Self-Guided Holidays

Ultimate Self-Guided Cycling across Slovenia and Croatia

Cycle right through the Alpine and Adriatic paradises in one amazing self-guided holiday.

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FINISH
Bled

Pula
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LENGTH
12 nights / 13 days
ACCOMODATION
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Moderate to Challenging
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  • The ultimate cycling adventure from the Alps and along the Adriatic
  • Visit Slovenia' highlights, such as Bled, Kranjska Gora, Vršič Pass, Soča valley, Lipica and Piran on the way
  • Explore the rustic villages of Istria and its amazing historic towns like Rovinj and Pula
  • Cycle the less busy roads at your own pace and enjoy our full support on the way
  • 13 days of the most diverse self-guided cycling holidays in Slovenia and Croatia
  • Easy and suitable for most cycling around 40-50 km per day of versatile terrain

Are you a cycling enthusiast who likes to travel to fascinating places and visit as many interesting locations as possible while getting some serious cycling done? Then get ready to mount your bikes and explore the most prized regions of Slovenia. Did we say Slovenia? We meant Slovenia’s breath-taking Alpine and coastal regions and Croatia’s incredible Istrian Peninsula. All in one extended, fantastically diverse and soul-rewarding self-guided cycling holiday. Here’s the lowdown:

Every day promises something new, something thrilling for the senses. The road will lead you through the picturesque, ever-changing countryside, to numerous photo op spots, and surreal natural and cultural highlights. Your holiday will begin by unlocking the stunning secrets of the magical Julian Alps. The world-renowned Lake Bled and other gems of Triglav National Park will be graced by your presence. Scenic views will follow you through forests, towns and villages, over mountain passes, across wide-open fields and pastures, alongside pristine rivers and lakes, right down to the sunlit vineyards, the wind-swept Karst, and eventually the northern Adriatic. You will follow the coastline down the famous Parenzana cycling path, a former railway route, which leads across the border into Croatia. The trail down memorizing Istria presents you with yet another completely different, Mediterranean-style environment. Your journey rounds up at the ancient town of Pula and its surroundings.

Stopping off at numerous locations along the way, you will get to do some sightseeing, taste the local cuisine, get the feel for each unique destination and its inhabitants. The second part will allow for some time for swimming in the sea too. The varied terrain will be navigated easily on your professional bikes and well-maintained roads and cycling trails with light traffic are suitable for different levels of fitness. Our team and GPS navigation will help guide you to wherever you need to be. Our carefully assembled itinerary allows for plenty of time to hit the road at your own pace without missing out on anything.

The route is very straightforward and your restful accommodation easy to find. In case of needing additional help, we are at your disposal to assist in any way we can.

Feel free to browse the itinerary to find out which destinations make this self-guided holiday so amazing.

Included in price

Optional extras

Transfer of all your luggage
12 nights 3* accommodation with breakfast
Rent of high performance electric bike
Full support
Organization of everything
Tourist tax
Return transfer from the airport
Single supplement

Included in price

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

Extras

Return transfer from the airport
Single supplement

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrival at Bled

You arrive in the Alpine pearl of Bled where you get settled and meet a member of our team who will give you the rundown on your holiday with detailed information about your trip. Questions will be answered and the route explained. If you’re in Bled early, we suggest you take a stroll around the lake, visit the Castle or take a boat ride to the church island. Then it’s time to get a good night’s rest for the adventures that lie in store.

Accommodation:
Hotel in Bled
Optional extra charge
Transfer from the airport

DAY 2 - Bled to Kranjska Gora

The first leg of your journey involves relatively flat terrain and takes you through the stunning Radovna Valley, past Lake Kreda, gradually descending down to Mojstrana. You cycle along the scenic Upper Sava Valley, down the superbly maintained cycle path to the famous alpine resort of Kranjska Gora. The majestic Julian Alps will be your constant companion.

Cycling:
35km (22mi), 650m (2100 ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Kranjska Gora
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Mojstrana

DAY 3 - Over the Vršič Pass

After Kranjska Gora, it’s time to tackle the steeper ascent that goes over the Vršič Pass with its breath-taking views. An obligatory stop at the top follows, before descending towards Bovec. Tucked away in the heart of the Julian Alps, Bovec is located near the spring of the emerald queen, the Soča River, which is always a most welcome detour when in the area. A fairy-tale location in every sense of the word. 

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

DAY 4 - Bovec to Tolmin

Sticking to the refreshing banks of the Soča River, you traverse down side roads and macadam trails that offer a tranquil ride within the sublime embrace of the 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. This is an exceptionally beautiful extra for those with enough energy to spare.

Cycling:
40km (25mi), 600m (2000ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
B&B in Tolmin
Meals:
Breakfast

DAY 5 - Tolmin to Goriška Brda

Continuing along the Soča River – deep in the ravine or high above the valley – you slowly approach a completely different landscape and enter the Mediterranean climate. The day draws to a close with a short ascent before reaching the rustic winegrowing region of Goriška Brda. It is at this point that one truly feels the awesomeness of Slovenia’s diverse natural character.

