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WW the First Isonzo Front Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 people
Destination(s): Slovenia   Italy  
Specialty Categories: Military History   Museum Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 530 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 530 Euro (EUR)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: arrival in Kranjska Gora, romantic Alpine village, known especially for winter sports.

Day 2: Kranjska Gora - Bovec (50 km). Tour goes across the Vrsic, the highest road pass in Slovenia, through central section of the only Slovenian National Park; great scenery. Pass Vrsic connects Upper Carniola with the Trenta Valley, rising from Kranjska Gora in a series of 50 hairpin bends and traversing the high mountains on the Slovenian-Italian-Austrian border before descending into the Soča (Isonzo) Valley. The pass was opened in late 1915. The road accross the pass was built for military purposes, to supply the Isonzo front of WW1. It is currently known as Ruska cesta (Russian Road), so renamed in July 2006 to honor the Russian prisoners of war who had been forced to build it.

Day 3: Bovec - Kobarid (20 km). Short valley trip, main road. The Land of Bovec is best known for its protected natural values, yet you can experience several ethnological, historical, technical, linguistic and other specialities in their genuine, living forms. Here you can see sheep mountain pastures and buildings which have been preserved from the past, historical monuments, you can take a walk on the "cheese" roads, take part in trational works or simply enjoy the most original flavours of Bovec cuisine and experience time-honoured cuisine in a traditional environment. Historic highlights: visit of Kluže fortress - situated in a narrow canyon it controlled acces to Predel pass road. Walk to the entrance of military tunnel conecting two sections of the front line. Guided tour of former trenches near Bovec - scene of Austrian gas attack on 24.10.1917.

Day 4: Kobarid - Nova Gorica (60 km). Kobarid (Caporetto, Karfreit) is situated at the meeting point of two valleys. The valley of the Nadiža river with its Breginjski kot stretches westward, and the Isonzo valley in the east reaches in a gentle sweep down to Tolmin and rises up to Bovec, and Predil in the north. Kobarid is particulary known for its turbulent past. It gained world recognition thanks to the greatest highland battle in human history that took place during World War I. This region was the scene of the first swift, sudden military offensive today known by the German word "blitzkrieg". In October 1917, the Austrian and German armies dealt a decisive blow to the Italian armed forces near Kobarid. In only a few days, the two armies pushed Italian troops deep into the Italian territory, as far as the Piave river. The vicinity of Kobarid is dotted by telling traces of trenches and fortifications and an imposing tomb on the St. Antony's Hill, commemorating the Italian war casualties, reminding us of the ravages of war.
Main attractions: Kobarid Museum - one of the best museums of WW1 in the world. It was awarded by European Museum Award some years ago. Walk along the former trench lines.

Day 5: Nova Gorica (20 km). Optionally road trip or day of rest. Nova Gorica is situated in the west of Slovenia, adjacent the Slovene – Italian border. Nova Gorica, the town on the border to Italy, was founded only after the end of World War II. According to the 6th Paris Peace Conference the town of Gorica/Gorizia belonged to Italy, and thus a substantial part of the Goriška area, the Isozno Valley and the Lower Vipava Valley lost its centre. The population in the extensive surroundings of the present-day town started many thousands of years ago, proof of which are some significant archeological sites.

Day 6: Nova Gorica - Duino (25 km). Travel through Italy. Devin is a slightly different world, a mosaic of cultures and the crossroads: Slovenian, Italian, and third - the European contingent. Devin is known as a starting point of any escapes or at the same time can be a landing place as well. Is a town at the Adriatic coast in in the province of Trieste, north-eastern Italy. Duino is noted for being the place where teh physicist Ludwig Boltzmann died and for inspiring the poet Rainer Maria Rilke to write his Duino Elegies. The two castles are the main attraction. The older castle, dating back to the eleventh century, is in ruins, while the newer castle is inhabited to this day and can be visited by tourists. Below the ruins of the ancient castle there lies a white rock projecting into the sea, the Dama Bianca, which resembles a veiled woman and gave origin to many gothic legends.

Day 7: Duino. After breakfast end of journey.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour costs depends on tour mode you choose. It can be done as self guided, by a rent a car or chauffeur driven tour.

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