Touring

SLOVENIA TOP SIGHTS • cycling tour

Duration

8 days

Category

TOURING, E-BIKE

Fitness level

Low

Tour type

GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED

Technical difficulty

Low

Length & elevation

183 km 2110 m

map of slovenia top sights bike tour

It may not be easy to find Slovenia on a map, but it is even more difficult to find a place so small offering so much. Whether you’re chasing cultural highs or pursuing nature’s pleasures, cycling tour Slovenia Top Sights shows this European gem at its best.

Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps and the Mediterranean meet the Karst and the Pannonian plains. It takes an hour of driving to get from the capital city to either high mountains or the coastline. Moreover, Slovenia is the world’s first country to be declared a green destination due to its sustainable development. The country also holds the title of European Region of Gastronomy 2021, and boasts three renowned wine-growing regions.

The cycling tour Slovenia Top Sights starts in Ljubljana and a full day is dedicated to exploring this lovely capital. The following days are all about the two Alpine gems – the wonderful lakes of Bled and Bohinj. After cycling, there is plenty of time left to visit the surrounding mountains and check out the best views of the lakes.

A beautiful train ride to the emerald Soča Valley is followed by comfortable cycling towards the wine-growing region of Goriška Brda. The villages scattered across the hills are packed with accomplished winemakers. The route then turns back inland and reaches the largest tourist cave in Europe, the famous Postojna Cave. Here, one can discover the mysterious underground world of Karst and admire the nearby Predjama Castle, built deep into a rocky cliff.

From the Italian town of Muggia, the trail leads over the hills of Slovenian Istria to the coastal city of Koper and then follows the former Parenzana railway track to the charming city of Piran, known as a small slice of Venice in Slovenia.

The daily cycling stages leave enough time for other activities that each place has to offer. The tour is designed in a way that allows plenty of flexibility. While some members of the group cycle around, others can use the time to visit interesting sights or just relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere. As such, cycling tour Slovenia Top Sights is an ideal choice for families.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ljubljana old town
  • Lake Bled & Lake Bohinj
  • The emerald Soča Valley
  • Wine tasting in Goriška Brda
  • Postojna Cave
  • Sunset over the Adriatic in Piran

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Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVAL TO THE CAPITAL

Before the cycling tour officially begins, an overnight is organized in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. An introductory meeting is held to present the tour details.

On the first day, a visit to the Ljubljana castle is planned. On a hill above the city, medieval architecture goes hand in hand with art exhibitions and excellent culinary offer. The renovated rooms and halls preserve the stories of the past while also hosting new ones. The castle dungeon whispers its dark secrets and the Viewing Tower opens a unique view of the horizon.

We recommend you to plan enough time to explore other areas of this vibrant city. As one of the smallest and greenest European capitals, Ljubljana is also one of the most livable cities. It’s never crowded – but also never boring. 50.000 university students give it its youthful appeal, and as an economic and cultural hub of Slovenia, it has a lot to offer to locals and visitors alike. Car traffic is restricted in the center, leaving the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica river free for pedestrians and cyclists.


DAY 02

LJUBLJANA PARKS PHOTO TOUR

DistanceDistance: 32 km
DistanceElevation: 290 m

It is time to see Ljubljana from a different perspective. A cycling loop around the capital was designed for those eager to discover more than the usual set of attractions in the city center and especially for photography enthusiasts.

The undemanding cycling route runs through green parks, and along historical and architectural points of interest. The city invites us to spend a day in the company of locals at their favourite meeting points and recreation trails. More information about the Ljubljana Parks Photo tour are available here.

The rest of the day is available for other activities. Besides visiting the old town, we recommend you to take a boat ride along the Ljubljanica river, visit one of the various museums and galleries, and dive into the city’s culinary offer.


DAY 03

THE FAMOUS LAKES

DistanceDistance: 16 km
DistanceElevation: 200 m

The third day begins with a transfer from Ljubljana to Bled, where a guided tour of Bled Castle is organized. The oldest castle in Slovenia is not only the symbol of Bled, but of the entire country. Perched atop a steep cliff, it offers a magnificent view of Lake Bled and its tiny island.

Easy cycling around the gorgeous lake is an invigorating experience. Afterwards, there is still enough time for other activities. The “pletna” boat ride to the island only takes a few minutes and it would be a pity not to try the famous Bled cream cake called “Kremšnita”. Great views of the lake can also be admired from the surrounding hills such as Mala Osojnica.

Many visitors to Slovenia say they have never seen a lake more beautiful than Bled – until they see Lake Bohinj, the largest natural lake in Slovenia, located only 26 kilometers southwest from Bled. After the transfer to Bohinj, scenic cycling continues along the lake shore towards Ukanc. From here, 553 steps lead to the photogenic Savica Waterfall.

Time permitting, one can take a cable car to the Vogel ski resort. Not to mention the Vogel itself, the cable car ride alone offers fantastic views over the Lake Bohinj and the surrounding mountains.


DAY 04

AROUND THE BOHINJ VALLEY

DistanceDistance: 17 km
DistanceElevation: 250 m

An additional cycling loop around Bohinj is planned on the following day. A quiet asphalt cycling route leads from Ribčev Laz along the Sava River to Bohinjska Bistrica, and then back through the upper Bohinj Valley all the way to the lake.

