As you arrive in the vibrant city of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s captivating capital, an air of anticipation sweeps over you. The blend of historical charm and contemporary buzz in the city provides a perfect launch pad for your journey. As you settle in, take some time to admire the city’s architectural gems, lively squares, and the emerald-green Ljubljanica River meandering through its heart, perfectly setting the stage for the grand adventure ahead.
Hotel in Ljubljana
Your journey begins with a warm-up loop into the heart of the Polhograjski Dolomiti. This initial stage takes you on an adventure through a landscape defined by rolling hills, quaint villages, and an abundance of greenery. As you navigate the narrow roads and steep terrain, you’ll be surrounded by idyllic nature and endless views, setting the rhythm and tone for the adventure that lies ahead. Upon completion of the loop, you’ll return to Ljubljana, the city’s evening glow welcoming you back after a rewarding day on the saddle.
54.1 km, 589 m of elevation
Embark from Ljubljana, threading through Tivoli Park en route to the enchanting Bohinj region. You’ll traverse charming villages nestled in the verdant Ljubljana basin and the historic town of Škofja Loka, known for its preserved medieval architecture. Continuing through the ironworking region of Železniki, the journey ascends to Soriška Planina, offering panoramic mountain views. The day culminates in the arrival at Bohinj, a breathtaking alpine destination famed for its pristine lake and majestic mountains.
Hotel in Bohinj
78.1 km, 1156 m of elevation
Setting off from Bohinj, you will journey through the peaceful Stara Fužina toward Pokljuka’s looming ascent. The climb, meandering amidst forests and meadows, unfolds expansive vistas of hills and valleys. Pokljuka, celebrated for its winter sporting heritage, ushers a descent to Gorje. As the splendor of Bled comes into sight, the iconic Bled Castle and the Church of the Assumption of Mary punctuate the landscape. The day’s journey culminates in a serene lakeside ride to your accommodation in Bled.
Hotel in Bled
33.9 km, 843 m of elevation
Departing from Bled, you’ll journey through the stunning Radovna Valley, past Lake Kreda, and the entrances to the renowned glacial valleys of Vrata, Kot, and Krma. After reaching Zgornja Radovna, you’ll descend to Mojstrana, with an optional detour to the striking Peričnik Waterfall. Follow the Sava Dolinka River towards Kranjska Gora, enjoying views of the imposing Julian Alps and the timbered Karawanks slopes. The day concludes at Lake Jasna in Kranjska Gora, promising unforgettable vistas from your accommodation.
Bled to Kranjska Gora
38.3 km, 739 m of elevation
Venture west across the Italian border, immersing yourself in vast mountain landscapes. Encounter Lago del Predil before ascending the Sella Nevea pass, where panoramic vistas of the Julian and Carnic Alps await. The descent leads past the scenic Cascata Rio Repetit and Cascata Cadramazzo waterfalls. Journey back towards Slovenia via well-maintained cycling paths, pausing to savor traditional Italian cuisine en route. The day concludes as you cross back into Slovenia and your hotel in Kranjska Gora.
Hotel in Kranjska Gora
110.2 km, 1598 m of elevation
Prepare for a challenging ascent up the winding, cobbled roads of the iconic Vršič Pass, Slovenia’s highest mountain pass, rewarded by awe-inspiring views of the Julian Alps. Descending to the Trenta Valley, follow the Soča River downstream with stops recommended at the Great Soča Gorges and Šunik Water Grove. Despite the Soča Valley’s allure, your journey continues through the village of Kal-Koritnica, culminating in Bovec, marking a day of thrilling challenges and breathtaking panoramas.
Hotel in Bovec
43.3 km, 916 m of elevation
Embarking from Bovec, today promises a thrilling ascent to Slovenia’s highest asphalt road – Mangart. This journey unfurls amidst awe-inspiring Alpine vistas, as you pedal through lush valleys, gradually climbing the serpentines up to Mangart Saddle. The challenging ascent is well rewarded with panoramic views from 2,055 meters, encapsulating the breathtaking beauty of the Julian Alps. The descent back to Bovec is a euphoric ride, the culmination of an exhilarating day, a testament to your mettle, and a memorable high-altitude encounter with Slovenia’s magnificent landscape.
51.3 km, 1694 m of elevation
Beginning in Bovec, nestled in the Soča Valley, your journey takes you alongside the Soča River, framed by majestic mountains and verdant forests. Picturesque towns like Kobarid and Tolmin dot the route, offering rich cultural and historical insights, including World War remnants. From Tolmin, start your ascent towards Goriška Brda, the landscape unfolding into vistas of undulating hills, vineyards, and orchards. The climb, while challenging, rewards with views of the Adriatic Sea. Goriška Brda, renowned for its exquisite wines and local delicacies, provides an enchanting conclusion to the day, with its charming villages and picturesque vineyards.
Hotel in Goriška Brda
74.3 km, 1077 m of elevation
Embark from Goriška Brda through Italy’s tranquil Friuli region before returning to Slovenia in Miren, marked by stunning vistas. Cycle through Slovenia’s countryside, highlighting Štanjel with its medieval castle and Ferrari garden. Continue towards Sežana, traversing the rolling Karst region, a challenging but scenic journey. Arriving in Sežana, don’t miss the Škocjan Caves, a world-renowned geological marvel, wrapping up a day of unforgettable landscapes.
Hotel in Sežana
89 km, 1196 m of elevation
Departing from Sežana, descend the Karst Plateau through towns such as Kozina and Črni Kal, notable for its fort with panoramic views. Upon nearing Koper, the landscape levels out, leading you through charming villages and along Žusterna’s scenic seaside promenade.
