FROM TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK TO THE ADRIATIC COAST

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FROM TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK TO THE ADRIATIC COAST

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

7 nights / 8 days

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Tour Description

UNFORGETABLE HIKING & CYCLING ADVENTURE
Active self guided holiday for active nature lovers! This program combines two trekking & four cycling days, in one of the most beautiful corners in Europe.

To start with the tour in Triglav National Park, means to start in the idyllic images of the pure and intact nature. Your starting point is magnificent Lake Bled in the immediate vicinity of the Triglav National Park, one of the oldest European parks, admired for its dynamic intact and picturesque nature, rich vegetation and numerous endangered animals. Hiking ends in splendid Soča Valley where cyling will start. On two wheels you’ll be exploring charming Slovenian villages, fascinating Karst region with world class attraction Škocjan Caves, cycling through wine rich valleys, even crossing border and spent some time in neighbouring Italy. With no doubt we can write that the start of this cycling & hiking tour is magical and the finish simply glorious. The closure of this active programe, will take you through three Slovenian coastal jewels and seaside towns on the Adriatic Sea. Welcome!

Highllights
Triglav National Park with Lake Bled
Soča Valley – Paradise for active vacation in nature
Italian historical towns Cividale del Friuli and Gradisca D´Isonzo
Oldest settlement in Karst region – Štanjel
Beautiful Škocjan Caves on UNESCO World Heritage List
Romantic Slovenian Adriatic Coastline

Tour Course

Day 1

Individual arrival to Bled.

Lake Bled, famous for its immense natural beauty, together with its surroundings is considered to be one of the most beautiful alpine resorts. It is a perfect start of this unique hike & bike holiday. We recommend you to come a day earlier and book an extra night here as you will love exploring this fabolous place. With its island in the middle of the lake and other natural and cultural sights, Bled will surely amaze you. And do not forget to taste the world wide known Bled cream cake, one of the Symbols of Bled. (Hotel 4*).
Day 2

Pokljuka plateau – Mountain hut Dolič (approx. 12,9 km, 1.120 m ascent, 5-6 hours).

Morning transfer to Rudno polje on Pokljuka plateau (1.100 m) where your hike beginns. Pokljuka, high karst plateau is a paradise for everyone who enjoys in outdoor activities. Covered with forests and mountain pastures, one of its appealing points is certainly the cattle, still grazing on many pastures during the summer season. The hiking trail is realy beautiful, it starts with walking through rich spruce tree forest, continuing crossing some mountain pastures, and soon beautiful views to the surrounding mountains of Triglav National Park will be seen. Your today's accomodation is on the mountain pass Dolič, below the Triglav peak (2.151 m). (Mountain hut, meals included: breakfast).
Day 3

Mountain hut Dolič – Zadnjica Valley – trf to Kobarid (aprox. 9,5 km, 50 m ascent, 1.500 m descent, 4-5 hours).

Another beautiful mountain hiking day full of splendid views. Today the hike is easier as you will be mostly descending towards Zadnjica Valley, where the hike ends. Once in the valley, a transfer will take you through fascinating Soča Valley with its emerald river Soča (the most beautiful river in Slovenia) to Kobarid where you can visit the famous Kobarid Museum (heart breaking, and touching story with unique demonstrations of fights and the life during the WW1). (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast). *For the one's who would like to climb Mt.Triglav (2.864 m) we strongly recommend to book a private mountain guide, we can arrange it (200 € for 1–4 person). The climb will be in early morning, before the group departure. Climb to the top of Mt. Triglav is approx. 3,3 km (one way), 600 m of ascent, approx. 3,5 – 4 hours of round trip.
Day 4

Kobarid – Cividale – Gradisca D´Isonzo (Italy) (approx. 60 km and 340 m ascent).

Soon you will cross the border and enter to neighbouring Italy. It is a scenic cycling day, passing pretty little villages and idyllic rural country. Lunch break can be in a cozy village, Cividale del Friuli, on UNESCO World Heritage List since 2011. Afternoon cycling is fabolous as well, specialy when you will be, just for a short time, entering into Slovenia again. The cycle route takes you to Medana, such a charming wine-growing village where you can visit one of many wine farms and taste some of the high-quality wines that are being produced in Goriška Brda. Your final destination today is an attractive Italian town Gradisca d´Isonzo, which was fortified by the Venetians as a bastion against Ottoman raids. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast).
Day 5

Gradisca D´Isonzo (Italy) – Štanjel – Lipica (57 km and 805 m ascent).

