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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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