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Domen Strle

I grew up in an idyllic village in the southwest of Slovenia and later moved to Ljubljana to study Tourism Destination Management. In my student years, I became an active member of Alpine Association of Slovenia, where I worked on several projects, and attended courses for mountain guides and alpinists.

I love outdoor activities, especially hiking, mountain biking and ski touring and I believe that Slovenia is a land of infinite opportunities. For the last decade, I’ve been experiencing exploring Slovenia as a challenge, finding new hidden gems with each trip I make.

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What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Places? Slovenia & Istria (Croatia)
Activities? Walking, hiking, mountaineering, all kinds of water sports, cycling, mountain biking, ski-touring, fly-fishing, family trips, gourmet tours, photography trips,..."

Domen is part of the following groups: Slovenia Travel Agents
Hike to breathtaking views over the Adriatic
Hike Croatia's Adriatic Islands - 8 Days

This 8-day, small-group tour takes you hiking and island hopping against the spectacular backdrop of Croatia's Adriatic coast. Starting in Zagreb, make your way through Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Velebit Mountains to reach the glittering Adriatic. Skipping between the islands of Krk, Cres, and Lošinj, you'll embark on a series of half-day hikes—discovering a magical landscape of secluded fishing villages, rocky peaks, and hidden beaches along the way.

Lake Bled
Alps to the Adriatic: Inn-to-Inn Walking Adventure - 10 Days

This inn-to-inn walking itinerary gives you a chance to explore some of the most beautiful scenery in Slovenia independently. Start off on the fairytale shores of Lake Bled to explore the rugged alpine landscape and crystal clear lakes of northwestern Slovenia. Then, hike through Karawanks mountain range, on the border between Slovenia and Austria. Then, walk through Triglav National Park and follow the beautiful Soča River downstream to Tolmin, before crossing the border into Italy to visit Cividale del Friuli.

Lake Bled
Slovenia Multisport Adventure - 6 Days

This self-guided six-day adventure covers Slovenia's highlights and gives you the chance to discover the country in a short time. Start at Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenian to see rugged alpine landscapes, crystal clear rivers, and peaceful lakes. Hike through Triglav National Park and sleep in a cozy mountain hut, then explore the emerald Soča River and the surrounding valley, before finishing up with a tour of Ljubljana, the country's capital.

Lake Bled
From the Alps to the Adriatic: Lake Bled, the Soča Valley, and Istria - 13 Days

This 13-day itinerary is perfect for first-time visitors who want to see a little bit of everything: it covers Slovenia's best spots from the Alps to the Adriatic, before finishing with a few days in Croatian Istria. Hike along the beautiful emerald waters of the Soča River, relax and sip wine in the Goriška Brda wine hills, take a dip in the Adriatic Sea near Rovinj, and lots more with this self-driving itinerary filled with tons of activities.

Views near Kranjska Gora in the Julian Alps
Hiking Adventure through Slovenia: The Alps, Lake Bohinj, & the Soča Valley - 14 Days

This intense and rewarding two-week hiking adventure through Slovenia's Alpine countryside is perfect for hiking aficionados who want an active vacation. This trip includes a three-day hut-to-hut trek, the beautiful scenery around Lake Bohinj, a hike along the border between Slovenia and Austria, and a few days in the Soča Valley filled with history and adventure.

Recent trip reviews for Domen

Domen and Slotrips put together a great itine...
Slovenia | Sep 19 - Sep 30, 2022

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Caleb S.
Phoenix, AZ | Reviewed on Oct 01, 2022

Domen and Slotrips put together a great itinerary and experience in lovely Slovenia. He customized a blend of hiking, biking, and rafting around my interests with many additional side options depending on time/desire. When the weather was rough the last part of my trip, Domen worked with local companies to rearrange times for trips. The GPS provided for hiking and biking was superior! Highly needed for some trails in the national park where trail marking can be confusing. Excellent... read more

Domen and Slotrips put together a great itinerary and experience in lovely Slovenia. He customized a blend of hiking, biking, and rafting around my interests with many additional side options depending on time/desire. When the weather was rough the last part of my trip, Domen worked with local companies to rearrange times for trips. The GPS provided for hiking and biking was superior! Highly needed for some trails in the national park where trail marking can be confusing. Excellent accommodation selection and very good restraunt suggestions. Would strongly endorse letting Domen and Slotrips organize your next trip to Slovenia.

