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THE WALK OF PEACE

$2850 per person

The Walk of Peace hiking tour is a space of adventure, memory, and a journey through the incredible history of World War I. What this illuminating trek teaches, however, is that what once divided us now unites us. Walking along the former frontline, it is impossible not to be overtaken by gratitude for peace and the immense beauty of nature.

The Walk of Peace honors the history of WWI all along the hiking path from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic Sea.

The Isonzo front, one of the most extensive battlefields in the high mountains, where Austro-Hungarian troops fought the Italians, left behind numerous military caves, trenches, graves, chapels, and other memorabilia. The turbulent history of the area makes this trekking tour especially engaging.

Spreading the message of peace among nations, the Walk of Peace is the only cross-border trail connecting two countries – Slovenia and Italy. The path crosses the emerald Soča Valley in the Triglav National Park, the wine-growing region of Brda and the mystical land of Karst before reaching the brilliant Adriatic coast. The diversity of the landscape is reflected in delicious local cuisines. Walking along mountain peaks, narrow gorges, karst caves and vineyards, cultural heritage is complemented by incredible natural sites and views.

The cultural path is uniformly marked and suitable for trekking, most of the year. It includes various alternate routes and additional loops for eager hikers.

In 2016, the Walk of Peace was added to UNESCO’s Tentative List.

Distance: 216.1 km (134.3 miles)

Elevation: 7,180 m (25,623 feet)

Highlights
  • Nineteen WWI outdoor museums
  • Memorial church at EU Heritage Label (EHL) Javorca Plateau
  • Kobarid museum devoted to the Isonzo front
  • Italian and German charnel houses
  • Diverse landscape – the Julian Alps, the emerald Soča Valley and Triglav National Park, the wine-growing region of Brda, the Karst, and the Adriatic coast
  • Authentic local food and wine

 