This is a great way of getting to know the beautiful features of the valley, where typical Alpine villages tell a story about the old ways of life. Bohinj has a long tradition of cheese production, so stopping for some cheese tasting is an excellent idea.

After completing this delightful cycling loop, plenty of free time is available for other outdoor activities such as supping, kayaking, fishing and horse riding. There is also an option to pamper yourself in one of the local wellness centers.


DAY 05

CRUISING ALONG VINEYARDS

DistanceDistance: 32 km
DistanceElevation: 480 m

The Slovenia Top Sights cycling tour carries on with a short morning transfer to Bohinjska Bistrica. 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. It runs through no less than 28 tunnels, 5 galleries, and over 65 bridges.

Easy cycling starts upon the arrival to the village of Plave. An easy-going trail runs on the right bank of the stunning emerald green Soča river. The path leads through Nova Gorica in Slovenia to Gorizia in Italy and then back to Slovenian 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 wine growers here are famous all over the world for their high-quality wine and warm hospitality.

A tranquil village of Medana guarantees a good night sleep. But before retiring for the night, the medieval village of Šmartno invites for a interesting visit.


DAY 06

THE UNDERGROUND WORLD

DistanceDistance: 41 km
DistanceElevation: 560 m

Breakfast is followed by a transfer to the city Postojna, which represents the junction of coastal and inland Slovenia. A circular cycling path runs from the village of Grobiščethrough Postojna to the world-known Postojna Cave, the largest tourist cave in Europe. A visit to the magical, 24-km cave system, that includes an underground train ride, is a truly special experience.

The magical underworld experience is followed by a visit to a man-made miracle – over 800 years old impregnable Predjama castle built into a 123-meter cliff. Behind the largest cave castle in the world, there is a network of secret tunnels, from where the knight Erazem of Predjama would set out on his plundering expeditions.

Passing by the village of Hruševje, the route turns back towards the starting point in Grobišče. In the evening, bear watching from special forest observatories can be arranged upon request.


DAY 07

THE SUNNY COAST

DistanceDistance: 43 km
DistanceElevation: 370 m

The last stage of the Slovenia Top Sights cycling tour extends between the Socerb Castle, which overlooks the Gulf of Trieste, and the romantic coastal town of Piran. After the morning transfer, cycling begins with a descent towards Muggia, the only Italian port town in Istria. The town shows many traces of its Venetian tradition and origin, as demonstrated by the dialect, gastronomic tradition, architecture, and mostly by the main square, which is a true Venetian “campiello”.

Soon after Muggia, the route turns back to Slovenia, approaching the city of Koper. From there, it follows the Parenzana railway track, which was in operation in the early 1900s, transporting passengers, salt, olive oil, Istrian stone, wine and other goods between Poreč and Trieste.

Following the track and passing through some tunnels on the way, the route finally reaches Piran, sitting pretty at the tip of a narrow peninsula on the Slovenian coast. Its old town is one of the best-preserved historical towns on the Adriatic and a real pearl of the Venetian Gothic architecture.It is hard not to fall in love with Piran’s atmospheric winding alleyways and romantic sunsets. Make sure you do not leave without trying the delicious seafood and taking a dip in the sea.


DAY 08

BACK TO REALITY

After breakfast, a transfer is organized from Piran back to Ljubljana, where the Slovenia Top Sights cycling tour is brought to an end.


Dates

  • 20 - 27 September, 2020 GUIDED
  • May - October *TAILOR MADE, SELF-GUIDED

*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 SLOVENIA TOP SIGHTS tour includes:

  • 7-nights´ accommodation with breakfast in quality, mostly 4* accommodations
  • 7 dinners, all meals include typical/local food
  • Fully qualified and experienced cycling guide for the entire trip
  • Support van with driver for the luggage and transfers
  • Baggage transfer between the tour stages
  • Extensive Tour Booklet
  • Meeting and briefing at the tour start
  • Entrance fee to Bled castle, Postojna cave, panoramic train ticket, wine tasting in Brda, sightseeing tour in Piran and Ljubljana

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.

Pax 2 4 6 8
Price 1.160 € 1.030 € 990 € 970 €

Price for the self-guided SLOVENIA TOP SIGHTS tour includes:

  • 7-nights´ accommodation with breakfast in quality, mostly 4* accommodations
  • Baggage transfer between the tour stages
  • Navigation pack: GPS with uploaded routes (one device per group), map, extensive tour booklet
  • Meeting and briefing at the tour start
  • All transfers within the program
  • 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 us an e-mail: [email protected]

Logistics

The adventure starts and ends in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE
Ljubljana has its own international airport which is 20 min drive away from the centre of the city. Ljubljana is also surrounded by 6 international airports, those of Venice, Trieste, Klagenfurt, Treviso, Graz and Zagreb, each of them within a maximum of 120-minute driving distance. We are happy to arrange airport shuttles from any of these airports upon request.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • One guided group can include a maximum of 7 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 tour is suitable for e-bikers.

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