Do you prefer cycling on your own? Our self guided tours give you the total freedom and flexibility to decide when to go, where to go, how far to ride, what to see and, most importantly, how long to stay there!
There is no minimum number of participants, even solo travellers can book.
Trips include luggage transfer between accommodation.
The roadbooks (available in several languages) have a map of the whole area where you will be riding, and itinerary details for each day. Along with precise track indications, they contain valuable information for the options we think are worth considering between your daily departure / arrival locations.
This "Cross Country Cycling Tour" whisks you through the majority of Slovenia's most famous attractions and along the many natural wonders this diverse little country has to offer. The tour takes you from the enchanting beauty of Lake Bled to the vibrant capital and onwards to the sunny coast over a limestone landscape laden with castles and vineyards above, and huge cave systems below. Suitable for cyclists with time on their hands, an average fitness level, a love of fine wine and the great outdoors.
Day 1: BLED (4* family hotel). Our Salzburg to Lake Bled cycling tour would also be a good option to take before this tour. You will start in Bled, a cute little town on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake. Characterized by its unique island church protruding from this immense body of water, backed by the towering Karavanke Alps, and the castle perched high on a cliff standing guard over the town, Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions. Take some time on your first day to visit the island church by boat and hike up to the Mala Osojnica viewpoint at the western side of the lake. You won't regret it.
Day 2: BLED – BOHINJSKA BISTRICA (27km / 43km with side trip). (4* hotel). Starting on the high plateau at Pokljuka, you'll glide down through alpine villages to Lake Bohinj, the jewel of the Triglav National Park. Encircled by shimmering mountain peaks, Bohinj is the largest and deepest lake in the national park. Visit 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 (49km). (3* hotel). Leaving Bohinj you cycle to the largest town in the valley: Bohinjska Bistrica. Then it’s up 750m/2400ft to the Jelovica high plateau (a “help out” lift to the top of the mountain pass is available for this part of the trip at a supplement of 20 EUR per person). From the top the route takes you through a deep forest which soon drops off into a wilderness valley, leading to the lush green Škofja Loka hills. Stop in the historic iron-smelting town of Železniki before arriving in one of Slovenia's oldest and most charming towns, Škofja Loka.
Day 4: ŠKOFJA LOKA – LJUBLJANA (31km). (4* city hotel). Today you'll ride to the Slovene capital: Ljubljana. Here you can take a short ride up to the mighty Ljubljana Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the old town. From its tower you get a commanding view of Ljubljana’s heart and soul. As the sun goes down you can choose between relaxing with a drink in the many outdoor bars/cafes beside the Ljubljanica River, or take an evening stroll or riverboat ride.
Day 5: LJUBLJANA - VRHNIKA (39km (57km with a side trip)). (3* hotel). Your first day will be a gentle ride across the immense 160-sq km Ljubljana Moors (Ljubljansko Barje). This incredible landscape is home to some of Europe’s rarest forms of bird, plant and insect life. Visit the picturesque Iški Vintgar gorge, carved deep into a stunning limestone plateau, and the Technical Museum in Bistra Castle, where you’ll find an interesting exhibition of Tito’s cars.
Day 6: VRHNIKA – POSTOJNA (32km (44 with a side trip)). (4* hotel). Today you'll experience the real western countryside as you cycle past the beautiful Slivnica Mountain and the magical disappearing lake of Cerknica. Stop at Slovenia's oldest landscape park for a picnic lunch: a stunning limestone gorge containing some of nature’s most incredible landscape formations, including two natural bridges.
Day 7: POSTOJNA – KODRETI / ŠTANJEL (45km). 3* family 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, in a crevasse halfway up a 123-metre cliff-face. Once home to a cunning knight, Erasmus kept a whole army at bay by utilizing the caves underneath the castle 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 8: KODRETI / ŠTANJEL – LIPICA – DIVAČA (48km) (3* family hotel). First stop is at the lovely botanical garden in Sežana, then cycle 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 made them famous worldwide. Take a tour in a traditional carriage, and visit them up close in their stables. This will be a day to remember. If you have time for a couple of side trips, you can also visit the unusual but very interesting “War Museum” set in a Venetian tower.
Day 9: DIVAČA – MUGGIA (38km). (4* hotel). If you skipped Postojna caves this morning you can visit Škocjan Caves, equally fascinating but without the big crowds; 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 ends in Muggia south of Trieste, where you can treat yourself to a gelato in the old town or relax on one of the beaches.
Day 10: MUGGIA – PIRAN (37km +11 km 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. Enjoy great vistas of Slovenia's modest, yet lovely coast, and Trieste Bay. A stop in the trendy resort of Portorož is a must. The trip ends in the gorgeous little Venetian harbour town of Piran.
Day 11: DEPARTURE. 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.
Low season: 17.3. to 11.5. and 22.9. to 13.10. 2018: 870 EUR High season: 12.5. to 21.9.2018: 895 EUR (Currency converter here)
Price includes: • Accommodation in country inn and hotels 3*/4* in a two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis. • Luggage transport between hotels (one piece per person, max 20 kgs / 45 lb). Every additional piece 10 EUR, payable on the spot. • Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting upon arrival. • Information pack including text road notes (in plain English) and corresponding maps. One per booking, every additional set 20 EUR. • Backup service (hotline) during the trip.
Optional extras: • Eight dinners 180 EUR (no dinner supplement is possible in Škofja Loka and Muggia but there are several other possibilities available). • Single room 220 EUR • Bike rental 130 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 on day two of the tour and ends at 18:00 on day ten. • Electric bike rental 260 EUR. • “Help out lift” to top of the pass on day three - 20 EUR (payable on the spot, needs to be reserved at least two days ahead). • Helmet rental 18 EUR. • Hotel seaside room in Piran 15 EUR. • Upgrade to 4* city centre hotel in Ljubljana 50 EUR, B&B in a double room. Single room supplement 40 EUR. • Day trip by catamaran to Venice from Koper 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 Bled – 30 EUR. Klagenfurt Airport to Bled – 70 EUR. Piran to Ljubljana Downtown or Airport – 75 EUR. Piran to Bled – 90 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 Bled: 79 EUR per person in a double room, single room: 135 EUR, 3-course dinner 25 EUR. 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. 3-course dinner 15 EUR.
Single supplement: • 190 EUR
Price excludes: flights, entrance fees, meals not mentioned in itinerary, drinks with meals.
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 hours) or book our transfer: Ljubljana Airport to Bled 20 EUR per person; one way, two persons minimum. By train: Bled has two railway stations: Lesce Bled station on the Villach - Ljubljana mainline, 4 km away from town centre, need to take a bus or call us, we'll give you a lift for free. The other is station 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 on the A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke. Please consult us about parking possibilities.
.... and away By plane: Trieste airport or Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve them. You can book our transfer: Piran to Ljubljana Downtown or Airport 75 EUR per person; one way, two persons minimum. By train: Koper railway station is 25 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 first travel to Trieste. By boat: there are boats operating from Piran to Venice and to Trieste and ferries from Poreč to Venice. 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!
Thank you Helia for organising the wonderful self guided trips we did with you in September. Everything was just perfect. The different hotels were interesting, always in lovely locations , always clean and very welcoming. The maps and instructions combined with your stickers on various fences and posts made navigation really easy. After 23 years of cycling on our own this was the first 'self-guided tour 'we've done and now we are hooked on this way of cycling. Many thanks for all your efforts and help. Rosemary and Colin
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.