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Four Bridges Run and Live Like a King and Queen in Medieval Slovenia

$3450 $3050 per person

Would you like to feel the pulse of 1,000 year Škofja Loka with 2,500 multigenerational runners? Come join our Fun & Run weekend! The races begin on Saturday morning, and we’ll have a chance to cycle around and familiarize ourselves with the course. That afternoon, we’ll cheer for the children and youth divisions. At 9 p.m. it’ll be our turn! Our 10K course weaves through the festive, populated streets of Skofja Loka, culminating in the main town square. At the Finish, there’s a party with live music and prizes!

  • Run over 4 bridges in one night!
  • Visit five castles in four regions: the Alps, the Karst, the Mediterranean coast, and Styria
  • Sample authentic food and wine
  • Run and celebrate with the local community!

 

Highlights
  • Compete or volunteer!
  • Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital
  • Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town
  • Predjama castle and Piran, pearl of the Mediterranean
  • Krizna Cave and Sneznik Castle
  • Škofja Loka with an African king in the town’s coat of arms
  • Lake Bled with the castle and the island

 

Running highlights
  • Run over four bridges and medieval downtown!
  • Run with local running group
  • Compete or volunteer!

 

Quick itinerary video
  • [Day One, Ljubljana] Welcome dinner at one of Ljubljana’s best restaurants
  • [Day Two, Ljubljana] Transportation, Ljubljana Castle, lunch and dinner
  • [Day Three, Lake Bled] Transportation, pletna boat, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Four, Predjama Castle, Piran] Transportation, Predjama Castle, lunch, and fish dinner
  • [Day Five, Sneznik Castle, Krizna Jama] Transportation, Sneznik Castle and Krizna Jama, lunch and dinner
  • [Day Six, Skofja Loka] Transportation, Skofja Loka Castle and lunch, Four Bridges Run
  • [Day Seven, Ptuj:] Transportation, Ptuj Castle, wine tasting and farewell dinner

 

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Ljubljana airport/Ljubljana airport
  • Departure Time
    June, 12, 2023 in the afternoon
  • Return Time
    June, 19, 2023 after breakfast
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.
  • Included
    Four Bridges Run and Live Like a King and Queen in Medieval Slovenia
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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 at Ljubljana castle in authentic Slovenian style.
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Day 2: Ljubljana and its Dragons
A tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning of your second day and take you on a short walking tour to visit some of the historic sights of Slovenia’s capital city. Dragons are a famous symbol in Ljubljana: Legend goes that one was killed by the mythological Greek heroes Jason and the Argonauts (founders of Ljubljana). Today, dragons are portrayed in statues, in the city coat of arms, and on the mysterious Dragon Bridge! Let’s see how many we can spot during this tour of the Slovenian capital. After the tour takes us through Ljubljana’s Old Town, including Ljubljana Castle, you can explore on your own. Then before dinner, we’ll join a local running group for a jog.
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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.
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Day 4: Predjama Castle and Piran
We’re off to the Slovenian coast to see Predjama castle! After visiting the “Castle In a Cave,” we’ll have a lunch. Then 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 special fish dinner, we'll go back to lodge in Ljubljana.
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Day 5: Sneznik Castle and Krizna Cave
In the morning, we’ll visit Krizna Cave, an 8,273-meter-long cave system. It is one of the few caves in Slovenia which contains natural pathways and muted lighting. Krizna Cave is considered one of the oldest and most beautiful and best preserved caves in the world. In the afternoon we’ll visit Sneznik Castle, one of the few castles in Slovenia that still uses original furnishings. Managed by the National Museum of Slovenia, Sneznik Castle depicts 19th century Slovenian culture.
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Day 6: 10K Long Party in Škofja Loka
In the morning we’ll visit Škofja Loka (Bishop's Meadow), one of the oldest settlements in Slovenia. Our tour includes the old city center, the castle (built by bishops in the 11th and 12th century), the Capuchin Library, and coffee break in the castle jailer’s former dwellings. We’ll have lunch at the Kašča restaurant, a cultural heritage site where the people of Škofja Loka stored grain. After lunch, we’ll join the festivities for the Four Bridges Run.
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Day 7: Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town
Today we’ll travel through Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest city. Settled in the Stone Age, Ptuj has a rich and varied history, including jurisdiction by the Roman Empire, the Frankish Empire, and German occupancy during World War II. Our tour takes us from the old city center to Ptuj Castle (12th century).
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Day 8: Move 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, Zagreb, and Venice Marco Polo 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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Included in the price of the itinerary
  • Transportation from/to Ljubljana airport
  • Accommodation and breakfast for seven days in Ljubljana hotel
  • Welcome dinner on your first day in Ljubljana
  • Admission to Ljubljana Castle, lunch at and dinner in Ljubljana on your second day
  • Transportation, fee for boat pletna, lunch and dinner in Bled on your third day
  • Transportation to Predjama Castle and Piran, admission for the castle, snack, and special fish dinner on your fourth day
  • Transportation, cave and castle fee, lunch, and dinner in on your fifth day
  • Transportation, admission to Skofja Loka castle and lunch on your sixth day
  • Transportation to Ptuj, admission to the castle, lunch, and snack on your seventh day
  • Admission and English-speaking tour guide in Ljubljana, Predjama castle, Krizna cave, Ptuj, and Piran
  • Entry fee for race day
  • Official T-shirt and food for volunteers
  • Services of Mateja Travel staff
Food and Accommodations
  • Seven nights in one of Ljubljana’s ****hotels
  • Six lunches and seven dinners 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
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  • 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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