Sportive road bike tours in Slovenia

These tours are basically meant for individual bikers and clubs using race bikes and cycling long distance tracks on roads. We provide quality accommodation in specialist hotels or B&Bs, storage rooms / workshops for bicycle maintenance, food arrangements and fitness facilities and itinerary consulting with maps.

Slovenian Highlights

Slovenian Highlights

sportive road cycling in Slovenia
mapf of a road bike tour in Slovenia
Price
from 660 EUR
Departure
daily from 16th March to 12th October
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Total Distance
315 - 335 km
Starting point
Lake Bled
Activity Level
  • 3

For lovers of the fast lane, this "Cross Country Tour" whisks you through the majority of Slovenia's most famous historical places, along with the many natural wonders this diverse little country has to offer from the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps to the hot, sunny towns of the Adriatic Coast. It is suitable for fit cyclists with plenty of time and a good fitness level.

Cycling tour highlights:
• swim in crystal clear mountain lakes
• take a break in the capital Ljubljana
• visit amazing caves carved deep into limestone
• pop into Italy and chill out with a cappuccino
• sip the sumptuous Teran wine
• stay in small independent hotels, great food

Considering a pre-trip? Check our Salzburg to Lake Bled.

While you are soaking up the stunning views of Lake Bled, why not take the opportunity to improve your photography skills on a one-day workshop with British professional photographer Ian Middleton? A practical hands-on workshop starting in the afternoon and ending after dusk. More info here.

Itinerary

Day 1: BLED 4* hotel.
Arrival in Bled. Your hotel is in a quiet part of town, above the lake. Bled is renowned for its beautiful setting: glacial lake, clifftop castle and a pilgrimage church on an island. Arrive early enough and you can take a boat out to the church and ring the bell of wishes, head up to the castle for a great view across the valley, or take a circular walk around the lake and hike up to Mala Osojnica for the best view of all.

Day 2: BLED – BOHINJSKA BISTRICA
43 km, 4* hotel
Your cycling day starts with a climb up to the high plateau Pokljuka (700m / 2300ft over 12km). From mountain meadows you will then descend to the stunning Lake Bohinj. Wedged into the corner of this dead end valley, Bohinj is the largest and deepest lake in the Triglav National Park, and is surrounded by glistening alpine mountain peaks. Cycle around the lake to Savica Waterfall, source of the Sava Bohinjka River, and then take the cable car up to Vogel Mountain for a spectacular view into the Bohinj Valley and of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps.

Day 3: BOHINJSKA BISTRICA – ŠKOFJA LOKA – LJUBLJANA
78 km, 4* hotel
Leaving Bohinj you cycle up 750 m / 2400 ft to the Jelovica high plateau, which then drops off into a lush wilderness valley leading to the Škofja Loka hills. Stop in the historic iron-smelting town of Železniki and one of Slovenia's oldest and most charming towns, Škofja Loka, before finally arriving in Ljubljana, the Slovene Capital. Visit the Ljubljana Castle, perched high on a hill and standing guard over the old town and city centre. From its tower you get a breathtaking view of Ljubljana’s heart and soul, and of the mountains you have just cycled from.

Day 4: LJUBLJANA – VRHNIKA – POSTOJNA
70km + 18km optional sidetrip, 4* hotel
To start the day, a gentle ride across the beautiful 160-sq km Ljubljana Moors (Ljubljansko Barje), home to some of Europe’s rarest forms of bird, plant and insect life. Then cycle past the beautiful Slivnica Mountain and the magical disappearing lake of Cerknica. Stop at Rakov Skocjan, Slovenia's oldest landscape park: a stunning limestone gorge containing two natural bridges.

Day 5: POSTOJNA – ŠTANJEL
34km + 9km sidetrip, 3* guesthouse (agritourismo)
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, in a crevasse halfway up a 123 m cliff-face. Here lived a vivacious and daring knight. 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 6 : ŠTANJEL – LIPICA – DIVAČA
42km, 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 close up in their stables. You can also visit the unusual but very interesting “War Museum” set in a lovely Venetian tower.

