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BOVEC MARATHON: 42K of pure nature and a little bit more of pure nature

$3350 $3050 per person

Bovec Marathon and 42K (also half marathon and 10 K (6.2 miles)) offer you pure nature. Watching the emerald beauty of the Soča River, you’ll forget that you’re running. When you see the peaks of the mighty Alps mountains, you’ll want to run even further. Accompanied by accordion music, and compelled by drums and loud cheering, you’ll be welcomed by the local community during this event of a lifetime. Come and join us!

  • 42K of pure nature in Triglav National Park next to Emerald Soča River!
  • Run next to buildings from WWI.
  • Visit three regions: The Alps, the Karst, the Mediterranean coast
  • More hiking in pristine nature
  • Sample authentic food and wine


  • Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital
  • Big Pasteur Plateau and shepherds’ huts
  • Lake Bled
  • Piran, pearl of the Mediterranean
  • Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO natural and cultural world heritage site
  • Bovec and Soča, the Emerald River


Running highlights
  • Experience 42K of pure nature in Triglav National Park next to Emerald Soča River and run nex to the buildings from WW1!
  • Compete or volunteer!


Quick itinerary video
  • [Day One, Ljubljana:] Welcome dinner at one of Ljubljana’s best restaurants
  • [Day Two, Ljubljana, Big Pasteur Plateau:] Transportation, admission to Ljubljana Castle, lunch and dinner
  • [Day Three, Lake Bled:] Transportation, pletna boat, lunch and dinner
  • [Day Four, Škocjan Caves, Piran:] Transportation, admission, prosciutto lunch, fish dinner
  • [Day Five, Bovec, Kanin:] Transportation, dinner and snack
  • [Day Six, Explore: Free time and:] Blitz Bovec Marathon
  • [Day Seven, Kobarid:] WW1 Museum, Farewell dinner


  • Destination
  • Departure
    Ljubljana airport/Ljubljana airport
  • Departure Time
    September, 12, 2022 in the afternoon
  • Return Time
    September, 19, 2022 after breakfast
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.
  • Included
    BOVEC MARATHON: 42K of pure nature and a little bit more of pure nature
Day 1: Welcome to one of the greenest countries in the world!
On the day of your arrival, we’ll pick you up at the Ljubljana Airport and take you to your hotel. In the evening, we’ll dine downtown in fine Ljubljana style.
Day 2: Big Karst Plateau and Ljubljana and its Dragons
In the morning, a guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you on a leisurely hike to Velika Planina (Big Pasteur Plateau), one of Slovenia’s most recognizable and picturesque destinations. We’ll hike up the gorgeous shepherd mountain. Humans have inhabited this mountain since prehistoric times, and the area is now home to over one hundred distinctive Alpine pasture huts. In the afternoon, a guide will take us on a short walking tour of some of the historic sights of Slovenia’s capital city.
Day 3: Lake Bled
Lake Bled is one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in Slovenia; we’ll walk along its shores and marvel. There’s time to explore on your own, take a trip by boat to visit the iconic island and ring the wish bell, or simply enjoy some quiet. That afternoon, we’ll go on a short hike, with the stunning lake in view. In the evening, we’ll dine at a cozy local restaurant in Bled before returning to Ljubljana for the night.
Day 4: Škocjan Caves and Piran
Next up: the Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO natural and cultural world heritage site. The caves are one of the largest known underground canyons in the world, due to specialized ecosystem and microclimatic conditions. After the caves, we’ll visit Piran, a fascinating Mediterranean harbor, formerly part of the Republic of Venice. Nestled in the narrow, ancient streets are churches, galleries, and such cultural landmarks as the birthplace of Baroque composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini. After a special fish dinner, we’ll travel to our next destination: Bovec.
Day 5: Triglav National Park in the morning and explore on your own in the afternoon
This morning, we’ll visit Kanin in Triglav National Park, with the Julian Alps on one side and the Adriatic Sea on the other. Then, take some time to explore on your own--or just rest up in the afternoon before race day!
Day 6: Run
Race day! We‘ll lodge in a hotel close to the Bovec Marathon Start and the volunteer work station. That evening, we’ll dine in a local restaurant near Soča River.
Day 7: Visit WWI heritage
On the last day of our trip we’ll visit a gorgeous waterfall and share lunch in a local restaurant. Then we’ll tour the Kobarid WW1 Museum, with a farewell dinner in historic downtown city.
Day 8: Move on
This trip has come to an end, but we’re happy to help coordinate your next step. If you plan to vacation in Europe, Ljubljana Brnik, Zagreb, and Venice Marco Polo are the most convenient airports to fly out of. However, if you want to extend your stay in Slovenia, we’re happy to connect you with your next adventure!


Value For Money

Included in the price of the itinerary
  • Transportation from/to Ljubljana airport
  • Accommodations and breakfast for seven days in Ljubljana and Bovec hotels
  • All hotel taxes
  • Welcome dinner on your first day
  • Admission to Ljubljana Castle, lunch at Velika planina and dinner in Ljubljana on your second day
  • Transportation, pletna boat, lunch, and dinner on your third day at Lake Bled
  • Transportation and admission to Škocjan Caves and Piran, snack and special fish dinner on your fourth day
  • English-speaking guide in Ljubljana, Škocjan Caves, and Piran
  • Transportation, gondola fee, lunch on Kanin, and dinner in Bovec on your fifth day
  • Entry fee for the race, plus transportation to Start, and dinner on your sixth day in Bovec
  • Transportation to Kobarid, museum fee, lunch, and farewell dinner on your seventh day
  • Official T-shirt and food for competitors/volunteers
  • Services of Mateja Travel staff
Food and Accommodations
  • Three nights in one of Ljubljana’s ****hotels and four nights in Bovec *** hotel.
  • Buffet breakfasts each day
  • Seven dinners and four lunches in authentic local restaurants, plus tasty nourishing snacks.
Not Included in the Price of the Itinerary
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional trips
  • Food and beverages if not defined otherwise
  • Alcoholic beverages over provided meals if not defined otherwise
  • Optional gratuities to tour guides
  • Items of a personal nature
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.
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