Self-Guided Cycling From Alps to Adriatic

Discover Slovenia's unique diversity by cycling through its most fascinating regions.

START
FINISH
Bled

Piran
LENGTH
7 nights / 8 days
DIFFICULTY
Moderate to Challenging
  • The ultimate cycling adventure from the Alps to the Adriatic
  • Visit Slovenia' highlights, such as Bled, Kranjska Gora, Vršič Pass, Soča valley, Lipica and Piran on the way
  • Cycle the less busy roads at your own pace and enjoy our full support on the way
  • 8 days of the most diverse self-guided cycling holidays in Slovenia
  • Reward yourself with a well-deserved dip in  the sea after 6 days of cycling around 40-50 km per day

Description

How to discover the wonderful attractions of Europe’s most diverse country up-close? Go cycling. On this amazing self-guided trans-Slovenia cycling holiday, you can experience the main highlights and visit the country’s top landmarks at your own pace. Unforgettable panorama and architectural beauty, tasting delicious cuisine and getting to know the locals, not to mention how healthy riding a bike is for the body and soul. An enriching excursion awaits!      

Unlike its size, Slovenia’s natural and cultural heritage are vast. Each place you visit has its own traditions, typical authentic delicacies, and spectacular landscape. This fantastic holiday offers cycling enthusiasts the chance to hit the road and receive a unique glimpse into all the   special elements that make up Slovenia’s exceptionally interesting character. Fill your lungs with fresh air, test your stamina and see the most awesome parts of Slovenia at the same time.  

The journey will take you through the ever-changing countryside, down asphalt roads and gravel tracks, up steep ascents with stunning views. You will explore the magic of the Julian Alps, including world-famous Lake Bled and other gems hidden deeper in the unspoilt surroundings of Triglav National Park. The route runs through forests and villages, over mountain passes, across wide-open fields and pastures, alongside gorgeous rivers and lakes, right down to the sunny vineyards, the striking Karst plateaus, and eventually arriving at the lovely Adriatic Sea. 

Every day holds a new adventure in completely different settings. Any type of terrain you encounter can be tackled with ease on your electric-assist mountain bikes. The roads in Slovenia are well-maintained, the traffic is relatively low and cycling trails are suitable for different levels of fitness. Our team and GPS navigation will help guide you to where you need to be. This makes for a highly enjoyable and safe holiday you will never forget.

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Included in price

Transfer of all your luggage
7 nights 3* accommodation with breakfast
Rent of high performance electric bike
Full support
Organization of everything
Tourist tax

Optional extra charge

Return transfer from the airport
Single supplement

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrival at Bled

Strolling around the pretty town of Bled with its renowned alpine lake and preparing for the tour ahead.  

Accommodation:
Hotel in Bled
Optional extra charge
Transfer from the airport
DAY 2 - Bled to Kranjska Gora

The first leg of your journey is relatively flat. It takes you through the beautiful Radovna Valley, past Lake Kreda, gradually descending down to Mojstrana. You travel along the picturesque Upper Sava Valley down the superb cycle path to the famous alpine resort of Kranjska Gora. All the way accompanied by the majestic backdrops of the Julian Alps.

Cycling:
35km (22mi), 650m (2100 ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Kranjska Gora
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Mojstrana
DAY 3 - Over the Vršič Pass

From Kranjska Gora you tackle the steeper ascent over the Vršič Pass with its jaw-dropping views, stop off at Lake Jasna, and descend towards Bovec, the stunning sports hub of the area in the heart of the Julian Alps. You can also visit the spring of the emerald Soča River. The place is like something straight out of a fairy-tale.  

Cycling:
45km (28mi), 1000m (3280ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Bovec
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Soča spring
DAY 4 - Bovec to Tolmin

The route runs along the Soča River, down side roads and macadam trails, which afford a tranquil ride and an incredible experience of the scenic Soča Valley. At Kobarid, the route also ascends to Drežnica, an idyllic village perched above the Soča River on a small plateau under Mount Krn.

Cycling:
40km (25mi), 600m (2000ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
B&B in Tolmin
Meals:
Breakfast
DAY 5 - Tolmin to Goriška Brda

Continuing along the banks of the Soča River –deep in the ravine or high above the valley – you slowly approach the Mediterranean climate. The day ends with a short ascent before reaching a completely different landscape of rustic winegrowing region of Goriška Brda.

Cycling:
38km (23mi), 730m (2400ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Goriška brda
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Lower Soča valley
DAY 6 - The Karst

From Brda the route takes you Italian Gorizia. After traversing across a relatively flat area, you ascend to the windswept Karst Plateau. A stark contrast to the Alps, this place is dotted with its typical karst phenomena. You’ll ride through the gorgeous villages of Komen and Štanjel, all the way to Sežana, a town bordering the coastal area.

Cycling:
68km (42mi), 1000m (3280ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
B&B in Sežana
Meals:
Breakfast
DAY 7 - The Coast

Before leaving the Karst, you can stop off Lipica, home of the famous Lipizzaner horses.  The route then takes you to the beautiful village of Socerb with its incredible views. Following the pretty Rižana River, you’ll gradually arrive at the coast. Then it’s a short stretch all the way to Piran, the Venetian-style seaside jewel.

Cycling:
63km (40mi), 750m (2460ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Piran
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Osp valley
DAY 8 - Adriatic and farewell

Spend a day of well-deserved rest and swimming in the Adriatic sea. In the afternoon, a transfer to Ljubljana or elsewhere upon request will be organized.

Meals:
Breakfast
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.

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Off season prices can vary. The itinerary can be adjusted to suit your budget better.
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No-risk cancellation policy with 100% money-back guarantee. 
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Let’s choose green to keep Slovenia’s nature safe and help the local community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the pickup and which transfers are included?

The included pickup and drop-off at the end of the holiday in the price published on our website is in Ljubljana or Ljubljana airport. For any changes, please notify us upon booking. The included transfers are all the transfers between places and/or activities specified in the itinerary.

Where do I eat when the food is not included?

Both our back office team and our guides know where to go. We can give you recommendations or even pre-book some places for you. You can be adventurous and find places on your own. Either way, let us know if you would like any sort of help.

How fit do I need to be?

Cycling planned on our cycling holidays is easy to moderate - the terrain is not so difficult, there are no major ascents and the pace is meant to be gradual. The electric bikes provide enough extra power that you should be able to climb all the ascents easily.

What should I wear? Do I have to bring anything with me?

It is important to dress for the season. Slovenia has all 4 seasons, so please check the weather forecast before the holiday regarding temperatures and rainfall. When you are close to the Alps, you can see all 4 seasons change in the same day, so your best bet is to always bring an extra layer and rain gear. Your guide will let you know each day what kind of weather you can expect for the next day and don’t worry - extra layers can always travel behind us in a support van.

I have food restrictions. Are there restaurants for me?

It really depends on the level of your restriction. Vegetarian options are fairly easy to find in Slovenia, but vegan dishes, on the other hand, are extremely hard to come by in rural areas of the country and in smaller towns. Please note that the places where we stop for lunch are often traditional and may have difficulties accommodating you outside of their standard menu. We suggest you keep this in mind.

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.

What is the tourist tax that is not included in the price?

A tourist and promotion tax is a fee that every visitor has to pay for each overnight stay all over Slovenia. It consists of two parts: each municipality charges a tourist tax fee, which goes towards financing and maintenance of tourist facilities in the area, and the Slovenian Tourist Board charges a promotion tax, which is used to promote Slovenia. Depending on the municipality, the tax rates vary - from 1.5€ in some locations to 3.13€ in Ljubljana or Bled (per person, per night).

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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