Slovenia bicycle tour to discover Pure Slovenia best cycling!
Slovenia bicycle tour to discover Pure Slovenia best cycling!
Slovenia bicycle tour to discover Pure Slovenia best cycling!
Slovenia bicycle tour to discover Pure Slovenia best cycling!
Slovenia bicycle tour to discover Pure Slovenia best cycling!
Slovenia bicycle tour to discover Pure Slovenia best cycling!
Slovenia bicycle tour to discover Pure Slovenia best cycling!
Slovenia bicycle tour to discover Pure Slovenia best cycling!
Slovenia bicycle tour to discover Pure Slovenia best cycling!
Slovenia bike tour alpes to sea

Slovenia - Alpes to Sea Bike Tour

from 1391 Euros

Slovenia is a sorely underrated destination, but anyone who wants a taste of the natural beauty of Europe only needs to visit Slovenia and see how it compares. Known to be the third most forested area in Europe, a mixture of heavily forested landscape juxtaposed with rolling, cultured hills makes ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self guided hybrid cycling Level 3
  • Availability
    March 17 - October 13
  • Duration
    10 Days, 9 Nights
  • Distance
    40-50km avg per day

Day 1: KRANJSKA GORA - transfer from Ljubljana and orientation

Arrival Day! We include the transfer from the capitol city Ljubljana airport or rail station to Kranjska Gora where you will start out. This famous ski resort of Kranjska Gora is a popular ski resort, and alpine base for hiking, mountaineering, and other mountain activities and there are spas found here as well. It is most famous for hosting the annual World Cup Slalom every January. You will spend your first night here in the shadows of the mighty western Julian Alps (family run hotel 3*).  

Slovenia bicycle tour to discover Pure Slovenia best cycling!

Slovenia bicycle tour to discover Pure Slovenia best cycling!

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Day 2: KRANJSKA GORA – BLED - 40km

For your final day you head back into the heart of the Triglav National Park. The route takes you alongside the Sava Dolinka River and into the Krma Valley. You can have lunch in the mountain hut at the foot of Triglav, the mightiest mountain in the Julian Alps. From here you will head through the Radovna Valley between the Pokljuka and Mežakla plateaus to the thundering rapids of the 1.6 km Vintgar Gorge.  

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Day 3: BLED – BOHINJ VALLEY - 27km + 16.5km option

An easy descent into the valley. Accommodation in 4* hotel. You will be taken by bus up to the high plateau at Pokljuka. From here you can marvel at the stunning views before gliding down into the neighboring Bohinj Valley, the jewel in the heart of the Triglav National Park. You will cycle through the many small alpine villages scattered across the valley until reaching the small settlement of Ribcev Laz (Fisherman’s Pass) lying next to the stunning Lake Bohinj. Wedged into the corner of this dead end valley, Bohinj is the largest and deepest lake in the national park, and is surrounded by shimmering mountain peaks. The view across this lake from the bridge at Ribcev Laz is unrivaled. Cycle around the lake to Savica Waterfall, source of the Sava Bohinjka River, and then take the cable car up to Vogel Mountain for a spectacular view into the Bohinj Valley and of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps. Explore the forests surrounding the lake before spending the evening in one of the cosy village pubs and trying the local home made honey brandy. Cycling downhill, at the foot of Mount Triglav. Triglav National Park is a very peaceful area. (B)  

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Day 4: BOHINJ VALLEY – SKOFJA LOKA - 49km

  Leaving Bohinj you cycle to the lovely village of Bohinjska Bistrica, where you can admire the picture-perfect backdrop. Then it’s up 750 m/2400 ft to the Jelovica high plateau (a “help out” lift to top of mountain pass is available for this part of the trip at extra cost of 26 EUR per person). From the top the route takes you through a deep forest which soon drops off into the Selska Dolina Valley leading to the Skofja Loka hills. The first stop is at the little alpine village of Sorica, set among low green hills. This is the birthplace of the famous Slovene painter, Ivan Grohar. As you ride into the village his statue will greet you. Visit his gallery where you’ll find a limited collection of his work. The next stop is at the historic iron-smelting town of Zelezniki, where you will find the remains of an old blast furnace dating from 1826. Stop in one of the village inns along the way and try the delicious trout. Finally you arrive in the wonderful town of Skofja Loka, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia. If you are not too tired you can cycle up to the castle on the hill overlooking town. Spend the rest of the evening wandering through the old streets of this historic medieval town. (B)

