9- day holidays
All our holidays are built around you exploring the whole region, moving around, seeing different crags and making most of the rest days and non-climbing afternoons. We will try to maximize your experience of the Karst edge and Istria and fill it with many sights, sounds, tastes and smells, all the while climbing at the “best of” routes in the top crags.
Ideally, we will visit three countries in pursuit of a perfect climbing day: Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. This may be subject to weather and climbing level and preferences of the group.
We start all our programs on Saturday, based on the most optimal planes schedule. The normal package is 9 days (8 nights), Other lengths and starting dates can be arranged but can be subject to the number of participants and sometimes higher fees. You should contact us about that here.
Below you can check out a short description of each day in the schedule Bear in mind, the itinerary below is just a sample. The itinerary is actually never exactly the same as we shape it based on number of people, their level and wishes, weather and other factors. The region is so diverse and big, it offers us the luxury to be flexible. At the same time, this means you've got a high return value for your second trip: you may see completely different things in familiar environment.
On this day everybody arrives to one of the designated airports. For convenience we will look at flights from London to Ljubljana or Trieste, which are plentiful. If multiple groups will come to Ljubljana airport, we will include a free tour of Slovenian capital while we wait for others to arrive. Ljubljana is a charmful, green and interesting little city with unique architecture and vibrant old town that will mesmerize you.
After unpacking and refreshing ourselves at the hostel, we will head to the tavern nearby to properly introduce ourselves. We'll treat you to a fresh local spread of cold cuts, dried ham, cheeses and other goodies. We will explain the itinerary and check your level of climbing and knowledge, your goals and wishes for this holidays and other preferences. If we have time, we can visit the local gym to warm up for the days to come.
After breakfast we stop by the shop to buy some snacks and drinks on our way to Osp. Depending on the level of climbers and weather conditions we get some taste of the limestone in Črni Kal, Osp or Mišja peč. We will review the correct belaying techniques, knots and some other basic techniques for climbing in the limestone, slabs and overhangs.
We’ll go a bit slower through some classic routes to build up the confidence and assess your levels and see which style suits you best. In the evening, we’ll walk through Osp, a little village made of stone and also one of the oldest in Slovenia. We can go to visit a local in his wine cellar for a nice peasant's dinner. It’s 3 courses with wine selection, but it will be done in a very old and genuine way, with food cooking in front of you on the fireplace.
Today we will go across the border to check out Italian climbing scene. The crags here are famous as being extremely scenic: either just above the sea or in exceptional natural surroundings. Based on weather and the climbing level we assessed earlier, we’ll take you to either Napoleonica, Val Rosandra or Costiera. Then it’s good old climbing again, with professional instructions from our guides.
Since the area is so beautiful, we’ll squeeze in a photoshoot of you so you can make a poster when you come back home. We know some people may get a bit tired on the second day. So depending on where we are, you can finish an hour or two early and go for a nice scenic walk with one of our guides. In the evening, we get together in Trieste and stroll around a little bit and get something to eat.
Today we move across the border to Croatia, the fresh and new climbing heaven, with plenty of top notch areas that were developed recently. We pick one according to your level, weather and other preferences. Maybe the overhanging Pandora or less demanding Buzetski kanjon will do. Maybe we check out all-rounder Kompanj or more vertical Kamena vrata or Istarske toplice. The possibilities are endless and the climbing is just perfect.
Same can be said for the views of the peaceful countryside with medieval towns and rolling hills. We find something to eat, choosing from the best pizza north of Napoli or the cozy restaurants with local and fresh seafood cuisine.
After couple of days of climbing, we’re ready for some tourism! If you travelled all the way to Slovenia, you should visit its most famous sights in the south. So first we go to Predjama castle. It is a spectacular castle built in the rock face and the largest cave-castle in the world. From there it’s time to go underground. We’ll visit the UNESCO heritage of Škocjan caves, with huge underground caverns and underground river canyon, stalactites and bats.
In the afternoon, we hop into the van and drive almost to the border to mysterious natural cliffs in Sočerga and to walk through some typical Karst stone villages and wineyards. We finish in the authentic local restaurant, where you can have dinner.
* Depending on your preferences, weather and opening times we may change some locations of the rest day to one of the other famous caves like Vilenica or Postojna, or exquisite white horse farm of Lipica.
The entrance fees are extra cost and are subject to itinerary we decide one day prior.
After refueling with smooth Istrian bread and some coffee, we check the weather and make some decisions. Again, depending on many factors we’ll help you choose from either revisiting a place near Buzet, or go to the eastern coast, to the cosmopolitan Opatija, with seaside promenades, beaches and the most scenic crag of Medveja.
