Soča valley hiking trip
Discovering the Julian Pre-Alps between Italy and Slovenia
4-day trip from 02/05/2024 to 05/05/2024
3 nights in a 4* hotel in Gorizia
Half board with 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners included
Daily excursions with expert guide
Soča Valley - Collio Goriziano
02 – 05 May 2024
Hiking trip in the Soča Valley: an adventure in history, nature and gastronomy among the wonders of the Julian Pre-Alps and the beautiful hills of Collio Goriziano
On the border between Italy and Slovenia, wonderful hiking experiences through crystal-clear waterways, mountain peaks rich in history and scenic plateaus.
Trekking in the Soča Valley will take us into the heart of the Julian Pre-Alps, divided between Italy and Slovenia.
The Isonzo, or Soča in Slovenian, is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, known for the color of its waters, between turquoise and emerald, and its valley is rich in vegetation and natural wonders.
We will experience a journey into the Mitteleuropean history and culture that permeates the valleys, plateaus and peaks of this region: from the echoes of the world wars that left indelible traces, carved into the land, landscape and people’s souls, to the food and wine excellences from Italian, Slavic and Austrian traditions.
A four-day hiking trip to get to know and admire an evocative natural and human environment like few others.
- DURATION: 4 days
- LEVEL: moderate
- TRAVEL STYLE: group, fully guided, explorer
- TRAVEL STYLE: group, fully guided, explorer
- GUIDES: Pietro
Thursday September 28th at 4* Hotel in Gorizia. All data will be given at the time of registration.
Sunday October 1st in the afternoon
Thursday, May 02 – Brestovec Historic Trail
Lenght: 8 km
Elevation gain: 250 m
After checking in at the hotel, we will make our first hike into the heart of the Isonzo Karst, a short distance from the summit of Mount San Michele and the small village of San Martino del Carso, along the Mount Brestovec Historical Trail, opened in October 2012.
The trail leads to the small peak, a few hundred meters high, overlooking the valley that bisects the Karst plateau and from which there is a unique view of the entire area.
We will go on a historical and nature trail among the typical karst vegetation and through tunnels and fortifications dating from different periods, but especially related to the First World War.
Friday, May 03 – Mount Sabotino
Lenght: 15 km
Height difference: 550 m
At 609 meters, Mount Sabotino, whose crest marks the border between Italy and Slovenia, dominates part of the Isonzo plain and allows us to embrace with our gaze the city of Gorizia, which during the Great War was strenuously defended from this very peak.
This area is very rich in history and evidence, since this was one of the main battlefields in the two-year period 1915-1916, which we will have the opportunity to appreciate the Walk of Peace, among rugged places but with rolling hills, still part of the Collio.
We will have lunch at the Planinska koča na Sabotinu hut, with simple and tasty food accompanied by Slovenian beer.
Saturday, May 04 – Mount Matajur
Length: 14 km
Elevation gain: 900 m
Matajur, also called Monte Re and Baba in the local Slovenian dialect, is a mountain in the Julian Pre-Alps 1641 m high. It is located in the eastern part of Friuli and is the high ground overlooking the town of Cividale on one side and Kobarid (Caporetto) on the other.
With a shift of about an hour, we will walk on the Italian-Slovenian border, first ascending the spectacular summit of Mount Matajur, lined to the summit with forests of poplars, chestnut trees and green alders, and then descending on grassy slopes on the border line.
We will have lunch at the Dom na Matajure Alpine Hut at 1554 m (or, depending on seasonal openings, at the beautiful Pelizzo hut) on the western ridge of Mt. Matajur, from where there are spectacular views across the plains to the sea.
Sunday, May 05 – Rilke’s Trail
Lenght: 6 km
Elevation gain: 200 m
On the last day we will move to the Trieste area to walk the Rilke Trail. A cliffside trail directly overlooking the Gulf of Trieste and the cliffs of Duino, dedicated to Rainer Maria Rilke, the great poet from Prague who stayed at Duino Castle in 1911 and 1912.
It seems that Rilke, during a walk along the path between Duino and Sistiana, on a day of freezing bora, got the inspiration for the first verses of the “Duino Elegies,” one of his best-known works, which he completed in 1922.
- € 130,00 to be paid at the time of registration
- € 410.00 thirty days before departure
The fee includes:
- Professional English speaking Hiking Guide for the duration of the entire hiking trip (environmental hiking guide qualified in accordance with L.R. 42 of 23/03/2000 and subsequent amendments).
- 4-night stay in 4* hotel in Gorizia in double rooms with twin beds on request.
- 3 breakfasts
- 2 dinners at a restaurant in Gorizia
- Free fast wifi
- Accident insurance
- Parking space at the hotel
The fee does not include
- Travel costs to reach Gorizia and return (fuel and tolls) to be made by own car
- Lunches in mountain huts
- Anything not specified under “The fee include”.
Registrants will receive all booking and travel details by email. The event has a limited number of participants.
Technical organization by:
Via Mario Orsini 2
50125 Firenze (ITALY)
Tel. +39 055 2047019
- Report any food intolerances at the time of booking
- Optional trip cancellation insurance available upon request
The following applies in case of cancellation:
- Cancellations made up to 61 days from the date of departure: penalty 0%.
- The cancellation of the reservation from 60 to 31 days from the date of departure: penalty of 30% of the booked services.
- The cancellation of the reservation from 30 to 15 days from the date of departure: penalty of 40% of the booked services.
- The cancellation of the reservation from 14 to 8 days from the date of departure: penalty of 70% of the booked services.
- The cancellation of the reservation within 7 days from the date of departure penalty of 100% of the booked services.
Read the Terms and Conditions for participation in the guided trekking trip.
Pietro Brunelli, born in Padova, is an AMM guide at the Collegio Guide Alpine of Lombardy and a member of Soccorso Alpino.
He has a degree in historical and geographical studies and lives in Tuscany, although his passion for the mountains in all guises often sees him involved in the Alps, from the ‘home Dolomites’ to the Julian Alps or the Lombardy mountains. In Tuscany, he loves the Apuan Alps, on which he has also written the guidebook ‘Escursioni sulle Alpi Apuane’ (Idea Montagna, 2023), and the Apennines.
A former hiking guide from 2018-2019, he has been involved in training for environmental guides in Tuscany, teaching landscape geography and history. He is a member of the CAI (Siena section), has published several works of a historiographical nature and for the types of Morlacchi Perugia, has published the collection of travel stories “Il re del silenzio” 2022.
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