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Country
Slovenia
Activity type
Self Guided Cycling
Duration
11 days & 10 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Bled
Day 2: Bohinj Valley
Day 3: Škofja Loka
Day 4: Ljubljana
Day 5: Vrhnika
Day 6: Postojna
Day 7: Štanjel
Day 8: Divača
Day 9: Muggia
Day 10: Piran
Day 11: Departure

Overview for Complete Slovenia on Wheels

From the soaring peaks of the Julian Alps and the vast undergrounds of Postojna and Škocjan caves, to the sparkling emerald-green Bled and Bohinj lakes and the beautiful coastline along the Adriatic Sea, Slovenia really does have it all. We are happy to invite you on a 11-day cycling adventure which will take you to all the highlights this small country has to offer. Riding along the countryside, you will be able to enjoy the surrounding alpine landscapes, genuine local architecture, sophisticated cuisine and Venetian-style coastline. Besides your cycling experience, you will also have the opportunity to explore the world famous caves of Škocjan and Postojna as well as the capital Ljubljana, known as one of Europe’s greenest cities.

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Itinerary for Complete Slovenia on Wheels

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Day 1. Arrival in Bled

Arrive in Bled, the beautiful town located on the shore of Slovenia’s landmark glacial lake.

Accommodation in 4* hotel

Day 2: Bled – Bohinjska Bistrica

In the morning a bus ride will take you to the high plateau at Pokljuka, where you start cycling down the road to the neighbouring Bohinj Valley. Along the way you will pass through many small alpine villages scattered across the valley until you reach the small settlement of Ribčev Laz (Fisherman’s Pass) lying next to Lake Bohinj, the jewel in the heart of the Triglav National Park. From there you can cycle around the lake to Savica Waterfall and take the cable car up to Vogel Mountain for a spectacular view of the Bohinj Valley and of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps.

Cycling for the day: 27 km (mostly downhill) + 16.5 km optional side trip to waterfall Savica
Accommodation in 4* spa-hotel

Day 3: Bohinjska Bistrica – Škofja Loka

You start cycling uphill to the Jelovica high plateau, located at 750m (possible “help out” lift to top of mountain pass), from where you continue through a deep forest down into the Selška Dolina Valley leading to the hills of Škofja Loka. As you cycle you can have a break at the at the little alpine village of Sorica, where you can spend some time visiting the gallery of the famous local  painter Ivan Grohar. Later you can also stop at some of the village inns along the way and taste the delicious local trout. Your cycling finishes at Škofja Loka, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia, where you can cycle up to the castle on the hill overlooking the town. You can spend the rest of the evening strolling the old streets of this historic medieval town.

Cycling for the day: 49 km
Accommodation in 3* hotel

Day 4: Šofja Loka – Ljubljana

Today you cycle to the capital of the country, Ljubljana. Having settled in your hotel, you can spend the day visiting the historic centre and the beautiful castle on the nearby hill, from where you will get the best view of the city. 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, enjoying the lights and vibrant sounds of this charismatic city.

Cycling for the day: 31 km, mostly flat
Accommodation in 3* hotel

Day 5: Ljubljana – Vrhnika

Today you cycle across the plains surrounding the capital, passing trough Ljubljansko Barje once a large lake until it dried up 6000 years ago, leaving behind an incredibly diverse landscape that is now home to some of Europe’s rarest forms of bird, plant and insect life. Along the way you can take a short walk into the picturesque Iški Vintgar gorge nature reserve, carved deep into a stunning limestone dolomite plateau, and visit the the world’s highest railway viaduct in Borovnica.

Cycling for the day: 39 km + 18 km optional side trip to Iski Vintgar Valley
Accommodation in 3* hotel

Day 6: Vrhnika – Postojna

Today you will explore the real Slovenian countryside, cycling past the beautiful Slivnica Mountain and the lake of Planina. You can stop for a picnic lunch at the Rakov Škocjan nature reserve, where the Rak River has carved out a stunning gorge with incredible landscape formations such as its landmark two natural bridges.

