On the Walk of Peace through the beautiful Soča valley you can see some ethnological characteristics and a vast legacy of the brutal war.
The trip begins in Bled/Ljubljana or any other arranged location.
2. Most na Soči
Most na Soči stands at the confluence of rivers Soča and Idrijca, which in the past were good protection with their deep rocky beds. When they built the dam on Soča river for the hydro power plant a reservoir formed here. The beautiful pristine nature, clear lake water and numerous water fowl are incentive enough to visit the Most na Soči lake. In the vicinity of the town stands a railway bridge which Italian artillery batteries destroyed during the first battle of Isonzo (Soča).
3. Tolmin – Javorca and Kolovrat
The church of the Holy Spirit or Javorca was built between March 1st and November 1st 1916 during fighting on Isonzo front. It was designed by Viennese architect Remigius Geyling, a first lieutenant at the time. The construction by soldiers of the Third Alpine Brigade of Austro-Hungarian army was directed by Hungarian Geza Jablonsky. The church is mainly wooden: the altar, ceiling, supporting columns and walls with names of fallen soldiers (reputedly around 2500 of them) burned in. At the entrance there is a sign ULTRA CINERES HOSTIUM IRA NON SUPEREST which means “The hate should not reach beyond the ashes”.- The Kolovrat ridge is a transitory area between Upper Soča valley on the Slovenian side of the border and Veneto Region in Italy. The outdoor museum is located on the Kolovrat ridge commanding exceptional views. During WWI the Italian army built a vast system of its third defence line known as “linea d’ armata”. Part of it is an outdoor museum now under the management of Walk of Peace in the Soča Region Foundation.
4. Kobarid – Museum and ossuary
The Kobarid Museum evolved from an exhibition put up by locals in 1990. It operated within the Tourist Society of Kobarid. After five years the Ministry of culture gave the founders permission to transfer the management to a non-profit organization which manages it today. In 2011 Kobarid Museum was entered on the list od Slovenian museum. It was awarded the highest Slovenian prize for museums – The Valvasor award. It was nominated for the EMYA and awarded the prize of European Council. Among its visitors were monarchs, chairmen of European Parliament, presidents of states and governments, ministers, chairmen of many world associations and churches and Nobel Prize winners. Italian ossuary above Kobarid is a memorial to Italian soldiers killed in the WWI and stands at the church of St. Anthony in Kobarid. The ossuary was designed by architect Giovanni Greppi and the sculptures were made by the sculptor Giannino Castiglioni. They both designed the ossuary in Sredipolje (Redipuglia) as well. The ossuary was built near the church of St. Anthony on the Gradič above Kobarid in 1938 as a memorial to Italian soldiers killed in WWI around Kobarid, Bovec, Tolmin and Rombon.
5. Boka waterfall
Boka is a karst water source, a waterfall and a swift mountain stream, a tributary of Soča. Boka waterfall is 106 meter high and 18 meters wide and is the most magnificent waterfall in Slovenija and in Europe. If you add the 33 meter high cascade under it this is probably the highest waterfall in Slovenia (139 meters).
6. Bovec – Ravelnik
Near Bovec right on the road on the Ravelnik Hill is an outdoor museum of WWI. A circular trail leads around the first defence line of Austro-Hungarian army. You can see trenches, caverns, bunkers, pillboxes and restored barracks.
Trenta is a glacial valley in Triglav National Park and is the highest part of Soča valley. The source of Soča is one of the most beautiful karst sources in our mountains. To see the source of Soča we will take a 15 minute walk from the Cottage at the source of Soča. The trail is maintained and partly secured with pitons and steel cables.
8. Vršič and Ruska kapelica
Vršič is the highest road pass in eastern Julian Alps. The road over the pass was built by Russian prisoners of war during the WWI. Today there is a Russian Chapel built in memory of those prisoners of war and all casualties of WWI. The Chapel is a reminder of the nonsense of world wars.
minimum number of persons is 4. (if you are an individual don’t worry we will form a group for you)
WHAT YOU NEED:
sports shoes, a jacket or a fleece, bathing suit, a towel and some extra money for additional snacks and drinks (usually 10 to 25 Euros).
79 per person* (Group size: up to 16 – 10 %)
Private tour: from 250 Euros/tour
Bled/Ljubljana or any other arranged location- Most na Soči (stop, railway bridge) – Tolmin (stop, the Javorca church, Kolovrat) – Kobarid (stop, the ossuary, museum, free time for snack) – Boka(stop) Bovec (stop) – Ravelnik (stop) – Trenta valley – Vršič (stop) – Russian chapel (stop) – Starting location
We will start in Bled/Ljubljana or any other arranged location at 8.00 a.m. and drive to Most na Soči where we will arrive at 10.00 a.m. We will stop for the tour of the railway bridge and a walk by the lake. If you wish, you can enjoy some coffee in the nearby coffee shop. We will continue to Tolmin and Javorca, where we will arrive at 10.30 a.m. We will take the tour of the church and continue afterwards to Kolovrat ridge where we will arrive at 11.30 a.m. We will take a tour of the outdoor museum and explore the Italian trenches from the WWI. We will come near the border stone between Slovenija and Italy. As the tour of the outdoor museum is taken on foot we recommend appropriate footwear and clothing. After the tour we will continue to the Idrsko village and further to Kobarid. At 1.00 p.m. we will take a guided tour of Kobarid museum where we will learn a lot about Isonzo front. At 2.00 p.m. we will take a tour of the Italian ossuary above the Kobarid. At 2.40 p.m. we will have an hour for lunch. At 3.40 p.m. we will meet at the van and continue our journey to Bovec. After a 15-minute drive we will arrive at Boka waterfall to take a look at it before continuing to Bovec where we will make a short stop. At 4.15 p.m. we will go to the outdoor museum at Ravelnik and take a walk among the trenches and bunkers. At 5.00 p.m. we will continue to Trenta and Vršič pass where we will arrive at 5.45 p.m. We will take a tour of the Russian chapel and then continue to Kranjska Gora and the highway. We will finish our trip at starting location at about 8.00 p.m.
The ultimate day trip in Slovenia!
WHY US? Because it is a beautiful day out there. Use it to discover wonderful and sometimes hidden spots around Slovenia. Come with us to discover karst caves, magical alpine lakes and valleys and coastal towns or have a thrilling experience in the unspoiled natural environment. With our professional guides you will experience all in one day, the wonderful beauty of Slovenia, history, local culinary delights… and you will spice all this up with an adventure that will get your blood pumping.
This one day will be the highlight of your holidays!
HOW AND WHEN? There is about three hours of driving with stops every few kilometers for outdoor activities, beautiful views and a real adventure.
We start from Bled/Ljubljana or any other arranged location at 8:00 a. m. and return around 7 or 8 p. m.