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Self-guided cycling tour in Slovenia
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Highlights

  • Exploring charming capital city Ljubljana, with its hill-top castle and lovely old quarter
  • Tasting the excellent Slovenian wines
  • Noting the change in landscape - cycle from the mountains to the warm Adriatic coast
  • Seeing the highest cave hall in Europe at Postojna, with its waterfalls and gorge bridge
  • Cycling into Piran, a gorgeous little Venetian harbour town with a relaxed atmosphere

Explore picturesque Slovenia on two wheels as you cycle from the historic city of Ljubljana through idyllic rural communities to the warm blue waters of the Adriatic and ‘Venetian’ Piran.

Begin your Slovenian cycling adventure in the charming capital city, Ljubljana, before cycling across easy going countryside, teeming with birdlife, as you pedal to the pretty Iski Vintgar gorge and the most extensive cave system in Slovenia; the 21km long Postojna karst caves. Cycling onwards, head south to the UNESCO-listed Skocjan Caves en-route to the bustling port of Trieste with its Miramare Castle, cathedral and Piazza Unita square.

Your final exquisite stop is the little Venetian harbour village of Piran. Where you can relax and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Slovenian Istria over a local seafood dishes and an ice-cold beer!




DAY 1: Arrive in Ljubljana

The Medieval city of Ljubljana is the starting point for your cycling adventure. This pretty capital is easily explored on foot, and you’ll be astounded by the number of cyclists that ride through the narrow cobbled streets with their ‘fin de siècle’ mansions. Take time to explore the impressive castle which occupies a lofty position overlooking the city, and stroll through the old quarter, visiting the famed ‘Triple Bridge’.


Ljubljana is easily reached with flights into the capital’s airport offered by various low-cost airlines. Alternatively, Ljubljana is an easy hour’s drive from the border with Croatia, Austria or Italy.


A welcome meeting this evening (6pm) means you are ready and set for the coming days ahead.


Overnight: Ljubljana


DAY 2: Cycle to Vrhnika

You start your journey through Slovenia with a scenic ride across the Ljubljansko Barje, once a great lake but now an immense 160 sq-km marshy plain which is home to some of Europe’s rarest birds, plants and insects.


Stop for a walk to the picturesque Iski Vintgar gorge, carved deep into a stunning limestone plateau. Take a look at the remains of the world’s highest railway viaduct in Borovnica. If you have time, visit the Technical Museum at Bistra Caste, where you’ll find a collection of Tito’s cars.


Cycle: 37 or 58km (choice of short/long route), ascent 330m, descent 340m


Overnight: Vrhnika


DAY 3: Cycle to Postojna

A hearty breakfast will prepare you for a day’s cycling over rolling hills and forest roads. Today you’ll be exploring off the beaten track as you take in the beautiful Slivnica Mountain and the disappearing Lake Planina, riding through an area carved from limestone.


The Rakov Skocjan nature reserve provides an ideal spot for some lunch, as you marvel at the stunning gorge which has been carved out by the Rak River, creating magical sculptures, including two natural bridges.


Cycle: 38 or 44km, ascent 700m, descent 440m


Overnight: Postojna


DAY 4: Postojna Caves and Stanjel

Next comes a highlight of the trip—a visit to the underground Postojna cave formation, carved deep into the heart of the limestone landscape. An incredible 30 million visitors have explored this natural wonder, covering a total of 21km. An optional 1h30 tour transports you through a fairy-tale world of stalactites and stalagmites. You’ll wander through Europe’s highest cave hall and cross the bridge over the gorge—a breath-taking experience. Learn about the ’human fish’; a mysterious creature that lives in the cave’s dark pools.


A short detour to Predjama Castle is recommended; this 700-year old fortress is wedged into a crevasse half-way up a 123m cliff face. A daring knight, Erazem, took delight in pelting his enemies with fresh cherries, smuggled in through a hidden cave (much to the annoyance of his foes).


Cycle: 45km, ascent 750m, descent 1130m


Overnight: Kodreti near Stanjel (agriturismo/farm stay)


DAY 5: Cycle to Lipica and Divaca

After breakfast, cycle to the charming old-world town of Stanjel and the lovely botanical garden in Sezana, then ride on to the stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit the beautiful thoroughbred Lipizzaner horses whose pristine white coats and graceful dancing have earned them a worldwide reputation. Their history is closely linked to the Vienna riding school.


