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Online SamT

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Slovenia advice please, family holiday.
« on: June 16, 2018, 12:00:48 pm »
Thinking of heading to Slovenia last week of July, first week of August with the kids (10 and 12).

Background - went there pre kids in Sept 2004 I think and had a fantastic 2 weeks - Soca rafting, summit of Triglav, gorge walks, waterfalls, canyoning trip, Bled, Lake Bohinj,  stayed at Laze and did the tourist caving trips and the Idrija mercury mines. So we're quite familiar with whats available. 

Want to go back again with kids but realise it might be peak season. 

Same happened last year with Corsica, been before out of season for our honeymoon, but went last summer avec les enfants and holiday was marred by everywhere being totally jam packed and over crowded.

Question is, is it going to be the same for Slovenia, and if so, where to avoid and are there some slightly quieter areas to get away from the hoards.

Tick lists would be Via Ferrata (done a few in France with the kids). Rafting, canyoning. Potentially a night in a refugio on Triglav somewhere. (expect these are fully booked all the time).
Maybe some tourist caves in Postojna, and maybe a guided 'wild' trip if they're easy enough to organise.

Will be camping.

Thinking of flying to Venice and driving in, as it seems cheaper than flying to Ljubljana.
 
Any advice welcomed.



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Re: Slovenia advice please, family holiday.
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2018, 02:08:08 pm »
Sam,
  With regards to flying make sure you compare the prices of hire cars at all the airport options as well as the flights. We flew into LJU and out via Venice after a holiday split between the NW part of Slovenia around Kranjska Gora (KG) and Lake Garda. It was cheaper for us to hire the car at LJU rather than the Italian options. We compared all the flight options using the popular skyscanner.net website.

The area around KG gives you access to Triglav and the mountain walks from the pass that links the town and the Soca side of the mountains. Also, there is a good cycle route from KG towards Italy and the Mangrt / Fuisine (spelling?) Lakes which are well worth the visit. Mangrt itself provides some via ferrata options of varying difficulties and the views on a cloudless day are stunning.

Enjoy the trip.

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Re: Slovenia advice please, family holiday.
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2018, 02:30:42 pm »
If you've got the bin-lids with you Sam, Postonja (postojnska jama) show cave is awesome. Travel in on a small railway ride then English speaking guides take you through more of the show cave.  We almost got tired from saying 'oh wow' on the train ride in, with large chambers ever increasing in size and beauty.   We did some haggling too with our BCA cards for a discounted entry (well Edd Williats did, said he knew the queen and shit like that).

As for via ferrata  - Soca Valley up north - some of the old suss lot will probably recall more..... if they read this. 

Cracking country though and friendly people.

Enjoy

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Re: Slovenia advice please, family holiday.
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2018, 05:56:30 pm »
Generally speaking you will not find Slovenia overcrowded. Points like Bled, Postojna cave, Portorož and Piran will be more visited in summer. So you can avoid these. I do not know current situation in upper Soča river valley. It can be full on weekends. But once you are on via-ferrata, there will not be much of crowd around :-)
As you are looking for more adrenaline vacations I advise upper Soča valley. You can combine climbing, cave and rafting in one day. I would not personally, I would take three. :-)
But you know, when time is short...
But if you wan't very lonely wild experience, go to SE to Kočevje (near my home). You will find Kolpa river with swimming and rafting in clean warm river just bellow most pristine wild forests in these parts of Europe. Not much tourism going on in these parts (apart from Kolpa river on weekends). I can give you contacts to local caving clubs. There are some very nice caves here. And a lot and lot of clean pristine nature. No via-ferrata.:-(
But Slovenia is small, You can get from Bovec in NW Soča valley to Kočevje in SE in 3 or 4h drive.