Soca Valley

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See captivating colour of Soca river, try a bit of Triglav National Park and see nature created sights along the way on a daytrip around North West Slovenia.
Vrsic pass impresses with the view over the surrounding peaks.
Museum in Kobarid offers an informative introduction to the First world war.
A relaxing hike to Tolmin gorge just completes our experience.
In the area of Idrija we could have a look what means to bite your own knees by walking home uphill.


Loopy tip:
This trip is a Toast to our emerald queen Soca River and its valley with the detours to the places that fullfill this mosaic in a perfect way.

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Program (3 days)

DAY 1:

Before getting to the top of the Vrsic pass we stop at the Russian chapel. Then we drive to Trenta valley, a remote and tranquille place in the heart of Julian Alps.
The rest of the day we spend hiking around the area or exploring other sites of the area.

*Suggested overnight in the area of
Trenta / Bovec / Kobarid

DAY 2:
Kobarid’s First world war museum is the best place to explain the Soca river front line, one of the toughest front lines in the war history.
After we continue to expore the trenchlines of WWI on Mount Kolovrat.
By hiking down the rocks to the hidden Tolmin gorge we will hike to the lowest point of Triglav National Park.
Kobarid Museum and Tolmin Gorges entrance tickets are INCLUDED in the price.

*Suggested overnight in the area of Idrija / Cerkno

DAY 3:

After this we head on to the area of Cerkno and Idrija, the UNESCO town of Slovenia with one of very few Mercury mines in the world.
We will enrich our journey with some improvised visits of random spots that Loopy knows from the times when played tuba in a local brass band... ;)


*overnight NOT arranged by Loopy Slovenia; for any questions and suggestions send me an email on

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    Tour over the mountain pass on country’s highest altitude is full of serpentine curves and scenic landscapes.

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    Kobarid boasts the Museum of First Wold War awarded by European Union’s Council, and Kozjak waterfall.

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    Tolmin gorges are the southest entrance to the Triglav National Park and a carefully protected natural site.

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    The town of Idrija is one of UNESCO sites of World Heritage.
    It was one of very few sites on the planet where tough guys sacrificed their lives to mine Mercury, one of the most poisonous rare earth elements.
    Meanwhile their ladies took care of bobbin laces production.
    Around Idrija the water barriers called "Klavze" are scattered around, some of them still conserved. These special constructions were built with the purpose of accumulating the water and then floating timber down the river for the needs of mercury mine in the nearby town of Idrija.

What is included in this tour?

  • Kobarid museum entrance ticket
  • Tolmin Gorges entrance ticket
  • Professional tour guiding
  • Travelling in comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water on the way



Brian S / Tripadvisor, September 2018
This was our second trip with Bart, he was exactly on time for our pickup in Rijeka.
He helped us decide on the trip destinations and we had another wonderful day seeing the must see tourist spots and then the real Croatia in the small hilltop villages! He took us to a great cafe for our morning coffee and a fantastic local restaurant for truffles and pasta etc. for lunch!
Bart gave lots of insight into Croatia its history and the way they live! We loved the day!
Jen S F / Tripadvisor, July 2016
We only had a few days and would never have been able to see all the sights we did without this tour.
It was also incredible value for money. I booked online from the uk with ease and Bart was a fantastic tour guide.
It was just me and a friend and he tailored the tour and information to us. He is extremely knowledgeable, entertaining and if we go back to Slovenia we will do another tour with him and Loopy Tours!
John W / Tripadvisor, October 2015
Bart was an excellent tour guide that really shows you how unique Slovenia (and a bit of Italy) can be.
From the lakes to the countryside to the wine country, to the coast, to the caves, this tour won't disappoint even the most ambitious of travelers.
Note (I did the west tour, but wished I had been around longer to have done the east as well)
RMG2306 / Tripadvisor, July 2019

By email exchange from Australia with Jernej, who was to be our guide and driver, we put together a private multi day custom tour of eastern Slovenia.
Collecting us (2 people) from our hotel in Zagreb we were driven to Ljubljana , then to Lake Bled via Vintgar Gorge. Our tour took in the Vrsic mountain pass, Soca River, Brda wine region ( staying in Smarto), Kobarid War Museum, Predjama Castle, Skocjan Caves Lipica Stud Farm ( staying in Piran) and finally transferring to Rovinj via Istrian hill towns.
In all our travels, Jernej selected routes that showcased the wonderful landscapes and small villages in Slovenia. Most of the roads were through the rural farming areas with little road traffic. This enhanced our experience and appreciation of Slovenia.
Jernej, with his many connections gave us some wonderful insights into everday life in Slovenia that a tourist is rarely afforded.His extensive knowledge and experience stimulated many interesting discussions. In addition we were treated to an improptu lunch and wine tasting in the wonderful Jelenic Winery, another lunch and farm tour with one of his cousins (Viljem) and his family, and even a brief visit to his mother's 80th birthday party. And we can't help but mention our off road forest experience. This was a real bonus!
The multi day tour arrangements went seamlessly .Both the transport and accommodation were excellent.The tour was very well organized and efficient.
Jernej's personal approach was very engaging and stimulating throughout our tour exhibiting his extensive knowledge and experience of Slovenia and his great sense of humor.
For us this delivered a wonderful and memorable experience of Slovenia.
We would highly recommend this company led by the remarkable manager Jernej Zakelj.

Susan T / Tripadvisor, October 2019

Many, many thanks to Jernej for the fantastic tour yesterday.
We arranged for a private tour, and we hoped to see my grandparents’ hometowns.
No only did Jernej find the hometowns, he found their baptismal records, my grandpa’s twin brother’s grave, and even some long lost cousins that I’ve heard about but never met! We not only met them, but had dinner with them, and their families!
Again, thank you, Jernej! Your went over and above our expectations.