Experience the ever-changing landscape of Slovenia’s countryside and that special rush that comes with the freedom of the road by joining a guided road cycling tour. This amazing 8-day active holiday takes you from the urban roads of the capital city, through the mountainous region of the Alps and among the vineyards of the Mediterranean south. The routes are as varied as the land itself; the roads are of good quality and with light traffic; and ride comes with full road support and breath-taking surroundings.
If you’re a cycling enthusiast who wants to hit the road in a group of likeminded people and tackle diverse landscapes with full professional support, this 8-day active holiday is meant for you. Slovenia is home to one of Europe’s most diverse geography, which makes it a perfect road cycling destination. You will get to experience this diversity day-to-day, as the terrain and even climate change along the way. To regain your lost calories, you will munch down on some delicious authentic local cuisine. Breakfasts are hearty and will give you the boost you need. The roads are well-maintained and mostly come with light traffic. But what does the actual tour look like?
A true recreational Tour de Slovenia! The tour is led by a local guide who is a professional cyclist with years of experience and can double as a trainer. The route is planned out very meticulously, so you get the most out of your ride. A support van is present throughout the journey, its driver a highly trained mechanic who can tend to any technical issues that may arise. And if a participant falls behind or feels like he or she has had too much, our team will make sure the tour continues smoothly and the cyclist is picked up. If you want to join the fun but don’t have your bike with you, we can supply you a high-performance rental adjusted to your specifications.
We gather in Ljubljana where everyone gets acquainted and the programme is presented. A mechanic inspects the bikes and supplies any needed adjustment tips. If the bike is rented, fitting is performed. Then it’s dinner time, followed by a good night’s rest.
First on the menu is an introductory tour dubbed the ‘Local Specialty’. We start off in Ljubljana, quickly moving out of the city and on to the most beautiful roads for cycling in the surrounding area. Entering Ljubljana’s countryside feels like venturing into a completely different world in a matter of minutes. This tour is easy, intended for warming up and getting to know each other. We will ride along the southern part of the Polhov Gradec Dolomites, part of the pre-Alpine hilly region of north-western Slovenia, the route of the famous Franja Marathon. The night is spent in Ljubljana and the evening is free for exploring the city centre.
A transit tour awaits. This one is slightly more challenging. From Ljubljana we cycle through Škofja Loka, a picturesque historic old town, and continue through the scenic Selška Valley before crossing the Soriška Planina pass towards Bohinj. The city-to-Alps transformation is unbelievable. Arriving in Bohinj, we rest our limbs and relax in preparation for the next day.
The next day we start from Bohinj uphill to the Pokljuka Plateau. Crossing this idyllic place with its peaceful meadow and dense woodland, we descend into the Radovna Valley, from where we continue to Mojstrana and the sports hub of Kranjska Gora. It’s our first overnight stay in this Alpine paradise.
From Kranjska Gora, we cross the mountainous border to one of the nicest road circles in the area. We will cycle along the abandoned railway line winding its way above the Kanal Valley, through the village of Dogna and back through the famous Sella Nevea pass. A long but not overly tiring circle amidst beautiful settings is completed.
After another night in Kranjska Gora, it is time to ride over the Vršič Pass the southern side of the Julian Alps. Along the Soča River, we will rush down a pleasant road with moderate descents. With every mile, you will feel the climate turn increasingly Mediterranean. Eventually we arrive in the winegrowing region of Goriška Brda, appropriately called Slovenian Tuscany. A well-deserved rest will certainly be in order.
This last leg of our tour will be somewhat easier as we hit the roads among the vineyards. The afternoon is reserved for wine tasting and pure relaxation.
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