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Slovenia is a country of contrasts, and never more so than during the winter months, when the high peaks of Triglav National Park and the thick primeval UNESCO heritage forests of Kocevje are blanketed in snow, yet the lush green valleys of the Brda vineyards below remain bathed in sunshine and warmer temperatures. We embrace the winter in Slovenia; donning snowshoes or popping mini crampons onto our walking boots to explore the achingly beautiful shores of Bohinj lake in the Julian Alps, and to walk into the adjacent mountains for a magical night in a refuge at Komna.
Our Slovenia winter experience would be incomplete without a visit to the stunning Kocevje region where we are joined by a local wildlife guide to learn about the wolves and bears that inhabit the pristine forests. Depending on snow levels, we will snowshoe to track wolves, or enjoy winter walking in the virgin forest Rajhenavski Rog and to the 55m tall Queen of Rog fir tree, over 500 years old.
The warmer side of our adventure sees us head into the famous Brda wine making region, to taste the local wine and prosciutto, learning about the winemaking industry and the remarkable WW1 history of the area. Numerous battles were fought between the Austro Hungarian and Italian forces along the border between modern day Slovenia & Italy, with tragic and extensive losses. As you stand in the Peace Park at Sabotin Hill, with its far reaching views across both countries, it is hard to believe all that occurred here over 100 years ago.
Staying in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels, and small guesthouses with en-suite bedrooms, we also escape to enjoy the thrill of a night in the mountains above Bohinj lake, with spectacular panoramic views.
Single rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. We will charge on a pro-rata basis if a single room is only available for part of the trip.
We fully believe in, and practice, Responsible Tourism, using hotels run by locals. The accommodation on this adventurs is comfortable and welcoming hotel accommodation offering rooms with ensuite facilities. We put time and effort into building our relationship with accommodation suppliers to ensure you have a great trip;
We choose accommodation based on cleanliness, comfort, safety, proximity to our route (to avoid unnecessary extra travel) and a warm client welcome, as well as reliability in their service to us. Wherever we can we will choose smaller, more characterful, individual hotels, but in areas where tourism is still developing, or in remote areas (like the mountains), we may not have a wide range of options. An aspect of our adventures is to escape the ‘trappings’ of modern Western lifestyles and to experience new things with are exciting and memorable and reflects the countries we are visiting.
The list below gives information on our first choice of accommodation for this adventure. Where hotels and guesthouses are fully booked or unavailable, we will use an alternative of a similar standard, and equally well situated. We will provide you with an accurate list of accommodation, with contact information to leave with relatives, prior to departure on your adventure.
Unless you have booked a single room (where they are available) and paid the single room supplement for those nights, you will be sharing a twin room with another client (of the same gender).
Supporting you on your holiday will be a local, English speaking Slovenian guide who is qualified to lead walkers in the mountains and knows the trails like the back of his hand, as well as the history & heritage of the area, ensuring you are in excellent hands and that you have access to local knowledge. You will be joined by a wildlife guide for your woodland walk in Kocevje.
We work jointly with our Slovenian Tour Operator partners both before and during your adventure to ensure that they understand your needs and the standard that YellowWood Adventures expects. We believe that it is a very important positive aspect of Responsible Tourism, to employ the expertise of local suppliers, as well as offering you a much more informative and authentic experience.
Your group will be any number from our minimum group size of 4, up to a maximum of 8 clients. This number works really well with the ratio of guides, and ensures the optimum level of service to you during your adventure.
We get clients booking alone, as couples and in small groups of friends. If you have a group of friends or family who are interested in having their own customised trip, then please let us know and we can cost it for you.
Your itinerary involves hiking on snow and snowshoeing at altitude (up toxxxm). You will encounter some rough terrain, but will be following well defined paths. Gradients will be steep at time and you may be ascending and descending on snow so mini crampons are essential to bring with you (see packing list). You will be walking for 3 - 4 hours / day, and on some consecutive days.
To get the most of out of this adventure, you need to be a regular walker with experience of walking in the mountains, and be in good physical condition. You do not need to have used snowshoes or crampons before, though you need to bring crampons with you that fit your walking boots.
Any hiking is undertaken at the natural pace of the group, with regular stops for photos, snacks etc. Walking boots that have already been worn in are essential on this adventure.
You will be carrying just a day pack with camera, spare layers and a bottle of water.
For convenience, peace of mind, and to reduce the purchase of single use plastic water bottles, we highly recommend a filtration water bottle such as Aquapure Traveller (offer available - see section on Water)
As with all active holidays, the fitter you are, the more you can relax and enjoy the stunning route, and the better you can cope with challenges such as the outside elements.
You are advised to get into a regular walking & or running pattern before the trip as convenient.
Your YellowWood adventure starts in Ljubljana. We understand that arriving into an unfamiliar airport can be daunting, so we aim to give you as much information here as possible to help you prepare.
Flights are not included in the cost of your holiday, and whilst we are happy to help advise you, responsibility for booking the correct flights rests with you. We recommend that you use a comparison tool when searching for flights, such as skyscanner or www.momondo.co.uk.
We will send you a Flight Information Sheet with further pointers on which flights to book for your adventure.
Although the most timely way to get to Slovenia is to use a low cost airline, there is much joy to be found in incorporating your travel into your adventure and choosing the lower carbon footprint option of the train. You can travel from London to Paris, across France into Southern Germany, down through Austria and into Slovenia. Rome2Rio suggests the journey would take around 18hours and cost between £250 & £550.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. As the situation in our destination countries can change, please do ensure you check regularly before your adventure.
We also receive notifications direct from the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) so we are always aware of the ‘status’ in our destination countries.
We have put together a journal post with a short summary of Brexit Advice for Travellers to Europe.
For those of you who choose to fly into Ljubljana, it is a fully functioning, international airport welcoming domestic flights and those from Europe. Airport services include Duty Free, ATMs and Currency Exchange. On arrival at the airport you will go through passport control to baggage reclaim and onwards to Arrivals where you will be met by a driver / guide with a YellowWood Adventures sign.
All group specific, final details on where to meet your guide will be sent to you prior to the start of your adventure.
Holiday insurance is essential for all Yellow Wood Adventures. Unfortunately anyone without insurance is not able to take part in the holiday, so please make sure you arrange cover. We recommend sorting your insurance when you book so that if you have problems during the run up to your holiday, and need to cancel, you are covered, particularly in the light of effects that the pandemic has had on travel.
Prior to the holiday, we will ask you to send us details of your insurer, policy number, 24 hr emergency assistance contact details and the name, address, and telephone numbers of your NOK or persons to be notified in the event of an emergency.
Your insurance needs to cover you for snowshoeing and winter walking with the following fairly standard inclusions:
We would also recommend that you have cover for the following optional items:
For general information on Slovenia, such as climate, weather, language, social norms, food & drink etc, please have a read of our Country specific information.
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To help you choose the right adventure for you, we have given each itinerary a grading that relates to the level of Walking / Trekking you will experience during the trip. This grading can be found on the Yellow map on the adventure page of the website.
All of our trips involve a level of general activity so are designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors, and have a taste for adventure and some level of fitness. As will be clear from our destinations, the climate (and altitude) may be different to that which you are used to, so please take this into consideration when choosing the most suitable holiday.
Please read our Adventure Itinerary & Essential Information for more information and don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to chat through whether you have found a suitable adventure for you.
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