From Alps to Adriatic 2021

From the 20th to 27th of May 2021 we plan to organize our first training tour. The trainings will be adapted to all participants of the trip, which means that orienteers of all ages and levels are most welcome to join us. The only precondition is that you love orienteering and are excited about doing your favourite sport at beautiful and exciting locations! 🙂 The tour will be lead by Ivan Nagy and Jaka Piltaver, whom you might know as the organizers of OOcup, Lipica open etc…

Day 1: Arrival

Meeting at Ljubljana Central railway station at 17:00, then traveling together to Prodnik inn in Juvanje, a small village in Upper Savinja valley, which will be our base for the following 3 days.

In case you need help getting to Ljubljana, please contact us and we will try to help. If it suits you better, you may also travel straight to Upper Savinja valley and meet the rest of the group there.

We will spend the evening relaxing by the dinner, settling in at Prodnik inn, and having a brief meeting about the coming days.

Day 2: Velika planina

Your orienteering adventure begins with a training session in the heart of Kamnik Savinja Alps, amongst the green pastures of the Velika planina mountain plateau (1400 – 1500m a.s.l.).

We will enjoy a typical mountain lunch in Jarški dom, which provides honest home cooked meals. Lunch will be followed by a short rest after which will go for an easy hike through the herdsmen’s settlements to admire breathtaking scenery and unique architecture of the cottages which define Velika planina. To those, who want more, we can offer second orienteering training on map Velika planina north (very intricate Alpine terrain).

Day 3: Menina planina & Logar valley

The route of the third day will take you to the hidden gem: Menina planina plateau, the more quiet and less known sister of Velika planina. Menina planina offers great orienteering on open and semi-open Alpine terrain and some really nice forest parts. 

Immediately after the training session we will head towards Solčava panoramic road where we will have lunch at one of the tourist farms with stunning views over Savinja Alps. After the lunch we will descend down to Logar valley, perhaps the most beautiful Alpine valley in Slovenia. Here you can just enjoy a coffee at Plesnik hotel or have a 20 min walk to the Rinka waterfall.

Day 4: From Savinja valley to Kras

We will start the day with an interesting orienteering training session in Lower Savinja valley (Vinca map) after which we will move towards the western half of Slovenia and the second part of this wonderful O-journey. 
On the way we will stop in Slovenian capital Ljubljana, where you will have free time to explore the beautiful city center with sprint orienteering map or just take a lunch, visit some museum and be non-orienteering tourist. 
In the evening we will arrive to Divača and settle in Motel Malovec. 

Day 5: Krajna vas and UNESCO Škocjan caves

Other part of Slovenia and totally different terrain will be on the menu. One of the best areas in Slovenia. Excellent map and world class terrain. This place is simply perfect for orienteering. World top orienteers are coming for their early season preparations to this area, let’s check together what they’re coming for ;)!
 
In the afternoon we will visit Škocjan caves. Due to its exceptional significance, Škocjan Caves was placed on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986. International scientific circles have thus acknowledged the importance of the caves as one of the natural treasures of planet Earth.

Day 6: Piran and Izola

The tours has a word Adriatic in the name therefore it is time for some sea, salt, sun and another S, which stands for Sprint orienteering. Narrow streets of typical Mediterranean coastal towns of Piran and Izola will offer lots of fun for all sprint enthusiasts and everyone else. Between the training sessions there will be enough time to explore Piran, culinarian satisfaction and for the brave ones swimming in the sea. 

Day 7: Lipica stud farm and wine tasting

After the day with a bit easier orienteering at the coastline it is time to finish the training tour in style with tough & rough orienteering on legendary Lipica map. Physically, technically and mentally demanding. Pretty stony terrain and sometimes greenish. The training session will be followed by a lunch at Malovec motel. Afternoon is reserved for just having a rest or joining the group on the optional visit to Lipica stud farm.
In the evening we will conclude the day and the tour with well deserved wine and food testing in local vineyard cellar. 
 

Day 8: Departure day

Departure after breakfast at Malovec hotel. At this stage of your holiday you are welcome to extend your tour, maybe with Slovenian national championships south of Ljubljana. If you wish to travel elsewhere, we can help arranging transfers or accommodation. 
Slovenian national championships (Long/Relay) terrain

PRICES & INFO:

Dates: May 20 – May 27
Group size: min. 10 persons, max. 20 persons
Entries until: 25.04.2021
If there are enough entries we will ask you for payment until April 30th. If we gather sufficient number of payments (10) the tour will be confirmed, if not we will have to cancel it.
Entry: please make entry at orienteeringonline.cup@gmail.com

Price includes:
• All bus transports, starting and ending in Ljubljana centre according to itinerary
• 7 nights, Half board (breakfast + dinner) accommodation in shared double room. Tourist tax included. Surcharge for single room.
• 8 Orienteering training sessions (controls set with regular O-flags)
• 4 out of 8 sessions timed with Sport Ident
• Lunch Velika Planina
• Visit to Preskar museum on Velika planina, the oldest herdsmen’s house
• Lunch at Tourist farm on Solčava panoramic road
• Entrance Unesco Škocjan caves
• Wine and food tasting in local farm on Kras plateau
• Ljubljana orienteering map
• Colour printed travelling Bulletin
• Photo monography Velika planina (95 pages full color book)
• Traveling with 2 local orienteers (support and advice at any time 🙂

Price does not include:
• Flights
• Transport from/to airport. We can try to help with this, though.
• Lunch day 4, lunch day 5 and lunch day 6
• Entrance to Lipica stud farm
• Drinks
• Travel Insurance
• Health Insurance

PRICE:  895€/person