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Slovenia SUP Adventure - 5 days

Many people have nicknamed Slovenia  “little Switzerland”, others often compare it to New Zealand. We haven’t visited the latter although we’ve heard only good things about it. We can assure you that Slovenia is a beautiful gem that will undoubtedly make a lasting impression.

A 5-day active SUP Tour focuses primarily on paddle boarding at the most scenic lakes and rivers in the north and west of Slovenia. We’ll also paddle part of the 40-kilometre long Slovenian coastline in the southwestern part of the country. But it’s not all about stand-up paddling. During our 5-day trip around Slovenia we’ll also climb hills, enjoy views over vineyards, visit stunning natural monuments and indulge in traditional culinary delights.

This outdoor adventure is a perfect choice for enthusiastic stand-up paddlers who prefer to explore the world with a paddle in their hand and active travelers who swear by a dynamic and local approach.

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Best Activity in Ljubljana - SUP tour
TOUR PROGRAMME

DAY 1: LJUBLJANA

Ljubljana is currently the only European capital that offers a relaxed and intimate experience of standup paddling through the very heart of town. We’ll paddle along the Ljubljanica river and experience an interesting view of the fast changing faces of the town. We’ll glide past the tranquil suburban area where we’ll observe the coypus weaving in and out of the water and listen to the excited chatter of birds. Slowly, we’ll take you right into the midst of the urban beauty. We’ll crane our necks to see the impressive Ljubljana castle, admire the Triple Bridge designed by the celebrated architect Joze Plecnik and wave to the mighty dragons that protect both banks of the river.

After the morning SUP Tour and a light lunch, we’ll mount our bikes and see the most beautiful parts of Ljubljana with the wind in our hair. We’ll make a stop in Tivoli Park and test our balance on a slackline.

For a treat, we’ll walk up to the Ljubljana castle and enjoy the spectacular views over the city and nearby mountains and forests. The only thing left to do after is to sit down to a delicious dinner and watch the town come alive at night.

DAY 2: BOHINJ & BLED

Then, we’ll go to Lake Bohinj, the biggest natural lake in Slovenia in the heart of Triglav National Park. The mysterious, almost 11-kilometres long lake embraced by mighty mountains never fails to take our breath away. We’ll stand-up paddle along the most striking part of the coast and try to work on a correct paddling technique. The highlight of every trip to Bohinj is when we reach the deepest part of the lake, lie down on our boards, name the peaks of Julian Alps and observe the lines left behind by aeroplanes in the sky.

After the SUP session, we’ll have a healthy snack to recharge our batteries. Then, we’ll be ready for an hour-long trek through the forest paths and stone steps to Savica waterfall which bursts from the underground of the Triglav Lakes Valley and comes cascading down 60 metres into the deep pool below. Another smaller waterfall also falls 25 m deep and France Prešeren, the most famous Slovene poet, chose the waterfall for his epic poem entitled Krst pri Savici (Christening at Savica).

Then, we’ll drive towards the town of Bled where we’ll base ourselves for 2 nights.

DAY 3: BLED & VRSIC

We’ll wake up right next to the lake and take time to enjoy our morning coffee. After breakfast, we’ll do the Sun Salutation on our SUP boards to stretch our muscles and then go for SUP sightseeing. We’ll paddle towards the centre of town, enjoy the views of cliffs and the old castle, challenge ourselves with SUP games, take a refreshing dip in the lake and visit the iconic island in the middle of the lake. We’ll see the pilgrimage church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, ring the bells and make a wish and treat ourselves to the best natural ice cream in Bled.

In the afternoon, we’ll walk around the Bled castle and admire the spectacular views over the lake and mountains. After lunch, we’ll venture into the narrow Vintgar gorge where the Radovna river shows off its lively pools, rapids and waterfalls.

DAY 4: SOCA VALLEY, GORISKA BRDA

Early morning, we’ll continue our path towards the Upper Soča Valley. We’ll be able to appreciate the beauty of this striking emerald river along the way and stop by in the Most na Soči village. We’ll SUP under the bridge that gave name to the village, follow the railway tracks and paddle towards the narrow valley of Idrijca river. Most na Soči is our favourite paddle board destination and it’s bound to become one of yours also.

After the SUP adventure, we’ll head towards the rolling hills with a pleasant Mediterranean atmosphere. Goriška Brda, the most western part of Slovenia, is known for its wines, olives and fruit, and the road will take us past many castles and white churches. We’ll spend the night at a traditional homestead, take a walk among the vineyards and visit the wine cellar in the evening. We’ll taste local food that combines subtle Mediterranean influences with strong continental tastes – home-made sliced meats, rolled dumplings (struklji), polenta, pasta, delicious Brda olives and olive oil and, of course, a glass of finest local wine. Brace yourself for a delightful, local culinary experience.

DAY 5: PIRAN & POSTOJNA CAVE

On our last day, we’ll drive towards the coast where we’ll SUP along high cliffs until the unique little town of Piran will reveal itself from behind the next turn. We’ll wink at the statue of Giuseppe Tartini, say Hi to the fishermen putting away their nets after a successful day on the sea, get lost in the labyrinthine streets of this quaint town and, after lunch, SUP back to where we started.

