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Tour Highlights

  • Fabulous location for a ‘packed to the rafters’ short break away of freshwater swimming, and walking

  • Swim to the picturesque 17th Century pilgrimage church on Bled Island

  • Enjoy the challenge of swimming the 4km length of beautiful Lake Bohinj, Slovenia’s largest lake

  • Walk along stunning trails through Triglav National Park to dip in the cool waters of the Kazjak waterfall

  • Swim down the glacial-fed Soca river

Enjoy a freshwater swimming holiday in Slovenia and discover why the country is considered to be one of Europe's true hidden gems. Swim in the emerald green waters of Lake Bled and the crystal clear Soca river, and take in the stunning scenery of Triglav National Park on this unforgettable short escape.

We are based in the small town of Bohinj, the central hub for all our excursions by land and water. This includes a swim to the 17th Century church on Bled Island, crossing the beautiful Lake Bohinj, and exploring the National Park and Kazjak waterfall by foot. To get the most out of this amazing experience we will be combining swims with walks to see as much of the local area as possible, with occasional help from a canoe or row boat!

In order to experience the best swimming that Slovenia has to offer, we spend some time travelling to and from different locations. This does lead to quite a busy trip, with evening returns to the hotel on days two and three.

With such an action-packed four day adventure we know it's important to recharge your batteries and the Hotel Jezero on the banks of the Bohinj Lake is the perfect place for it. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation, beautiful scenery, friendly staff and there's even a pool if you really just can't get enough of the swimming!

Who is this trip for?

This trip is for those swimmers who love freshwater swimming and inspiring mountain scenery. Distances average around 4km a day, so this would suit either the experienced open water swimmer or those aiming to transition from 2-3 km pool-based swims.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swimming holiday in Slovenia
  • Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
  • Technique coaching
  • Three nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts

Whats not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Wetsuit hire

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Day 1

We meet at the hotel bar for welcome drinks and a short briefing on the plans for the rest of the trip. The acclimatisation swim is held the next morning.

Day 2

We take the short journey into Bled where we hold an acclimatisation swim, followed by a day of swimming in this famous lake. The first swim is across to Bled Island, home to the Pilgrimage Church where we walk up the 99 steps and enjoy the stunning view. It’s then back into the water as we cross to the lake’s western shore. After a stop for lunch we take a short 20 minute walk up to Mount Osojnica, which offers stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. On our return to the shore, we swim a full length of the lake, finishing at the lakeside lido where there will be time for a stroke analysis session with your swim guides. The late afternoon/evening is free for you to either enjoy the view over Lake Bled from the medieval castle, get lost in the shops, cafes and restaurants of the town center or just to relax by the lake, before meeting up again to travel back to the hotel.

Day 3

After breakfast we venture into Italy and onto the shores of the idyllic Lago del Predil for the first swim of the day. It’s then a short drive back into Slovenia for lunch at the popular alpine town of Bovec. Following this, we head into the remote centre of the Triglav National Park, with a cool, yet exhilarating dip underneath the secluded Kozjak waterfalls. It’s then time to head to the emerald green Soča River, for a swim where the river takes some of the strain. The scenery is outstanding and the river swim makes a striking contrast to the lakes of the previous few days. The adventure continues on the way home, with a memorable return journey on the car train, taking us through the various lengthy tunnel systems to Bohinj arriving back just in time for dinner.

Day 4

After the previous days, we have an early chance to stretch our legs, as we walk the length of Lake Bohinj. Following the walk we swim the 4km length of Slovenia’s largest lake. We may be accompanied by the schools of wild trout which frequent the lake. The dark green forests and surrounding mountain peaks guide our way. There are suitable get-out points along the way for those that would prefer a shorter swim. The swim finishes within 50 metres of the hotel, so you can use the sauna and showers to finish off your trip.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Hotel Jezero, Lake Bohinj. Tel: +386 4572 9100

Start Time: 20:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Hotel Jezero, Lake Bohinj

Finish Time: 14:00 on Day 4

Trip Information

Equipment to bring along with you

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costumes (x2) Towel
Swimming Googles* (x2) Small Daypack
Sunhat and Sunglasses Windproof / Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Sun Cream Sweater / Fleece
Walking Sandals / Shoes Aqua Shoes / Sandals

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

SwimTrek will supply swim hats. We will have a limited supply/range of flippers, rashvests and wetsuits available on the trip, however we cannot guarantee sizes for all. If you have your own flippers, rashvest or wetsuit, we would recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip. Please note that SwimTrek will provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along.

