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Best of Slovenia gravel bike tour


8 Days



Fitness level


Tour type

Guided, Tailor-Made

Technical difficulty


Length & elevation

411km, 7.710m






The Best of Slovenia gravel bike tour offers high-quality gravel biking across the most beautiful regions of Slovenia, pedaling from the Julian Alps all the way to the Adriatic coast in only 7 days. Hidden and partially demanding gravel roads, incredible nature, and friendly locals provide for an unforgettable adventure.

Why name the tour “Epic”? Yes, the tour offers an epic gravel biking experience, some epic views, and moreover enjoyable epic cycling through the stunning and diverse landscape. But the adverb “epic” also stands for the technical characteristics of some of the route sections, which include challenging climbs and descents as well, not only pedaling along smooth and easy gravel surfaces as one might (wrongly) expect. But no worries – for those, who are keen on gravel cycling and have some previous self-guided biking experience, all these “epic” situations are sure to combine into one big and fun epic adventure!

The tour starts in Arnoldstein, a charming little town just across the Austrian border. An uphill ride to Mt. Peč is rewarded by a thrilling descent to Kranjska Gora, an Alpine resort known for skiing competitions. Before catching the sight of one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, the Soča River, another challenge awaits – the Vršič mountain pass. Leaving the Soča Valley behind, the road then leaves the mountains and continues towards Goriška Brda, a region famous for high-quality wine and delicious homemade food. The last part of the tour offers excellent gravel biking through the remote karst area, before descending towards the coastal town of Piran, a small slice of Venice in Slovenia. The mission of the last day is to explore the magical Istria, following the abandoned Parenzana railway track.

The Epic Slovenia bike tour got its name for a good reason!


  • Gravel biking in 4 countries in only 7 days – Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia
  • Landscape diversity – biking in the Alps, Soča Valley, Brda wine region, stony Karst and Adriatic coast
  • Crossing Vršič Mountain pass
  • Long thrilling descent from Mt. Stol
  • Excellent local cuisine & wine

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DAY 01


DistanceDistance: 38 km
DistanceElevation: 1200 m

The Epic Slovenia gravel bike tour starts with the arrival to the Alpine town of Arnoldstein situated at Austria’s southern border between the Carnic Alps and the Karavanke mountain range. Meeting in Arnoldstein is followed by a warm-up uphill ride to Mt. Peč and a thrilling descent to Kranjska Gora. Before reaching your hotel, you can take a detour to Planica Valley with the world’s famous Nordic ski center.

The first day is all about the triple border (Dreiländereck), where the territories of Slovenia, Italy, and Austria come together in a single point. The peak offers a spectacular view over the Julian Alps, the Gailtal Alps, the Gurktal Alps, the High Tauern, and the western part of the Karavanke mountains. Various detours are taken to reach the peaks offering majestic views and tones of biking pleasures are guaranteed.

DAY 02


DistanceDistance: 52 km
DistanceElevation: 1200 m

From Kranjska Gora, the Epic Slovenia gravel bike tour leads past Lake Jasna to the Vršič mountain pass. The highest positioned road pass in the Eastern Julian Alps with an altitude of 1.611 meters and 50 serpentines assure a demanding, but the most memorable ascent of the tour. For the most part, the tour avoids the main road and makes use of the challenging gravel trails.

The next location is the beautiful and remote Trenta Valley, located at the heart of the Triglav National Park. The valley presents the uppermost part of the famous Soča Valley, the first place in Slovenia to be proclaimed the European Destination of Excellence due to its sustainable tourism development.

Flowing under the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps, the emerald-green Soča is considered one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. In addition to a plethora of stunning natural sites, the valley features the shocking heritage of World War I, which is visible at every step. The road follows the river to the small town of Bovec, known as the center of outdoor sports. The rest of the day is dedicated to exploring this idyllic location or choosing from a wide variety of outdoor activities provided by the local agencies. A zipline session or river kayaking/rafting are highly recommended.

DAY 03

Bovec – Kobarid: CHASING THE VIEWS

DistanceDistance: 52 km
DistanceElevation: 1240 m

The third day of the Epic Slovenia gravel bike tour begins at the majestic Boka, the mightiest waterfall in the country. After a short ascent at Žaga village, an asphalt road leads up towards the border between Slovenia and Italy. From here, a former mule-track road leads to the top of Mt. Stol. The higher the road goes, the more challenging the climb is. Upon reaching its highest point, an incredible view of the Alps and the Soča Valley opens below. On clear days, the peak also offers a splendid view of the sea. An exciting descent, beginning on demanding and loose gravel terrain towards the Nadiža Valley is surely the highlight of the day. The crystal blue River Nadiža, a hidden gem popular mostly among locals, invites for a refreshing swim.

The final destination of the day is the small town of Kobarid, best known for the 1917 WWI Battle of Caporetto, where the Italian retreat was documented by Ernest Hemingway in his novel A Farewell to Arms. Today, Kobarid is a lively tourist hub.

DAY 04


DistanceDistance: 53 km
DistanceElevation: 1500 m

From Kobarid, a steep asphalt climb leads the way toward the top of Mt.Kolovrat at the Slovenian border with Italy. The effort is awarded with fantastic views over the Soča Valley and the Friulian plains. The top of Kolovrat is home to the World War 1 open air Museum, which preserves the memory of the third defense line of the Italian Army during the Isonzo Front. After this historical insight, the day continues with scenic biking along the mountain ridge.

Leaving the Alps behind, it is time for some biking through vineyards in the photogenic region of Goriška Brda. The land of gentle, rolling hills covered in orchards and vineyards and dotted with small, secluded villages, reminds of Tuscany. The winegrowers here are famous all over the world for their high-quality wine and hospitality. Needless to say, wine tasting is inevitable here.