Local specialist: Domen Strle
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Domen Strle
Local specialist in Ljubljana | Reviewed on Oct 04, 2022

Hi Caleb,

Thank you so much for this amazing review! :) I'm excited to hear you had a great time and all worked out as planned.
Thanks again for exploring Slovenia with us and welcome back anytime! Maybe you might even get some dry days next time around. :)

Best, Domen

Best trip I’ve ever been on! It was exception...
Slovenia | Aug 18 - Aug 27, 2022

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Ronda O.
Navajo, NM | Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Best trip I’ve ever been on! It was exceptionally organized and provided great variety in the activities and regions of exploration. I loved all of the overnight accommodations and the meals that were included were excellent.

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Domen
Domen Strle
Local specialist in Ljubljana | Reviewed on Oct 04, 2022

Hi Ronda,

Thanks for your feedback and especially for all the amazing photos!! :)

Warm regards,
Domen

Highly Recommended - Great Experience 9.5 / 10
Slovenia | Jul 27 - Aug 7, 2022

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Coen d.
the Netherlands | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

We are a family of five - children aged 19,17,15. Domen did an excellent job planning the trip for us and taking into consideration our preferences. Communication was very smooth. First a telephone conversation, followed by a few iterations by mail. He was quite flexible and happy to adjust according to our feedback. Trip turned out to be well thought out, with the right mix of activities and places to stay. Having the entire trip and the hike maps available in apps is great and very... read more

We are a family of five - children aged 19,17,15. Domen did an excellent job planning the trip for us and taking into consideration our preferences. Communication was very smooth. First a telephone conversation, followed by a few iterations by mail. He was quite flexible and happy to adjust according to our feedback. Trip turned out to be well thought out, with the right mix of activities and places to stay. Having the entire trip and the hike maps available in apps is great and very convenient. Although there were some complicated logistics involved (transfer of luggage, mixed trips hiking + biking etc.), everything worked out 100% (e.g., pick up at 8:40 to drive to rafting = pick up at 8:40 on the mark). We have done several trips like this across the world. The service provided by Domen I would rate among the highest if not the highest. Many thanks to Domen and Slotrips.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Dobra Vila
Bovec

Excellent hotel. Hotel has charm, authenticity and character. Rooms, interior, garden are all great. Breakfast is excellent. But most of all we highly appreciated the warm, friendly staff. Highly recommended. I have seen many, many hotels professionally and during vacation - ranks among the best overall experience.

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City Hotel Ljubljana
Ljubljana

Try to avoid. No charm whatsoever. Very dull, boring hotel. Poor service. Roof terrace wasn't operational, airco was malfunctioning upon arrival. Also very impersonal, non-attentive staff. Breakfast is ok, but quite crowded. Only go here if you are looking for a ' functional place to stay ' and nothing else.

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Domen
Domen Strle
Local specialist in Ljubljana | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Hi Coen,
I was happy to read your wonderful review! Thank you so much for your feedback. :)
I'm happy to hear you have enjoyed your family vacation in Slovenia!

The City Hotel is one of the best if not the best value hotel in Ljubljana and as such, can not compare to the smaller, boutique hotels, like the Dobra Vila. I'm sorry to hear that the AC was malfunctioning and that the terrace was closed, but I hope that it did not spoil the overall experience. :)

Safe travels and welcome back anytime!
Domen

Fishing and Hiking in Slovenia
Slovenia | Jul 22 - Jul 30, 2022

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David A.
Altadena, CA | Reviewed on Aug 05, 2022

