Do you prefer cycling in a group? Then join one of our guided tours!
Small groups are accompanied by our guide who also cycles with the group. The guide looks after all the details and will present Slovenia in an entertaining and informative way; the best way to get to know Slovenia better.
Trips include luggage transfer between accommodation.
This classic Slovene bike tour takes you through some of Slovenia's most popular historical attractions, from the lively capital through a stunning limestone landscape riddled with caves, castles and churches. With fine wine, delicious food and a sun-soaked Adriatic coast to top it all off, there is something for everyone. It can be done individually as a self guided trip, or as a group tour with our guide. Suitable for cyclists of average fitness.
Cycling tour highlights: • Visit the castle & famous Triple Bridge in Ljubljana. • Explore Postojna or Škocjan caves. • Relax with a cappuccino on the Trieste seafront. • Sip typical Teran wine in a world of limestone. • See the famous Lipizzaner horses
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN LJUBLJANA. 3* city hotel. The Slovene capital: Visit the historic old town and marvel at the ornate, old-world architecture sitting in the shadow of the Ljubljana Castle, perched high on a hill and standing guard over the old town and city centre. From its tower you get a commanding view of Ljubljana’s heart and soul, and on a clear day you can see all of Slovenia's mountains. Spend the evening in one of the many riverside bars and restaurants, or visit the bar at Neboticnik (the Ljubljana skyscraper).
Day 2: LJUBLJANA - VRHNIKA 3* hotel. (39km (57km with a side trip)). Your first day will be a gentle ride across the 160-sq km Ljubljana Moors (Ljubljansko Barje). This beautiful landscape is home to some of Europe’s rarest forms of bird, plant and insect life. Visit the picturesque Iški Vintgar gorge, and cycle past Krim mountain and up to the church of Sveta Ana for a great view across the marshes. Just before arriving in the lively little town of Vrhnika, you can view an interesting exhibition of Tito's cars at the Technical Museum in Bistra Castle.
Day 3: VRHNIKA – POSTOJNA 4* hotel. (32km (44km with a side trip)). Today you cycle past the beautiful Slivnica Mountain, home to the Slivnica Witch, and the magical disappearing lake of Cerknica, and marvel at this vast world of limestone. We recommend you stop for a picnic lunch amid some of nature’s most incredible landscape formations, including two natural bridges, at the Rakov Škocjan nature reserve.
Day 4: POSTOJNA – ŠTANJEL / KODRETI (48km). 3* guesthouse (agritourism). Today will start with a visit to the beautiful Postojna caves, the most extensive cave system in Slovenia, through a world of large and colourful stalactites and stalagmites, and the unique “human fish”. Then head to the impenetrable fortress of Predjama Castle, set in a crevasse halfway up a 123-metre cliff-face. Learn about a cunning and daring knight who once lived here. Erasmus kept a whole army at bay by utilizing the Predjama Caves to sneak out for supplies. Take the tour and learn how Erasmus met his untimely demise in less than poetic circumstances, as he was literally caught with his pants down.
Day 5: ŠTANJEL – LIPICA – DIVAČA (48km). 3* family hotel. First stop is at the lovely botanical garden in Sežana, then it’s on to the stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit these beautiful thoroughbred Lipizzaner horses, whose glistening white coats and gentle, graceful dancing have earned them a worldwide reputation. Take a tour in a traditional carriage, and see them up close in their stables. You can also visit the unusual but very interesting “War Museum” set inside a Venetian tower.
Day 6: DIVAČA – MUGGIA (38km). (4* hotel). If you skipped Postojna caves no need to worry, this morning you can visit Škocjan Caves. They are just as fascinating but way less frequented – even listed as a UNESCO natural monument! You can take a diversion into the Italian town of Trieste - once an important port with its worldly flair and wonderful atmosphere. Visit the castle, cathedral and Piazza Unita central square. Trieste was once part of Slovenia whilst under the rule of the Austrian monarchy. Relax with a cappuccino in the many old-fashioned cafes. The day trip ends in Muggia - south of Trieste. Treat yourself to a gelato in the old part of town after your long ride.
Day 7: MUGGIA – PIRAN . (37km (+11km optional side trip to saltpans Seca)) (3* charming old town hotel). For your last day you'll cycle along the coastal road on a new cycling path following the old railway line. Slovenia's coast may be modest, but lovely none the less. A stop in the trendy resort of Portorož is a must. The trip ends in the gorgeous little harbour town of Piran; its Venetian architecture a shining example of times past. Climb the bell tower of Saint George's Parish church for a great view of Tartini Square and Piran Harbour.
Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM PIRAN. After breakfast your tour ends. However, you can prolong your stay in Piran, take a one way boat trip or day cruise to Venice or continue cycling by taking our Croatia Istrian Costal Bike Trip down to Pula.
Departures on Saturdays: 5th May, 2nd June, 7th July, 4th August; 1st September and 6th October 2018
Price per person:995 EUR per person based on two persons sharing (Currency converter here)
Price includes: • Accommodation in hotels 3*/4* and country guesthouse in two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis. • English / German speaking tour guide who cycles with the group. The guide takes care of the tour organization, bikes, luggage transfer, organizes visits and picnics. • Support vehicle which follows the group at distance and is available for help, lifts, carries luggage and serves as technical support. • Welcome meeting and bike fitting upon arrival. • Luggage transfer between hotels. • Information pack including corresponding maps (one per booking).
Optional extras: • Single room 130 EUR. • Bike rental 80 EUR classic touring / trekking bikes are equipped with 21 gears. One back, side pannier per bike. One cycling odometer, one lock, one spare inner tube, one set of Allen keys and a basic puncture repair kit per couple / pair of bikes. Every additional day 15 EUR per bike. Additional odometer 20 EUR, payable on the spot. Bike rental period starts at 9:00 day two of the tour and ends at 18:00 on day seven. • Electric bike 190 EUR. • Helmet rental 12 EUR per week. • Hotel seaside room in Piran 15 EUR (this does not necessarily mean a sea view). • Day trip by catamaran to Venice from Portorož, Izola or Piran 65 EUR one way and 70 EUR return trip. Also - the daily catamaran service can shorten your trip to Venice, please check the timetables and prices with us! • Transfers. Ljubljana Airport to Ljubljana downtown 20 EUR. Piran to Ljubljana 65 EUR. Piran to Ljubljana Airport 75 EUR. Piran to Trieste downtown 40 EUR. Piran to Trieste Airport 60 EUR. All prices per person, two persons minimum, one way. • Additional nights: 4* hotel in Ljubljana outskirts 55 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 78 EUR. 3-course dinner 12 EUR. 3* hotel in Piran 65 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 95 EUR. Dinner 15 EUR.
Starting point of this trip is Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital. Getting there... By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it. From the airport you can travel to Ljubljana by minivan shuttles, by bus or book our transfer - Ljubljana Airport to Ljubljana Downtown or vice versa 15 EUR per person; one way, two persons minimum. By train: Ljubljana is the main railway hub of Slovenia, well served from all directions. Our standard first hotel is two km away, so you'd best take a taxi. By car: The city of Ljubljana is centrally located in Slovenia and all motorways go there.
.... and away By plane: closest airport is Trieste, 50 km NW (served by Ryanair from many origins). We can best arrange you a transfer, price is 65 EUR per person, two persons minimum. Next is Ljubljana (LJU). You can return to Ljubljana by bus, train or our transfer, price is 55 EUR per person, two persons minimum. By train: Koper railway station is 20 km away from Piran. Trains leave from here to Ljubljana. If you wish to travel onwards to Rijeka (Croatia) you need to change in Pivka, however, only a few trains cross the border! There are no train connections to Italy, you'll need to travel first to Trieste. By boat: check our ferries to Venice. There are also ferries operating to Greece and seasonal sailings along the Slovene coast to Croatia. By car: if your car is in Ljubljana, you can return there by bus or train. Our transfer costs 55 EUR per person, one way, two persons minimum.
We stayed at Hisa Posebne Sorte with our cycle tour of Slovenia ( we went with Helia - fantastic by the way). This charming guesthouse is nestled in a tiny village in the heart of wine country, the accommodation is large, comfortable, clean, and every need catered for. The views are outstanding. What makes this place truly special is two things, firstly, the hospitality truly is outstanding. The hosts have a wonderful personal touch, and we are truly grateful to them. Secondly the restaurant, lovingly handmade, and then the food, exceptional. In fact, it was so special that we got engaged here! It is a very popular location for weddings, so we may be back. Highly recommend for a weekend away, a relaxing stay, or a wedding!
Classic Trekking Bikes
A comfortable bike for the cycling tourist. Classic trekking bikes are equipped with 21 gears, cyclometer, lock, one pannier, one spare tube, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair kit.