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Run Of Trios And Slovenian History

$3100 per person

This three-member team race, held in the beginning of May, is a unique running event–the idea for it came from Allied solidarity and partnership during World War II. This historical annual event attracts increasing numbers of competitors for the 29 km and 12.5 km routes (18.3 miles/7.1 miles), which wind through the famous Ljubljana streets. The Path of Remembrance and Comradeship is held at the beginning of May; it’s a reminder of the time when Ljubljana was surrounded by barbed wire during World War II. More than 30,000 participants of all ages compete each year – from preschool to adult. It’s a socially engaging, gentle 32.5 km route (20.2 miles) with eight organized control points.

  • Experience collaboration, partnership, and socializing with friends and local athletes!
  • Visit three regions: Upper Carniola, all three chain of the Alps (Julian, Karavanke, and Kamnik Savinja) and Styria
  • Visit historical monuments and museums/go back in time
  • Sample authentic food and wine

 

Highlights
  • Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital
  • Big Karst Plateau and shepherds’ huts
  • Zicka Kartuzija and one of the oldest restaurants in Europe
  • World War I museum and Napoleon bridge; enjoy the Soca River Valley
  • Visit remains of World War II camp near Austria and enjoy lunch at the old border crossing
  • Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town

 

Running highlights
  • Compete or volunteer in a big event with a historical motive!
  • Experience collaboration and team run!

 

Quick itinerary video
  • [Day One, Ljubljana:] Welcome dinner at one of Ljubljana’s downtown restaurants
  • [Day Two, Ljubljana, Big Pasteur Plateau:] Transportation, admission to Ljubljana Castle, lunch and dinner
  • [Day Three, Žiče Charterhouse:] Transportation, admission, lunch and snack
  • [Day Four, Soča River Valley and World War I museum:] Transportation, admission, prosciutto lunch, dinner
  • [Day Five, Ljubelj World War II and old crossing point with Austria:] Transportation, lunch, and dinner
  • [Day Six, Explore: Free time and:] Run of Trios
  • [Day Seven, Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town:] Transportation, admission, spa, lunch, and Farewell dinner

 

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Ljubljana airport/Ljubljana airport
  • Departure Time
    May, 1, 2023 in the afternoon
  • Return Time
    May, 8, 2023 after breakfast
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and light jacket.
  • Included
    Run Of Trios And Slovenian History
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Day 1: Ljubljana and its Dragons
We'll pick you up at the Ljubljana Airport in the afternoon on the day of your arrival and take you to your hotel. In the evening, we'll have dinner with local Slovenian food in downtown Ljubljana.
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Day 2: Big Karst Plateau and Ljubljana
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.
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Day 3: Zice Carthusian monastery and one of the oldest restaurants in Europe
The Žiče Charterhouse, circa 1160, was a Carthusian monastery or Charterhouse in the narrow valley of Žičnica Creek, near the village of Žiče in the Municipality of Slovenske Konjice. The monks who dwelt here were known for their humility, penmanship, and proprietary Chartreuse herbal liquor.
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Day 4: Kobarid and WWI and Napoleon Bridge (Soca RIver Valley)
On day 4, we’ll head west to the Soca River Valley, famous for the Isonzo Battle which lasted two years during World War I. We’ll visit the museum and the strategic Napoleon Bridge. As we curve back and forth through Vrsic Pass, we’ll take some time to remember those who fought here, and we’ll be inspired by the Soca River’s shimmering emerald waters.
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Day 5: Ljubelj WWII and old crossing point
The Ljubelj labor camp was the only of its kind in Slovenian territory during World War II. More than a thousand prisoners worked in severe conditions from 1943 to 1945 to build the present day tunnel on Ljubelj. We’ll have lunch in the restaurant that borders Austria, where the old crossing point between the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Austria still stands.
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Day 6: Run
Race day! Depending on the location of your stay, we’ll coordinate transportation or a chaperone from your hotel to the Run of Trios, or to the volunteer work station.
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Day 7: Ptuj in Ptujske toplice
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). In the afternoon we’ll relax in Ptuj’s spa center.
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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!

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Included in the price of the itinerary
  • Transportation from/to Ljubljana airport
  • Accommodations with breakfast for seven days in Ljubljana hotels
  • Welcome dinner on your first day
  • Admission to Ljubljana Castle, lunch at Velika planina and dinner in Ljubljana on your second day
  • Transportation, fee Žiče Charterhouse, lunch and snack on your third day
  • Transportation to Kobarid, admission to museum, lunch, and dinner on your fourth day
  • Transportation, admission for the museum, lunch, and dinner on your fifth
  • Dinner on your sixth days in Ljubljana
  • Transportation to Ptuj, lunch and farewell dinner on your seventh day
  • English-speaking guide in Ljubljana, Ljubelj, and Ptuj
  • 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
  • Buffet breakfasts each day
  • Seven dinners and five lunches in the most authentic local restaurants, plus tasty nutritious 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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