LJUBLJANA MARATHON (half marathon, 10 k)

Registered in IAAF calendar, the Ljubljana Marathon, organized at the end of October, is the biggest running event in Slovenia. The first marathon was held in 1996, and there were only 673 runners (mostly from Slovenia) participating. With enthusiastic desire to develop a big event, the marathon was growing, and in 2006 there were around 7,000 runners from Slovenia and other European countries. After two decades, there are more than 20,000 participants every year from different countries around the world.
For those who don’t want to run the whole marathon, options include competing in a half-marathon, a 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) recreational run or a 3.5 kilometer (2 miles) FUN RUN with or without a costume.

  • Run a full or half-marathon through the streets of Ljubljana, or volunteer at the event
  • Visit four regions: the Alps, the Karst, the Mediterranean coast, and Styria
  • Sample typical food and wine

 

Highlights of the trip

  • Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital
  • Compete in the Ljubljana Marathon or assist as a volunteer
  • Lake Bled
  • Piran, a pearl of the Mediterranean
  • Postojna Cave or Predjama Castle
  • Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town

 

Activities

Running, exploring

 

Food and Accommodations

Seven nights in one of Ljubljana’s ****hotels

Five dinners and three lunches in the most typical local restaurants

Three “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

  • 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 Postojna cave or Predjama Castle and Piran, and “fish experience” dinner on your fourth day
  • Transportation to Ptuj, lunch and snack on your fifth day
  • Dinner on your sixth and seventh day in Ljubljana
  • Admissions and English speaking tourist guide in Ljubljana, Ptuj, Postojna Caves, and Piran
  • Entry fee for the running day
  • Official T-shirt and food for volunteers on a work day
  • Services of Mateja Travel staff

 

 

RUN A LJUBLJANA 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 lunch 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, perhaps take a quick trip by boat to visit the iconic island and ring the wish bell, or 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
Postojna Cave or Predjama Castle and Piran

 

In the morning, we will visit the Postojna Cave or Predjama Castle. The cave is a world-famous attraction that takes visitors beneath the surface of the Earth for a three-mile tour (one by foot, two by train) of what is otherwise a fifteen-mile (24 km) karst cave system. Those who prefer to skip the cave tour may visit the Predjama Castle, a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth about five miles (9 km) from the Postojna Cave.

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 go back to Ljubljana.

Day 5
Trip to Ptuj

 

On day 5, we will visit 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 6
Running Fair or Rest

 

To become more familiar with Ljubljana,  explore the city on your own, or watch the first day of this running event featuring children and student races.

Close to downtown (15 minutes’ walk) you can pick up your bib and participant’s kit at the Ljubljana Marathon Running Fair. (In alternative, we can pick up the bib and kit for you.)

In the evening, you can join the pasta party organized by the race hosts to load up on carbohydrates on the eve of the big race!

This will be your first opportunity to interact with the big Ljubljana Marathon community!

Day 7
Marathon

 

It’s race day! Depending on the location of your stay, we will coordinate transportation or a chaperone from your hotel to the starting line 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 steps 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 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 it is 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 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.