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Day 5: SKOFJA LOKA – LJUBLJANA - 31km

Flatlands, an easy biking trip. Accommodation in 4* hotel city centre hotel. Once settled into your hotel, you will visit the historic old town of Ljubljana and marvel at the ornate, old-world architecture and lovely “fin de siecle” mansions. Then it’s a short walk or ride up to the mighty Ljubljana Castle, perched high on a hill and standing guard over the old town and city center. From its tower you get a commanding view of Ljubljana’s heart and soul. As the sun goes down you can choose between relaxing with a drink in the many outdoor bars/cafes beside the Ljubljanica River, or take an evening stroll, enjoying the lights and vibrant sounds of the city and its charismatic people. Or perhaps do both! (B)

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Day 6: LJUBLJANA - VRHNIKA – POSTOJNA - 71km + 18km option

A nice easy first day across the historic and richly diverse plains surrounding the capital. As the morning sun begins to rise high in the sky, you will be cycling across an immense 160-square kilometer marshy plain. The Ljubljansko Barje was once a great lake until it dried up 6000 years ago, leaving behind an incredibly diverse landscape that is now home to some of Europe’s rarest forms of bird, plant and insect life. Along the way you can take a short walk into the picturesque Iški Vintgar gorge nature reserve, carved deep into a stunning limestone dolomite plateau, and visit the remnants of the world’s highest railway viaduct in Borovnica. In hot summer months you can even freshen up in a typical Carst Lake of Podpec. Just before arriving in Vrhnika, you can visit the Technical Museum of the Republic of Slovenia housed in Bistra Castle, where you’ll find a great hunting collection and an interesting exhibition of Tito’s cars. The roads will then take you away from the main tourist routes and off the beaten track. You will experience the real Slovenian countryside as you cycle past the beautiful Slivnica Mountain and the intermittent lake of Planina, and marvel at the wonders of this vast world of limestone. You can stop for a picnic lunch in the Rakov Škocjan nature reserve, where the Rak River has carved out a stunning gorge containing some of nature’s most incredible landscape formations, including two natural bridges. (B)

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Day 7: POSTOJNA – STANJEL - 42km + 6km option

Hilly, one long descend afterward. Accommodation in 3* guesthouse. So far nearly 30 million tourists have visited this stunningly beautiful underground Postojna cave formation, carved deep into the heart of the limestone hills. This is the most extensive cave system in Slovenia, covering a total of 21 kilometers. The 1½ hour tour will take you through a fairytale world full of large and colorful stalactites and stalagmites, not forgetting the unique “human fish”, a mysterious creature that lives in dark pools inside the caves. You can also take a short detour to the impenetrable fortress of Predjama castle, wedged tight into a crevasse halfway up a 123-meter cliff-face protruding dramatically into the surrounding basin. Here lived a vivacious and daring knight. Erasmus kept a whole army at bay by utilizing the secret of the Predjama Caves to sneak out for supplies, which included freshly picked cherries which he used to throw at his adversaries to taunt them. Take the tour and learn how Erasmus met his untimely demise in less than poetic circumstances, as he was literally caught with his pants down. (B)  

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Day 8: STANJEL – LIPICA – DIVACA - 48km

Rolling terrain with flat sections. Accommodation in 3* hotel. First stop is perhaps at the botanical garden in Sežana, then it’s on to the stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit these beautiful thoroughbred Lipizaner horses whose glistening white coats and gentle, graceful dancing have earned them a worldwide reputation. The history of the Lipica horses is closely linked to the Vienna riding school. Take a tour in a traditional carriage, watch them perform and visit them close up in their stables. This will be a day to remember. If you have the time for a couple of side-trips, you can also visit the unusual but very interesting “War Museum” set in the village tower of Lokev.  

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Day 9: DIVACA – TRIESTE - 38km; Day 10: DEPARTURE FROM TRIESTE

Initially rolling terrain, then a long downhill. Accommodation in 4* hotel. If you skiped Postojna caves – this morning you can visit Škocjan Caves – no less interesting but way less frequented Karst Caves – even listed as UNESCO natural monument! Then it is to your final destination - Italian city of Trieste - once an important port with its worldly flair and wonderful atmosphere. Trieste was once part of Slovenia whilst under the rule of the Austrian monarchy. Visit the castle, cathedral and Piazza Unita central square. Relax with a cappuccino in the many old-fashioned cafes.

