Slovenia – A 7-day itinerary (with kids)



 If you have read our previous post (Slovenia Part One), you will see that we used some unusual methods to finally decide on our trip to Slovenia.

 We had planned our route, collected our hire car and arrived at our hotel. This blog will detail the rest of the trip, the itinerary, our highlights and the places we missed.

 If you are looking for a one week itinerary for a family holiday in Slovenia read on:


Day 1 Voglje - Lake Bled – Lake Bohinj
 Our first full day in Slovenia and after waking at the crack of dawn we headed off to our first destination; Lake Bled. The lake was a 30 min drive from our hotel, and we arrived early to avoid the crowds. Parking was easy, just past the lake at Villa Bled, and we were soon swimming in the turquoise waters chasing the trout that live there. After a great lunch in Restaurant Sova, a boat trip to Bled Island and a well-deserved ice cream, we headed to our apartment at Lake Bohinj.
Our apartment at Lake Bohinj

 We had chosen the quieter location of Lake Bohinj as our base for the next 3 days and we were not disappointed.


What we missed: Ljubljana, the view on the Bled Ojstrica hike, the Vintgar Gorge


Day 2 Lake Bohinj – Mosnica Gorge

 Our apartment Holin was on the approach road at Ribcev Laz and with wonderful mountain views and a short walk to Lake Bohinj, it was a great spot. The morning was spent on the lake and with its restaurants, cafes, and bars it’s a very pleasant place to be. We hired a Stand-Up Paddleboard from Alpinsport and took turns exploring the eastern side of the lake.


 In the afternoon we decided to take a walk to Mostnica Gorge, not the best decision in the midday sun but I am so glad we made the effort. The gorge is 2km in length and was carved by the Mostnica stream. The waters are icy cold but that didn’t stop many locals, and our brave children, from taken a dip at every opportunity. This was one of the highlights of our trip and should not be missed.


What we missed: Waterfall Savica
Mostnica Gorge

Day 3 Lake Bohinj – Mount Vogel – Aquapark Bohinj

Looking back through our photos it appears that we not only took the cable car to Mount Vogel on day 3 but we then spent the afternoon swimming at Aquapark Bohinj. No wonder the children were tired and grumpy. Mount Vogel was a difficult trip with the children, despite there being a park at the top and restaurants to eat in, the area is vast and most of the views involve a lot of walking. M was having none of it and with Emily deciding to stay at the bottom I came back down as quickly as possible.


 Aquapark Bohinj was much better received and the children loved the splash park, waterslides, and climbing wall. We recommend it, but you should check entry prices before you arrive, I remember it being expensive.
The cable car to Mount Vogel

Day 4 Bohinjska Bistrica – Most Na Soci – Kobarid – Bovec

 Day 4 and it was time to say goodbye to our air-conditioned apartment and head off to our next destination. Before booking, we had been told about the lovely Soca Valley area and the amazing Vrsic pass road that takes you over the mountains to get there. Problem is Emily is not very good with heights and mountain passes are not really her thing. A solution was found at the Most Na Soci auto train. The train runs for 15 miles from Bohinjska Bistrica to Most Na Soci avoiding the mountain pass and transporting you and your vehicle through the mountains. Tickets are bought on the day and the whole experience is amazing.

 We arrived early to ensure our place and joined the small queue to line up for the train. There is a small pub next door and you can leave your car whilst you head off for a drink. After around 30 mins it was time to board and we maneuvered our car into position on the carriage.

 The journey takes you to some amazing countryside, through tunnels, past waterfalls, and small villages. Before we knew it, we had arrived at Most Na Soci and it was time to disembark. 


We drove the short distance to Kobarid and parked at Napoleon's Bridge with a great view of the river. A short walk took us into town with its restaurants and the WWI Kobarid Museum.


 A few hours later we arrived, tired and excited at our next accommodation in Bovec.


What we missed: Tomlin Gorges, Slap Kozjak waterfall
The Autotrain at Most Na Soci

Day 5 Bovec – The Narnia Beach – Bovec Waterfall

 Adrenaline Check Eco Place is described as Europe’s first self-sustainable open-air hostel. The resort has its own water source, solar power plant, biological wastewater treatment plant & hot water vacuum solar collectors. All facilities are made from recycled or locally grown wood. As we had left it a little late to book, we missed out on one of the many Deluxe Lean-to tents and instead had booked a 4-man tent supplied with mattresses and sleeping bags. It was situated away from the main field amongst the other campers, but it was only a short walk. The main area has a charming children’s play area, volleyball, a BBQ and a communal seating area with hammocks, electricity, and refrigeration. It is a great place to make new friends and you can book many excursions from the site including horse riding, kayaking, and canyoning.

After exploring the site, we set off to find the Narnia beach, the beach is a short walk away and is the location used for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian movie in 2007. Today it is a place for kayaking, swimming and sunbathing.

 Another location that is a short walk from the campsite is Bovec Waterfall, however, in the afternoon we went the water had pretty much dried up and the waterfall was less than impressive


What we missed: Slap Virje waterfall

Day 6 Bovec – Rafting and Horse riding

 It was our last full day and we had an excursion booked. The girls fancied a lazy day on-site so we boys headed off white water rafting. The instructors pick you up from the campsite and drive you the 20 mins upstream to the river Isonzo. Here you join dozens of other adventurers for some basic safety instructions before donning your wetsuit and hurtling downstream. Our instructor was great, as we had been paired with a Slovenian family, he had to shout instructions in both languages. The experience is interrupted with various stop-offs to jump off huge rocks or use the raft as a slide to bounce into the waters. It is something we will remember forever.

Sliding off our raft into the river

 When we got back to the campsite we had a few hours to relax, cook some food and chat with our new friends before we headed off for our second excursion of the day. We had made a last-minute phone call and managed to get all four of us booked in for an evenings horse ride at Posestvo Blata. We drove 10 mins to the stables and got kitted out for our ride. The people were so friendly; allowing us to groom the horses and telling us about their lives. At age 5 our daughter M had a pony of her own which she loved. We took the horses out for a short walk through woodland and down to the river where we were allowed to take them for a paddle. The whole evening was great, and it really summed up our time in Slovenia


What we missed: Outdoor museum at Ravelnik, Fort Hermann


Day 7 Bovec – Kranjska Gora – Ljubljana Joze Pucnick airport

 Our final day in Slovenia is a bit of a blur, we set off early and headed north to avoid the alpine pass. We used Google maps to get up back to the airport and I believe we may have crossed the border into Austria a few times. The driving was amazing, and we stopped off at various lakes and nature reserves for a swim on route. Looking back at our photos we defiantly visited Zelenci nature reserve in Kranjska Gora but all the other locations we stopped at are unknown.
An amazing sunset at Lake Bohinj

Summary

So, after spending 7 days in Slovenia would we go back again? Hell yes.

 Slovenia is a place we have fallen in love with, the people are so friendly and with mountain views and lakes around every corner, we want to return and explore more.


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