BOVEC MARATHON – 42K OF PURE NATURE (7.2 k and 21 k) IN SEPTEMBER

Bovec Marathon in its 42 K offers you a pure nature. Looking at the emerald beauty of the Soča River, you will forget that you are running and when you look at the peaks of the mighty mountains, you will want to run even further. You will be accompanied by the sound of the accordion, drums and loud cheering by friendly locals. Come and have fun!
For those who don’t want to run the whole marathon, options include competing in a half-marathon, or 7.2 kilometer (4.5 miles) recreational run.

Full Itinerary

BOVEC MARATHON – 42K OF PURE NATURE – Itinerary

Day 1
Ljubljana, Slovenian capital, and its Dragons

 

Visit three regions: The Alps, the Karst, the Mediterranean coast and sample typical food and wine

We will pick you up at the Ljubljana Airport in the afternoon on the day of your arrival and take you to your hotel. In the evening, we will have dinner with typical Slovenian food in Ljubljana’s downtown.

 

Included in the price: Dinner, Transportation from and to Ljubljana airport (twice a day)

Day 2
Ljubljana and its Dragons

 

A tourist guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning of your second day and take you on a short walking tour to visit some of the historic sights of Slovenia’s capital city.

Dragons are a symbol of Ljubljana: Legend goes that one was killed by the mythological Greek hero Jason and his Argonauts who also founded the city. Today, dragons are portrayed in statues, the city coat of arms, and there is even a Dragon Bridge! Let’s see how many we can spot during this tour of the Slovenian capital. The tour will take us through Ljubljana’s Old Town and will include a visit to the Ljubljana Castle. In the afternoon, you will have time to explore on your own and before dinner we will join a local running group for a jog.

 

Included in the price: Admission for Ljubljana’s Castle and English-speaking tourist guide, Dinner in Ljubljana

Day 3
Lake Bled

 

Lake Bled is one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in Slovenia; we will walk along its shores on the third day of our stay. There will be time to explore on your own, take a trip by boat to visit the iconic island and ring the wish bell after lunch, and simply enjoy the view lakeside. In the afternoon, we will join a local running group for a jog around the lake. In the evening, we will have dinner in Bled before returning to Ljubljana for the night.

 

Included in the price: Transportation, Fee for boat “pletna”, Lunch and dinner

Day 4
Škocjan Caves and Piran, a pearl of the Mediterranean

 

We will organize a trip to the Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO natural and cultural world heritage site. The caves are one of the largest known underground canyons in the world where a special ecosystem has developed due to specific microclimatic conditions. In the afternoon, we will visit Piran, a fascinating old Mediterranean harbor which was historically part of the Republic of Venice. Nested in the narrow streets are churches galleries, and cultural institutions such as the birthplace of Baroque composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini. After a “fish experience” dinner, we will go to our next destination: Bovec.

 

Included in the price: Transportation to Škocjan Caves and Piran, Snack and “fish experience” dinner,  Admissions and English-speaking tourist guide in Škocjan Caves and Piran

Day 5
Explore on your own

 

In the morning we will organize an optional trip to Log pod Mangartom in Triglav National Park, and you can have a great view to Julian Alps. In the afternoon, take a rest before a race day or explore on your own.

 

Included in the price: Lunch

Day 6
Run

 

Race day: 42 K of pure nature in Triglav National Park! Run next to buildings from the WWI and Soča, the Emerald River.

We will stay in the hotel, close to the starting line for running or the working station for volunteers who will assist in the event.

 

Included in the price: Dinner, Guarantee entry end entry fee for the running day, Official T-shirt and food for volunteers on a work day

Day 7
Visit WWI heritage

 

On the last day of our trip we will visit a gorgeous waterfall and have a lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we will go to the WW1 museum and have dinner in one of the best restaurants in Slovenia.

 

Included in the price: Transportation to Kobarid, Fee for the museum, Lunch and dinner

Day 8
Move on

 

Our trip has come to an end but we are happy to help coordinate the next step of your trip. If you plan on wrapping up your vacation in Europe, Ljubljana Brnik and Venice Marco Polo are the most convenient airports to fly out of. However, if you can extend your stay in Slovenia or elsewhere in Europe, we are happy to help you reach your next destination!

 

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Activities

Running, exploring, enjoying

 

Included in the price of the itinerary

  • Accommodation with breakfast for three days in a Ljubljana’s ****hotels and four nights in Bovec *** hotel
  • Five dinners and four lunches in the most typical local restaurants
  • Services of Mateja Travel staff

 

Not Included in the Price of the Itinerary

Round-trip airfare; excess baggage charges; travel insurance. Food and beverages if not define otherwise. Alcoholic beverages over provided meals. Optional gratuities to your guides. Items of a personal nature.

 

Transportation -We organize transportation from and to Ljubljana’s airport to your hotel twice a day: on the days of your arrival and departure.

 

Additional Information

Weather –The northwestern part of Slovenia has an Alpine climate and temperatures in the valleys are moderate. June through September are the prime visiting months. The Adriatic coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate (warm sunny days). Temperatures in these regions in this time of the year typically range from the lower 50s to the upper 60s.

Dress code – Slovenians tend to dress somewhat more smartly than Americans, although more casual clothes are acceptable. Jeans, lighter weight pants, t-shirts or camisoles, and sundresses are popular options for casual wear. Lightweight jackets or sweaters are advisable for occasional cooler evenings. Slovenians generally walk more than Americans so comfortable walking footwear is advisable. Trips involving running, cycling, hiking, water sport or other outdoor activities will require specialist gear.

Slovenia is a member of the European Union and more than half of the population declares to be Roman Catholics. There are no discernible religious customs that would influence tourists’ dress code, though street clothes (rather than swimsuits) and sometimes over-the-knee pants and shirts are required in churches, museums and other institutions.

Find here (https://www.whattowearonvacation.com/ph/destinations/europe/slovenia/130-what-to-wear-in-slovenia.php) some additional useful tips on what to wear in Slovenia.

Language – The official language of Slovenia is Slovenian. Hungarian and Italian are co-official languages in small areas in the northeast and southwest of the country. Most people speak at least one foreign language, usually English. German and Croatian/Serbian languages are also spoken widely.

Security – Slovenia is generally a very safe country. Still, pickpockets operate everywhere so avoid leaving your belongings unattended and avoid carrying large sums of cash or valuables with you on daytrips. Women can walk alone in virtually all areas and cities even at night.

Injuries and illnesses are always possible, so we recommend inquiring about international medical insurance coverage with your health insurance provider.

Single Travelers – Single accommodation requests will be asked to pay a full single supplement fee. There is a limited number of single rooms available upon request. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available.

General Information – This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current Mateja Travel Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and contact us if you have any questions. Additional trip information will be provided upon registering for the trip.

 

Consider as you sign up

Airline tickets – Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number (5) of participants required to operate.

Travel insurance – To protect your travel investment, we recommend the purchase of travel insurance.