Seven nights; seven days. A leisurely paced bicycle tour passing through Slovenia’s beautiful mountain valleys, lush vineyards, and picturesque olive groves toward the progressively warmer climates of the Adriatic coast.
“The trip was fantastic, educational, informative, and scenery beyond my imagination! Thanks!” – Debbie & Randy T.
WHY THIS TRIP?
- Swim and relax on the Adriatic shore of the Mediterranean.
- The pristine Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps.
- The Bohinj Lake countryside.
The easiest routes we offer, these are generally flat and cover relatively relaxed distances. You will be comfortable riding a hybrid bike, walking in sneakers, or paddling a light kayak, and will normally have time to take many photos and enjoy extended lunches.
Paved roads. Some great descents and some short climbs, on a predominantly downhill route. The alpine scenery is simply fantastic, and most of the roads are extremely quiet. Your expert local guides will take you to places most travelers miss. More challenging rides are also available in Slovenia; if you want something more demanding, please ask.
- DAY 1: Introductions
- DAY 2: ~40 km
- DAY 3: ~31 km
- DAY 4: ~66 km
- DAY 5: ~55 km
- DAY 6: ~46 km
- DAY 7: ~76 km & Farewells
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Start: Ljubljana, Vander Hotel, 15:00, day one.
Finish: Ljubljana, 15:00, day eight.
Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Transfer from Ljubljana to Kranjska Gora
Meet your guides in Ljubljana in the mid-afternoon at either the airport or downtown. We recommend arriving a day or two early so you have time to experience the vibrant old city. Galleries, museums and other entertaining and historical sites are pleasant distractions for those who arrive early. Most notable include Ljubljana Castle, the Triple and Dragon Bridges, and the fashionable Stari trg. From the capital you will transfer about 45 minutes to the beautiful village of Kranjska Gora. Situated within the peaks of the Julian Alps near the Italian and Austrian borders, Kranjska Gora hosts an annual World Cup Skiing event and is on the doorstep of the Radovljivca Valley, your play area for tomorrow. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Pr’ Gavedarjo, Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora to Bled Lake, 40km.
Today’s highlight is the Valley of Radovna, a marvel for any nature lover, with blueberries hidden in green meadows, herds of cows grazing and cold clear mountain streams gurgling. Finish your ride by the popular shores of sub-alpine Lake Bled enjoying the picturesque view of the small islet in its midst and the 13th century Church of the Assumption which sits upon it. Take a dip in the lake and enjoy a slice of the famous Kremsnita cake. Today is mostly a downhill ride, but there is one notable climb of approximately 200m. BL
Bled Lake to Bohinj Lake, 31km
Enter the canyon of the Sava River which will take you to the wonderful region of Bohinj. Bohinj is a network of small meadowland villages. Situated near the lake this is the perfect place to admire the mountains and valleys of Triglav National Park. Visit during the spring the experience the meadows eruption into a glorious blossom of indigenous mountain flowers. This area hides numerous waterfalls and two emerald valleys that are connected by the crystal clear mountain lake. Today’s shorter riding distance will allow ample time for optional activities such as paddling on the lake or hiking the Vintgar Gorge. This evening you will have the chance to taste some of the shepherds’ organic delicacies, served in authentic local style. BLD
Hotel Jezero, Bohinj
Bohinj to Kobarid, 66km
Avoiding Slovenia’s highest mountain pass, this morning you will cross the Alps underground aboard a 15 minute train journey through the mountains. From the western side of the mountain, you venture into the very remote Soca Valley, a region known for producing the finest cheese in all Slovenia. The turquoise Soca is considered to be one of the most wild and attractive rivers in all Europe. Stopping to taste the pure and healing water of the spring that feeds the river you will begin to understand the true nature of Slovenia. Spend the night in Tolmin at a unique country inn. If you have any remaining energy before dusk you may be able to visit the secluded gorge of the Tolominka River. BLD
Kobarid to Goriska Brda, 55km
