Slovenia Family Adventure Holiday

11 Days

Price from: £829.00

Ref No: Activus 030

Canyoning
Family Activity
Kayaking
Mini-Rafting
Mountain Biking
Multi-Activity
Rafting
Summer Activity
Trekking

A fun-filled family activity holiday...

This action packed adventure holiday is crammed with activities to keep the whole family entertained. It is based in a stunning unspoiled valley in Western Slovenia.

  • Slovenia Family Adventure Holiday image
  • Highlights
  • White water rafting
  • Mountain biking
  • Canyoning
  • Kayaking
  • Mini Rafting
In the heart of Europe, lies beautiful Slovenia; touching the Alps and bordering the Mediterranean. Slovenia is a hugely varied country with high mountains, grassy lowlands, lush vineyards and carst and coastal regions. Set in western Slovenia, very close to Italy, this trip is an unbeatable 11 day exciting family activity holiday in a relatively unexplored part of Europe. Enjoy the peace, freedom and excitement of Slovenia’s stunning landscape from a mountain bike, a kayak or from within a gorge!

Our base for the trip is Tolmin, a small picturesque town on the outskirts of the Alps, steeped in history and with a population of around 4000 people. Tolmin is in the centre of the pristine Soca Valley and is ideally located to take advantage of the surrounding Julian Alps and crystal clear rivers, making it the perfect base for outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy a selection of land & water activities. The town is also fully equipped with all the services you will need during your stay and it holds markets where you can purchase locally produced goods. Throughout the trip you will be looked after by an experienced team of friendly local guides.

Raft down the turquoise blue river Soca, surrounded by alpine peaks; slide down a canyon stream or deep gorge; walk and cycle in the clear air through green forests; canoe by torchlight under the bright stars on a mild summer evening.  This is a holiday your family will never forget.

Activity Information

Activities include: canyoning, kayaking, mountain biking, rafting, mini-rafting and trekking.

Canyoning  
Slithering down waterfalls, hiking through a gorge, swimming in crystal-clear pools and much more. Canyoning is all this and more. No experience is necessary to enjoy Nature's own water slides.
Pršjak is a stream in a gorge where the water level does not vary significantly - there is always enough water and never too much. At the starting-point, you will change into your canyoning gear. Your dry clothes will be waiting for you in the minibus. Once you are dressed and ready, there is a 20-minute walk to the bank of the gorge. This will warm you up and prepare you for the 2-3 hour adventure. The route takes you along a forest trail past the 27-metre waterfall that will be your biggest challenge. Before reaching it you can expect a number of other waterfalls between 1 and 12 metres high. Before you start your unforgettable adventure, the guides will give you a demonstration of safe canyoning techniques. 

Rafting
Riding the section between Boka and Trnovo takes you through the most attractive part of the Soca River and lasts about a 1.5 to 2 hours. The trip takes you approximately 12 km downriver. The rafting trip is suitable for all swimmers over 15 years of age. During the trip we will lay on a variety of fun and games that will enhance your rafting experience.  

Mini-Rafting
Unlike standard rafting, with mini-rafting you and your group (3 people to a raft) board the raft alone while the guides accompany you from kayaks. Mini rafts are much more monoeverable than standard rafts.Before you set off, the guides will explain, demonstrate and teach you everything you need to know about safety and paddling techniques. You leave your dry clothes in the minibus. The first stop on the river is at Kamno Bridge, where a surprise will be waiting for you. After a short break on dry land, you return to your rafts and continue on towards Tolmin. Other treats en route include swimming in the So?a and a water slide.The trip ends at Vol?e Bridge, where you can change back into dry clothes. Our cook will be waiting for you here, with local, home made food. Our picnic location also has facilities for additional recreation (beach volleyball, football, badminton, children's playground, etc.), or you can simply lie back and listen to the flowing river.

Kayak Tuition Day
The kayak school provides the essential knowledge for all those who want to become good kayakers. At our school we work to ensure that each student learns to respect the river and its dangers. You will be taught:

Proper preparation of the kayak before you start paddling;
Proper use of the paddle;
Stability in the kayak (bracing with the paddle);
Moving in a straight line;
How to get out of the kayak safely if it capsizes.

In the afternoon you will be out on the river practicing your new skills on the unspoilt turquoise river Soca.  

Mountain Biking
 
Venture off with your guide on your mountain bikes, to discover more sides to this stunning region. Wind your way along quiet roads, off-the-beaten track paths and through lush meadows. This is a fantastic region for cycling. If you get too hot you can cool down by taking a dip in the crystal clear river. 

For all activities we provide the necessary equipment (For water activities: neoprene suit and shoes, windcheater, helmet, life jacket for cycling: bikes & helmets), transport, liability insurance, qualified local guides, a drop of good local wine, photos of the trip and more. No previous experience is necessary for any of the trips.