A bit more demanding cycling day but so rewarding! You will be pedaling through old, quite and charming Slovenian villages, passing many vine fields. Views on beautiful landsacpe will help you overcome some climbs to the picturesque village of Štanjel (312 m), one of the oldest settlements in the Karst Region, known for its old village centre. Once on top, you will enjoy in splendid views over wine rich Vipava Valley. The cycle route continues through other beautiful small settlements, idyllic villages, vine and fruit fields. Your accomodation is in world famous Lipica, home of Lipizzan horses and the largest stud farm with Lipizzan horses in the world. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast).
Day 6

Lipica – Škocjan Caves – Muggia (Italy) (approx. 45 km and 450 m ascent).

What a day! First you will cycle past the beautiful Škocjan Caves, which have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1986. We strongly recommend you a visit of these spectacular and amazing caves. Cycling continues around the colourful Karst landscape, its villages are true »food« for the eyes; full of historical sights and specialties. From the saddle of your bike you will admire original and old stone Karst houses, lush fields and before you will know it, you will be in Italy again. Today we take you to the Bay of Muggia, the only Istrian town remained to Italy. Its picturesque harbour and small squares stir that charming Venetian atmosphere. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast). *Photos: Archive: www.park-skocjanske-jame.si, Photographer: Borut Lozej
Day 7

Muggia – Koper – Piran – Strunjan (approx. 42 km and 490 m ascent).

This scenic and lovely cycling stage from Italian to Slovenian coast leads you through all four magnificent Slovenian coastal jewel's: first to Koper, a town of a hundred suns, then to beautiful and ancient mediterranean town of Izola. The old part of Izola is built upon what once used to be an island (Izola in latin »isola« means an island). Before you will arrive to your accomodation you get to pedal also through lively Portorož, with its dynamic and sunny athmosphere and then to romantic Piran, one of the loveliest towns along the Adriatic coast. Piran's Old Town is one of the best-preserved historical towns anywhere in the Mediterranean, a true jewel of Venetian Gothic architecture. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast).
Day 8

Departure or extension. Extra nights on request. (Meals included: breakfast).

**first two hiking days only with day luggage (whatever you carry with you). The rest of your luggage will be delivered to your hotel on Day 3.

Price per person:

Price per person:
930 € (sharing a double room).

Price includes:
6 overnights with breakfast in Hotels 4* with en suite facilities, 1 overnight with breakfast in Mountain Hut (shared beds, no shower/bathroom).
Quality classic trekking bike Sub Cross 30 with one bike (back) pannier. Bike rent includes Bicycle Repair Tool (puncture kit, spare inner tube, one set of Allen keys, one odometer, pump and one simple lock) – one set for two bikes. Bike rental starts on first cycling day (Day 4) at 8.30 am and ends on Day 7 at 6pm.
Detailed route notes, maps & gps files – one set per booking (not per person). Every additional set of route notes 35 €.
All transfers as described in tour programe.
Luggage transfers between the hotels (to Mountain Hut no luggage transfer).
Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting (if you rented bike with SloActive).
Telephone assistance during the trip.
Organization and VAT.

Optional supplements:
– single accomodation 145 € (only in hotels, in Mountain Hut shared beds).
– single travel occupancy 235 € (only 1 person on a tour).
– half board 120 € (5 dinners in hotels, 1 dinner in Mountain Hut, dinner is not possible in Kobarid, however there are plenty a-la-carte restaurants in town).
– electric bike 145 € (Scott E Sub Active Unisex + bike (back) pannier).
– helmet 8 €.
– Airport & city transfers (prices are per person, minimum number two people sharing a transfer):
– Airport Ljubljana – Bled 30 €.
– Ljubljana City – Bled 45 €.
– Klagenfurt airport, Austria – Bled 70 €.
– Villach train station / city – Bled 60 €.
– Strunjan – Airport Ljubljana 60 €.
– Strunjan – Train Station Ljubljana 65 €.
– Strunjan – Airport Trieste 55 €.
– Strunjan – Train Station Trieste 30 €.

What’s not included;
Arrival / departure to / from first / last hotel.
Flight tickets.
Travel insurance.
Lunch’s, dinners, drinks.
Entrance fees.
All other expenses that are not mentioned in what’s included description.

Accomodations;
Mixture of 4* and 3* hotels & private guesthouse’s with en suite facilities, 1 Mountain Hut with shared beds and no shower / bathroom.

Category & Key information: Moderate difficulty. Self guided tour, for people with good fitness level. Well marked mountain hiking trails, for the one´s able to hike / trekk for round 6 hours with climbs and descents. Cycling is also moderate with some climbs, mixture of asphalt and gravel road.

Date:
Daily from 15th of June until 15th of September.

Duration:
7 nights / 8 days.

*Extra nights before / after tour on request. We would be happy to assist you with booking extra nights.

**This programe is also available as a group guided tour.

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