If you're short on time, you should at least fly over for the fantastic WEEKEND OPTION. Depending on flights, we can make a 4 day or 5 day option for you. Although we can try to maximize your climbing achievements and stay at one crag all the time, the weekend option nonetheless provides at least a taste of each unique country of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy, each visited in one day at the crag best suited to your level and other circumstances. We'll also provide a healthy breakfast, unforgettable local dinners and possible touristy detours to charming Ljubljana and beautiful Bled. You won't believe how much you got in such a short time.
The way this works is, you'll join the existing group on their second part of the 9-day holidays. Ideally, you can come on day 5 and join the group sightseeing or, if you arrive later, go straight to climbing. Then we follow the group through the rest of the itinerary, which takes us to Croatia and Italy as well. This extended weekend will take 5 days (and 4 nights), but you can join in at any time you see fit with the daily cost of 100€. You should contact us about details here.
Below you can check out a short description of each day in the schedule.
Some of you may only have time for 3 days. It's not ideal, but if you manage to get good times on arrival and departure, you may squeeze some serious climbing into the weekend. But in this case you should have some fortunate airplane connections, like arriving in the morning and leaving in the evening.
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. We will try to be quick and catch the group that is sightseeing somewhere in the region.
In the evening we can take our time to get to know each other and have a more relaxed chat over a glass of wine or local fruit juice. We go through the itinerary and check your level of climbing and knowledge, your goals and wishes for this holidays and other preferences.
After refueling with smooth Istrian bread and some coffee, we check the weather and make some decisions. Depending on many factors we’ll help you choose from either visiting 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 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 visit the good old scenic spots of Napoleonica or Val Rosandra or check out something else 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 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 in necessary. Do bring good approach shoes and some warm clothes and a small backpack.
For other important questions, check out FAQ section or write us an email here.