A small country full of big surprises!
We begin this adventure in Slovenia’s capital city of Ljubljana, where social and environmental awareness has been a long tradition. In fact, Ljubljana was awarded the European Green Capital designation in 2016 by the European Commission. Here, we’ll spend a full day exploring the local architecture, rustic culture, and of course, delicious cuisine before our bike tour begins.
Situated between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, Slovenia’s terrain ranges from snow-capped peaks to a Venetian-style coastline, with pristine karstic plateaus, rivers, valleys, and basins in between. From Slovenia’s premier destination of Lake Bled to the dramatic views of the Hohe Tauern, the highest alpine range in Austria, there will be no shortage of spectacular scenery.
This cycling tour should be considered moderate, averaging between 20–35 miles per day.
Arriving in Ljubljana, Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Departing from Ljubljana, Monday, September 16, 2019
Arrival Day 1 — Tuesday, September 3, 2019: Complimentary transportation will be arranged for you from the airport to the hotel. If you’re more excited than you are tired we will plan a short excursion before dinner.
Day 2 — Wednesday, September 4, 2019: Our day begins with a complimentary breakfast before we head out to explore the highlights of Ljubljana. Our guided walking tour includes the Ljubljana Castle, the cobbled streets of Old Town and a sampling of Slovenian cuisine.
Day 3 — Thursday, September 5, 2019: After a complimentary breakfast we will drive to Villach, Austria where our bike tour begins. We will travel through three countries on a picturesque path along an old railway line and cross over the Italian-Slovenian border, and through the dense green landscape of the Sava Valley. Our accommodations for the next two nights will be in Kranjska Gora, surrounded by the impressive Dobratsch Mountain.
Day 4 — Friday, September 6, 2019: After a complimentary breakfast we’ll begin our hike up Mt. Pec. At an elevation of 5,000 ft. above sea level, the summit is the triple border point of Slovenia, Italy, and Austria. While at the top we will enjoy impressive views of Hohe Tauren, comprising the highest peaks east of Italy’s Brenner Pass. From there, the hiking trail descends through a valley to the source of the powerful Sava River, and then on to the alpine resort of Kranjska Gora.
Day 5 — Saturday, September 7, 2019: After a complimentary breakfast we will cycle our way to Slovenia’s premier destination, Lake Bled, enjoying lush forests, majestic mountains and rolling rivers along the way. After a short photo opportunity of the roaring Sum Falls at Vintgar Gorge, we’ll complete the day with the beautiful views of Lake Bled.
Day 6 — Sunday, September 8, 2019: After a complimentary breakfast we’ll begin the day on beautiful Lake Bled with views of an island with an idyllic baroque church surrounded by towering mountains. Midday we’ll be off to a 3-hour rafting tour on the Sava Dolinka river. This rafting trip is designed for all, no experience or equipment is needed.
This afternoon you’ll have an opportunity to spend time exploring on your own.
Day 7 — Monday, September 9, 2019: After a complimentary breakfast our motor coach will transfer us to a beautiful karst plateau at Pokljuka. We’ll cycle through alpine villages to the beautiful blue-green Lake Bohini, considered the jewel of the Triglav National Park. We’ll take a cable car to the top of the Vogel Mountain for a dramatic view of the Bohinj Valley and Mt. Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps.
Day 8 — Tuesday, September 10, 2019: After a complimentary breakfast we will head out on the day’s cycling tour, which will be a bit more challenging than previous rides, but we’ll be rewarded with spectacular views. We’ll cycle the Sorica Pass over the Julian Alps, and continue through a narrow gorge alongside the crystal clear Soca River. Of course, we’ll take the time to splash around in the celestial waters.
Day 9 — Wednesday, September 11, 2019: After a complimentary breakfast our motor coach will transfer us to Kolovrat Saddle. We’ll enjoy more spectacular views high above the Soca Valley, known for intense battles during WWI, and is now home to a unique open-air museum. The highlight of the day happens when we step back in time to a flawless old-world pub, where the lady of the house welcomes visitors into her charming shaded garden. From there, we’ll continue cycling the panoramic hillsides on our way to the village of Smartno v Goriskih Brdih situated on rich, lush vineyards. This picturesque walled village is our final destination for the day where we can sit back and enjoy the scenery and local wine.
Day 10 — Thursday, September 12, 2019: After a complimentary breakfast we’ll cycle through the wine region of Slovenia. The terrain today will be varied with vineyards, historic battlegrounds, and opportunities to visit the various military museums. We’ll cycle near the area where The Iron Curtain split the small town of Gorizia between Italy and Yugoslavia. Dominating the Yugoslav border is the baroque style Kostanjevica Monastery, the burial site of the last French King. We’ll finish the day in a small karst village where samples of the wines from the Vipava wine region will be served.
Day 11 — Friday, September 13, 2019: After a complimentary breakfast we’ll cycle to the stud farm of Lipica, where we’ll see the beautiful thoroughbred Lipizzaner horses. We will tour the farm in a traditional carriage, taking us up close to the stables of these magnificent animals to admire their power and grace. From there, we’ll tour a Venetian tower that is home to an interesting “War Museum”. Tonight, our accommodations are in a small, family-owned hotel where we’ll be introduced to some of the best wines in the area.
Day 12 — Saturday, September 14, 2019: After a complimentary breakfast we’ll enjoy a final day of cycling with beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea on our way to the southern edge of Trieste, an enchanting seaside village of Muggia. On our way, we’ll stop to visit the UNESCO Skocian Caves, one of the worlds largest underground river canyons. Once we arrive in Trieste by boat, we’ll visit the Miramare Castle, the cathedral or Piazza Unita central square and relax with the panoramic view of the bay.
Day 13 — Sunday, September 15, 2019: After a complimentary breakfast we’ll begin the journey back to Ljubljana. On our way, we’ll stop in Postojna and visit the Predjama Castle perched in the middle of a 400 ft. cavern. We’ll also take a train into the Postojna Caves, a 2-million-year-old series of caverns and passages with stalactites and stalagmites formed in extraordinary shapes and sizes. Tonight will be our last evening in the beautiful city of Ljubljana.
Day 14 — Monday, September 16, 2019: Today, it’s time to say goodbye, as our adventure comes to a close. We’ll provide transportation to the airport for your journey back home.
Tour Pricing: $4,148.00
Single Supplement: $600.00
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: Transportation to and from the airports in Ljubljana, all transportation within the scheduled tour, half-day guided tour in Ljubljana, all accommodations 3 & 4* hotels, cycling guide, bike and helmet rental, support vehicle, daily breakfast, daily dinner (13 three-course dinners), wine tasting on day 11- includes 3 samples of wine and cheese, Rafting trip, park fees in Postojna Caves.