We had a terrific 9-day driving tour through Western Slovenia, focusing on beautiful Triglav National Park. Domen Strle, our virtual tour guide and travel agent, chose excellent places for us to stay and activities including hiking, fly-fishing and touring. Without his intimate knowledge of the area and his responsiveness to our questions, we would have had a difficult time planning such a trip (our first to Slovenia). He quickly accommodated last-minute changes to our schedule (e.g., an... read more

We had a terrific 9-day driving tour through Western Slovenia, focusing on beautiful Triglav National Park. Domen Strle, our virtual tour guide and travel agent, chose excellent places for us to stay and activities including hiking, fly-fishing and touring. Without his intimate knowledge of the area and his responsiveness to our questions, we would have had a difficult time planning such a trip (our first to Slovenia). He quickly accommodated last-minute changes to our schedule (e.g., an unplanned but very worthwhile stop in Lubljana; changing the day of our fishing trip), and provided feedback on activities we discovered en route. Altogether, the trip was planned just enough to avoid the stress of finding places to stay and eat, but with enough flexibility to allow spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment activities. The ability to switch digitally from places on the overall trip plan to Google maps driving instructions made navigation easy and painless. It made for a very diverse and fascinating trip, which we enjoyed immensely.

Hotel Reviews
Kekceva Domacija Homestead
Soča

This is an amazing setting with fascinating hosts. Nestled in the Trenta Valley between towering mountain walls, it is a green oasis of tranquility. So relaxing you will not want to leave. The hosts, Jozefina and Mitja, are remarkable people: Jozefina spent 3.5 years sailing around the world in a 60 ft sailing boat with her family, while Mitja was a world-class climber and Himalayan mountaineer. Now they run this place as well as an award-winning vineyard and winery up near the Austrian border. Their wines (as well as the home-cooked food) are superb. This only shortcoming is that the modernized rooms elegantly built in the old farmhouses are a bit cramped, with the bed in a tiny loft that is barely navigable. It’s part of the experience, and clearly not a place where you’re meant to spend time inside your room. Enjoy the beautiful out-of-doors.

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Very clean. Rooms very small and beds in tiny loft hard to get around.
Penzion Berc
Bled

Mountain refuge decor. Charming. No lake view and a bit noisy, but comfortable. Room A/C is individually adjustable. They did not put us in the superior room we had booked but rather in standard rooms. Cost difference was refunded through travel agency. Restaurant is over-priced and our steak was not done to order.

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Hotel Dobra Vila
Bovec

This hotel may initially look a big long-in-the-tooth, staid and stuffy, but once you settle in you will realize it is fabulous. Wonderful Art-Deco decor, cozy libraries with sitting areas, beautiful garden and terrific location. Breakfast is fantastic. We left early one day and they packed a lunch for the two of us that could feed four people. Incredibly nice, attentive staff. You will feel pampered - like you are traveling first-class on a luxury liner in the 1920s.

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Hotel Gredič
Dobrovo v Brdih

Wow. 16th century castle modernized inside with gorgeous decor in the middle of Slovenian Tuscany. Gourmet restaurant, beautiful original art collection. You won’t want to leave.

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Domen
Domen Strle
Local specialist in Ljubljana | Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Hi David,
Thank you for your kind words and a wonderful review!
I'm happy to hear you have enjoyed your hike, fly-fish & self-drive trip through Slovenia. :)
Wish you great adventures for the rest of our vacation and thanks again for travelling with us!

Slovenian Alps to Cvoast Hiking Adventure - 10 Days
Slovenia | Sep 12 - Sep 20, 2019

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sydney l.
Boulder, CO | Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

I traveled through Slovenia for 8 days on a mostly hiking and occasionally biking itinerary. Domen, our local trip specialist from Ljubljana, did an excellent job planning even more activities than we had time to enjoy, so each day there were options. He responded to our many questions and concern with patience and in detail.

Slovenia offers stunning geography, wonderful food, and warm hospitality. Hiking through the Julian Alps and along the Soca River can be challenging with some... read more

I traveled through Slovenia for 8 days on a mostly hiking and occasionally biking itinerary. Domen, our local trip specialist from Ljubljana, did an excellent job planning even more activities than we had time to enjoy, so each day there were options. He responded to our many questions and concern with patience and in detail.