The fourth day of the Epic Slovenia gravel bike tour ends in the lovely village of Šmartno, a picturesque walled village with five preserved towers. Like an eagle’s nest, Šmartno can be viewed from any corner of Brda.

DAY 05


DistanceDistance: 83 km
DistanceElevation: 1200 m

Saying goodbye to Brda, the following day the road briefly enters Italy and leads to the romantic town of Gorizia, where tasty Italian ice cream provides some extra energy. Nevertheless, the longest biking day of the tour is all about Karst. Typical karst-like gravel biking (rough and sharper riding surface) resumes across the fascinating landscape full of typical karstic phenomena. Speleologists discover new caves in Slovenia every year, and the number of recorded ones now amounts to more than 14,000 with only 20 of them being show caves.

The Slovenian Karst is also a wine-growing region, as demonstrated by over 100 wine cellars included in the Karst Wine Route. Although the landscape is different here, it is again full of vineyards and small villages located on the hilltops and featuring traditional houses built in stone.

After Pliskovica, a dynamic biking road leads to the town of Sežana before passing the famous Lipica Stud Farm, home to the noble Lipizzaner horses since 1580. The gravel biking adventure of the day comes to an end in the village of Lokev, known for tasty homemade food.

DAY 06


DistanceDistance: 57 km
DistanceElevation: 470 m

The sixth day emphasizes the diversity of Slovenia and of the Epic Slovenia gravel bike tour itself, passing through the karst and the hilly coastal hinterland. After a quick and steep descent over the edge of the Karst plateau, the route continues towards the city of Koper along the Parenzana railway, a now-defunct narrow gauge railway that connected Triste and Poreč at the beginning of the 20th century.

Following the Parenzana and passing through some tunnels on the way, the road ultimately leads to the charming town of Piran. According to Lonely Planet, Piran is a small slice of Venice in Slovenia. Its old town, full of Venetian Gothic architecture, is known as one of the best-preserved historical towns on the Adriatic.

DAY 07


DistanceDistance: 73 km
DistanceElevation: 900 m

The route starts from Piran towards Portorož where yet again joins the former Parenzana railway. A scenic ride along the Adriatic coast is characterized by rich sub-continental Istrian karstic vegetation. Just before the national border, one can visit the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, the largest Slovenian salt evaporation pond, where salt is still produced in a traditional way.

The fun mix of gravel and asphalt roads continues in Croatia. The highlight of the day is the tiny inland town of Grožnjan. Much like its neighboring villages, Grožnjan has kept a faithful watch over the Mirna valley for centuries. When Grožnjan was formally declared the Town of Artists in 1965, many artists and gallerists moved in and began transforming it into an art hub. Before reaching Grožnjan, there is another place that is well worth a visit – the town of Buje.

While biking back towards Slovenia and soon after crossing the Slovenian border with Croatia, one last challenge awaits. Very steep uphill biking leads to the small villages of Korte and Malija, situated in the peaceful hinterland of the Slovenian Istria high above the Adriatic coast and offering some spectacular views. The last biking kilometers lead down back to Piran, where the Epic Slovenia gravel bike tour comes to an end. Make sure not to leave before trying some delicious seafood and taking a dip in the Adriatic Sea.

DAY 08

Departure day

The Epic Slovenia gravel bike tour ends with breakfast in Piran. After breakfast, a transfer is organized to the tour starting point in Arnoldstein.

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Pre-scheduled dates

  • Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2024 GUIDED

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


GUIDEDfrom 2.130 €What’s included?

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 guided BEST OF SLOVENIA GRAVEL BIKE TOUR includes:

  • 7-night accommodation in 3–4 star hotels/guesthouses.
  • 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners, all meals include typical/local food.
  • Fully qualified and experienced cycling guide for the entire trip.
  • Extensive Tour Booklet.
  • Baggage transfer between the tour stages.
  • Final transfer back to the tour starting point.

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

The price for a guided tour depends on the number of people in the group. Please contact us for the offer.



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.

*A guided tour is possible on request.

SELF-GUIDEDWhat’s included?

If you are considering a self-guided tour, you should consider the following to make sure this type of trip is the right fit for you. Our self-guided tours are ideal for individuals who have prior experience in self-guiding tours and have successfully navigated with a GPS device. Having a basic understanding of bikes is essential, this includes being comfortable with basic bike maintenance tasks such as fixing flat tires or making minor adjustments.

Individuals must be independent and can navigate and orient themselves using the information provided. 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, the touring dates, and the time of booking/availability. Please contact us for the offer. See starting prices per person based on double occupancy below.

# 2 4 6 8
price 1.780 € 1.570 € 1.490€ 1.460€


The price for a self-guided BEST OF SLOVENIA GRAVEL BIKE TOUR includes:

  • 7-night accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels/guesthouses.
  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Navigation pack: Ride with GPS Tour Experience Package, including detailed Guide and complete off-line navigation data (tracks, maps, POI), Online briefing.
  • Baggage transfer between tour stages.
  • Final transfer back to the tour starting point.
  • Helpline for emergencies during the tour.


Price excludes:

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

TAILOR MADEWould you like to customize this tour?

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?

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The adventure starts at the Alpine town of Arnoldstein and ends in the town of Piran on the Slovenian coast.


Ljubljana International Airport is located within a 50-minute driving distance from Kranjska Gora and one hour from Arnoldstein. There are several other international airports in the area, those of Venice, Trieste, Klagenfurt, Treviso, Graz, and Zagreb, each of them within a maximum of 2-3 hour driving distance.

If you are traveling by car, parking is possible at the tour starting point.


  • One guided group can include a maximum of 10 people.
  • On guided tours, a briefing session is organized every evening. During the 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.


You can see the answers to frequently asked questions here: FAQ.

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