Swimming Distances

Swim Distances
Osojnica – Bled Island 1km
Crossing of Lake Bled 2km
Socca River 2km
Bled Island - Osojnica ¾km
Crossing of Lago del Predil 1½km
Crossing of Lake Bohinj 4km

Environmental Lake Swimming

These lakes are some of the world's cleanest freshwater lakes. However, water quality can be an issue with water runoff from fields. Bluegreen algae & Weil’s disease are all possible contaminants. If you do feel unwell at any stage during or after the trip, you should go to your GP immediately, telling them what you have been doing.

Temperatures

Please note that, due to this area being an alpine region, weather conditions are unpredictable and temperatures can drop overnight. Therefore the temperatures below are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Approximate temperatures for Lake Bled:

Month Water Temp (°C) Air Temp (°C)
July 20 22
August 22 24

Approximate temperatures for Lake Bohinj:

Month Water Temp (°C) Air Temp (°C)
July 18 22
August 20 24

*Please note that Lago del Predil and Soča River may be 3-5˚C cooler than the temperatures listed above.

Walking Distances

Most walks take place on recognised paths and tracks, however there may be cases where we walk along trails or other unsealed surfaces and care should be taken in these areas. The walk on Lake Bled gets quite steep and rocky towards the top, so a pair of sturdy trainers or walking sandals will be required.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 14. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. 

Boat support on this trip includes a combination of kayaks and canoes to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and local safety team. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Getting There

To get to Lake Bohinj, the easiest option is to fly into Ljubljana Airport and book a transfer to the hotel. There are a wide range of airlines serving Ljubljana from various British and European cities.

While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. We always recommend checking Sky Scanner prior to making a booking. Information on all flights into Ljubljana airport can be found at www.lju-airport.si/eng. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Getting there via Ljubljana

A small selection of the airlines which fly into Ljubljana from various European cities are included below:

Airline Departure Airports
Adria Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London Gatwick, Munich, Paris
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Easyjet London Gatwick, London Stansted
Finn Air Helsinki Vantaa
Turkish Airlines Istanbul Ataturk

Transfers from Ljubljana Airport

From Ljubljana airport, you can get a transfer directly to the Hotel Jezero, the transfer costs €70 and the journey takes approximately one hour. Please contact Outdoor Slovenia on +386 40865386 or email them directly at info@outdoor-slovenia.com. We recommend using the SwimTrek discussion page in the month leading up to the trip to arrange sharing the transfer with other guests to reduce your costs.

Travel from Ljubljana via Bus

There are frequent shuttle buses that run from Ljubljana Airport to the town of Kranj which takes approximately 20 minutes and costs €3-€4. From here you can get a connecting bus to Bohinj, which usually leaves about 30 minutes after you arrive in Kranj. The journey takes an hour and costs €9 . You can view the bus timetable here: www.lju-airport.si/en/passengers-and-visitors/getting-here/bus/.

Travel via Train

Zagreb, in neighbouring Croatia, offers a regular, scenic, train service to Ljubljana. Both Zurich www.swissrailways.com and Munich www.deutschebahn.com have direct trains to the Slovenian town of Jesenice. Overnight services are also available via www.oebb.at. From Jesenice, you will need to change for the connection to Bohinj station. The bus leaves hourly from outside the station and the Hotel Jezero is a 15 minute bus ride away.

Getting there via Europe

You can also travel into Slovenia via neighbouring countries. Trieste airport in Italy is south-west of Bohinj, the Croatian capital Zagreb is to the east, and the Austrian airports of Graz and Klagenfurt are both to the north.

