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Karst Half-Marathon And Hollywood Movies

$3350 per person

The first major event in the Slovenian road running calendar has traditionally been the Karstic Half-Marathon (Mali Kraški Maraton). The route of this early-spring 21K & 10 K (13 & 6.2 miles) starts and finishes in the town of Sežana, winds through scenic villages on the Karst plateau (including Lipica, home of the world-famous Kobilarna Lipica – Lipica Stud Farm!) and even crosses the national border into Italy!

  • Participate in the local running community!
  • Run in two different countries: Slovenia and Italy!
  • Visit three regions: the Upper Carniola, Lower Carniola, and the Karst Plateau
  • View places where stars like Pierce Brosnan and Jackie Chan filmed
  • Sample authentic food in every region!


  • Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital
  • Compete or volunteer at a signature running event
  • Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj (Detonator [Pierce Brosnan] and Captain America [Matt Salinger])
  • Mayor’s Cave, Winnetou, and Ljubljana
  • Predjama Castle and Soča River Valley (God of Armour [Jackie Chan] and Prince Caspian)
  • Lipizza stud farm with Lipizzaners
  • Štanjel, medieval town on the hill


Running highlights
  • Run next to Lipizzaner Stud Farm!
  • Run in two different countries: Slovenia and Italy!
  • Compete or volunteer!


Quick itinerary video
  • [Day One, Ljubljana] Welcome dinner at one of Ljubljana downtown restaurants
  • [Day Two, Lake Bohinj, Lake Bled] Transportation, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Three, Mayor Cave, Ljubljana] Transportation, admission, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Four, Soca River Valley, Predjama Castle] Transportation, admission, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Five, Lipica stud farm] Transportation, admissions, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Six, Štanjel] Transportation, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Seven, Race day] Half Marathon or 10 K and farewell dinner


  • Destination
  • Departure
    Ljubljana airport/Ljubljana airport
  • Departure Time
    Coming soon!
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.
  • Included
    Karst Half-Marathon And Hollywood Movies
Day 1: Ljubljana and its Dragons
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 authentic Slovenian style.
Day 2: Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled (Death Train Detonator, Captain America, and Juggler of Notre Dame)
A tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning of your second day and take you on a journey through several movies. We’ll start at Lake Bohinj and make a stop at a train station and see the long tunnel, where Death Train (Detonator) was filmed. Then we’ll continue to the Pokljuka forests, where Captain America introduces Slovenia as the “Canadian Arctic.” On the other side of the forest we’ll stop at Lake Bled with scenes from Juggler of Notre Dame.
Day 3: Mayor's cave – Winetou and Ljubljana
Slovenia was discovered before it was independent: In 1964 the movie Winnetou: The Red Gentleman was filmed in one of 10,000 Slovenian caves. Today we’ll visit this cave! We’ll spend the afternoon in Ljubljana, famous for its film history. Our guide will take you on a short walking tour to visit some of the historic sights of Slovenia’s capital city, incorporating the dragons of Ljubljana and an authentic downtown dinner.
Day 4: Soca Valley Prince Caspian and Predjama Castle Armour of God
On your fourth day, we’ll visit the Soca Valley with scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. In the afternoon let’s check out Predjama Castle – half castle, half cave – where Armour of God was filmed.
Day 5: Lipica stud farm
As every actor needs some peace and quiet, we’ll retreat to Sežana, close to a medieval town in Western Slovenia. In the morning we’ll visit visit the most famous horses on the planet: Lipizzaners: named in honor of the Slovenian village Lipica, the stud farm has been active since 1580 After the stud farm, we’ll have a special lunch, then you will have time to explore on your own.
Day 6: Štanjel and prosciutto making facility
Next up: the village of Štanjel, of prosciutto fame. This day includes Štanjel Castle, the Ferrari Garden, or simply enjoy the morning in this beautiful medieval village, then we’ll have a unique prosciutto lunch.
Day 7: Run!
Race day! Depending on the location of your stay, we’ll coordinate transportation or a chaperone from your hotel to the Karst Half-Marathon Start, or to the volunteer workstation. We’ll finish this day with a farewell dinner.
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!


Value For Money

Included in the price of the itinerary
  • Transportation from/to Ljubljana airport
  • Accommodation with breakfast for seven days in Ljubljana and Sezana hotels
  • All hotel taxes
  • Welcome dinner on your first day
  • Transportation, lunch, and dinner on your second day at Lake Bohinj and Bled
  • Transportation, admission to Mayor’s Cave and Ljubljana Castle, lunch and dinner on your third day
  • Transportation, admission to Predjama Castle, lunch and dinner on your fourth day
  • Transportation, admissions to Lipica and Vilenica Cave, lunch and dinner on your fifth day
  • Transportation and lunch and dinner on your sixth day
  • Farewell dinner on your seventh day
  • Entry fee for the race
  • Official T-shirt and food for volunteers
  • English speaking tour guides for Predjama Castle, Ljubljana, Mayor’s Cave, Vilenica Cave, and Lipica stud farm
  • Services of Mateja Travel staff
Food and Accommodations
  • Three nights in Ljubljana **** hotel and four nights in Sežana *** hotel
  • Six lunches and seven dinners in the most authentic local restaurants
  • Buffet breakfasts each day
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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