MIGHTY CAVES AND KARST - NATURE´S HIDDEN GEM

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MIGHTY CAVES AND KARST - NATURE´S HIDDEN GEM

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

7 nights / 8 days

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Tour Description

From one jewel to another, for all the photo-hungry cyclers and nature lovers. Surrender yourself to this week long self guided cycling tour, blessed with true beauty, pristine nature, Karst landscape and it’s phenomena’s.

While cycling in Karst you will be accomodated in two Hotels, in two beautiful Karst towns, from where interesting cycle day tours are designed for you. Starting point is in Postojna, the jewel in the Karst Region. Postojna is in many ways marked by its unique position, which had a significant influence on the town’s development as early as ancient times. The town lies on the Pivka River and because of the two world class attractions; Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle is visited by many tourists every year. Biking through Karst area and discovering it’s wonders such as the caves, Rakov Škocjan, intermittent lakes, sinking rivers, rocky surface and dolines, is a unique and special experience.

The second location of this scenic cycle tour is Divača. Divača is today the biggest settlement and seat of the municipality. In the 16th century it was just a hamlet of sheep farmers, but with the development of transport running from the port of Trieste to the interior, it gained importance, expanded and developed. The importance of the railway is still evident today in the steam locomotive engine that now stands as a museum piece open to visitors at the railway station. Did you know that in Divača you can also find a Museum of Slovenian Film Actors?

*Cover Photo: Archive: www.park-skocjanske-jame.si

Highlights:
A winding cycling holiday through unique Karst with it’s wild landscape and phenomenons
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
Rakov Škocjan – picturesque karst valley
Lake Cerknica – one of the largest intermittent lakes in Europe
Planinsko Polje – in the Natura 2000 network as a unique habitat of European importance for numerous plant and animal spieces

Daily Itinerary

1st Day

Individual arrival to Postojna.

Postojna is a modern town in southwestern Slovenia although people visit it mainly for its remarkable cave and magnificent Predjama Castle. Populated already in Paleolithic Era, Postojna today has about 9,200 inhabitants and is the economic, administrative, educational and cultural centre of the Inner Carniola (Notranjska) region of Slovenia. (Hotel 4*). *Photo: Archive: www.postojnska-jama.eu
2nd Day

Predjama and Postojna Cave (approx. 30 km and 500 elevation metres).

Today you'll have the opportunity to marvell the magnificent 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, Don't miss it out! After admiring this natural wonder you'll cycle further 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. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast). *Photo: Archive: www.postojnska-jama.eu
3rd Day

The Rakov Škocjan Valley – Cerknica Lake and Planinsko polje (approx. 46 km and 700 elevation metres).

It's just a breath-taking day! Today's cycle tour where you will first visit picturesque karst valley Rakov Škocjan, formed by the sinking and collapsing of a cave ceiling, will not leave you indifferent. Century-old oak trees, the splendid Big Natural Bridge (Veliki naravni most) and Little Natural Bridge (Mali naravni most), are just some of the great features of this beautiful karst valley. From here cycling tour continues to another Slovenian treasure, Lake Cerknica. It is one of the largest intermittent lakes in Europe and it appears every year on the karst polje (plain). On your way back to Postojna, you will experience cycling through charming Planinsko Polje - a classic example of a karst polje (plain), the last of its kind in the Ljubljanica river basin. It is part of a wider system of protected areas and is included in the Natura 2000 network as a unique habitat of European importance for numerous plant and animal species. (Hotel 4*, meals included: breakfast). *Photo: Archive: www.notranjski-park.si
4th Day

Postojna – Divača (approx. 40 km and 470 elevation metres).

Today you will change the hotel and location. After a winding cycling day through fascinating karst landscape, mingled with settlements and vineyards, which give us the glorious Teran wine and the well-known Karst prosciutto, you will arrive to Divača where your home will be for the next four nights. (Hotel 3*, meals included: breakfast).
5th Day

Divača – Škocjan Caves – the surrounding Karst villages – Divača (approx. 32 km and 460 elevation metres).

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. The villages of Karst are true »food« for the eyes. Full of historical sights and specialties. Do stop for lunch in one of the authentic local inns, where the food is prepared on the basis of centuries-old recipes and a rich restaurant tradition. The way back to the hotel continues through the enchanting Karst settlements, past genuine houses and old stone Karst houses, over lush fields and on grey side-roads. (Hotel 3*, meals included: breakfast). *Photos: Archive: www.park-skocjanske-jame.si, Photographer: Borut Lozej
6th Day

Divača – Lipica – the surrounding Karst villages – Divača (approx. 40 km and 340 elevation metres).

Today's cycle route leads you through Lokev village, famous for its prosciutto, before arriving to the famous Lipica Stud Farm. Lipica is the oldest European stud farm for breeding one of the oldest cultural horse breeds. It's kind of magical, pedalling through avenues of trees and parks, and being surrounded with noble white Lipizzaner horses on their green pastures. Soon afterwards you'll arrive to the outskirts of Trieste and the Italian village of Bazzovica. Do not forget to take some time to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in this historic and, for Slovenians, very important place. Cycling continues on through the old Karst villages, through the town of Sežana, the administrative and political centre of the Karst region. The botanical garden at Villa Mirasasso and winetasting at the largest winemaker, Teran PTP at the Vinakras winery, are just unforgettable. The last part of today's cycle route is also beautiful and diverse as it takes you through small Karst settlements and several other charming villages. (Hotel 3*, meals included: breakfast).
7th Day

Divača – the surrounding villages – Vremska Valley – Divača (approx. 41 km and 710 eleveation metres).

Vremska Valley is the land between the Vremščica (beautiful 1.027 m high mountain) and Brkini region where the river Reka floods fertile soil before it sinks into the underground world of the Škocjan Caves. It is the largest Slovene blind valley. In the past, Vremska dolina was also known as the valley of mills and sawmills.. The last active one was the Dujc mill at Skoflje, which operated until 1986. Today, the existence of mills and sawmills reminds us of it ruins only. It's all about enjoying on your bike, exploring and discovering typical and small villages, sleepy countryside and scenic valley. (Hotel 3*, meals included: breakfast).
8th Day

Departure or extension. (Meals included: breakfast).

Price per person:

655 € per person in low season (1.4. – 14.6. and 15.9. – 15.10.2019)

685 € per person in high season (15.6. – 14.9.2019)

Price includes:
7 overnights in good Hotels 3* and 4* with en suite facilities.
7 breakfasts.
Detailed route notes, maps & gps files – one set per booking (not per person). Every additional set of route notes 35 €.
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 175 €.
– single travel occupancy 70 € (only 1 person on a tour).
bike rent 100 € (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 7 at 6pm.
electric bike 225 € (Scott E Sub Active Unisex plus one bike (back) pannier).
– helmet 12 €.
– half board 80 € (4x dinners in Divača), hotel dinner is not possible in Postojna as hotel does not have a restaurant. However there are plenty of restaurants in town.
– Airport transfers (prices are per person, minimum number two people sharing a transfer):
– Airport Ljubljana – Postojna 38 €.
– Klagenfurt Airport, Austria – Postojna 60 €.
– Divača – Airport Ljubljana 48 €.
– Divača – Klagenfurt Airport, Austria 70 €.

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

Accomodations;
Good 3* and 4* Hotels with en suite facilities.

Category:
Moderate

Key information;
Cycling on 70 % paved, 30 % unpaved roads.
Self guided cycling.
Moderate cycling with some climbs.

Dates;
Daily from 1st April to 15th October.

*Extra nights before / after tour on request.

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