If you have the time, you can also visit the unusual but very interesting “War Museum” set in the village tower of Lokev.


Cycle: 48 km, ascent 800m, descent 530m


Overnight: Divača


DAY 6: Cycle to Muggia

Begin your day with an optional visit to the Skocjan karst caves—less visited but just as fascinating as the Postojna caves; they are listed as a UNESCO natural monument. If you would like to experience the hustle and bustle of an Italian port town, you can take a diversion to Trieste—with its castle, cathedral and Piazza Unita central square.


Cycling along the coast you’ll come across the delightful old town of Muggia—an ideal spot to end the afternoon with a gelato and enjoy the sea views.


Cycle: 40km, ascent 520m, descent 920m


Overnight: Muggia


Stay overnight in a 400-year old Italian villa which has comfortable rooms and a nice restaurant and outdoor terrace.


DAY 7: Cycle to Piran

Today you’ll be cycling alongside the coastal road with incredible views of the Slovene coast and Trieste Bay. Enjoy easy cycling on a new path which follows a former railway line. As you come closer to Piran, pause for a coffee in the chic seaside resort of Portoroz.


Finally reach the beautiful little Venetian harbour village of Piran. You’ll want to spend time here exploring the little alleyways and streets, as well as relaxing in a seafront café or restaurant. The holiday atmosphere here is simply wonderful!


Cycle: 30km, ascent 380m, descent 420m


Overnight: Piran


DAY 8: Onward Travel

Your trip ends after breakfast, although you might want to extend your stay in Piran or perhaps take the ferry (departs specific days only) to Venice.


Transfers are available (supplement payable) to Ljubljana, or you can take a bus then train back to the capital. Alternatively, why not take a ferry on to Venice; contact us to check timetable arrangements as these vary from day-to-day.

Accommodation

Our Cycling Slovenia trip includes accommodation in standard en suite double/twin rooms in mostly family-run guesthouses and hotels of a general 3-4* standard (ratings are not official).


Accommodation Alternatives

In busy periods and when availability is limited, you may be
accommodated in properties alternative to those mentioned here; you will
be informed after booking if this is the case.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available although a supplement is payable. This trip is available to solo cyclists.


 



 

 

 



M-Hotel - Ljubljana



M-Hotel - Ljubljana

This friendly city centre hotel has comfortable rooms and a lovely restaurant serving traditional Slovenian fare.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Mantova - Vrhnika



Hotel Mantova - Vrhnika

Relax in this family-run hotel’s café-bar or on the large patio outside, where you can chat with the locals and savour a delicious home-made gelato.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Kras - Postojna



Hotel Kras - Postojne

This 27-room hotel has modern rooms, with a light and airy café on the ground floor. It provides an ideal overnight location for you to continue on to the caves the next day.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hise Posebne Sorte - Kodreti nr Stanjel



Hise Posebne Sorte - Kodreti nr Stanjel

This delightful farm stay is nestled in the heart of the countryside, offering lovely rooms with private bathrooms. Enjoy a wine tasting this evening, as you find out more about Slovenia’s fabulous wines—no wonder they are reluctant to export a single drop!


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Malovec - Divaca



Hotel Malovec - Divaca

Hotel Malovec is a welcoming family-run hotel, with comfortable rooms and a kitchen serving excellent local food. The karst ham for which the area is known is sourced from the next door butcher!


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Tartini - Piran



Hotel Tartini - Piran

Stay on the main (Tartini) pedestrianized square at Piran, in this lovely hotel with its modern rooms. The rooftop terrace is the perfect place to unwind day or night, with bird’s eye views out to the sea and over the rooftops.


 

 

Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available although a supplement is payable. This trip is available to solo cyclists.


Grading & Navigation

This cycle tour is graded ‘moderate’ as there are some more challenging climbs on some of the days. You also have the option to choose between shorter/longer cycles on some days. You will ride on cycle paths and quieter roads and the route will then get busier with traffic as you approach/leave the cities and towns, so please always be mindful of other road users at all times. You are provided with maps and detailed route notes so you can easily find your way.


Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


Rental Bikes

Bike rental is an optional extra. Classic trekking bikes are equipped as follows:




Bike rental period starts 09:00 day 2 of the tour (on the day you leave Ljubljana) and ends on the evening of your arrival in Piran – 18:00 of day 7. Electric bike hire is possible if you are starting your trip on a Saturday.


