The Alps to Coast Tour is a perfect one-week getaway. It will take you on an epic journey through Slovenia’s best SUP terrains as diverse as one could imagine: from still Alpine lakes to lively emerald-green rivers, from the wavy sea to the peaceful salt-pans … all rounding up with an urban night paddle under the lights of the capital city of Ljubljana.
Besides the beauty of the water, it will reveal many other indulgences to you that will make your holiday memorable. Untouched nature, local cuisine based on home grown foods, world renowned wines, cultural and historical sites and more. On the way, you will explore the thousand-year-old cities of Ljubljana and Piran and enjoy the vibe of festivals, art markets and old city cafés.
Paddling time per day: 1.5-2 hours / with extra time upon demand
- Ljubljana’s Old Town
- Lake Bled: the island and Bled castle
- Bled’s World Famous Cream Cake
- Bohinj Lake
- Savica River and the Savica Waterfall
- The Alpine Dairy Farming Museum
- The Soča River
- The Tolmin Gorges
- The Kobarid World War I Museum
- The Sečovlje Salt Pans
- The Ljubljanica River
- Ljubljana Night Paddle
Day 1: Arrival in Ljubljana
We organize a transfer for you from the airport to your hotel in Ljubljana. After your check-in, you have some time to relax or take a walk in the Old Town. We meet later on for the welcome dinner in order to introduce ourselves and discuss the tour over some good food.
Day 2: Lake Bled
After breakfast, we drive to the Alps to Lake Bled. The paddle takes us around the lake with a sight-seeing stop at the idyllic island complete with a church at its heart. We then have lunch at one of the best restaurants on the lake. In the afternoon, we visit Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia, perched atop a steep cliff rising 130 metres above the lake and offering a spectacular view of the lake and the island. It is a sin to leave Bled without tasting the original Bled Cream Cake and we have already made reservations, so we will just have to give in to temptation.
Day 3: Lake Bohinj
In the morning, we take a short drive to the nearby Lake Bohinj located in Triglav National Park (named after Mount Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia). We take a paddle across Lake Bohinj to the mouth of the emerald-green Savica River, the water source of the lake. After lunch, we take a short hike up the mountain path climbing the 557 stairs to the Savica Waterfall. In the afternoon, we visit the Alpine Dairy Farming Museum to take a look back in the past through the history of herding and alpine dairy farming in Bohinj as a way of life and coexistence with nature in an alpine environment. There is still time left to relax at the beaches of the lake before we return to Bled for the night.
Day 4: Soča River
In the morning, we head from the Alps to the Coast. On the way, we make a stop for a paddle on the emerald-green waters of the Soča River and visit the Tolmin Gorges – an emerald-green canyon about two hundred meters long and only a few meters wide. After lunch, we visit the Kobarid Museum which displays exhibits on the events that occurred during World War One on the Soška fronta (Isonzo Front) where one of the major battles in hilly terrain in the history of mankind took place. Ernest Hemingway served there as an ambulance driver and depicted the softer side of the battle in his famous work A Farewell To Arms. We arrive at the coastal city of Piran in the late afternoon.
Day 5: Piran Coast & Salt Pans
We take a morning paddle from Piran to the Salt Pans of Sečovlje where the symbiosis between man and nature is marked with centuries-old tradition of salt-making. If we are lucky, we will be able to catch a glimpse of some of the 272 bird species nesting in the surrounding wetlands. We have lunch at the best fish restaurant around. In the afternoon, we relax in Piran – have a swim or explore the narrow streets, numerous galleries and cafés of the 1500-year-old city of Piran.
Day 6: Ljubljana (rest day)
After breakfast in Piran, we take you to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, where you have a day off. A private tourist guide meets you at your hotel and takes you for a sight-seeing walk from the Roman Emona to the Laibach of the middle ages. all the way to present day Ljubljana. The city’s vibrant 2000-year history can be felt with every step. Despite this day being a rest day, a night SUP through the Old Town is organized for all of those who can’t live a day without paddling.
Day 7: Ljubljanica River
In the morning, we take a short drive to the Marshes of Ljubljana following the path of the Argonauts who, according to the celebrated Greek legend, in the search of the Golden Fleece, sailed from the Black Sea all the way to the spring of the Ljubljanica River. From there we take a paddle downstream the Ljubljanica River to the centre of Ljubljana. After lunch you have time to relax. We meet at a farewell dinner to sum up our impressions of the trip.
Day 8: Flight home
After breakfast, we organize the transfer from your hotel to the airport.