Touring

BIKE SLOVENIA GREEN • cycling tour

Duration

8 days

Category

touring, e-bike, gravel

Fitness level

low / medium

Tour type

guided, self-guided, tailor-made

Technical difficulty

low

Length & elevation

255km, 3125m

The Bike Slovenia Green cycling tour connects destinations that have been awarded the Slovenia Green certificate by developing their tourism in a sustainable manner. Be a responsible traveler and discover the most beautiful parts of Slovenia on a bike! 

This very diverse cycling tour starts in Kranjska Gora and runs by the famous Alpine lakes of Bled and Bohinj after passing through the beautiful Radovna valley and across the densely forested Pokljuka Plateau. Hopping aboard one of the world’s most scenic railways, easy cycling continues along the emerald green Soča river

A land of rolling hills and friendly locals is next on the list. Towering trees give way to vineyards and olive trees in Goriška Brda, famous for high-quality wines. Comfortable cycling continues through the fascinating karstic topography, before the road joins the abandoned Parenzana railway track, slowly descending towards the town of Koper on the Adriatic coast. A dip in the sea and a visit to a local seafood restaurant are strongly recommended.

Read the Lonely Planet article about the Bike Slovenia Green cycling tour!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Holidays in sustainable tourist destinations
  • Lakes Bled & Bohinj
  • Soča Valley
  • Wine tasting in Goriška Brda & Karst
  • Alpine, Karst & Istrian cuisine
  • Swimming in the Adriatic Sea

 

 

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Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVAL TO KRANJSKA GORA

The Bike Slovenia Green cycling holiday starts with an overnight in the beautiful mountain resort of Kranjska Gora situated at the foot of the Julian Alps. Time permitting, a visit of the crystal clear Jasna Lake is a great idea. Another recommended option is visiting the Planica Nordic Center with the once highest ski jumping hill in the world, or a stroll around the Zelenci Natural Reserve, a moorland famous for its incredible colours and views.  

With its green and unspoiled nature, Kranjska Gora offers plenty of opportunities for an authentic, healthy and active holiday in all seasons. Its tourism offer is based on sustainable development, natural and cultural heritage and a healthy living climate. 

 


DAY 02

KRANJSKA GORA - BLED: ADMIRE THE POSTCARD IMAGE

DistanceDistance: 37,2 km
DistanceElevation: 260 m

From Kranjska Gora, a pleasantly quiet cycling road leads to another Alpine village of Mojstrana, where it enters one of the prettiest alpine valleys in Slovenia, the Radovna River Valley. Since the area is a part of the Triglav National Park, mass tourism is limited here. The Valley is well-known due to its pristine nature and a dramatic 1.6 kilometer-long Vintgar Gorge. Easy cycling is accompanied by views of mountain tops and horses grazing on the surrounding meadows. 

Reaching the final destination of the day, the famously beautiful Bled, it would be a pity not to visit the tiny island in the middle of the lake, climb the impressive Bled Castle overlooking the town, or taste the famous Bled cake called “Kremšnita”.

Bled is a proud recipient of the Slovenia Green Gold destination certificate and a member of the Alpine Pearls group, the objective of which is to promote sustainable mobility. Local residents are sustainability-oriented and invite visitors to follow their example. 

 


DAY 03

BLED - BOHINJ: FROM ONE LAKE TO ANOTHER

DistanceDistance: 40 - 49,4 km
DistanceElevation: 600 - 1050 m

The next day begins with uphill cycling to the Pokljuka Plateau, which rests at an altitude of 1300 meters and serves as a starting point for many hikes. The forested plateau is dotted with shingle-covered wooden cottages, which are typical of the Slovenian mountain pastures. Back in the old days, they were used as homes for shepherds or dairy production facilities. The highlight of the day is the Zajamniki mountain pasture in the central area of Pokljuka, known for its beautiful cottages and a perfect view over Lake Bohinj.

Using mostly asphalt and some forest roads, the track slowly descends towards Bohinj and eventually reaches Lake Bohinj, the largest natural lake in Slovenia. Many visitors to Slovenia say they have never seen a lake more beautiful than Lake Bled – until they come to Bohinj.