Slovenia offers stunning geography, wonderful food, and warm hospitality. Hiking through the Julian Alps and along the Soca River can be challenging with some steep inclines and miles of uneven surfaces to navigate. You need to be fit and wear good boots- all worthwhile when you’re immersed in the natural beauty.

We were provided with with a local phone and a detailed itinerary with maps and navigation for each segment of the trip. We had problems with the Android phone, but found that we could download the maps and itinerary details into our iPhones which worked better for us.

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Domen
Domen Strle
Local specialist in Ljubljana | Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Hi Sydney, thank you so much for a great review!
I'm glad you have enjoyed your hiking adventure and loved the country. :) Please send my warmest regards to the girls and thank you for exploring Slovenia with us!

Trekking in Slovenia
Slovenia | May 11 - May 24, 2019

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Karen N.
New Zealand | Reviewed on May 26, 2019

Slovenia was awesome. I loved the trekking - quite challenging sometimes, especially in the Alps/ mountains/ hills , but always interesting. The River Soca is beautiful and Piran is a gorgeous town on the Adriatic. But lots of other lovely places. Domen was superb. Always responsive and kept in touch to make sure I was ok. The accommodation and treks he organized were perfect. Thanks Domen, SLO trips and kim kim 😀 10/10. Nga mihi Karen, New Zealand.

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Domen
Domen Strle
Local specialist in Ljubljana | Reviewed on May 26, 2019

Hi Karen!
Thank you so much for your great feedback! I'm happy to hear you loved your trip despite the unfortunate weather at first. Although, the fresh snow did add a bit of adventure to the hike! :)
I wish you safe travels and many more amazing long-distance hikes in the future!
Warmest regards,
Domen

Nature at a slow pace
Slovenia | Aug 3 - Aug 10, 2018

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Jacqui B.
Australia | Reviewed on Aug 12, 2018

Miha organised the trip so well to suit our style. He made it easy. Everything was organised from the printed itinerary to the mobile phone on loan! Nothing went wrong and we really enjoyed the hike.

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Domen
Domen Strle
Local specialist in Ljubljana | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018

Dear Jacqui!
It is great to hear you enjoyed your stay in Slovenia! Thank you very much for being our guest and for taking the time to write this review and publish all the photos! :) Wish you happy travels in the future!
Warm wishes,
Miha & Domen

Beyond the Alps
Slovenia | Jul 30 - Aug 9, 2018

Connie
Connie E.
Boulder, CO | Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

We spent a wonderful two weeks driving around Slovenia, seeing the sights and taking lovely day hikes. Domen and Miha both worked with us designing a unique trip. We visited both the usual tourist sights and some that were specific to our interests. They gave us gps tracks to quiet, solitary day hikes with amazing views. We do not hesitate to recommend Slotrips for a fabulous vacation.

Local specialist: Domen Strle
Domen
Domen Strle
Local specialist in Ljubljana | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018

Hi Connie!
Thank you so much for your kind feedback! It was great having you here and I hope you might visit Slovenia in the future again :)
Warm wishes,
Miha & Domen

Hiking slovenia
Slovenia | Jul 8 - Jul 20, 2018

Bruce
Bruce S.
Australia | Reviewed on Jul 22, 2018

Great trip organised and coordinated by Miha Gantar everything was well thought out and coordinated. The standard of service and accommodation was excellent. The country is open welcoming and not yet over crowded and pretty much everyone spoke english so we had no trouble getting around and being understood. Our guide Aliaz for our 5 day hike was fantastic and took all the worry out of navigating some challenging terrain. By far the best organised trip we have done

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Domen
Domen Strle
Local specialist in Ljubljana | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018

Hi Bruce,
It makes us very happy to hear that you had a great time in Slovenia! We are honoured to be a part of this amazing experience.
Thank you again for exploring our country with us and keep using Kimkim and local providers for your future trips. :)
Warmest regards,
Miha & Domen