Sports and activities in Slovenia
Canoes are ideal for paddling down Slovenia’s quieter rivers and for pottering around on the beautiful lakes. Canoeing along the river Ljubljanica through Ljubljana itself is very popular. Canoes are also available for hire on many of the lakes in Slovenia and many local operators offer inflatable mini-rafts for rent so you can meander down the stunning river scenery.
Slovenia is a wonderful place to explore on a bike – and this is probably the very best way to see some of the most scenic areas. Bled and Bohinj are especially good places to cycle and there are several biking trails around the Triglav National Park where there are well-signposted biking tours and trails. Again – we can give you details about cycle hire.
Slovenia’s waters and aquatic life are a paradise for anglers. In rivers, lakes and ponds around Slovenia there are numerous species of freshwater fish. The main river for fishing is the Soča and its tributaries and locals will advise you about the best places to fish.
There are several golf courses in Slovenia but the best are in Bled. This is the oldest course in Slovenia in a stunning landscape. You can choose between the 18-hole King’s Course and the 9-hole Lake Course – both are a good challenge for golfers of all handicaps. Club hire and buggies are available as well as caddies if you wish.
Horses and riding have centuries of tradition in Slovenia, thanks to the Lipica Stud Farm, home of the world-famous Lipizzaners – this is well worth a visit. There are lots of opportunities to ride in Slovenia – one of the best is at Pristava Lepena – near to Lipica. You can also ride in the landscape parks and in Triglav National Park. We can give you more detailed advice. Pristava Lepena.
For the more adventurous visitors Slovenia offers some exciting opportunities to enjoy racing down rivers and rapids – particularly the legendary Soca river. Centres where kayaks and other equipment are available for hire will also provide an experienced guide to guarantee your safety. A guide is recommended even on Slovenia’s quieter rivers. We can give you details of the Kayaking centres.
Slovenia’s rivers offer exciting yet safe rafting adventures. The most suitable river for rafting is the Soča, a clear, blue–green river flowing through a beautiful valley. Rafting centres will provide all the necessary equipment and arrange transport back to the starting point.
Steam train rides in Slovenia
Step back in time to the golden age of steam! The marvellous steam engine pulls the carriages on a spectacular journey from Jesenice past Bled and Bohinjska Bistrica and into the Soca Valley. Railway guards in authentic uniforms and tour guides will be on hand to point out the sights of interest along the way.
The tour then continues by bus to the spectacular wine-growing region of Goriska Brda, where a delicious meal is served, before your return to the train for the journey home.
This is a whole day tour but it is possible to do a shorter half-day excursion returning by regular train.
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Walking & Hiking
Just walking around Slovenia is a joy in itself. The choice of trails is remarkable – from easier short walks along the valleys and foothills, to highly challenging protected trails in the high mountains, where you can enjoy views of the Alpine peaks. There is something for everyone so it is no surprise that walking and hiking are so popular.
Part of the holiday we arrange for you could include a fantastic opportunity to see brown bears – close up from a hide in their natural Habitat. Stay in a friendly family-run tourist farm for three nights and at dusk or dawn, the experienced guide will take you out to see the bears. You can often see a mother with cubs and our guide had a 98% success rate in 2015! Tourist Farm Na Meji
Most suitable season for bear watching: 15 April to 31 August.
Maximum number of people in a group: 4.