In Bohinj, sustainable tourism incentives are fulfilled through careful preservation of cultural heritage, visitor flow regulation and soft mobility. This fairytale destination invites visitors to try out their high-quality local products with “From Bohinj” label.  

If 1.050 meters of elevation sounds too challenging, a transfer from Bled to Pokljuka Plateau is possible upon request. In case of this transfer, the daily cycling distance is 40 km with 250 meters of elevation.


DAY 04

BOHINJ - BRDA: THE EMERALD SOČA VALLEY

DistanceDistance: 36 km
DistanceElevation: 450 m

One of the most spectacular views of Lake Bohinj is found at the railway station located just above it. From here, a panoramic train ride is organized to travel from the heart of the Alps to the Soča Valley. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, this historic railway used to connect Austria and Germany with the port of Trieste.

Upon arrival to the tranquil town of Most na Soči, one can admire the emerald waters of the Soča River, considered to be one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. The Soča Valley was the first destination in Slovenia to earn the title of the European Destination of Excellence due to its sustainable development in tourism. Heading out of town, the cycling route passes the magnificent old railroad bridge in Solkan, featuring the longest stone arch in the world. 

The route then follows the river flow and briefly enters Italy before turning back to Slovenia’s Goriška Brda region. A land of gentle, rolling hills reminds of Tuscany. The wineries here are famous across the world for their high-quality vintages and hospitality. The cycling route passes the view tower in Gonjače, the visit of which is highly recommended. As home to some of the most prominent wine growers in the region and the final destination of the day, the village of Šmartno offers the chance to end the day with some excellent wine tasting and a hearty local meal.

Goriška Brda is another Slovenia Green Gold destination, which is actively developing its sustainable tourism offer all year round, reducing pressure on the environment and promoting soft mobility. 


DAY 05

BRDA - KOMEN: CYCLING THROUGH VINEYARDS

DistanceDistance: 38 km
DistanceElevation: 510 m

On the fifth day of the Bike Slovenia Green tour, touring continues through the typical hilly landscape of Goriška Brda full of winding vineyards. Short ascents and descents lead to the romantic Italian town of Gorizia. Upon the return to the Slovenian side, the route crosses the Vipava river, slowly entering the magical world of Karst. In Cerje, one can admire the Peace memorial or climb the lookout tower for the best views of the area. An exciting ascent on a gravel road leads to Kostanjevica na Krasu, a typical karst village.

Slovenian Karst is also a wine-growing region, as shown by 100 wine cellars included in the Karst Wine Route. Easy cycling comes to an end in the town of Komen, known by some of the most beautiful wineries in the region. This sustainable destination speaks to responsible visitors through its warm hospitality, authentic cuisine, calming walking and cycling paths, and many cultural features shaped by the locals.


DAY 06

KOMEN - LOKEV: THE UNIQUE WORLD OF KARST

DistanceDistance: 37 km
DistanceElevation: 420 m

Leaving Komen behind, cycling resumes across the fascinating karstic landscape full of typical natural phenomena. Speleologists discover new caves in Slovenia every year, and the number of recorded ones now amounts to more than 8,000 with only 20 of them being show caves. The appearance and soul or the Karst are characterized by stone, which has been shaped both by water and local inhabitants for centuries. Tiny hilltop villages indeed feature traditional houses built in stone. 

After Pliskovica, a dynamic cycling road leads to the town of Sežana, another Slovenia Green destination. Next, the road passes the famous Lipica Stud Farm, a home to the noble Lipizzaner horses since 1580. 

The final destination of the day is the lovely village of Lokev, known for tasty home-made food. An alternative option is to finish cycling in the town of Divača, where one can feel the synergy between its people and the biosphere. This Slovenia green destination is praised for its nature conservation programs and the amazing UNESCO site Škocjan caves. A visit of one of the Karst wineries with Teran wine tasting presents another attractive activity to end the day with.