Cycling for the day: 32 km + 12 km optional side trip to nature reserve Rakov Skocjan. A slightly more demanding route over gentle hills, forest roads and a typical Carst polje (field).
Accommodation in 4* hotel

Day 7: Postojna – Štanjel

Today you can visit one of the landmark natural sites of Slovenia: the beautiful underground Postojna cave, carved deep into the heart of the limestone hills. As you continue along the cycling route for the day you can also take a short detour to the spectacular fortress of Predjama castle, wedged tight into a crevasse halfway up a 123-meter cliff-face.

Cycling for the day: 42 km + 6 km optional side trip to Predjama Castlem. Mostly undulating and finishing with a long descent.
Accommodation in a 3* guesthouse

Day 8: Štanjel – Lipica – Divača

You can make the first stop of the day at the botanical garden in Sežana and than visit the farm of Lipica, where you can see the beautiful locally-bred Lipizaner horses.

Cycling for the day: 48 km. Undulating terrain with flat sections.
Accommodation in 3* hotel

Day 9: Divača – (Trieste) – Muggia

In the morning, you have the opportunity to visit the other major cave of Slovenia – Škocjan, less crowded but equally spectacular as Postojna, and listed as UNESCO natural monument. Later you can detour to the Italian city of Trieste where you can relax with a cappuccino in the many old-fashioned cafes. The day-trip ends in Muggia – south of Trieste. After days’ cycling it is time to enjoy a gelato in the old center of the town or relax on the beach.

Cycling for the day: 38 km: Undulating terrain, finishing with a long downhill.
Accommodation in
4* hotel

Day 10: Muggia – Piran

You cycle on a newly-built cycling path following the former railway line along the coast, enjoying the great vistas of the Slovene coast and Trieste Bay. The trip ends in the little Venetian harbour village of Piran.

Cycling for the day: 37 km + 11 km optional side trip to Seca.
Accommodation in 3* hotel

Day 11: Departure

End of trip after breakfast, departure or extension upon request.

Hotels for Complete Slovenia on Wheels

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Accommodation is as listed in the itinerary, in 3 or 4-star hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Sample hotels: Triglav HotelKristal Hotel

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide to you exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included. Half board option can be added. In towns each hotel has its own restaurant where you can taste international or Slovenian meals or you can also try Slovenian cuisine in other local restaurants. When no restaurant location is available on route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before.

Travel for Complete Slovenia on Wheels

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Recommended arrival and departure airport: Ljubljana

Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

Transfers from  Ljubljana to Bled and from Piran to Ljubljana are possible by public transport.

For up-to-date bus schedules, please check https://www.ap-ljubljana.si/en/
For up-to-date train schedules, please check  https://www.slo-zeleznice.si/en/

Private Transfers

Private airport transfers can be arranged upon request.

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer is included as per itinerary and will be arranged by your current hotel to your next hotel. After check out, you will leave baggage at the hotel reception and you can start biking. When you arrive at your next hotel, your baggage will be at the hotel reception.

Country Info

For up to date travel advice and country info, please check here.

Trip Info for Complete Slovenia on Wheels

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

Average cycling distance per day is 40 km, mostly undulating. The routes are not technically difficult, however you should  be in a good physical shape in order to fully enjoy the cycling.

Route Navigation

Upon arrival you will be provided with detailed road notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. Full info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available between 16th March and 12th October. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.

Weather

The climate is continental with cold winters and warm summers, but at the coastal areas there is pleasant submediterranean climate. The average temperatures are -2°C in January and 21°C in July.

Included for Complete Slovenia on Wheels

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  • Accommodation in 3* / 4* hotels and guesthouses in double/twin room with en-suite facilities, on bed
    & breakfast basis
  • Luggage transport between hotels (one piece per person, max 20 kg). Every additional piece will be charged 10 EUR, payable on the spot
  • Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting upon arrival
  • Information package including text road notes and corresponding maps (one per booking)
  • GPS tracks
  • 24/7 phone support by our local office in Bled

Options and Extras

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost.
  • Half-board supplement
  • Additional night in Bled
  • Additional night in Ljubljana
  • Additional night in Piran
  • Arrival/departure transfer from/to Ljubljana city or airport
  • Helmet rental
  • Bike rental
  • E-bike rental

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Excluded

  • Flights and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

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