. (pool, spa) 

Day 3

Hike wooded trails to Straza and Tale hills for inspiring views over Bled's peaks and lake | Adventure to Slovenska Istra, a stunning sliver of land near the Italian border | Visit seaside Piran, a World Heritage town renowned for its Venetian Gothic architecture and seawater spas.

Kempinski Palace Portoroz, Istria, Slovenia
Kempinski Palace
| Premiere Hotel

Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, this luxurious hotel offers stellar service and blends contemporary design with classic elegance. (pool, spa) 

Days 4-6

Cross the border from Slovenia to Croatia | Stroll Rovinj's waterfront and charming historic center | Marvel at the fascinating history and beauty of the islands of Brijuni National Park | Walk a coastal route along the Istrian Peninsula, passing hilltop villages and breathtaking coastline | Sample fresh-pressed olive oils and fragrant truffles at a local farm | Take to the trails once more for a hike through lush vineyards and green fields | End your journey in Trieste, Italy's fascinating literary city. 

Wine Hotel & Restaurant Meneghetti
Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Restaurant
| Premiere Hotel

This tranquil country retreat is surrounded by lush olive groves and Mediterranean flora and features spacious rooms with rustic yet luxurious styling. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool) 

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 600 ft. gain
Boat Ride and Tour of Bled Island (1.5 hours)
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 7 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 9 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

Note: The terrain on this trip includes alpine trails, vineyard paths and wooded coastal routes.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Summer Heat & Crowds

Croatia and Slovenia are popular tourist destinations with busy peak seasons, especially during the summer months and on national holidays. We've planned our itinerary to take you off the beaten path, but crowds are common in this region, particularly on the coast. Keep in mind that summer heat can make hiking more challenging.


Kempinski Palace Portorož is a Premiere Hotel. While it offers outstanding service and amenities, please note that it is not equipped with air-conditioning and guest rooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.


To bring you to our favorite parts of these incredible regions, we make liberal use of shuttles on this trip. So although you'll see the inside of the Backroads van for an hour or so on most days, consider it an opportunity to view some spectacular scenery while resting your legs in preparation for your next hike.

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