The Slovenian Odyssey

An accelerated 14 day walk through Slovenia.

The Crow’s Flight starts in medieval Maribor and finishes near the Croatian border.

It’s an exhilarating walking tour into spectacular mountain scenery and historic villages experiencing the cuisine, wines and history of provincial Slovenia. Rolling hills, baroque churches, gourmet food and local spas.

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Stages in this tour

Stage 1: Maribor Railway Station – Lovrenc to Stage 11: Dolenjske Toplice – Otok

Stage 1

Maribor Railway Station - Lovrenc

Stage 2

Lovrenc - Ribniška Cottage

Stage 3

Ribniška Koca - Radmanova Zaga

Stage 4

Velunja - Hotel Golte

Stage 5

Hotel Golte - Toman Farm

Stage 6

Toman - Kozjak Pass

Stage 7

Kozjak Pass - GEOSS

Stage 8

GEOSS - Leskovica pri Šmartnem

Stage 9

Leskovica pri Šmartnem - Gorenje Ponikve

Stage 10

Gorenje Ponikve - Dolenjske Toplice

Stage 11

Dolenjske Toplice - Otok

Stage 1 - Maribor Railway Station - Lovrenc

Stage Distance

9.0 km

Stage Duration

4 hrs

Asphalt Roads

1.0 km

Forest Roads

7.0 km

Paths

1.0 km

Today is the perfect warm-up for our journey. Taste of what Slovenia has to offer from the gorgeous landscapes, the tradition of schnapps, the fresh streams, generous hospitality and delicious food as we explore forests, steep hillsides and finish at a beautiful church in the centre of Lovrenc.

Beginning at Ožbalt railway station, we take the train to the gorgeous hillside where our walking truly begins. Ascending a steep hillside, straight into the trees, you’ll feel the rest of the world slip away as the sounds of the forest take over and you are immersed into the Slovenian wilderness.

After exploring forests and drinking from fresh, Slovenian streams, we finish by the church in the centre of Lovrenc. Here, we are whisked away to a gorgeous hotel for an evening of delicious food and wine. In this area, wines tend to be young and fresh, predominantly white. Alternatively, Slovenia has great beers, liqueurs and other drinks.

Elevations

Elevation Start

300 m

Elevation Finish

440 m

Ascend

430 m

Descend

290 m

Highest Point

630 m

Lowest Point

300 m
Stage 2 - Lovrenc - Ribniška Cottage

Stage Distance

17.0 km

Stage Duration

6 hrs

Asphalt Roads

2.0 km

Forest Roads

1.5 km

Paths

13.5 km

Today you’ll experience some of the best of what the rugged Pohorje’s have to offer including gorgeous forests, cute farms, stunning views and beautiful wetlands. It is truly a magical day.

After walking through some of the forests, we reach the wetlands where you can view it from a small tower and walk around the boardwalk. With lakes reflecting the sky as clear as mirrors, water lilies, birds and trees for as far as you can see, the Pohorje wetlands is a unique experience.

Tonight, we stay at Ribniška Cottage where you will be treated to a traditional Slovenian meal served most likely with fresh, white wines from the region. You can, of course, request reds or other selections. This region is better known for young, crisp white wine though.

Elevations

Elevation Start

440 m

Elevation Finish

1500 m

Ascend

1330 m

Descend

270 m

Highest Point

1537 m

Lowest Point

440 m
Stage 3 - Ribniška Koca - Radmanova Zaga

Stage Distance

34.0 km

Stage Duration

10 hrs

Asphalt Roads

7.0 km

Forest Roads

20.0 km

Paths

7.0 km

Heading deeper into the forests, you’ll notice a slight change in scenery at times along with slightly more intense walking. With numerous ascents and descents, today is one of the heavier days of the trip but well worth it.

Passing through the valley of Mislinja then up to the famous Saleška pespot, followed by Zgornji (upper) razbo and finally Radmanova zaga, we cover a lot of ground and some famous landmarks.

With such a full day, most of our guests prefer to relax tonight. Our accommodation is lovely, with comfortable rooms for you to get some space. Tonight is a traditional Slovenian dinner, starting with soup. You’ll notice most meals are three courses here. As always, you have the option to sample a selection of wine and drinks from the region. Here, Slovenia is more famous for its white wines, which are not always served chilled.