DAY 07

LOKEV - KOPER: REACHING THE COAST

DistanceDistance: 57,6 km
DistanceElevation: 435 m

The last cycling day truly wraps up the diversity of Slovenia and of the tour itself. The route first overlooks the Gulf of Trieste, offering some spectacular views. A scenic ride along the Adriatic coast is characterized by rich Istrian vegetation and numerous small villages. Again, the road briefly enters Italy, before reaching the Slovenian village of Osp. The day continues with easy cycling along the river Rižana and following the Parenzana railway track, a now defunct narrow gauge railway that was in operation in the early 1900s, connecting Trieste and Poreč. 

The Bike Slovenia Green cycling tour ends in Koper, the capital of the Slovenian coast awarded with the Slovenia Green certificate. Here, the historical coastal town meets the green Istrian countryside, revealing incredible history and authentic experiences. The nearby Škocjanski Zatok Nature Reserve is the largest brackish wetlands in Slovenia, as well as a true oasis of peace both for people and animals. Make sure not to leave Koper without trying delicious seafood and having a swim in the sea.


DAY 08

Departure day

The Bike Slovenia Green cycling tour ends with breakfast in Koper. After breakfast, a transfer is organized to the tour starting point or the Ljubljana airport. 


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Dates

  • August 21 - 28, 2020 GUIDED
  • August 29 - September 5, 2020 GUIDED
  • May - October *SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR MADE

*In season, tour can be organised on any date. Please contact us for individual offer.

We recommend guided cycling tours to everybody who seeks complete relaxation and wants to have only one thing on their mind – great cycling. Our guides will take care of everything else – navigation, interesting local insights and technical support. Guided tours are also perfect for meeting other enthusiastic cyclers from around the globe and creating life-long friendships.

Price for the guided BIKE SLOVENIA GREEN tour includes:

  • 7-night accommodation in 3/ 4-star hotels or guest houses
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners; all meals include typical local food
  • 6 cycling days
  • Fully qualified and experienced cycling guide for the entire trip
  • Train from Bohinj to Soča Valley
  • Cheese tasting in Bohinj
  • Wine tasting in Brda
  • Stone cutter visit in Karst
  • Baggage transfer between tour stages
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, maps, tour booklet
  • Arrival transfer from Ljubljana Airport to Kranjska Gora
  • Departure transfer from Koper to Ljubljana Airport or to the tour starting point
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy on pre-scheduled departures. For individual departures feel free to contact us for the offer.

Optional:

Price excludes:

  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Lunches
  • Any beverages consumed with meals that are included in the package
  • Any other items not mentioned as included

We recommend self-guided cycling tours to everybody who knows how to navigate a map or a GPS device and has previous experience in self-guided cycling. If you think you don’t fit this description, maybe a guided cycling tour would be a more enjoyable option for you.

The price of a self-guided tour depends on the number of people in the group. See prices per person based on double occupancy below.

# 2 4 6 8
price 1.230 € 1.060 € 1000 € 970 €


Price for the self guided BIKE SLOVENIA GREEN tour includes:

  • 7-night accommodation in 3/ 4-star hotels or guest houses
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 cycling days
  • Baggage transfer between tour stages
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, maps, tour booklet
  • Arrival transfer from Ljubljana Airport to Kranjska Gora
  • Departure transfer from Koper to Ljubljana Airport or to the tour starting point
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

Optional:

Price excludes:

  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Any beverages consumed with meals that are included in the package
  • Any other items not mentioned as included

Would you like to customize this tour? Are you worried you are not prepared enough physically? Would you like to select a different starting or ending point, or perhaps have a day off before, after or during the tour? Send an e-mail to [email protected].

Logistics

The adventure starts at alpine village of Kranjska Gora and ends in the town of Koper on the Slovenian coast.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE

Airport shuttle is organized upon arrival from the closest international airport, Ljubljana airport, to the tour starting point. International airports in Venice, Treviso, Trieste, Klagenfurt and Graz are also located within a 2-3-hour driving distance to Kranjska Gora. An airport shuttle from and to any of these airports can be arranged.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • One guided group can include a maximum of 10 people.
  • On guided tours a briefing session is organized every evening. During briefing, the guide(s) reveal details about the next day’s cycling stage, including the altitude, length, difficulty etc.
  • On most cycling stages alternative trail variations can be chosen according to the specific requirements of the group.
  • The meeting instructions and final trip arrangements are sent to participants two weeks before the tour start date.

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