Day 7: DIVAČA – MUGGIA – PIRAN
75km + 19km sidetrip to Trieste, 3* old town hotel
If you skipped Postojna caves, don't worry, because this morning you can visit Škocjan Caves – just as interesting but far less crowded. Then, if you like, head into the Italian town of Trieste. Visit the castle, cathedral and Piazza Unita. Stop for a cappuccino or a gelato in the old harbour town of Muggia. There is a new cycling path following the old railway line that runs along the coast. Enjoy great vistas of Slovenia's modest, yet lovely coastline. A stop in the Slovenian Riviera of Portorož is a must. The trip ends in the gorgeous little Venetian harbour town of Piran.

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 Coastal Tour down to Pula.

Cycling on Carst plateau

Price

Price per person based on two people sharing:
Low season: 16.3. to 10.5. and 21.9. to 12.10.2019: 660 EUR
High season: 11.5. to 20.9.2019: 695 EUR
(Currency converter here)

Price includes:
•    accommodation in hotels 3*/4* and guesthouse in two bedded room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis
•    luggage transfer – one piece, max 20 kgs / 45 lb. Every additional item 10 EUR, payable on the spot
•    information pack including text road notes (in plain English) and corresponding maps. One per booking, every additional pack 20 EUR
•    personal welcome meeting and briefing upon arrival
•    GPS data
•    local tourist and other taxes
•    backup service (hotline) during the trip

Optional extras:
•    seven three-course dinners 125 EUR
•    single room supplement 110 EUR
•    road bike rental 125 EUR. FUJI (2/9) or TREK (3/9) bikes are equipped with 21 gears, cyclometer, lock, one small under saddle pocket bag, one spare tube, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair kit. Price includes delivery and pick up. Every additional day 22 EUR per bike. Other bike types are also available. Bike rental period starts 9:00 day two of the tour and ends on the evening of day seven in Piran – 18:00. Light fitness bikes are available.
•    helmet rental 12 EUR
•    day trip by catamaran to Venice from Koper or Piran, on Saturdays only - 67 EUR one way and 74 EUR return trip. Also - a daily catamaran service can shorten your trip to Venice, please check the timetables and prices with us!
•    transfers. Ljubljana Airport to Bled downtown 30 EUR. Ljubljana Downtown to Bled 35 EUR. Trieste Airport to Ljubljana 70 EUR. Piran to Ljubljana downtown 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-person minimum, one way.
•    additional nights: 4* hotel in Bled 79 EUR per person in a double room B&B. Single room 135 EUR. 4 course dinner 25 EUR. 4* Hotel in Piran 75 EUR per person, single room 105 EUR. Three-course dinner 18 EUR. 

Price excludes: flights, entrance fees, meals not mentioned in itinerary, drinks with meals.

Travel options

Starting point of this trip is Bled in NW Slovenia.

Getting there...
By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it. From the airport you can travel to Bled by bus (change once, takes about two hrs) or book our transfer: Ljubljana Airport to Bled, 20 EUR per person; one way, two-person minimum.
By train: Bled has two railway stations: Lesce Bled on the Villach - Ljubljana mainline, four km away from town centre, need to take a bus or call us, we'll give you a lift for free. The other is Bled Jezero on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline only a few trains a day. Two km away from town centre, we'll give you a lift.
By car: take exit Lesce from A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke. Please consult us about parking possibilities.

.... and away
By plane: closest airport is Trieste, 50 km NW (served by Ryanair to many destinations). We can best arrange you a transfer, price is 60 EUR per person, two-person minimum. Next is Ljubljana (LJU). You can return to Ljubljana by bus, train or our transfer, price is 65 EUR per person, two-person minimum.
By train: Koper railway station is 15 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: there are ferries operating to Greece from Koper and seasonal sailings along the Slovene coast to Croatia. Also - a daily catamaran service can shorten your trip to Venice, please check the timetables and prices with us!
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-person minimum.

Your bike

Road racing bikes

Road bikes of different brands are equipped with 18/24/30 gears. One cycling meter, pump, lock and a set of Allen keys with basic puncture repair kit to be shared by two participants.

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