HALF KONJICE MARATHON – MARATHON WITH SOUL (5 k, 10 k, 21 k) IN SEPTEMBER

The last Sunday in September in Slovenske Konjice is reserved for the biggest local running event, which extends on three differently long dynamic courses (5, 10 and 21 km). Outlined route runs through the Dravinja Valley, along picturesque wine-growing hills and foothills of the Mountain Konjice. The course crosses the finish line in the old center of the medieval town Slovenske Konjice, awarded with many national rewards for tidiness as well as with two golden medals at the Entente Florale competition, which place it alongside the best kept European towns.

Full Itinerary

HALF KONJICE MARATHON – MARATHON WITH A SOUL – Itinerary

Day 1
Ljubljana, the capital, and its Dragons

 

Visit four regions: The Alps, the Karst, Styria, and 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.

 

Inclouded in the price: Dinner

Day 2
Second day in Ljubljana

 

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 and 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 evening, we will have dinner with typical Slovenian food.

 

Inclouded in the price: Dinner, Admission for Ljubljana’s Castle, Guided tours with English speaking guide

Day 3
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 the largest known underground canyons in the world where a special ecosystem has developed due to specific microclimatic conditions. In the afternoon, after a “fish experience” lunch, 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.

 

Inclouded in the price: Transportation and “fish experience” lunch and snack, Admissions and English speaking guided tours in Škocjan Caves, and Piran

Day 4
Big Pasture Plateau

 

After being three days in different cities, you can regenerate with a leisurely hike to one of Slovenian most recognizable and picturesque destinations: The Big Pasture Plateau (Velika planina). A 30-minute ride from Ljubljana and 90-minute hike (or short ride by lift chair) will take you to a gorgeous shepherd mountain in Slovenia. Humans have inhabited this mountain since prehistoric times, and the area is now home to over one hundred distinctive Alpine pasture huts. After lunch we will transfer to the Slovenske Konjice, where we will have dinner and overnight in 400 years old mansion.

 

Inclouded in the price: Transportation and lunch, guided tours to Big Pasture Plateau

Day 5
The Žiče Charterhouse and wine tasting tour

 

The Žiče Charterhouse, which was founded between 1155 and 1165, was a Carthusian monastery or Charterhouse in the narrow valley of Žičnica Creek, also known as Saint John the Baptist Valley after the church dedicated to St. John the Baptist at the monastery near the village of Žiče in the Municipality of Slovenske Konjice in northeastern Slovenia.

Gastuž is the oldest restaurant in Slovenia, just next to the famous Chaterhouse Žice, dating back to 1467. Serving Slovenian traditional food with a modern touch is a big pleasure for your taste buds.

 

Inclouded in the price: Transportation and lunch to the Žiče Charterhouse, Lunch, Dinner, Wine tasting

Day 6
Explore on your own

 

A day before the event you can stay in your hotel, explore Slovenske Konjice by yourself, or embark in an excursion on your own.

 

Inclouded in the price: Dinner

Day 7
Half Marathon With Soul

 

Race day! Compete or volunteer at a signature running event!

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.

 

Inclouded in the price: Entry fee for the running, Official T-shirt and food for volunteers, Dinner

Day 8
Moving 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 Zagreb 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, hiking, exploring

 

Food and Accommodations

Four nights in one of Ljubljana’s ****hotels and three nights in *** Hotel Konjice

Buffet breakfasts each day

 

Included in the price of the itinerary

  • Accommodation with breakfast for four days in a Ljubljana’s hotel and three days in Konjice’s hotel
  • All hotel taxes
  • 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 60s to the upper 70s.

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.