Bikepacking Slovenia

Join this one-of-a-kind bikepacking adventure and see the wonders of Slovenia up-close.

Start
Ljubljana
Finish
Ljubljana
Length
8 nights / 9 days
Difficulty
Moderate to Challenging

Highlights

Bikepacking Slovenia in a nutshell

  • The ultimate bikepacking circle around Slovenia’s diverse landscape
  • Self-sufficient journey on a bike through the most important Slovenia sights
  • From Ljubljana, through the Alps and Soča Valley and back to Ljubljana through the Karst 
  • Sleeping in authentic local glamps and tourist farms, you will carry everything you need for the adventure with you on a bike
  • The best cycling holidays in Slovenia for the most adventurous 
Agent
Jovan
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Guided private:
2999€
per person
Self guided:
899€
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Description

The best way to explore Slovenia’s magnificently diverse countryside is by cycling through it. This amazing self-guided bikepacking tour will test your stamina and take you to the most unforgettable locations. You will cycle in the pristine outdoors, stop off at numerous locations cultural and natural heritage landmarks, and get a chance to stay at amazing glamping spots, tourist farms and authentic mountain huts. Saddle up and let the adventure begin!

Bikepacking involves cycling over a variety of surfaces and topography on a single route, and if you add some amazing locations to the journey, it can be the best way of exploring a foreign country. On this self-guided tour, you will cycle through a big portion of Slovenia, experiencing its unbelievable diversity as you go. The ride is slow enough to take in your surroundings and fast enough to see the countryside change before your eyes. The route is not the easiest, and although certain sections can be adapted, a fair bit of physical preparedness is necessary for this trip.

Traditionally, bikepacking involves camping, but as camps can be extremely packed during high season, this tour eliminates the hassle of pitching up tents by providing comfortable accommodations in the form of tourist farms and authentic mountain huts.

We can provide a bike, equipped with a rack and travel bags to carry your belongings. There will be plenty of opportunities for stopping off at important landmarks, detours, and fun side-activities like swimming or checking out the local cultural heritage. The great thing about Slovenia is it has an ample amount of shops on every step, so stocking up on supplies and refilling your water bottle won’t be a problem. In the event of needing repairs or any other issues that may occur along the way, we’re always at your disposal.

Included in price

8 nights authentic accomodation in glamping or tourist farm
Rent of bike with luggage carriers
Full support 24/7
GPS track of the route
Organization of everything
Multitool and repair kit
Tourist tax

Optional extra charge

Return transfer from the airport
Single supplement
Garmin GPS device
Licensed local guide

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrival in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia

Spend the first day in Ljubljana exploring this lovely capital, getting ready for the cycling adventure starting the next day.

Accommodation:
Hotel in Ljubljana center
Optional extra charge
Transfer from the airport
DAY 2 - From Ljubljana to the hills

Your journey will begin in the capital Ljubljana. You’ll make your way across the Polhov Gradec Hills, where a lovely church (St. Jacob), located in this wooded elevated area, will present you superb views of the surroundings. Then you descend down to Škofja Loka, a well-preserved medieval town. The route continues through the hills on the outskirts of the Ljubljana Basin to another cute church on Jamnik. Descending down to lovely Kropa will bring you to your first overnight stay at a tranquil glamping area.

Cycling:
60km (37mi), 1700m (5500 ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Glamping in Zgornja Dobrava
Highlights:
St. Jacob
Škofja Loka
DAY 3 - Around the Julian Alps

The second day will be comprised of cycling through gorgeous Gorenjska villages, past Bled and its famous glacial lake. As you enter the Alpine world, you’ll witness immense changes in scenery. Then it’s time to enter the beautiful Radovna Valley and cycle to Lake Kreda. Riding through Mojstrana, an old mining settlement near Kranjska Gora, the trail will lead you to Slovenia’s sunniest village of Dovje.

Cycling:
37km (23mi), 600m (1970ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Glamping in Dovje
Highlights:
Mojstrana
DAY 4 - Over the famous Vršič Pass

Now it’s time to experience the Julian Alps at their finest. You’ll travel down the legendary cycling trail to Kranjska Gora and ride over the Vršič Pass to the southern side of the mountain range. You will then descend down into the Trenta Valley and reach the beautiful Alpine town of Bovec and the pristine emerald queen – the Soča River.

Cycling:
63km (40mi), 1250m (4100ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Glamping in Bovec
DAY 5 - Along the Soča river

Waking up in Bovec, the beautiful scenery of Soča river will keep you company on the first part of the stage. In the ancient town of Kobarid you will leave the valley and continue on the ridge towards Slovenian Tuscany - Goriška Brda.

