Slovenia Bike Tour
A Fun Travel Slovenia Bike Tour (with surprising Food & Wine!)
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Bicycle the trails and hills of Slovenia. Enjoy the constant view of the snow-capped Alpine peaks. We will swim and raft in beautiful turquoise rivers and clear glacial lakes as we enjoy picnics and delicious local wines along the way. This area is loaded with history and has a natural splendor all its own.
- Cycle along shaded lanes to hidden lakes and tiny villages
- Swim in the crystal clear waters of glacial Lake Bohinj
- Ride up Vršič Pass, famous for its many switchbacks and breathtaking vistas
- Savor the best wines, cheeses, and cuisine of the region
- Raft the aqua colored Soca River (optional)
- See the site of the 1917 Battle of Caporetto and tour WWI trenches that still scar the region
- Tour alluring medieval towns while cycling toward the timeless heart of Slovenia’s modern capital, Ljubljana
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCulture, Cycling, Discovery, Guided Tours
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Group Size Small Group
Slovenia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, is a small, scenic country between Austria and Croatia, touching the northeast corner of Italy. Our bustling food & wine tour takes us through northwestern Slovenia, cycling near the pristine rivers and on shady roads that wind between the rugged peaks of the Julian Alps. A feature of the trip will be two nights spent in the former Presidential Summer Villa, overlooking lovely Lake Bled in whose waters we can see reflections of castles and snow-covered mountains. We’ll raft a short section of the turquoise Soca River as it heads toward the Adriatic Sea. Then we’ll bicycle in and out of Italy, along roads that serve the tiny farms and villages on each side of the border. Our group will pause to appreciate Slovenia’s unique red wines, delicious artisan cheeses, and flavorful local produce. Join us for this truly remarkable week in a hidden corner of Europe.
Optional Tour Choices:
$1150 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom) – Very Limited Availability
You do not need to decide in advance if you will raft the Soca River. The price is around 45 euros per person and can be paid directly that day.
Options are available at checkout.
- Transfers between Lubljana Airport and our hotel
- Comfortable hotels and bed-and-breakfasts that typify the region’s variety
- Hybrid bike for the week
- knowledgeable local bike guides
- All breakfasts, all lunches, and 6 dinners, with snacks along the way
- A support van to get luggage (and tired riders!) to destination
- Map and route instructions
- admissions to sites and museums mentioned
- HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage
- Transportation to and from Lubljana, Slovenia
- Optional rafting trip
- Souvenirs; Gratuities for guide
- Personal expenses such as phone, fax and beverages not included with meals
- Day 1 Welcome to Slovenia
Triglav National Park (14 mi / 23 km)
We will enjoy our breakfast and then continue westward, skirting the Triglav National Park to Bohinjska Bistrica. From there, we’ll do a bit of easy cycling on quiet roads to get a feel for our bicycles.
For lunch we’ll stop for a visit with a local cheesemaker. Then we’ll continue our ride into the Park, where we visit Lake Bohinj, a glacial basin famous for its clear water and the towering peaks that surround it. We can delight in a swim before our bike ride through the forests on our way back to the hotel in Bled. Tonight we will dine at a small restaurant at Lake Bled, sampling some of Slovenia’s fine red wines and perhaps enjoying a toast with a sparkling wine.
Lake Bled and the Julian Alps (29 mi / 47 km)
After a tasty breakfast we’ll cycle around Lake Bled and then head northward to Kranjska Gora, near the Austrian Border. Our path will allow us some exquisite views of craggy Alpine peaks. Hearty riders may enjoy more cycling: up and over Vršič Pass, well known for its switch-backs and breathtaking vistas. We may instead take it easy and head up by van, with a stop at Russian Prisoner’s Church, and then take a short hike near the top of the Pass.
We will end the day by descending southward to the the Soca River, near the border of Italy. We’ll check into one of the most charming small inns in the area, and will have a leisurely evening to have dinner on our own in the tiny town Kobarid.
Rafting the Soca River or Simply Relaxing
This morning we will give our bicycles a rest. Guests may opt for a relaxing morning at leisure, while others will choose to go rafting on the Soca River.
This region was the site of the 1917 Battle of Caporetto, which is documented in the Kobariski World War I and in Ernest Hemingway’s novel “A Farewell to Arms.” We’ll visit the museum this afternoon, and then head to a secluded waterfall. We’ll have an afternoon at leisure, with plenty of time for relaxing, or walking through the nearby fields and forests. Our dinner together tonight will feature a delectable menu of locally produced specialties and regional wines.
Goriška Brda Winery (30 mi / 49 km)
This morning we will travel south to Livek to visit the World War I trenches that still criss-cross the countryside. We’ll ride our bicycles along a woodsy route southward and trending downhill toward a winery in the Goriška Hills of Brda. Our lunch will be a grand picnic overlooking the sloping vineyards and a peek into Italy in the distance. This afternoon we’ll visit the well-known winery and sample some of Slovenia’s most delicious wines. Later we will check in our small-town B&B and enjoy dinner together.
Italian Touring (25 mi / 41 km)
Small roads traverse the rolling countryside without regards to modern borders, so today we’ll find ourselves alternately in Italy and Slovenia, tasting internationally acclaimed wines from both countries as we go! Tonight we’ll dine in a stylish family restaurant with sweeping views of the Collio & Brda wine country.
Exploring the Karst Region
Today we’ll return to Ljubljana, stopping along the way to visit a few medieval towns (Stanjel and Tomaj) and marveling at the unique limestone formations of the Karst region. This area produces uniquely Slovenian red wines, some of which we will sample at tonight’s special farewell dinner in the castle near our hotel in the heart of old Ljubljana.
There are no group activities today, so feel free to schedule the most convenient flights to your next destination, or train ride if you will be continuing your vacation in Europe. We will be transferred to the airport or train station for your next destination.
You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate if you want. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
The activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day you’ll be traveling with friends.
This tour starts and ends in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Traveling in Slovenia has no special requirements. Travelers should have moderate physical fitness levels and be able to ride a bike for several hours a day on rolling terrain. The afternoon whitewater rafting excursion is optional, but those who wish to participate should know how to swim, and be willing to paddle.
All accommodations on our gay biking tour through Slovenia are small hotels or boutique B&Bs that offer excellent hospitality and local charm.
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