THREE HEARTS MARATHON (half marathon, 10 k, 5 k)

Three Hearts Marathon (Slovene: Maraton treh src) is a marathon, organised in Radenci in Slovenia. It has been taking place since 1981 and attracts several thousand people each year. In addition to the marathon, a half marathon (21 km), recreative running (10 km) and a course for juniors and teenagers are organised.

Radenci was first mentioned in 1436 under the name Radein. As a spa for curing heart’s disease became very popular in 19th centuries. They have almost a century and a half of health resort tradition and experience in treating heart diseases Add to that 250 days of sunshine a year and the legendary mineral water that you can drink straight from the spring or fill a bathtub with to luxuriate in its bubbles and you’ve got a holiday that will make your heart sing!

  • Experience running through two different countries in one marathon!
  • Visit five regions: the Alps, the Karst, the Mediterranean coast, Styria and Prekmurje
  • Sample typical food and wine

 

Highlights:

  • Compete or volunteer!
  • Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital
  • Run with local running group
  • Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj
  • Piran, a pearl of the Mediterranean
  • Škocjan Caves, on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites
  • Radenci spa
  • Ptuj, the oldest Slovenian town

 

Activities

Running, exploring, enjoying

 

Food and Accommodations

Four nights in one of Ljubljana’s ****hotels and three nights in Radenci spa’s **** hotel

Six dinners and two 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 five days in a Ljubljana’s hotel and two nights in Radenci spa’s hotel
  • Dinner on your first and second day in Ljubljana
  • Admission for Ljubljana’s Castle on your second day
  • Transportation, fee for boat pletna, lunch and dinner on your third day in Bled and Bohinj
  • Transportation to Škocjan Caves and Piran, “fish experience” dinner on your fourth day
  • Admissions and English-speaking tourist guide in Ljubljana, Škocjan Caves, and Piran
  • Dinner on your fifth day in Ljubljana and sixth day in Radenci
  • Transportation to Ptuj, lunch and snack on your seventh day
  • Entry fee for the running day
  • Official T-shirt and food for volunteers on a work day

 

THREE HARTS 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
Ljubljana and its Dragons

 

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 to 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 afternoon, you will have time to explore on your own and before dinner we will join a local running group for a jog.

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. Around 2 o’clock, we will go to Lake Bohinj and have lunch there. We will see how to make chees from scratch! In the evening, we will have dinner on our way back to the hotel.

Day 4
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 Ljubljana.

Day 5
Explore on your own

 

To become more familiar with dowtown of Ljubljana, you can explore the city at your own pace. In the afternoon we will pack our language and go towards Radenci.

Radenci was first mentioned in 1436 under the name Radein. As a spa for curing heart’s disease became very popular in 19th centuries. They have almost a century and a half of health resort tradition and experience in treating heart diseases.

Day 6
Run

 

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 7
Trip to Ptuj

 

A trip 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 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 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  (April) typically range from the lower 50s 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.

 

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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.

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