Cycling Tours And Biking Vacations in Slovenia


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Pearls of Slovenia - an evergreen classic!

Ever been curious about how to milk a cow?

Then come to Slovenia. Our cows are very patient and forgiving. To get a lesson, ride over the vast wildflower-strewn meadows and mountain pastures and, while you’re at it, drink some fresh alpine milk and taste other dairy products, try out our Pearls of Slovenia Tour. More about this creamy, picturesque trip here...

A sumptuous creamy line from Bled to Istanbul!

Kremsnita – this delicious custard slice may seem like just another cream cake, but it is the flagship of Slovene gastronomy. The special, secret, recipe was originally dreamed up in 1950s Bled, and is now the perfect excuse to visit the pearl of the Slovenian Alps. Thousands have been baked and eaten over the decades, and were you to put them all in a straight line it would stretch from Lake Bled to Turkey.

Find out what's so special about Bled and its cake on one of our many trips beginning in Bled.

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Cycling Vistas & Wines

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Lakes & Cities Cycling Tour

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heart shaped road in wineyards

Wine & Wellness Tour

church with houses on hilltop
Helia map of cycling Wine & Wellness Tour in NE Slovenia
Price
from 610 EUR
Departure
daily from March 20 to October 12, 2021
Duration
8 days (7 nights)
Total Distance
220 - 300 km
Starting point
Maribor
Activity Level
  • 2

A cycling trip for

A picturesque countryside cycling tour with an emphasis on great local wine, food and relaxation in hot thermal springs. This easy-going tour is suitable for cyclists of basic fitness, lovers of good wine and food, also families with children. Modest daily distances leave a lot of time for taking photos or relaxing in hot springs.

Tour highlights:
•   visit the oldest vine in the world in Maribor
•   Slovenia's oldest city - 2000 years of history
•   sip wine as the sun sets over lush vineyards
•   soak your tired muscles in the hot springs.
•   stay on a typical farm and taste local food

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN MARIBOR. 4* city hotel.
Your starting point is Maribor, Slovenia’s second largest city. Situated on the banks of the Drava River, the town castle houses the unique Slovene fashion museum, which has an excellent collection of costumes and uniforms; including Tito's old military uniform. Down by the river in Lent you can visit Old Vine House, where, at over 400 years old, you'll find the world's oldest vine growing on the front.

Day 2: MARIBOR – PTUJ (29 km).
4* spa & wellness hotel.
You will cycle today along the Drava River as it meanders its way southeastwards across the vineyards and orchards of the Drava Plain. The route passes through the oldest settlement in Slovenia, Ptuj, with 2000 years of history and an incredibly well preserved castle dating as far back as 69 AD. Visit the Ptuj Wine Cellar, which has its own shop and tasting room, and try the Traminec white wine.

Day 3: PTUJ – JERUZALEM (41 km).
3* guesthouse, set among the vineyards.
Today your route takes you across the eastern plains that lead through tiny villages and picturesque landscape. In the scenic village of Ormož, tucked comfortably at the foot of the Slovenske Gorice Hills, you can visit wine cellars for lunch and taste the white wines that are predominant in the region. From here you cycle northwards along the famous Ormož to Ljutomer wine road, through a myriad of terraced vineyards where the sound of the Klopotec, wooden wind rattles, will fill the air.

Day 4: JERUZALEM – MORAVSKE TOPLICE
(40 km, 48 km with a side trip).
4* spa hotel with outdoor and indoor pools.
In the morning you continue along the wine road; on a clear day you can see as far as Hungary. There is a never-ending choice of wine cellars between here and Ljutomer offering some of the best white wines in the region; although you might not want to stop at too many in case you start cycling around in circles bleary-eyed. Visit the floating mill of Veržej before crossing the Mura River into the most eastern region of Slovenia: Prekmurje.