Elevations

Elevation Start

1500 m

Elevation Finish

582 m

Ascend

990 m

Descend

1908 m

Highest Point

1519 m

Lowest Point

527 m
Stage 4 - Velunja - Hotel Golte

Stage Distance

23.5 km

Stage Duration

10 hrs

Asphalt Roads

11.0 km

Forest Roads

7.5 km

Paths

5.0 km

Starting at the stunning valley of Velunja stream, Day Four has a beautiful gorge, more streams and forest in store for you, ending at hotel Golte, where you will be treated to delicious food and magnificent views from this stunning ski lodge.

Our walk takes us to the cute Žlebnik homestead, where the famous poet, Karl Destovnik-Kajuh spent his final days, to the beautiful gorge of Hudi potok then we cross the valley of Ljubija stream until our final ascent to Golte. During our walk, the path almost disappears at times creating an ethereal feel. You’ll easily see why Slovenia is Europe’s hidden gem.

At Golte, you have access to the wellness centre with pools, spas and even a massage if you choose. Meals are delicious, with a variety of authentic and modern cuisine, along with a wider variety of wines.

Elevations

Elevation Start

582 m

Elevation Finish

1402 m

Ascend

1400 m

Descend

580 m

Highest Point

1402 m

Lowest Point

565 m
Stage 5 - Hotel Golte - Toman Farm

Stage Distance

31.5 km

Stage Duration

8 hrs

Asphalt Roads

5.0 km

Forest Roads

13.5 km

Paths

5.0 km

Starting with a 1000m descent on the gorgeous gondola from Golte, you are treated to spectacular views of the mountains, valleys, forests and villages as far as the eye can see. From here we venture through Ljubno along a relaxing path to Gornji grad where we have a break at a stunning baroque church with incredible artwork adorning the walls and ceilings, followed by a hearty Slovenian lunch at a local cafe.

From here, we walk along gorgeous forest roads on the right side of the stream of Dreta until our final ascent to a welcoming farm-stay, our accommodation for the night. Dinner will be a delicious 3-course selection of authentic Slovenian meals, expertly prepared and a selection of wines will be available for you to try. Wines are still fairly young in this region, although you will begin to notice a slight change in taste and options.

Elevations

Elevation Start

1402 m

Elevation Finish

805 m

Ascend

1000 m

Descend

1600 m

Highest Point

1402 m

Lowest Point

410 m
Stage 6 - Toman - Kozjak Pass

Stage Distance

18.0 km

Stage Duration

7 hrs

Asphalt Roads

4.0 km

Forest Roads

9.7 km

Paths

4.3 km

A combination of forest and plains with stunning views across the valleys will be enjoyed all day today. Crossing the much loved Menina planina, ascending forest roads to Cernivec pass, walking through the quaint settlement of Tuhinj and finally ascending again to Crni vrh, our walk today has a wide variety of spectacular views and experiences.

Covering diverse scenery gives you the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife from deer to crows, meet farmers and share schnapps as well as see the picturesque cows with bells around their neck and the most beautiful valley scene behind them. Today’s walk is often described as being out of an old European movie.

Tonight, you’ll stay in a beautiful hotel and dinner will be a selection of authentic Slovenian meals paired with delicious wine. As we head further along, wines are expanding to include a selection of reds and more aged wines compared to the fresh wines of earlier on our walk.

Elevations

Elevation Start

805 m

Elevation Finish

658 m

Ascend

753 m

Descend

900 m

Highest Point

1190 m

Lowest Point

570 m
Stage 7 - Kozjak Pass - GEOSS

Stage Distance

16.5 km

Stage Duration

6 hrs

Asphalt Roads

3.0 km

Forest Roads

5.0 km

Paths

8.5 km

Our day starts at Kozjak pass in the Tuhinj valley with a steep uphill climb along forest paths which turns into a beautiful meadow road. With a descent to Blagovica, in Crni graben (Black Gorge) we walk through an area historically famous for Rokovnjaci robbers in the 18th and 19th century where it is easy to see how this area would be ideal for them during those times with forest and quick escape routes.


After passing through some meadows and farms, the next stage of our walk is a steep ascent to Golcaj, where there is a beautiful little church and monument. It’s a lovely spot to rest while still being away from it all.

The rest of the walk today is slightly easier as we make our way to Geoss, the geometrical centre of Slovenia and our destination for tonight. Meals are large and delicious here, with a few unique offers only available in this part of Slovenia.

