Embark on a historical journey by walking in the footsteps of World War I soldiers through the pristine and stunning Soča Valley. This valley was the backdrop for a series of 12 battles between the Austro-Hungarian and Italian armies during World War I, mostly on the territory of present-day Slovenia.
Your tour begins with a convenient pickup from Trieste pier. First, you’ll visit Italy’s largest war memorial in Redipuglia, a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during the war. From there, you’ll journey through the breathtaking scenery of the Soča Valley to the town of Kobarid.
In Kobarid, you’ll explore the Kolovrat Open-Air museum, offering an incredible view of the Soča Valley. This cross-border museum preserves the memory of the third defense line of the Italian Army during the Isonzo Front. The Kolovrat Ridge offers sweeping vistas that connect the Italian Friuli Region with the Soča Valley.
The museum’s lookout spots, firing trenches, artillery positions for machine guns, and caverns provide insight into the challenging conditions soldiers faced. The original materials used during wartime, including a spiral staircase in one of the caverns, add to the authenticity. The panoramic views from the Kolovrat Ridge extend from the Kanin and Krn Mountain Range to the Friuli Lowland and the Adriatic Sea.
Following this visit, you’ll explore the World War I Museum in Kobarid. The museum houses exhibits related to the events that unfolded during World War I on the Soča-Isonzo Front. It highlights the experiences and memories of notable individuals such as Ernest Hemingway, Erwin Rommel, Arturo Toscanini, and Benito Mussolini. The Kobarid Museum has received numerous accolades, including being named the Best European Museum and winning the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 1993.
After your enriching visit to the museum, you’ll have some free time to explore Kobarid before returning to Trieste.
Departure: by agreement from your accommodation throughout the year.
- Roundtrip transportation in a modern luxury mini-van with extra leg room
- entrance fees to Kobarid WW I museum
- visit Charnel house and Kolovrat Mountain WWI Open Air Museum
- Soča-Isonzo valley orientational drive
- Experienced licensed English speaking guide/driver on the tour
Aquileia UNESCO site tour - April 2023
[:en]Hello Andrej. We’re back home, back to all these responsibilities! It was a delight to be so well taken care of by you and your team during our recent excursions with you! Sonia in Udine area and Stefan everywhere else were excellent…considerate, knowledgeable, fun to be with! We will most certainly contact you when we head back to that lovely part of the world. Best regards, Sylvia Clark, Usa[:]
Sylvia Clark, Usa
Wine tour - July 2019
Great time touring Hi Stefan Thank you very much for 2 days of complete knowledge ,enjoyment ,scenery & experience of Slovinia . Marina & l really had such a good time & we wouldn’t hesitate to use you & the company again. Until next time . Mike & Marina, Perth, Australia
Mike & Marina, Perth, Australia
Hemingway’s trail, Soča Valley and WWI tour - April 2018
“Fantastic Two Day Road Trip with Andrej and Our Family (kids age 9 and 12) - Highly Recommended!” Great tour! Thanks to Andrej for an epic two day road trip through the stunning valleys and vineyards of Slovenia and the nearby ports of Italy. So glad that I didn't penny pinch and attempt the self-guided rental car tour. Andrej is a true pro who quickly relaxed our family (kids 9 and 12) through a rare combination of mellow yet Phd level local knowledge, subtle yet perceptive tweaks to the tour based on the kids' needs and skilled/safe driving skills. We highly recommend Slovenia 4 Seasons for a family tour. Van B, USA
Van B, USA
Ljubljana and Lake Bled tour - July 2017
“Spectacular scenery with 5-star personalized and attentive service!” My multigenerational family, including two toddler daughters and 70 year-old mother, loved our experience with Slovenia 4 Seasons! We serendipitously found their brochure in the lobby of our hotel, the Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste. Thus began the best part of our trip, which up until then had consisted of lovely but somewhat impersonal train rides through the Swiss Alps and a self-guided (i.e. lots of walking in the hot sun, waiting in line behind hordes of other tourists, overpaying for water taxis) tour of Venice. We had the time of our lives with Slovenia 4 Seasons, with our jovial tour guide Jernej regaling us with the history and culture of Slovenia and Italy as we were driven smoothly in an air-conditioned and very comfortable minivan through the pristine countryside and perfectly preserved storybook villages of Slovenia--just about half an hour from Trieste, but so orderly and clean compared to Italy--and unspoiled due to its status as a hidden gem and also the national character of cleanliness and pride in caring for their small but self-sufficient country. On the first day, we drove up the mountains to a hilltop playground where my daughters gleefully swung on monkey bars seemingly located at the top of this new world, then back downhill through rich green forests, and around picturesque stone and stucco clad villages, each with a proud little church that hosts every villager's wedding, funeral, and a book that contains hundreds of years of ancestry records. Our tots found the bumpy cobblestone streets of Groznjan, a beautifully-preserved and refreshingly uncrowded medieval Croatian village, to be as charming as they were fun and challenging for their little feet to traverse, an entertaining obstacle course on the way to a feast of sumptuous prawns and grilled fish. We ended the day in Lipica, the site of the Lipizzaner stud farm with gorgeous white horses as well as three roly-poly ponies that the girls delighted in meeting. The next day Jernej took us to the graceful capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, where we visited the colorful and spotless and bustling city center and delicious Farmer's Market. The highlight for the girls, however, was a fantastical indoor playground--Mala Ulica--with a little kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and cafe where they were served freshly squeezed orange juice, grilled cheese, and milk. It was hard to convince them to leave, but our next stop was the most spectacular yet--the dramatic Predjama Castle, built into the side of a cliff with a soaring network of caves extending overhead and through to the other side of the mountain. Jernej introduced us to his friends at the welcoming onsite restaurant, where we dined on savory venison goulash. Our experience with Slovenia 4 Seasons could not have been better or more personalized to our needs and interests--Jernej was willing to literally drive us anywhere we wanted to explore, and stop anywhere for photo ops--and allowed us to see and do so much more, in comfort and safety, than ever would have been possible on our own. We wish we could take them with us on all of our travels--having spent time with tour guides from all over the world, their service truly stands out for their attentiveness, flexibility, creativity, and warmth. We can't wait to go back and see more with Slovenia 4 Seasons!
Josephine, California, USA
Alps and Adriatic odyssey – 12 days - June 2015
Dear Andrej, Thanks a lot for a wonderful trip in Trieste and Slovenia. We really had a good time. Thank goodness we accepted your suggestion on our final day. We would have missed beautiful places and now we can tell our friends what they shouldn't miss. Thanks again on behalf of my friends and myself for your professional tour and your company. We hope to meet you again in the future. Best wishes, Rodrigo, José Ignacio, Charo and Juan, Valencia, Spain
Rodrigo, José Ignacio, Charo and Juan, Valencia, Spain
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