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KONJICE HALF MARATHON: FOOD FOR BODY & SOUL

$3100 $2800 per person

The Konjice marathon is known for its special care for competitors, its genuine community, and its top-level organization. The gift bag is worth more than the entry fee! Over two hundred musicians perform at the Start and along the route, all the way to the Finish. Thus, runners are motivated by a new musical sound every kilometer; meanwhile, the Finish offers a true musical spectacle, as medals are awarded to winners and participants. Because of this excellence, the Konjice Marathon is one of the few recreational events to have earned the prestigious Athletic Association of Slovenia Award!

The course winds through the spectacular Dravinja Valley, past ripening vineyards, to the ski-and-spa town Zreče, then it turns and leads back through the foothills of Konjice Mountain, finishing in the center of the old town Konjice.

 

Highlights
  • Jezersko, a small village close to the Austrian border
  • Visit four castles in one afternoon
  • Hiking trip
  • Soca Valley and energetic points
  • Kayaking adventure through underground mountain Peca
  • Žiče Charterhouse and lunch in the oldest restaurant in Slovenia (c. 1467)
  • Lodging in 400-year-old mansion
Running highlights
  • Run through diverse landscapes: picturesque vineyards, spacious green meadows, pristine mountains, and Konjice’s cobblestone Old Town
  • Visit four regions: Upper Carniola (The Alps, Karavanke), the Karst, Koroška and Styria
  • Compete or volunteer at a signature running event

 

Food and Accommodations
  • Four nights in one of Upper Carniola tourist farms and three nights in 400-year-old mansion in Konjice
  • Freshly-prepared farm-to-table buffet breakfasts each day
  • Five lunches and seven dinners at authentic local farms, plus tasty nourishing snacks

 

Quick itinerary video
  • [Day One, Jezersko] Welcome dinner at tourist farm
  • [Day Two, Jezersko, Preddvor] Transportation, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Three, hiking to Czech Lodge] Transportation, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Four, Soča Valley] Transportation, lunch and, dinner
  • [Day Five, Underground Peca] Transportation, admission, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Six, Žiče Charterhouse] Transportation, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Seven, Race day] Konjice Half Marathon, farewell dinner

 

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Ljubljana airport/Ljubljana airport
  • Departure Time
    September, 19, 2022 in the afternoon
  • Return Time
    September, 26, 2022 after breakfast
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.
  • Included
    KONJICE HALF MARATHON: FOOD FOR BODY & SOUL
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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 tourist farm. In the evening, we’ll have a special meal of freshly-prepared farm-to-table food in Jezersko, where we'll stay for the next four days.
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Day 2: Second day with Jezersko Fossils and four castles in the afternoon
In the morning, we'll explore Jezersko, an idyllic mountain village on the Austrian border, as well as tufa quarry in the Valley of Komatevra, known for its unique tree and moss fossils. Then, we’ll fill our water bottles from a safe, natural spring and enjoy an alpine lunch near Planšarsko Lake. That afternoon, we’ll walk along the lake in the shade of sequoia trees, then tour the four castles of Preddvor.
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Day 3: Hiking up to Czech Lodge
Let’s start today by hiking up to the Czech Lodge (1542 m/5059 ft), a mountain hut that stands on the Spodnje Ravni Cirque! After that, you can rest or hike another hour to nearby Vratca peak (1802 m/5912 ft). The views will energize you!
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Day 4: Energetic points at Posocje
This day is reserved for the Soča River Valley. Besides the natural beauty of this river, we’ll visit 14 energetic points to build up our energy levels. We’ll also see some of the most intriguing spots along Soča, like Great Gorge and Napoleon Bridge.
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Day 5: Kayaking adventure through the underground of Mount Peca
Challenges in the beauty of abandoned mine tunnels: Today we’ll be captured by the beauty of subterranean lakes as we row through the flooded tunnels of one of the largest abandoned mines in Europe.
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Day 6: The Žiče Charterhouse
As we all need peace and quiet, we’ll retreat to Slovenske Konjice, a medieval town in Eastern Slovenia. In the morning we’ll visit the Žiče Charterhouse, c. 1160, a Carthusian monastery or Charterhouse dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The monks who dwelt here were known for their humility, penmanship, and proprietary Chartreuse herbal liquor. We’ll have lunch at Gastuž, the oldest restaurant in Slovenia (c. 1467), near the Žice Charterhouse. Traditional Slovenian cuisine with a modern touch is the signature offering here! In the afternoon, you can explore this sacred space on your own.
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Day 7: Half Marathon With Soul
Race day! We‘ll lodge in a hotel close to the Konjice Marathon Start and the volunteer work station. That evening, we’ll dine in at a favorite local restaurant.
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Day 8: Moving 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
  • Accommodations with breakfast for four days in a tourist farm and three in a 400-year-old mansions in Konjice
  • Welcome dinner on your first day in Jezersko
  • Transportation, lunch, and dinner on your second day at Jezersko and Preddvor
  • Transportation, mountain guide, lunch and dinner on your third day hiking to Czech Lodge
  • Transportation, lunch and dinner on your fourth day in Soca Valley
  • Transportation, admission, lunch and dinner on your fifth day underground Peca
  • Transportation, admission to Zice Charterhouse, lunch and dinner on your sixth day
  • Dinner on your sixth day and farewell dinner on your seventh day in Konjice
  • Entry fee for the race
  • Official T-shirt and food for volunteers
  • English speaking tour and mountain guides for hiking, Preddvor, Peca, and Žiče Charterhouse
  • Services of Mateja Travel staff
Food and Accommodations
  • Four nights in one of Upper Carniola tourist farms and three nights in 400-year-old mansion in Konjice
  • Freshly-prepared farm-to-table buffet breakfasts each day
  • Five lunches and seven dinners at authentic local farms, 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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  • Travel insurance To protect your travel investment, we recommend the purchase of travel insurance.
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