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

DAY 6 - The Karst

Goriška Brda behind you now, the route leads you to Italian Gorizia. After traversing across a relatively flat area, you ascend to the spacious Karst Plateau with its typical typography. You will cycle through the striking villages of Komen and Štanjel, all the way to Sežana, a town bordering the coastal area where the spirit of the Adriatic can already be felt.

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

DAY 7 - The Coast

Before departing for the coast, you can stop off at Lipica, the famous Lipizzaner stud farm.  The route then takes you to the beautiful village of Socerb with stunning views guaranteed.  Following the cute Rižana River, you’ll gradually arrive at the Adriatic where it’s a short stretch to Piran, the Venetian-style seaside jewel in the crown of Slovenia’s seaside splendour.

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

DAY 8 - Piran to Grožnjan

On day eight, it’s onward along the coastline to the Sečovlje Salt Pans. A quick stop to marvel at traditional saltworks is obligatory. A stone’s throw away is the Croatian border. The route continues up a slight incline, promising lovely views of the salt pans below. Heading slightly further inland, you ride among Istrian villages and the Mediterranean countryside. This stunning environment will give you that extra boost you need to reach Buje and Grožnjan.  From there you can admire a gorgeous valley and Motovun, an ancient settlement dating back to Celtic times on the opposite bank of the Mirna River.

Cycling:
33km (20mi), 400m (1300 ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Grožnjan
Meals:
Breakfast

DAY 9 - From Grožnjan back to coast

Now things get a bit more dynamic. The path of the former railway (the Parenzana) criss-crosses between the long, winding valleys with great persistence. But don’t worry, it’s a very positive challenge, as an occasional tunnel or viaduct tends to pop up to ease your cycling. The authentic rustic vibe of the Istrian region, complemented with a sense of solitary tranquillity, will delight you no-end. A stark contrast to the touristy coast of Poreč, where you’ll be arriving that same evening for another dose of seaside vibes.

Cycling:
58km (36mi), 480m (1500 ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Poreč
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Old tunnels and viaducts of the Parenzana trail
Poreč

DAY 10 - Around the Lim Channel

Poreč is where the Parenzana ends and more incredible sights begin. You continue south towards Vrsar. Not long after passing this pretty coastal town, the route is divided by the Lim Channel, a fascinating Istrian fjord. A detour comes in the form of an approx. 10-km-long panoramic cycling trail into inland Istria with views of shellfish farms in the channel or climbers scaling the canyon walls. Time passes extremely quickly in this captivating place, and the other side of Istria soon appears with your next destination on full display: Rovinj.

Activity:
42km (26mi), 620m (2000 ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Rovinj
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Vrsar
Lim Channel
Rovinj

DAY 11 - Rovinj to Pula

Rovinj is among the loveliest Istrian towns. Ancient cobblestone streets, a boutique marina, churches and lively restaurant, make Rovinj a nice sightseeing destination. Its surroundings are also breath-taking, particularly riding along its protected Golden Cape beach. Following the coastline south, you will eventually reach Pula. This town needs no introduction, but we’ll supply one for good measure: Pula has a very colourful history dating back to Roman times, with its impressive Amphitheatre and temples amidst classical architecture. The town is a very popular tourist destination, Istria’s main cultural hub, and an optimal starting point for exploring the wider area, which you can also do the next day.  

Cycling:
45km (28mi), 340m (1100 ft) elevation gain
Accommodation:
Hotel in Pula
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Lively coast between Rovinj and Pula
Pula

DAY 12 - Exploring the coast around Premantura

If you haven’t been to Kamenjak, now is the perfect time to tick this marvellous nature reserve off your bucket list. A nice and easy ride out of Pula takes you to Premantura and into Kamenjak, which boasts beautiful beaches and is criss-crossed with gravel paths, excellent for biking. Alternatively, you can stroll around Pula, go for a refreshing dip in the sea, or discover numerous lively locations in nearby Premantura and Medulin. Authentic Croatian seaside spirit is certainly on the menu! In the evening, it’s time to return the bikes, reflect on your adventures, share your experiences, and spend your last night in Pula.

Cycling:
flexible 25-50km (15-30mi)
Accommodation:
Hotel in Pula
Meals:
Breakfast
Highlights:
Cape Kamenjak natural reserve

DAY 13 - Departure

Every good thing comes to an end. We will accommodate your departure according to your travel arrangements.

Meals:
Breakfast
Optional extra charge
Transfer to the airport
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Frequently Asked Questions

I am a single traveller, how can I book?

Don’t worry, just drop us a line in our inbox. We will do our best to try and find you some company, so if you are flexible in your travel dates, let us know as well. Do you want a private trip? No problem, we got you covered too.

Why is the accommodation not specified?

We are always looking for the perfect fit for you. We use a few different accommodation providers that fit our standards but they are subjected to availability, especially in the high season. We can also adjust the holiday, keeping in mind your preferences and budget and can always find a more suitable solution for your taste.

Where is the pickup and which transfers are included?

We meet in Bled at your first hotel. Depending on the airport of your arrival and departure, we can arrange transfers accordingly for an extra fee. All the luggage transfers between stages are included.

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 moderate - the terrain is not so difficult, there are no major ascents (except on day 2) 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.

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).
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