  • Destination
  • Departure Time
    May 30 / Sept 8
  • Return Time
    June 11 / Sept 20
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable hiking clothing, hiking equipment
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Day 1: Arrival to Log pod Mangartom
The Walk of Peace hiking tour starts in the famous Soča Valley. The village of Log pod Mangartom, known for once having the only mosque in the country, is situated within the beautiful peaks of NW Slovenia. Built by Bosnian Muslim troops in service to Austria-Hungary during WWI, the mosque was later abandoned. Many other remnants of WWI exist in this village—like the Austro-Hungarian military cemetery, resting place for over 800 soldiers.
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Day 2: Log pod Mangartom to Bovec
The first trekking stage connects Log pod Mangartom with the town of Bovec, which is an active holiday dream. The historic trail follows the Koritnica and Možnica rivers. The most dramatic section of the Koritnica is the Kluže gorge, a narrow canyon 70 m deep. An important strategic point, the gorge was used as an observation post for the Bovec basin for over 600 years.
Bovec offers three war heritage collections: the Small Museum of the Isonzo Front, the Museum Collection of Ivo Ivančič, and the private military collection “A Farewell to Arms.”
Distance: 12.6 km (7.8 miles)
Elevation: 380 m (1,247 ft)  
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Day 3: From Bovec to Kobarid
The next trek continues through the gorgeous Soča Valley and Triglav National Park. The Zaprikaj outdoor museum takes center stage, between the scenic alpine pastures of Predolina and Zaprikaj. The museum represents the Italian defense, which blocked passageways through the valley.
Another highlight is the Kozjak waterfall, tumbling over rocky heights. The Kozjak stream flows through protected lands, eventually merging with the emerald Soča river, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe.
The day ends in the small town of Kobarid, famous for the Italian retreat during the 1917 Battle of Caporetto (documented by Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms). Today, Kobarid is a lively tourist hub, boasting the restaurant Hiša Franko, where one of the best chefs in the world, Ana Roš, creates alchemy in the kitchen.
Kobarid also features the Italian Charnel House, an octagonal structural base for the Church of St. Anthony. Dedicated to more than 7,000 known and unknown Italian soldiers, the Charnel House was built in the 1930s and was inaugurated by the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini.
Distance: 25.2 km (15.7 miles)
Elevation: 1,350 m (4,429 ft)
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Day 4: Kobarid to Plateau Kitchen (Planina Kuhinja)
During the next trek, the path leads through the Isonzo Front to the Napoleon Bridge, then to the village of Drežnica. During WWI, the village inhabitants fled, and Italian soldiers temporarily moved into their homes. The village is dominated by the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was built in 1912 and remained undamaged throughout the war.
Onward to the mountain hut, the path leads through Kuhinja alpine pasture, located beneath the peaks of Krn (2,245 m) and Batognica (2,164 m). Krn was an excellent observation and strategic point, while Mt. Batognica was a mountainous battlefield.
Distance: 12.7 km (7.9 miles)
Elevation: 1,120 m (3,675 ft)
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Day 5: Plateau Kitchen (Planina Kuhinja) to Tolmin
Trekking continues along the panoramic trails above the Soča Valley. The first stop is the Mrzli vrh outdoor museum, where a well-kept circular path leads visitors past the battlefield remains.
The next stop is the EHL Church of the Holy Spirit at Javorca plateau. Tucked into the Julian Alps, the rustic church commemorates the Austro-Hungarian defenders of the Isonzo front. It is considered the most beautiful WWI memorial in Slovenia.
After descending back to the valley, the cultural path reaches the famous Tolmin gorges, a stunning entry point into Triglav National Park’s Austro-Hungarian military cemetery in Loče.
Distance: 23.6 – 29.6 km (14.7 - 18.4 miles)
Elevation: 770m - 1,120 m (2,526- 3,675 ft)
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Day 6: Tolmin to Kambreško
On the next day, a 4 km detour leads to the Mengore outdoor museum, where the Austro-Hungarian defense endured until the end of the war. In the decisive Twelfth Isonzo Battle, it was exactly this area of the Tolmin gorge that enabled victory.
The historic trail then turns back to the Italian border and passes by another space of memory. The Kolovrat outdoor museum offers uniquely preserved war-time relics: a spiral staircase in a cave, wire netting, corrugated tin, slate walls, and snug views. Walking along the Kolovrat ridge provides a splendid view of the Soča Valley and Friuli-Venecia Julia.
Distance: 23.0-27.9 km (14.3 - 17.3 miles)
Elevation: 1,220-1,520 m (3,675 - 4,987 ft)
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Day 7: Kambreško to Šmartno
Leaving the Soča Valley behind, the historic trail turns now to rolling hills, orchards, and vineyards. Today’s destination is the village of Šmartno in the Brda region. These wine growers are famous for their high-quality wine and hospitality.
To reach Brda, the path follows the border, passing by the village of Lig and the scenic Korada hill. One the way, one can also visit the Franc Jerončič private museum collection, which commemorates the Isonzo Front. To get a great view of the vineyards, a climb to the view tower in Gonjače is highly recommended.