Elevations

Elevation Start

658 m

Elevation Finish

645 m

Ascend

840 m

Descend

853 m

Highest Point

894 m

Lowest Point

406 m
Stage 8 - GEOSS - Leskovica pri Šmartnem

Stage Distance

27.0 km

Stage Duration

9 hrs

Asphalt Roads

10.0 km

Forest Roads

12.0 km

Paths

5.0 km

Forests, castles, touching the exact geometrical centre of Slovenia if you wish and crossing the Sava river make today particularly enjoyable. Once across the river, we arrive in a meadow then walk to our steepest ascent of the day. As we venture along, around Arhov hrib, the path almost disappears, making it feel as if you are the only person to have explored here.

Slovenian is full of forest and mountain springs which you’ll have the opportunity to try again today. The water is cool, clear and refreshing, better than anything you have had before. There is also the opportunity to visit Bogenšperk Castle today, a 16th-century castle, considered by many to be one of Slovenia’s most beautiful castles.

Accommodation and dinner are both traditional. In this area and throughout most of Slovenian, the focus is on locally sourced food, providing a delicious array of meal options paired with delightful wines from the region.

Elevations

Elevation Start

645 m

Elevation Finish

505 m

Ascend

1030 m

Descend

1170 m

Highest Point

645 m

Lowest Point

247 m
Stage 9 - Leskovica pri Šmartnem - Gorenje Ponikve

Stage Distance

32.0 km

Stage Duration

11 hrs

Asphalt Roads

16.0 km

Forest Roads

12.0 km

Paths

4.0 km

Starting at stunning Leskovica pri Smartnem, we have a full day where you’ll come close to one of Slovenia’s highest peaks, walk along famous paths, enjoy castles and finish at Gorenje ponikve. It’s a beautiful day, enjoyed by everyone.

Early on, we join the famous Levstik path, famous because of Fran Levstik, a Slovenian writer. One of his many literary works "Popotovanje od Litije do Cateza" (Traveling from Litija to Catez) discusses the culture, people and landscape of this area. Then we head towards Mirna where we rest at Mirna river with the abandoned castle overlooking everything from the hill above, creating a picturesque place to enjoy lunch.

From Mirna to Dolenja Nemska vas, it's all easy walking until we reach our destination of Gorenje ponikve where we enjoy a hearty dinner with a wide variety of wines. Here there are more reds and dessert wines available, along with the whites.

Elevations

Elevation Start

505 m

Elevation Finish

265 m

Ascend

680 m

Descend

930 m

Highest Point

680 m

Lowest Point

250 m
Stage 10 - Gorenje Ponikve - Dolenjske Toplice

Stage Distance

28.0 km

Stage Duration

10 hrs

Asphalt Roads

13.0 km

Forest Roads

11.0 km

Paths

4.0 km

Today has stunning forest with sinkholes, truly unique scenery to the area and a definite change from the early stages in the Pohorje’s. Walking through these enchanting forests, the path is fairly hidden giving them an ethereal atmosphere.

Our walk becomes full of meadows, hobby farms with personal wineries attached, sunflowers and highly productive gardens as we continue along. Later, we take a beautiful path overlooking the right side of Krka river where you’ll have the opportunity to see water come through a cliff, rather than under it. Extremely rare to find throughout the world, it is a beautiful natural phenomenon.

As we continue our journey we come to Soteski grad, a once magnificent castle which has begun to be reclaimed by the forest. After following Susica stream and crossing a wooden bridge, we finish the day at Dolenjske toplice, a quaint wellness town popular with locals and tourists.

Elevations

Elevation Start

265 m

Elevation Finish

180 m

Ascend

470 m

Descend

555 m

Highest Point

408 m

Lowest Point

175 m
Stage 11 - Dolenjske Toplice - Otok

Stage Distance

31.0 km

Stage Duration

10 hrs

Asphalt Roads

26.0 km

Forest Roads

5.0 km

Paths

km

Leaving the wellness and spa area of Dolenjske toplice, we explore forests, farms, vineyards, castles, a quaint railway station and we end at the incredible Dakota plane in Otok.

Our morning is a mixture of asphalt and forest roads as we wind our way towards Semič. Before we begin our steep descent into Semič, you can look out over the whole valley straight through to Croatia. It is a spectacular view of the villages and mountains, especially on a clear day.

Upon reaching Semič, you’ll enjoy the town briefly, before we head off to Otok. The path to Otok is on the main road but it is still lined by picturesque homes and forest. As we turn the corner, you’ll see the Dakota plane in the distance. A sense of pride washes over our guests as the realise how much they have achieved on this journey and that they completed it.

Elevations

Elevation Start

180 m

Elevation Finish

150 m

Ascend

500 m

Descend

530 m

Highest Point

530 m

Lowest Point

150 m

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