Our Slovenia Self Guided Bike Tour takes you on a north to south cross-country journey through some of Slovenia’s most scenic and historical places. The dry weather and warm sunny days of late summer make this the perfect time for cycling, and with the seasonal harvest underway, there will be plenty of fresh produce and good local wines to treat the palate. (Shorter itineraries are available.)
2016 Price: €1300 Euros/pp (double occupancy)
Single Supplement: €190 Euros
International flights, Lunches, beverages, entrance fees to attractions.
Slovenia is a moderately hilly country and each day you can expect 40 to 65 km of riding. Additional distance can also be arranged for riders who want an extra challenge.
The route brings you from the Alps to the sea, passing through one of Slovenia’s most important wine districts. Amazing karst caverns, Lipizzaner horses, alpine lakes and stately castles…this is a memorable bike tour!
We crafted this Slovenia Self Guided Bike Tour to include 10 nights hotel, all breakfasts & dinners, an airport transfer from Ljubljana to Bled, all luggage transfers, a hybrid rental bike, complete map and route notes, and a local phone number for emergencies.
The tour starts in Bled, a world famous town on the shore of a stunning glacial lake surrounded by towering alpine mountains. With its distinctive island church and the cliff-top castle standing guard, Bled is one of Slovenia’s most beautiful cities. You will receive your rental bike, tour documents and a tour briefing. Lodging: 4* hotel
From the high plateau at Pokljuka, you can marvel at the alpine views as you glide down into the neighboring Bohinj Valley. Upon reaching Lake Bohinj, the largest and deepest in the Triglav National Park, you can spend the rest of the day sightseeing at Savica waterfall and take in the mountain vistas surrounding Lake Bohinj. Lodging: 4* hotel
Leaving Bohinj, you cycle up 750 m/2400 ft to the Jelovica high plateau. From the top, the trail descends into the Selska Dolina Valley leading to the lush green Skofja Loka hills. The route takes you through a number of historic little villages until you finally arrive in the wonderful town of Skofja Loka, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia, where you can visit the hilltop castle. Lodging: 3* hotel
The route takes you to Ljubljana, the capitol of Slovenia. You can visit the historic old town and take a ride up to the mighty Ljubljana Castle, perched high on a hill overlooking the city. As the sun goes down you can relax with a meal and drinks in one of the many riverside restaurants. Lodging: 3* hotel
Today you will cycle across an immense 160-square kilometer dried lake bed, a diverse landscape that is now home to some of Europe’s rarest species of bird, plant and insect life. You can also visit the picturesque Iski Vintgar Gorge Nature Reserve and visit the remnants of the world’s highest railway viaduct. Lodging: 4* hotel
The Slovenian karst countryside comes alive as you ride past the beautiful Slivnica Mountain and the magical disappearing lakes of Cerknica and Planina. You can have a picnic in the Rakov Skocjan nature reserve, where the Rak River carved out a stunning gorge containing two natural bridges. Lodging: 3*
Today will start with a visit to the beautiful Postojna caves, the most extensive cave system in Slovenia, through a world of large and colourful stalactites and stalagmites, and the unique “human fish”. Then head to the impenetrable fortress of Predjama Castle, in a crevasse halfway up a 123-meter cliff-face. Here lived a vivacious and daring knight. Erasmus kept a whole army at bay by utilizing the Predjama Caves to sneak out for supplies. Take the tour and learn how Erasmus met his untimely demise in less than poetic circumstances, as he was literally caught with his pants down.
First stop is at the lovely botanical garden in Sežana, then cycle on to the stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit these beautiful thoroughbred Lipizzaner horses whose glistening white coats and gentle, graceful dancing have earned them a worldwide reputation. Take a tour in a traditional carriage, and visit them close up in their stables. This will be a day to remember. If you have the time for a couple of side-trips, you can also visit the unusual but very interesting “War Museum” set in a Venetian tower.
For your last day you'll cycle along the coastal road on a new cycling path following the old railway line. Enjoy great vistas of Slovenia's modest, yet lovely coast, and Trieste Bay. A stop in the trendy resort of Portorož is a must. The trip ends in the gorgeous little Venetian harbour village of Piran..
After breakfast your tour ends. However, you can prolong your stay in Piran, take a one-way boat trip or day-cruise to Venice or we can arrange a transfer to the Ljubljana or Trieste airports.
Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this trip.
Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.
We will be staying in hotels and inns that serve great food! The meals are hearty and there is enough variety to please everyone. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated with advance notice. All breakfasts and dinners are included beginning with dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 10. You are on your own for lunches and snacks and we will suggest local restaurants.
Weather can be changeable, so be prepared for riding in both sun and showers. Daytime temperatures are 60º to 80º and nights are 50º to 65º. There is always the chance of rain, so to insure your personal comfort please make sure you have a good quality rain jacket with a hood and rain pants, too. For the sunny days, we recommend using SPF 30 sunscreen and lip screen. If you are really sun sensitive, we suggest sun-blocking clothing.
We rent good quality hybrid and road bikes with a bike bag, a water bottle cage and flat pedals without toe clips and straps. You are welcomed to bring your own pedals and seat. We will supply full mechanical support during the tour. NOTE: You will need to provide your own water bottle and helmet.
Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.
It is not necessary to be able to speak Slovene, and many Slovenians speak English fairly well. A small dictionary is handy and some creative sign language will usually get your point across.
The currency of Slovenia is the Euro. You will need Euros for lunches, meals before and after the tour, beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for hotel staff. We suggest starting with a minimum of €200 Euros (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).
We suggest 10% for exceptional service in restaurants (most restaurants include a service charge) and a small amount for baggage and taxi service.
US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
U.S. citizens must have a current Passport. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!
Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.
Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations for you at the start of the tour or at the end of the tour.
THIS TRIP BEGINS AND ENDS IN LJUBLJANA. Flights from US cities can be booked on Lufthansa Airlines (a partner of the Star Alliance) directly into Ljubljana. Adria Airways, Slovenia’s national carrier, and Easy Jet, one of Europe’s top discount air carriers, offer regularly scheduled flights from many major European cities.
You can reach Slovenia by direct train from Italy, Austria and Hungary. Trains from Venice, Italy, to Ljubljana take about 3½ hours. If you are bringing your bike in a bike case, you will need to ask at the train station if the train has room for your oversized baggage. You do not need to make advance train reservations. Check out European Train Schedules (http://www.raileurope.com) for schedules.
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to travel delays or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!
Slovenia officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a nation state in southern Central Europe at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes. It borders Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and southeast, and Hungary to the northeast. It covers 20,273 square kilometers (7,827 sq mi) and has a population of 2.05 million. It is a parliamentary republic and a member of the European Union and NATO. Its capital and largest city is Ljubljana.. ~ Wikipedia