Soča Valley

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See the captivating color of the Soča river, experience a bit of Triglav National Park, add a UNESCO destination and see nature created sights along the way on a multi-day journey around Soča Valley.

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Program (3 days)

Day One

Before getting to the top of the Vršič Pass we stop at the Russian Chapel. 
The panoramic point at the top of the mountain pass is the next stop, with panoramic views to the surrounding peaks of the Triglav National Park.
The serpentined descend takes us to the Trenta Valley, a remote and tranquil place in the heart of the Julian Alps, the entrance to the upper section of Soča Valley.
The exploration begins.
A possibility is to do some of the adrenaline sports, taste some of the local delicacies in some of the remote villages, hike innumerable paths around or simply stay in some of the nice accommodation places and enjoy the pleasant breeze from the mountains.

- suggested overnight in the area of Trenta, Bovec, Kobarid


Day Two

A stop at Kobarid Museum is the best chance to learn about the Soča River front line, one of the toughest front lines in World War I history.
The visit to the museum is an intense experience of what should not be repeated again.

Still of that topic, we continue to explore the fortified trenches of World War I on Mount Kolovrat.
Its trails are significant parts of the Walk of Peace hiking trail, connecting the Alps with the Adriatic Sea through the corridors of the Soča River frontline.

Near the town of Tolmin, we can stop at the Tolmin Gorges.
Amazingly rugged steep slopes are hiding the confluence of Tolminščica and Zadlaščica rivers, both flowing into the Soča River a bit later on.
A hike down to the hidden canyon
is considered semi-difficult, with the trails leading up and down.

- suggested overnight in the area of Tolmin or Kobarid


Day Three


On our last day, we head to one of the tributary valleys to the Soča Valley.
We follow the Idrijca River to the areas of Cerkno.
Cerkno is an important cultural center of Slovenia, hosting important either jazz or other genres of music festivals and workshops.
Idrija is one of the towns on the UNESCO list of World Heritage with its Mercury mine, today an educational site and underground museum.
If the mining was men's domain, the Bobbin Laces are still ladies' one.
This filigree craftwork is as beautiful as the men's' work down in the mine was hard.
We can stop in one of the craft shops and have a more detailed look into Bobbin Lace art, as well as walk up to the Gewerkenegg Castle, keeping and maintaining the technical and cultural heritage of the town.

We will enrich our journey throughout the tour with some improvised visits to random spots that Loopy knows from the times when he played tuba in a local brass band.



Overnights are not arranged by Loopy Slovenia.
You can extend your stay in any of the destinations to have a day or more at leisure without additional costs.
For information and suggestions please send an email
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Check the day trips to the Soča Valley here.

  • 1

    Vrsic Mountain Pass

    Slovenia's highest mountain pass impresses with its spectacular views across the Julian Alps. Serpentine curves and scenic landscapes make this drive an unforgettable experience.
  • 2

    Kobarid

    Kobarid Museum exhibits photographs, a model cave and a documentary film of the First World War with a particular focus on the Battle of Kobarid. It received the highest national certificate for museums, the Council of Europe Museum Prize and was nominated for the European Museum of the Year award. A stone's throw from the town center you can start to explore the hidden corners of the Soča River.
  • 3

    Tolmin Gorges

    Tolmin Gorges is accessed by an easy circular trail. It is at the Southeast entrance to Triglav National Park, a carefully protected natural site. The beautiful, clear, turquoise water of Zadlaščica and Tolminščica Rivers is enchanting.
  • 4

    Idrija

    The town of Idrija is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was one of the very few sites on the planet where tough guys sacrificed their lives to mine Mercury, one of the most poisonous rare earth elements. While the men worked the mines, their ladies created intricate patterns of bobbin lace. Around Idrija the Klavze constructions, flood dams, were built with the purpose of accumulating water and then floating timber down the river for the needs of the mercury mine. It is also a place where you can experience what it means 'to bite your knees' by walking home.
  • 5

    Cerkno

    Cerkno is the jazz capital of Slovenia with music festivals all year round. A highlight is the annual, three-day Jazz Cerkno Festival in May which presents high quality international musicians from a variety of music genres.
  • 6

    Trenta Valley

    Trenta Valley is the source of the Soča River. It is located in the heart of the Julian Alps and known for its natural beaty and serenity. Rural farmsteads and unspoiled vistas are a step back in time and the emerald water of the Soča River invites a closer look.

What is included in this tour?

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel
  • Parking fees, local taxes, insurance
  • Professional tour guiding
  • Travelling in comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water on the way

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Reviews


Brian / 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 / 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 / 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 / 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.