This quick active adventure showcases some of Slovenia's top highlights in four days. You'll tour vineyards in wine country and pedal through rural landscapes, explore a labyrinthian underground cave network, hike to stunning waterfalls, and paddleboard emerald-green rivers in nature and the capital, Ljubljana. Hike, bike, and paddle your way across the country and fall in love with Slovenia.

Highlights

  • Bike through the Karst vineyards and visit a local winery in the Vipava Valley
  • Explore the Škocjan Caves, the world's largest known underground cave system 
  • Paddle the striking turquoise Soča River and hike to the Kozjek Waterfalls
  • Spend a night in Ljubljana and enjoy the capital from the vantage of your SUP board

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ajdovščina - Explore the Karst region Ajdovščina
Day 2 Cycle the Vipava Valley - Tour the Škocjan Caves Ajdovščina
Day 3 SUP excursion - Kozjak Falls hike - Drive to Ljubljana Ljubljana
Day 4 SUP excursion in Ljubljana; Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ajdovščina - Explore the Karst region

Vipava, Slovenia
Sample local wines in Vipava

Welcome to Ajdovščina! After settling into your accommodation in this quaint town within the Karst region (and just a 10-minute drive from Vipava), you'll meet your guide to explore your surroundings. Drive passed farms and bucolic landscapes, stopping at a wine cellar in Vipava to sample local wines accompanied by prosciutto and cheese.

Day 2: Cycle the Vipava Valley - Tour the Škocjan Caves

Skocjan Caves, SLovenia
Explore the labyrinth of caves in Škocjan

This morning you'll hop on your bike for a cycling tour through the Vipava Valley. Ride through the countryside gaining a beautiful overview of the hills, colorful fields, and charming villages. Break for lunch where you will have the opportunity to sample authentic Slovenian food before carrying on to the breathtaking limestone Škocjan Caves. Stroll along the boardwalks through this stunning natural treasure and prepare to be blown away by the diverse cave system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3: SUP excursion - Kozjak Falls hike - Drive to Ljubljana

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Cruise along the Soča River on your personal paddleboard

This morning you'll make your way to the Soča River, known as the Emerald River for its intense turquoise waters, to begin your introductory stand up paddleboarding ("SUP") course. When you're ready, you'll balance yourself on your board and glide under centuries-old bridges and passing through cliffs to explore Slovenia from another perspective. There'll be time for a little rest on a beach followed by a hike to the stunning Kozjak Falls. Trek through the forested road noting the ever-changing landscape.

Upon reaching the impressive Soča Valley Gorge (Velika Korita) you'll have expansive views over the river canyon as well as views to the Slovenian Alps. Enjoy local fare up in the Alpine mountains before continuing your journey to the capital of Ljubljana. After settling into your accommodation take the rest of the evening to explore the neighborhood.

Day 4: SUP excursion in Ljubljana; Depart

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Paddle the Ljubljanica River for a unique perspective of the capital

After breakfast, slip into your swimsuit and head to the Ljubljanica River for a morning paddle—and a unique way to experience the capital. After the SUP tour, spend your free afternoon (if you have time before your departure) exploring the lively city center and saunter down the main street along the banks of the Ljubljanica River, stopping in whatever small boutique, outdoor café, or wine bar terrace that strikes your fancy. 

Map

Map of Active Slovenia: Bike, Hike & SUP - 4 Days
Map of Active Slovenia: Bike, Hike & SUP - 4 Days