Cycling across Slovenia creates the impression that in a very short space of time you have driven across several countries. One of the first things you notice on arriving in Slovenia is the extraordinary variety and diversity of landscapes. Mighty Alpine peaks with sheer faces, deep karst caves and potholes, softly rounded hills and vast […]Book Now Ask a Question
Cycling across Slovenia creates the impression that in a very short space of time you have driven across several countries.
One of the first things you notice on arriving in Slovenia is the extraordinary variety and diversity of landscapes.
Mighty Alpine peaks with sheer faces, deep karst caves and potholes, softly rounded hills and vast plains:
homeland of olives and grapes
sleepy medieval hill top towns
Alpine landscapes around Mount Triglav
In the 2nd part of the week explore Croatian Tuscany , the green “Terra Magica”.
Croatia’s Istrian peninsula that was caught among the maritime empire of Venice and
the landlocked Austro – Hungarian empire .
Cycle through sleepy villages , along quiet coastal roads and over spectacular hills .
Experience an abundance of historical sites : fortified walls , medieval churches ,
Renaissance squares and paved narrow alleys .
Enjoy the traditional cuisine and stay in wonderfull located hotels .
Istria is the homeland of olives and grapes which grow in fertile valleys and on fields stretching
as far as the sea and with mountains in the North protecting it all .
Day 1 : arrivals Ljubljana (Slo ) ; transfers to our 1st accommodation ,
a hotel in or near Ljubljana , the friendly Slovenian capital .
briefing , sorting out the bikes , dinner possible in the hotel (not included ).
A city by the river on which the mythological Argonauts carried the Golden
Fleece, a city with the rich heritage of Roman Emona .
Day 2 : Ljubljana – Bled ( about 65 kms ) :
Explore the fantastic Gorenjska region . The predominant colour is green.
The most important river in this area is the Sava. Cities and towns with
venerable traditions, together with the villages scattered across the high
Alps and softly rounded hills, create a land of new experiences not far from
the national capital.
Bled with the famous lake is your destination .
Day 3 : Bled – Bohinj Region ( about 40 kms )
Explore Triglav National Park, an
area of high, rocky mountains and deep river gorges, karst chasms and
sunny Alpine pastures . After a chicky climb up to Pokljuka , a paradise for
hikers and mushroom pickers and a venue for important international
biathlon competitions , enjoy your lunch before the downhill to the unspoilt
Bohinj Lake, Slovenia`s largest glacial lake .
Day 4 : Bohinj – Tolmin ( about 55 kms )
Cycle out of the Lower Bohinj valley and climb to the Bohinjsko sedlo pass
at 1277 m. above sea level . Explore the various terrains of meadows
above the valleys and ravines of Cerkljansko region . Pass along narrow
and steep gorges of the Idrijca and the Cerknica rivers .
Most na Soči is located on a rocky crest above the confluence of Soča
and Idrijca rivers . Your final destination is the Tolmin region in the Upper Soča
Valley . Tolmin is the economic, cultural and administrative centre of the
valley. Its streets and houses bask in sunlight on a terrace above the
confluence of Soča and Tolminka rivers.
Why not try the famous Soca trout before your nightrest !?
Day 5 : Tolmin – Stanjel ( about 65 kms )
Goodbye to the emerald Soca valley . Some climbing before the descent
to the Solkan bridge , the most prominent bridge on the Bohinj Railway
route between Jesenice and Gorica, and one of the most famous bridges
in Slovenia. According to the known data, the bridge has the longest stone
arch spanning over a river in the world and the longest stone arch among
all railway bridges.
You finish this day by getting to know the Karst region. In the cellars of the
stone houses excellent wines are poured and sold, and in the attics
excellent pršut is cured in the bora wind
Day 6 : Stanjel – Buje ( CRO – about 60 kms )
Gradually descending towards the Adriatic Sea
and soon getting acquainted with the former railroad Parenzana which connected Italian Trieste with
the Croatian Porec . This railroad will take you to the most beautiful
corners of the Slovenian part of the peninsula Istria .
After exploration of the surroundings of Koper, Izola and Piran –
three Slovenian coastal towns at the draught of cultures, colourful past
and present – you will greet the border again and cycle into Croatia .
The Schwengersbauer family is looking forward to welcome you in the
“Casa Romantica Parenzana”.
Day 7 : A free day to explore the North Western region of Istria , the famous land
of olives and golden coloured Malvazija wine . Fine gastronomic offer and
the blue Adriatic offer more options to spend your free day .
Day 8 : Buje – Motovun ( about 50 kms ) ;
A specific day through the country of the truffle . Known for good wine but
also as one of the few areas where people search for truffles .
Cycle along the Slovenian border before the days’ last ascent to the
medieval Motovun , the town where former Formula 1 driver
Mario Andretti was born in times of the Italian occupation .
Day 9 : Route : Motovun – Buzet ( about 55 kms )
Cycle along ancient Istrian towns which were built on the peaks of the hills: today they are treasure troves of antiquity.
Their thick walls witnessed the arrival of master builders and artists who added to their splendour .
Pedal along the artificial Butoniga lake on the Central Istrian plateau ;
afterwards on the ridge of some hills towards the city of truffles , Buzet .
Day 10 : Route : Buzet – Pazin ( about 55 kms )
Soon after the morning climb you will be rewarded by some wonderfull
views of the central Istrian hills . Pay a visit to Hum , the smallest village in
Croatia , homeland of “biska” , the most original Istrian grappa .
Tour across rolling green landscapes in the heart of Istria towards the old
Istrian capital Pazin.
The famous French writer Jules Verne wrote about Pazins’ cave in one of
his novels .
Day 11 : Route : Pazin – Rovinj ( about 55 kms )
Explore Istria’s central countryside .
Special lunch takes place in the medieval town of Svetvinčenat, one of
those Istrian jewels that has been discovered only recently.
After lunch your way proceeds towards Rovinj , one of the most
‘photogenic’ towns in the Mediterranean, once a fishing town, today a
tourist resort. The entire coastline of Rovinj, with its twenty-two islands is
an area of protected natural heritage.Feel the enchantment of the town in
its narrow medieval streets and warm Mediterranean setting.
The main Church of St. Euphemia keeps relics of the saint and presents
one of the most beautiful Baroque achievements in Istria. From the
church plateau there is a wonderful view of the open sea and numerous
islets in the distance.
Before the last peaceful Istrian night a surprising farewell dinner in Rovinj.
Day 12 : Departures
What is included :
11 nights stay on B and B basis shared Twin or Double room
supporting vehicle + luggage transport
route maps and day by day notes and briefing
1 farewell dinner
lunches on cycling days
2 x ferry crossings
services of our representative
bike emergency tool kit , pump , water bottles etc.
English speaking cycling guide
What is not included :
bike hire : € 200 per person per week
single room supplement : € 275 p.p.
HB supplement : € 165 p.p.
arrival and departure transfers – upon request