We can spend the afternoon relaxing at the beach or, if you have enough energy to visit another spectacular natural monument of Slovenia, we can take you to the Postojna cave. It’s one of the world’s largest karst monuments with almost 24km of passages and limestone formations and it’s the only cave with a railway. The network of tunnels and caverns decorated with ancient formations seems to go on forever. We’ll look for the most striking stalagmite of the cave called The Brilliant, which is an estimated 100,000 years old, and the famous, if a bit unusual, olm, a blind amphibian which has become a symbol of the cave.

So… If you love getting to know a new country through local’s eyes, enjoy meeting like-minded active people and you care more about “what to see and do” than just “what to see”, then our programme is right up your street!

ACCOMMODATION

As we need to move across the country, accommodation is included in the main package. We've selected a special hotels 4*, eco camp resort in the middle of the nature and local homestays in higher-end accommodation.

If you are traveling as a group of two to eight people, we can make a special package for your private tour also in middle range accommodation. Please contact us for an offer tailored to your needs.

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Trip Advisor Excellence - Bananaway SUP tour

We had really fun time with Spela and Iris exploring lake Bled, Soca valley and Ljubljana city centre.We learned some new skills while experiencing Slovenia's emerald-green and crystal clear waters on a SUP board.Both Spela and Iris are really nice and professional instructors.Thanks for the great days we had!

Eeva Matildah
Where can I leave my stuff?

You can leave your backpack and valuable stuff in Bananaway van, which will be parked in a safe area near the beach.

What should I wear?

Something comfortable, for example a T-shirt and shorts. Swimming suits are a must in summer time.

In spring and autumn it can get a little chilly so we recommend wearing a hoodie or something to keep you warm. The Soča River is quite cold and, just in case, we will give you a short wetsuit.

What should I bring?

We recommend a change of clothes, a towel, comfortable shoes for hiking, a sweater, sunscreen, smile and positive energy!

A bottle of water and some snacks because we will not stop for food until afternoon.

Who will guide a tour?

The SUP tours are guided by an experienced ASI certified SUP instructor. Because we are trying to provide an all-inclusive and pleasant stand-up paddle-boarding experience, we use very stable Red Paddle Co boards that are perfectly suited for beginners or stand-up paddle-boarders with little experience.

Who can attend the tour?

The sightseeing SUP tours are not physically demanding and are suitable for anyone who knows how to swim, even without any prior knowledge of stand-up paddle-boarding.

Do you wish to wear a life jacket? Just let us know before the tour.

What about children?

They are welcome, of course! They simply adore stand-up paddle-boarding!

Children over 12 years of age can join us on their own SUP board, whereas younger kids can sit at the front of their (experienced) parent’s board where they will enjoy the experience as much as if they were holding the paddle themselves.

For their safety, children will wear life jackets.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Ensuring the safety of paddle-boarders is our number one priority. We can take you paddle-boarding in sunny and cloudy weather, but not in case of heavy rain or strong wind.

In case of a bad weather forecast we will try to reschedule the SUP tour to other day or other location. Cancellation and refund policy.

What is included in package?

SUP program:

  • SUP program in Ljubljana, Bled, Bohinj, Soca valley and Piran guided by ASI certified SUP instructor;
  • morning SupFit program at lake Bled, ballance excercises;
  • SUP gear rental (Red Paddle Co. board, paddle, safety leash);
  • introductory SUP course;
  • a short neopren suit, if you need one in the spring or September.

Accommodation:

  • 6 nights in double or twin rooms in higher standard accommodation (modern hotels 4*; eco glamping resort; romantic, old but renovated homestead);
  • 6 breakfasts;
  • tourist tax 1,27 EUR/per day.

 Transportation:

  • Transportation between spots vith van.

Activities:

  • Bike tour in Ljubljana;
  • hike to Mala Osojnica;
  • Soča valley exploring - Ajdovska deklica, Korita;
  • hike to Kozjek waterfall;
  • hike to Podsabotin and interesting stories about 2. world war;
  • local experience in Goriška Brda – wine cellar and local dinner;
  • Postojna cave entrance fee.

Other:

  • Healhy snacks (fruits, nuts etc.);
  • photos from the SUP tour;
  • careful selection of local restaurants and sights, that define unique local experience;
  • EJA tourist agency services.

Add ons:

  • Savica Waterfall entrance fee: 4€;
  • beer or food walk in Ljubljana: from 35€;
  • zipline in Bovec: 55€;
  • accommodation for additional day in Ljubljana;
  • single room,
  • flight booking to Ljubljana.

What is not included:

  • lunch, dinner;
  • spending money;
  • travel insurance.

Recomended restaurants which need prior booking:

  • Dinner at restaurant Luda (day 1);
  • dinner at restaurant Villa Podvin Ljubljana (day 2);
  • dinner at restaurant Hiša Franko (day 3).
Price?

PRIVATE TOUR FOR 2 PEOPLE in HIGH END ACCOMMODATION: 1995 € per person

SUP TOUR FOR INDIVIDUALTRAVELERS in HIGH END ACCOMMODATION: 1499 € per person

*Price is valid in case 4 people apply.

We can offer personalized packages in middle range accommodation. Please contact us for an offer.

Please note:

The trip is prepared in cooperation with EJA tourist agency, Letonjeva ulica 8, 2000 Maribor. Bananaway d.o.o. provides daily standup paddle trips, sup courses and rents sup equipment. The basic price includes all services listed in the Package includes section and applies for 2 to 8 people. Terms and conditions. 

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