A scenic and interesting cycling trip from the capital of Slovenia to the historic Italian seaside town of Grado
Cycling in Slovenia starts in it’s capital and its largest city, Ljubljana. Attractive self-guided route meanders through scenic countryside and lovely small villages, passes the world famous Postojna Caves and Predjamski Castle. Leads through the wine-rich Vipava Valley which seem like cycling in a postcard, and you will absolutely love the beautiful Italian towns of Gradisco d’ Isonzo and Palmanova. UNESCO-listed Aquileia will surely inspire you before you arrive to your final destination, the beautiful coastal town of Grado in Italy.
*Cover Photo: Archive: www.visitljubljana.comHighligths
Beautiful city of Ljubljana
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
Oldest settlement in Karst region – Štanjel
UNESCO-listed Aquileia – immense early Roman Empire site
Historic seaside resort and port – Grado, Italy
Individual arrival to Ljubljana
Discover this hidden gem of Europe. Ljubljana is a city with a green soul (European Green Capital 2016). It has preserved its small-town charm and, at the same time, can offer everything that all large capitals are able to. It has been marked by different historical periods (beautifuly seen in its varied architecture), and you will discover many beautiful attractions however one of the main ones, and one not to be missed is, Ljubljana Castle; standing on a hill overlooking the city and its surroundings for about 900 years. (Hotel 3*).
*Photo: Archive: www.visitljubljana.com
Ljubljana – Logatec (approx. 40 km and 520 altitude metres)
Leaving the capital you will ride through idyllic and quaint villages, cycling on quite roads, surrounded by fields, green hills and farms. The Slovenia’s largest museum, the Technical Museum of Slovenia, can be found in the most amazing and perfect place a few kilometres off your track (a short detour). 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).
Logatec – Postojna (approx. 36 km and 512 altitude metres)
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
Postojna – Predjama Castle - Divača (approx. 42 km and 600 altitude metres).
First you will cycle to Predjama where you will find one of the most picturesque castles in Slovenia. Predjama Castle is built into an overhanging rock in front of a karst cave hall that is connected with a cave system underneath the castle. The cycling tour continues on winding and fascinating landscape with great views to Nanos, a beautiful 12 km long and to 6 km wide karst limestone plateau. You will pass small and charming villages and arrive in Divača, your today's destination. (Hotel 3*, meals included: breakfast).
*Photo of the Predjama castle, Archive: www.postojnska-jama.eu
Divača - Štanjel – Gradisca d´Isonzo (approx. 56 km and 483 altitude metres).
What a scenic day! You are first heading towards picturesque Štanjel. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Karst Region, known for its old village centre. You will enjoy peddaling along tranquil roads, admiring the nature on your way towards the Italian town Gradisca d´Isonzo. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Italy which was fortified by the Venetians as a bastion against Ottoman raids. Take the time to enjoy the atmospheric sqare and treat yourselves to a delicious Italian coffee. La dolce vita! (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast).
*Photo of Štanjel: Archive of www.slovenia.info
Gradisca d´Isonzo – Palmanova - Grado (approx. 45 km and 108 altitude metres).
Your last cycle day is truely glorious. First the cycle path takes you to star-fort citadel of Palmanova. But the highlight of today's cycle is, without doubt, the UNESCO-listed, ancient Roman city of Aquileia, a self-standing masterpiece of sacred art and historical treasure. From Aquileia you'll be heading down the spectacular Adriatic lagoon to the charming island town of Grado. The approach to (Sun Island) Grado is very dramatic. A long causeway crosses the lagoon from the mainland – similar to arriving in Venice, but with a much emptier landscape. You may well be tempted to spend an extra day here just relaxing on its sandy beaches, simply soaking up the lovely views over the sea to Croatia and Slovenia! Do make time to stroll the calli e campielli (lanes and courtyards) of the well-kept historic town. Benvenuti! (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast).
*Photo: Archive: www.promoturismo.fvg.it (Archivio PromoTurismoFVG)
Departure or extension. (Meals included: breakfast).
Price per person (sharing a double room):
650 € in low season (1.4. – 31.5. and 15.9. – 15.10.2020)
685 € in high season (1.6. – 14.9.2020)
6 overnights with breakfast in 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
Single accomodation 120 €
Single travel occupancy 170 € (only 1 person on a tour)
Bike rent 90 € (classic trekking bike Scott Sub 30 plus 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 2) at 8.30 am and ends on Day 6 at 6pm
Electric bike 190 € (Scott E Sub Active Unisex plus one bike (back) pannier)
Helmet 10 €
Airport transfers (prices are per person, minimum number two people sharing a transfer):
– Airport Ljubljana – Ljubljana city 15 €
– Klagenfurt Airport, Austria – Ljubljana city 45 €
What’s not included;
Arrival / departure to / from first / last hotel
Lunch’s, dinners, drinks
All other expenses that are not mentioned in what’s included description
Mixture of 3* and 4* hotels & private guesthouse’s with en suite facilities
Moderate self guided cycling with some climbs
Cycling on 95% paved, 5% unpaved roads
Daily from 1st April to 15th OctoberBookInquiry