Accommodation

There are two possibilities for accommodation:

Pension Kobala AccommodationThe 3 star Pension Kobala is located 2km out from Tolmin in a small, beautiful and peaceful village Poljubinj. It was built in 2006 and offers comfortable lodging in rooms or apartments of various sizes. You will stay here on a half-board basis and eat in the restaurant where excellent home-made specialities are offered. Kind personnel will ensure you have a very pleasant stay.

The other option is to stay in family run private apartments which are situated in a nice area of Tolmin town. These apartments are provided on a bed and breakfast basis.

Itinerary

Day 1

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Poljubinj for a welcome drink and introductory meeting. After dinner we meet on the terrace of Pension Kobala to enjoy some evening entertainment.

Day 2

White water rafting on Soca river on 2-4 rated stretch, surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Fun and technical, meaning everyone's assistance is important when paddling to perform a professional 'no touch' run.

Day 3

Meet in front of the hotel and transfer to the Polog Valley, followed by exploration of WW1 bunkers from the inside out. We will continue with moderate walking through forests and over springs to the source of the Tolminka River, a picturesque place, surrounded with amazing cliffs and lush green vegetation followed by a break on a high alpine meadow. We will continue with a moderate descent to Tolmin through Tolminka canyon.

Day 4

Free day with many possibilities. Why not visit famous Lake Bled and swim in the crystal clear water, explore nearby cultural and historic heritage, visit refreshing and picturesque Tolminka Gorge, or maybe just relax next to the turquoise Soca river.

Day 5

Meet in front of Pension Kobala for a 'Kayak tuition and development' day. Once you have mastered the basics, kayaks give you the freedom to explore almost any river. In the morning we concentrate on tuition and in the afternoon, we put our new found skills to the test on a Grade I to II stretch of river.

Day 6

We set off by bicycle towards the valley of the Idrijca, on a road that winds along above the sparkling Soča river, and then continue along the "old" road by the river Idrijca among meadows and pastures. If the day gets too hot we will take a refreshing dip in the river. Our destination is the village of Slap ob Idrijci, 12 kilometres away, where there is a wonderful natural bathing place. Refreshing drinks, a diving board and plenty of activities are available on the beach. A refreshing swim is highly recommended! Return is scheduled for the afternoon.

Day 7

Free day, where you can try some extra activities we offer (paragliding, caving, high rope course), or just enjoy a relaxing day next to the beautiful river.

Day 8

Canyoning! A short walk in the picturesque Prsjak gorge followed by sliding and jumping down streams of escalating height up to a 27 metre high waterfall, assisted with a rope. A once in a lifetime experience!

Day 9

Free day, where you can rent a car and explore Slovenia's top destinations such as Lake Bohinj, Postojna Cave, Ljubljana city and many others.

Day 10

A whole day Mini rafting white water trip on the emerald Soca river with paddling, swimming, water games and a barbecue. An excellent mix of relaxation and skills development.

Day 11

After a late breakfast and some time for shopping you depart to the airport.

Dates and Prices Info

HOTEL
ACCOMMODATION
PRICES
2013 DatesAdults   Children (aged 10-13)
May, June, Sept £1049.00 £1009.00
July, August £1099.00 £1049.00






APARTMENT
ACCOMMODATION
PRICES
2013 DatesAdultsChildren (aged 10-13)
May, June, Sept £749.00 £719.00
July, August £829.00 £779.00





Airport Transfer Supplements (Return journey)

NOTE: only transfers for 4+ people from Trieste and Ljubljana are included free of charge.

Airport Group Size Price Per Person
Trieste/Ljubljana 1 £110.00
Trieste/Ljubljana 2 £40.00
Trieste/Ljubljana 3 £20.00
Trieste/Ljubljana 4 to 8 FREE
Venice Treviso 1 £180.00
Venice Treviso 2 £75.00
Venice Treviso 3 £45.00
Venice Treviso 4 to 8 £25.00
Venice Marco Polo 1 £170.00
Venice Marco Polo 2 £70.00
Venice Marco Polo 3 £40.00
Venice Marco Polo 4 to 8 £20.00
Zagreb 1 £175.00
Zagreb 2 £70.00
Zagreb 3 £40.00
Zagreb 4 to 8 £25.00
Venice City Centre 1 £195.00
Venice City Centre 2 £80.00
Venice City Centre 3 £45.00
Venice City Centre 4 to 8 £25.00
UK AirportDestination AirportFlight Operator
London Stansted Ljubjlana (Slovenia) Adria
London Stansted Trieste (Italy) Ryanair
London Stansted Venice Treviso (Italy) Ryanair
London Gatwick Ljubljana (Slovenia) Easyjet
London Gatwick Zagreb (Croatia) Easyjet
Bristol Trieste (Italy) Ryanair
Bristol Venice Marco Polo (Italy) Easyjet
Manchester Venice Marco Polo (Italy) Jet2
Liverpool Venice Treviso (Italy) Ryanair
Birmingham Trieste (Italy) Ryanair
Leeds Bradford Venice Treviso (Italy) Ryanair
Leeds Bradford Venice Marco Polo (Italy) Jet2
Edinburgh Venice Marco Polo (Italy) Jet2

What's Included?