Cycling:
70km (43mi), 1600m (5250ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Tourist farm in Goriška Brda
DAY 6 - The Vineyards

Cycling over the vineyard country of Goriška Brda once again transports into a completely different world. You will travel in the direction of the picturesque settlement of Solkan and its renowned bridge, pop over to the Italian side, and continue towards Ajdovščina, where you will stay the night at a pleasant tourist farm.

Cycling:
33km (20mi), 630m (2050ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Tourist Farm near Ajdovščina
Highlights:
Cycling through vineyards
Solkan
DAY 7 - The Karst

Your new destination will be Vipava Valley, one of Slovenia’s main winegrowing regions. You will make your way through this stunning place to Ajdovščina before ascending the Nanos Hills and stopping off at the village of Col, a gorgeous settlement on the very edge of the karst plateau. From there, a peaceful ride through the woods will take you to Predjama and the biggest cave castle in the world. The Karst region is as unique as any you have seen so far. Past Postojna, the route will lead you to Rakov Škocjan, Slovenia’s oldest regional park.

Cycling:
63km (40mi), 1380m (4500ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Rakov Škocjan
Highlights:
Col
Rakov Škocjan
DAY 8 - Around Cerknica Lake

On the final leg of your journey, you’ll visit Lake Cerknica, one of the largest intermittent lakes in Europe. Then it’s a quick ride around the lake and up to the forested area of Rakitna, around Mt. Krim, and down towards the spectacular Ljubljana Marshes. The nice and flat ride through the marshes will take you back to Ljubljana.

Cycling:
60km (37mi), 790m (2590ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Ljubljana Center
DAY 8 - Farewell

Congratulations! You just cycled around half the country! Time to relax and enjoy Ljubljana before continuing your adventure.

Optional extra charge
Transfer to the airport
Extra days

Why not spend a few more days in Slovenia? Extend your holidays with a pre- or post-holiday extension. Accommodation, sightseeing and activities can be arranged. Add as many extra days to your holiday as you wish.

Jovan
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Choose your type of Holiday:
Guided private:
2999€
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Self guided:
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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear ?

It is important that your clothes are comfortable. It is recommended that you also have something warmer with you in case of a temperature drop or cold wind. It is best to consult with us few days prior the trip to see the forecast.

Is the route easy to find?

You will have a detailed GPS file of the route, but there are some local trails that can be hard to find. Don't worry however, even if you miss the exact trails, it is usually very easy to do a detour and get back on the correct path.

Can I get a guide?

Of course, we will be happy to provide a professional local private guide to get the most of the tour.

What should I bring with me?

Travelling light is the key. Dress in layers, have enough socks for each day and have an insulation and jacket just in case. 1-2l bottle of water is enough since you can refill the water on most places. You should have (we can rent out) an essential kit for basic repairs, however for anything bigger bike shops are not hard to find.

What in case of bad weather?

Even though Slovenia is small, it has quite diverse climate, so it is not unusual that there is nice weather somewhere else. In that case, we will do our best to adjust the tour to get the best out of the weather.

Am I fit enough?

You choose your own pace, but keep in mind that it is a long journey, so you should be able to cycle around 50km per day. The route has lots of hills, about 1000 vertical meters per day, and some of the trails are a bit technical, but nothing scary and most parts can be detoured.

What if I can't continue?

If you think that on some point you can't cycle anymore for any reason, you can always give us a call and we will pick you up and transfer you and the bike back to Ljubljana. If you have any issues with orientation or anything else, we are here to help!

Holiday Types

Self-guided

For travellers that want flexibility and independence. We organize the holidays of your choice, but the adventure of getting around is all yours. You will get a fly & drive itinerary with activities, accommodations and travelling tips with full support of our team for any emergencies or concerns. 

Small group

For solo travellers or travellers who wish to meet other like-minded souls, don’t want to stress about trip planning and would maybe like to enjoy some time on their own as well. You will be travelling with our tour leader in a small group of maximum 8 people in a comfortable van with accommodation, entrance fees and a detailed plan of activities arranged. For guaranteed tour departures we have a minimum of 4 people.

Guided private

For travellers who want a holiday based on their preferences and needs. You don’t need to worry over itinerary planning or your next move, and at the same time you can enjoy the holidays at your own pace and take as much time on your own whenever needed. We take care of the entire organization and provide you with a professional guide, accommodation, transportation and plan of activities.

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