Grand Cycling Tour of Slovenia – Self guided

Tour description

FROM THE JULIAN ALPS TO THE ADRIATIC COAST

Cycling in Slovenia truly is paradise. And this cycling program offers the very best of its dynamic landscapes; you’ll start in gorgeous Julian Alps, pass through one of the world’s most beautiful lakes (Lake Bled), spend the night in elegant and leafy city of Ljubljana, cycle to the world class attractions – the mighty caves of Postojna and Škocjan, before arriving to the charming Slovenian Adriatic coast. We are inviting you on a fantastic 10 days biking holiday in Slovenia, where you will see the most important and most beautiful places Slovenia has to offer.                                                                                                                                                                                *Cover Photo: Archive: www.portoroz.si, Photographer: Jaka IvančičHighlights:
Beautiful city of Ljubljana (European Green Capital 2016)
Triglav National Park with Lake Bled, one of world’s most beautiful lakes
Take a tour through the »Queen of Caves«, Postojna which celebrated its 200th anniversary in April 2018
Don’t miss a visit to the interesting Predjama Castle
UNESCO listed, beautiful Škocjan Caves are a must
Romantic Slovenian Adriatic Coastline

Tour Course

Day 1

Arrival to Kranjska Gora.

Nestled in the Julian Alps at the triple border point of Slovenia, Italy and Austria, Kranjska Gora is an attractive and popular tourist resort throughout the year. In the winter is famous for offerering excellent winter sports opportunities, in warmer months cyclers and hikers can enjoy in it's great natural beauty, appreciated specially for its scenic cycling, walking and trekking routes. (Hotel 4*). *Photo 1: Archive: www.kranjska-gora.eu, Photographer: Bogomir Košir *Photo 2: Archive: www.kranjska-gora.eu
Day 2

Kranjska Gora – Bled (approx 40 km, 390 elevation m).

First cycling day takes you from one Alpine beauty to the next one. Lake Bled, famous for its immense natural beauty, together with its surroundings is considered to be one of the most beautiful alpine resorts. With its island in the middle of the lake and other natural and cultural sights, Bled will surely amaze you. Do not forget to taste the world wide known Bled cream cake, one of the Symbols of Bled. (Good 3* Hotel or Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast).
Day 3

Bled – Kranj (approx 47 km, 535 elevation m).

Today's winding cycling route passes typical Slovenian rural villages before you arrive in Kranj, the capital of the Slovenian Alps. They say that in Kranj you stand with one foot in the city and the other one in nature. It is also considered the cultural heart of Slovenia because of the greatest Slovenian poet France Prešeren. The special feature of the town is a river canyon in the town centre. (Hotel 3*, meals included: breakfast). *Photo: Archive: www.visitkranj.si, Photographer: Luka Drakskobler and Andraž Muljavec
Day 4

Kranj – Ljubljana (approx 36 km, 336 elevation m).

You will leave the charming Kranj and cycle towards Slovenia´s capital and largest city. Ljubljana is one of Europe´s greenest and charming cities. You will enjoy strolling through its irresistibly attractive centre, which is free of cars and with numerous cafes along the emerald-green Ljubljanica river, which runs through the city. (Hotel 3*, meals included: breakfast). *Photo: Archive: www.visitljubljana.com
Day 5

Ljubljana – Bistra (approx. 32 km and 240 elevation m, with the detour approx. 41 km).

Leaving the capital you will ride through idyllic and quaint villages, cycling on quite roads, surrounded by fields, green hills and farms. Just next to your accomodation, in the most amazing place, is located The Slovenia’s largest museum, the Technical Museum of Slovenia. It is located in a former Carthusian monastery and is known for its permanent and occasional collections from agriculture, fishing, wildlife and hunting to electricity, wood working, forestry, water driving machinery, textiles and printing. (Private Guesthouse 3* or smaller and simple Hotel 3*, meals included: breakfast).
Day 6

Bistra – Postojna (approx 40 km, 745 elevation m).

