Cycle Touring in Slovenia

Cycle Touring in Slovenia

Cycle Touring in Slovenia

Prices

From $1,325USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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Highlights

Discover the pristine beauty of Slovenia as you cycle from Lake Bled to the Adriatic coast.

Cycle through the incredible Julian Alps, the Soča valley, and along the spectacular Adriatic coast.

Stay in the Soča valley to explore its stunning gorges and go rafting on the emerald Soča river.

Visit beautiful hilltop towns in Istria and the historic coastal towns on the Adriatic.

Ride from spectacular Trieste in Italy to Motovun, Croatia on the scenic Parenzana railroad trail.

Take a self-guided cycling adventure across the spectacular Slovenian landscapes towards Coratia’s perfect coast! The Cycle Touring in Slovenia Tour is a wonderful way to see this underrated country and enjoy the incredible natural beauty that leads to the oceans of Croatia.

This tour starts in Lake Bled, where you won’t be able to decide if it’s the lake, the town, or the island that’s most beautiful. You’ll ride through the wide valleys between the Julian Alps and into the Soča Valley, which is a well-known playground for outdoor thrillseekers. Take an exciting rafting trip on the Soča’s emerald waters, then delve deep into the earth as you explore the impressive Škocjan Caves. The tour ends on the coast where you’ll discover the beautiful coastal towns as you ride the Parenzana trail which is famous for its unbelievable scenery. This tour provides a fantastic panorama of the history and beauty of amazing Slovenia.

Cycle Touring in Slovenia Itinerary

Day 1 Discover Beautiful Bled

A private transfer will meet you at Ljubljana airport and drive you to Bled. After a short welcome meeting, you’re free to explore this beautiful city that looks like a fairy tale come to life. Visit the beautiful historic church on Bled Island, the spectacular clifftop castle, or take a ride around the lakeshore to soak up every moment of this incredible place.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Bled
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Cycle the Mountain and River Valleys

Today you’ll start the first stage of your cycling adventure and ride across the incredible Radovna Valley with the mountains rising up around you. You’ll cycle to the mountain town and ski area at Kranjska Gora where you’ll meet your next transfer. You’ll be dropped off in the Trenta Valley and cycle across Slovenia’s highest mountain pass towards the Soča River. Follow the emerald river through the valley and arrive in Bovec, where you’ll spend the night in this charming town.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Bovec
Distance
35-45 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Raft and Ride in the Emerald Valley

Take advantage of your time in Slovenia’s adventure capital by starting your day with a whitewater rafting trip on the Soča River. Now that your blood is pumping, you’ll start your bike ride through the villages that follow the river. Stop in Kobarid to visit the World War II museum, or take the short hike to see the magical Kozjak falls.

Your ride ends in Tolmin, and you’ll have the afternoon to visit the fantastic Tolmin Gorge.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Tolmin
Distance
35-45 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Scenic Cycling to Medana

Your journey along the lovely Soča River continues today. You’ll ride along the peaceful riverbanks through the charming historic towns of Most na Soči and Kanal. As you ride, you’ll notice the land start to change around you as more orchards and vineyards begin to appear over the rolling hills.

Enjoy a glass of regional wine and a delicious dinner made from local ingredients at a local farm, where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Medana
Distance
35-45 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Ride From the Caves to the Coast

A transfer vehicle will meet you in the morning to bring you to Štanjel where you’ll start your ride to the Škocjan Caves. The size of these incredible caves will take your breath away as you explore this UNESCO-designated site.

Your bike route will continue towards the coast to historic Trieste. Watch the sunset over the water from a terrace in this beautiful port city.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Trieste
Distance
35-45 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Discover the Scenic Parenzana Trail

After your night in Italy, you’ll start your ride on the celebrated Parenzana Trail. This beautiful route follows the old railway across the border to Slovenia.

Enjoy the fresh salty breezes coming off the water as you cycle the coast to Portorož. In the afternoon you can take an optional visit to the picturesque medieval town of Piran.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Portorož
Distance
35-45 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Continue on the Parenzana Trail to Croatia

Start your day with a visit to see the salt pans in Sečovlje National Park, where they still produce salt using traditional, 700-year-old methods. Then you’ll ride across the border of Croatia and travel along the most beautiful section of the Parenzana Trail.

You’ll change your rental hybrid bike for a mountain bike today so that you’re well equipped to explore the mountain trails and villages on the way to Motovun.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Motovun
Distance
35-45 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Cycle Downhill to the Coast

Today you’ll finish cycling the final section of the Parenzana railroad trail. Enjoy the trail as you ride town hill towards the beautiful Adriatic coast.