Day 5: MORAVSKE TOPLICE
(Rest day or trip of 25 km or 50 km).
4* spa hotel with outdoor and indoor pools.
You can take the day off and immerse yourself in the healing powers of the thermal spa that Moravske Toplice is most famous for. Or you can take a short cycling trip out to the therapeutic Bukovnica Lake, believed to have bio-energetic healing effects! Along the way, you’ll see many L-shaped farmhouses and beautiful white storks nesting on the rooftops. Enjoy a coffee in the Slovene-Hungarian border town of Lendava and try the local speciality: gibanica cake.

Day 6: MORAVSKE TOPLICE – VITOMARCI
(41 km). 2* family farmhouse / agritourism.
As you head back westward you can stop at the lovely Renaissance castle in Murska Sobota, which houses a regional museum with an interesting exhibition devoted to the culture and traditions of the Prekmurje region. Then cross the River Mura on an old-fashioned float before cycling across low green hills to a little village nestled amid the lovely Slovenske Gorice Hills.

Day 7: VITOMARCI – MARIBOR
(36 km). 4* hotel.
For your final cycling day, you can take a leisurely ride through quaint rural villages and farms. Soon you will join the Malečnik wine road that leads back into Maribor. Although this is predominantly white wine territory, there are a couple of very good reds. Stop in the quiet little village of Vodole, where you can have lunch in one of the tourist farms serving up grilled blood sausages with sauerkraut.

Day 8: Departure from Maribor after breakfast.

group of cyclists on a path to the city

Price

Price per person based on two people sharing:
Low season: March 20 to May 8 and September 9 to October 12, 2021: 580 EUR per person based on two people sharing
High season: May 9 to September 8, 2021: 610 EUR per person based on two persons sharing

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Price includes:
•    Accommodation in hotels in a two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis
•    Luggage transfer – one piece, max 20 kg / 45 lb
•    Information pack including text road notes (in plain English) and corresponding maps, one per booking
•    Free entry to hotel swimming pools in Moravske Toplice spa hotels
•    Wine tasting and free wine with dinner in Vitomarci on day six
•    Personal welcome meeting and briefing upon arrival
•    GPS data
•    Local tourist and other taxes
•    Backup service (hotline) during the trip

Optional extras:
•    Single room 130 EUR
•    Bike rental 90 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 seven.
•    Electric bike 210 EUR
•    Helmet rental 12 EUR per week
•    Transfers. Ljubljana AP (or downtown) – Maribor - please ask us for a favorable quote!
•    Additional night in Maribor in 4* hotel, per person per night, in a double room, B&B 65 EUR. Single room 90 EUR

Discounts:
•   Children up to 12 years when sharing room with parents 30% discount on basic price
•   Third adult in the room 10% discount on basic price

Price excludes: flights, entrance fees, meals not mentioned in itinerary, drinks with meals (unless otherwise stated).

Travel Options

Starting point of this trip is the city of Maribor in NE Slovenia.

Getting there...
By plane: closest airport is Graz, served by Austrian Airlines, KLM (Amsterdam), Easyjet (Berlin), Swiss (Zürich), Turkish (Istanbul) and Lufthansa (Munich). Even Vienna is a good option, it has good train connections. Next is Ljubljana airport (LJU). Several airlines serve it. From the Ljubljana airport you can travel to Maribor by bus (direct buses, takes about three hours) or train (every two hours, takes about two hours) or book our transfer- please ask us for a favorable quote!
By train: Maribor central railway station is on the Vienna - Ljubljana / Zagreb mainline. You can simply walk to the first hotel which is 500 meters away.
By car: take any Maribor exit from the A2 motorway Ljubljana Graz. For a fee of 18 EUR, your car can be parked in the secured parking lot of the first hotel for the duration of the trip.

.... and away: just use one of the options above.

Testimonials

Dear Jana and Staff!

Bravo! What a wonderful bike tour we had through Maribor countryside. The landscape especially around Ptuj / Jeruzalem with all the vineyards was amazingly lovely with spectacular views. Good weather followed us through the whole ride. The one day off we took at Moravske Toplice was windy/rainy so we really lucked out. The tour is a true gem - beautiful, tranquil and the people were helpful and very friendly. This part of Slovenia is heavenly and we would highly recommend this tour.

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