Cycling Slovenia: Ljubljana to the Adriatic8 Days & 7 Nights 4.4 Read 5 reviews
- Explore charming Ljubljana, with its hill-top castle
- Enjoy excellent Slovenian wines
- Pedal from the mountains to the warm Adriatic coast
- Visit Europe's highest cave at Postojna, with its waterfalls and gorge bridge
- Cycle into Piran, a relaxed little Venetian harbour town
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This trip is suitable for:
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Off the Beaten Track
Activity Level & Terrain
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 GPX routes in the Macs Adventure app so you can easily find your way.
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).
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.
- 7 Nights in 3-4* family-run hotels
- 7 Breakfasts
- Baggage transfer (1 bag per person up to 20kg)
- Information pack and route notes with maps
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
- Travel to Ljubljana / from Piran
- Bike hire (optional upgrade to e-bike available)
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (required)
- Additional nights
- Bike hire (optional upgrade to e-bike available)
- Opt to include half board
When To Go
Slovenia is in full swing during the summer months. The weather is as its most reliable, and all of the sights are open, there are also a number of festivals. It can be very hotel in summer so you will need to carry plenty of water with you and use sun protection. We recommend starting cycling early to miss the heat of the day. Spring and Autumn months promise colourful landscapes, cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. Rain or thunderstorms can occur at any time of year, so we recommend packing rain gear.
Getting to the Start
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).
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.
Getting from the End
By Bus & Train: To travel from Piran back to Ljubljana, 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.
Luggage TransferDaily 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).
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.
Bike rental is an optional extra. 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.
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.
ItineraryDay 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.
A large, modern hotel only 5 minutes away from the centre of Ljubljana.
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.
There's the option of taking an extended route into the picturesque Iski Vintgar Gorge, carved deep into a stunning limestone plateau. There are a number of picnic benches along here making it an ideal spot to stop for lunch beside the peaceful stream.
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.
56 kms/35 mi (if taking the extended out and back section through the Iski Vintgar Gorge), Ascent/Descent: 90m/90m
37 kms/22 mi (route excluding Iski Vintgar Gorge), Ascent/Descent: 34m/12m
Complex of the hotel consist of the restaurant and Coffee shop Argos Cafe with it's unique summer garden, where you can taste our fabolous sweets, home-made gelato and other specialities.
Guesthouse Bajc offers nice and comfortable rooms and has a restaurant that serves regional cuisine. Rooms at Bajc have simple furnishings and are decorated in warm, natural colours. All rooms have access to free Wi-Fi.
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.
38 kms/24 mi (if taking the extended out and back section through the Rakov Skocjan Nature Reserve), Ascent/Descent: 504m/274m
33 kms/21 mi (route excluding Rakov Skocjan Nature Reserve), Ascent/Descent: 504m/274m
A modern 4 star hotel in the centre of Postojna with beautiful views from its terrace and impeccable service.
The hotel located in the heart of the Postojna Cave Park is the best choice for visitors to Postojna Cave and the Predjama Castle. Despite its proximity to one of the world's most popular tourist attractions, it boasts peace and tranquillity in the midst of unspoiled nature.
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).
48 kms/29 mi (if taking the detour to Predjama Castle), Ascent/Descent: 328m/707m
41 kms/26 mi (route excluding Predjama Castle), Ascent/Descent: 328m/707m
Please note: there aren't many hotel option in this area of rural Slovenia so if we are unable to accommodate you in Kodreti, it may be necessary to cycle 7.7kms further today to Hrusevica. This location is enroute for tomorrow's cycle, so if you go further today to Hrusevica, then the ride tomorrow will be 7.7kms shorter.
The House of a Special Sort offers a variety of joys and unique elements showing in our apartments. Four apartments represent four stories. Each story belongs to a different flower: chicory, lilac, rosemary and lily of the valley. In each of the apartments a different, by all means unique, beat will reveal itself and all together they make the House of a Special Sort. Beside the apartments the house also offers various little and larger nooks and rooms where our guests can mingle or just rest and relax.
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.
This hotel reflects a contemporary architecture of the picturesque Karst landscape under the azure Mediterranean sky, assures with its comfort and contemporary culinary trends unforgettable experiences and satisfies with it even the needs of the most pretentious guests.
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.
Cycling along the coast you’ll cross the boradr into italy, as you head for the delightful old town of Muggia. An ideal spot to end the afternoon with a gelato and enjoy the sea views.
If you would like to experience the hustle and bustle of the nearby Italian port town of Trieste, you can take a bost from Muggia to Trieste—with its castle, cathedral and Piazza Unita central square. If you have the time then perhaps consider extending your stay in Muggia for a night to give you a full day to take the boat into Trieste and explore or to relax by the sea before your final day of cycling tomorrow.
Located in the charming village of Porto San Rocco, a step away from Muggia and its Istrian-Venetian architecture. The newly modernised hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a large terrace for you to relax after your days cycling.
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!
The Tartini Hotel is situated in the very centre of a historical Piran, a pearl among northern Adriatic coastal towns. The location of the hotel gained even more value after the restoration of the Tartini Square in 2008 and closing it for traffic. From here to the town port there is literally only s step.
Located between the Adriatic coast and Piran's ancient old town, the Piran Hotel offers amazing sea views. It has been completely refurbished in 2013 and offers bright and comfortable rooms overlooking the sea or the old town.
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.
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