Day 10: DEPARTURE FROM TRIESTE. End of trip after breakfast.

Hotel Lovec


Lake Bled

Hotel Lovec

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Restaurant ';

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- Accommodation in 3* / 4*hotels and guesthouse
- all lodging is 2 twin beds separate or together; private ensuite facilities
- breakfast daily
- Luggage transport between hotels.
- Wine tasting on day 7 – three samples of wine with cheese.
- Transfer from Ljubljana airport or Tarvisio railway station to start Day 1
- Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting upon arrival.
- Information package including text detailed road notes and corresponding maps. One per person.
- Backup service (hotline) during the trip.
- Pre travel information and booking services
- Post travel assistance and services

Optional:
- bike rental - hybrid, road, e-bike
- short tour version stopping Day 6 in Ljubljana
- half board add on for 8 dinners
- Travel Insurance

Lodging

Accommodations:3 and 4 star hotels and deluxe guest houses conveniently situated in each town. All lodging offers a private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Lodgings include:
- Julian Alps Kranjska *** family run inn
- Bled **** theme hotel
- Bohinj Valley **** hotel
- Skofja Loka *** hotel
- Ljubljana **** City Center
- Postonjna - *** hotel
- Stanjel *** guesthouse
- Divaca *** hotel
- Trieste **** hotel
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **
Tour Rates: March 16-October 12

Slovenia - Alpes to Sea 10 Days
2 persons Low Season: (double occupancy)
1391 Euros/person
2 persons (high season May 11-Sep 20)
1445 Euros/person
6 DAY VERSION - finish Ljubljana
1155 Euros/person low season / 1198 euros/pax high season
Single supplement 10 days (in single room with minimum 2 travelers)
392 Euros/person


Classic touring bikes, Trek Hybrid Bikes, Road bikes and E-bike Rentals are all available; please see the Bike information tab for details. High season: May 11 - Sept 20.
unique cancellation conditions apply to this tour starting with 25% trip price non-refundable up to 60 days prior to travel
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Tour Details

Duration : 10 days / 9 nights or shorter 6 days / 5 nights

Level 3 : Intermediate with hills
This trip as shown is Self-guided but can be made as a guided biking trip for groups of 4 or more - please inquire
Tour Highlights:
- Beautiful scenery with lakes and green landscapes
- Discover an unknown country focused on preserving nature and their heritage
- Friendly B&B and lodging hosts with amazing breakfast and locations
- Excellent local cuisine, local products, wine country
Need to Know:
- Best travel season is Mid-June to Mid-September. Spring and Fall and can be rainy
- prices go down with larger groups
- many people speak good English throughout the countryside

Best Time To Go: May - June, September - October.

Average temperatures:
March: 57 °F (14 °C) 46 °F (8 °C)
April: 63 °F (17 °C) 52 °F (11 °C)
May: 70 °F (21 °C) 57°F (14 °C)
June: 77 °F (25 °C) 64 °F (18 °C)
July: 84 °F (29 °C) 70 °F (21 °C)
August: 82 °F (28 °C) 70 °F (21 °C)
Sept: 77°F (25 °C) 64 °F (18 °C)
October: 70 °F (21 °C) 57 °F (14 °C)

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    Local Coordinator

    Meet Jana; she manages incoming travel to Slovenia and has been working here since 2009. A real expert in all things Slovenia and very fluent and eloquent in English she will meet you upon your arrival in Slovenia. In her free time she likes to play saxophone and goes to rock concerts! 

    Bikes Available on This Tour:

    Recommended Hybrid bike: Trek 7.3 hybrid: 216 euros for 10 days
    See links to spec pages below.
    All hybrid bikes are outfitted with:
  • Helmets
  • Bike Computer
  • Rear pannier bag
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included


  • Pedals: flat or Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your tool to remove them from the bikes at the end of the tour.

    Hybrid bikes:Trek 7.3 - 216 euros/rental 10 days
    Trek 7.3 Hybrid Specs
    ALSO Available:
    Road Bikes: Trek, Fuji, custom italian made models; all frames Aluminum with carbon fork. Trek Road Bike Specs Rental rates from 270 euros.
    E-bikes: Scott E-sub; Scott E bike specs Rental rate: 336 euros.
    SHORT Tour rental rates for 6 days are lower than the longer version above, please ask you tour consultant for rates.
    GPX files available in advance for you to use on your own device, please inquire in advance.

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