Your final ride ends in Poreč, and you have the whole afternoon to stroll the beach and enjoy this idyllic coastal town.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Poreč
Distance
35-45 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Tour Concludes

Enjoy breakfast and a short morning walk along the water before you check out of your hotel. Take a private transfer back to Ljubljana where you’ll catch your flight or continue on your journey.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Poreč
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Cycle Touring in Slovenia Price and Dates

This self-guided biking tour of Slovenia is run as a private tour and the price depends on whether you choose to share a double room or stay in a single room.

Please note that the luggage transfers are available for an additional $525USD (per group) supplement.

Prices below are per person:

  • Self-guided groups of 2+: $1,325USD
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Accommodation on Cycle Touring in Slovenia Tour

This tour is based in hotels. You’ll have a private room in a small 3 or 4-star hotel where you’ll enjoy the local hospitality.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Night 1

Hotel in Bled

This iconic town is a must-visit for anyone travelling to Slovenia. Lake Bled has a stunning castle built on a lush island. Get your camera out!

Night 2

Hotel in Bovec

Stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel in Bovec. You’ll enjoy being close to restaurants and shops in town your views of the incredible mountain scenery.

Night 3

Hotel in Tolmin

Enjoy the night in a comfortable room at a 3-star hotel in a convenient location.

Night 4

Tourist Farm in Medana

Spend the night at a tourist farm where you’ll enjoy traditional delicacies served with locally grown produce.

Night 5

Hotel in Trieste

This seaport town is full of classic images of Italy with its canals, bridges, and boats lining the docks. It’s a romantic town that has inspired many famous Italian writers.

Night 6

Hotel in Portorož

You’ll enjoy the hospitality at a small 3-star hotel with regional charm and a great location along your route.

Night 7

Hotel in Motovun

You’ll enjoy the hospitality at a small 3-star hotel with regional charm and a great location along your route.

Night 8

Hotel in Poreč

You’ll enjoy the hospitality at a small 3-star hotel with regional charm and a great location along your route.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Cycle Touring in Slovenia Tour?

Meals

8 breakfasts and one dinner with wine tasting are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 8 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Ljubljana are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation is included as outlined in the itinerary. You’ll have private transfers from Kranjska Gora to Trenta Valley and Medana to Štanjel. Your transfers from Ljubljana Airport to Bled and from Poreč to Ljubljana are included. Your primary luggage will be transported for you from Bled to Poreč, and you will be responsible for carrying anything you require during the trip with you. You can also book luggage transfer service that would move your luggage from hotel to hotel as you bike for 350 EUR surcharge (for the whole group).

Also Included

  • Introductory meeting on Day 1
  • Self-guiding booklet with a detailed itinerary and route guide, which will include ferry tickets, accommodation vouchers, and transfer vouchers
  • Maps with marked routes and GPS routes/tracks
  • Dinner with wine tasting during your farm stay in Medana
  • Whitewater rafting in Bovec
  • Škocjan Caves entrance
  • Bike rental: Trek Hybrid bike with 2 side panniers, helmet, lock, pump, spare tube, repair kit, and a simple rain cover
  • Bike rental: Trek Marlin 7 when you reach the Parenzana Trail
  • 24/7 support services
  • Tourist tax and VAT

Not included

  • Flights
  • Guide services
  • Visas if required
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage transfer between towns (you can leave the luggage you don’t need in Bled and only carry your essential gear during your tour)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Park entrance fees

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Upgrade to E-bike (Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0)
  • Luggage transfer between hotels throughout the tour
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequenty Asked Questions about Cycle Touring in Slovenia

How hard is the Cycle Touring in Slovenia Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. This tour is moderately difficult with some long days through hilly terrain. The paths are predominately easy track and you’ll be given a mountain bike for the rougher gravel trail on the Parenzana.

Do I need a visa to travel to Slovenia?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Cycle Touring in Slovenia Tour?

8 breakfasts and one dinner with wine tasting are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover biking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Bled to start this tour?

Fly into Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU). Your transfer from the airport to Bled is included.

Is the Cycle Touring in Slovenia Tour guided?

No. You will be provided with all necessary information to complete your self-guided tour. Self-guided tours offer great flexibility in your day-to-day pace, but you should be comfortable with a bit more independence than you’d have on a guided tour.

Where does the Cycle Touring in Slovenia Tour end?

This tour ends in Poreč, and your transfer to the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU) is included.

Are bike rentals included?

Yes, you’ll have an 8-day bike rental, first with Trek Hybrid bike with 2 side panniers, helmet, lock, pump, spare tube, repair kit, and a simple rain cover. Then your bike rental will be switched for an MTB Trek Marlin 7 when you reach the Parenzana Trail.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a hybrid bike suitable for the demands of the tour.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Slovenia?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Slovenia?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Slovenia for this tour?

The best time to travel to Slovenia for this tour is between May and October when the weather is at its warmest.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. This tour is moderately difficult with some long days through hilly terrain. The paths are predominately easy track and you’ll be given a mountain bike for the rougher gravel trail on the Parenzana.


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