Practical Information

Accommodation

Our accommodation is in the beautiful Hotel Jezero, a 4-Star hotel that sits directly in front of Lake Bohinj. Bedrooms are based on twin-share en-suite facilities with a limited number of single supplements availability. If you require additional nights’ accommodation before or after the tour, this can be arranged by emailing hotel.jezero@cc-line.si or calling the hotel directly on +386 4572 9100.

Meals

All breakfasts are included in your trip price, however lunches and dinners are at your own expense. This allows you to enjoy the cuisines on offer in the various restaurants and cafes or have a relaxing picnic on the grassy banks surrounding the lakes and rivers.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as dinners, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. The local currency in Slovenia is the Euro (€). ATMs are widely available both at the airport and in Bohinj.

Passports and Visas

Slovenia is part of the European Union. Non-residents of Slovenia require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of most countries, including all E.U. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Slovenia. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Vaccinations

There are currently no essential vaccination requirements for Slovenia, however it is advisable to re-check this information eight weeks before you travel. You should also ensure that your immunity to tetanus and polio is up-to-date.

  • Our first swim holiday and it exceeded all or expectations. Slovenia was stunning, the lakes and rivers clear and surrounded by the most beautiful mountains and forests. The guides ran the whole trip brilliantly. They built our confidence and helped our improve our technique. We had three unforgettable days in the water and also fun wine tasting, riding the car train through the mountains and great dinners. A lovely group and a great trip.

    Ben P. UK - 2016
  • Simply spectacular setting. The crystal clear waters and mountains towering above made for an iconic final swim on Lake Bohinj.

    Monika. Switzerland - 2016
  • Fabulous holiday in a beautiful place - exceeded all my expectations.

    Cathryn M. UK - 2016
  • My SwimTrek experience far exceeding my expectations. I loved every minute of it and I'm already planning my next trip. Such a wonderful experience. I can't praise SwimTrek enough. Thank you enhancing my love for swimming even more.

    Kelly M. UK - 2016
  • The perfect holiday for me. To find somewhere that combines swimming and walking in such a beautiful setting was a real find. I would definitely recommend SwimTrek to others and how to be part of another Swim Trek in the future. A truly wonderful but challenging experience that I will be sure to treasure for years to come.

    Stacey P. UK - 2016
  • It was an amazing experience for a 71 year old and has given me a love of swimming in calm lakes.

    Sue C. UK - 2015
  • As always with Swimtrek, I had an amazing time, swam in places with incredible natural surroundings & met up with some like-minded people. Thank you!

    Raff. UK - 2015
  • Excelence in location selection, variety of swims, enthusiastic and expert guides, best trip ever for a passionate open water swimmer!

    Diana J. 2015 - Netherlands
  • The car-train trip was great fun - another highlight, along with the waterfall.

    Erica & Chris. UK - 2015
  • Slovenia is better than i could imagine and the swimming was amazing. The water was so clear i could see a 1m long catfish swimming meters below me.

    Kate F. 2015 - UK
  • The trip had such varied swims and swimmers - it was incredibly enjoyable. The lakes were beautifully clean and peaceful. After years of dithering I'm so glad we went for it and can't wait now to start thinking about all the other destinations... but also giving serious thought to repeating this trip. Thanks for such a good holiday.

    Joanna K, 2014 - UK
  • Swimming in the lakes of Slovenian alps awakens all your senses; truly invigorating. Surrounded by such pure and unspoilt beauty is a gift.

    Clare S, 2014 - UK
  • Amazing trip, beautiful scenery, fabulous swimming in gorgeous lakes, delicious (& cheap) food & wine, & great people.

    Sophie W, July 2013, UK
  • This trip by far surpassed my expectations and I would highly recommend it.

    Nick S, July 2013, UK
  • The Slovenia trip far excedded my expectations, it was fantastic. When I came back home I had an intense yearing to be by a lake again. The swimming was out of this world - I will certainly be returing.

    Tracey B, July 2013, UK

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Accommodation

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Hotel Jezero

Hotel Jezero is the pearl of Bohinj located on the banks of its picturesque lake. Shadowed by the Julian Alps, this hotel is the perfect base for your weekend of walking and swimming as you can relax back on the hotel deck overlooking the lake or continue your activity in the hotel pool or gym.