General Information

All bike tours are unescorted. The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes. Travel to and from the start/end of your cycle is not included in the tour price and must be arranged on your own.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Getting to Ljubljana/from Piran

By Air: Several low-cost airlines including EasyJet and Wizzair fly between the UK and Ljubljana Airport. From the airport, it is easy to take a shuttle bus into the city centre, or we can arrange a private transfer if you would prefer this (additional cost).
Travelling from Piran, you can take a short bus ride (20 mins) to Koper, then take a train to Ljubljana (2h20). Check timetables at Deutsche Bahn. Or you can take a bus (approx. 2h30-3hrs) from Piran to Ljubljana Main Bus station. Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer for you at a supplement.


By Ferry: Alternatively, it is also possible to take a ferry from Piran (or a nearby port) to Venice. This takes approx. 2h30 and operates on specific days—please check with us at the time of booking.


By Car: Additionally, Ljubljana is within easy reach of the Italian, Austrian and Croatian borders—just around an hour’s drive, making it easily accessible.

Included

  • 7 Nights in 3-4* family-run hotels in a twin/double room with private facilities
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport (1 suitcase per person/ max. 20 kg)
  • Map of bike trails with marked route and detailed route description
  • 24-hour telephone support service from our office and local partners

Excluded

  • Dinners
  • Drinks, snacks and lunches
  • Travel to Ljubljana / from Piran
  • Bike hire
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, telephone calls, extra transfers during your cycle, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Half board supplement
  • Single room or Solo Cyclist supplement
  • Bike hire (classic trekking or E-bike)


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Fun despite the puddles!

By Wheels of Strathblane

from Glasgow

About Me Avid Adventurer, Like to combine cycling with pottering, Like to try new things in the outdoors, Not a thrill-seeker, Occasional Traveller, World Traveller

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  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Great communication from Macs
  • Well Organised

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  • Weather not great for half the week

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  • Chance to practise the language!
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Comments about macs adventure Cycling Slovenia: Ljubljana to the Adriatic:

Great holiday for people who like having route and accommodation sorted in advance, but who prefer not to cycle in a group

 
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Pristine Country Along the Emerald Route

By Lainie

from Toronto, Canada

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  • Beautiful Natural Environment
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  • Poor Accommodations

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Comments about macs adventure Cycling Slovenia: Ljubljana to the Adriatic:

We really enjoyed discovering the beauty of Slovenia's natural environment. It's a great country to cycle through and also have plenty of time to visit key tourist sites every day. In particular, the Postojna Caves and Skocjan Caves were highlights.

We thought that Macs Adventure and the local cycling supplier - Helia - provided a very well organized tour. There were only a couple of confusing points in the cycling guide which should be addressed as we weren't the only ones to get a little turned around. Specifically, the starting route on Day 5 for those staying at the Hisa Posebne Sorte is confusing as you get directed into the town of Stanjel, when really you need to continue onwards (the directions into Stanjel apply to those staying at the Apartments Stanjel). The instructions don't clearly indicate that there is no need to go into the town and that one should continue on the main route. The second confusing point was at the roundabout to Muggia on Day 6. It was actually 2 separate roundabouts. As this wasn't clearly explained you can easily end up going in the wrong direction.

Most of the accommodations were great and fairly modern. The exceptions are: the Hotel Mantova in Vrhnika (Day 2) which is somewhat dated, although quite clean and spacious. The real disappointment was Villa Andor in Ankaran (Day 6), which verged on unacceptable. The room was tiny, depressing and dark. We complained and requested another room, which they accommodated as they were almost empty. They gave us the largest room they had, which was acceptable but only a modest improvement. The place was noisy because of the attached casino, with loud music and loud patrons. Staff also made a lot of noise as they closed down the kitchen for the evening. Tour organizers should consider another location.

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    Comments about macs adventure Cycling Slovenia: Ljubljana to the Adriatic:

    Definitely the best way to get to know beautiful Slovenia is to cycle through the ever changing landscapes.The hills were a challenge at times but we came home extremely fit, healthy and suntanned! All the Slovenian people we met were incredibly friendly and helpful. Food was generally excellent with the emphasis on locally grown produce. We enjoyed visits to the impressive caves, castle, Lipica Stud Farm, salt pans, Italy for a few kilometres and we even popped over the border into Croatia for fun. Arriving at the spectacular Tartini Square in seaside Piran was a fitting way to end the trip. We were quite sad to hand over our excellent hired bikes.

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