  • Full event planning and client liaison
  • Airport transfers (from Trieste/Ljubljana) for 4 or more people
  • 10 night's 3* half board hotel accommodation (twin rooms) or 10 night's B&B apartment accommodation
  • Tuition and supervision from qualified instructors
  • 1 lunch (barbeque)
  • Tourist tax
  • Activities: moderate walking, canyoning, kayak school, mountain biking, rafting and mini rafting (All equipment)
  • Activity transfers
  • Evening entertainment
  • Discount outdoor clothing voucher for Cotswold Outdoor and Montane

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers from Venice Marco Polo, Venice Treviso, Zagreb
  • Extra activities at destination, such as high rope course, night canoe, paragliding, caving etc.

Testimonials

Ali & Joe

13/05/2009

The guides we met were all great. You all made us feel very welcome and were all really friendly. We both think you live in a beautiful country and will hopefully return to do some more 'daring' activities next time

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Buckley Family

06/08/2008

A great bunch of people - went absolutely beyond the call of duty and ensured we took back loads of wonderful experiences and memories. Superstars!

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Derby Family

16/08/2008

OUTSTANDING! We have had a really fantastic holiday and the whole Maya team worked really hard to give us a great time. They did all we could ask + MORE.

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Mike

01/08/2008

Excellent and exciting fun packed week. The staff went way + beyond what was required to ensure a great holiday.

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Mrs. C. Greengrass

02/10/2008

Extremely happy. Everything was absolutely professional and well organised.

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Phillipa Holmes

We had an awesome time on our break in Slovenia! It was brilliant fun and one of the best holidays we've ever been on. We really couldn't have asked for anything more - Slovenia is beautiful, the team who looked after us were all absloutely lovely, the activites were even better than we imagined and the accomodation and food were lovely too.

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Phillips Family

05/07/2007

Our leaders Jan and Simon were excellent in everything. Put in a lot of time and effort to ensure we had the best holiday ever

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Sally & David

30/06/2008

Fantastic holiday. Excellent staff. Simon made our holiday so so memorable and all the other guides. We will be back without a doubt.

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FAQs

Q. Are we covered by insurance during the activity?

A. Yes. All customers are covered by our own accident insurance during the activities we provide. We would recommend that you take out your own general travel insurance as well to cover you for other aspects of your trip.

Q. Can an activity be cancelled and when?

A. An activity can be cancelled because of poor weather conditions such as an excessively high water level in the case of water activities or rain in the case of the adrenaline park. Cancellation Policy: if we need to cancel; due to a dangerous water level, we may cancel certain activities and suggest that clients take different activity. If this is not possible, you will get a full refund.

Q. Do I need a visa to travel?

A. As Slovenia is a member of the EU you will not need a visa to enter if you are a British passport holder. There is a toursit tax to pay but this is often included in your holiday price.

Q. Do we need special equipment?

A. For water activities, just a swimsuit and a towel; for other activities, gym shoes and comfortable sports clothes.

Q. Is there an age limit?

A. The minimum age limit for the family holiday is 10. Some of the more demanding activities such as hydrospeed, canyoning and classic rafting have a lower age limit of 15. Visitors to the adrenaline park must be at least 150 cm tall

Q. What abilities are we expected to have?

A. None of the activities require any previous knowledge or experience. Normal physical and mental health and the ability to swim in the case of water activities are all that is required. We do not accept guests under the influence of alcohol and other psychoactive substances. Our activities are not recommended for pregnant women. Guests with certain pre-existing health conditions (asthma, injuries, etc.) are advised to consult a guide.

Q. What about safety?

A. It is important to be aware that all outdoor activities include a certain degree of risk, and this should not be underestimated. We can, however, reduce risk to a minimum, which we do by using highly trained and experienced guides who satisfy all requirements for the individual activities, and by observing safety rules covering every aspect of safety from your arrival at the centre to your happy return. Additionally, only high-quality, fully-tested equipment is used for all activities.

Q. What happens if its raining?

A. We know from experience that rain simply makes water activities even more fun! Once you are in the water, you forget about the rain, or rather you start to enjoy it and the unique mist clouds that form just above the surface of the water.

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Grade: Easy

Suitable for...

Families with children aged 10 or over looking for an active holiday in unspoilt nature. All participants must be able to swim. Minimum age for rafting is 15.

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