Lake and mountains in Slovenia
Guests toasting with glasses of beer and wine
Boats on the water in Slovenia
Guests on a boat
Backroads guests
Wildlife in the mountains
Hilly landscape
Walk along narrow streets of Grožnjan
Lake Bled, Slovenia - Beautiful aerial view of Lake Bled (Blejsko Jezero) with the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria on a small island and Bled Castle and Julian Alps at backgroud at summer
The Mostnica gorge near lake Bohinj in Slovenia.
Vineyards in the Collio Region (Cormons, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy)
Kamnik saddle in logar valley, Slovenia, Europe. Hiking  in savinja Alps and Slovenia mountain. Popular site for a hike in triglav national park
Picturesque valleys and mountains in panoramic road of Solcava, Kamnik Alps, Slovenia
Mountains and valley in Slovenia
Backroads guests on a hike
Hiker walking along a bright blue creek
Walking & Hiking
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Italy & Slovenia Walking & Hiking Tour

Ancient Trails in Wine Country & the Julian Alps

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 2-4

Casual Hotels

From: $4,599 pp dbl occ

($1,000 for sgl occ)

Two magnificent countries, three diverse regions and one unforgettable trekking adventure. Hike, boat and train through remarkable scenery to arrive at spectacular off-the-beaten-path locales. Century-old castles, homemade plates of pasta and renowned wines in Italy. Alpine meadows, glacier-fed lakes and quintessential mountain villages in Slovenia. Add Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia Wine Region and Slovenia's Triglav National Park to your bucket list, then check them off with one fell and unforgettable swoop. 

Italy and Slovenia Walking and Hiking Tour
Italy and Slovenia Walking and Hiking Tour

Italy & Slovenia

Start Venice, Italy / End Ljubljana, Slovenia

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


  • Discover rolling vineyards in Italy’s Friuli wine country and snowcapped peaks in Slovenia’s Julian Alps
  • Hike through alpine landscapes and amid verdant hills, pausing to meander and shop in charming European hamlets
  • Ferry across the glacial Lake Bohinj and follow a trail up beautiful Mostnica Gorge in the heart of Triglav National Park
  • Journey back in time and dive into WWI history—and the setting of Ernest Hemingway’s iconic novel, A Farewell to Arms


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Benvenuto in Italia! Start your journey with a morning hike along a section of the legendary Alpe Adria Trail | Admire verdant vineyards that lead to dramatic mountain scenery | Indulge in a wine tasting in a cool 15th-century cellar | Descend into a secret WWI military bunker | Spend the night in a restored castle—where Casanova was exiled—and stroll among immaculately manicured gardens | Raise a toast to the European adventure ahead and get your first taste of the region's incomparable cuisine.

Exterior view of Castello di Spessa
Castello di Spessa
Capriva del Friuli
| *Premiere Hotel

Set in graceful gardens and tranquil parkland that features rolling hills and cypress trees, this elegant castle traces its roots back to the Roman Empire—and once hosted an exiled Casanova. (pool, spa)

Days 2-3

Travel across the border to the small mountain town of Kobarid, Slovenia, nestled in the foothills of the Julian Alps | At the town’s award-winning WWI museum, uncover the history of one of the war's major battles in the Soča Valley | Wander through charming Slovenian alpine villages | Hike a well-manicured trail that meanders beneath the Alps and consider a dip in the emerald-green Soča River | A panoramic train ride takes us further into Slovenia and to the magnificent Triglav National Park | Glide across the water of Lake Bohinj by ferry to reach our trailhead | Follow an alpine stream up the Mostnica Gorge, where turquoise waters spill from craggy rocks | Pamper yourself this afternoon with a visit to our hotel’s Turkish and Finnish saunas and outdoor whirlpool, or perhaps relax with a spa treatment | Dig into a dinner featuring regional specialties.

Exterior view of Hotel Bohinj
Hotel Bohinj
Ribčev Laz
| Casual Hotel

Ideally located near Lake Bohinj and nestled below the Julian Alps, this contemporary mountain retreat features bright inviting rooms designed with larch wood and environmentally friendly materials. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

Visit spectacular Lake Bled and partake in a honey tasting at a local bee farm | Hike the high alpine terrain of the Kamnik Alps, bordering Slovenia and Austria | Explore the perfectly preserved medieval town of Radovljica | Learn about rich pastoral life at one of Slovenia’s oldest homestead sites | A 100-year-old mountain hut is the perfect spot to linger over a hearty lunch | Savor the flavors of this area's superb cuisine at a festive farewell dinner | On our final morning, trek to the summit of Mali Vrh or start the day with sun salutations in a yoga class in the forest.


Exterior view of Vila Planinka
Vila Planinka
| Casual Hotel

This picturesque hideaway is the perfect place to convene with nature, from the chic comforts of your room complete with breathtaking mountain views to the ambient common areas adorned with local materials. (spa)

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. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

Most of our hiking routes are moderately strenuous with steep sections that occasionally involve climbing or descending natural and groomed paths with loose rock and gravel. The terrain is often uneven and trail width and conditions can also vary widely. Please use extra caution when navigating this terrain. Keep in mind that we'll be hiking at high elevation, which can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 5 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 11 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 5 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 9 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Forest Yoga & Walk (2 hours)

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 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

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