The third option is to go south, where you can climb right beside the sea in Rovinj or in splendid natural area of Lim Bay. Wherever we go, there’s great climbing & views and when the sun goes down, we can stroll by the sea, have a beer or talk with seagulls.
Maybe we can even be touristy in the afternoon. Our recommendation is of course, to visit the famous medieval hilltop towns of Motovun, Buzet and Grožnjan. We’ll try to find some truffles and olive oil and wine. Or, we can visit the fantastic Vela Draga valley, which is a spectacular learning trail of Karst landscape and there’s also some climbing here.
We'll go back to Osp, choosing among Misja pec, Babna or Crni kal. Or maybe you’d like to do some bouldering today - in the nature or in one of the best gyms in Europe? Some may want to try an easy multipitch...
If you’ve got the energy, you can climb all day, but if you’re starting to get tired, you can spend the afternoon on a nice walk along the Karst edge, starting in the Socerb castle and walking along the former war bunkers with great views of Trieste. In the evening we will find some food in Koper, which is a nice town to take a stroll in and maybe check out some bars or bowling or snooker.
After morning routine it’s time to change the scenery again and hop across the border to Italy. We can revisit the good old scenic spots of Napoleonica or Val Rosandra or check out something new like Aurisina, Doberdo or Sistiana. Again, you can climb till you drop or you can cut your day short and check out the famous Austro-Hungarian coastal castle of Miramare with its spectacular garden that’s free of charge. You can also check out some expositions in the castle, which change often.
We wake up early, eat breakfast and go to the airport, as some people may have an early flight. The others may have to wait until afternoon or evening. And why do it on the airport if we can drive you to the most famous Slovenian lake – Bled to take the cliché photo and eat the creamcake. Then it’s really time for one last hug and goodbye. We're sad to see you go and hope to meet up with you again soon!
So, what is included in this offer?
1. ALL THE TRANSPORT: from pickup at the airport to drop-off there at the end of the holidays; including all the driving to the crags, rest days and local restaurants for dinner.
2. GUIDES and INSTRUCTORS: will be available to you 24/7, to teach you everything about every aspect of climbing, to put QD's or top rope in routes, to show you around and to guide you while sightseeing. You can get a knowledgable climbing partner, a belay slave or a hardcore intensive climbing course that will elevate your climbing mentally, tactically and technically.
3. SLEEPING costs: in hostels or appartments, with option to cook, and usually close to crags in cute unspoilt villages.
4. All breakfasts
5. Any equipment you may need, from ropes, helmets, harness, climbing shoes, chalkbags and brushes.
6. Potentially Ljubljana and Bled tour (depending on your flight)
What's not included (and somewhat necessary)?
1. Plane ticket: or other means to get you here. We can pick you up in Ljubljana or Trieste airport. (and elsewhere for a small surcharge). You can check out the prices, flights etc. on Skyscanner or directly at airline companies at Links section. Of course, you can also come with a train or your own car.
2. Dinners: We will give you option to go to great local restaurants and try the typical food which includes a lot od pasta/Italian influences and seafood. Or, you can always cook for yourself at the apartment/hostel. An average dinner with drinks should cost you less than 15€. Since we are in restaurants you will have many options to choose from, even vegetarian and vegan.
3. Lunches/snacks: since we’re climbing most days we leave it up to you to refuel during the day. We will however stop in the shop where you can buy whatever you think you need.
4. Insurance: While all our gear is checked and regularly replaced and our certified instructors main focus is your safety and comfort, you can never predict all the possible situations. Maybe you will hurt yourself while you slip on the path… so you should really get good insurance, that includes climbing! You can find some options for UK in the Links section.
5. Souvenirs and other things you may buy for yourself. If you plan to buy the world famous olive oil, truffles or similar treats, you should check out the airline policy about it. Usually such items have to be checked-in.
6. Surcharges: for picking you up at Venice or some other airport that's not Ljubljana or Trieste; for your own 2-pax bedroom; or other special requests.
7. Entrance fees: In the afternoon or on rest day we may visit certain attractions, museums or events that may have entrance fees. You can skip those if you wish. But prepare around 15€ for the main attractions like Postojna castle or Škocjan caves.
Although you can get all the gear here, it's recommended you have your own climbing shoes and harness. Unless explicitely specified you always sleep in a nice bed, so no sleeping bag or foam is necessary. Do bring good approach shoes, some warm clothes, waterproof jacket and a small backpack.
For other important questions, check out FAQ section or write us an email here.