Continue along the coastline to Izola and then onto Strunjan, an excellent spot to explore its impressive Nature Reserve. Traverse the Valetta and Šalet Tunnels, part of the historic Parenzana railway, arriving at the lively town of Portorož. The day concludes with a coastal ride to your hotel in Piran, located in the renowned Tartini’s Square.
Hotel in Piran
58.9 km, 520 m of elevation
Depart from Piran, venturing south towards Croatia, with the Sečovlje salt pans and Portorož Aerodrome en route. Upon crossing the border, ascend the plateau, absorbing panoramic views of the Slovenian countryside. Continue through the rolling Istrian terrain towards historic Buje, a perfect place for a pause and a stroll in the town square.
From Buje, proceed west for an exhilarating descent towards Brtonigla, leading to the coastal city of Novigrad and through the sea-split town of Antenal. The journey concludes in Poreč, where a quick detour to the old city center is recommended before arriving at your hotel. Along the journey, seize the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Istrian meal at a local restaurant.
Hotel in Poreč
51.8 km, 641 m of elevation
Departing from the picturesque city of Poreč, today’s stage features the serene villages of Funtana and Vrsar, followed by a tranquil ride on a scenic road along the Istrian coastline. Your route around the renowned Lim Channel takes you through Brajkovići and Rovinjsko Selo, where a stop at the panoramic view is a must to capture the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
The final destination is the charming town of Rovinj. Here, explore the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town with its Venetian-style architecture and quaint cafes. A leisurely walk along the stunning waterfront reveals the shimmering sea and vibrant fishing boats, culminating in a memorable conclusion to your day’s journey.
Hotel in Rovinj
43 km, 615 m of elevation
Embarking on the final stage from Rovinj, you’ll head south towards the historical city of Pula. Roads guide you through picturesque campsites and breathtaking beaches, providing ideal spots for a break. Explore the local restaurants and wineries around Barbariga.
Entering Pula, the imposing Roman amphitheater announces your arrival. From there, you’ll cycle towards Premantura for a scenic loop, experiencing the coastal splendor before returning to Pula. The city’s vibrant energy signals a captivating end to your cycling adventure.
Hotel in Pula
68.7 km, 559 m of elevation
As you prepare to depart, the echoes of this unforgettable journey resonate. The breathtaking landscapes and vibrant towns you’ve traversed will remain etched in your memory. Though this adventure concludes, the experiences gathered will forever twinkle in your life’s mosaic. Until our paths cross again, cherish these timeless memories.
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Embark on an enchanting 15-day cycling experience across the magnificent landscapes of Slovenia, Italy, and Croatia. This journey is not just about the miles covered on a bike, it’s a voyage that immerses you in the historic charm of vibrant cities, the natural grandeur of verdant landscapes, and the unique cultures of these three captivating countries.
Your adventure starts in the dynamic cityscape of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, providing a perfect blend of modern vibrancy and old-world charm. As you cycle through quaint hamlets and up rugged terrains, the picturesque Polhograjski Dolomiti will sweep you into a world of untouched beauty and serenity, serving as a perfect backdrop to set the pace for the voyage.
The journey will have you weaving through charming towns nestled in the mountains, like Škofja Loka and Železniki. Your path leads you to breathtaking views atop Soriška Planina, with each turn revealing another stunning vista. On reaching Bohinj, you’ll be greeted by an Alpine paradise, boasting crystal-clear waters and majestic peaks.
As you traverse from Bohinj to the iconic Bled, you’ll encounter peaceful hamlets, undulating landscapes, and historic landmarks. The journey further unfolds through Radovna Valley’s majestic scenery, filled with optional detours to cascading waterfalls and a serene stopover at Lake Jasna in Kranjska Gora.
The adventure intensifies with an exciting cross into Italy, where the wide-open spaces of Sella Nevea offer a panoramic feast of the Julian and Carnic Alps. The challenge of conquering Slovenia’s highest mountain pass, Vršič Pass, rewards with awe-inspiring vistas that are nothing short of a cyclist’s dream.
Discover Bovec, and conquer the thrilling ascent to Mangart, Slovenia’s highest asphalt road, providing views that capture the breathtaking beauty of the Julian Alps. This adventurous ride is contrasted by a serene journey through Goriška Brda, a region famed for its wines, where the ascent rewards with glimpses of the Adriatic Sea.
You’ll then cycle through Italy’s tranquil Friuli region before descending from the Karst Plateau through charming villages and along the captivating Istrian coastline to Piran. The historic heart of Croatia unfolds as you ascend from Buje, culminating in a relaxing coastal ride through Poreč and Rovinj.
In essence, this cycling journey is more than a physical expedition; it’s a curated cultural and sensory experience that leaves an indelible mark on your memory, inviting you to relive these cherished moments until you return for another unforgettable adventure.
If you are a solo cyclist who wants to spend a fun holiday cycling in and around Slovenia, look no further. We’re going to find you a group of up to 8 like-minded biking enthusiasts and take care of all the other tour details. The cycling tour will be led by our guide, who’ll make sure everything runs smoothly, so you’re able to enjoy as much cycling as possible.
The private guided bike tour in Slovenia is for those who want to enjoy their cycling holidays at their own pace, enjoying the flexibility of a small private group and not stressing about the details of everyday planning. The guide will be fully at your disposal to make this experience as personalized as possible, maximizing the enjoyment during and after the tour.
Those who like a good adventure and limitless flexibility should go on a self-guided cycling holiday in Slovenia. We prepare the itinerary and book your accommodations; You enjoy the journey without our guide, being fully in charge of all the daily decisions. While you’ll have the full support of our team in case of any emergencies or concerns, a certain level of self-reliance is required.