Leaving the Alps behind you will begin your journey south toward the Adriatic. A gentle uphill warm-up ride leads you to the untouched Cepovan Plateau. Next, a charming ride through dense forest and remote villages finishes in the town of Nova Gorica – situated right upon the Italian border and just below the hills of Goriska Brda, one of Slovenia’s best wine growing regions. The culture and people here are uniquely affected by the area’s remoteness and the influences of other nearby countries. Incredibly hospitable they are proud of their skills and traditions. BL
Hotel Gredic, Goriska Brda
Goriska Brda to Komen, 46km
Ride from Goriza to where the Karst Plateau rises above the Adriatic Sea. Hospitable villagers, amazing rock formations, pleasant climate and superb cuisine give the region a special charm. You will visit Stanjel, a tiny village in the hinterland of the Italian (formerly Austro-Hungarian) port of Trieste, at the centre of the Karst. The village used to be an important salt trading post en-route between Trieste and Vienna. You can stroll along the narrow stone alleys, visit the traditional Karst stone houses, and perhaps enjoy a glass of the region’s renowned Terrano wine. BL
Pension Špacapan, Komen
Komen to Lipica and Koper, transfers to Piran and Ljubljana, 76km
Slovenian Karst has been called the “mother” of all Karst, and has given name to landscapes as far away as Guilin in southern China, Halong Bay in Vietnam and Viñales in Cuba. From Komen, you will ride your bicycle to the end of the plateau where craggy limestone cliffs overlook the coast. Here near the Mediterranean region of the country life has its own pace. From Lipica, a town famous for breeding white Lipizzaner horses, you will be transferred by vehicle to Piran to visit the medieval coastal town known for its famous composer Tartini and its fantastic historic atmosphere. You will be tempted to swim (pier swimming only!) in the warm Adriatic before transferring about 1½ hours back to Ljubljana as you relax and reminisce upon your Slovenian adventure. BLD
Vander Hotel, Ljubljana
Your adventure concludes this morning after breakfast. B
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Guided: C 4495 (per person, double occupancy)
Includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support, maps, route notes, taxes
Self-Guided: C 3895 (per person, double occupancy)
Includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, relevant van and train transfers, luggage handling, maps, route notes, taxes
Single Occupancy: 945
Aluminum Racing: na
Carbon Racing: na
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
2022 Guided dates:
- Jun 5-12
- Jul 3-10
- Aug 28-Sep 4
- Sep 25-Oct 2
2023 Guided dates:
- Jun 4-11
- Jul 2-9
- Aug 27-Sep 3
- Sep 24-Oct 1
Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.
Interested in custom or private departures?
Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided in your custom proposal.
1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, or see our Join a Group page to see where groups are already forming.
2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.
Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe, where the Alps and the Mediterranean meet the Pannonian Plains and the Karst Plateau, but this is a delightfully less-developed country than much of Europe. You will experience amazing contrasts during this week of relatively easy bike touring, including the pristine Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps, and the Bohinj Lake countryside. This route offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains and valleys whose clear skies are popular hangouts for hang gliders. Challenging climbs are avoided using short train hops through the mountains. You too will enjoy the vitality that comes from mountain travel, clean air, and perhaps the healing waters of the Soca Springs, as you descend through the limestone labyrinth of Karst, following the same trails upon which Napoleon led his army. Wild beauty is everywhere. From the heart of the Julian Alps you will ride through old-growth forests and winegrowing hills, and eventually to where you can swim and relax on the Adriatic shore of the Mediterranean before returning to Ljubljana. Slovenia is rich in resources, naturally gorgeous, and beautifully peaceful. It is simply a pleasure to explore by bike the countryside and affluence of this country on the sunny side of the Alps, and to fathom its roots in the Habsburg Empire and the Venetian Republic. We hope you can join us for this fabulous ride, an adventure for all senses!