Another meandering cycling day which will lead you to Postojna, a place with two world class attractions; Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. The world famous Queen of the Caves is simply awe-inspiring. Having formed over thousands of years, it has become one of most visited places in Slovenia. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast). *Photo: Archive: www.postojnska-jama.eu
Day 7

Postojna – Divača (approx 40 km, 560 elevation m).

Today you will see the second Postojna's world attraction, the Predjama castle, one of the most picturesque castles in Slovenia. It is built into an overhanging rock in front of a karst cave hall that is connected with a cave system underneath the castle. After visiting the castle, the cycling winding route continues through fascinating Karst landscape, mingled with settlements and vineyards, which give us the glorious Teran wine and the well-known Karst prosciutto. (Hotel 3*, meals included: breakfast). *Photo: Archive: www.postojnska-jama.eu
Day 8

Divača – Škocjan caves – Muggia (Italy) (approx 39 km, 350 elevation m).

Only a few countries can boast of such natural phenomenon of exceptional global value. You cycle to the beautiful Škocjan Caves, which have been included in the World Heritage List (UNESCO) since 1986. After visiting the caves, you re-mount the bikes again and drive around the beautiful landscape, crossing the Slovenian-Italian border to arrive to your accomodation for today. Beautiful Bay of Muggia, the only Istrian town remained to Italy. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast). *Photo 2, Archive: www.park-skocjanske-jame.si
Day 9

Muggia (Italy) – Piran - Strunjan (approx 42 km, 500 elevation m).

Scenic and just glorious cycling stage from Italian to Slovenian coast - a perfect finish of magnificent Grand Cycling Tour of Slovenia. The route will take you through three Slovenian picturesque and historical Mediterranean towns which we are sure, will not leave you indifferent. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast). *Photo Panorama of Piran: Archive: www.portoroz.si, Photographer: Jaka Ivančič
Day 10

Departure or extension. (Meals included: breakfast).

Price:

Price per person (sharing a double room):
850 € in low season (1.4. – 14.6. and 15.9. – 15.10.2019)
885 € in high season (15.6. – 14.9.2019)

Price includes:
9 overnights with breakfast (mixture of good 3* and 4* Hotels) with en suite facilities
Detailed route notes, maps & gps files – one set per booking (not per person). Every additional set of route notes 25 €
Luggage transfers between the hotels
Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting (if you rented bike with SloActive)
Telephone assistance during the trip
Organization and VAT

Optional supplements:
Single accomodation 185 €
Single travel occupancy 180 € (only 1 person on a tour)
Half board  180 € (9 dinners (sometimes in hotel, sometimes in good restaurant outside the property)
Quality classic trekking bike Sub Cross 30 with one bike (back) pannier 135 €. 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 2) at 8.30 am and ends on Day 9 at 6pm
Electric bike 280 € (Scott E Sub Active Unisex + bike (back) pannier)
Helmet 14 €
Airport & city transfers (prices are per person, minimum number two people sharing a transfer):
– Airport Ljubljana – Kranjska Gora 50 €
– Ljubljana City – Kranjska Gora 60 €
– Klagenfurt airport, Austria – Kranjska Gora 48 €
– Villach train station / city – Kranjska Gora 22 €
– Strunjan – Airport Trieste 55 €
– Strunjan – Train Station Trieste 30 €
– Strunjan – Kranjska Gora 100 € (only persons, no bikes)
– Strunjan – Kranjska Gora 125 € (person + bike)
– Strunjan – Ljubljana Airport 60 €

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

Category and Key information:
Moderate self guided cycling holiday, mostly on tarmac roads (approx. 10 % is on gravel road) with some climbs

Date:
Daily from 1st of April until 15th of October

Duration:
9 nights / 10 days

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

***This tour is available also as group (guided) tour or in shorter version (6 nights / 7 days).

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