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Cycling Bled-Ljubljana-Istria

Long Distance Cycling · Slovenia
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Visit the best that Slovenia has to offer. And that on a bike. In one week you will cycle through places that boast amazing nature, rich history interwoven with legends, and see the greatest sights of Slovenia.

You start cycling in Bled, known as the pearl of Slovenia. The image of the castle on the rock above the lake and the island with the church is world-famous. On the way to Ljubljana, you will get to know the old towns of the Gorenjska region, each with its own story and incredible architectural heritage. For fans of polka music, a stop in Begunje is mandatory. Slavko and Vilko Avsenik founded the Slovene polka here with the song Golica, known all over the world. In Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, you will be able to get to know the creations of the architect Plečnik or simply enjoy a coffee in a bar or terrace by the river Ljubljanica. Ljubljana offers much more, from museums to restaurants with excellent food. A specialty is an Open kitchen, where the best catering providers from all over Slovenia offer their specialties in the open near Tromostovje.

 

Continue to the Notranjska region, where you drive through the picturesque landscape past Rakov Škocjan to the world-famous Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. Postojna Cave, together with Bled Castle, is the most visited tourist spot in Slovenia. Via Razdrto, descend into the Vipava Valley, known as the orchard of Slovenia. Here the climate changes completely, the influence of the sea is already felt. The conditions are ideal for fruit growing and viticulture. When you enter the Karst area, you will visit Štanjel, an ancient village with a castle. Here you will be able to learn how life has inextricably linked stone and man over the centuries. On quiet paved roads you will cycle through vineyards and villages, in many wine cellars, you will be able to try the famous red wine Teran and Karst prosciutto. Horse lovers should not miss the visit of white Lipizzaners in the Lipica stud farm. One of the highlights of the route is the Škocjan Cave Park, inscribed on the UNESCO list of natural heritage with the largest underground canyon in Europe. On the last day of the route, you will reach the Slovenian part of the Istrian peninsula. In the picturesque coastal towns of Izola or Piran, you will finally be able to enjoy the view of the Adriatic Sea.

 

ITINERARY Highlights:

• Bled with the castle, the lake, and the island

• The mountain scenery of the Julian Alps and Karavanke

• Škofja Loka with the best-preserved medieval town center in Slovenia

• Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia

• Postojna Cave, the most visited karst cave in Europe

• Predjama with the Predjama castle

• The karst landscape with the vineyards and villages

• Stud Lipica, home of the Lipizzaners

• Škocjan with the Škocjan caves and Unesco protected area of river Reka

• The railway track Val Rosandra

• The railway track Parenzana

• The picturesque Mediterranean towns of Izola and Piran

 

Day 1:

Arrival in Bled Individual arrival to the starting hotel in Bled.

Day 2:

Bled - Škofja Loka The first stage leads through the Old Towns of Gorenjska-Upper Carniola region. From Bled you cycle along the river Sava to the old town of Radovljica, where you can visit the unique beekeeping museum. You will cycle through Begunje, a hometown of Slavko Avsenik and Polka music, Tržič with its shoemaking tradition and Kranj, the capital of Gorenjska land. The stage ends in Škofja Loka with the best-preserved medieval town center in Slovenia. With a transfer, you can avoid the ascent and shorten the stage for about 20km (not in the price). Route detail: ca. 63 km, + 725 m / – 810 m.

Day 3:

Škofja Loka - Ljubljana Škofja Loka live you fascinated with its story and many legends, but there is another highlight on this tour, that is waiting for you...Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and one of the most preferred tourist destinations in Europa. To reach it you will cycle over the Devils bridge to Sora field, where you cross the river Sora and continue to Zbilje lake. The Sava river will campaign you mostly on your way to the capital. The finish is at Zmajski most-in English Dragon Bridge, which is one of the symbols of Ljubljana. Route detail: ca. 39 km, + 320 m / – 390 m.

Day 4:

Ljubljana - Postojna Today you drive first with the train or private cab to Logatec in Notranjska region. Here you start to pedalling through quiet fields and forest to gorge Rakov Škocjan, Slovenia's oldest landscape park with amazing natural bridges and other landscape formations. A perfect place for a picnic in nature. The stage finished in Postojna, where you can visit the Postojna caves, the most extensive cave system in Slovenia with stalagmites, stalactites and famous “human fish” Proteus. Route detail: ca. 61 km, + 700 m / – 410 m.

Day 5:

Postojna - Kodreti / Karst This day begin with another attraction, the Predjama Castle, a castle with its unique position below the 123-metre cliff. A story tells about a robber knight Erasmus, which kept a whole army at bay by utilizing the caves underneath the castle to sneak out for supplies. After a spectacular descent to Vipava Valley, one of the most famous wine regions in Slovenia you finish your day in a family guesthouse, where you can enjoy your dinner with a typical food and wine. Route detail: ca. 48 km, + 530 m / – 880 m.

Day 6:

Kodreti / Karst - Divača / Škocjan The first stop on today's stage is Štanjel, an idyllic karst settlement built mostly from stones on the top of the hill. Through picturesque karst villages, vineyards with numerous wine cellars, which invite you for a stop and a tasting of first-class Teran wines and karst ham you drive to the stud farm of Lipica, home of beautiful white Lipizzaner horses, famous worldwide. If you have time, you can also visit the “War Museum” set in a Venetian tower. Route detail: ca. 49 km, + 630 m / – 365 m.

Day 7:

Divača / Škocjan - Izola - Piran (about 49 km, to Piran about 61 km) Today is time to visit Škocjan Caves, UNESCO World Heritage and the protected area. The Karst Plain accompanies you on the way to the Adriatic Sea, you will follow the route of the old railway lines Val Rosandra and Parenzana. For your last part, you'll cycle along the coastal road on a new cycling path enjoying great vistas of Slovenia's lovely coast. The tour ends in the gorgeous little Venetian town of Piran, where you can watch the sunset from the church bell tower or swimming in the blue Adriatic Sea. Route detail: to Izola ca. 49 km, + 375 m / – 845 m; to Piran ca. 60 km, + 548 m / – 1018 m

Day 8:

departure Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay in Istria.

Terms

INCLUDED:

-7 nights in bedrooms with a shower/WC/tourist tax

-7 nights with breakfast*

-Welcome meeting with a representative of local agency

-roadbook: a detailed description of routes (one per booking / available in English and German language)

-map with the marked trail routes

-luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

-service hotline in case of problems or questions

-GPS tracks available upon request

- free unguarded car parking in Bled at the hotel of your arrival (depending on the hotel), or at the close public parking facility

NOT INCLUDED:

-airfare to and from the trip

-transfer to/from airport/train or bus station

-back transfer from Piran to starting point in Bled

-bike rental -personal expenses

Services

Rental touring bike: 75 EUR, hybrid bike: 130 EUR, electric bike: 180 EUR

Public transport

Bled, as a starting point, is accessible by bus.

Getting there

Turn of from the highway Ljubljana-Jesenice to Bled

Parking

Free

Coordinates

DD
46.346156, 14.120753
DMS
46°20'46.2"N 14°07'14.7"E
UTM
33T 432343 5132884
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