Experience socializing with your friends and local runners! Visit four regions: The Alps, the Karst, Styria, and the coast Sample typical food and wine   Highlights: Run next to Lipizzaner Stud Farm! Experience running through two different countries in one marathon! Compete or volunteer! Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital Run around Lake Bled with local […]


  • Experience socializing with your friends and local runners!
  • Visit four regions: The Alps, the Karst, Styria, and the coast
  • Sample typical food and wine



  • Run next to Lipizzaner Stud Farm!
  • Experience running through two different countries in one marathon!
  • Compete or volunteer!
  • Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital
  • Run around Lake Bled with local running group and have dinner with them in a typical Slovenian restaurant.
  • Piran, a pearl of the Mediterranean
  • Škocjan Caves, on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites
  • Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town



Running, exploring, enjoying


Food and Accommodations

Four nights in one of Ljubljana’s ****hotel and three nights in one of Sežana’s ***hotel

Five dinners and three lunches in the most typical local restaurants

Three “lunch bags” (sandwich, fruit, bar, and water) for the missing meal when you have only two meals per day


Included in the price of the itinerary

  • Transportation from and to Ljubljana airport (twice a day)
  • Accommodation with breakfast for seven days in a Ljubljana’s hotel
  • Dinner on your first day in Ljubljana
  • Admission for Ljubljana’s Castle and lunch on your second day
  • Transportation, fee for boat pletna, lunch and dinner on your third day in Bled
  • Transportation to Ptuj, lunch and snack on your fourth day
  • Transportation to Škocjan Caves and Piran, and “fish experience” dinner on your fifth day
  • Dinner on your sixth and seventh day
  • Admissions and English-speaking tourist guide in Ljubljana, Škocjan Caves, and Piran
  • Entry fee for the running day and transportation to Sežana
  • Official T-shirt and food for volunteers on a workday
  • Service of Mateja Travel staff


Karst Half Marathon – Itinerary

Day 1
Ljubljana and its Dragons

We will 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 will have dinner with typical Slovenian food in Ljubljana’s downtown.

Day 2
Second day in Ljubljana

A tourist guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning of your second day, and take you on a short walking tour and visit some of the historic sights of Slovenia’s capital city.

Dragons are a symbol of Ljubljana: Legend goes that one was killed by the mythological Greek hero Jason and his Argonauts who also founded the city. Today, dragons are portrayed in statues, the city coat of arms, and there is even a Dragon Bridge! Let’s see how many we can spot during this tour of the Slovenian capital! The tour will take us through Ljubljana’s Old Town and will include a visit to the Ljubljana Castle. In the evening, we will have dinner with typical Slovenian food.

Day 3
Lake Bled

Lake Bled is one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in Slovenia; we will walk along its shores on the third day of our stay. There will be time to explore on your own, take a trip by boat to visit the iconic island and ring the wish bell after lunch, and simply enjoy the view lakeside. In the afternoon, we will join a local running group for a jog around the lake. In the evening, we will have dinner in Bled before returning to Ljubljana for the night.

Day 4
 Trip to Ptuj

An optional trip is a visit to Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest city. This city was settled in the Stone Age and has an extremely rich history during which it was part of the Roman Empire, Frankish Empire, and was occupied during World War II. Our tour will take us from the old city center to the Ptuj Castle from the 12th century.

Day 5
Škocjan Caves and Piran

We will organize a trip to the Škocjan Caves, a UNESCO natural and cultural world heritage site. The caves are one of the largest known underground canyons in the world where a special ecosystem has developed due to specific microclimatic conditions. In the afternoon, we will visit Piran, a fascinating old Mediterranean harbor which was historically part of the Republic of Venice. Nested in the narrow streets are churches galleries, and cultural institutions such as the birthplace of Baroque composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini. After a “fish experience” dinner, we will return to Sežana.

Day 6
Rest or explore on your own

A day before the race you can rest or become more familiar with Sežana botanical park and Lipizza Stud Farm or visit Štanjel. We will have a dinner in a prosciutto-producing facility.

Day 7

Race day! We will coordinate transportation and a chaperone from your hotel to the starting line in Sežana for running half marathon or for volunteers who will assist in the event.

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 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 find an option to reach your next destination!


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Not Included in the Price of the Itinerary

Round-trip airfare; excess baggage charges; travel insurance. Food and beverages if not define otherwise. Optional trip, food and drink on your day off. Alcoholic beverages over provided meals. Optional gratuities to your guides. Items of a personal nature.

Transportation – We organize transportation from and to Ljubljana’s airport to your hotel once a day: on the days of your arrival and departure.

Additional Information

Weather –The northwestern part of Slovenia has an Alpine climate and temperatures in the valleys are moderate. June through September are the prime visiting months. The Adriatic coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate (warm sunny days). Temperatures in these regions in this time of the year typically range from the lower 45s to the upper 60s.

Dress code – Slovenians tend to dress somewhat more smartly than Americans, although more casual clothes are acceptable. Jeans, lighter weight pants, t-shirts or camisoles, and sundresses are popular options for casual wear. Lightweight jackets or sweaters are advisable for occasional cooler evenings. Slovenians generally walk more than Americans so comfortable walking footwear is advisable. Trips involving running, cycling, hiking, water sport or other outdoor activities will require specialist gear.

Slovenia is a member of the European Union and more than half of the population declares to be Roman Catholics. There are no discernible religious customs that would influence tourists’ dress code, though street clothes (rather than swimsuits) and sometimes over-the-knee pants and shirts are required in churches, museums and other institutions.

Find here (https://www.whattowearonvacation.com/ph/destinations/europe/slovenia/130-what-to-wear-in-slovenia.php) some additional useful tips on what to wear in Slovenia.

Language – The official language of Slovenia is Slovenian. Hungarian and Italian are co-official languages in small areas in the northeast and southwest of the country. Most people speak at least one foreign language, usually English. German and Croatian/Serbian languages are also spoken widely.

Security – Slovenia is generally a very safe country. Still, pickpockets operate everywhere so avoid leaving your belongings unattended and avoid carrying large sums of cash or valuables with you on daytrips. Women can walk alone in virtually all areas and cities even at night.

Injuries and illnesses are always possible, so we recommend inquiring about international medical insurance coverage with your health insurance provider.

Single Travelers – Single accommodation requests will be asked to pay a full single supplement fee. There is a limited number of single rooms available upon request. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available.

General Information – This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current Mateja Travel Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and contact us if you have any questions. Additional trip information will be provided upon registering for the trip.

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.