Discover the beauty of one of the smallest countries in the world by bike. It may not be easy to find Slovenia on a map, but you’ll have a hard time finding a place so small offering so much. With all its beauty, concentrated in a relatively small area, Slovenia offers many wonders that travellers on two wheels can admire.
First you'll enjoy the views of typical Alpine landscapes. Then roll through endless hills and river valleys adorned by cute little churches and medieval castles, all in a span of just a few hours. After that you can swim and sunbathe at the Adriatic coast and get lost in the vast ancient forests. At the end you will meet Ljubljana - the capital of a rich history, cultural monuments and amazing events.
When you experience the abundance of cycling adventures Slovenia has to offer, you will understand why professional Slovenian cyclists are among the best in the world.
Day 1—(Sunday): Bike ride: 12 km (relaxing)
The tour begins in one of the most romantic places in the world. Bled is an image of paradise. Its lake with the only natural island in Slovenia and a castle perched on a cliff is one of the most beautiful Alpine resorts in Europe. We have a welcome lunch waiting your arrival after which we will make an easy ride around Lake Bled and the surrounding area. You will have the opportunity to row to the island in a unique pletna boat and ring the wishing bell. We know from confidential sources that wishes are fulfilled. At the end of the ride we will be treated to a unique Bled cream cake. Tonight you'll stay at:
Day 2 (Monday): Bike ride: 65 km (moderate to challenging)
You will depart today from Bled and make your way to another Alpine pearl – Slovenia`s biggest mountain lake Bohinj, one not yet spoiled by tourism, a true gem of nature surrounded by beautiful forests and high mountains. The route takes you from the Bled lake shore through the nearby villages, green meadows and the sound of cowbells up a paved road to the mountain pastures on the high karst plateau of Pokljuka. It's a part of Triglav National park which takes name from Slovenia’s highest mountain, (2,864 m), and is seen by many as a kind of holy mountain. From Pokljuka there you mostly descend through forests, passing some more wooden huts and villages down lower, until the asphalt road takes you through the valley, all the way to the Bohinj lake, where you can relax and cool down with an after bike swim. And if you ride a little bit more to the source of Sava river you will find out why Agatha Christie wrote that „Bohinj is too beautiful for murder“.
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Day 3 (Tuesday): Bike ride: 90 km (moderate to challenging)
Your epic day will start with a 5 min walk to a railway station. You'll catch the train and have a nice ride to Soča Valley. The Soča River is called an emerald beauty by everyone. The phenomenal turquoise color contrasting with the white stones surrounding the river will take your breath away. The river uncover the heritage of the First World War as well as other stories of the valley. Bike ride starts at Kanal, an important crossing point over the Soča. After the first 15 kilometers easy riding by the Soča River in Slovenia we cross the border towards Gorizia (Italy). After nice original Italian coffee break, we leave Italy and continue with typical "up & down" part of Vipava valley and Slovenian Karst region - the land of unique vines and first-rate cuisine between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. On your way you'll visit Štanjel, the medieval settlement with narrow alleys and a castle. We'll take you also to wine cellars to taste the Terrano ruby wine and discover the secret of hand-cut Karst prosciutto. Lodging at:
Day 4 (Wednesday): Bike ride: 62 km (easy)
Day 4 is reserved for Mediterranean Slovenia. After breakfast the tour will take you to Lipica. Did you know that the noble white Lipizzaner horses are from Slovenia? Their original stud farm has been in Lipica in the Karst since 1580. The oldest European stud farm that has been breeding the same horses without interruption is a cultural and historical monument, which impresses visitors with its horses and its surprising landscape. After Lipica you descend toward Parenzana - a biking trail running along the former 123 kilometers long railway line between Trieste in Italy and Poreč in Croatia. Along this route you'll be accompanied by a warm sea breeze. Don't forget to make a stop along the way in picturesque Slovenian coastal towns – the sunny , the fishing town or romantic .
Feel the salt on your skin, taste the nobility of the local wines and dishes with excellent olive oil. Get to know the “salty” side of Piran and the adventures it brings with it. Overnight in…
Day 5 (Thursday): Bike ride: 57 km (moderate)
After breakfast pick up will have you in our van and quickly outbound from Piran to Divača and the start of the tour. You have Slovenian Karst on the menu today. After some rolling hills at the start the tour will take you to the largest cave castle in the world. Predjama Castle For over 800 years it has been guarding a rock face, 123 metres high. Mysterious underground tunnels of knight Erazem connect it with the cave directly beneath. Speleologists discover new caves in Slovenia every year, which amount to more than 8,000 by now, but only about 20 of them are show caves. One of them is your next stop - the largest and most visited is , the home of the . Postojna Cave is the only karst cave with a railway, which was built more than 140 years ago. The unique tourist train will take you to the underground network of karst corridors, galleries and halls. Tonight you will stay at…
Day 6 (Friday): Bike ride: 61 km (easy)
Todays bike ride in the Green heart of Europe starts in Postojna and takes you to Ljubljana.
So-called green trails toward Central Slovenia lead through places of UNESCO heritage of humanity and primeval forests and the marsh where the oldest wheel in the world was discovered. The capital, whose name sounds like beloved in Slovenian (Ljubljana–ljubljena), lives with a thousand faces of urban culture and art, festivals and events. The area on either side of the river with its picturesque bridges and the central market owes its distinctive appearance to the great architect Jože Plečnik. In the evening take a stroll through the charming city streets or actively exploring points of interest in Ljubljana and restore your strength with a fine culinary experience of Ljubljana chefs.
Day 7 (Saturday):
Breakfast (after breakfast optional transfer if needed).
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