Distance: 21.9 km (13.6 miles)
Elevation: 370 m (1,215 ft)
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Day 8: Šmartno to Nova Gorica
The next trekking stage offers two variations. The shorter one crosses the Sabotin hill, an important strategic point in the defense of Italian Gorizia. Every stone in the Outdoor Museum Park of Peace testifies that the Austro-Hungarian and Italian soldiers fought here.
The longer route turns North, crossing the Soča river, then reaches Prižnica and the Vodice outdoor museum with trenches and caves, a mausoleum of the Italian General Maurizio Gonzaga, and views of the Sveta Gora wilderness. Lastly, the path passes by Mt. Škabrijel, where fighting lasted until the end of 1917.
During the war, the settlement of Solkan was destroyed, including its 85 m stone bridge across the Soča river. It was restored in 1927. Next, the path crosses the public square Gorizia and Nova Gorica, a place of connection between Italy and Slovenia. The Slovenians call it “Trg Evrope” or the Europe square, and the Italians “Piazza della Transalpina.”
Distance: 14.7 – 29.6 km (9.1 - 18.4 miles)
Elevation: 520-1,410 m (1,706 - 4,626 ft)
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Day 9: Nova Gorica to Lokvica
Leaving Nova Gorica, the historic trek goes through the Slovenian Karst. This part of Slovenia is dotted with various karstic phenomena such as sinkholes, disappearing springs, and caves. Of the 8,000+ discovered caves, only about 20 of them are open to the public. Small villages and stone-built homes dot the landscape.
Crossing the Vipava river in Miren, the cultural path continues to the Monument of Peace in Cerje. This seven-story fort tells the story of Slovenia, including the turbulent times of WWI. It offers amazing vistas in all directions: the Adriatic Sea, the Friuli Plains, the Julian Alps, and the Vipava Valley.
Distance: 17.3 km (10.7 miles)
Elevation: 340 m (1,114 ft)
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Day 10: Lokvica to Komen
On this day, the Walk of Peace leads to Cave Pečinka, a shelter for Astro-Hungarian soldiers, complete with bunk beds and office spaces. Within the vicinity of the path are various military cemeteries which commemorate Romanian, Serbian, and Hungarian soldiers.
The Slovenian Karst is also known for its authentic local cuisine, which features seasonal dishes enriched with herbs, wild plants, and fruit. Famous regional treats include dry-cured prosciutto (“pršut”) and the wine “teran.” The final stop of day, the village of Komen, offers opportunities to try both.
Distance: 15.5 km (9.6 miles)
Elevation: 280 m (919 ft)
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Day 11: Komen to Duino
This morning’s route leads through the villages of Volčji Grad and Gorjansko, which commemorate the fallen multinationals from 1915 and 1917. Then crossing the Italian border, the path reaches the outdoor museum Ermada, where the Austro-Hungarian line of defense was fortified in 1916. From this position, troops were able to control the passage to Trieste.
The path then descends from the Karst plateau to the sunny Adriatic coast. Mediterranean cuisine is at its finest in Duino, a city of ancient castles. A short hike along the cliffs via the Rilke footpath concludes the day above the gulf of Sistiana.
Distance: 20.1 km (12.5 miles)
Elevation: 300 m (984 ft)
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Day 12: Duino to Trieste
The last stage features the mystical Adriatic Sea. Parallel to the coastline, the historic trail passes by two Austro-Hungarian military cemeteries in Aurisina and Prosecco.
Trieste is the cultural, artistic, and historic center of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. As the civic hub between the Mediterranean, the Balkans and the Germanic world, Trieste was a strategic hold during WWI.
Distance: 29.5 km (18 miles)
Elevation: 530 m (1,739 ft)
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Day 13: Move on
The Walk of Peace through the history of WWI inspires gratitude for the peace we have today. This part of the tour officially ends with an overnight in Trieste, but remains always in the memories of those who honor it.

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Price for guided WALK OF PEACE hiking tour includes:
  • 10-night accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels/guest houses; 1 night in a mountain hut and 1 night in an apartment
  • 12 breakfasts and 8 dinners; Meals include typical local food
  • Fully qualified and experienced hiking guide with in-depth knowledge about WW1 for the entire trip
  • Baggage transfer between tour stages
  • Isonzo Front Guidebook
  • Tour booklet
  • Transfer from the tour ending point to the tour starting point
Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy on pre-scheduled departures. For individual departures feel free to contact us for the offer.
Optional:
  • Single room supplement: 360 €
  • Navigation device (GPS): 120 €
Price excludes:
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Personal safety and hiking equipment
  • Lunches
  • Any beverages consumed with meals that are included in the package
  • Any other items not mentioned as included
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  • SMALL GROUP From 4 to 6 people          $2850
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