Fly fishing and hiking - May 31 - Jun 14, 2019
This trip was incredibly good. Our specialist, Miha Ganter, listened to what we wanted to do and made the itinerary fit our desires. Plus he checked up on us on a regular basis. Our trip combined hiking for both of us with fly fishing for my husband. The fly fishing trips were wonderful, according to my husband, with good guides and beautiful rivers. Miha had arranged the days so I could take some simple hikes on my own during those days - plus there was a spa! All in all, the itinerary from Miha took us to some incredibly beautiful places. We had no idea so much beauty, and such varied beauty, could be located in such a small country!
All the accommodations were good. Two stand out. First, Vila Park at Lake Bohinj. The proprietor talks to all her guests and finds out what they want to do. She was especially helpful to us as she knew exactly how long each hike would take (we were a little slower than the 'average' time). Most importantly, she made the very welcome suggestion that we take the bus to Lake Bled instead of driving. The bus stop was right next to her B&B, and we had a relaxed and enjoyable day without the hassle of traffic. The second place I want to mention was one of the highlights of my life of traveling -- Hotel Dobra Villa in Bovec. The place was lovely, the grounds were lovely, but the personal expertise and talents of the staff were just amazing. The person in charge made everything look beautiful. Not only did he run the B&B flawlessly, but he was the person who designed the gardens. The chef was amazing! Two of the best meals of our lives were there. I am so grateful to Miha for sending us there.
I also took advantage of the suggestions Miha made for activities. Two that stand out are the Flower Power Walk at Bovec and the stupendously exciting and beautiful rafting adventure with SocaSplash. There were so many rafting companies in Bovec and I would never have been able to figure out which one fit our desires without Miha's advice.
Driving the car was not a problem, but it did take us quite a bit longer than the estimated time. Sometimes roads were closed; sometimes we just missed turns. Our GPS card did not work as it was supposed to, but in talking to Miha we are the only people who have ever experienced difficulties. I think that the problems were caused by our phone which evidently didn't sync quite correctly.
We found driving in Piran to be very stressful. Miha had thought we could park for an hour or so in front of the hotel - which turned out not to be the case. The hotel wanted us to move immediately as they said the police absolutely loved giving parking tickets to tourists. We would recommend driving to the public parking garage and parking the car, then having the hotel shuttle come and pick you up. Piran itself was lovely! I had asked Miha to give us guidance for another hiking trip for our last day, which he did. However, it turned out his original plan was best -- we just sat under an umbrella and watched the people play in the ocean while eating ice cream. It was great.