KONJICE HALF MARATHON (10 k, 5 K)

Ready to run through diverse landscape: small picturesque vineyards, spacious green meadows and fields, and finish in beautiful Konjice’s downtown? Visit four regions: The Alps, the Karst, Styria, and the Mediterranean coast Sleep in 400 years old mansion and have lunch in the oldest restaurant in Slovenia (dates back to 1467)! Sample typical food and […]

  • Ready to run through diverse landscape: small picturesque vineyards, spacious green meadows and fields, and finish in beautiful Konjice’s downtown?
  • Visit four regions: The Alps, the Karst, Styria, and the Mediterranean coast
  • Sleep in 400 years old mansion and have lunch in the oldest restaurant in Slovenia (dates back to 1467)!
  • Sample typical food and wine

 

Highlights:

  • Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital
  • Compete or volunteer at a signature running event
  • Big Pasture Plateau
  • Piran, a pearl of the Mediterranean
  • Škocjan Caves, the UNESCO heritage
  • Žiče Charterhouse, lunch in one of the oldest guest houses in Europe and sleep in 400 years old mansion

 

Activities

Running, hiking, exploring

 

Food and Accommodations

Four nights in one of Ljubljana’s ****hotels and three nights in *** Hotel Konjice

Buffet breakfasts each day

Six dinners and three lunches in the most typical local restaurants

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

 

Included in the price of the itinerary

  • Accommodation with breakfast for four days in a Ljubljana’s hotel and three days in Konjice’s hotel
  • All hotel taxes
  • Dinner on your first day and second in Ljubljana
  • Admission for Ljubljana’s Castle on your second day
  • Transportation and “fish experience” lunch on third day to Škocjan Caves and Piran
  • Transportation and lunch on fourth day to Big Pasture Plateau
  • Admissions and guided tours in Ljubljana, Škocjan Caves, Big Pasture Plateau, and Piran
  • Dinner on your fifth day and sixth day in Konjice
  • Transportation and lunch on seventh day to the Žiče Charterhouse
  • Entry fee for the running
  • Official T-shirt and food for volunteers on a work day
  • English speaking tourist guides in Ljubljana, Škocjanske Caves, Big Pasture Plateau, and Piran
  • Services of Mateja Travel staff

 

HALF KONJICE MARATHON – MARATHON WITH A SOUL – 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
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 the largest known underground canyons in the world where a special ecosystem has developed due to specific microclimatic conditions. In the afternoon, after a “fish experience” lunch, 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.

Day 4
Big Pasture Plateau

 

After being three days in different cities, you can regenerate with a leisurely hike to one of Slovenian most recognizable and picturesque destinations: The Big Pasture Plateau (Velika planina). A 30-minute ride from Ljubljana and 90-minute hike (or short ride by lift chair) will take you to a gorgeous shepherd mountain in Slovenia. Humans have inhabited this mountain since prehistoric times, and the area is now home to over one hundred distinctive Alpine pasture huts. After lunch we will transfer to the Slovenske Konjice, where we will have dinner.

Day 5
The Žiče Charterhouse and wine tasting tour

The Žiče Charterhouse, which was founded between 1155 and 1165, was a Carthusian monastery or Charterhouse in the narrow valley of Žičnica Creek, also known as Saint John the Baptist Valley after the church dedicated to St. John the Baptist at the monastery near the village of Žiče in the Municipality of Slovenske Konjice in northeastern Slovenia.

Gastuž is the oldest restaurant in Slovenia, just next to the famous Chaterhouse Žice, dating back to 1467. Serving Slovenian traditional food with a modern touch is a big pleasure for your taste buds.

Day 6
Explore on your own

 

A day before the event you can stay in your hotel, explore Slovenske Konjice by yourself, or embark in an excursion on your own.

Day 7
Half Marathon With Soul

 

Race day! We will stay in the hotel, close to the starting line for running or the working station for volunteers who will assist in the event.

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 and Zagreb 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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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 twice 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 60s to the upper 90s.

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.