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.
Our classic bike tour takes you through Slovenia's most famous historical attractions and the best that Mother Nature has to offer. Suitable for cyclists of average fitness. From the cultural capital through the undulating landscape of the limestone karst, riddled with caves and dotted with castles and churches, to the sparking Adriatic Sea, there is something for everyone. It can also be done as an Emerald Guided Cycling Tour with our guide.
Cycling tour highlights: • Visit the famous sights of the capital, Ljubljana. • Experience immense limestone caves. • Take a walk on the Italian side in Trieste. • Sip typical Teran wine in a world of limestone. • Sample great local food in Karst villages.
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN LJUBLJANA. *** city hotel. As a pre-trip, check out our Lakes & Cities Short Tour starting at Lake Bled! The Slovene capital: visit the historic old town and marvel at the ornate, old-world architecture and lovely “fin de siecle” mansions all 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.
Day 2: LJUBLJANA - VRHNIKA *** hotel. (39km (57km with a side trip)). Your first day will be a gentle ride across an immense 160-sq km marshy plain: the 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. Just before arriving in the lively little town of Vrhnika, you can visit the Technical Museum, in Bistra Castle, where there's an exhibition of Tito’s cars.
Day 3: VRHNIKA – POSTOJNA **** hotel. (32km (44km with a side trip)). Today you'll experience the real Slovenian countryside as you cycle past the beautiful Slivnica Mountain and the magical disappearing lakes of Cerknica and Planina, and marvel at this vast world of limestone. You can 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). *** 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 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 5: ŠTANJEL – LIPICA – DIVAČA (48km). *** family hotel. Today you'll cycle to the stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit 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 visit them close up in their stables. You can also visit the unusual but very interesting “War Museum” set inside a lovely Venetian tower.
Day 6: DIVAČA – MUGGIA (38km). (**** hotel). If you skiped Postojna caves – this morning you can visit Škocjan Caves – no less interesting but way less frequented Karst Caves – even listed as 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 daytrip ends in Muggia - south of Trieste. After days' cycling it is time to enjoy a gelato in old center of town or relax on one of beaches.
Day 7: MUGGIA – PIRAN . (37km (+11km optional side trip to saltpans Seca)) (*** 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 village 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.
Price per person based on two persons sharing Low Season: 17.3. to 11.5. and 22.9. to 13.10. 2018: 610 EUR High Season: 12.5. to 21.9.2018: 630 EUR
• Accommodation in hotels ***/**** and country guesthouse in two-bedded 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 spot. • Information package including text road notes (in simple English) and corresponding maps. One per booking, Every additional set 20 EUR. Route notes are available in English, German, French, Dutch and Italian. • Personal welcome meeting, detailed briefing upon arrival and bike handover.
Optional extras: • Single room 130 EUR. • Half board - six dinners 125 EUR. No dinner is available in Muggia but there are several possibilities. • 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 set per couple / pair of bikes. Every additional day: 15 EUR per bike. Additional odometer 20 EUR, payable on spot. Bike rental period starts at 9:00 of day two of the tour and ends at 18:00 of day seven. • Electric bike 190 EUR. • Helmet rental 12 EUR per week. • Upgrade to 4* hotel 1st night in Ljubljana city centre 50 EUR in a double room, 90 EUR in a single room. • Hotel seaside room in Piran 15 EUR (this does not necessarily mean sea view). • Daytrip 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. Trieste airport to Ljubljana 70 EUR. Trieste downtown to Ljubljana 50 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 persons minimum, one way. • Additional nights: *** Hotel in Ljubljana 55 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 80 EUR. three-course dinner 12 EUR. *** 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 mini van 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 50 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 hand made, 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!