Weekend Adrenaline Express Ljubljana - Soča river valley - Koroška
A weekend of the best adventure in Slovenia: white water rafting on Soča, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, cycling in the Alps and riding a bicycle into the shafts of a disused mine. Overnight in Ljubljana, the vibrant capital of Slovenia.
- Panoramic bicycle ride through the Alps
- White water rafting on emerald Soča river
- Undergound bicycle ride through disused mine shafts
- Ljubljana, the hippest capital of Central and Eastern Europe
A weekend tour for those who enjoy active holidays! Combine cycling and white water rafting in one of the most beautiful river valleys in the world. Justly called the Emerald Beauty, Soča river is famous for its green-blue colour, for its purity and clarity and Koroška region is one of the most remote yet most beautiful parts of Slovenia.
Day 1 – Soča river valley, the emerald beauty
We start the trip by driving towards Kranjska gora and our first stop is the picturesque Jasna lake, lying at the foothills of the mighty Julian Alps. We continue our drive up the steep mountain road towards Vršič, the highest mountain pass in Slovenia (1611 m). We meet our local bicycle guide there, put on helmets, hop on bicycles and start our 3-hour ride (40 km/ 25 mi) into the Soča river valley. We start with the 25 hair pin bends, all downhill, of course. We stop along the way for magnificent mountains views and photo moments. As we reach Soča river valley, the road levels out and we follow the river to Bovec, the adrenaline capital of Slovenia and the right place for our afternoon rafting adventure.
After traditional lunch we have time for coffee or a short stroll around Bovec, before we tackle the Soča river. Experienced guide, proper safety equipment, amazing natural surroundings and glorious water ensure an unforgettable experience. We wrap up the day by returning through the lower Soča river valley. Overnight in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.
Day 2 – Koroška region, off the beaten track adventure
“Off the beaten track” is the main feature of this day. Even most Slovenians have never visited these places. The morning drive towards Mežica is marked by stunning scenery, as we climb through mountainous landscape. Koroška (Carinthia) consists of three mountain ranges divided by three river valleys, dotted with small villages and covered by infinite forests.
In Mežica we enter the former lead mine. We choose a unique way to explore the underworld, as we ride bicycles deep into the mine, following the mine shafts. Bikes, helmets and head lamps are provied and experienced local guides take us into the underground maze. This is a matchless adventure!
After a traditional miner’s lunch we visit Velenje, Slovenia’s youngest town. Although being an important settlement in the Middle ages, the modern town of Velenje was planned as an industrial settlement in the 1950s, catering to the needs of the workers of the local coal mine. Aimed to be the worker’s paradise, Velenje is a great place to get to know the Socialist-Realist architectural design: leafy parks, imposing government buildings, monumental Communist statues and uniform apartment blocks.
To enjoy a panoramic view of Velenje we take a walk up to the impressive medieval castle perched upon the city. The castle is one of the best preserved in Slovenia and it also houses a museum, where we get a feel of town history as well as enjoy some interesting and eclectic exhibitions, like the best collection of African art in the country.